Author: Julia Katharina Tomski

Code+Design – The Programming Pros of Tomorrow working on WERK1

Working on your own exciting hardware and software projects for four days, exchanging ideas in a community of interest of the same age and being shown new technologies by professional coaches – this is the program of Code+Design, a workshop that has been touring all over Germany for around two years and is aimed at young people. For the second time the WERK1 was host and offered thereby from 30.8. to 2.9. approximately 30 beginning Programmier-Pros an inspiring surrounding field around itself to try out.


The nationwide programming camps for young professionals are organized by the gemeinnützigen Code+Design Initiative e.V.. “Our goal is it to inspire more young humans for digital technologies and to inform about the different career profiles , explain Anna Bckner, one of the Coaches, which supported the participants in the WORK1. Three can be young people between the ages of 15 and 20. Which knowledge level they have in puncto Coding and Co. play thereby no role, say the Coach – both advanced ones, and bloody beginners are welcome with the Worshops in cities such as Hamburg, Frankfurth, Munich and CO. “The point is that young people who have a basic interest in the subject can try it out. The basics in programming language, for example, those who don’t know it yet, learn it quite casually.”


As usual for Code+Design, the camp at WORK1 took place in the “Hackathon format”. This means: At the beginning, the participants who already have a project idea present it. Then teams come together to work on the different ideas in project groups – purely according to interest. Until the final presentation on the last day, the groups develop concepts, some even first prototypes. In support of the coaches, who can all draw on professional experience in the business and report to the participants on their own experiences in the job. Like Anna Brückner: “The nerd who locks himself in the cellar with his games and eats pizza is an absolute prejudice. When you work in coding and IT development, you have to be creative. There’s a lot of teamwork and you have to have social skills. The young people experience all this in our workshops.


But what do the projects look like that the participants in such a camp set themselves as a goal?

“Of course, the topic of gaming often occurs, so developing your own games,” explains coach Anna Brückner. “Or it’s about everyday problems that young people encounter. For example, a girl brought her friend’s cane with her. And the idea that a kind of sensor and GPS could be integrated into it to make it easier for her to find her way around. One of the participants, for example, developed a program for his school’s secretary’s office – this is in use as far as I know today – with which the school can draw the students’ course choices fairly by algorithm.” Still others, including the participants in Munich, are developing apps that make the waiting time for a bus, doctor’s appointment, etc. meaningful – with short lessons and exercises from areas such as foreign languages, politics, biology, etc., and also from the school. Another Munich participant has been annoyed for a long time by the fact that there is always a fight at parties because not everyone likes the music. His idea: a program that, for example, matches all spotify accounts of the party guests and then only plays the titles that are represented on as many of them as possible.


Working on the things that keep you busy in everyday life. And to have small success experiences at it again and again – that is the reason, why the young people are so enthusiastically with the thing, says Betreuerin Anna Brückner. “That’s why we have so many repeat offenders. Those who take part are really super motivated. You can see that from the fact that some of the kids arrive much earlier in the morning than we even start. And stay even longer in the evenings to continue working on their cause in the groups.” On the other hand, competitive thinking doesn’t play a role, says the coach. “On the contrary, everyone gives each other input and exchanges solution ideas. No project is maintained higher than the other, no matter whether it’s a game or an app with a social background.”


I guess that’s what they call licking blood. Jonathan can only sign it. The 17-year-old high school student and his school colleague took part in Code+Design for the second time. “Unfortunately, programming is a hobby that is not very widespread. That’s why it’s great to get together with a lot of people our age and to think with them about how you can advance your ideas. You really learn a lot what you can use during your studies or training.”


As a non-profit initiative, the initiators of Code+Design are naturally dependent on any supporters. WERK1 therefore made the location freely available.

Five girls were among the almost 30 Munich participants. Often, however, the ratio of male to female participants is 50/50, with a minimum of 25 percent girls, reports Anna Brückner. More and more young women are finding their way into the profession. Certainly also a merit of the Code+Design Initiative e.V., which ensures with the four-day camps like ours at WERK1 that young people with such an area of interest find their way into professional life.

