"To innovate, learn and make a difference works best by throwing a glance over our frontiers."
(Reinhard Mohn)

Reinhard Mohn Prize

The Reinhard Mohn Prize allows the Bertelsmann Stiftung to recognize innovative approaches and effective solutions to sociopolitical problems. To award the prize it carries out a global search for exemplary programs and initiatives.


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Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017

Smart Country

Smart Country addresses the challenges of the 21st century. Intelligent technology and connectivity can help everyone participate and can ensure equal standards of living in urban and rural areas. read more

Portrait Toomas Hendrik Ilves


Toomas Hendrik Ilves receives the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017

This year’s Reinhard Mohn Prize “Smart Country: Connected. Intelligent. Digital.” will go to Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the former President of Estonia. We award him the prize in honor of his pioneering work on the promotion of digitalization in government, education and public services. Ilves will be awarded the prize worth €200,000 at a ceremony in Gütersloh on June 29. read more

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Ein Smartphone liegt auf Tagungsunterlagen auf einem Tagungstisch. Eine Hand hält beides fest.


How Is Germany Going More Digital?

Experts discuss Germany’s digital future at the second expert commission round. Their goal: to illustrate the opportunities digitalization offers and to develop positive associations and attitudes to pave the way to fostering an active approach towards digital transformation. read more

Bird’s-eye view of Tallinn


Estonia: The Country in the Cloud

Estonia is considered a pioneer in the area of digitization. People there benefit from a wide range of digital solutions – solutions that are easily accessible and can be used by anyone. Why has digitization in Estonia been so successful? Here’s your chance to find out. read more

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Open Government – Austria shows what’s possible

In recent years, Austria has repeatedly been crowned “European Champion” when it comes to e-government. Within the country, the city of Vienna has taken on a pioneering role. read more

Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017

Brigitte Mohn on the topic “Smart Country”

“We want more digitization in Germany - and we need it, too. We want to become faster.” Brigitte Mohn, member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Executive Board, invites you to accompany us on our way to the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017 which focuses on the topic “Smart Country”. read more

A Look Back

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Reinhard Mohn hands out the Carl Bertelsmann Prize 1997 to Lodewijk de Waal and Hans Blankert.


From the Carl Bertelsmann Prize to the present

All prizewinners for the Carl Bertelsmann Prize and the Reinhard Mohn Prize can be found here. read more

Liz Mohn and Klaus Schwab look into the camera, Klaus Schwab holds the prize trophy in his hand.


Prof. Klaus Schwab receives Reinhard Mohn Prize 2016

Prof. Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum in Geneva, was honoured as a thought leader in the field of responsible entrepreneurship. read more


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Reinhard Mohn Prize 2016

Responsible Entrepreneurship

Meeting the societal effects of demographic change, globalization, digitization and growing social inequality requires collective action on the ... read more

Reinhard Mohn Prize 2015

A Fair Deal on Talent – Fostering Just Migration Governance

If well managed, migration generates benefits for migrants, their countries of origin and the countries they settle in. For migrants, it can ... read more

Reinhard Mohn Prize 2013

Winning Strategies for a Sustainable Future

Since the first Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, many states have been looking for a new concept of economic and social progress. ... read more

Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011

Vitalizing Democracy Through Partizipation

Fewer and fewer people in Germany are casting their votes or taking part in politics. At the same time, Germans want to have their say and are ... read more