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business@school-pilot school receives check for school digitalization: Anniversary celebration at Carl-Friedrich-Gauß-Gymnasium

Yesterday, the school community at Carl-Friedrich-Gauß-Gymnasium in Hockenheim was congratulated on its 25th business@school anniversary and honored for its commitment as a former pilot school of the project. Gunther Schwarz, one of the founders of the educational initiative, formally presented a check for school digitalization to Principal Anja Kaiser and spoke with students at the school about business, studies, career, and startups.

In a round table discussion with the students at the anniversary celebration, Gunther Schwarz answered their questions about business, studies, career, and startups, encouraging them, "Your generation has a fabulous outlook for the future. With a solid foundation from school and your experience from business@school, you are prepared to achieve so much." On behalf of the educational initiative, Gunther Schwarz presented Anja Kaiser with a check for €500 to be used for school digitalization.

Other guests at the anniversary celebration told of their experiences participating in the project over the last 25 years, among them Anja Kaiser, Principal, and Jürgen Zeitz and Tobias Korn, teachers at Carl-Friedrich-Gauß-Gymnasium; Dr. Babette Claas, Director of the educational initiative; Johannes Mannsperger, former participant and longstanding business@school coach; and Andrea Oechsler, business@school judge and former coach. Jürgen Zeitz appreciates the change of pace the project brings to teachers' everyday work: "business@school is different than normal classes. I feel less like a teacher and more like a mentor, guiding students along their paths. I'm proud of the successes and fantastic business ideas our teams have had so far, and it’s great to see how thankful they are for the support."

Other guests attending the anniversary celebration were the mayors of Hockenheim and nearby Reiling, Thomas Jakob-Lichtenberg and Stefan Weisbrod, and Walter Weidner, former Principal of Carl-Friedrich-Gauß-Gymnasium. 

In June 2023, the project's 25th winning team will be selected at the business@school Finals in Munich. The last Finals winners from Hockenheim were the members of the SafeJump team in 2019. Their business idea: SafeJump—a show jump pole with magnetic separation points for improved safety in equestrian sports, preventing accidents during jumps by coming apart if too much force is applied.