Bits & Pretzels, the 3-day event for founders, startup enthusiasts, investors and business incubators which will take place from September 25 – 27 in the International Congress Center in Munich will gather more than 5,000 attendees from all over the world at the Oktoberfest to mingle with like-minded people from the digital ecosystem. Aside from exciting keynotes, interesting panel discussions and useful workshops, startups will be offered a well-balanced program.
The founders festival will start off with two days of inspiring speakers and presentations from successful and influential founders from the digital world. As of today confirmed speakers include Nathan Blecharczyk (Co-Founder & CTO Airbnb), Mitchell Baker (Executive Chairwoman Mozilla), Steve Hafner (Co-Founder & CEO KAYAK), Riccardo Zacconi (Co- Founder & CEO King Digital Entertainment) and Daniel Graf (Head of Marketplace Uber).
Aside from the conference with presentations and interesting content for founders, the third day of Bits & Pretzels will take place at the renowned Oktoberfest using the same tried and true networking concept with â€œTable Captains in one of the Oktoberfest beer tents. Attendees can choose in advance according to the first-come-first-serve principle the Table Captain they want to sit with to share experiences.
This year Ruth Fend (Editor in Chief Business Punk), Jens Mulffelmann (CEO Axel Springer Digital Ventures), Florian Gschwandtner (Co-Founder Runtastic) und Sonja Schwetje (Editor in Chief n-tv) will be present amongst others.
In addition to the Startup Academy with specific lectures for founders in the initial stage, hundreds of startups will compete on the startup pitch stage within the 6 main clusters (Sophisticated IoT, Fast Mobility, Big Money, Future Commerce, Smart Company and Hot Lifestyle).
The Winner goes to Richard Branson’s private island
The winner will be chosen on a huge pitch finale located on the Bits & Pretzels main stage on the second event day. The winner will get the once in a lifetime chance to visit Richard Branson’s private island, Necker Island, where he will participate in the final round of the Extreme Tech Challenge and gets a spot in the final end round of 500 Startups in Silicon Valley.