Author: Oliver Halbig

Follow the white Rabbit… WERK1 Summerparty 2018 with a lot of football and Special Guest “Ströme”

Every year we invite all our residents, friends, neighbours, sponsors and and and to our summer party. This time under the motto: “Follow the white Rabbit” we took all participants deep into the WERK1 rabbit burrow.

The start was anything but successful. It was planned to open the celebration with a victory of the German national football team. Unfortunately that didn’t work out, but the plan to bring everyone together worked in any case. Despite the result, our football party gave the starting signal for a great celebration. After common Public Viewing we went on from 18 o’clock in the Café. Our brand new kicker tables were inaugurated with an official tournament round and hunger and thirst were provided with enough grill, ice cream from the ice cart and drinks. Freshly strengthened, everyone felt fit for a long summer night and our “Special Guest” – the electro duo Ströme took the synthesizers to everyone’s delight.

The entire WERK1 team would like to thank everyone for a great evening. You can request the link to the complete gallery of the evening and some videos via our email .


Ströme is the unique Electroliveact of the two musicians Mario Schönhofer and Tobias Weber. With their modular synthesizers they make brute beats, warm melodies and unheard sounds that melt into a unique sound that brings clubs and festivals to the boil. The two musicians studied bass and drums and were on the road with many live bands the last years (the last years they both played with Labrassbanda). Since the end of 2015 they have dedicated themselves completely to electro and have performed with Streme in many clubs (Distillery, Grelle Forelle, Harry Klein…) and festivals (Echelon, Ikarus…). At WERK1 the duo played warmly for their live performance at Fusion 2018.


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WERK1 celebrates Demo Day of the first Digital Health Accelerator in Munich

It’s Demo Time! WERK1, Roche and Plug’n Play jointly organized the first Digital Health Accelertor in Munich and after months of concentrated work, five outstanding startups presented their results on June 7th. It’s absolutely clear that our eventspace is reaching its limits. Fortunately, however, we have suitable alternatives in the factory district: In the Technikum right next door, the startups presented themselves to more than 350 interested people and then celebrated themselves and the results well into the night – well deserved!

In addition to start-up support and coworking, the accelerator programs are an essential part of the work at WORK1. After the successes in the InsurTech area, we discovered Digital Health as a new topic for us in 2018 based on the successful launch of the Future X Healthcare Event ( Together with Roche, one of the leading companies in the healthcare industry and Plug and Play, the world’s largest provider of accelerator programs, we launched the first Digital Health Accelerator for Munich.

The startups worked on their projects for five months from WORK1 with the help of mentors, and from 7 June it was time to present the results. The right location was quickly found with the technical centre on the factory premises. All in all, it was a long day. We started with a press brunch to present the results to the trade press in a relaxed atmosphere. Freshly strengthened, the event continued quickly in front of a large audience. After the greetings of Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs Franz Josef Pschierer and some board members, the startups had the floor. One pitch followed the other and it quickly became clear what a professional level each of the young companies had reached in the short space of time. The quality of the lectures, videos and presentations was outstanding. But even after that it was not over yet. Only rarely do you have so many leading representatives of the health industry in one place and so the rest of the evening was used until late into the night for networking and deserved celebrations.


1. Fibricheck 

Fibricheck is a prescription, medically certified screening and monitoring application for the detection of cardiac arrhythmia including atrial fibrillation.

2. inveox

Inveox automates sample preparation in histopathology.

3. is an AI-based platform that explains and interprets medical reports and health data in order to gain meaningful insights from figures.

4. SagivTech

SagivTech offers research and development solutions in the areas of computer vision, machine learning and deep learning as well as hardcore code optimization for various hardware platforms.

5. StethoMe

StethoMe is the first medical diagnostic device of its kind that monitors the airways and measures body temperature accurately and in a user-friendly way.


“After the experience with the InsurTech Accelerator and the construction of the InsurTech Hub supported by de:hub Initiaitve, we chose a very fast and pragmatic path. Working closely with Roche, we developed a tailor-made programme within 2 months, based on the requirements of startups that had already been pre-selected and Roche. Here the focus was on collaboration and pilot projects with strong contacts to Roche and external experts. Our experience helped us a lot to find the right mentors and coaches for the 5 startups of Batch Zero.

Digital Health is definitely one of the most regulated and complex market fields! There are a lot of stakeholders and parties that make up the vast ecosystem. Hats off to the start-ups who dare to build their business here!

It is very important to be flexible with the program structure and to respond to the individual needs of startups and partners at an early stage. Only then can the program bring real added value. An extensive network and a good feel for matchmaking (bringing the right people together at the table) are essential elements to create a significant added value for everyone and to take it to the next level.”.


The representatives of Roche’s Executive Board who were present emphasised time and again that an accelerator does not help the startups on its own. They praised the creative cooperation, in particular the technical know-how and the attitude of all five start-ups, from which companies like Roche could benefit enormously. After the successful pilot phase in WERK1, the Accelerator will be continued with Plug’n Play and Batch 1.

