HHL International Investors Day 2016

June 14-15, 2016 in Leipzig


HHL International Investors Day 

The 3rd HHL International Investors Day will take place on June 14 and 15, 2016 on the HHL Campus in Leipzig. The main topic of the event is Digital Transformation of Industries. We will welcome great speakers of startups, investors und incumbents from the areas of Industry 4.0, E-Education, E-Health and Bio-Economy. 

Again we will conduct the HHL Best Founders Competition: Pre-selected entrepreneurial teams will have the chance to present their ideas in front of investors and a jury to win the HHL Best Founders Award and for the first time the Best Bio-based Business Award. 

We are proud to announce that our HHL International Investors Day is fully booked. If you want to be on the waiting list, please send us an e-mail to investorsday(at)hhl.de.

3rd HHL International Investors Day


June 14-15, 2016


HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Schmalenbach Building, Jahnallee 59
Leipzig Cotton Mill, Spinnereistraße

Submission Deadlines for the Competitions

HHL Best Founders Award: April 19, 2016, 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Best Bio-based Award: May 5, 2016

Event Registration

Until May 31, 2016

Event Fees

Dependant on participant's status

Organizing Committee

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart
Dr. Dorian Proksch

Expected Number of Participants


Event Language



Entrepreneurial Network Event sponsored by KPMG on June 14, 2016 
at Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei 

Panel: Digital Transformation of Industries
07:00 p.m.Hendrik Krawinkel, Partner and CFO Hitfox Group
Florian Pauthner, CFO Seven Ventures
Moderation: Frank Schmiechen, Chief Editor Gründerszene                                                         
08:00 p.m.Snack and networking

Main Event on June 15, 2016 at HHL Leipzig Campus

Opening Remarks
09:30 a.m.Opening Remarks by the Dean of HHL
Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Holder of the Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at HHL
09:35 a.m.Opening Remarks by the City of Leipzig
Burkhard Jung, Lord Mayor of the City of Leipzig
09:45 a.m.Perspectives on Digital Transformation of Industries
Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Holder of the Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at HHL
Keynotes I + II
09:55 a.m.Keynote I 
Gilbert Schütz, Global Business Manager, Kiwigrid GmbH
10:10 a.m.Keynote II
Prof. Dr. Helga Rübsamen-Schaeff, Chair of Scientific Advisory Board, AiCuris Anti-infective Cures GmbH
10:35 a.m.Break and change of rooms
Parallel Panels 1 and 2
10:55 a.m.Panel 1: Bio-Economy

Dominik Siemon, SunCoal Industries GmbH
Dr. Joachim Geisler, CEO JTSD GmbH
Sören Schuster, Head of Early Stage Fund, Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen (TGFS)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Holder of Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at HHL
10:55 a.m.Panel 2: Industry 4.0

Klaus Mochalski, CEO Rhebo AG
Stefan Bihler, Director Siemens Digital Enterprise
Thomas Doppelberger, CEO Fraunhofer Ventures
Prof. Dr. Stephan Stubner, Holder of the Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG Chair of Strategic
Management and Family Business at HHL
Parallel Business Model Pitches
11:55 a.m.Business Model Pitches Bio-Economy
Dr. Stefan Schneider, Partner Audit, KPMG
11:55 a.m.Business Model Pitches Digitalization
Moderator: Dr. Dorian Proksch, Executive Director of CEIM at HHL
12:55 p.m.Lunch break
Awarding of Deutschland Stipendium and Keynote III
02:25 p.m.Awarding of Deutschland Stipendium                                                                                 
02:30 p.m.Keynote III
Prof. Dr. Martin Hill, Vice President R&D, SAP SE
02:55 p.m.Room switching
Parallel Panels 3 and 4
03:05 p.m.Panel 3: e-Education

