top From Interactive Television to Booking Low-Price Hotels: Six Start-Ups Working in the First Class of SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator
On February 2, 2015, the SpinLab launched its first Accelerator program. Six teams were selected by a high-caliber advisory council and have taken up work on the inspirational premises of Leipzig Spinnerei, an old cotton mill.
Over the next six months, the start-up businesses will obtain extensive coaching and consultation, contacts to HHL's outstanding network of entrepreneurs and investors, support from various partners as well as the opportunity to exchange experiences on an international level, all on top of access to the required infrastructure.
At the end of the program, the teams will present their business models to a number of investors. This so-called Demo-Day will take place on July 9, 2015.
Eric Weber, CEO of the SpinLab, says, "We are thrilled to be able to offer such a versatile Accelerator program at Leipzig Spinnerei after all the intense preparation work. The large number of applicants made it difficult for us to choose. We now have six outstanding and highly innovative teams from Munich, Rostock, Leipzig and even Israel, which we look forward to accompanying over the next half year. We would like to thank HHL and Spinnerei as well as all our exclusive partners, the City of Leipzig and the numerous mentors."
Thomas Paucker, co-founder of PREPARO, says, "We are founders of a mobile recruiting start-up from Rostock and have arrived at the SpinLab following a spontaneous move to Leipzig. Only 14 days passed from reading the announcement about the SpinLab on the 'Gründerszene' online portal, submitting an application and receiving the acceptance letter to moving to the Saxon metropolis. We are highly motivated to further develop our product and are excited about the opportunities which the SpinLab provides for young entrepreneurs."
Founders of innovative, technology-oriented and scalable start-ups can apply for the second class of the SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator up to June 21, 2015, at www.spinlab.co.
The following start-ups are currently working at the SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator:
Conbox merges television and internet by enabling the development of innovative TV applications and new solutions for advertising. Conbox offers TV stations, agencies and content providers a cloud platform which allows for internet data to be played out synchronously to TV images and for mobile devices to be connected to the TV set. The Conbox cloud platform makes television more interesting, interactive and individual.
ekoio is a lifestyle telematic product making vehicle data available for the business and private sector in many ways. It enables fleets of all sizes, delivery services and car-sharing providers to motivate their employees and clients to adopt a more sustainable way of driving and reward them for it. Moreover, ekoio offers individual applications for insurance companies in the pay-as-you-drive sector, error analyses as a sales tool for the field of after sales car repair shops as well as automatic accident detection to increase traffic safety. Merolt negotiates company rates for small and medium-sized enterprises in select hotels based on their pooled demand of overnight stays.
The Optee.me platform is a one-stop shop solution to monitor and optimize budget spending and financial obligations of their users in the form of an app and an online platform.
PREPARO aims to master challenges of the labor market by improving communication between employers and employees. The start-up makes corporate logos scannable, turning them into company ambassadors.
PREPARO allows users to personalize their profiles with a short introduction video. Therefore, it provides an individualized first impression even before the job interview.
Project LooX is working on learning image processing software for intelligent product presentations in outdoor advertising. For this purpose, the start-up is developing interactive showcases, context-based outdoor steles and entertaining sales systems, which dynamically adjust their content and make the effectiveness of outdoor advertising traceable.
About the SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator
The SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator supports interdisciplinary teams with the implementation and growth of their founding projects. They can use a co-working office with state-of-the art equipment on the premises of Spinnerei, an old cotton mill now serving as a center for creativity, and will obtain access to various technologies offered by the partners during the six-month program. In addition to intensive coaching, the founding teams will also benefit from a high-caliber mentoring program. Teams from all over Germany will be able to use all offers free of charge when accepted into the new founders' program. The Accelerator is funded through contributions from investors and established companies such as Blue Corporate Finance, Grazia Equity, High-Tech Gründerfonds, Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Sachsen, Porsche Leipzig, taskforce – Management on Demand, Postbank, E.ON Connecting Energies, Amazon Web Services, CMS Hasche Sigle, KPMG as well as Microsoft BizSpark www.spinlab.co
HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management as a hotbed for entrepreneurs
With over 150 start-ups established by HHL alumni over the past 17 years, Germany's top address for young managers has also developed into an incubator for company creation. The founders' entrepreneurial commitment has created more than 2,500 jobs already, over 1,100 of which are located in the Leipzig region alone. In 2013 and 2014, HHL reached one of three first places for the best entrepreneurial universities in Germany in the Start-Up Radar ranking published by Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Founders' Association of German Science) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BWMi) According to the Financial Times, HHL ranks first in Germany and fifth globally for its entrepreneurship focus within the M.Sc. and EMBA programs. www.hhl.de/EntrepreneurialGraduateSchool