The HighTech Startbahn Network supports spin offs from Saxony and Central Germany of the high tech sector, above all, the sectors ICT, micro and nano technologies, vehicle and machine construction as well as energy, environmental, and medical technology primarily during the post founding phase – which is often the most difficult phase. That’s why the start up experts bring together young start ups with industry, capital, and personalities and actively seek cooperations with national and international transfer partners.
Technology transfer and business start ups are also in the focus of research and instruction at the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. Germany’s oldest university focusing on business administration is one of the leading business schools in Europe today. In the Gründerradar, a start up survey conducted under the auspices of the Stifterverband, a donors' association for the promotion of sciences and humanities in Germany, and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi), the HHL ranked first place as Germany’s best “small-sized” founder academy in both 2013 and 2014. During the past 17 years, HHL graduates have founded more than 150 start ups and created over 2,500 new jobs, more than 1,000 of which are located in Leipzig.