Month: November 2019

New faces and new (old) formats – Games/Bavaria starts into a diversified year final

Lena Fischer has replaced Robin Kocaurek and as if that weren’t enough change, Robin number 2 will face new challenges from 2020. But for this, the tried and tested comes back: After a year’s break, the X-Mas pitching will take place again this year as a warm-up to the Games/Bavaria Christmas party!


Meanwhile no new face anymore, but nevertheless it should be mentioned again that Lena Fischer has been passing the time since September from and for Games/Bavaria. After three great years at FFF-Bayern she succeeded Robin Kocaurek and is currently still working alongside project manager Robin Hartmann. Still? Yes, exactly. At the end of the year, Robin Number 2 will also leave WERK1 and thus the Games/Bavaria project to devote himself to new private and professional tasks.

Of course Lena has long forgiven him for this decision and together they are currently working on an exciting year-end spurt for Games/Bavaria, with the concluding Christmas party on 13 December here at WERK1. And as she told us in the interview, she is already looking forward to next year’s Gamescom and many other formats that are fixed in the Games/Bavaria event calendar. But of course she also wants to set her own course and already has plans for new projects and initiatives to advance the games industry in Bavaria. Which ones? Unfortunately, she didn’t want to tell us that yet, but it’s certainly worth taking a regular look at the Games/Bavaria newsletter in the new year.

But one thing is of course crucial: in order to get everything going according to plan and also to have time for new projects, Lena needs reinforcement at her side! The position for our project manager Games is still open and we would like to ensure a smooth transition in the new year. So if you know someone who knows someone who has experience and contacts in the games industry, likes to organize events and also has the necessary feeling for the political level, you can still recommend the position to others. And even if you have a little less experience and would actually like to get started in the German games industry, you can apply to us as a working student – details can be found on our website.

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After a year’s break, the Games/Bavaria X-Mas Pitching will take place again – this time in a new format: In the afternoon, before the Christmas party, you can present your project. Without any audience, but with a little more time for your pitch and for the feedback of selected jurors.

You’re working on a game you’re looking for professional feedback on? Would you just like to have more experience pitching your game? We give selected teams the opportunity to present their ideas to an expert jury: You can put your idea to the test, get professional feedback on the project and presentation, and gain important experience in a safe environment. Each pitch should function as a practice session and not necessarily as a real sales pitch.

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  • When: 13 December 2019, afternoon
  • Where: WERK1, Munich
  • Who: Indie developers and young teams with games project
  • What: Without a spectator, each team pitches in front of the jury and receives immediately afterwards

The closing date for applications is 29.11.2019.

We are looking forward to an exciting end of the year for and with Games/Bavaria and are already very excited about what Lena will come up with for 2020, hopefully with a new colleague.

The “Innovation Program” of the InsurTech Hub Munich starts in cooperation with WERK1 #5

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In networking start-ups with medium-sized and corporate partners, we see WERK1 as a decisive factor for the success of digitalisation in Bavaria. Here we use our experience and our network to design complex accelerators or topic-specific programs for the benefit of both sides.

The InsurTech Hub Munich emerged from one of these programmes and since then has also been located in WERK1. This is where we are driving forward the digitalisation of the insurance industry. The entrepreneurial platform brings together the various players in the industry and inspires and organises them to work together on groundbreaking, innovative insurance products and services to revolutionise the future of the insurance sector.

The Accelerator Programme has been an elementary component of these efforts from the outset and has already enabled more than 65 national and international start-ups to gain access to the German insurance industry.

Through the ITHM we were not only able to gather very valuable insights about the industry, but also to start projects with exciting customers and partners!

Fabian Beringer – ebot7


With #5, the Accelerator Program enters the next round under the new name “Innovation Program”. While only 8-10 startups per #Batch have been added in recent years, the InsurTech Hub now takes the program to a whole new level: up to 40 startups are to be given the opportunity to qualify for the 1st phase of the program. You don’t want to miss a chance to give motivated founders with great ideas access to the program, says program manager Ben Shaw.

“We are looking forward to many applications from founders who are in the “pre-seed” to “series A” range with their startup and want to work with us on solutions for the insurance industry – and beyond.


Not only the name of the program is new, also the content is based on the feedback from the past programs much has happened: The time frame alone is extended to more than 16 weeks and thus more than doubled compared to the batch before. On the one hand, this is due to the larger number of participants, but it has also been planned in this way at the request of partners and startups.