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


It’s not often that we start sweating before an event. But for the event “InsurTech meets Digital Health” we were pleasantly surprised at first by the number of registrations, but in the meantime we were afraid that we would not be able to offer space to all interested parties. In the end, however, we presented ourselves once again in WERK1 as a competent host.


But from the very beginning, InsurTech and Digital Health have a firm place in the WERK1 thanks to our W1>>Forward programs – what could be more obvious than bringing the two worlds together and this is exactly what we did. On February 19th, together with our partners, the InsurTech Hub Munich and Roche, we organized the first official meetup for the digitization of the insurance and healthcare industry at WERK1. With over 350 registrations – including a waiting list of 70 people – we were afraid that we would not be able to accommodate all interested participants. But we didn’t have to turn anyone away, and in the end all of them were accommodated in our event space, which was filled to the last seat.


The stage initially belonged to four up-and-coming startups: Fibricheck, Ottonova, SkinVision, Teleclinic, some well-known names in startup communities and all of them pitched their concepts in front of assembled experts. These came partly from large companies in the industry, but also from potential investors. Short keynotes from Munich Re and Schön Klinik gave an insight into the current challenges facing both sectors. In the following expert panel, moderated by Dr. Dominik Pförringer, Benedikt Zacher – CEO of BK Ventures, Dr. Jochen Hurlebaus – Head of Central R&D Services – Innovation & IP Management at Roche Diagnostics, Carol Wildhagen – CEO and co-founder of Ariana Health and Dr. Regina Vetters – Head of Digital and Innovation bei BARMER discussed the need to digitalise both industries and gave tips on how to be successful in their field of business. All in all, a round program in which almost all those present found themselves in one way or another.

Around 9 p. m. the official program was over and everyone who was present could enjoy a nice round of snacks and drinks. There was also time for networking and direct exchange among each other.

We are looking forward to continue to provide new impulses for the insurance industry and the health care sector from WERK1 with creative startup concepts and a platform for direct exchange. Our WERK1 community can only benefit from this as well.


Thanks to organization via Meetup we got a lot of interesting feedback directly after the event – thank you very much. Here are some excerpts:


At the end of their time at WERK1, the Smartlane team has taken a big step towards their own vision of a complete digitalisation of the logistics industry!

Startup investor Frank Thelen and his team consider Smartlane to be a “European Tech Champion”, which was worth the biggest single investment so far. The team around founder Monja Mühling now wants to accelerate their own growth and build an international brand.

However, the Munich entrepreneur decided in favour of the Bonn founder and investor Frank Thelen and his venture capital fund Freigeist Capital, who is now investing a high single-digit million sum in the company founded in 2015, as the Handelsblatt learned exclusively.
Thelen, known from the TV-duel “Höhle der Löwen”, has not invested more in any other company to date. For good reason, as he thinks. “Smartlane has the potential to become a European tech champion,” he says.

Handelsblatt Online, 6. Oktober 2019

When experience, entrepreneurial spirit, the right idea and the necessary know-how from the fields of IT, logistics and transport come together, the framework for a successful digital start-up project is in place – as in the case of Smartlane. Together with a little jump-start from WERK1, it becomes a common success story.


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Since mid 2015, the founding team has been developing a solution for automated, digital delivery management. The underlying technology is based on the combined knowledge of more than 20 years of research at the interface between IT and transport at the Technical University of Munich. Smartlane uses Big Data technologies to integrate highly dynamic internal and external data. Routes can thus be optimized in real time – with regard to the resource utilization of the fleet, fuel costs, traffic volume and much more – and drivers can be controlled in a targeted manner. The team’s goal is to establish the standard for modern delivery and service logistics with the most intelligent and user-friendly software. The result is simple and impresses the customers at the same time: Reliably high service quality, sales increase, cost reduction and relieving the employees.

Smartlane’s vision: The complete automation of the logistics industry.
Florian Schimandl, co-founder and managing director of Smartlane:

With its SaaS solution, Smartlane combines maximum automation, outstanding intelligence and state-of-the-art usability in a single product. With our cloud-based software, we offer medium-sized companies in the field of supply logistics the easiest entry into digitalisation. It is possible for our customers to understand the trend of on-demand logistics not as an insurmountable challenge, but as a major and above all sustainable opportunity and to use it profitably.


With moving into WERK1 in January 2016, Smartlane also had access to financing coaching – carried out by BayStartUP. Successfully: At the end of 2016, the startup was able to present a successful first financing round by a family office. After the transformation of the UG into a GmbH, the team also expanded – the first employees in the areas of marketing/PR and design/branding were hired and a larger office space at WERK1 was taken up. In addition to the team, the software has also grown and in the middle of 2017 the first version of Smartlane was launched. Even that with success. In the meantime, Smartlane is represented throughout Germany, partner of DER KURIER (the express division of GLS) and also involved in the Deutsche Bahn for the optimization of freight wheel tours. In order to further expand sales and development – and thus grow – a second round of financing is now in the pipeline, which will again be accompanied by BayStartUP.


