In exactly one week, Halle D at WERK 2 will open its doors for the LeipGlo Job Fair participants. Although about 25 potential employers are going to be there, our event is not only about seeking or offering jobs. It is also about networking, pitching, scoping out the business scene, learning something, and even drinking and hanging out with interesting people you never met.
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All done? Ok, great. Now we can talk about the program. Yes, we have a program – as in exciting stuff happening on the stage, rather than just a small (inhabited) sea of tables and chairs leading to the bar. We’ll have established as well as rising stars in the local business ecosystem. A rep from a big car-maker as one of our startup competition judges, along with two others very well-connected in the international business scene.
Which brings us to our stage highlight: the TK Startup Pitch Contest (from 17:00 to 18:00 o’clock), made possible by our job fair partner Techniker Krankenkasse. In it, seven entrepreneurial teams or individuals will pitch for a chance to win cash prizes (50, 100 and 150 euros). Each gets a total of five minutes to present: 30 seconds for the intro, 2.5 minutes for the pitch, then 2 minutes for a Q&A where each judge will be able to ask one question.
Moderating the pitch contest will be Marco Weicholdt from Basislager Coworking, another one of our partners in the job fair. After Marco briefly introduces the contest and its rules, the following presenters will take the stage:
They are all in different phases along their journeys, and have different projects, and that’s the beauty of it. Two of them have already announced the title of their pitches, which gives you an idea of the range of topics they cover: ARBEIT UND LEBEN’s is called “Creating multicultural companies: Training integration tutors at your business with ARBEIT UND LEBEN;” Starter and Kicker’s will be “Building authentic venture fellowships.”
A panel of three judges will use a score sheet to evaluate the seven competitors on the quality of their pitches and of their communicated plans (1-5 points), rather than how far along or “techy” they are. We like diversity, something reflected in the pitch contest as well as the Leipzig Glocal Job Fair in general.
These are the people who kindly agreed to lend their time and expertise as judges for the TK Startup Pitch Contest:
- Dr. Joachim Lamla, CFO, Porsche Leipzig
- Jörg Frohberg, Senior Investment Manager, MBG Sachsen
- Sven Deichfuß, Managing Partner, Co-Founder, Neuland Alliance
So as you see, the LeipGlo Job Fair features bigger and smaller names in the business world. Our exhibitors go all the way from early-stage startups to young HR-related companies like Get a Mint to language schools to large companies such as DHL, Dell and Spreadshirt. At the job fair are also startup hubs like SpinLab and Basislager (both exhibiting and giving talks), and some non-profits and agencies that will come to the stage to share their projects and services.
Our job fair partner Career Service Universität Leipzig will be on hand to have a look at your CV, and will present some of their knowledge on the tricky local job market. Their focus is international students, but their insights can apply to all of us foreigners trying to stick around and prosper here. Frauenkultur will give a talk on their intercultural work to empower women in the labor market.
You’ll also get to meet the Welcome Center – recently launched by the City of Leipzig to assist new arrivals from other countries – and get to hear from Schulhaus Europa, which advocates for greater mobility and educational integration in the EU. Time permitting, other organizations or companies participating in the job fair may have the chance to grab the mic and say a few words during the “Company Open Mic” sessions. NO POWERPOINTS!
And while at it, we’re launching a campaign, #BeABiggerDot!
Here’s our PROGRAM:
LEIPGLO JOB FAIR: 13:00-21:00 o’clock (1-9 PM), Tuesday, 13 NOVEMBER 2018
13:30-13:35 – A warm welcome from The Leipzig Glocal
14:30-14:45 – Career Service Universität Leipzig: “Applying in Germany”
TALKS: Some interesting services you may not have known about – Brief MC’ing by LeipGlo
15:10-15:20 – A few words from Get a Mint
15:20-15:30 – Welcome to the Welcome Center
15:30-15:45 – Career Service Universität Leipzig: “Legal aspects for foreign graduates in Germany”
15:45-15:50 – Frauenkultur Leipzig: “Women at work – Intercultural women’s center for information and encounter”
15:50-15:55 – Schulhaus Europa: “Mit einen Auslands Praktikum über Erasmus Plus”
15:55-16:15 – Company Open Mic (max. 5 mins each) – Brief MC’ing by LeipGlo
16:50-17:00 PM – Basislager: “The value of coworking for startups”
17:00-18:00 – STARTUP PITCH CONTEST
18:00-18:10 PM – SpinLab: “Spinnin’ up some good things in Leipzig”
19:00-19:05 – LEIPGLO CAMPAIGN LAUNCH: #BeABiggerDot
19:05-19:30 – Company Open Mic (max. 5 mins each) – Brief MC’ing by LeipGlo
Where: WERK 2 (Halle D), Kochstraße 132, 04277 Leipzig
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We can all be bigger dots. @pummyjr, #leipglo and @basislagerco starting a grassroots campaign to make #Leipzig a bigger, better-rounded place welcoming to all sorts of talents, backgrounds and wonderfulness. Hope to see you on 13 Nov 2018 for the official kickoff of #BeABiggerDot at the LeipGlo Job Fair, @werk2leipzig.