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THE FOUNDERS
FESTIVAL
SEP 29 - OCT 1, 2019 IN MUNICH
#bits18 was a blast
5,000
attendees
Founders, Investors & startup enthusiasts
7
stages
inspiration, learning and matchmaking
100+
speakers
share their insights on stage
150+
experts
you can share a table with at Oktoberfest
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.
Sunday
29 SEPTEMBER
ICM Congress Center
Day
(9am - 6pm)
  • Startup Exhibition
  • Startup Academy
  • Matchmaking Area
  • Spotlight Stage
  • Google Stage
  • Interactive Stage
  • Pretzels Stage
Night
(7pm - 1am)
  • Official After Party
  • Free drinks & music
Monday
30 SEPTEMBER
ICM Congress Center
Day
(9am - 6pm)
  • Startup Exhibition
  • Startup Academy
  • Matchmaking Area
  • Spotlight Stage
  • Interactive Stage
  • Pretzels Stage
  • Corporate Innovation Stage
Night
(7pm - 1am)
  • Startup Night
  • 50+ events all over Munich
TUESDAY
1 October
Oktoberfest Munich
Day
(9am - 2pm)
  • Share a table with an expert
  • Secret music act
  • Liquid networking
  • Join 5,000 startup enthusiasts at the Oktoberfest
DOn't miss
Become a better Negotiator
The former hostage-negotiator Matthias Schranner normally supports the UN, global corporations, and political parties through their difficult negotiations. Attendees enjoy a full day of hand-on workshops to heighten their negotiation skills.
DON'T MISS
Corporate Innovation stage
Discover successful corporate innovation projects and learn from the experiences of its makers. Together with our partner KPMG we selected outstanding projects that use leading edge technologies to drive corporate innovation.
DOn't miss
Crypto Panel
Is crypto technology going to take over the world? Or is crypto technology the fad of the century? We are excited that some of Silicon Valley’s top crypto entrepreneurs and investors share their insight with us on our center stage.
The panel will focus around the current state of the technology and most importantly, the outlook on real-world applications.
DON'T MISS
Spotlight stage
A stage with on-spot 10-minute company presentations from the shooting stars of the startup ecosystem. We handpick startups that are on a high growth trajectory and have received at least a series A funding round - perfectly designed for investors, VC funds and corporate attendees with little time.
DON'T MISS
Matchmaking Team
Of course we have a networking app, but we go one step further. A team of 40 matchmakers personally help you to identify relevant attendees and show up ways for you to contact them. These are actual people who feel personally responsible for your networking success at Bits & Pretzels.
"Combining a startup conference 
with the Oktoberfest is brilliant."
Kevin Spacey
Speakers at
Bits & Pretzels 2018
Bits & Pretzels offers you inspiration as well as relevant business content. Our speakers are successful national and international entrepreneurs, investors, and CEOs and will share their insights on stage.
Nico Rosberg
Former Formula One World Champion & investor
Tarana Burke
Founder
#MeToo Movement
Jan Böhmermann
satirist, tv host, and multiple award-winner
Tanmay Bakshi
Neural Network Architect
Tanmay Teaches
Prof. Dr. Ann-Kristin Achleitner
European Multi Advisory Board Member,
including Linde, Munich Re & Deutsche Börse AG
Hannes Ametsreiter
CEO
Vodafone Deutschland
Leila Janah
CEO + Founder
Samasource and LXMI
Amanda Gutterman
CMO
ConsenSys
Christian Reber
Founder & CEO
Pitch
Albert Wenger
MP
Union Square Ventures
Janina Kugel
Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Managing Board
Siemens AG
André Schwämmlein
CEO and Founder
FlixMobility
"Professional, fun and a fascinating array of speakers."
Richard Branson at #bits16
Professional, fun and a fascinating array of speakers.
Richard Branson at #bits16
Why ATTEND

connect with
DECISION MAKERS

Bits & Pretzels brings together decision makers from all over the startup ecosystem. Use the chance to make appointments with potential partners, clients or investors. Our
 matchmaking  and  Oktoberfest Networking  will help you to make kick-ass connections.

