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About Nanogate

Nanogate is a leading international systems provider for high-tech surfaces and components.

Commitment pays off

Numerous awards from organisations and companies are a testament to Nanogate’s social and commercial commitment. These awards are rewarding and also motivate us to continue working to fulfil our objective: “We are and will remain a particularly successful company.”

Below we will present a selection of awards and distinctions that Nanogate has been given since its inception.


German Brand Award

In June 2017 the Nanogate brand EMPIRE received the renowned German Brand Award, which recognizes successful brand leadership in Germany. Nanogate was honored in the “Excellence in Branding” competition class within the “Sports and Outdoor Activities” category. Nanogate Textile & Care Systems GmbH, a subsidiary of Nanogate SE, produces an innovative surface system for sneakers under the brand name EMPIRE. The German Brand Award discovers, presents and premiers unique brands and brand builders. The prize is awarded by the German Brand Institute, an organization that aims to strengthen the importance of branding as a decisive factor for success for companies competing in national and international markets.

German Brand Award

Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

After many years as a finalist in the renowned “Entrepreneur of the Year” entrepreneurial competition, the jury awarded Nanogate first prize in the category of “Services/IT” in Berlin in 2015. The prize is awarded annually by auditors Ernst & Young, which recognises small and medium-sized companies for innovation, social engagement and high rates of growth. In addition to occupying the top spot from among 44 finalists in its category, Nanogate was the only German company represented at the “World Entrepreneur of the Year 2016” in Monte Carlo.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award

Nanogate has made an impression three times with its long-term success and social commitment, and has been the recipient of the “Rising Stars Award 2006”, the “Sustained Excellence Award 2011” and most recently of the "Sustainded Excellence Award 2016" as part of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award. The award recognises companies that, in addition to their outstanding growth, stand out in areas such as leadership, competitive advantage, management and corporate culture.

Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award 2011 (only German)


Location of Choice 2007

Nanogate is helping to shape Saarland’s structural evolution using new technology and was awarded the “Location of Choice 2007” prize for its efforts. Hard coal is no longer mined at the former mine in Göttelborn; the focus of investment here is now on new technology.

Location of Choice 2007 (only German)


Step Award 2007

The Step Award is a corporate prize initiated by Infraserv Höchst with the aim of giving impetus to medium-sized companies for successful development. Nanogate won first place in 2007, fending off many other competitors.

Step Award Gesamtsieger 2007 (only German)


German Start-up Prize 2006

The German Start-up Prize has been awarded since 2002 to companies with above-average performance in Germany. In 2006, Nanogate finished in the top 3 of the “Up-and-Coming” category.



German Start-up Prize (only German)


Small Times Magazine 2002 finalist

In 2002, Nanogate was among the finalists in the “Company of the Year” category of the Small Times Magazine competition. The international magazine focused mainly on nanotechnology and the associated applications.