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Founders,

Your Time
is Now

24–26 September 2023 – Munich

Join Bits & Pretzels 2023 and meet 5,000 founders, investors, and startup enthusiasts for three days full of learning, networking & inspiration.

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Home of

Founders

There is a reason why we are called The Founders Festival: Back in 2014, Bits & Pretzels started as a small founders breakfast with just 80 participants.

Today, thousands of founders, the world's leading companies and the most inspiring speakers join our annual festival – sharing the belief that entrepreneurship can drive positive change in Germany, Europe and all over the world.

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Selected former Speakers

Barack Obama
Jessica Alba
Founder
The Honest Company
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Businessman, Investor, Environmentalist, form. Governor of California
Reid Hoffman
Co-Founder
LinkedIn
Arianna Huffington
Founder & CEO
Thrive Global
Drew Houston
Founder & CEO
Dropbox
Margit Wennmachers
Operating Partner
Andreessen Horowitz
Lea-Sophie Cramer
Founder & Managing Director
10more in & Pink Capital

#bits23 speakers will be
announced soon

3 Days

of learning, networking,
inspiration.

Everybody should
know your startup.

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Grow as

A Founder

Bits & Pretzels is the only major startup event that limits its number of attendees. We make sure that you'll get the most out of the Festival: Learn from the experiences and mistakes of our handpicked speakers and improve your knowledge and skills at the Startup Masterclasses.

Share your

achievements

Bits & Pretzels is an event from founders for founders. At our Festival, it is easy to get your name out: Join our Startup Exhibition, pitch in front of hundreds of investors or promote your company by partnering with us.

Accelerate

Your Business

The leading decision-makers in the startup ecosystem join Bits & Pretzels. Use this chance to meet potential customers, partners or investors. Our Table Captain meetings make it easy to create meaningful connections that accelerate your business.

Join the

community

Our community wants to create real and sustainable impact through innovative ideas and technology. Imagine how inspiring it is to meet people who actually do stuff for three straight days. Be open and talk to each other – you'll make connections that last for a lifetime.

Face to Face

with Leading

 .

Hundreds of startups, investors and corporates are joining Bits & Pretzels every year. They know that a network cannot be built from your office.
Skip weeks of business lunches and investor meetings – and do all your networking over the course of just three days.

This was

#bits22

Where we

come from.

2013

Andy and Bernd initiate the first Founders Breakfast. Eighty participants join them at the famous Hofbräuhaus.

2014

Felix joins the team and 1,400 attendees gather for the first edition that is called Bits & Pretzels.

2015

For the first time the Festival lasts for three days. The grand finale gathers 3,500 founders at the Oktoberfest.

2016

5,000 attendees come to see the founders of Virgin, Airbnb, and other inspiring personalities.

2017

Bits & Pretzels establishes its quality over size rule and limits the number of attendees to 5,000.

2018

Tarana Burke, founder of the #metoo movement, opens the Festival to underline the commitment to diversity.

2019

President Barack Obama joins Bits & Pretzels and leads an amazing speaker lineup.

2022

What a return after a two year break. Reuniting the European startup scene was so much fun.

FAQ

Will the Bits & Pretzels festival be a virtual or physical event?

Since the beginning, Bits & Pretzels has been about the power of community. After too many years full of virtual events, we believe that our physical festival is the perfect occasion to reunite founders, investors and startup enthusiasts.

Where will the Bits & Pretzels festival be held?

The Bits & Pretzels Festival will be held in person at the ICM Munich on 25–27 September 2022.

How many visitors can attend the Bits & Pretzels festival?

Traditionally, Bits & Pretzels is the only major startup event that limits its number of attendees. We focus on quality over quantity. This stays the same in 2022 where we will have a maximum of 5,000 attendees at our festival.

I am interested in partnering with you, who do I contact?

For sponsorship inquiries, please write to hello@bitsandpretzels.com