Martin Schlichte, CEO lecturio
Cirrelda Jo Aylor, Division Manager Strategic Management, Cornelsen Schulverlage GmbH
Dr. Jan Alberti, Partner bmp Beteiligungsmanagement AG
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Vivek Velamuri, Holder of the Schumpeter Junior Professorship in Entrepreneurship and 
Technology Transfer at HHL
03:05 p.m.Panel 4: e-Health

Dr. Gunter Trojandt, CEO Surgical Process Institute Deutschland GmbH
Nils v. Dellingshausen, CEO BetterDoc GmbH
Prof. Dr. Gerd Hindricks, Chief Physician of Rhythmology and Director, Leipzig Heart Institute
Dierk Beyer, Partner and Co-Founder TransAct Advisory Services
Jozsef Bugovics, Partner Quarton International
04:05 p.m.Short break
Keynotes IV and V
04:25 p.m.Keynote IV
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Detlev Riesner, Co-Founder and former Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Qiagen
04:55 p.m.Keynote V
Christoph D. Erbenich, Partner McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Announcement of the Winners
05:20 p.m.Prof. Dr. Stephan Stubner, Association of Friends of HHL
Julia Derndinger, Serial Entrepreneur and Founder Coach
Prof. Winfried Pinninghoff, KARL-KOLLE-Stiftung
Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, HHL
Closing Remarks
05:30 p.m.Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Holder of the Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at HHL
05:40 p.m.End of HHL International Investors Day



Founders Awards

HHL Best Founders Award - Best Bio-based Business Award

Take part in the HHL Best Founders Competition

You have a great business idea and want to attract money to realize the idea? Submit your idea until April 19, 2016 and you may be selected to present your ideas to well-known investors and attract a first financing. The best business concept will win the HHL Best Founders Award including prize money of 2,000 Euro. The second prize is 500 Euros. In addition, we award the Karl-Kolle prize of 1,500 Euro for the best technology based-ideas. We are looking for ideas

  • mainly focusing but not limited to the area of digital business
  • that have already been developed into a full business concept
  • that are already in the process of being realized or have already been realized (not older than 2 years).

To take part in the idea competition, please send your pitch-deck (as pdf) to investorsday(at)hhl.de until April 19, 2016, 12:00 p.m. (noon). Selected teams are invited for a virtual presentation on April 21st (through a video conferencing tool). The best virtual presentation will be awarded with EUR 500,00 prize money. The six best teams will be invited to pitch at the HHL International Investors Day to compete for the awards.

The head of the jury is Julia Derndinger, serial entrepreneur and founders coach. The jury further includes representatives from High-Tech Gründerfonds, Deutsche Bank AG, CMS Hasche Sigle, Grazia Equity, taskforce management on demand AG, Quarton International and more.

Apply for the Best Bio-based Business Award

For the first time, we will organize a business pitch competition especially for the field of bioeconomy. The best concept will win the Best Bio-based Business Award. We are looking for the best pitches in the fields of bioeconomy, biotechnology and life sciences. To take part, send your pitch deck (as pdf) to julia.busch(at)hhl.de until May 5, 2016. Selected teams will be asked to take part in a virtual consultation (via a video conferencing tool) between May 10 and 18, 2016. The best entries will then be able to pitch at HHL International Investors Day. Besides the award, the best idea will be awarded with EUR 500,00 prize money and is eligible for a fast track application for the TGZ Halle Accelerator. Antje Strom, Partner at KMPG will be head of the jury. Other members will include representatives from Bio-Net Leipzig and Deutsches Biomasseforschungzentrum (DBFZ) and more. 

2015 Award Winners

The winner of the HHL Best Founders Award 2015, which included EUR 2000, was the team of Carl Ferdinand Hauer with its business idea "VermietButler". The founder and M.Sc. student of HHL said, "Our mobile app relieves tenants from hours of apartment viewing which is then often without a result. We provide the landlord with suitable prospective tenants at the viewing and save them several hours of administrative tasks."

