Entrepreneurship needs diversity! You are a diverse team with an interesting business idea or already founded a startup? You are looking for professional support in the areas of financing, profit-market-fit, or sales? Then apply now until 22nd May 2022 for the second Leipzig Summer School for Diverse Startups and pitch for 2000 € sponsored by the City of Leipzig!
Check out the blog article and video of Leipzig Summer School for Diverse Startups from 2021:
During the Leipzig Summer School, you can expect a lot of relevant input for your business idea. In addition to workshops with our mentors on topics such as financing, marketing, sales, HR, leadership, etc., you will also benefit from professional pitch training. There is also time for your individual and current challenges. Get to know other interesting founders and talk to experts from the SpinLab and HHL DIGITAL SPACE network.
Since 2015, SpinLab has successfully supported over 100 local and international startup teams to secure their first investment and enter the market and their growth phase. Since 2020, HHL DIGITAL SPACE incubated 45 startups right from their idea phase. Now, in addition to these regular accelerator and incubator programs, for the second time, we offer a Summer School during which diverse startup teams in particular are addressed and supported!
At the end of the two weeks, you will present your business idea to the public at a pitch event. The perfect chance to get noticed by potential clients, mentors, and investors and meet other interesting people.
Plus, win 2000 € of prize money with the Digital Award granted by the City of Leipzig!
You can apply until 22nd May 2022 by submitting the form that you see on the right. The form contains a (really) short questionnaire. In this questionnaire, you are asked to upload a pitch deck or a short pitch video (max. 120 seconds). You can read more about application details in the FAQs below.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email us (Linh Pham, email@example.com) or call: +49 341 355 785 70.
Why we offer a Summer School specifically for diverse startup teams? Because diversity in the startup scene is statistically proven to be extremely low and hardly increasing (as an example: 16 % of founders in Germany are women and roughly 75 % of VC money goes to male-only startup teams). At the same time, several studies have shown that (gender-)diverse companies are 21 % more likely to achieve above-average profitability than less diverse ones. We think that the future needs to be created from more than one perspective.
Diversity in all facets, be it origin, educational background, sexual orientation or gender are key for more innovation and success as well as sustainable growth. We at SpinLab and HHL DIGITAL SPACE are convinced that diversity creates innovation and strengthens the startup ecosystem. That's why in summer 2022, for the second time, we are offering Leipzig Summer School specifically for diverse startup teams who share our vision.
Our goal is to empower diverse startup teams with growth ambitions and create an environment where all participants can develop and learn. With a program tailored to your needs, we will help you overcome potential hurdles in the startup world and connect you with the right people from our local startup ecosystem.
If you have any questions concerning the program, you can find our contact data at the bottom of the page. Don't hesitate to drop us an email (Linh Pham, firstname.lastname@example.org) or call: +49 341 355 785 70
For us, diversity means first and foremost variety that we need more of in the startup world. Therefore we are looking for teams where at least one team member has "non-standard" characteristics or experiences for startup founders teams. That includes for example FINTA (woman, inter, non-binary, trans, agender) persons, People of Color, persons with disabilities, age diversity, neurodiversity, educational background, religion or socialization.
Please provide us with a download link to the pitch deck or video. This is free of charge, e.g. via WeTransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.
You can also submit both a pitch deck and a video.
We do not place any requirements on a specific topic area. Nevertheless, factors such as sustainability, problem-solving-potential, scalability and innovation, and an existing product-market fit play a key role in our selection process.
The Summer School will take place onsite at the SpinLab and HHL DIGITAL SPACE in Leipzig. If you can and are allowed to travel to Leipzig under the appropriate conditions, you can participate.
If you don't speak German, that's no problem, the program will take place in English! If, and only if all selected startups speak German, we can consider having the Summer School in German.
You will be informed by 9th June 2022 whether you were selected. So you have enough time to plan your stay in Leipzig. We can also help you with discounts for local hostels.
Do we get a certificate or other proof of participation?
Yes, we will issue a certificate for your participation in the SpinLab Summer School for diverse startups. You can use this for applications, PR and talks with important potential partners such as investors or customers.
"Leipzig stands for diversity, variety and open-mindedness - the perfect location for the Summer School for diverse startups. I warmly welcome you to our city and wish you great success. Let the city's great startup scene inspire you."
Leipzig Business Mayor, Clemens Schülke
If you want to be part of a more diverse startup world, there are many options to get involved. Reach out to one of our project managers Sophia Kuhl (email@example.com or call SpinLab at +49 341 355 785 70).
Our startup-experienced team will make sure to support you as good as possible during the Summer School week.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us: