Incubation programme

The Institute of Applied Informatics (InfAI) in Leipzig starts an incubation programme for technological company foundations based on research. The incubator programme is specifically addressed to scientists willing to found a technological company based on research findings. Not only InfAI teams are to transfer knowledge into successful company foundations, but also startup teams are supposed to receive specific support by experts.

Two technology-oriented funds for investments are available:

  • The „Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen“( as potential experienced investor for tech start-ups and companies as well as
  • The “Smart Technology Invest” as private funding from Leipzig, which mainly invests in software technology companies.


Our services are as diverse as the subjects of our founders. We not only offer material support but also non-material support in form of different services. Here some examples:

  • Coachings
  • Providing rooms and facilities
  • No costs for founders
  • Pitch trainings with experienced industry experts
  • Technology cooperations
  • Access to pilot customers
  • Access to investor networks
  • Help for the integration into research projects
  • EXIST grants
  • ….and many more.

Main topics

We’re always close to research and work in future fields such as

  •     Data Analytics,
  •     Industry 4.0,
  •     Internet of Things,
  •     Big Data/Smart Data,
  •     Semantic web and
  •     Energy economy.


Have an innovative idea in the IT environment and looking for support to plan, realize and market it? All prospective founders and startups are encouraged to present their idea sending a mail to For a quick application process please send the following documents:

  •     Pitch Deck
  •     White Paper (if available).
Theresa Naumann
Theresa Naumann

Phone: + 49 341 22 90 37 -38

The Board

Andreas Heinecke

Core competencies:

  •     Entrepreneur
  •     Managing Director of InfAI
  •     Several shareholdings in companies
  •     Supporting startups
  •     Focus on technological companies in the area of Computer Sciences
Andreas Heinecke
Andreas Heinecke

Dr. Arndt Schwaiger 

Core competencies:

  • Entrepreneur
  • Startup coach
  • Studied Computer Science and Economy
  • Doctorate at DFKI Saarbrücken
Dr. Arndt Schwaiger
Dr. Arndt Schwaiger

Sören Schuster

Core competencies:

  • Investor
  • Managing Director of TGFS
  • Early-stage financing
  • More than 20 years experience in the area of risk capital
  • Particular interest in technological companies
Sören Schuster
Sören Schuster

Prof. Dr. Roland Fassauer

Core competencies:

  • Serial entrepreneur
  • Co-founder of Intershop
  • Board member of InfAI
  • Studied Computer Science in Leipzig
  • Doctorate at the University of Leipzig
Prof. Dr. Roland Fassauer
Prof. Dr. Roland Fassauer