Demo Day at WERK1: Nine startups present their vision for a modern insurance industry

9 start-ups. Around 60 mentors. 13 insurance partners. 8 weeks. One could almost call it a small boot camp of the startup scene, which took place in the last weeks here in the rooms of WERK1. The result: Nine innovative solutions that could advance the future of the digital insurance industry. With the live presentations of the international teams the third batch of the W1>> InsurTech Accelerator ends successfully.

You’ve invested your heart and soul in the last eight weeks. But for most of the participants in the batch, that also meant less sleep and more coffee. But days like this are the reward for the hard and intensive working hours, because there was a lot of interest in their projects. The Eventspace: Full to bursting with almost 200 enthusiastic startup colleagues, investors, insurers and the curious.


The special feature of this batch is that it is almost twice as large as its predecessors. 75 startups have applied for the program this year. Nine international teams, including one from Australia and two from India, were selected in the end.

“The demands on this batch were greater, from start to finish. The recruiting process alone was more complex and international than ever before. In the meantime, word has spread about our concept from Munich. That’s a nice signal of what a worldwide attraction we’ve developed.”

Dr. Florian Mann, CEO WERK1

Around €50,000 was invested in each start-up in the form of infrastructure, top-class mentoring and direct links to more than a dozen globally active insurance companies. This “all-round carefree package” turned ideas into scalable business models in no time at all.

After interviews on stage with the W1>>team members and a short speech by Tom Van den Brulle, Head of Global Innovation at Munich Re, the startups got serious. Each team had exactly five minutes to present its own project to the experts present. Here are a few examples of the presentations:


Ayan Srivastava presented with a video the app Kruzr, which turns the smartphone into a driving assistant. The Kruzr language assistant could become a helpful co-pilot, e.g. by warning in case of increased speed or bad weather conditions, by suggesting breaks after longer driving times, or by simply managing incoming messages. The aim is to significantly reduce the number of car accidents.

The next step was the intelligent health platform Docyet, which can not only talk to the patients, but also has appropriate solutions for their problems with the help of artificial intelligence. Petra and Samuel von Freya discussed the topic of human fertility and possible insurance benefits, and Marguerite from MedPayRx explained how Blockchain technology can help patients buy medicines online in the future. At the end of the presentations everyone received a certificate. For Gilberto from Sydney it was a nice memory of an exciting and intense time.

„Since the first day I came for demo day, I felt like: this is the place. It was a really intense time, but I always wanted to get the most out of it! It was a huge opportunity to speak directly with a collection of insurance companies and it has really opened a lot of doors for us.“

Gilberto Spencer CEO & Gründer von Claimspace

The hard work was worth it. All nine start-ups have mastered their presentations on stage with confidence and professionalism. Program coordinator Daniel Nowack is very satisfied after the pitches, almost a bit sentimental.

“It was an incredibly dynamic cohort with whom it was a lot of fun to work together. Everyone could learn from everyone. On a day like today, seeing startups present themselves self-confidently who were previously very insecure is a huge gift!


The W1>> InsurTech Accelerator connects the world of startups with the world of large insurance companies and not only the founders benefit. Johannes Wagner revealed us at the Demo-Day:

“For our insurers, it is a constant competition for premium innovations. We have to get to the top issues worldwide. W1>>InsurTech is a collection basin for this. Here we have access to premium innovations, not from Silicon Valley, but directly from Munich”.

Johannes Wagner, Vorstand InsureTech HUB München / Leiter Start-up Corporation Versicherungskammer Bayern

Besides interviews, speeches and pitches there was of course enough time for celebrations and networking. At small booths each startup could introduce itself to interested visitors in the WERK1 Café and have a drink to discuss the ideas of the startups in more detail. Our evening ends at the booth of Freya and with the beautiful words of founder Petra:

„It was a unique program. We love it here in Munich. WERK1 has a super friendly atmosphere, we feel like home!“


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:


WERK1 and Roche are working together to advance the digital tramformation of the health care system and are establishing the first digital health accelerator for startups in Munich. The programme aims to promote digital innovation, creative thinking and open communication between industry and the startup scene, based on the experience and contacts Roche has gained through Future X Healthcare.

