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 June 13th 2021 for the first SpinLab Summer School for diversity!
From July 12 to 16, 2021, SpinLab - The HHL Accelerator offers a program especially for diverse teams!
During the SpinLab 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 problems. Get to know other interesting founders and talk to experts from the SpinLab network.
Since 2015, SpinLab has successfully supported over 70 local and international startup teams on their way to the growth phase. In addition to our regular accelerator program, we are now offering a Summer School for diverse startups for the first time, in which diverse teams are explicitly addressed and supported!
At the end of the week you will present your business idea to the public in a pitch event. The perfect chance to get noticed and meet other interesting people.
You can send us a pitch deck or apply with a short pitch video (max. 120 seconds). You can read more about how this works in the FAQs below. Additionally, there is a (really) short questionnaire. You can apply until 13th June 2021 by submitting the form on the right.
Why we offer a Startup Summer program specifically for diverse teams? Because we are fed up with the fact that the percentage of women and diversity in general in Germany's startup scene is statistically proven to be so low and hardly increasing. As numerous studies confirm, a clear majority of German startups are still founded by white CIS men. 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 are convinced that diversity creates innovation and strengthens the startup ecosystem. That's why this year, for the first time, we are offering a Startup Summer School specifically for diverse startup teams who share our goals.
Our goal is to empower diverse startup teams with growth ambitions and create an environment where all participants can grow and learn. With a program tailored to your needs, we will help you overcome potential hurdles of 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 of call: +4934135578570
For us, diversity means first and foremost variety. This manifests itself, for example, within a team in the diversity of gender, age, nationality, educational background, but also sexual identity, religion or socialization.
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.
UPDATE: The Summer School will take place on site at the SpinLab 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 it in German.
You will be informed by 23.06.2021 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.
Our Summer School week will consist of Workshops in the fields of Finance and Funding, Business Development, Marketing/PR, Sales, Leadership/HR and a pitch training to improve your presentation skills. On top, we will have founders talks and networking sessions at the end of each day. On Thursday, 15th July, there will be a public pitch event where you will pitch your startup in front of the community.
The speakers and mentors of the week are highly experienced and skilled in their fields and the SpinLab is relying on them for a long time. They will soon be announced here!
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: