Lilium Founder is "Innovator of the Year"


Further recognition for the TUM spin-off, Lilium Aviation and its vision for an air taxi. The German edition of the renowned magazine, Technology Review has awarded the title of "Innovator of the Year" to Lilium's CEO, Daniel Wiegand.

CEO Daniel Wiegand (Image: Stefanie Reiffert / TUM)

It is Lilium's idea to make air taxis a mobility alternative to the car. The company founders, who either won degrees or completed their doctorates at the TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering, set up Lilium Aviation in 2015 in order to develop an ultra-light aircraft with an electric power train and drone technology.

Now Daniel Wiegand, co-founder and CEO of the start-up, has been awarded the title "Innovator of the Year" by Technology Review's "Innovators under 25" jury. "With his vision of a flying electro-taxi, Daniel Wiegand shows just that sort of daring, the lack of which is so often bemoaned in Germany", said Editor-in-Chief, Robert Thielicke when explaining the jury's decision. "With the prototypes he has also proved that Lilium Aviation is on the right track."

The prize for up-and-coming innovators was created 17 years ago by the US-American magazine, MIT Technology Review. The prize has been awarded in the past to Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, and Daniel Ek from Spotify. All winners on the German list are also automatically nominated for the international list of the best innovators under 35. Recently the German financial newspaper, Handelsblatt included Daniel Wiegand in its list of "Germany's 100 Innovators" and co-founder Matthias Meiner is one of the "Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe".

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