The WERK1 as a hotspot of the digital startup scene and as an already successful organizer from the W1>>Forward-InsurTech Accelerator, offers additionally the necessary know-how to create a powerful and for all involved parties profitable accelerator.

“With the’ Digital Health’ accelerator, which officially begins its work today, we are strengthening the startup scene in Bavaria. With Roche, we have a competent partner at our side. I hope for digital innovation, creative thinking and an open exchange between industry and startups.”
Ilse AIgner, Bayerns Wirtschafts- und Technologieministerin

“We are delighted to be able to welcome such excellent startups and industry experts and to develop new ideas and concepts in the field of digital healthcarehere from WERK1.”
Dr. Florian Mann, CEO at WERK1


“Batch Zero” of the program was launched on 5th February 2018 and until the end of June magnificent international startups will be able to use the facilities at WERK1 free of charge to work on their concepts with the help of Roche mentors and experts from WERK1. Our new residents are: FibriCheck from Belgium, Inveox here from Munich, Medicus from Austria, Sagivtech from Israel and StethoMe from Poland – all startups with enormous disruptive potential for the entire industry.

At the beginning, all startups were able to present their concepts to an interested audience and the first working rounds with the mentors took place.

If the pilot phase is successful, the accelerator will be strategically developed and expanded together with other partners from the healthcare sector.

Current pictures and information can be found on Facebook and Twitter under the Hastag #w1digitalhealth.

Here are some first impressions of the Kick-Off on February 5th


Focus Online: 5. Februar 2018
Munich Startup: 6. Februar 2018

Health.Reminder: 5. Februar 2018
Pharma.Relations: 6. Februar 2018
Startup Valley: 6. Februar 2018


Many startups start with a personal problem of the founders. For this reason, Erol and Ebru Kaynak from myChipsBox have also started their mission to change the world of crisps in a sustainable way: Disappointed by the offer in their local supermarket, the couple took the initiative and developed their own range of high-quality crisps – only the best organic ingredients and a lot of creativity in the recipes. Unwanted ingredients such as glutamate or yeast extract can’t be found in these crisps. Just pure taste of the meticulously selected ingredients. Depending on the variety, you will find not only the classic crips but also vegetable or fruit chips in the box, which provides a special kick of taste.

The box itself is also part of the new generation of crips: every good product requires modern marketing and a sales idea. Instead of the usual bag, the crisps are protected from outside pressure in the practical box and during a cinema evening with friends, they are practically noiseless nibbling fun. The result is a modern “Bio-Chips-Duette”, matching the current spirit, stunningly crispy, exciting and delicious.

But it was a long way: 88 failures had to be coped with for 12 tasty variations. But failure is also part of success. The two founders know this from many years of experience. Both are proven experts on their fields and together a perfect team: Ebru, as food technician and ecotrophologist, ensures that the highest quality standards are maintained, while Erol, as a business graduate and former investment banker, controls sales and finances.


During a TV presence in the program “Die Höhle der Löwen” (German version of the US-Show Shark Tank), the young startup company was able to present itself and its crisps to an audience of millions and thus quickly raise its brand awareness nationwide. They managed to inspire three of the five lions for their product: The decision was made for the retail expert Ralf Dümmel, who provided financial and professional support after the show.


In the premises of the old “Werksviertel” in the middle of Munich, the team works directly next to the old potato track and continues the tradition in its own way.

And at WERK1, the young company is still on the road to success. Together with the two founders, 10 people create unique moments of joy every day. Together they bring the founders’ vision of creating more variety on the crisp shelf to live. And this mission is not yet complete. From the creation of further varieties to the production of own ingredients, the startup still has great goals.

Startup: myChipsBox