Helping Startups Is Our Passion

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SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator supports 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.


To this end we provide (co-working) office space at SPINNEREI (Leipzig’s Cotton Mill), an internationally renowned venue for arts, culture and business. Our technology partners are able to provide key resources to help you make your ideas a reality. Highly-motivated coaches and mentors share their know-how and experience as part of our interactive program using team discussions, seminars, workshops and other formats.

We'll help connect you with Venture Capital and Business Angels

We share our extensive network of venture capital investors, experienced entrepreneurs and industry and technology experts with you. You won't be alone in your quest to find financial help fund your operations.

Our Program is Free for Startups

SpinLab does not charge anything and takes no equity share. As long as you have a great idea, passion for your dreams, and a great team, we invite you to apply to our program.


Helping startups is the goal, providing the means to succeed is the plan.

Core features
Coaching & Mentoring
Financing & Venture Capital
Network & Events
Technology Access & Deals

Our offer for startups

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.

Financing & Venture Capital
Thanks to our cooperation partners from the City of Leipzig each team will get an award of 6000 Euro (without giving us equity). This will cover your living and traveling costs. Furthermore, startups in our program who choose to open an office in Leipzig will receive an additional 4000 Euro. The best Demo Day pitch will also receive an additional 5000 Euro as well as the best sustainable idea.



We cooperate with many German and international business angels and venture capital funds as well as providers of public subsidies. Our program includes a final demo day where all startups can pitch their ideas in front of dozens of investors.


Our demo days were visited by investors such as (alphabetical order):

Axel Springer Digital Ventures, Berlin Venture Partners, Brandenburg Ventures, Capnamic Ventures, Creathor Venture, Deutsche Bank, DN Capital, Drevest, DvH Ventures, DZ Bank, eCapital, Enjoy Ventures, German Startup Group, Grazia Equity, Hanseventures, HighTech Gründerfonds, HitFox Group, HR Ventures, hub:raum, HW Capital, Madsack Beteiligungen, Mangrove Capital Partners, MBG Sachsen, Mithril, Monkfish Equity, Munich Venture Partners, Motu Ventures, Partech Ventures, Postbank, Redstone Digital, Rheingau Founders, Sächische Aufbaubank, Seedmatch, starstrike Ventures, taskforce - Management on Demand, Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen, UFG Asset Management, WestTech Ventures


Network & Events

We share our extensive network of entrepreneurs, managers of established companies, investors, business experts and leading universities both on a national and international level. Startups can attend weekly events and workshops. Furthermore, we take you to major trade fairs.

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  Future Sax  
  Invest Region Lepizig  
  IQ Innovationspreis Mitteldeutschland  
  Unternehmerverband Sachsen  
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Besides the aforementioned activities, we also co-organize the Startup Safary Leipzig, a local day of open doors for the whole startup ecosystem including startups, investors, hubs and service providers with more than 250 visitors.


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.


Technology access & Deals

Our partners offer free access to many required technologies such as software and cloud solutions as well as many services. Many offers can be used even after our 6-month program. This is a list of special deals we offer to those accepted into our accelerator program:

    Amazon Web Services Up to $100.000 in AWS credits
    BizSpark Plus Up to $120.000 in cloud credits and software
    Fischer druck & medien Discounted Started Packages
    Foundersuite 6 months free of charge
Lecturio Logo   Lecturio 6 months free of charge
Pipedrive Logo    Pipedrive 9 Months free of charge Logo 6 Months free of charge
Sage One Logo   Sage One 1€ per month for the first 6 months
HubSpot Logo   HubSpot Up to 90% off for the first year of service

Some of our internationally experienced mentors provide a variety of workshops and contacts for our startups. Furthermore, we offer an exchange program with three international accelerator programs. SpinLumni have the option to participate in partner programs in Santa Ana, CA, USA, Tel Aviv, Israel, or Valapariso, Chile for up to one month. Financial assistance to participate may even be available in certain situations.

  Herzliya Accelerator Center  
  Chrysalis - PUCV  
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We advertise and collect applications from experts in IT development, business development, marketing and sales including interns and full-time positions, and because of our diverse community, we are often able to offer positions in both German and English. Through our job portal, we actively share high-potential candidates within our network and by that we successfully linked many candidates and our startups in the past. Our career network is one of the fastest growing ones in the city of Leipzig, and most prominent.

Our offer for established businesses

Together with HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management we offer established companies the possibility to develop new business models with the support of students, academic staff and external experts within the so-called Innovation Lab. This enables companies to get new insights and to get ideas out of the box and not limited within company borders. After identifying promising business concepts, these mixed teams can further develop them in “SpinLab - The HHL Accelerator”.


Incumbents can afterwards decide how to integrate these new business concepts into their existing business as a project team, spin-off or as an independent startup.

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SPINNEREI - From cotton to culture

More than 125 years ago, the Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei AG bought a roughly 10 hectare plot on the western outskirts of Leipzig. By 1907, it had become the largest cotton-spinning mill in continental Europe. This fascinating factory town including workers’ homes and allotment gardens as well as the factory kindergarten has survived intact to this day. In 1992 the then obsolete cotton-yarn factory complex was opened for redevelopment and has been undergoing continuous change ever since. It was mostly artists who served as pioneers of the revitalization here, and as a consequence the Spinnerei is today home to more than 100 studios. The first artists to set up in the former factory building included well known international names such as Neo Rauch, who continues to work here. Over time, musicians, dancers, craftspeople, architects, traders, printers, designers and many others were keen to set up shops, studios and other businesses alongside the artists at the Spinnerei. The Spinnerei has become well known as a center for the creative arts, succeeding in attracting the attention of Leipzig’s established gallery scene. Galleries, resident artists and the nonprofit Hall 14 have together contributed to form a “cosmos of art” without equal anywhere in the world.


There is practically no other big, commercially revitalized factory complex like this which can boast so many enthusiasts while continuing to provide a sanctuary for a range of artists, creative freelancers and startups. Today, the Spinnerei is an authentic historic factory complex whose lifeblood is its many creative inhabitants and the contemporary content which they bring to it.