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Guidelines to avoid broken cap tables

A cap table- short name for “capitalization table”- is a spreadsheet with an overview of who owns a portion of equity...

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A step by step guide to build a cap table

When preparing financial rounds, investors usually ask for cap tables (short version for “capitalization table”)....

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10 promising smart city start-ups in Germany

Our cities are growing. Along with them, our current problems and challenges are increasing: Population growth,...

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10 promising E-health Startups from Germany

The e-health segment has been considered one of the up-and-coming topics in the startup scene for years. Digital...

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Why many Startups fail

"2021 will be the year of the unicorns," "German startups are raising more money than ever," "From a garage to the most...

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B2B Sales for Startups in 2021

Acquiring new customers and generating revenue is the fuel to keep a company running.

It therefore creates pressure on...

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How to improve your chances of being accepted into a startup accelerator (2021)

The application round for our 12th cohort in the SpinLab is officially open, and with that, we wanted to take some time...

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Venture Capital Definitions: Important Deal Terms in Plain Language (2020)

Especially during the current pandemic it would be very hard to live without some of our favourite products/services,...

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How to find a startup job in Leipzig

As you might have heard a lot recently, Leipzig has been found to be a very attractive and livable city in several ...

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Crowdfunding a Startup: 10 proven tactics that still hold true for 2021

Crowdfunding has come a long way. What started with pioneer Kickstarter a little over a decade ago, has become a...

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Startup-Corporate Collaboration: Die Energiekoppler Case Study

As a spin-off of the Technische Universität Dresden which participated in the EXIST Research Transfer Program, the...

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Does your startup have an attractive employer brand?

While you’re busy building your business, expanding quickly and working on your products, HR can often take a backseat...

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GDPR Compliance and Startups: 7 principles you MUST master (2020)

Since its inception in 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has thrown many companies, consumers, and...

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Investing in a Sustainable Future – ESG discussed at HHL SpinLab Investors Day

What indicators do investors look for when they talk about sustainable investing? Are there any standard criteria taken...

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Crisis Communication for Startups

How would you feel when you were the  customer of a startup, that seems to have some trouble going on – and not knowing...

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Health insurance systems in Germany: This is what you really need to know!

The fact is: In Germany, health insurance is compulsory. In this article I will explain the different types of health...

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How to write and send out proper press releases

Press releases have been a highly debated topic for a while now. Some PR professionals swear they are the best tools to...

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COVID-19 & Funding for startups: How the landscape will evolve

Despite a different trigger, the current period of unusual turbulences and its impact on the economic situation has...

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Product Market Fit and Your Startup: 7 Things you need to know (2020)

Product market fit is one of those things that is very much its own unicorn inside of the startup world. A lot of...

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How to be HAS (Helpful As Sh%t) and why your startup should care

Let me first start off by saying, welcome to 2020! OK, now that that is out of the way, let’s get back to making our...

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STARTUP BUSINESS PLAN: DOING SALES RIGHT FROM THE START (2020)

Working in one of Germany’s best accelerator programs, helping startups on a daily basis, we get a lot of insights, on...

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How you can support spinlab startups during the corona virus pandemic

Today’s date is March 19th, 2020 and if you’re just hearing the latest news about the Corona Virus Pandemic that is...

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International Venture Capital and Forced Exits: Recapping HHL SpinLab Investors Day 4

About 200 venture capitalists, family offices and business angels mingled with our corporate partners and startups...

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VIDEO - HHL SpinLab Investors Day January 2020 Recap

Last Thursday on January 30th, 2020 we hosted our fourth HHL SpinLab Investors Day in the Kunst Kraftwerk in Leipzig.

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VIDEO - What is a Startup Founder?

2020 has been a fantastic year so far, and we're starting the year off properly with all cylinders firing to try and...

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How can startups handle recruiting challenges? (2020)

You might have heard the expressions “Survival of the fittest” and “A smooth sea never makes good sailors.”

These are...

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Coworking Leipzig in 2020: A guide for newcomers

There is a diverse and vibrant ecosystem of coworking spaces in Leipzig. Coworking spaces are great for the ones...

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11 reasons to apply for the SpinLab startup accelerator program

The date today is February 4th, 2021. What does that mean for you as a startup founder?

That means you have roughly one...

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What is a Startup Accelerator? (2021)

If you're a new founder, you might have already asked yourself the question - "How do startup accelerators work?"

And...

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[VIDEO] Digging deeper into landing pages with startups in 2020

Class nine has started in the SpinLab, and with that, we’re once again going back to some basic business focus areas to...

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VIDEO - How to become an entrepreneur, according to wikihow

We at the SpinLab have really enjoyed pushing video content creation in the last quarter. We get great responses from...

