September 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.
Klaus Hommels
He made early stage investments in companies like AirBnB, Facebook, Freenet,, Skype, Klarna, Xing and Spotify. Currently he manages close to 1 Billion Euro for startups – maybe the right guy for you to talk to at Bits & Pretzels.
Learn From Steve Jobs Former
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.
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.
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
Dr. Philipp Kreibohm
Founder & CEO Home24
Finn Age Hänsel
Managing Director, MOVINGA
Philipp Lahm
Partner at Fanmiles, Founder of Philipp Lahm Holding
Fabian Schmidt
Chief Executive Officer at Fanmiles
Alan Sternberg
Chief Revenue Officer at Fanmiles
Ralf Wenzel
Founder & CEO at Foodpanda, Chief Strategy Officer at Delivery Hero
Andy Cunningham
Former personal advisor to Steve Jobs at Apple, Pixar, and NExT
Rolf Schrömgens
CEO & Co-Founder Trivago
Klaus Hommels
Seed Investor of AirBnB, Facebook, Freenet,, Skype, Klarna, Xing and Spotify
Jeff Burton
Co-Founder of Electronic Arts
Quentin Sainné
CEO at Devialet
"Highly professional and as much about having fun as about bringing together a fascinating array of speakers"
Richard Branson
What to expect
Awesome Lineup
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Oktoberfest Networking
Finishing #bits17 with 5,000 startup-enthusiasts at Oktoberfest, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Startup Exhibition
Startps 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.
Investor Stage
An inspiring environment for investors and corporates to meet the most promising digital companies.
Corporate Innovation
The stage for CDOs and Corporate Innovation Managers with sessions about digitalization methods.
Networking Area
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Matchmaking App
5,000 business cards in your pocket. Meet with attendees who will move your business forward.
Startup Academy
A stage dedicated to Masterclasses by successful entrepreneurs, scientists and visionary thinkers.
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 GmbH
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 SE
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.