Our incubation program

Join a 12-weeks journey to build your start-up business.

The application period for batch #2 has ended. We are looking forward to 21 Jan. 2021, when our new batch is taking off. If you would like to become part of one of our upcoming batches, please send us an email to digitalspace@hhl.de.

About the program

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

The HHL DIGITAL SPACE provides a 12-weeks 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.

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.

Still looking for an idea?

Want to make the world a better place but don’t know how? Still looking for that special idea?

Check out the video with Hanna, one of our incubation managers and get inspired how to come up with an idea.

What our teams say

“It was very interesting to get to the bottom of the problem and find out where the main issues are. […] To be able to use such a structured guide was very helpful.”

– Marcus | participant in Batch #1

“We found out that what we actually thought was the problem is not. So now we have to rethink it again and again […] and it’s a good learning already.”
– Lina & Marc | participants in Batch #1

Join our next batch!

Starting end of May and of September 2021

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 pitch 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.

Apply now

Want to grow with us?
Please send us your applications for Batch #3 starting in May 2021.