HHL SpinLab Investors Day

Connecting ideas with investors


HHL SpinLab Investors Day

The first HHL SpinLab Inverstors Day in April 2018 was very successful. With the combination of HHL Investors Day and SpinLab Demo Day, we created an innovative format for start-up investors and corporates.

The new HHL SpinLab Investors Day was an all-day specialist event for the (corporate) VC scene with professional exchange, 15 top pitches (SpinLab Demo Day & Best of Central Germany) and talent recruiting. In April, we discussed, among other things, the impact of the crypto currency trend on the VC scene and how well corporate VC and classic VC fit together. Speakers included Fabian Westerheide (Asgard Capital), Jan Miczaika (Holtzbrinck Ventures), Alexander Küppers (Statkraft Ventures), Holger Wagner (EnBW Ventures), Nikolas Samios (cooperativa/PropTech1), Michael Wieser (b-to-v/helvetia venture fund) and Stephan Stubner (HHL/Monkfish Equity). We developed the HHL SpinLab Investors Day into a semi-annual exchange platform for the VC scene, with good, current topics and competent speakers.

The next HHL SpinLab Investors Day will take place in November 2018.


HHL SpinLab Investors Day 2018

10:15 UhrEröffnung und Begrüßung
Prof. Dr. Stephan Stubner, Rektor der HHL, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG Lehrstuhl für Strategisches Management und Familienunternehmen
Dr. Eric Weber, Geschäftsführer SpinLab
10:30 UhrKeynote I - VC Marktdaten
Dr. Stefan Schneider, KPMG AG
11:00 UhrPaneldiskussion: Kryptowährungen und VC
Moderator: Dr. Eric Weber, SpinLab
  • Fabian Westerheide, Asgard Capital
  • Agnieszka Sarnecka, neufund
  • Sebastian von Allwoerden, CMS Hasche Sigle
  • Jan Miczaika, Holtzbrinck Ventures
12:10 UhrPitches - Best of Mitteldeutschland
Moderator: Dr. Dorian Proksch, HHL
12:40 UhrMittagessen
13:30 UhrKeynote II - Die Rolle von Startups bei der Digitalisierung von Unternehmen
Ulrich Schmitz, Axel Springer Digital Ventures
14:00 UhrPaneldiskussion: Vor- und Nachteile von Corporate VCs als Mit-Investoren
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Stephan Stubner, HHL
  • Jan Borgstädt, JOIN Capital
  • Alexander Küppers, Statkraft Ventures
  • Holger Wagner, EnBW Ventures
  • Nikolas Samios, cooperativa
15:10 UhrRecruiting Pitches
Moderator: Dr. Dorian Proksch, HHL
15:25 UhrKaffeepause
15:40 UhrKeynote III - Partner Funds, eigener Fonds, Business Angel-Netzwerk: wie unterscheidet sich der Auswahlprozess?
Michael Wieser, b-to-v/helvetia venture fund
16:20 UhrPitches - 10 Startups SpinLab Demo Day
Moderator: Dr. Eric Weber, SpinLab
17:40 UhrTech Demos & Networking
Alle Startups zeigen an Ständen ihre Technologien und Prototypen und stehen für Fragen und Diskussionen zur Verfügung.
18:30 UhrMöglichkeit zum Rundgang durch Gondwanaland
19:30 UhrDinner, Drinks & More | Preisverleihung

Founders Award

"Best of Mitteldeutschland"

Together with the founders networks of Central Germany we are looking for exciting business ideas each year. At the HHL SpinLab Investors Day, young entrepreneurs have the unique opportunity to introduce themselves and their ideas to a large audience and a renowned jury, and to win the capital for their start into business. The award „Best of Mitteldeutschland“ is sponsored by the KARL KOLLE Foundation and comes with EUR 1,500 in prize money.

At the HHL SpinLab Investors Day 2018, the Leipzig-based company whyapply — nominated by SMILE — beat out fierce competition. The online application offers data-based recruiting without job ads and cover letters and wants to bring together companies and individuals through special user-generated content. 

2017 Award Winners

The 2017's HHL Best Founders Award went to Binee. Once a participant of SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator, the company taps int toe “urban mine” and enables the collection an recycling of small electronic devices, such as smartphones, financed through advertising.

The second prize of the Best Founders Award, also sponsored by the Association of Friends of HHL, went to the start-up Hawa Dawa. The company, headquartered in Munich, offers an innovative method of recording and displaying urban air quality. Hawa Dawa measures, models and visualizes the state of urban air quality in real time, using a spatially distributed grid of inexpensive sensors. The team also won the KARL KOLLE Prize, worth EUR 1,500, for the best technological idea.

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 of 2014. 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.


We thank our partners for their support

Strategic Partners

               AOK Plus

      Insurance Innovation Lab

           Leipziger Gruppe

              VNG Gruppe

Innovation Partners

            Arvato Systems

              con | energy

               DELL EMC

   European Energy Exchange


                 HL komm



Premium Partners

          CMS Hasche Sigle

             Deutsche Bank

                  DZ Bank

              Grazia Equity

         Heinz DÜRR Invest


      Madsack Mediengruppe

              MBG Sachsen

        Quarton International

 Amt für Wirtschaftsförderung

               taskforce -
    Management on Demand

      Technologiegründerfonds                        Sachsen



              SpinLab - 
         The HHL Accelerator


Previous HHL Investors Days

HHL SpinLab Investors Day 2018

Read the press release about the first HHL SpinLab Investors Day in spring 2018.

HHL Investors Day 2017

More than 200 guests from Germany and abroad attended the 4th HHL International Investors Day on June 13/14, 2017 hosted by Germany’s leading entrepreneurial university. This unique event brought together founders with potential investors, established enterprises, and successful start-ups from HHL to promote an active exchange. The guest list included Dr. Alex von Frankenberg (CEO of High-Tech Gründerfonds), Prof. Dr. Tobias Kollmann (Chairman of the Young Digital Economy Advisory Board of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy), Dr. Rouven Westphal (Managing Director, Hasso-Plattner Capital), Dr. Jan Wiedei (Head of Digital Sales, Deutsche Postbank AG) as well as Antje Strom (Partner Audit at KPMG). The event focused on the new opportunities and challenges of software as a service, artificial intelligence, energy management and medical technology as well as the smart city.

HHL Dean Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart drew a positive conclusion of the event, commenting, "Over the last few years, HHL managed to create a tight network of founders, business angels, venture capitalists and established companies for Leipzig as a city of innovation with the HHL International Investors Day and to attract participants from as far as Silicon Valley to come to Leipzig."

The 4th HHL International Investors Day on June 13 and 14, 2017, was organized by the Center for Entrepreneurial and Innovative Management (CEIM) and the Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart) including the support of numerous well-known sponsors.

Press release

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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