From the founder's breakfast to the festival
The story of Bits and Pretzels in September 2014 actually began modestly: As a cozy Weißwurst breakfast of the Munich start-up scene, initiated by Andreas Bruckschlögl and Dr. Bernd Storm van's Gravesande.
The event soon became known as probably the biggest founder breakfast in the world, which already took place twice in the Löwenbräukeller in Munich. At the third edition in September 2015, the two founders together with Chairman Felix Haas established a completely new event concept: Bits and Pretzels was filled with keynotes and discussions at the 3-Day Founders' Festival and a historic conclusion at the Oktoberfest on the last day of the event. 5000 participants are expected this year.
As the patron and supporter of the grand event, 2016 also acts as the Bavarian Minister of State for Economics and Media, Energy and Technology, and Deputy Prime Minister Ilse Aigner.
Kevin Spacey and Richard Branson as speakers
Among the speakers, the organizers have even surpassed this year: In addition to the two-time Oscar winner and Hollywood star Kevin Spacey also Virgin founder and self-college billionaire Richard Branson will speak to the guests.
Other high-profile speakers include:
- Nathan Blecharczyk (Co-Founder and CTO Airbnb)
- Mitchell Baker (Executive Chairwoman Mozilla)
- Steve Hafner (Co-Founder and CEO KAYAK)
- Riccardo Zacconi (Co-Founder and CEO King Digital Entertainment)
- Leila Janah (CEO of Sama and Laxmi)
- Valent in Stalf (Founder and CEO NUMBER26)
- Jochen Schweizer, Judith Williams, Frank Thelen, Carsten Maschmeyer (The Lion's Den)
During the first two days of the festival, the visitors will be keynotes and presentations by successful and influential founders from the digital world. There are also workshops and panel discussions. The goal is to provide a wide range of target group-specific content for all participants.
Startups in particular are offered a balanced program by the “Startup University” with specific lectures for founders in the initial phase and a new format in the pitch competition: on the first day, a hundred startups compete against each other on the dedicated pitch stage.
The winner will be announced at the end of the second day in the big pitch final on the main stage. In order to facilitate the exchange between the participants, new networking opportunities are offered with the help of a networking tool as well as meeting areas at the event including pre-appointment. This makes it possible to network with all participants and to arrange appointments with each other.
Networking at the Oktoberfest with prominent table-captains
The third day will be held again this year with well-established networking Concept at the Oktoberfest: In advance, participants can choose which “table captain” they would like to sit with according to the “First Come - First Serve” principle.
The Table Captains are people from the digital start-up scene who like to share their experiences with the interested visitors.
Among them are among others
- Ruth Fend (Editor-in-Chief Business Punk),
- Tobias Ragge (CEO HRS),
- Jens Müffelmann (CEO of Axel Springer Digital Ventures),
- Florian Gschwandtner (co-founder Runtastic)
- Sonja Schwetje (chief editor n-tv).
More speakers, table captains and information at: https://www.bitsandpretzels.com/
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