The second prize, which received EUR 500 and was also funded by the Association of Friends of HHL (AoF), went to the team of ekoio. The Connected-Car-Start-Up, which currently works in the SpinLab - The HHL Accelerator, makes vehicle data utilizable for the business and private consumer market.

The KARL-KOLLE Award with EUR 1500 for the best technical idea went to ConBox. This startup - also from the SpinLab- The HHL Accelerator merges TV and the internet. Via a cloud platform, internet data and TV pictures can be synchronized and mobile devices can be connected to the TV.

Venue and Directions

The HHL International Investors Day will take place at Leipzig's Cotton Mill and at the HHL Campus. 

Directions to HHL and Campus Map

Directions to Leipzig's Cotton Mill


We have reserved a limited number of rooms, please see the table below for details. Please book your room directly with the hotel using the special registration code or the polling form for Motel One.

The Westin Leipzig ****Seaside Park Hotel Leipzig ****

Gerberstraße 15
04105 Leipzig
Tel. +49 (0)341-9881075

Single room: EUR 101.00 (incl. breakfast)
Double room: EUR 131.00 (incl. breakfast)

Booking deadline: April 18, 2016
Booking code: "Investors Day"

Richard-Wagner-Straße 7
04109 Leipzig
Tel. +49 (0)341-9852707

Single room: EUR 90.00 (incl. breakfast)
Double room: EUR 110.00 (incl. breakfast)

Booking deadline: May 17, 2016
Booking code: "Investors Day"

Motel One Nikolaikirche

Nikolaistraße 23
04109 Leipzig
Tel. +49 (0)341 3374370

Single room: EUR 69.00 (without breakfast)
Double room: EUR 79.00 (without breakfast)
Booking deadline: May 17, 2016

To call one of the rooms, pls use this polling form.


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Previous HHL Investors Days

The 2nd HHL International Investors Day took place on June 17, 2015. The topic of the event was “Digital Transformation of Industries” with the main focus on “Fintech” and “Connected Mobility”. Among the experts again were well-known persons as Michael Otto (Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Otto Group), Dr. Jan-Peer Laabs (Managing Director Deutsche Bank AG) and Stefan Groschupf (CEO Datameer Inc, San Francisco, USA) .

As an event, the “Entrepreneurial Network Event sponsored by KPMG” with a panel discussion and a afterwards get-together took place at the “Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei” (Leipzig Cotton Mill) in cooperation with “SpinLab - The HHL Accelerator”.

Pre-selected top entrepreneurial teams had the chance to present their ideas in front of investors and a jury to win the HHL Best Founders Award.

Investors Day 2015 Press release

HHL Investors Day 2014

The first HHL International Investors Day on June 18, 2014 was organized by the Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship together with the Schumpeter Junior Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer and the Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG Chair for Strategic Management and Family Business. The event’s guiding theme was e-business which was covered in various panel discussions on e-commerce, e-health, and e-mobility that brought together entrepreneurs, potential investors, established enterprises, and successful start-ups from HHL.

In his opening speech, the well-known founder and investor Lukasz Gadowski emphasized the importance of Venture Capital as the driving force for innovation, new jobs, and progress. The 36-year old advised company founders to focus on product development and customer satisfaction rather than obsessively trying to make the VC manager happy at any cost. The second guest speaker was the US-American venture capital expert Daniel Zimmermann, partner at WilmerHale in Palo Alto, California, and, among others, in charge of the successful Berlin startup ResearchGate.

The event ended with the HHL Best Founders Award show. A high-profile jury of experienced investors awarded the prizes to Philipp Joas and Thilo Hardt with the booking platform eWings and to the HHL student team Malvin Debono und Dr. Helen Blümel of BRAVA, an online store for women's clothing in special sizes.