BECOME A BETTER 
LEADER

We handpick our  speakers  to help you learn from their experiences and mistakes. Especially when you are or want to become a founder, you shouldn't miss the "How to...-Sessions" at the  Academy Stage .

PROMOTE YOUR 
COMPANY

Make people know your company and get out your name by  exhibiting ,  pitching or even by becoming a  sponsor .

ENJOY LIQUID 
NETWORKING

An after party with free drinks, the Startup Night all over the city - nice! But entering the Oktoberfest with 5,000 fellow startup enthusiasts is INCREDIBLE!

Find the hottest startups

No matter if you want to discover early stage startups in the  exhibition  and at the  Pitch Stage  or later stage companies at the  Spotlight Stage  - Bits & Pretzels attracts Europe's hottest tech-startups.

Connect with fellow investors

More than 300 investors attended Bits & Pretzels in 2017 and even more will join this year. Catch up on the latest rumors and don't miss your next deal.

ENJOY LIQUID
NETWORKING

An after party with free drinks, the Startup Night all over the city - nice! But entering the Oktoberfest with 5,000 fellow startup enthusiasts is INCREDIBLE!

connect with
DECISION MAKERS

Bits & Pretzels brings together decision makers from all over the startup ecosystem. Use the chance to make appointments with potential partners, clients or investors. Our  matchmaking  and  Oktoberfest Networking  will help you to make kick-ass connections.

Learn about Corporate Innovation

Discover successful  corporate innovation  projects and learn from the experiences of its makers. We selected outstanding projects that use leading edge technologies to drive innovation.

Find the hottest startups

No matter if you want to discover early stage startups in the  exhibition  and at the  Pitch Stage  or later stage companies at the  Spotlight Stage  - Bits & Pretzels attracts Europe's hottest tech-startups.

ENJOY LIQUID
NETWORKING

An after party with free drinks, the Startup Night all over the city - nice! But entering the Oktoberfest with 5,000 fellow startup enthusiasts is INCREDIBLE!

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Meet the Table Captains
On the third day of the festival you have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to share a table at the Oktoberfest with well-known experts, CEOs, and founders from business, media, and the startup ecosystem.
Ralf Kleber
VP, Country Manager
Amazon.com
Max Wittrock
CEO / Co-Founder
mymuesli GmbH
Lea-Sophie Cramer
Founder & MD
AMORELIE, Sonoma Internet GmbH
Antonella Mei-Pochtler
Senior Advisor
The Boston Consulting Group
Katja Hofem
Managing Director
ProSiebenSat1 Media SE
Dorothee Bär
State Ministry Commissioner for Digitization
Dr. Rahmyn Kress
CDO
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
Sonja Schwetje
Editor in Chief
ntv
Nikolaus Röttger
Chief Editor
WIRED Germany
Ulrich Schäfer
Chief Business-Editor
Süddeutsche Zeitung
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
Antonella Mei-Pochtler
Senior Advisor
The Boston Consulting Group
Sonja Schwetje
Editor in Chief
ntv
Max Wittrock
CEO / Co-Founder
mymuesli GmbH
Attending companies 2018
You won't regret it
Ask our former attendees...
"Worth the money, time and invest - highly recommended!"
Andreas Heyden, CEO at DFL Digital Sports GmbH
"Great Event, Great Networking, Awesome speakers, beer and good vibes!"
Stephan Dörner, editor in chief at t3n magazin
"A must-attend for founders. Always a pleasure!"
Daniel Wingen, founder of BlockKeeper
"Absolutely amazing, sparkling, inspiring event and attendees!
- the best startup festivals of my life!"
Kárpáti Tímea, founder & CEO of BeMyBoss
"Awesome Event! Top-Speaker, high-quality audience and wonderful atmosphere!"
Ingo Kamps, journalist
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