Entrepreneurship –
Events & Network


HHL offers various events to connect students with successful entrepreneurs, investors and potential cofounders. With its strong focus on entrepreneurship, HHL brings together people with an entrepreneurial mindset and make sure that they get to know the right persons to successfully start their business. The following list encompasses a selection of the most successful formats.

Start-up Career Fair

The Startup Career Fair is one of the oldest and most successful entrepreneurship events at HHL, initiated by our dean professor Stubner. Six successful startups join the events and talk about their entrepreneurial journeys. In addition, they offer exclusive internships as well as management positions to HHL students. The start-up career fair is organized twice a year. The participation is limited to HHL students.

HHL Accelerate Conference

The student initiative Accelerate@HHL organizes one of the biggest entrepreneurship conference in Germany: the HHL Accelerate Conference. In the two day conference, the team brings together successful entrepreneurs, students, and corporates to discuss disruptive topics. The conference offers a wide range of interactive workshops, network opportunities and panel discussions. The conference is open to everyone. However, the tickets are always quickly sold out.

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Annual HHL Accelerate Conference

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HHL SpinLab Investors Day

The HHL SpinLab Investors Day is the conference particularly focusing on investors and co-organized by HHL and SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator. The conference offers panel discussions on topics relevant for investors. In addition, all the start-up companies from the SpinLab accelerator pitch their businesses. Further, HHL organizes “The best of Mitteldeutschland” award within the conference, inviting the best startup companies of the founder initiatives in Central Germany.

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EY Public Value Award

The EY Public Value Award is a cooperation project of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and the auditing and consulting firm Ernst & Young. New companies are invited to align their business models with courageous solutions to the challenges of our time and submit their ideas for the award. After a pre-selection phase, the award is handed over to the winners at a big event, organized by HHL Professor Timo Meynhardt.

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Prof. Dr. Timo Meynhardt
Member of the Jury Prof. Timo Meynhardt, HHL

There are good reasons for startups to look at their contribution to the greater good right from the start. The result is a mixture of courage and humility that is so important for the success of a company. The common good is not an old-fashioned idea, but rather an attractive way of growing together in a meaningful way. The enormous response to the award shows the growing relevance of the topic.