SEE YOU AT #bits18
SEP 30 - OCT 2, 2018 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.
Our THEME FOR 2018:
Diversity in our workforce, in new markets, in our products, in our endeavors, in our community - in our thinking in general - will be the key for new and bigger opportunities ahead.
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.
"Combining a startup conference 
with the Oktoberfest is brilliant."
Kevin Spacey
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
Entrepreneur & Entertainer
Prof. Dr. Ann-Kristin Achleitner
European Multi Advisory Board Member, including Linde, Munich Re & Metro
Philipp Lahm
Founder Philipp Lahm Holding, Partner Fanmiles
Ilse Aigner
Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology Deputy Minister-President
Carice van Houten
Artist, famous for Game of Thrones
Marc Samwer
Global Founders Capital
Andy Cunningham
Former PR advisor to Steve Jobs at Apple, Pixar and NExT
Rolf Schrömgens
Co-Founder & CEO Trivago
Oliver Kahn
Co-Founder & CEO Goalplay
Dr. Werner Vogels
CTO Amazon
Sandra Thier
Founder & Managing Partner diego5 studios
John McLaughlin
Former Acting Director, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
"Bits & Pretzels is Highly professional and as much about having fun as about bringing together a fascinating array of speakers"
Richard Branson
What to expect
Awesome Lineup
Many fascinating top speakers have already confirmed, and a lot more will follow.
Oktoberfest Networking
Finishing #bits17 with 5,000 startup-enthusiasts at Oktoberfest, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Startup Exhibition
Startups 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.
Startup Academy
A stage dedicated to masterclasses by successful entrepreneurs, scientists, and visionary thinkers.
Corporate Innovation
The stage for CDOs and Corporate Innovation Managers with sessions about digitalization methods.
Investor Stage
An inspiring environment for investors and corporates to meet the most promising digital companies.
Matchmaking App
5,000 business cards in your pocket. Meet with attendees who will move your business forward.
Matchmaking Area
Do you need help finding the right people? Our specially trained matchmakers will help you in our new matchmaking area.
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.
Gabriele Böhmer
Director Munich Startup
Stephanie Czerny
Managing Director DLD Media
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
Dr. Florian Langenscheidt
Business Angel and Speaker
Dr. Carsten Rudolph
CEO BayStartUp
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.