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Digital Leadership & Transformation

Event Series 2015/2016

The second digitalization wave permeates almost all fields of corporate leadership and challenges innovationmanagement in a fundamental manner. Increased complexity and higher speed in making and implementing decisions are opposed by new opportunities for faster analysis, communication and innovation.

Digital Leadership and Transformation

HHL Forum 2015

Rethinking Leadership – Leadership and Innovation in Times of Digital Transformation

The HHL Forum encouraged a dialog between science and practice as well as an exchange of experiences amongst outstanding experts and decision makers from the economy, science and politics.

Speakers and companies (among others):
Deutsche Bahn CEO Dr. Rüdiger Grube, innovation expert Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., State Minister for Science and the Arts of the Free State of Saxony Dr. Eva-Maria Stange and Postbank CEO Frank Strauß.

HHL Forum 2015 Press Release and Video Documentation

HHL Forum

Pitch Day | April 21, 2016

Idea Competition for Digital Business for Potential Founders

Potential founders have the opportunity to present their business ideas on the topic of Digital Business in front of a prominent jury and to get a qualified evaluation. The six best teams will be exclusively invited to pitch on the HHL International Investors Day.

HHL Pitch Day

Accelerate@HHL Conference | April 22-23, 2016

Internet of Things – The Smart Thing About Smart Things

On April 22 and 23, 2016, the Accelerate@HHL student initiative will bring together entrepreneurs, investors, companies with approximately 250 students from all over Europe. The topic of this year's conference is "Internet of Things – The Smart Thing About Smart Things". Conference organizer Max Fischer comments, "Following Big Date (2014) and Fintech (2015), we consciously decided for another topic which appeals to business administration and engineering students alike to allow for a well-balanced field of participants.". The participants will exchange views and discuss ideas covering the concepts of the smart car, smart home and Industry 4.0. In addition to technological and economic opportunities, the next Accelerate Conference will also focus on the ethical questions of cross-linking.

Moreover, the program includes numerous networking opportunities and a start-up pitch, which will allow the participants to present their ideas to a panel of investors and win prize money.

Hagen Fischer explains, "Our Accelerate@HHL student initiative is hard at work planning and preparing this year's event in order to make it a great success. The new website with a new featurette, ticketing and a detailed program has already gone live. Now, we are focusing on marketing to potential participants and recruiting speakers and sponsors."

The organization team is proud to have already enlisted a couple of high-caliber speakers for the conference. Among them are founders, CEOs, investors and researchers who deal intensively with the cross-linking of our environment. 

HHL Accelerate Conference

HHL International Investors Day | June 14 and 15, 2016

Digital Transformation of Industries – Examples from e-Education, e-Health, Industry 4.0, e-Commerce, Fin-Tech and Bio-Economy

The 3rd HHL International Investors Day on the topic of "Digital Transformation of Industries" will take place at HHL on June 14 and 15, 2016. This year's event will focus on e-health, e-education, Industry 4.0 and the bio-economy. Founders, representatives of established companies and investors will discuss the opportunities of digitalization as well as its consequences for companies and consumers in various panels. The program is rounded out with keynote speeches given by experts in this field, such as the CEO of Hasso Plattner Capital, Dr. Rouven Westphal.
The event will also include a two-stage start-up competition. Young and beginning founders may submit their ideas as a pitch deck in digital form by April 10. The best candidates will then have to chance to present their ideas on April 21 and win prize money of EUR 500. The six best teams then will be invited to present at the HHL International Investors Day in front of a select jury and have the chance of winning the HHL Best Founders Award as well as KARL KOLLE Prize for the best technical idea. For the first time ever, there will be an award for the best idea from the field of bio-economy as well.
According to Dr. Dorian Proksch, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial and Innovative Management (CEIM), the HHL International Investors Day represents a major component of HHL's digitalization focus this year. 

HHL International Investors Day

CASiM Conference | July 6-7, 2016

European Cities in Dynamic Competition - Urban Governance, Cooperation, Competitiveness and Sustainability

The Center for Advanced Studies in Management (CASiM) will organize a two-day conference devoted to innovative urban and city management in Leipzig, kindly sponsored by Stiftung Mercator. A special focus will be placed on governance, sustainability and the reinvention of European cities and regions. With representatives from academia, research and practice in attendance, the challenges of urban and city management will be presented and innovative approaches and strategies for coping with them will be discussed. 

CASiM Conference 2016

G-Forum 2016 | October 5-7, 2016

The main topic of the meeting in 2016 in Leipzig is:

Business model innovation (Business Model Innovation): How can new business models through spin-offs and spin-ins develop faster and successfully enforce in the market?

G-Forum 2016

HHL's Energy Conference 2016 | November 3-4, 2016

Digital Solutions for industrial Energy Efficiency

The conference deals with the topic of digitization and innovative potentials to increase energy efficiency. Business and technical aspects are thereby brought together and lead to potential industrial solutions.


HHL Energy Conference 

HHL-Forum 2016 | December 6-7, 2016

Rethinking Leadership - The New Leipzig Leadership Model


HHL Forum 




Save the Date and Call for Papers

20th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation - October 5th - 7th, 2016, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management Leipzig (Germany)

The G-Forum is the largest and oldest entrepreneurship and innovation conference in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

G-Forum 2016

HHL International Investors Day

The HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management is conducting the third HHL International Investors Day on June 14 and 15, 2016 in Leipzig.

We will discuss the current topic of Digital Transformation of Industries and offer the chance to network with founders, business angels, venture capital firms and high-ranked representatives of corporations.

HHL International Investors Day 2016

Leipzig Entrepreneurship Lecture

The Leipzig Entrepreneurship Lecture Series was established in 2011 by Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, chairholder of the Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. Within this series HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management invites distinguished speakers in entrepreneurship once a year to interact with students, faculty members and business leaders to talk about their latest research projects. The aim of the series is to foster entrepreneurial thinking in the region, as well as to provide a platform to discuss new ideas and opportunities. The lecture is open to everyone who wants to learn more about entrepreneurship from the academic and practical perspective.

Leipzig Entrepreneurship Lecture

CASiM Conference

CASiM Conferences are annually held academic meetings devoted to the four research areas of the Center for Advanced Studies in Management at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. These conferences provide a platform that facilitates an interdisciplinary dialog about the challenges of business administration in the 21st century as an academic discipline but also pursues the goal of practical relevance which is reached by a panel of outstanding representatives of German and European companies.

The CASiM Conference 2016 will be devoted to the topic "European City of the Future - Sustainable Management and Governance of Cities in Global Competition". 

CASiM Conference 2016


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