Accelerate Conference


SpinLab - The HHL Accelerator, Spinnereistrasse 7 | Hall 14, 04179 Leipzig


April 25-26, 2024

1.00 p.m. (CEST)


Accelerate Conference 2024:

Reshaping industries, Redefining success


The topic of this year’s conference is “Reshaping industries, Redefining success”. The goal of our event is to demonstrate the impact of start-ups, SMEs and large corporates in mutually reshaping established industries. We want to show how they are redefining their success by contributing to society. We believe that by coming together, sharing insights, and exploring collaborative opportunities, we can navigate these times and pave the way for sustainable success.

Interested? Then visit us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook or our website.


Pitch Contest

The annual Pitch Contest is one of the highlights of the conference.

The Pitch Contest gives you the opportunity to present your business idea in front of a jury of top experts from venture capital and industry. You will receive valuable feedback on your business idea and as the winner you can expect 3,000 euros in cash and start-up training.

You want to join? Our application process

  1. Follow us so you do not miss any important information about the Pitch Contest.
  2. Take 2 minutes time and register yourself. Fill out our forms.
  3. Mark the date in your calendar.


_In which phase does my startup need to be?
With our Pitch Contest, we especially want to support people before the founding, during the founding or shortly after.

_How does the contest work?
You will give a 5–7-minute presentation about your idea, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from our judges.

_In which language do I have to present?
As we have international guests, we prefer an English pitch. However, on request, a German presentation is also possible.

_Who will be sitting in the audience?
In addition to business angels, VCs and other investors, we are also expecting 150-200 interested guests.

Meet Our Sponsors

We express our sincere gratitude to our sponsors for their invaluable support of our upcoming conference. Their support empower us to make a significant impact on the startup scene in the Leipzig region and orchestrate an inspiring event for all participants passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship. We deeply appreciate their partnership in bringing our vision to life.

Become a sponsor of our conference and amplify your brand’s recognition within the dynamic German startup scene. By doing so, you’ll not only attract innovative minds, including students and young professionals seeking inspiration, but also have the opportunity to showcase your expertise through active contribution options like workshops or keynotes.
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Accelerator of this year

Julia Bauch
Head of Initiative
Azhar Khurshid
Head of Initiative
Tanishq Kandhari
Head of Speakers
Benjamin Musil
Head of Operations/ Finance
Apurv Adarsh
Head of Marketing
Richard Löbel
Head of Sponsoring
Johanna Blum
Head of Marketing
Arunima Das
Head of Speakers
Anna-Lena Hanschke
Head of Conference

About Accelerate

Along with HHL’s entrepreneurial spirit and the extraordinary expertise of HHL in that field, the student initiative Accelerate@HHL is dedicated to the topic of entrepreneurship and related issues such as funding, financing, leadership etc. The initiative is additionally pushed by HHL alumni and HHL’s extensive network within the entrepreneurship scene who foster and strengthen the HHL entrepreneurial spirit beyond the campus. In the context of the Accelerate initiative, a yearly conference is organized welcoming over 200 guests. Highly recognized speakers and students from numerous other universities join and discuss hot topics of entrepreneurship. Find out more on our website: