HHL Best Founders Award
Apply for the HHL Best Founders Award
You have a great business idea and want to attract money to implement the idea? On the HHL International Investors Day you have the chance to pitch in front of a big audience and a renowned jury. The best business concept will win the HHL Best Founders Award including a prize money of EUR 2,000. The second prize is EUR 500. Furthermore we will award the KARL KOLLE prize for the best technological idea with EUR 1,500. We thank the Association of Friends of HHL and the KARL KOLLE Foundation for sponsoring the prize money.
To take part in the idea competition, please send your pitch deck (as pdf) to investorsday(at)hhl.de until April 28, 2017. Selected teams are invited for a virtual presentation on May 5, 2017 (through a video conferencing tool). The six best teams will be invited to pitch on the HHL International Investors Day in person.
Apply for the Best Bio-based Business Award
For the second time, we will honor the best ideas from the bio-based economy and the energy field with the Best Bio-based Business Award. We are looking for the best pitches in the fields of bio-based and energy-based products and services. To take part, send your pitch deck (as pdf) to julia.busch-casler(at)hhl.de until May 5, 2017. Selected teams will be asked to take part in a virtual consultation (via a video conferencing tool) between May 10 and 18, 2017. The best entries will then be invited to pitch at HHL International Investors Day. Besides the award, the best idea will be awarded with EUR 500 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, the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ) and more.
2016 Award Winners
The HHL Best Founders Award in 2016, which includes EUR 2,000 in prize money, went to the Sensape team, a start-up which is developing a new technology for interactive infotainment systems in city centers. The second prize, which was sponsored by the Friends of HHL as well and endowed with EUR 500, was awarded to the team of Flynex, which offers a market place for drone services.
The KARL KOLLE Prize for the best technical idea includes EUR 1,500 in prize money and went to HHL alumnus Konrad Sell with his company Sonovum. The Leipzig-based company has developed a new, non-invasive technology to measure intracranial pressure and to diagnose strokes, craniocerebral injuries and other neurological conditions faster and more accurately.
The Dresden-based start-up Green City Solutions received the Best Bio-Based Business Award, which was given out for the first time and comes with EUR 500 in prize money.
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.
2014 Award Winners
The young booking platform eWings with its founders Thilo Hardt and Philipp Joas won the international idea competition. Following their presentation in front of a panel of renowned judges, among them experienced investors, they edged out HHL students Dr. Helen Blümel and Malvin Debono, who had presented an online shop for women's clothing in special sizes. The HHL Best Founders Award was sponsored by the Association of Friends of HHL and presented by its Vice President Dr. Burkhart Eymer together with head judge Julia Derndinger.