In August 2008, Gabriela Ender, founder and CEO of OpenSpace-Online GmbH - The Power of People!, has been accepted into the international Ashoka Fellowship Support Network as >> Ashoka Fellow 2008 <<. Ashoka is the largest organization in the world for supporting social entrepreneurship. Ashoka was founded in 1980 by Bill Drayton, USA. The Harvard Center for Public Leadership rates Drayton as one of the "20 Best Leaders" of the USA. The best-known member of the Ashoka-network is the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus. In almost 70 countries, around 2000 Ashoka Fellows work to promote social and sustainable change in fields such as health, education & youth, economic development, environmental protection, regional and urban development, citizen participation, and human rights. At the beginning of 2008, Gabriela Ender was invited by Ashoka to take part in a multi-level, national and international selection process. She has been through a very intense seven-month process, including a practical OpenSpace-Online® project for Ashoka. Gabriela was able to win against around 300 competitors throughout Germany. Worldwide, more than 7,000 candidates were evaluated. Konstanze Frischen, Managing Director of Ashoka in Germany and Vice President of Ashoka International says: "Gabriela Ender has been selected by Ashoka because she has developed a unique communication system that brings people together across borders and allows them to jointly come up with constructive solutions to their problems. With OpenSpace-Online she makes a significant contribution to helping social organizations and businesses cope with change – she allows these institutions to make more effective and democratic decisions by involving all stakeholders."
The INNOVATION PRIZE 2008 of the German Initiative Mittelstand has awarded the OpenSpace-Online® Real-Time Methodology as one of the most innovative and appropriate solutions for small and medium-sized businesses in the "knowledge management" category. The award meets the requirements of small and medium-sized businesses for practically relevant knowledge and the transfer of information in the field of ITC, and gives small and medium-sized enterprises stimuli for increasing their competitiveness. A top-class jury of scientists, industry experts and specialized journalists had a record number of applications to assess this year. Our notification letter stated: "We congratulate you most sincerely on this outstanding success! This is an achievement of which you can be proud as over 1600 applications were submitted."
In May 2003, we received a wonderful news. We got informed that our company was selected by a jury to be "Gründer-Partner" (Founder-Partner) for PARTNER for BERLIN. During an entrepreneur party at the fair "Deutsche Gründer- und Unternehmertage" (German founders and entrepreneur days) we were welcomed as one of nine new founder partners. PARTNER for BERLIN is responsible for the Capital Marketing of Berlin.
They looked for young companies existing at least for one year. The companies had to be innovative, technology oriented and already successfully positioned on the market. Till today, Gabriela Ender is the first female entrepreneur, who received this award.