In addition to customized startup + investor match-matching and introductions to one of the EU's largest investment networks, here's what else you can expect as a startup in our program.
Smart Infrastructure Ventures (also know as SI Ventures) is the first private VC Fund to be operating in East Germany. The SpinLab is directly involved in this initiative, and being a participating startup in our program can help you get access to this fund.
Strong business relationships and first customers are crucial for helping an early stage startup grow and scale quickly. We can help you land pilot projects with global players such as Porsche, Deutsche Bank, DELL, Leipziger Gruppe, VNG, and AOK.
Our accelerator operates in both English and German, as long as your startup can communicate fluently in one of these languages we welcome you to apply! Furthermore, if you want to expand internationally, we have excellent partnerships with international companies and the HHL that can help you plan your internationalization right from the start.
We’re unique in the sense that we take ZERO equity, shares, or intellectual property from your startup. Your company stays as much yours when you finish our program, as it was before you ever started with us. Our main goal is to push you to success.
We’re housed in a re-invigorated cultural and art industrial hub in Leipzig. The environment here will inspire you to be your best, day in, and day out.
Startups accepted into our program will receive 6,000€ in free funding from us to help cover your living costs in Leipzig while you are attending our program. Additionally there are prizes available for best pitch and most sustainable idea at our Investors Day, which can bring your total of free money up to 15,000€.
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First you should upload your current and up-to-date pitch deck as a PDF (10-15 slides) or pitching video (7-10min).
Your pitch should include all typical information (What is the problem? What is your solution (product or service)? Who are customers? What is the size of the market? Who are competitors? How do you make money? Who are you (team)? Action plan. Financial planning).
Applying to our program is easy and straight-forward. Simply submit your application on f6s.com, a popular international startup platform that is used by many leading accelerators worldwide, before the above-stated deadline.
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.
If you are an excellent team of passionate and entrepreneurial founders with a scalable, technology-based concept, in the later pre-seed, seed, or expansion phase, we want you in our program! One founding team member must be fluent in business level English, as our demo day is conducted entirely in English, including the startup pitches.
Early pre-seed projects will only be chosen in exceptional cases.
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.
For Texlock, the time at SpinLab was the foundation to grow our idea into a company that, 2 years after market launch, has 20 employees and makes several million Euros in sales per year. We were particularly impressed with the high standards the SpinLab founders set for the professionalism and performance of the teams. Our learning curve was immensely steep - and the feel-good factor of the industrial architecture was unmatched. Thanks for the jump start and all the best for you and all new teams!