ATB Umwelttechnologien GmbH from Porta Westfalica/Vlotho honoured as Founder Champion 2002 for the German federal State of Nordrhein-Westfalen.

The prize-giving took place on 24.05.2002 within the framework of the opening of the German Founder and Entrepreneur Days in Berlin. Minister of State Rolf Schwanitz chose the state winners in the trade fair halls below the 
television tower. With the "Founder and Entrepreneur Days 2002" the Federal States of Berlin and Brandenburg, for the fifth time, together with the Messe- und Ausstellungsgesellschaft Lübeck mbH, held the country-wide event un-
der the patronage of the Federal German Chancellor, Gerhard Schöder. From 24 to 25 May numerous exhibitors offered a wide ranging seminar and framework programme for existence founders and young entrepreneurs. In this year also at the forefront of the event, 16 founder champions were sought from across the country. Instead of a classical competition, there was a deliberate search together with the Deutschen Ausgleichsbank (German Equalisation Bank), for successful young entrepreneurs. More than 700 profound experts of the founder scene were asked for proposals. The selected firms were asked in writing and at the beginning of May a renowned jury which, in addition to the Berlin Economics Senator Gregor Gysi and the Brandenburg Minister of Economics Dr. Wolfgang Fürniß, inter alia included representatives of the BBB Bürgschaftsbank of Berlin-Brandenburg and of the Bürgschaftsbank Brandenburg, selected a Founder Champion 2002 for each Federal State. The Founder Champions 2002, with the realisation of their business ideas have demonstrated a strong will to make use of new market chances with their 
products and services and have been successful in competition. The Founder Champions for 2002, with their business ideas have made a great contribution to the fulfilling of both technical as well as human requirements of our time. According to the jury, they have succeeded in incorporating their own experiences with defects and know-how gained into their founder spirit and thus to create trend-setting technologies and business philosophies.