Month: April 2018

Networks in the Startup scene: The Gründerpokern is back in WERK1

“Heads up” at WERK1: On Friday, April 6, we hosted the first Gründerpokern 2018 in Munich. Nearly 140 founders, sponsors such as Business Angels and other insiders from the founder scene came together for an evening in our eventspace to get to know each other better. And what could be better than a casual poker round in which you automatically get into conversation with other participants at your own table, during breaks or at the end of the day at the cocktail bar? A network meeting made to measure thus, which we aligned in the WERK1 to the repeated times with large success.

Owing to the experts of the Allgäuer Pokerclub the meeting is in principle open for all. The experienced Dealer gave at the beginning a short introduction to the basic rules and maps with the most important information lay ready at each table. In addition the experts kept the entire evening everything in the view and helped with questions further, so that up to the end experts and beginners could sit at a table and nothing stood in the way of the technical networks.

With significantly more hungry participants than planned, the only problem was that our food was not enough for everyone. The joy about the great interest in the event however comforted us and since our event team is of course a master of the art of improvisation, after a short wait there was still enough pizza for everyone – always in the direct vicinity of the workplaces of almost 40 startups and more than 100 coworkers. More startup feeling is hardly possible.

So everyone had enough energy to sit down at the poker table until late into the night and then gradually at the cocktail bar, and it really dragged on into Saturday before the last cards were counted at the final table and the lucky winners received their prizes. But in the end all participants were among the winners, because each of them is now a little bit better known in the Munich startup scene than before. And also as organizers we are once again very proud that we could welcome so many exciting personalities in the context of a great event with us.


WERK1 just celebrated its 5th birthday and in the past years we had many startups with a digital background in our company. Thanks to Games/Bavaria and many ambitious founders, projects from the video games industry have been part of the original DNA of WERK1 right from the beginning and in addition to the umbrella brand for the industry here in Bavaria, we are also very proud to still have two outstanding studios under our roof. One of them is the Indie Studio Salmi Games with its founder Yacine Salmi.

After several years as an employee of the big names in the industry, the native Englishman founded his own studio – initially quite classic from his own living room. But with family and the first employees the space quickly became scarce and the WERK1 became the ideal refuge due to its location, colleagues from the industry and the necessary infrastructure in the form of cheap facilities and fast Internet. As with all startups, money is a rare resource in the early stages, especially when it comes to video games. Since its beginnings, the studio has published two of its own titles and attracted particular attention in the field of VR (Virtual Reality). The second title of the studio “Late for work” was released as a pure VR multiplayer pleasure and immediately impressed fans and experts. With the highlight that Salmi Games was awarded the special prize for the best VR game at the German developer awards at the end of 2017. With this income, a small funding budget from FFF Bavaria and the income from project and consulting work, the title is still being developed further.


Both as an entrepreneur and employer Yacine Salmi wants to break new ground with his studio. In an industry that suffers like no other from poor pay, tight deadlines and unreasonable working hours, he stands for a different style with his studio: fair treatment of his employees is extremely important to him and as a family man he knows how important sufficient free time and fair payment are to get to work every day motivated and full of creative energy – success proves him right.


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Ellipsis puts you into an abstract universe that you can explore at your own pace. Fly through the levels, avoid your opponents and escape before they can react. Or explore without haste, master every world and reveal all secrets. Regardless of your play style, Ellipsis will challenge you from the first to the last level! The simple basic mechanics of the game are accompanied by an undreamt-of depth of hand-made, unique levels that are constantly evolving to make the game experience exciting from start to finish.


In Late For Work, a player is a giant gorilla doing gorilla stuff. Up to 4 other players try to defeat the gorilla in an epic local multiplayer VR party. Work together to defeat the monster of immeasurable power. Or just to save your life. It’s an intense party game for the living room at home. The game brings VR and non-VR players together for a common experience.


In the area of VR, Salmi Games seems to do a lot right. At the official German developer award, the small studio surprisingly won the special prize “Best VR Game” with “Late for Work”. So surprising that the founder himself wasn’t even on site – his team was of course happy to take on this task and the cheque now decorates the small cosy office.

We at WERK1 are looking forward to further success stories of Salmi-Games. We know them as visionary and creative minds who will certainly bring much joy to video gamers in the future.

Startup: Salmi Games


At WERK1 we have frequent visits from representatives from politics and the Ministry of Economics. But that the newly elected Bavarian Minister of State for Economic Affairs chose WERK1 as the location for one of his first official appointments made us especially happy. And it again underlines the importance of entrepreneurs, startups and their support of the ministry in recent years and in the future. Together with a team from Bayerischer Rundfunk, the minister was remarkably laid-back and in a good mood on 27 March for over an hour at our house and on close contact with young startups. Finally, he certainly took the opportunity to be inspired by the creative and ambitious atmosphere in the building.

“We recognize the importance of the entrepreneurs for the economic future in Bavaria by the fact that we have meanwhile created 12 digital business incubators at 22 locations throughout Bavaria. WERK1 is of course one of our showcase projects, of which we are very proud.”

