Following positions at B2B- businesses in IT and wholesale he worked for 2,5 years at HHL and the SMILE startup initiative in the field of entrepreneurship and as freelance consultant. He holds a MSc from Leipzig University and a PhD from HHL.
Matthew has advised companies on business model innovation, sustainability and crowdfunding in Egypt, India and Germany. He studied Philosophy & Economics in Bayreuth and worked as Dealflow-Manager for Seedmatch before joining SpinLab.
Shawn brings his experience from working as a marketing consultant in both the United States & Germany. He studied graphic design and international marketing in both Las Vegas and Boston, and brings this total skill set to the SpinLab.
Viola worked in PR & Event Management in the cultural sector. She holds a B.A. in Communication Science and Sociology (Tuebingen University) and a M.A. in General Management (HTWK Leipzig). In her Master’s she focused on IT recruiting for Startups.
Martin has over 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship and business modelling for startups in Gaming, PropTech and EnergyTech. He holds a diploma in Economics and he worked e.g. for ZDF Enterprises, Unister, TREUGAST Consulting.
Marina has a M.Sc. in Biochemistry and is currently studying General Management at HTWK Leipzig. She worked in intersectional fields such as the business development and PR of scientific research institutes.
After working for various startups in Leipzig where he focused on sales development and value selling, Dennis now supports the SpinLab. He studied Applied Media Science and wrote his bachelor thesis at IBM Germany about software based knowledge management and collaboration.
Julia is currently finishing her BSc in Geography at Leipzig University, with her thesis focusing on Leipzig’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. She has worked as a student business consultant and is now exploring the potential of Design Thinking at HPI in Potsdam.
Lennart has a BA in International Management and will start his Master in Management at the HHL. After working for a VC in 2017, he now wants to stay in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and support startups besides his studies.
Rebecca is a student assistant at the SpinLab. She is currently finishing her MA in Communication Management at Leipzig University. She has experience in public relations, multi-stakeholder initiatives and project management. Besides that she is interested in entrepreneurship and sustainability.
Valeria hails from Colombia and has a BSc in Industrial Engineering and is currently pursuing an international MBA focused on the promotion and training of small and medium sized companies. Her plan is to work for the innovation and entrepreneurial environment and help startups scale their businesses
Tatiana joins our team from Russia. She works as an office assistant to ensure the facilities and operations of the SpinLab are kept in order.
Lennon the Labrador
Chief Happiness Officer
Lennon joins our team and brings with him experience in the fields of sleeping on the swing, playing with a ball in the Spinnerei, and getting petted from lots of people. His primary role in the SpinLab is to insure happiness levels do not fall below 82%
Our Advisory Board
Entrepreneur & Managing Partner, MIB AG
Prof. Dr. Stephan Stubner
Dean of HHL Graduate School of Management, Entrepreneur, Co-founder and Managing Director at Monkfish Equity
Gerd Harry Lybke
Entrepreneur and gallery owner of EIGEN+ART Gallery
K. Christian Vogel, Dipl-Ing
Long industrial and much longer PE/VC career with over 140 investment/40 exits, CEO/CRO - Entrepreneur - Investor