4th HHL International Investors Day 2017

Save the date: June 13-14, 2017 again in Leipzig


HHL International Investors Day 

The third time in a row and increasingly popular: On June 14 and 15, 2016, Germany's leading business school hosted its 3rd HHL International Investors Day in Leipzig. This unique event brought together founders with potential investors, established enterprises, and successful start-ups from HHL to promote an active exchange. Young founders had the chance to take part in the HHL Best Founders Competition and to win the HHL Best Founders Award. The event focused on the new opportunities and challenges of e-health, e-education, Industry 4.0 and bio-economy.

HHL International Investors Day is the number one investors' meeting in Eastern Germany

HHL Dean Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart drew a positive conclusion of the event, commenting, "Our HHL International Investors Day has evolved into the number one investors' meeting in Central and Eastern Germany. Just like the Hightech Venture Days, which take place in Dresden in the fall, it ranks among the flagship events for start-up and/or growth funding in Germany's new federal states. And it is desperately needed! We need a climate in which we can partner young talents and their young new ideas with capital on the one side and with established companies on the other side to better lead our economy into the future."

Save the date:
The next HHL Investors Day will take place on June 13 and 14, 2017, again in Leipzig!

The HHL Best Founders Competition 2017 will be opened in January

Founders Award

HHL Best Founders Award

Take part in the HHL Best Founders Competition

Young founders have the chance to pitch their business ideas in front of well-known investors and attract a first financing. The best business concepts will win the HHL Best Founders Award including prize money. Details for the HHL Best Founders Competition in 2017 will be announced at the beginning of 2017.

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.

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Previous HHL Investors Days

The HHL’s 3rd International Investors Day took place on June 14th and 15th 2016 on the HHL campus in Leipzig with its main foci on e-health, e-education, Industry 4.0 and bio-economy.

Prior to the conference on Wednesday, KMPG and SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator hosted a networking event at the Leipzig Cotton Mill, giving the attendees the chance to get to know each other and to start the 3rd International Investors Day in a relaxed, yet entrepreneurial atmosphere.

Wednesday’s conference was then accompanied by more than 200 national and international guests and highly acclaimed speakers, such as Burkhard Jung (Lord Mayor City of Leipzig), Prof. Dr. Martin Hill (Vice-President SAP), Prof. Dr. Detlev Riesner (Co-Founder and former member of supervisory board Qiagen), Prof. Dr. Helga Rübsamen-Schaeff (Scientist and Founder AiCuris), Martin Schlichte (Director and Co-Founder Lecturio) as well as Dr. Jan Alberti (Partner bmp Beteiligungsmanagement).

Prof. Dr. Pinkwart, Dean of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, spoke about the impact of the HHL International Investors Day on the entrepreneurial ecosystem and put emphasis on the importance to connect willing founders, venture capitalists, incumbents and successful founders. This was also verified by Frank Schmiechen, chief editor at Gründerszene. He said that start-up Germany does not only consists of Berlin but also of other cities such as Leipzig and that the Investors Day frequently shows the potential of the region.

The HHL International Investors Day was organized by the Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, the Center for Entrepreneurial and Innovative Management (CEIM), the Schumpeter Junior Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer and the Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG Chair of Strategic Management and Family Business.

We would again like to thank our various sponsors for their engagement with the HHL and its International Investors Day.

Press release (Focus on bio-economy)

Press release (Leipzig experiencing a new industrial revolution)

HHL Investors Day 2015

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.

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