Shawn Segundo

Shawn Segundo

Recent posts by Shawn Segundo

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

By Shawn Segundo on 26 February 2021

The application round for our 12th cohort in the SpinLab is officially open, and with that, we wanted to take some time to highlight some tips we’ve collected over the years to help you make your startup accelerator applications really stand out.

In case you want the short and sweet video version

And believe us, we’ve seen some really bad applications. So we definitely know what you shouldn’t be doing. Collectively between all projects, our team has evaluated over 4,000 applications to various programs, and we are now ”trained” to easily find the most outstanding applications.

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

By Shawn Segundo on 14 October 2020

Since its inception in 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has thrown many companies, consumers, and individuals into a bit of a confused frenzy.

It’s understandable too - suddenly there was talk of huge fines being imposed, rules of non-EU companies also being effected, what was still allowed regarding data collection, and what no longer was - I can say from my own experience here in the SpinLab, that getting ready for the GDPR was no simple task.

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

By Shawn Segundo on 23 April 2020

Product market fit is one of those things that is very much its own unicorn inside of the startup world. A lot of people hear about it, a lot of people talk about it, but not very many people have achieved it.

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

By Shawn Segundo on 01 April 2020

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 empires as awesome as possible.

Excuse the somewhat crude title to this article (hey, come on it’s not that bad, we all know you’ve seen worse) but let me introduce you to what I have dubbed the HAS Principle. In other words, HAS = Helpful As Shit.

Topics: Startup Tips
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How you can support spinlab startups during the corona virus pandemic

By Shawn Segundo on 19 March 2020

Today’s date is March 19th, 2020 and if you’re just hearing the latest news about the Corona Virus Pandemic that is sweeping across the globe, I want to know what cave you’ve been hiding in, because it seems one cannot escape hearing about the pandemic every five minutes.

Topics: Startup Culture
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VIDEO - HHL SpinLab Investors Day January 2020 Recap

By Shawn Segundo on 03 February 2020

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

This is the premier event in the region where investors from all over the EU can learn about new trends in the landscape, network with other investors, and get introduced to some of the world's brightest startups that they can invest in.

Topics: Learnings
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VIDEO - What is a Startup Founder?

By Shawn Segundo on 13 January 2020

2020 has been a fantastic year so far, and we're starting the year off properly with all cylinders firing to try and get the word out for the upcoming deadline on 28.01.2020 to apply for our tenth cohort in the SpinLab!

Topics: Startup Tips
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Coworking Leipzig in 2020: A guide for newcomers

By Shawn Segundo on 09 January 2020

There is a diverse and vibrant ecosystem of coworking spaces in Leipzig. Coworking spaces are great for the ones looking for affordable and flexible, yet professional workspace options, networking opportunities and good company.

Topics: Startup Culture
19 min read

What is a Startup Accelerator? (2021)

By Shawn Segundo on 05 January 2020

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

And we're going to get to that, but first, for all of our newest founders, let's really startup from rock bottom with all this startup accelerator stuff.

Startup Accelerators? WTF could those be? If you’re not actively involved in one of the world’s many startup scenes, it may not actually be clear to you what such an establishment actually is, or maybe if you’re new to this stuff as a whole, you might not have even ever heard this term before.

Topics: Startup Culture
5 min read

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

By Shawn Segundo on 03 January 2020

Class nine has started in the SpinLab, and with that, we’re once again going back to some basic business focus areas to make sure our new startups are getting everything right from the start.

Today we’re going to focus on a common marketing topic - What is a landing page?

Topics: Startup Tips