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Bocome a part of Bits & Pretzels



Apply to become a volunteer and join the team behind the Bits & Pretzels Founders Festival from 25 -27 September 2022:

Our volunteer program offers you the unique opportunity to access the events for free. You will be able to connect with entrepreneurs or fellow students, who are forerunners in the startup scene.

As a volunteer you will help to support the conference. You will meet and learn from professionals, creators, educators, visionaries and others. If you have passion for starting your own business or you just want to expand your network, we highly encourage you to apply!

Please apply only if you meet the following requirements:

at least 18 years old

available on every day of the events

Bits & Pretzels takes place at the International Congress Center ICM. This is your chance to be part of Bits & Pretzels. Become a volunteer in 2022 – See you in Munich!

Please read through our Volunteer FAQ carefully, before you hand in your application.

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When do I get informed about my application status?

You will receive an email notification at the latest 1 month before the event, you applied for, starts. This e-mail will include application acceptance, contract, link for buying your ticket and time/place for volunteer orientation check-in/meeting.

How do I get my ticket?

You will not pay for the ticket!

You will be temporarily employed as a supporter with a wage around 140 euros net.
However, you must buy a ticket for the same price as your salary. We apologise for this inconvenience, still in the end you will have a “free” festival experience. If your application gets accepted, we will send you a link to buy this special volunteer ticket.

What do I have to organize myself?

-Traveling to and from Munich and the ICM

-Hotel and other lodging expenses

Is it mandatory to join the volunteer orientation meeting?


On the day before the event starts, we will organize a volunteer orientation meeting at ICM.

Joining this meeting is absolutely mandatory for all volunteers. We will have important information to debrief. Failure to arrive in time may result in loss of the volunteer status and all related benefits.

For the Bits and Pretzels founders festival, the volunteer orientation meeting takes place on Saturday, 24 September 2022 from noon - 2pm. Please plan your travel so that you arrive in Munich in time.

Can I apply if I am job-seeking or a recipient of social welfare?


Please do not apply if you are officially registered as job-seeking (at the Arbeitsamt) during event dates. Please do not apply if you are a recipient of social welfare (Sozialhilfe-Empfänger) during event dates.

What is the required age to join as a volunteer?

At the beginning of the festival applicants must be 18 years or older.

Do I have to be available every day of the event?


Please do not apply, if you cannot work all the 3 days of the Bits & Pretzels festival. It is not possible to work only one day or in certain time slots. Unfortunately, we can't make any exceptions here.

Where do I have to attend?

The events and the volunteer orientation meetings take place at ICM International Congress Center, 81823 Munich.

When do I have to attend on festival days?

Bits & Pretzels Founders Festival

25 - 27 September 2022

Most shifts are timed between 6:30am and 7:00pm.

You will work up to 5 hours on each day of the event.

What are my benefits as a volunteer?

Free Bits & Pretzels 2022 full conference registration

Enjoy all the sights and sounds of this amazing conference when you are off-shift!


Meet founders,creators and students from all over Europe and get inside the startup community!

What are my tasks as a volunteer?

Checking-in guests, Helping with questions or translations, Supporting the Bits &Pretzels Team. The jobs vary by program, length, and amount of involvement, but all play a very important role in running the conference.