Our Incubation Program

Batch #4 starts in September 2021. Apply for Batch #5 now!

About the program

Proven concepts, structured guidance and tailored to early-stage start-ups.

The HHL DIGITAL SPACE provides a 12-week incubation program for early-stage founders. It includes structure where it is needed while at the same time offering enough room for creativity. It requires concentrated analytical and empirical work and contains many feedback loops from external and internal experts, focus groups, or customers.

Problem-solution fit

Make the best of your idea.

How the program can help you

Many start-ups develop great products or services. They put a lot of heart, soul, and energy into building structures, and manage to convince investors. Given the many challenges that a young company faces, it is important to invest enough time in the basis of every business model: the problem-solution fit.

Therefore, our focus during the 12-weeks program is as simple as complex: find and evaluate a suitable problem-solution fit and develop a prototype.

We believe that this is the strong foundation on which to build start-ups sustainably.

What our start-up teams say


Starting January 2022!

Do you have a digital start-up idea?

You want to grow as a first-time founder?

Joining the vibrant start-up ecosystem in Leipzig excites you?

If it sounds like a match, get started and send us your idea deck describing your idea and team background. After reviewing your application, we will get in touch with you for the next steps on your entrepreneurial journey.

Get ready to start your journey with us in 5 steps

Step 1 Idea Slide Deck
Step 2 Apply
Step 3 Interview
Step 4 Recall
Step 5 Admission

Our focus? Entrepreneurs!

The HHL DIGITAL SPACE is your place to grow as an early-stage entrepreneur. We support ventures from a wide range of innovative industries. Everyone can apply with an idea for a digital solution to solve a problem in a scalable manner in both, the B2B or B2C sector. 

When selecting participants for our program, we don’t focus on the industry you try to disrupt, but on the entrepreneurial fit of your team, the degree of innovation of your idea, and your strategies to cope with a 12-week full-time program. We’re looking for curious entrepreneurial minds who are passionate about learning and growing a lot over 12 weeks and beyond. Ideally, you‘re interested in applying for the EXIST scholarship as well.

We match if you are...

  1. A first-time founder.
  2. In the idea phase of your startup.
  3. A team of at least two people or willing to form your team soon.
  4. Willing to come to Leipzig for our most important events.

Apply now

Want to grow with us?
Please send us your application for batch #4!