Uniting the startup world during the Oktoberfest.

Bits & Pretzels is a 3-day founders festival that connects more than 5.000 startup enthusiasts with Speakers and Table Captains like the founders of Virgin, Airbnb, Evernote or Zendek. Bits & Pretzels creates unique networking around Munich Oktoberfest and encourages meaningful relationships between founders, investors and the media.
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Speakers at Bits & Pretzels 2016.

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.

Kevin
Spacey

Oscar-winning actor,
producer, startup investor

Richard
Branson

Founder
Virgin Group

Ilse
Aigner

Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology Deputy Minister-President

Nathan
Blecharczyk

Co-Founder & CTO
airbnb

Mitchell
Baker

Executive Chairwoman
Mozilla Foundation & Corporation

Neil
Patel

Co-Founder
Crazy Egg, Hello Bar, KISSmetrics

Steve
Hafner

Co-Founder & CEO
KAYAK

Sportfreunde
Stiller

Live in concert

Tony
Fadell

Founder
Nest & Creator iPod

Riccardo
Zacconi

Co-Founder & CEO
King Digital Entertainment PLC

Leila
Janah

CEO
Sama and Laxmi

Jochen
Schweizer

Founder & Chairman
Jochen Schweizer Group
"Bits & Pretzels is a very professional event that is just as much about having fun as it is about bringing together a fascinating array of guest speakers."
Richard Branson

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.

Nathan
Blecharczyk

Co-Founder & CTO
airbnb

Jess
Erickson

Programm Director
500 Startups

Katharina
Borchert

Chief Innovation Officer
Mozilla

Dorothee
Bär

State Secretary
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Andrei
Brasoveanu

Investment Team
Accel Partners

Sonja
Schwetje

Editor in Chief
n-tv

Dr. Joana
Breidenbach

Co-Founder
Betterplace.org

Konstantin
Urban

Co-Founder & CEO
Windeln.de

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.

We originally started this event in September 2014 as a small and cozy founders breakfast for the Munich ecosystem. Nowadays, Bits & Pretzels has rapidly grown into the biggest international startup event in Germany with participants from all over the world ! Under the theme “from founders for founders”, the most famous entrepreneurs, as well as young ambitious startup and tech enthusiasts meet in Munich to share and discuss experiences and trends. Our founders festival is hosted by the three entrepreneurs Andi, Bernd and Felix and a small but awesome pretzels-team. For us, Bits is all about sharing knowledge and connecting the right people. By consistently showing passion and attention-to-detail, we always try our best to deliver the most valuable content for startups, investors and corporates.