Franz Josef Pschierer, Bavarian Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology

During the tour our startups Smartlane, Crashtest Secruity and myChipsBox had the opportunity to briefly present their work in WERK1 and to explain once again the advantages of working in a digital business incubator – as well as their significance for the digital development of the Bavarian economy. With the digitalization of the middle class, data security and conscious nutrition and/or ecological packing could be made clear to the Minister also at three large subject areas, on which challenges founders in Bavaria concern themselves at present concretely. Afterwards the way led past a hackathon, which was organized by chance as part of our Digital Health Accelerator. Thus the minister once experienced live how a new surprise, another team or a whiteboard with creative ideas hides itself in WERK1 almost around every corner.

Afterwards, our coworking space became an interview area: Mr. Pschierer answered a few questions to Bayerischer Rundfunk about his plans for the development of the Bavarian economy in the next few years and which focal points he would also like to set in the area of development of the automotive industry in the coming years. Afterwards our WERK1 managing director Dr. Florian Mann spoke to describe from his point of view what is necessary to further improve the conditions for entrepreneurs in Bavaria. Of course, he also took the opportunity to give the Minister some wishes from WERK1’s point of view: “In this context, we would wish that we continue with this determination, do not stop where we are now and can develop a greater impact”.

We are already looking forward to our next visit and a continued successful cooperation with the Bavarian State Ministry under the new leadership of Mr. Pschierer.



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BR24 – 28. März 2018 – Franz Josef Pschierer bei jungen Start Ups unterwegs



Based on the successful start of Future X Healthcare Event ( initiated by Roche in November 2017 we combined the power of Roche, leading the healthtech industry with WERK1 and Plug and Play, the world’s largest Accelerator and established  a new Digital Health Accelerator at WERK1

The main idea of the program is to provide a learning and exchange platform between Digital Health startups and experts in this field. Everything turns around passion. Whatever business you set up, you must have a passion for it and this is exactly what the Digital Health Accelerator Program aims. By involving genuine startups into our program, we are not discovering the healthcare future but creating a new one. Together we are moving forward to the future.

“For large corporations, one of the key opportunities of working with startups is to iteratively develop solutions in an agile way. In the Batch Zero of the Digital Health Accelerator Roche is co-creating solutions with 5 transformative startups from all over Europe in WERK1, which is provides the ideal environment for it.”.Jochen Hurlebaus – Program Head of Digital Health Accelerator and Head of Innovation Management at Roche Diagnostics

W1 Forward Digital Health Program is a tailored five months program, that helps startups to explore the market insights and learn during the first, intense four weeks (exploration phase) and in the next four months (co-creation) to work systematically on joint use cases with Roche Pilot “Owners”.

“The Roche Digital Health Accelerator Program promises to become one of the few successful accelerators I have seen in the last decade. In my eyes, the reason is that the people behind the program are driven primarily by curiosity and not by self-interest. It goes without saying that this interest must be served too – but rather as a consequence than as sole purpose of the program. This attitude is key for fostering novel business models.”
Dr. Benedikt Zacher – Mentor

Currently there are five startups working in the program:

1. Fibricheck

Fibricheck is a medically certified screening and monitoring application on prescription for the detection of irregular heart rhythms, including atrial fibrillation

2. inveox

Inveox provides automation of sample preparation in Histopatholog

3. is an AI-based platform that explains and interprets medical reports and health data, turning numbers into meaningful insights

4. SagivTech

SagivTech provides research and development solutions in the fields of computer vision, machine learning and deep learning as well as hard-core code optimization for various hardware platforms.

5. StethoMe

StethoMe is the first medical diagnostic device of its kind – one that monitors the respiratory system and measures body temperature in a precise but user-friendly way.


The Exploration phase of the program has just ended and during the past four weeks all participants could dive into mentoring sessions, networking moments, setting their business/pilot goals and having lots of insights.

We, at SagivTech, are extremely happy with the opportunity to be a part of Batch Zero of the Digital Health Accelerator of Roche, WERK1 and Plug and Play. The mix of great mentors, valuable connections and good advice is unique. The W1 team provides a great back wind for our activities and the intense sessions help us focus and sharpen our product development process. We enjoy excellent facilities, meetings with high rank technological and business leaders and view our participation in the Digital Health Accelerator as a crucial asset!
Chen, Co-Founder of SagivTech

Now, we are currently working in the co-creation phase for the next four months: teams are focused on working with Roche Pilot Owners and other expers in order to bring their use case to the next level.

“Based on startups needs and Roche Pilot Project requirements” we’ve just set up activities for the next phase and we’are happy to to create a bridge between these two worlds and help them to to work together on novel solutions.
Anastasia Stoycheva, Business Development Manager WERK1

At the end of the Co-creation phase, they will present their pilot project during the Demo Day, which takes place on June 7th in Munich.

More information about the program and startups: