Certified Entrepreneur – to German Standards
How will the companies be reviewed and certified?
The accredited reviewers (in case they are not actively addressed by
interested companies anyway) are looking for appropriate companies
in their country and address them for certification. The reviewers
propose the company and project to the DIKMU.
The reviewers closely follow the DIKMU's extensive catalogue of
questions and tasks of visual inspection. They collect the necessary
information and sift through the submitted documents. They then
evaluate the companies state according to the guidelines given by
The reviewers examine the sustainable entrepreneurial,
strategic and planning competence, a professional, systematic
preparation for the future ("Will you still be exists in 5 years?"),
as well as the seriousness of the company. Entrepreneurial
professionalism and management skills of the management are required
as well as future-oriented operational concepts such as Strategic
Positioning / Strategic Management, Institutionalized Marketing,
Innovation and Internationalization Management and long-term
strategies for ICT.
Basically: All communication between DIKMU, reviewers and
companies for negotiation and review including all documents of the
entire certification process will be done and written in English.
The certified companies have to face costs for the reviewer’s work
and certification fee. The latter will be charged only in case of a
positive decision for the company.
The resulting report will be sent to the DIKMU along with the
reviewer’s detailed assessments and his final suggestion. The DIKMU
will examine the review documents and decides on the certification,
if necessary with further requirements for the company or retrainings.
In case, the certificate will be awarded, the certificate as a
document will be handed to the appraiser, who passes this over to
the company. Then the company can present itself as a Certified
It will also be listed in a public list of the DIKMU available
on the Internet and becomes a member of the upcoming "Club of
The certificate is initially valid for 5 years. Beyond this
time the validity of the certificate and membership in the club
But, at the end of this period, the company can be re-examined
during a new but shortened review and after successful completion
and a positive decision, the certificate becomes permanently valid.
The costs for this renewed review are considerably lower than of the