About our founder, his vision, the foundation's mission, and the people he entrusted with fulfilling it.
“Mister HARIBO” is what the children in the kindergarten close to his place of work often called Dr. Hans Riegel when he stopped by to bring them new candy. Dr. Hans Riegel was a co-owner of HARIBO and passed away in 2013. His love for children and young people motivated him to create his nonprofit foundations in Germany and Austria with the aim of giving back to society some of the happiness he himself had experienced.
From the beginning, he knew that the foundations were to stand for excellent ideas in school education and professional education. Young people were to be supported and assisted.
He considered education to be the raw material that makes up the prosperity of highly developed societies. To him, it was especially important that his foundations helped talented and creative students choose scientific and technical professions.
He began launching projects with the foundation back in 2007 with the Dr. Hans Riegel Awards (Dr. Hans Riegel Fachpreise) and the resulting alumni network to provide educational support and promote talents in the scientific and technical fields. In the foundation's charter as well as in numerous conversations, he established that the foundation was to pursue and anticipate the transformation of society like an entrepreneur. The realization of the foundation's own projects in collaboration with competent partners was to make up the essence of its work.
Our projects aim to awaken and sustainably cultivate the interest and curiosity in young people from kindergarten all the way to university to explore the natural sciences and engineering. We want to preserve the innate curiosity of children and show them through our work how they can be a part of this exciting world and become successful in their studies and careers.
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