When looking at the activities of HHL’s founders’ platform SpinLab, digital transformation and the business models arising from it become very concrete. Shortly before the 3rd class starts in mid-March, SpinLab CEO Eric Weber says, “The financing round recently completed by the start-up Merolt, a hotel portal for business travel; the success of the start-ups Sensape, which specializes in novel technologies for interactive infotainment/shop window systems; and Vizzlo, which focuses on creating business graphics, prove the relevance of digital business models.
Sensape, which was recognized by the leading IKT Innovativ Start-Up Competition and also received an EXIST Business Start-Up Grant in 2015, has already started distribution. Justus Nagel, M.Sc. student at HHL and new to the executive trio of Sensape, says, “We recently launched a project with a major bank. We are also in the process of negotiating with investors.” Vizzlo, which entered the market several months ago, has positive things to report as well. “Our platform already has more than 6,000 users, with a weekly growth of a good ten percent. So far, more than 15,000 graphics have been designed using Vizzlo.”
SpinLab start-ups will also be represented as part of Projekt Neuland 2.0 at the Leipzig Book Fair (March 17 – 20, 2016). It gives companies the opportunity to introduce their innovative ideas for the book and media industry in the project’s own start-up village. Sensape and knowhere, a start-up offering a mobile app allowing users to easily and conveniently find their next travel destination, will move into Neuland 2.0 in Hall 5 of the Leipzig Trade Fair grounds on March 9.
Thanks to the ESF technology funding, SpinLab is now able to intensify the transfer of research results. Matthew McDermott has counseled start-ups as a technology transfer assistant at SpinLab since early January. “With my work, I aim to increase the probability of success and the quality of innovative, technology-oriented start-ups in Leipzig and the surrounding area through consultation and networking,” says the American.
Just like in the previous year, SpinLab and the Center for Entrepreneurial and Innovative Management (CEIM) will once again assist established companies such as Deutsche Postbank and Porsche with the digitalization of their business models in 2016 as well.
The new cooperation of the HHL accelerator with the Herzliya Accelerator Center in Israel promises added value not just for the SpinLab start-ups. Thanks to the agreement, start-up teams from both founders’ programs may participate in the other accelerator’s program free of charge and without having to apply. If the young founders’ teams wish to start their internationalization process following the Leipzig program, they have an immediate port of call in Israel.” According to SpinLab CEO Eric Weber, the plan also includes the establishment of a network spanning the globe together with the Herzliya Accelerator Center.
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