Future for Startups With Accelerate@HHL

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The seventh startup conference of young founders will take place in Leipzig on April 26 and 27, 2018, and follow the motto “Starting up the Future”.  Guests will include entrepreneurs Rolf Schrömgens (trivago), Verena Pausder (Fox&Sheep) and Daniel Krauss (Flixbus)

 Entitled “Starting up the Future”, the latest edition of the Accelerate@HHL entrepeneurs’ and career conference will be held in Leipzig again. HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management will host the successful two-day event, which is entirely organized by students currently in enrolled in the Masters’ programs of the renowned entrepreneurial university, on April 26 and 27, 2018 for the seventh time. Over 250 students and guests from all over the world will have the opportunity to talk to founders, investors and entrepreneurs and share their views on the trends in the different industries, such as food tech and mobility. The Accelerate@HHL Conference is known for its multi-faceted scientific and supporting programs, top-level experts as well as a relaxed start-up atmosphere.

Network and competition for founders

Rolf Schrömgens (Trivago), Jan Beckers (Hitfox), Verena Pausder (Fox&Sheep), Waldemar Zeiler and Philip Siefer (Einhorn) will deliver addresses at this year’s Accelerate@HHL Conference. In addition to opportunities to network and discuss, the participants of Accelerate will also be given a platform to present their own business ideas in the Pitch Contest. Anyone interested in the competition can register on the Elevator Pitch Contest website and win EUR 2,500 on the second conference day if they win over the Accelerate judging panel of investors and managers with their concept. Accelerate participants can also benefit from the career options provided by the company workshops and the career fair to promote their own careers. Bertelsmann, Trivago, KPMG, LSP Digital, Kartenmacherei and others present at the career fair.

In addition to these keynote speakers, other prominent experts from the transportation and mobility industry as well as representatives of the start-up scene will participate in the panel discussions. These include Thilo Koslowski (Porsche Digital), Daniel Krauss (Flixbus), Alexander Zosel (Volocopter), Christopher Muhr (AUTO1Group), Fabio Ziemsen (METRO Group) and Till Neatby (Marleyspoon). With their expertise, they are expected to make important contributions to the discussions entitled “Future of Food Tech” and “Industry Clash — Mobility of the Future”.

Food and mobility are focal topics in 2018

Tina Hoffmann and Niclas Lindemann, the two primary organizers of Accelerate@HHL, and their team have now opened ticket sales and presented the conference topics. “Starting up the Future” means that not only start-ups should put tried-and-true recipes for success to the test, but also established and traditional companies should pursue new paths and present themselves. Niclas Lindemann comments, “Through our Accelerate@HHL Conference, we bring together young entrepreneurs and experienced managers and discuss future trends as well as the latest developments in various industries.”

Tina Hoffmann underlines how topical the issues which will be discussed in the panels of this year’s Accelerate@HHL Conference are, stating, “Big data, autonomous driving, IoT are no longer just buzzwords but have long moved into everyday life and changed our needs — food and mobility simply represent selected examples. This development is unsettling traditional companies while also leading to entirely new business models. In the two panels, we would like to shed light on these developments together with those closely affected by them — the founders and executives working at these companies.”

Enthusiasm and inspiration

Christoph Behn, corporate partner of the Accelerate initiative, founder and CEO of kartenmacherei, appreciates the entrepreneurial spirit of the student conference just like Professor Stephan Stubner, Dean of HHL. Christoph Behn explains, “Being a passionate entrepreneur myself, I can feel the enthusiasm of the young students who come together at the Accelerate@HHL Conference. I also studied at HHL and am happy to be able to support the event.” Stephan Stubner comments, “The organizers burn for the subjects they chose, and this is reflected by the highly topical program as well as the inspirational guests and speakers at the Accelerate@HHL Conference.”

The 2018 Accelerate@HHL Conference will take place on the campus of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, 2018. The program, tickets (EUR 50–30), registration for the Pitch Contest and further information are all available on the conference website at

http://accelerateconference.hhl.de/