During the Program, entrepreneurs are now trained according to the MIT curriculum and undergo a 24-step system developed on the basis of it. “In the future, we want to focus even more on training successful entrepreneurs,” says Ben Shaw. There is also an extended mentor matching system. More than 150 mentors from the InsurTech network will support the startups. Networking continues to be the central unique selling point of the program: 21 international corporate partners, 15 of which are well-known insurers in the German and international markets, will accompany the program and contribute their contacts in the sense of the startups. A unique opportunity for international startups to enter the European market or for national startups to further develop their own products for international markets.

The last building block concerns the topic of financing: for the first time, 10 selected VC partners are accompanying the programme, giving feedback and supporting planned financing rounds. Here again all information at a glance:

In WERK1 we are already looking forward to the start of the program and the entry of the first startups in our house. Until then, we keep our fingers crossed for all applicants to find their way into the program.


The dreamlike metropolis on the edge of the continent’s largest mountain range is a true hidden champ in terms of a strong startup scene. Not only the young and wild show their most successful side here. The old-established economic greats together make up the capital of the national stock index. This impressive intro could almost also stand for Munich. But what is meant is Santiago de Chile. The ProChile Innovation Summit was the only European event of its kind to be held in the Isar metropolis with good reason.


In order to position its own economy even more strongly on the export front, Chile has a long history of diplomatic and economic cooperation with its 56 international export promotion offices. Since the beginning of the year, Munich has once again been on the long list of interesting markets. In the opening speech of the ProChile director, Jorge O’Ryan, it became clear that it is his personal concern to reverse the short-term absence of a local branch. After the former ambassador of Chile had assumed his new office, it became clear to him that Munich, with its excellent B2B opportunities, is not only an absolute must on the list of commercial agencies, but is also ideally suited as a European venue for the authority’s most important networking event. It is not necessarily part of ProChile’s 45-year-old DNA to focus on the country’s start-ups. The list of past export hits is too long. But a solid entrepreneurial scene is the most important pillar of Chile’s Social Economic Development and therefore also for Jorge O’Ryan.


After events had already taken place in Beijing and Miami for the Asian and American continents, ProChile now wanted to network both the Bavarian and its own start-up scene with Munich’s politics and economy with the Innovation Summit. Accordingly, the guest list included speakers, high-ranking diplomats, politicians and investors. Workshops, panels, keynotes and social events were held at WERK1 for two days. Separately invited guests also had the opportunity to visit Microsoft Headquarter Germany and the BMW plant on a private tour. The second day ended with a two-hour Venture Capital & Pitch Session. Even though the 48-hour event meant a tight program for all participants, the necessary networking discussions in a convivial atmosphere at WERK1 were not neglected.


The fact that the first ProChile Innovation Summit took place on European soil at Munich’s most startup-friendly location was the logical consequence. WORK1 not only provided the right ecosystem of founding spirit and networking for the country’s economy and economic policy, but also the usual hospitality. Clemens Baumgärtner as a speaker for work and economy of the city of Munich (and Wiesn boss, so much time has to be) was just as happy to refer to the host attributes of Bavaria and Munich in particular during his opening speech. It is therefore quite clear to him that Chile not only has a strong trading partner to expect in the state capital, but also the right place to develop new business models. With its 17 universities, the city has, on the one hand, an extremely strong academic startup scene and, on the other hand, the corresponding companies of relevant size and market placement that are important for a vital B2B environment. Even the best business model needs customers who are willing to pay.


In the end, Baumgärtner was also important to mention that the “Munich mixture” is not something that the city was put into its cradle. The balanced distribution of different economic and corporate structures is particularly close to Munich’s heart. Only if SMEs, corporate groups and micro-enterprises share the same field as the different industries and sectors, can a city walk stably through times of crisis. The year 2008 had simply shown how important a diverse economy such as the one we have in Munich is. In this respect, it was completely clear what position the Munich start-up culture also has. Only where new things grow can old things thrive.


WERK1 CEO Dr. Florian Mann was no less satisfied during the ProChile Innovation Summit. For him, the question of Munich’s position as a startup spot did not arise in the first place anyway. After all, we have two elite universities, an extremely high talent density, headquarters in IT, automotive, aerospace, consulting and much more. Even if only a third of the VC’s are to be found here, that is in comparison to Berlin and Co. quite little, the city simply has an innovative ecosystem. All the better if WORK1 functions as a brand in such an environment and wants to network international entrepreneurship with us. Florian Mann is definitely planning his next trip to Santiago in November. There he will have to award a place in WORK1 as guest juror in a national pitch session. We can therefore remain curious to see what the typical national founding spirit will bring to WERK1 from so far away…