HHL Dean Stephan Stubner and SpinLab CEO Eric Weber welcomed the Prime Minister of Saxony on March 29, 2018 to present the plans for the Smart Infrastructure Hub Leipzig.
Heavy steel doors, rough concrete floors, unplastered brick walls: At first glance, the creative quarter Baumwollspinnerei in Leipzig’s Plagwitz district does not look like the typical place for Saxony’s new Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer to visit. But this is exactly where the renowned startup company SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator, founded in 2014, held the event to introduce the new Smart Infastructure Hub Leipzig on Maundy Thursday. In addition to representatives of the initiators HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, SpinLab and the City of Leipzig, a large number of representatives from science, research and industry attended the event.
At first, however, the Prime Minister and confessing Leipzig fan Michael Kretschmer took a tour of the premises: Dr. Eric Weber, CEO and co-founder of SpinLab, and Prof. Stephan Stubner, Dean of HHL, presented three selected startups together with their respective founders. In addition to offices in the co-working space, the young companies can each enjoy many other advantages for six months, which support them in promoting their business idea. Kretschmer followed the presentations on the business models of EmTechEngineering GmbH, cyface and Infrasolid with great interest: “Research on emission reduction, the big data-based analysis of traffic and road condition data and the development of ultra-modern infrared radiation sources make the range of innovations in the HHL Accelerator very clear.”
In addition to the broad partner network of the cotton spinning mill, the startups are also supported by HHL and companies from the region. “Something really great new has been created here and the economy of the future will be created here in Leipzig. We will certainly hear even more from many of the companies in the next few years,” Kretschmer said.
The second part of the official program consisted of the presentation of the Smart Infrastructure Hub Leipzig. At the presentation of the project, Dr. Eric Weber emphasized: “With the Smart Infrastructure Hub we want to better network and further digitize our activities between established companies, science and startups in the city. The focus is on the three areas of energy, smart city and ehealth.” To this end, the SpinLab is to be further expanded and promoted even more intensively. Professor Stephan Stubner added: “HHL, SpinLab and the City of Leipzig are using the Infrastructure Hub to sustainably strengthen the location and the region. We are very pleased that we were able to win a large number of strong partners for the project.” In addition to VNG Verbundnetz Gas AG, LVV Leipziger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft, AOK Plus and European Energy Exchange AG, other companies have already announced their willingness to cooperate. One element of the Smart Infrastructure Hub will be the initiation of a Research Center for Smart and Sustainable Infrastructure, which will bring together researchers from the University of Leipzig, HTWK Leipzig and HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management.