Accelerate Conference Students Auditorium

Virtual Accelerate Conference 2021 at HHL

by Katharina Brenk | April 15, 2021
The event, organized by HHL students, has been held for three years and represents the largest conference on entrepreneurship in Eastern Germany. International participants from universities, startups, venture capital firms and established companies come together at the event.

Students Organize Large Startup Conference with Renowned Guests

“The Power of Change” is the title of the startup conference organized by HHL students, which will welcome all interested parties free of charge. On April 29 and 30, 2021, experts, investors and founders will meet to discuss relevant topics of the future. The Accelerate Conference will be held in English and takes place online for the very first time.

Accelerate Conference 2021: Power of Change

The world is transforming more dynamically than ever, with new megatrends continuing to drive constant change. Where will these changes lead? How will they affect our lives? And how exactly can we prepare for them? The HHL students want to ask these and other questions, so they have invited many exciting speakers and debaters.

“The aim of the conference is to give students, startups, investors and mature companies a platform to network, share opinions and catalyze new ideas in a casual environment at HHL.”

Keynote speaker Christian Lindner

Christian Lindner, National Chairman of the Free Democrats and Chairman of the Free Democrats’ parliamentary group in the German Federal Parliament, will kick off the 2021 Accelerate@HHL Conference with a keynote speech on “The Power of Change.

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The Accelerate Conference 2021

The event, organized by HHL students, has been held for three years and represents the largest conference on entrepreneurship in Eastern Germany. International participants from universities, startups, venture capital firms and established companies come together at the event.

100% Virtual Event

Online discussions, lectures and other events provide the framework of the conference. One highlight is the digital career fair, which offers participants the opportunity to expand their network with valuable contacts.

Tickets available now (free of charge)!

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Sven Schmidt, Chief Marketing Officer at Maschinensucher.de, is best known in the digital scene for his appearances on the podcasts of OMR (Online Marketing Rockstars) and Deutsche Startups. After studying business administration in Leipzig and the USA, among other places, he started his career as a management consultant at McKinsey.

Over the past 20 years, Schmidt has left his mark on the digital industry as the founder of the getgo.de ticketing platform, as a venture partner at Accel Partners and as managing partner of the development and investment company ICS. An expert in this field, Sven Schmidt will share his experience during a fireplace chat at the Accelerate@HHL Conference and discuss how to develop new digital business models that can survive in a rapidly changing world.

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