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THE FOUNDERS
FESTIVAL
SEP 30 - OCT 2, 2018 IN MUNICH
3 days of vision, learning and networking
Bits & Pretzels is an application-only, three-day festival that connects 5,000 founders, investors, startup enthusiasts, and all other decision-makers of the startup ecosystem. The festival takes place in a unique setting around the Oktoberfest in Munich from September 30th – October 2nd, 2018. The most successful founders from all around the world, as well as young aspiring entrepreneurs, will meet at the event for inspiration, learning, and matchmaking. On the last day, all attendees and speakers come together in one tent with one goal: liquid networking.
Our THEME FOR 2018:
DIVERSITY - UNLOCK ITS ENTREPRENEURIAL POTENTIAL
Diversity in our workforce, in new markets, in our products, in our endeavors, in our community - in our thinking in general - will be the key for new and bigger opportunities ahead.
Learn From Steve Jobs Former
PR-Advisor
Andy came to Silicon Valley in 1983 to work for Regis McKenna and help Steve Jobs launch the Macintosh. She continued to work with Steve for several years and now she is sharing her knowledge about PR with 5,000 founders at our Startup Academy.
Opening
Keynote
Stefan Raab will open this year's festival with his first major public appearance for one and a half years.
We are stoked to see the TV host, entrepreneur, songwriter, musician, and TV- and music producer on stage.
Philipp Lahm
& Fanmiles
Together with the Fanmiles' founders Fabian Schmidt and Alan Sternberg Philipp will speak about the selection, training, and importance of teams - in sports and in companies.
"Combining a startup conference 
with the Oktoberfest is brilliant."
Kevin Spacey
Speakers at
Bits & Pretzels 2018
Some of the most successful national and international entrepreneurs, investors and CEOs shared their insights on stage and opened up new perspectives for Bits & Pretzels attendees.
Tarana Burke
Founder
#MeToo Movement
Tanmay Bakshi
Neural Network Architect
Tanmay Teaches
Hannes Ametsreiter
CEO
Vodafone Deutschland
Jeff Clarke
CEO
Kodak
Vinny Lingham
Co-Founder & CEO
Civic.com
Jochen Engert
Founder & CEO
FlixMobility
Marc Samwer
Founder
Global Founders Capital
David Blumberg
Founder and MP
Blumberg Capital
Martin Varsavsky
CEO
Overture Life
Amanda Gutterman
CMO
ConsenSys
Christian Reber
Founder & CEO
Pitch
Albert Wenger
MP
Union Square Ventures
"Professional, fun and a fascinating array of speakers."
Richard Branson at #bits16
Professional, fun and a fascinating array of speakers.
Richard Branson at #bits16
What to expect
Awesome Lineup
Stay tuned to find out who’s entering the stage at #bits18.
Oktoberfest Networking
Finishing #bits18 with 5,000 startup-enthusiasts at Oktoberfest, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Startup Exhibition
Startups showcase their innovative and exciting new product to media, corporations, and investors.
Startup Pitch
100 startups are fighting to reach the grand finale and present their companies to 5,000 attendees.
Startup Academy
A stage dedicated to masterclasses by successful entrepreneurs, scientists, and visionary thinkers.
Corporate Innovation
The stage for CDOs and Corporate Innovation Managers with sessions about digitalization methods.
Investor Stage
An inspiring environment for investors and corporates to meet the most promising digital companies.
Matchmaking App
5,000 business cards in your pocket. Meet with attendees who will move your business forward.
Matchmaking Area
Do you need help finding the right people? Our specially trained matchmakers will help you in our new matchmaking area.
Oh captain
My Table Captain
Once a year the most influential executives gather at the Bits & Pretzels Oktoberfest tables. Every table at the grand finale is hosted by a Table Captain and all attendees can choose one of those handpicked CEOs, editors-in-chief or investors before the event even starts. Through that we make sure that everyone gets the most out of Bits & Pretzels and enjoys the best networking experience in a relaxed atmosphere.
Dorothee Bär
State Ministry Commissioner for Digitization
Ralf Kleber
VP, Country Manager
Amazon.com
Nikolaus Röttger
Chief Editor
WIRED Germany
Jochen Engert
Co-Founder
FlixBus
Antonella Mei-Pochtler
Senior Advisor
The Boston Consulting Group
Sonja Schwetje
Editor in Chief
ntv
You're in good hands
Partnerships with the aim of forming long-lasting relationships with mutual benefits forms the basis for the success of the founders festival. Amazing companies join the event as a partner year for year.
DIVERSITY - UNLOCK ITS ENTREPRENEURIAL POTENTIAL
Our main theme for 2018: Diversity in our workforce, in new markets, in our products, in our endeavors, in our community - in our thinking in general - will be the key for new and bigger opportunities ahead.
This is our story
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