THE FOUNDERS FESTIVAL
SEP 24 - 26, 2017 IN MUNICH
3 days of vision, learning and networking.
Bits & Pretzels is a 3-day founders festival that connects 5.000 startup enthusiasts with Speakers and Table Captains like the founders of Virgin, Airbnb, Evernote or Zendesk. Bits & Pretzels creates unique networking around Munich Oktoberfest and encourages meaningful relationships between founders, investors and the media.
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 2017.
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.
Stefan Raab
Entertainer & Entrepreneur
Philipp Lahm
Partner Fanmiles, Founder Philipp Lahm Holding
Andy Cunningham
Former personal advisor to Steve Jobs Apple, Pixar, and NExT
Klaus Hommels
Seed Investor AirBnB, Facebook, Freenet, King.com, Skype, Klarna, Xing and Spotify
Rolf Schrömgens
CEO Trivago
Sebastian Siemiatkowski
CEO Klarna
Dr. Philipp Kreibohm
Founder & CEO Home24
Oliver Kahn
CEO Goalplay
Dr. Werner Vogels
CTO Amazon
Sandra Thier
Moderator
Kevin Novak
Chief Data Scientist Uber
Ralf Wenzel
Founder & CEO Foodpanda, Chief Strategy Officer Delivery Hero
"Highly professional and as much about having fun as about bringing together a fascinating array of speakers"
Richard Branson
What to expect
Awesome Lineup
Many fascinating top speakers have already confirmed, and a lot more will follow.
Oktoberfest Networking
Finishing #bits17 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.
Networking Area
Do you need help finding the right people? Our specially trained volunteers will help you at our new networking area.
Oh captain. My captain. 
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 Secretary Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
Gabriele Böhmer
Director Munich Startup
Stephanie Czerny
Managing Director DLD Media
Lukasz Gadowski
Entrepreneur & Investor
Heiko Hubertz
Founder & CEO WHOW Games
Dr. Paul-Bernhard Kallen
CEO Hubert Burda Media
Alexander Kudlich
Member of the Management Board Rocket Internet
Dr. Florian Langenscheidt
Business Angel Langenscheidt Verlagsgruppe
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.
This is our story.
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