Potential business start-ups receive comprehensive support at our university – from the initial consultation to the establishment of the company – as well as support afterwards from the regional start-up network SMILE.

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With the help of SMILE, alumnus Christian Bollert founded the radio station detektor.fm. Photo: Christian Hüller

Consultations on Starting a Business

The initial consultation for your planned start-up takes place in the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Section. This is followed by a referral to SMILE, a network in Leipzig that provides consulting and support for people interested in starting a business. Together with our colleagues from the SMILE start-up network, we will support you until your company is off the ground and running. The Knowledge and Technology Transfer Section’s main foci are as follows:

  • funding applications for the further development or validation of research results
  • protection of intellectual property
  • preparation of the transfer of intellectual property to the new company
  • contractual arrangements within the framework of start-up projects


The Self-Management Initiative Leipzig (SMILE) is a cooperation between the University and other partners in Leipzig. It was launched in 2006. The financial support is provided by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Saxon State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport (SMWA).

SMILE offers a wide range of services on all issues related to business start-ups and self-employment and provides information on freelancing. The spectrum ranges from general seminars and workshops to personalised start-up coaching. Start-up teams receive support in conducting market research, clarifying regulatory issues, preparing business plans and raising capital.

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