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HELPING STARTUPS IS OUR PASSION

 

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We support entrepreneurial teams in growing and creating innovative businesses. Our mission is to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in the center of Germany and beyond by providing hands-on guidance to startups and spin-offs. Entrepreneurial teams remain independent – we won’t do your job for you – but we can help you to achieve incredible results through our tailored program.

Our focus areas

We welcome, and encourage, all startups that are developing concepts in the fields of eHealth, energy, and Smart City to apply for our program. We will also accept technology concepts that can support companies that are already established in our areas of concentration.

The infrastructure of the City of Leipzig, paired with our official status as one of the twelve technology hubs for the Digital Hub Initiative, allows us to offer special incentives to startups that are developing concepts in these three fields.

PILOT PROJECT POTENTIAL

One of the things that really sets our startup accelerator apart from our competition, is how vast and diverse our partner network is. We specialize in mitigating successful parter + startup pilot project cooperations. Below are our key partners from our focus areas, that you could potentially land a pilot project with.

 

eHealth


AOK Plus is the health insurance provider of choice for over 3 million in people Saxony and Thuringia. As our strategic partner for health AOK Plus is heavily invested in enabling sustainable innovations in health. Together with our alumni Keleya the first digital prenatal class in Germany that is served via app was launched.

Red Cross Saxony is the regional chapter of the International Red Cross and offer a wide array of products and services related to healthcare, social care and education to the public. With their knowledge and reach they supported our alumni DOCYET to get exposure and first users for their medical chatbot when the COVID19 Pandemic hit Germany.

The Leipzig Heart Institute (LHI) is a worldwide renowned research institute in the field of cardiovascular diseases. The joint venture between the Leipzig Heart Center and Helios Healthcare offers startups access to medical and scientific expertise. Our alumni Mindance and LHI joined forces to prove the effectiveness of their digital mindfulness training offering.
 

Smart City


Leipziger Gruppe operates many of Leipzig's core functions, and is interested in expanding technologies in all areas of smart city. They also operate the largest tram network in Germany, using our startup alumni indeework, the Leipziger Gruppe is able optimize the routing of their ticket inspectors and Stadtwerke Leipzig to their service technicians.

DELL Technologies doesn't need an introduction as one of the world's largest computer hardware manufacturers. They're looking to implement new technologies into the smart city sector as well.

Seecon Engineers are engaged in urban and rural planning, infrastructure, ecology, renewable energies, and hydraulic engineering. They are a very valuable partner in the identification and implementation of innovative projects with our startups in these fields. We are jointly planning an installation of de-centralized power management systems with our class 10 startup - Ready2Plugin.

 

ENERGY

The EnviaM Group is a leading regional energy service provider in Germany. With our Startup Alumni FlyNex, 20 kilometers of power lines and power towers belonging to EnviaM are now automatically inspected by aerial drones.  

EEX is part of a global exchange group, customer-orientated, innovative and driven by the ambition to build liquidity in energy and commodity markets. With their specialized know-how in energy markets and cooperation with our alumni StromDao, we conducted studies on the effectiveness of the Blockchain Smart Contract technology in the energy market.

Core Competencies Of Our Program

Pilot projects with established corporations are just one of the many things we can help you with. Below is an in-depth overview of the other key parts of our program

 

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Coaching & Mentoring

We connect you with great hands-on coaches and mentors with experience in your industry and in technology in general. Our mentors are well-known experts who support you strategically during the program and help you to solve concrete technical or managerial problems.

Next to coaching & mentoring we offer a wide range of workshops during the program. Workshops (including Pitch Trainings) are typically scheduled to occupy 10-15 days of each month of the program on site. We combine this with our hybrid learning and training program to give startups not based in Leipzig to have greater flexibility with their commitments, and their time physically at the SpinLab to benefit from our program in-person.

SpinLab Workshops Overview

Vision & Basics
  • From vision to mission to strategy.
  • Product roadmap
  • Brand creation
  • Tax & legal checkup
  • Intensive pitch training
Delivery
  • IT Security
  • IT Testing
  • Web Services
  • UX Design & UX Testing
  • Buyer Personas
  • Customer Success
  • Sales & Pricing
  • Social Media
  • Public Relations
Backoffice
  • Investor Relations
  • Office Hours with a VC
  • VC Contract Clauses
  • Due Diligence
  • ESOP
  • Valuation
  • Term Sheets
  • Recruiting in IT
  • Scaling
  • Leadership & Personal Development
 

Finance & Venture Capital

Guaranteed funding upon being accepted into our program

Each team accepted into our program will get an award of 6000 Euros (without giving us equity) directly from the SpinLab. This will help cover your living and traveling costs in Leipzig.

Additional equity free money accepted startups may qualify for

Furthermore, startups in our program, who are not yet based in Leipzig, that choose to expand operations to Leipzig, or relocate here entirely, will receive an additional 4000 Euros.

Startups in our program are also eligible to compete for four different awards, each award is valued at 5000 Euros:

  • The Best Investors Day Pitch
  • The Most Sustainable Idea for Leipzig
  • Community Award
  • Fastest User Growth

It is possible that a single startup can win all four awards, in such a scenario, one startup would receive an extra 20,000€ in free funding!

These awards are made possible via our cooperation with the City of Leipzig.

spinlab alumni founders from idatase celebrating new accomplishments
 

Co-Working Space

We offer a 750 square meter co-working office with separated meeting rooms, a kitchen and a huge recreation area. Additionally, for startups that finish our programs, we offer a 900 square meter coworking facility where our alumni startups can rent working space, and get up and running immediately following the program.

Not in a dull office building as you would imagine, but in the creative environment of the famous SPINNEREI next to many inspiring people. After the program you can get offices close to the SpinLab.

Additionally our startups are an official part of the Digital Hub Initiative and one of the benefits is having free access for one or two days various co-working spaces across the twelve official hubs in Germany.

a sample of what the coworking space in the spinlab looks like
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What else we can offer your startup

During the Accelerator, we were able to benefit 24/7 from the support of the mentors, closed our seed financing, had breakfast with successful founders and discussed openly in workshops with VCs and potential partners. Even today we still receive valuable advice and support at any time. SpinLab has put us on the fast track and lifted Infrasolid to a new level.
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Benjamin Buchbach
Co-Founder, INFRASOLID
ETE EmTechEngineering GmbH is proud to have been a member of class 6 of SpinLab. We benefit from the strong network around SpinLab until today. We also appreciate the fact that we can confront the mentors with our questions at any time. Half a year of intensive cooperation with the SpinLab mentors creates a clear focus and brings structure to a start-up company.
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Frank Hofer
Co-Founder, ETE Engineering

We believe in founders, and it is our goal to help you succeed

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