HHL received external support from the Self-Management Initiative Leipzig (SMILE) and the Chair for Marketing at the University of Leipzig (Prof. Dr. Helge Löbler). Numerous well-known sponsors, such as Blue Corporate Finance AG, CMS Hasche Sigl, Deutsche Bank AG, KPMG, the Leipzig Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer, Porsche Leipzig GmbH, SAM Sachsen Asset Management, the S-Beteiligungen Leipzig and the Technologiegründerfonds Saxony, as well as the Association of Friends of HHL supported the event.

Participants Statements of 2015

During the 2nd International Investors Day we asked the participants to comment on the event.

Jozsef Bugovics, Partner Blue Corporate Finance

"The topic of FinTech is currently advancing as the customer or, more precisely, the relationship of trust with banks and insurers has changed. This provides many new companies with the opportunity to use this bond of trust in new technologies. This will lead to massive growth regarding end customer relations and later also in the area of B2B."

Stefan Groschupf, CEO Datameer Inc. San Francisco, USA

"Germany has great talent but it is important to think global when it comes to going to market. Germany and its surroundings are too small and too slow of a market."

Annemarie Heyl, HHL alumna and Co-Founder of Kale & Me GmbH

"The networking opportunities at the HHL International Investors Day are excellent for us as a very young company. Although the event has a tech theme and we sell a food product – a fresh juice – we receive competent feedback from all sides. I already acquired five new customers and talked to numerous potential investors."

Dr. Jan-Peer Laabs, Managing Director Deutsche Bank AG

"Banks can benefit from the speed (time to market) and flexibility of FinTechs. Cooperation with banks will continue to be attractive for startups, too. With help of the banks they can gain access to a wide customer base, and strong  bank brands are an important multiplier for FinTech solutions."

Dr. Michael Otto, Head of the Supervisory Board of Otto Group

"In addition to a high digital expertise, founders today need a lot of motivation as well as flexibility for the development and adjustment of business ideas. We also have to say goodbye to the perfection which is specifically practiced in Germany. It is no longer about making the success of a business model 100 percent safe before the start but realizing it quickly."

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Dean of HHL

"The 2nd International Investors Day opened up a wide range of opportunities to network and to find new paths to use the chances of digitalization in global competition with new business models and new partnerships in future."

Alec Rauschenbusch, CEO Grazia Equity GmbH

"Founders should know that financing is going to be difficult in Germany after the seed stage due to lack of capital. Companies should be able to be established with as little capital as possible, and the respective market should not be subject to intense competition."

Dr. Stefan Schneider, Senior Manager, KPMG AG

"In times of rapid and profound change there are many opportunities also for startups. Startups with innovative solutions for existing value creation chains can become strong partners of established large companies or license or sell their solutions to them. They can also challenge an existing value creation chain with a new disruptive business model. The old rule of Thomas Alva Edison – "Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent." - remains important from the startup perspective."

Prof. Dr. Stephan Stubner, Holder of the Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG Chair of Strategic Management and Family Business, HHL

"The "Connected Mobility" panel showed how diverse this topic is and how big the influence of new business models on all of us will be in the near future."

Dr. Sebastian Suhr, Investment Manager, High-Tech Gründerfonds

"In general, the most important criteria for our decision to invest cannot be named. We basically like to see technology-oriented startups which approach an attractive market on the basis of a technological USP. It is particularly important to invest in a team which is able to use existing potential."

Jörg Sutara, HHL alumnus and Co-Founder of PAYMILL GmbH

"We can expect many innovations in the field of FinTech in the coming years. In the B2B segment I see data science products as well as payment products. I also consider B2B payments, payments between dealers, to be an exciting field. In the B2C segment, I am a strong believer in consumer driven finance products which a) save the consumer time, b) save the consumer money and c) provide transparency in the decision-making process."

Daniel Zimmermann, Partner WilmerHale, Palo Alto, USA

"We will see more global startups popping up in Leipzig and Berlin because of the interconnectedness with Silicon Valley and with other technological innovation centers. It is a huge advantage that a lot of innovation is happening in Leipzig and Berlin. Also, German startups have far more access to relatively cheap talent than one would have in Silicon Valley."

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