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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!

NEW FACES AT GAMES/BAVARIA

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.

Project Lead Games

WORKING STUDENT

THE GAMES/BAVARIA XMAS-PITCHING COMES BACK

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.

mail to: mail@games-bavaria.com

  • 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

APPLY NOW FOR THE INNOVATION PROGRAM #5!

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.

WHAT’S NEW ABOUT THE “INNOVATION PROGRAM”?

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.

W1>> ACCELERATOR #4 AT WERK1 – UNLEASHING INNOVATION POTENTIAL IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY

The keyword “Accelerator” is usually associated with an idea about financial support and revision of business models. The W1 Forward Accelerator Programme, initiated by the InsurTech Hub Munich at WERK1, shows that a programm to promote innovative start-ups can work in a different way. In the eight-week, early-stage programm, the creators focus primarily on well-founded, targeted advice on start-ups and intensive use of the industry network.

THE INSURTECH HUB – A POOL OF POSSIBILITIES FOR STARTUPS & INSURERS

“The InsurTech Hub is a platform that brings the different players in the industry together,” explains Ben Shaw, Director Program & Strategy. Fourteen large insurers, large corporations, business and strategy consultants and universities such as the LMU or the Bundeswehrhochschule are part of the network. “The idea is that all these institutions have an interest in driving innovation together in the insurance context. And one part of driving this innovation forward is the Accelerator Program, which brings the various insurance companies into direct contact with small, innovative projects and start-ups.

PROGRAM USP & BENEFITS FOR THE STARTUPS

We want to know from Ben which startups the program is aimed at, as we meet him for the interview on the program running since mid-May in the WERK1 Café. In some cases the business idea is there, it hasn’t been founded yet – just early. “What’s important is that we not only select the start-ups according to the idea, but also according to whether we have the feeling that they can put it into practice. The selection event resulted in ten young companies. Only two of them have already received funding. “Over a period of eight weeks we will give them all the resources they need to build up and expand their business – i.e. consulting in business modelling, financial modelling, marketing & sales, etc.”, says Ben about the USP of the Accelerator programm. “And we bring them into contact with 14 major insurance companies, which give them direct enterprise feedback or rather insurance-relevant feedback. This is extremely valuable and priceless.”

PROGRAM FINALE: DEMO DAY

At the end of the eight weeks – this is the aim of the efforts to meet the big players from the insurance industry on a regular basis – the young companies will have pilot projects in the pipeline resulting from the program and the contacts made. For the finale, the Demo Day with around 400 guests, modelled on the American one, is waiting for everyone. “This event gives the startups the opportunity to present themselves to potential investors and tell their story. Why can my startup change the industry? They have four minutes for that.”

BUSINESS IDEAS THAT INSURERS & INSURED BENEFIT FROM

And the young companies want to change a lot! Seven B2B start-ups are involved. Among them, for example, is a company that develops software to support rehabilitation after illnesses and injuries. “This is interesting for private health insurers who want to make sure that the costs do not increase immeasurably due to incorrectly implemented physiotherapy,” explains Ben Shaw. “In addition, such an offer is also in the interest of the insured, because there is direct feedback as to whether the exercises were carried out correctly. Another example is a smoking cessation app developed by a team of experts with years of experience in the health sector. Three B2C start-ups are also taking part in the programme. “Our most international team comes from Thailand and deals with on-demand insurance. This keeps costs much lower and makes processing extremely easy and customer-friendly,” reports Ben. Other teams come from Austria, San Francisco or Barcelona.

INNOVATION POTENTIAL IN THE INSURANCE MARKET

The innovation potential in the insurance industry is huge, and the demand for young, rethinking companies is high, Ben explains the background to the Accelerator Program. “About two years ago, insurers had the aha moment. That’s when the industry became aware that we simply weren’t so technologically advanced in the financial services sector. And that so much more could be done with digital banks. Information about individuals who reflect their personal risk is now much easier to implement through data mining and data science,” Ben explains. Thanks to fast and precise data processing, insurance companies are now in an extremely good position to digitize themselves. And this is exactly where the Insurtech Hub with the Accelerator program comes in. Ben: “This digitization is incredibly difficult and the big insurers solve it through partnerships with external experts, our start-ups.

TIP FROM THE INDUSTRY EXPERT

Who really makes it in the end? According to Ben, that doesn’t just depend on whether you participate in the program. But above all whether the founders can implement the varied feedback they receive during the eight weeks. “A successful founder is always a Hustler, someone who constantly pushes his business forward. Even if the core idea changes – and it always does anyway – it is important to stay on it, with willpower and flexibility. Then you reach your goal.” And that certainly doesn’t just apply to the insurance industry.

Hubert Aiwanger, Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs with Startup Teens at WERK1

On 9 May 2019, WERK1 hosted the startup teens. More than 100 teenagers followed an exciting talk with startup entrepreneurs from TheSimpleClub and Inveox, our WERK1 managing director Dr. Florian Mann and this year’s guest of honour, farmer and Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger.

Startup-Coaching for Teens

Our managing director Dr. Florian Mann opened the event: “He is always looking forward to welcoming the startup teens to WERK1 and to supporting young people in making the dream of their own startup come true. When it came to the question of who wanted to start a company in the future, the fingers leapt up – the best prerequisite for a great evening!

Rubin Lind, winner of the Startup Teens Challenge and founder of “Skills4School”, led the evening. In a panel discussion, the entrepreneurs introduced themselves and talked about how to master the path from the idea to the foundation. The most important thing is to stand behind the ideas and always stay on the ball, even when it comes downhill, motivated the experts. If you have the wish to achieve something, nothing stands in the way of implementing the idea. The entrepreneurs also gave the young people the idea to inform themselves on the Internet and to build up a reach and community via the social media and to perceive events such as the Startup-Coaching programs and events of Startup Teens.

“Startup initiatives are our future”

Hubert Aiwanger appealed to the pupils to take more risks and to realise themselves. He spoke of today’s “affluent society” where it is important to keep the founder thinking on going. The Free State of Bavaria stands behind start-ups and young entrepreneurs. The Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs referred to the 7 new digital business incubators, which provide young entrepreneurs with support for their own start-up projects. He assured “We want to tackle” and thus encouraged the young people to realize their ideas.

Afterwards, the young people were allowed to ask questions to the Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs and the start-up entrepreneurs themselves. In addition to the general entrepreneurial context, questions about the current school system also arose. The pupils would like to learn more about founding and the employer side at school and not only to be taught the employee side. Mr. Aiwanger confirmed the pupils’ point of view and was open to suggestions as to how these contents could be better communicated in the future.


The future young entrepreneurs had their goal of their own startup clearly in mind and turned to the startup experts on stage. How long does it take to set up a startup? And how do I build a network? These and many other questions were answered in detail until the end of the event.

Afterwards, the students had time over drinks and snacks to talk personally to their entrepreneurial role models as well as to network with each other. We are delighted that WERK1 was once again able to host this great event!