4th HHL International Investors Day 2017

June 13-14, 2017 in Leipzig


HHL International Investors Day 

The HHL International Investors Day brings together founders, investors and representatives from big corporations. In a mix of panel discussions and key-note speeches, investors, successful founders, various speakers from Silcion Valley and industry experts discuss the current topics artificial intelligence (AI) and software as a service (SaaS). Specific focus topics are Energy-Tech, Smart City and MedTech. A range of pre-selected teams will pitch their business ideas within the HHL Best founders and Best bio-based business competitions. Welcome to Leipzig!



June 13-14, 2017


June 13: Leipzig Cotton Mill, Halle 14, Spinnereistraße 7, 04179 Leipzig

June 14: HHL Campus, Schmalenbach Building, Jahnallee 59, 04109 Leipzig

Submission Deadlines for the Competitions

HHL Best Founders Award: April 28, 2017
Best Bio-based Award: May 5, 2017

Event Fees

EUR 25 for the Network event on June 13, 2017

EUR 45 for the Investors Day on June 14, 2017

Discount for alumni, students and partners of HHL

Event Language


Event Registration

Only via our conference tool until May 28, 2017


Entrepreneurial Network Event sponsored by KPMG on June 13, 2017 at Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei

Panel: Artificial Intelligence
7:00 p.m.Fabian Westerheide, Coordinator AI, Bundesverband Deutsche Startups e. V.
Dr. Ulli Waltinger, Head of Research Group Machine Intelligence, Siemens AG
Justus Nagel, Head of Business Development, Sensape GmbH
Moderation: Frank Schmiechen, Chief Editor, Gründerszene
8:00 p.m.Snack and networking
* invited

Investors Day on June 14, 2017 at HHL Leipzig Campus

Opening Remarks
9:30 a.m.Opening Remarks by the Dean of HHL
Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Holder of the Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at HHL
9:35 a.m.Opening Remarks from Silicon Valley: Digitalization in the USA - Can Germany still compete?
Daniel Zimmermann, Partner, WilmerHale, Palo Alto, USA
Keynotes I and II
9:50 a.m.Keynote I: Opportunities of digitalization and artificial intelligence for startups - The perspective of SAP
Prof. Dr. Martin Hill, Vice President/Head of LOB R&D, Manufacturing, SAP SE
10:10 a.m.Keynote II: The future of digital business from a governmental perspective - What has to change?
Prof. Dr. Tobias Kollmann, Professor, serial entrepreneur and investor
10:30 a.m.Break and change of rooms
Parallel Panels 1 and 2
10:55 a.m.Panel 1: Energy-Tech

Startup: Dr. Jan Marckhoff, CEO, BEN Energy
Incumbent: Timo Tauber, M&A, Viessmann Group
Investor: Hans-Joachim Polk, Director, VNG

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Holder of Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at HHL
10:55 a.m.Panel 2: SaaS

Startup: Hans-Martin Hellebrand, Co-Founder Humada Inc, Palo Alto, USA
Incumbent: Tim Kruse, Corporate Finance, Mercateo AG
Investor: Friedrich A. Neuman, CEO, Makers.do

Moderator: Dr. Claudia Lehmann, Executive Director CLIC at HHL
Parallel Business Model Pitches
12:00 p.m.Business Model Pitches Bio-Economy
Moderator: Antje Strom, Partner Audit, KPMG
12:00 p.m.Business Model Pitches Digital Transformation of Industries
Moderator: Dr. Dorian Proksch, Executive Director of CEIM at HHL
1:00 p.m.Lunch break
Awarding of Deutschland Stipendium and Keynote III
2:30 p.m.Awarding of Deutschland Stipendium      
2:35 p.m.Keynote III - The Ten Myths of Venture Capital
Dr. Alex von Frankenberg, CEO, High-Tech Gründerfonds
2:55 p.m.Keynote VI - The Digitalization of Financial Services
Dr. Jan Wiedei, Head of Digital Sales, Deutsche Postbank AG
3:15 p.m.Room switching
Parallel Panels 3 and 4
3:30 p.m.Panel 3: Smart City

Startup: Dénes Honus, Founder Green City Solutions
Incumbent: tbd, Siemens AG*
Investor: Daria Saharova, Partner, Vito One

Moderator: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Vivek Velamuri, Holder of the Rolf Schrömgens Junior Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer at HHL
3:30 p.m.Panel 4: MedTech

Startups: Stoyan Halkaliev, CEO, NursIT Institue
Dr. Tobias Gantner, CEO Health Care Futurists GmbH
Incumbent: Prof. Friedrich Wilhelm Mohr, Medical Director, Leipzig Heart Center
Investor: Dr. Martin Pfister, Senior Investment Manager Life Sciences & Healthcare, High-Tech Gründerfonds

Moderator: Jozsef Bugovics, Partner Quarton International
4:10 p.m.Short break
Keynote V
4:50 p.m.Keynote IV: How a Health Cloud can disrupt the medical world?
Dr. Rouven Westphal, CEO, Hasso-Plattner Capital
5:10 p.m.Video Message: In the heart of Silicon Valley - The hype and realities of the current investment climate in the Silicon Valley
Bill Reichert*, CEO, Garage Technology Ventures, Silicon Valley, USA
Announcement of the Winners
5:05 p.m.Dr. Burkhart Eymer, Association of Friends of HHL
Hendrik Krawinkel, Co-Founder & Managing Partner FinLeap
Prof. Winfried Pinninghoff, KARL-KOLLE-Stiftung
Dr. Dorian Proksch, HHL
Closing Remarks
5:25 p.m.Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Holder of the Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at HHL
* invited



Founders Award

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.

Venue and Directions

The HHL International Investors Day will take place

on June 13 at Leipzig's Cotton Mill, Halle 14, Spinnereistraße 7 in 04179 Leipzig

Directions to Leipzig's Cotton Mill

on June 14 at the HHL Campus, Schmalenbach building at Jahnallee 59 in 04109 Leipzig. 

Directions to HHL and Campus Map


We have reserved a limited number of rooms at the Leipzig Motel One Hotels.

Please see the table below for details. Please book your room directly with the hotel using the polling form.

Motel One NikolaikircheMotel One Augustusplatz

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

Single room: EUR 69.00 (excl. breakfast)
Double room: EUR 79.00 (excl. breakfast)
Booking deadline: May 16, 2017

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

Ritterstraße 4
04109 Leipzig
Tel. +49 (0)341 2527980

Single room: EUR 78.50 (incl. breakfast)
Double room: EUR 98.00 (incl. breakfast)
Booking deadline: May 9, 2017

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

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Previous HHL Investors Days

HHL Investors Day 2016

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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