Every creative service needs the right partner, market access, and customers who are willing to open their wallets and contribute financially.

Service providers play a crucial role by serving as intermediaries between the product range, partners, market and customers. These are the connectors to open channels to networks, business partners or target groups for the IT, media and creative industries. They do this in every area, from the local scene to the global economy.


The city of Leipzig boasts a long tradition as a marketplace and has been a trade fair city for 850 years. The so-called "Mustermesse" or sample fair was invented in this city during the Wilhelminian era - a concept that later spread all over the world.

Today, Leipzig's national and international trade fairs, congresses and conferences play a pivotal role in promoting economic development. Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH "Do it at Leipzig" services are available for planning meetings and events.


The industry association "Kreatives Leipzig e.V." (site only in german), which has been operating since 2010, is committed to championing the interests of creative professionals, while also supporting self-employed professionals with concrete offers and projects.

Furthermore, there is support for creative projects from initiatives such as the Crowdfunding Campus (site only in german and french). Practical advice and workshops provide the tools for a successful foundation or product launch via crowdfunding.

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  1. Good trade fair infrastructure
  2. Many associations and initiatives that work for creative people
  3. International flair through trade fair visitors
  4. Diverse and unique congresses
  5. Leipzig's chambers of commerce are geared to creative minds
  6. Many contact persons in the field of start-ups
  7. Accelerator programs such as SpinLab or Social Impact Lab, which provide sustainable support for

Funding and financing options for trade fairs and services

HTWK - Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur

The Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig was founded in 1992 as a university of applied sciences. It thus continues the long tradition of engineering educational institutions and teaching facilities for librarians, booksellers and museologists in Leipzig. With around 6,200 students, it is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Germany.

Universität Leipzig

With 14 faculties and 155 courses of study, the Alma Mater Lipsiensis is a classic full university with a wide range of subjects: more than 30,000 students are taught by 436 professors. From biotechnology to digital humanities, the university conducts research and teaching at the highest level - without interruption since its foundation in 1409.

Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig

Founded in 1764, the HGB is one of the oldest art academies in Germany. Around 600 students are currently studying painting and graphic arts, book art and graphic design, photography and media art in the four study courses. Since 2009, the Master's programme in Curatorial Cultures, unique in Germany, has also been offered.

Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig

The Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig offers a range of education from classical music, popular music, drama and dramaturgy, from musicology and music education to church music. In addition, there are more than 700 public concerts a year. Founded in 1843 as a conservatory by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, it was the first higher musical educational institution in Germany. The second main building is located at Dittrichring 21.

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

What does someone who wants to start or run a business need? Away from the short-term pursuit of profit maximization towards responsibility and sustainability. This is the "Leipzig management model". The private business school, which is renowned throughout Europe, has an excellent reputation as a forge for managers and entrepreneurs and offers the best career opportunities.

Staatliche Studienakademie Leipzig

The Studienakademie Leipzig is one of seven locations of the Berufsakademie Sachsen. Half of each semester is spent at the academy and half in a company. The dual courses offered in the fields of economics and technology include numerous bachelor courses. The aim is to train specialists for the regional economy. (site only in german)

FOM Hochschule Leipzig

The private university offers part-time study opportunities in the fields of economics and management. Students are required to attend classes in the evening or at weekends. With a special program abroad, the FOM offers professionals the opportunity to gain experience abroad in so-called summer or winter schools in addition to their job. (site only in german)

Leipzig School of Media

The media landscape is constantly changing. The cross-media use of content is becoming increasingly important here. This is where the Leipzig School of Media comes in with four part-time master's degree programmes, courses and training courses in cross-media. The continuing education programme aims to qualify specialists for the new requirements in the media. (site only in german)

Internationale Berufsakademie Leipzig

Students study part-time at this private academy. Each week 20 hours of study and 20 hours of work in the company means dual study, not including homework. In return, graduates received theoretical training and gained practical experience in the company at the same time. (overview of all locations)
Location Leipzig (site only in german)

Macromedia Hochschule Leipzig

Creativity is the magic word at this school - and a little craziness is allowed. In the fields of communication design, game design, fashion design and more, Macromedia University offers places to study. Strong practical orientation in small seminar groups promises maximum learning success. Even the brave little tailor can still learn something here! (overview of all locations)
Location Leipzig (site only in german)