The Leonardo da Vinci Prize

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The Leonardo da Vinci Prize was created in 2011 on the initiative of the Henokiens Association of family businesses in existence for more than two hundred years and the Château du Clos Lucé - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, a cultural business and the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci.

The mission of the Château du Clos Lucé is to pass on the legacy, universal memory and knowledge of Leonardo da Vinci and to promote the value of highly skilled know-how.

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The Henokiens Association

The Henokiens Association, founded in 1981, devotes itself to standing up for and promoting the passing on of the intangible and living heritage of two-hundred-year-old family businesses all over the world.

The missions of the Château du Clos Lucé and Henokiens Association meet and converge in the tradition and passing on of an intangible, living heritage in the name of the figure who was the greatest possessor of universal talents.

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The Leonardo da Vinci Prize

The prize is part of the process of passing on our heritage in the sameway that Leonardo da Vinci passed on his skills to his pupils in the spirit ofthe Renaissance.
The Leonardo da Vinci Prize is awarded to a family business for its outstanding ability to pass onto future generations a set of cultural values and know-how and particular techniques that together make up an intangible and living heritage which are an essential guarantee of its continuity.

This heritage is expressed in the fidelity of these businesses to their traditions, their industry, a product or cause, a region or local area, and above all their family history..

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Fundamental values

Five fundamental values are necessary for the success of a heritage business and to enable it to be long-lasting.

  • History and tradition
  • Business and family
  • Fidelity and commitment
  • Memory and passing on of heritage
  • Innovation and modernity

Selection Criteria

Quantitative criteria

Target : family businesses of which the owner-directors are the main shareholders, either on their own or with members of their family.

Business longevity criterion: more than two generations

Turnover criterion: more than three million euros.

Qualitative criteria Five fundamental values are necessary for the success of a heritage business and to enable it to be long-lasting:

History and tradition: tradition is at the heart of the mission of the heads of family businesses.

Business and family: founding a family and founding a business involve similar commitments, which involve an ethical approach to business common to the whole family.

Fidelity and commitment: the family business undertakes to ensure the continuation of a set of cultural and humanist values, skills and particular technologies that make up an "intangible and living heritage" that is an essential guarantee of continuity.

Memory and passing on of heritage: the director of a family business does not simply leave a business to his or her successor but passes on a personal and original vision of his or her profession in a relationship with time that is considered to be a "raw material".

Innovation and modernity: Preparing for the future is about anticipating. Like Leonardo da Vinci, family businesses must strive resolutely to innovate to remain competitive.

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The 2015 "Leonardo da Vinci Prize" award

On September 24 2014, the 4th "Leonardo da Vinci Prize" was given to Mister Koji Endo, president of the Kai Corporation company, by the Imperial Princess Akiko de Mikasa, Mister Willem Van Eeghen, president of the Hénokiens association and Mister François Saint Bris, president of the Château du Clos Lucé - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, in the presence of Mister Hirofumi Nakasone, member of the japanese parliament, former Ministry of Education and Foreign Affairs.

On June 18, 2015 in Mantua, the 5th «Leonardo da Vinci Prize» was awarded at the prestigious Bibiena Theater to Mr. Fulvio Renoldi Bracco, Head of the Global Business Unit Imaging of Bracco Imaging S.p.A., by Mrs. Emma Marcegaglia, Vice President of Marcegaglia SpA, President of ENI, former Head of Confindustria and President of Business Europe and Messrs Willem van Eeghen, President of the Henokiens association and François Saint Bris, President of Le Château du Clos Lucé - Parc Leonardo da Vinci.

On June 9, 2016 in Rotterdam, the 6th «Leonardo da Vinci Prize» was awarded to Mr. Pieter van Oord, CEO of the Dutch company Van Oord, by the Mayor of Rotterdam, Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb, in the presence of Messrs Willem van Eeghen, President of the Henokiens association and François Saint Bris, President of Le Château du Clos Lucé - Parc Leonardo da Vinci.

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