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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 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.
"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.
Nico Rosberg
Former Formula One World Champion & investor
Tarana Burke
#MeToo Movement
Jan Böhmermann
satirist, tv host, and multiple award-winner
Tanmay Bakshi
Neural Network Architect
Tanmay Teaches
Hannes Ametsreiter
Vodafone Deutschland
Jeff Clarke
Leila Janah
CEO + Founder
Samasource and LXMI
Vinny Lingham
Co-Founder & CEO
Jochen Engert
Founder & CEO
Marc Samwer
Global Founders Capital
David Blumberg
Founder and MP
Blumberg Capital
Amanda Gutterman
"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
Nikolaus Röttger
Chief Editor
WIRED Germany
Jochen Engert
Antonella Mei-Pochtler
Senior Advisor
The Boston Consulting Group
Sonja Schwetje
Editor in Chief
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.
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