News from

On November 11, 2020, SMILE, Sparkasse Leipzig, and their partners celebrated the Entrepreneurs of the City of Leipzig as well as the districts of Leipzig and Northern Saxony.

Here are the winners of 2020 Leipzig Founder's Night:

  • Category "Idea": Desaster Relief Systems
  • Category "Start-up": Andreas Körner, AK MedTec GmbH
  • Category "10 Years After": Bruno Rockstroh und Falk Wittmann, Rockstroh Drums
  • Category " Lifetime Achievements": Jens Karnahl, Kafril Unternehmensgruppe

The goal of Leipzig Founder's Night is to award innovative ideas and growth-oriented startup business within the region of Leipzig. The target group of our competition includes students, scientists, entrepreneurs and businesses.

Since August 2006, the SMILE (Selbst Management Initiative Leipzig) has been working to establish the entrepreneurial spirit at Leipzig’s universities and research institutes. The project is being supported by the European Social Fund (ESF) and Free State of Saxony.