HHL SpinLab Investors Day: What you need to know

The next HHL SpinLab Investors Day is on January 30th, 2020


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 is an all-day specialist event for the (corporate) VC scene with professional exchange, 13 top pitches (SpinLab Demo Day & Best of Mitteldeutschland). 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 event is organized by both HHL and SpinLab, together with CEIM (Center for Entrepreneurial and Innovative Management).

HHL SpinLab Investors Day Key Information

Event Program of HHL SpinLab Investors Day 30th January 2020

We’ve prepared an exciting program for our upcoming event in January 2020. As a visiting investor, here’s what you can expect:

  • Expert Exchange. There will be keynotes and panel discussions covering the topics “Investing with international VCs” and “How to force exits?”
  • Deals. 10-15 pre-selected startups that will be ready to scale will be pitching.
  • Networking. We’ve got a strong network of investors and our partners that will be present, and you’ll be able to get to know them via our networking app.
  • Location. Our event will be hosted in the impressive and culturally historical Kunstkraftwerk in Leipzig.

Investors Day January 2020 Agenda

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10:15Opening Remarks & Greetings
Dr. Eric Weber, CEO SpinLab
10:20Session I: Investing with international VCs
Moderator: Dr. Eric Weber, CEO SpinLab

    Keynote with
  • Stephan Wirries, Ventech VC

  • Panel with
  • Alon Weinberg, Dell Technologies Capital

  • Marc Penkala, Mountain Partners

  • Roman Scharf, capital300

  • Craig Douglas, SET Ventures

11:40Pitches: 9 Startups SpinLab Demo Day
Jury: Saskia Sefranek (signals Venture Capital), Beatrice Böhm (Munich Venture Partners), Alexander Witt (TGFS)
Moderator: Eric Weber, SpinLab
13:10Lunch & Tech Demos
14:10Case Study: The "Digitales Versorgungsgesetz" & how the digital health ecosystem can profit
Julia Hagen (Health Innovation Hub)
14:25Pitches: 5 Startups "Best of Mitteldeutschland"
Jury: Saskia Sefranek (signals Venture Capital), Beatrice Böhm (Munich Venture Parners), Alexander Witt (TGFS)
Moderator: Dr. Dorian Proksch, HHL
15:20Immersive Art - by Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig
15:30Networking Session & Coffee
16:10Session II: How to force exits? From Living Deads and Closed Funds
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Stephan Stubner, HHL

    Keynote with
  • Jan Borgstädt, JOIN Capital

  • Panel with
  • Daniel Kroll, Quarton International

  • Hannes Schill, eCapital

  • Stefan Beil, Sobera Capital

  • Matthias Hornberger, kizoo

  • Benedikt Battke, Grazia Equity

17:20Immersive Art - by Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig
17:30Networking Session
18:00Award Ceremony
18:15Startup Tech Demos and Dinner

Key Partners of the HHL SpinLab Investors Day

Prize Money Sponsors

Networking App

Schedule 1on1 meetings at HHL SpinLab Investors Day with Startups, VCs, Business Angels and Corporates with our networking app Deal Room

The next HHL SpinLab Investors Day in January 2020 will be held at Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig

Photo courtesy of © Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig
Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig
Saalfelder Straße 8b

04179 Leipzig

Check out the recap video from Investors Day in April 2018

Who can you expect to meet at the HHL SpinLab Investors Day?

Visitors to our investors day

FOUNDERS AWARD  – 2019 Award Winners

“Best of 10 SpinLab Startups”

The 8 SpinLab startups of the 7th accelerator class performed in front of a jury and audience and had the chance to win EUR 5,000 sponsored by the city of Leipzig. The class 8 SpinLab Startup idatase together with their product NetLume secured the best SpinLab Pitch.

Recap video of the pitches

“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 in June 2019, the Dresden-based company DASHBIKE — nominated by Thüringer Hochschulgründernetzwerk — beat out fierce competition. Dashbike is the first legally compliant dashcam for bicycles for image and video recording of events.