At WERK1, Smartlane is a great example of how we want to support ambitious founders in realizing their vision: Attractive and affordable offices of any size and the ability to offer more room for growing businesses in the short term, access to our community and effective coaching to overcome difficulties in the early stages of start-up. But let’s ask the founders of Smartlane themselves:

Why do you have your offices at WERK1 and would you recommend this step to other startups in the digital sector?

Florian Schimandl – CEO Smartland

Florian from Smartlane: Definitely. We can consistently recommend WERK1 and the associated infrastructure. Be it the regularly taking place tasty Werksfrühstück, the offer of workshops and events, the atmosphere in general,… the WERK1 offers in our opinion a great platform for startups to exchange information. Even though the topics of the individual startups in WERK1 are broadly diversified, we still have to realize that the problems are mostly the same and an exchange between them is therefore very valuable. In addition to the exchange of ideas, WERK1 also offers the opportunity to grow – a very important aspect for startups. Therefore we can only agree with the statement “the WERK1 is probably the most startup-friendly place in Munich”.

Startup: Smartlane


Once again the Global Game Jam was on the agenda: a worldwide organized hackatron, where beginners and professionals could develop video games together from Friday to Sunday. The Games/Bavaria team organised the event over the entire weekend at WERK1. A total of 804 locations – networked worldwide – took part in the event. Special highlight: Due to the professional implementation of the live stream, the Munich stream was part of the official live stream of the organizers for several hours and was shown and mentioned several times.

We wold like to thank Games/Bavaria for the professional organization. Some fabulous games have been created that you can see here: Website
A total of 10 partly elaborately planned and executed games have been created.

In 2018, the Global Game Jam was celebrating an anniversary: for ten years now, this special form of creative game development has been taking place around the world once a year. The participants are committed to developing a game and sharing it with the world in 48 hours. The WERK1 was the only event location in Munich – the excitement and enthusiasm of the participants was correspondingly high – an important day for the game developer location Bavaria.

In addition to the technical topics, the mixed teams are an important part of the event. Beginners can work with industry veterans to gain first insights and make important contacts. At the same time, professionals have the chance to think “out of the box” and try out completely new genres or mechanics in addition to their everyday projects. This is certainly one of the main reasons why Global Game Jam has been one of the most popular events of its kind for years.

Thanks to CipsoftElgato we were again able to provide a fully catered venue with 48h Livestream, extracts of which can be found here.

Süddeutsche Zeitung Online: 28. Januar 2018


Numerous highly informative discussions, intensive exchanges and close contacts to both existing and potential partners: The Digital Insurance Agenda (DIA) congress, at which InsurTech Hub Munich e.V. presented itself as one of the trade fair partners, was a great event for the network. “Once again we showed how attractive Munich is for InsurTech companies. It is impressive to see that participants from all industries, big reinsurers  and insurers, start-ups, tech companies, journalists and politicians agree and say: we will make the insurance industry more digital and we will do it together” , Tom Van den Brulle, 1st Chairman of InsurTech Hub, has a thoroughly positive track record.

No fewer than 1,000 decision makers from 42 countries around the world, from Australia to Canada and from Argentina to Japan, transformed the third edition of the DIA into a superlative InsurTech event. One of the highlights was undoubtedly the appearance of Daniel Schreiber, founder of Lemonade and a kind of Steve Jobs in the InsurTech industry. But the numerous lectures by other start-up founders also captivated the audience.

The good mood was also reflected in the atmosphere at the InsurTech Hub booth. Top-class guests and conversations shaped the two DIA days. International investors looking for innovative start-ups, as well as Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs Ilse Aigner, learned about the ideas for the future on site. Another highlight was the demo day of the W1 Forward InsurTech Accelerator. The five start-ups of the second batch presented themselves to the professional audience and received a lot of praise. The feedback collected clearly showed that InsurTech Hub Munich has found its firm position as the leading InsurTech network.


“Pairing up the Demo Day of our W1 Forward Accelerator program with DIA provided our startups with an exceptional platform. They were able to present their products to an audience of more than 1,000 highly targeted InsurTech experts. As a result they’ve got extremely valuable contacts to investors, corporate partners, industry leaders as well as international peer startups. All this reflects very nicely what the InsurTech Hub Munich and WERK1 are all about: connecting the dots”.

Dr. Florian Mann, CEO WERK1

“InsurTech Hub Munich and DIA: What a great event where many new insurance ideas have come into our view. We are completely satisfied. The live presentations as well as the direct exchange were great. 35 business cards and about 50 vital discussions at the stand are the best witnesses. ”
Andreas Gensch, CEO und Co-founder treefin AG

“We deliberately chose Munich as the venue for the DIA. According to our database, Munich is already the de facto Insurtech capital of the world. With the now participating Insurtech Hub Munich, it is certain that the central position will be further expanded. ”
Roger Peverelli und Reggy De Feniks, DIA Gründer

Quelle: 29. November 2017 von Christian Krause auf