SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator is a startup accelerator that supports the growth of entrepreneurial and innovative teams who want to scale up their businesses.
We pride ourselves on a no-nonsense approach, and work hard everyday to make sure our startups are getting the necessary resources and guidance they need.
We're in a unique position as a startup accelerator, because we're directly partnered with the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, one of Europe's most prestigious business schools, and we work with a diverse partner portfolio of over 25 corporations. This allows to stay extremely agile with our startups, and not limit our focus to one industry or type of technology. No politics, no red tape, just progress.
We partner directly with established corporations, research institutions and universities, and industry experts to get your startup the personalized attention and resources it needs to grow.
The need for external funding is a common thing amongst new startups, what's why over the last five years we have built extremely good relationships with some of Europe's most well-known investment firms, VCs, and Business Angels. We love helping startups find investments so much, we even helped launched Eastern Germany's first private VC fund. We will help you get the funding you need.
Our Alumni Founders have repeatedly told us that the knowledge they gained in the SpinLab was one of the best benefits of our program. We realize you founded your startup with passion and dedication, but it's impossible to know everything about starting a business in the beginning. That's why our team, mentors, and partners are all here to provide you with on-site workshops, events, and on-demand e-learning in a hybrid format to provide you the resources you need to learn fast.
Nobody said it was easy. We're looking for the world's brightest and most driven entrepreneurs to come to Leipzig so we can help you smash your goals and elevate to the next level. But we won't take just any old startup through our coveted doors. Check out the requirements below (click to expand).
We expect all applying startups to have a complete founding team of 2-4 founders, with all crucial skill sets and necessary experience, already in place. Teams must have business level fluency in German OR English.
Your startup's idea and concept should be truly outstanding, unique, and most importantly, scalable. We're looking for companies that have the potential to be the next European Unicorn.
We're not looking for founders who want things to come to them easy. We're going to invest 100% into you, so we expect founders to have the passion, energy, willingness, and drive to make their startups come to life.
Your startup should ideally be in the pre-seed or expansion phase.
The SpinLab has a focus on all startups that are somehow technology-based. Hardware, IoT, Apps, SaaS are some of the things we love!
Startups applying to our program should have acquired less than a total of 1 Million USD in revenue from all sources (Investments, Customer Acquisition, etc).
If you want to shape the future successfully, you have to break new ground. Our cooperation with the SpinLab enables us to identify new product and process innovations at an early stage, and to test them in collaboration projects. This allows us to expand our partnerships with startups in a targeted manner as part of our strategy going into 2025 and beyond."
Joachim Lamla, CFO - Porsche Leipzig GmbH
The SpinLab is one of HHL’s closest cooperation partners. Through the support of the open-minded and engaged SpinLab-Team we could bring many projects to fruition, which have enriched the HHL journey for our students. The Investors Day, Career Fairs and many other On- and Offline Events were a great opportunity for us to strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit at Germany´s first address for business education.
For 5 years, SpinLab and Dell Technologies have enjoyed a close and trusting partnership from which all sides benefit. For our company - starting with Michael Dell himself - the promotion of startups is a matter close to the heart. Together we accompany them on their way and advise them on market opportunities, technological feasibility and the right go-to-market strategy. We provide them with the right contacts and ensure international networking. Undoubtedly, we at Dell Technologies can also learn a lot about current market trends, new technologies and entrepreneurial creativity - and that's precisely why this partnership is an indispensable part of our own innovation efforts.
As a startup, you have to master many topics in various areas - for us that ranged from research and development to marketing and sales. SpinLab helped us immensely and we were able to develop considerably during our time in the program.
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