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

By Eric Weber on 18 February 2020

About 200 venture capitalists, family offices and business angels mingled with our corporate partners and startups during the fourth HHL SpinLab Investors Day.

With networking sessions, inspiring speeches and panels accompanied by top-notch startup pitches, the likeminded community enjoyed the event. Focusing on the topics “Investing with international venture capitals” and “How to force exits?” both investors and founders were able to discuss important aspects of the same topics from their perspectives.

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

By Eric Weber on 25 July 2019

In the last years we saw many speeches by top German politicians of different parties who agreed that Germany performs badly compared to the United States, Israel or China when it comes to Venture Capital, due to the identified lack of Later Stage investments.

Topics: Learnings
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Let’s talk about the third HHL SpinLab Investors Day

By Stefanie Wettmann on 20 June 2019

The first HHL SpinLab Investors Day of the year took place at a location which probably provides the best view over Leipzig - at the Felix, just across from Augustusplatz - Startups and Investors met and engaged in several activities like Pitches and Speed Dating. The event was organized by the HHL and the SpinLab. Central Topics of this years Investor Day were Team Due Diligence and Brand Management.

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

By Eric Weber on 13 June 2019

The HHL SpinLab Investors Day in June 2019 took place at the location with the best view over Leipzig! At the Felix - just across Augustusplatz – 170 investors, partners and startups met and engaged in several activities like keynotes and panels on special venture capital (VC) know-how as well as startup pitches and speed dating. Central topics of this year’s Investor Day were Team Due Diligence and Brand Management as VC.

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

By Shawn Segundo on 03 June 2019

How to pitch a startup is a key skill for all founders, and something all founders need to practice constantly. On April 18th, 2018 we hosted our first ever HHL SpinLab Investors Day in the Leipzig Zoo.

Topics: Learnings
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Advisory boards in German tech-based startups

By Eric Weber on 03 March 2019


Many startups all over the world have advisory boards for different reasons. However, research and practice-oriented studies on advisory boards can be rarely found. This fact motivated me to look closer at advisory boards in startups and to publish the following findings of my research.

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

By Shawn Segundo on 01 March 2019

Here in the SpinLab, you can imagine that we run into a lot of challenges that startups are having. These problems can have very extensive reaches and range from financing issues to overall construction of a basic business plan.

Topics: Learnings
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Startup Lessons Learned: 8 learnings for future entrepreneurs

By Eric Weber on 05 October 2018

Three and a half years ago we brought SpinLab to life, and just recently we were awarded as one of the top 3 German startup accelerators in an independent study conducted by the Cologne University of Applied Sciences (RFH).

Other studies mention us as lighthouse and also we have been selected as one of the top 10 German business supporters by the German Council of European Enterprise Awards committee.

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