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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.

The entrepreneurship initiative SMILE of the SEPT Competence Center is pleased to invite you to the Leipzig Founders' Night ideas competition on 19th of November 2024. Take part in the competition and secure your chance for feedback and prize money!

Your benefit:

  • Category Idea: 5.000 EUR
  • Category Start-up: 10.000 EUR
  • Category Ten Years After: Award for excellence


Date of submission:

  • 30th September 2024 (Category Idea)
  • 31st July 2024 (Category Start-up)


The Leipzig Founders' Night is a networking and award event for the regional start-up scene and acts as an important forum for innovative business ideas, successful start-ups and the exchange of experiences between entrepreneurs in the City of Leipzig and the districts of Leipzig and North Saxony. The aim is to promote a positive climate for start-ups in our region and to encourage self-employment. The Leipzig Founders' Night 2024 is organized by the partners City of Leipzig, SMILE - die Gründungsinitiative, the districts of Leipzig and North Saxony, the Stadt- und Kreissparkasse Leipzig and Startbahn 13 - Die Gründungsberatung at the HTWK Leipzig.


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Leipzig University’s start-up initiative SMILE is a program to support entrepreneurship, start-ups and spin-off companies at regional, national and international level. The SMILE entrepreneurship promotion focuses on research and knowledge-intensive businesses in the fields of biotechnology, healthcare and technology, but also on culture and creative industries, communication, sustainability and social issues. Learn more about SMILE.