2018 (November) Award Winners

“Best of 10 SpinLab Startups”

The batch 7 SpinLab startup Keleya, the digital midwife for expecting moms, secured the best SpinLab Pitch and won a prize money of 5.000 sponsored by the City of Leipzig.

Recap Video of Pitches

“Best of Mitteldeutschland”

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 in November 2018, the Dresden-based company Morpheus Space — nominated by dresden exists — beat out fierce competition. The startup develops complete nanosatellite propulsion systems opening up for a sustainable future in space.

2018 (April) Award Winners

“Best of 10 SpinLab Startups”

Motionscloud (mobile & AI solution to reduce insurance claims costs) performed the winning pitch among the 10 SpinLab startups of the 6th accelerator batch. The prize money of EUR 5,000 was sponsored by the City of Leipzig.

“Best of Mitteldeutschland”

The award „Best of Mitteldeutschland“ is sponsored by the KARL KOLLE Foundation and comes with EUR 1,500 in prize money. Among 5 startups from Central Germany, the Leipzig-based company whyapply — nominated by SMILE — won the award. Whyapply is a recruiting platform based on professional challenges rather than CVs and covering letters.

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.


HHL SpinLab Investors Day June 2019

The HHL SpinLab Investors Day in June 2019 took place at the location with the best view over Leipzig! At the Felix – just across Augustusplatz – 170 investors, partners and startups met and engaged in several activities like keynotes and panels on special venture capital (VC) know-how as well as startup pitches and speed dating. Central topics of this year’s Investor Day were Team Due Diligence and Brand Management as VC.

Blog Article: Team Due Diligence and Venture Capital Brand Building

Blog Article: Let’s talk about the HHL SpinLab Investors Day

HHL SpinLab Investors Day November 2018

In November 16th, 2018, the semi-annual HHL SpinLab Investors Day organized cooperatively by the SpinLab and the HHL took place in the backdrop of the Porsche plant in Leipzig.

The main topics of this event were “Is AI the future of VC” discussed by Thorben Rothe (Iris Capital), Jochen Klüppel (Grazia Equity), Daniel Höpfner (B10.vc) and  Karolina Kukielka (InReach Ventures) as well as “VC vs. public funding” debated by Reinhard Flaskamp (SMWA), Isabelle Canu (Coparion), Jan Alberti (bmp) and Andreas Winiarski (Earlybird). Our keynote speakers Ashley Lundström (EQT Ventures, on “Best Practice AI”), Jörg Rheinboldt (APX, on “Does funding harm entrepreneurship?”) and Kevin Reeder (bm-t, on “How funding and VC can work together”) gave valuable insights on current VC topics. Thomas Popp, CIO of the Staatskanzlei of Saxony gave a fireside chat on what had to change in the future in terms of startups and VC.

At the event, the SpinLab startups and a handful of other startups from Central Germany met with a variety of private and public investors. In addition to pitches and personal exchanges about investment potential, thematic discussions on current developments and ongoing challenges in venture capital formed another exciting pillar of the program.

Press Release (English)

Press Release (German)

HHL SpinLab Investors Day April 2018

In April 2018, 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). The 10 current Startups of SpinLab accelerator and the best 5 startups of the founders network of Central Germany performed their pitches and were presenting their products at tech demos.

The Investors Day took place in the event location of Zoo Leipzig where the guests had the chance to visit famous Gondwanaland, the 16,500 sqm big tropical hall with 100 animal and 17,000 plant species.

Press release

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.

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.

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.

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.

Burkhard Jung at a previous HHL SpinLab Investors Day

Burkhard Jung (Lord Mayor of the City of Leipzig) at the HHL Investors Day 2016

Have questions about the event? Our team is ready to help!

Carmen Gebhardt

Carmen Gebhardt

Event Manager

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Franziska Greim

Team Assistant

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Marina Chkolnikov

SpinLab Event & HR Manager

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