Creative location

Work at the famous SPINNEREI, a creative venue in Leipzig - one of the most dynamic cities in Germany which is located in the center of Europe.
first-class program

First-class program

"SpinLab - The HHL Accelerator" offers a truly unique and excellent program supported by HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, one of the leading entrepreneurial universities in Europe.
no equity

But no equity taken.

We don't charge anything nor take equity. Our program is financed by a couple of great partners who are investors or established companies.

Premier Accelerator Program for Startups in Germany and Beyond

SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator supports the growth of entrepreneurial and innovative teams who want to scale up their businesses. Located within Leipzig’s creative and inspiring Leipzig’s Cotton Mill (Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei), we provide access to infrastructure (co-working office space and technology), coaching and mentoring, as well as to our international network of successful business founders, established market players and leading investors.

We are a joint initiative of Leipzig’s Cotton Mill, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and our valued partners founded in 2014.


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Assessment criteria
Excellent team of 2–4 founding members
An outstanding, scalable idea
Passion, energy, and willingness to realize your dream
(Pre-)Seed or expansion phase startups
Dedication to technology!

How to join SpinLab?

Passionate business founders and innovators with innovative, technology-oriented and scalable business concepts are welcome and invited to apply for our 6-month program!

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Lennart Koch
Founder and CEO, taskforce - Management on Demand AG
“We’re supporting this project because the accelerator concept won us over with its combination of business, science and a great location. Here at taskforce we want to participate in the increasing digitization of the economy as well, of course, as demonstrating our management competencies in stimulating cases.”
Klaus Mochalski, Rhebo CEO
Klaus Mochalski
CEO, Rhebo
"Our experience at SpinLab - The HHL Accelerator has been extremely valuable and crucial to the growth we have experienced with our company. The program helped ease some of the pains of the early stages of founding a company, and really helped us by providing access to a great business network that led to both funding and business opportunities. All of the startups in Germany who are just beginning should absolutely apply for the program."
Dr. Michael Brandkamp
CEO, High-Tech Gründerfonds
“As investors we are always searching for well-positioned growth projects in the high-tech sector. Through their proposed combination of incubation and acceleration, HHL and SpinLab are providing important support to interested entrepreneurs in Saxony, and real added value to therefore the region. We appreciate this initiative very much and are happy to make as many business models as possible successful together with HHL and SpinLab.”
Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart
Dean, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
“We want to establish Leipzig as an international center for digital businesses. HHL’s Center for Entrepreneurial and Innovative Management and SpinLab are important components of HHL’s plans to create an entrepreneurial university. SpinLab is an important step towards positioning HHL as one of the best entrepreneurial universities in Germany and across the world.”
Gerd-Harry Lybke
Galery founder and director, EIGEN+ART
“SpinLab fosters innovation through new ways of exchanging creativity and entrepreneurship. For me artists and entrepreneurs do have a lot of similarities, since they work independently on creative processes and high uncertainty about the outcomes and customer reaction. Also, both want to make money to continue and improve their businesses! Like in a gallery, the time period in SpinLab is limited to six months. Afterwards these teams can establish businesses that are active all over the world.”
Tillmann Sauer-Morhard
CEO, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei
„Integrating young and innovative startups at SPINNEREI is a real value-added for all parties. SpinLab and the startups raise the awareness of SPINNEREI and the local artists and galleries at another target group. On the other hand, startups can benefit from the creative atmosphere and openness of our facilities here. Together, artists and entrepreneurs can interact and enrich their individual perspectives.”
Burkhard Jung
Lord Mayor, City of Leipzig
“Imagination and finance have often had a fruitful relationship in the history of Leipzig. The arts, creativity and business-sense are not mutually exclusive. So I’m extremely happy that HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and SPINNEREI have found each other and established SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator as a joint venture to strengthen Leipzig’s entrepreneurial spirit. I wish them every success!”
Matthias Freysoldt
Co-Founder SENSAPE
“We came from Munich to Leipzig and were happy about this young, inexpensive city in which we immediately felt welcome. Through the great support by SpinLab we made rapid progress, built three prototypes and found our third co-founder Martin. The support of our mentor Prof. Kirchgeorg opened up many doors and we got into contact with many potential customers."

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Awards for SpinLumni

SpinLumni Rhebo wins KfW-Award „GründerChampions“ 2016 for Saxony

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Welcoming the fourth class to the SpinLab

The 4th Class at SpinLab is officially underway!

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