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Startup Blogs in 2019: How you can get yours up and running in 20 minutes or less

I am fortunate enough to enjoy writing. I do it a lot professionally for the SpinLab blog, and I write a lot in my free...

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How to create a Value Proposition for your startup (2020)

After the short and more introductory articles on how to approach your potential clients in general, this piece now...

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Effective landing pages for startups: Evaluating the latest Neil Patel offer

Let’s start with the basics here, what actually is a landing page on a website? Well, a landing page is basically a URL...

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No Equity, No Costs - A SpinLab Rap

We've been ramping up our efforts lately with video production to offer more digitized versions of our workshops and...

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Why the German Venture Capital gap is not (only) in later stage

In the last years we saw many speeches by top German politicians of different parties who agreed that Germany performs...

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5 Tips to Write a Business Plan for a Tech Startup: Become a Leader

'Before starting to search for investors and financing, startups need not only to get a business plan, but also to make...

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Startup Sales – Introduction: Customer Discovery

The first article in this series has given you an insight into finding your internal values to define your external...

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Let’s talk about the third HHL SpinLab Investors Day

The first HHL SpinLab Investors Day of the year took place at a location which probably provides the best view over...

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Team Due Diligence and Venture Capital Brand Building – Key take aways from HHL SpinLab Investors Day

The HHL SpinLab Investors Day in June 2019 took place at the location with the best view over Leipzig! At the Felix -...

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How to pitch a startup: Breaking down one of our best startup pitches

How to pitch a startup is a key skill for all founders, and something all founders need to practice constantly. On...

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Startup Grants in germany: The ultimate guide

A startup needs money! This is a valid, simple statement right? But where does the money come from? Well, first of all...

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9 Ways to Boost your E-commerce Startup

E-commerce is a quick and convenient business process for both sellers and buyers. It allows sellers to sell physical...

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How to finance your growth phase if the house bank is no longer willing to support?

Even if the media likes to report on ambitious startups that earn a lot of money with a profitable exit, in practice no...

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Startup Logos: 6 tips to design them properly from the start (2020)

Successfully running a startup accelerator can be tricky business as there are typically a myriad of things we are...

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An introduction to agile B2B sales – Always start with WHY

Congratulations! You’ve founded your startup, and everybody around you really seems to like what you are doing. But...

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Who is the most successful startup in Germany?

Often, I get questions from journalists, scientists and people interested in startups from all over the world, “What is...

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First impressions for a startup: 6 ways to perfectly present your logo

We’ve seen a lot of startups come through our startup accelerator's doors, and make no mistake about it, new founders...

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Advisory boards in German tech-based startups

Many startups all over the world have advisory boards for different reasons. However, research and practice-oriented...

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What do you think is the number one reason that startups succeed?

Here in the SpinLab, you can imagine that we run into a lot of challenges that startups are having. These problems can...

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4 Reasons why startups should always create pitch decks as a PDF

There are quite a few moving components that all interlink with each other when determining reasons for startup success...

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Why Do Startups Struggle With Online Marketing?

If you’re a newer startup that has a marketing plan that is already successful, consider yourself very fortunate and in...

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6 Reasons Why Startups Should Use Google Tag Manager

When startups join our startup accelerator program, they eventually express some concern about their websites, there...

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Welcome to the Wonderful World of Google Analytics & Startups

So to change things up a bit, I’ve decided to shift to a bit of a mini-series that kinda grows with time, and expands...

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How do Venture Capital (VC) companies actually work?

Have you ever heard the expressions VC’s, LPs, Term Sheet, Fund returner, Multiples, or hurdle rate and asked yourself:

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6 Learnings on How to recruit new talent as a startup

A highly-motivated and skilled team is one of the most important factors for a startup’s success. However, finding new...

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Modern Investments: Startups and Crowdfunding

Startup accelerators really love to talk about the “startup ecosystem”, and the reason for that is because we truly are...

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Startup Lessons Learned: 8 learnings for future entrepreneurs

Three and a half years ago we brought SpinLab to life, and just recently we were awarded as one of the top 3 German...

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Startup Conference Review: INBOUND

Startup conferences, there's no shortage of them these days. I’m currently somewhere in between Frankfurt and Leipzig...

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BUYER PERSONAS (And why they are so critical)

It’s been an interesting and exciting month here at the SpinLab, for those who have been keeping track, our ninth class...

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2 Solid Years of Acceleration (INFOGRAPHIC)

In February 2015, the first SpinLab class walked through our doors and began their program with us. It was a great...

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Why startups should keep web content in house

There you are sitting there one day with the great idea to found a new startup, I mean, it is all the rage right?...