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The fourth Leipzig Glocal Job Fair is in two weeks and we’ve got 15 exhibitors for you. Some are offering lots of jobs, others are there to help you land a job or find your footing in Leipzig. In this Q&A article we give you a mix of these categories, introducing you to some of the players in Leipzig’s startup ecosystem. It is an ecosytem seeking its balance but with quite a strong start.

For the past several years in Leipzig, SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator (one of the leaders of this ecosystem) has been churning out every semester successful startup teams that go through the program. One of such success stories is Rhebo – Industrial Network Continuity.

Rhebo (an emerging player as a startup in this ecosytem) is currently hiring for nine positions in sales and IT, besides having a working student position open.

Along with SpinLab and the connected job board Startup Mitteldeutschland, Rhebo will be eager to meet you at the LeipGlo Job Fair. Both SpinLab and the new job board can help connect you with other startups in the Leipzig ecosystem. Who knows, you could become their next team member.

And if you lack the coding skills to work in a startup, as many of the jobs available are for developers (not only in startups for that matter), Digital Career Institute (DCI) will be at the job fair to tell you about their publicly-subsidized training program. Moreover, DCI hires for instructors, on- and offline, and positions like sales.

Without further ado, here’s our Q&A where these Leipzig startup ecosystem players tell you a little bit about themselves ahead of their job fair exhibition on 10 November.


Rhebo

1. What positions are you hiring for at the moment?

  • Technical Support m/f/d (part or full time)
  • Inside Sales m/f/d (part or full time)
  • Sales Manager m/f/d – Focus Energy (full time)
  • Sales Manager m/f/d – Focus IT Security (full time)
  • Software Developer m/f/d – Frontend (full time)
  • Senior Software Developer m/f/d – C/C++ (full time)
  • Senior Software Developer m/f/d – Rust (full time)
  • Software Developer m/f/d – Focus Middleware (full time)
  • Working Student m/f/d – Software Development (part time)
  • Junior Software Developer m/f/d (full time)

2. Would you consider hiring candidates without the degrees or work experience exactly matching these positions, but with transferable skills?

Partly. We don’t look after degrees but skills and work experience are important to us.

3. What tips would you give candidates wanting to approach you at the Leipzig Glocal Job Fair?

You can find us next to the SpinLab booth and we are looking forward to getting to know you.

4. What words best describe your company culture?

#openminded, #creativity, #together, #practicallyoriented

5. How has your company been coping with the COVID-19 crisis?

IT Security has become more important during the COVID-19 crisis. More industries and enterprises are now under KRITIS regulations. Rhebo’s market is growing. To reduce health risks for Rhebo employees, we work temporarily in home office. We reduced travel and live meetings and work a lot with web conferences.


SpinLab and Startup Mitteldeutschland

1. What services do you offer that may be of interest to job-seekers or potential founders coming to our event?

First of all, SpinLab itself is a startup accelerator that offers 6-month programs to early-stage startups to make them investment- or market-ready. On top of that, SpinLab has founded a job platform that is now called, and run by, Startup Mitteldeutschland. On “Startup Mitteldeutschland Jobs,” job seekers can find startup jobs in Central Germany. At the moment, most of the jobs are still based in Leipzig, but we are looking to expand to the whole of Sachsen, Thüringen and Sachsen-Anhalt.

SpinLab itself does regularly look out for working students to help with events, startup databases and office management.

Team photo of SpinLab
The SpinLab community – photo courtesy of SpinLab

2. Would you and the startups you work with consider hiring employees without the degrees or work experience exactly matching the positions advertised, but with transferable skills?

It is different for all startups, but generally the startup environment is less likely looking for specific degrees, but any kind of experience or at least interest for this area.

3. What tips would you give prospective employees or entrepreneurs wanting to approach you at the Leipzig Glocal Job Fair?

For prospective employees, have a look around our job platform Startup Mitteldeutschland Jobs. For prospective entrepreneurs, check out what our program has to offer. Don’t be shy to talk to us and feel free to approach us in advance, e.g. via @startupmitteldeu Instagram for example. We’re also happy to help if you have questions about the Leipzig startup scene in general.

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SpinLab Team – photo courtesy of SpinLab

4. What words best describe a) your approach as a service provider and b) company culture?

a) constant change, new opportunities and b) many different types of people.

5. How has your company been coping with the COVID-19 crisis?

As many other companies and startups, we shifted to part-time home office at first. We managed to make most of the accelerator program and events online or at least hybrid, which made us more flexible and will sure help us in the future.


Digital Career Institute (DCI)

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The DCI Team – photo courtesy of DCI

1. What services do you offer that may be of interest to job-seekers coming to our event?

DCI offers certified courses which teach people to become Web Developers or Online Marketing Managers. Our courses are funded 100% by the Job Agency (Agentur für Arbeit/Job Center).

If you are currently looking for a job and/or a new career perspective and if you are interested in working in the digital sector, we will be more than happy to show you how we can help you to get started.

2. Would you consider hiring instructors or other employees for your company without the degrees or work experience exactly matching the job positions advertised, but with transferable skills?

As DCI is constantly growing, we are always interested in new and interesting people to join us. Our team consists of people with different backgrounds and motivations. Don’t hesitate to look into our current opportunities, if you are interested in working with us.

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DCI students in class – photo courtesy of DCI

3. What tips would you give prospective students or employees wanting to approach you at the Leipzig Glocal Job Fair?

Just come and talk to us, if you are interested and motivated to start your digital career or to get some insights. 😉

You don’t need to bring along any experience in Coding or Online Marketing, just a good amount of motivation to push your professional life towards the digital sector.

4. What words best describe a) your approach as a service provider and b) company culture?

We always put our students in the center of everything we do. Your success is our success. Our approach is to meet the demand of the digital job market and to offer classes to cover those demands as best as possible. So we consider ourselves as social minded, supportive and innovative.

Our company culture is best described as communicative and open-minded. We care about our employees and are always open to their ideas to make us better.

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DCI class photo – courtesy of DCI

5. How has your company been coping with the COVID-19 crisis?

The most important thing for us in the current situation was and is the well-being of both our students and employees. We had to come up with a quick solution to still be able to hold our classes and ensure that nobody is at risk in a classroom. It only took us a few days to switch our courses to be held remotely and it works pretty well so far.

With doing so, we did not have to cancel any of our courses and our students are now even able to get used to their future working environment studying online with us. Nevertheless, we do of course offer social events for our students to get together on a regular basis to stay in touch and to see each other in real life.


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