As already promised, we were inspired by the kickoff of the #BayFiD-campaign: Now we have started our first own initiative and invited 30 participants* to develop concrete measures for “Female Entrepreneurship” in WERK1.
The topic of “Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship” is a frequent one – not just since yesterday. Let’s face it: There is a problem and WERK1 wants to do something about it! According to the German Startup Monitor 2018, only 15.1% of entrepreneurs are female – even WERK1 is no exception! Why is it like this and how can WERK1 – as the most startup-friendly place in Munich – take countermeasures? A clear objective: Not just another programme to promote women in digital professions, but a conclusive concept for relevant measures to promote and support women in setting up WERK1 and beyond. 30 participants faced this task at our kick-off workshop on “Female Entrepreneurship”.
The idea and concept came directly from the WERK1-Team, in this case represented by Marlene Eder, Vanessa Provenzano and Maike Wursthorn. Together, they have made it their goal to use their skills from various disciplines and in the new year to push forward topics in the area of “Female Entrepreneurship” in WERK1.
IDENTIFY PROBLEMS & LOWER BARRIERS TO ENTRY
Together with the participants selected on the basis of qualifications and suitable experience, the first step was to develop concrete ideas and concepts that really help women as founders in reality. Input was collected and current studies were used to determine where the actual problems and barriers to entry could lie. This was “matched” with the participants’ own experiences in order to ascertain as detailed a “status quo” as possible.
After the introductory words of the WERK1-Team and a round of introductions, negotiation expert Claudia Kimich opened the thematic part of the workshop and gave a short impulse lecture on how appearance and self-confidence influence the perception of women in the business environment. Afterwards it was time for brainstorming: In changing groups, ideas were collected on how best to master the “typical” challenges in “female entrepreneurship”. What are the problems? What really helps?
The topic boards ranged from improvements in financing options to ideas for better reconciling family and career and breaking with established social roles. At the end of the workshop, the various boards were presented, discussed again by the entire group and completed.
Now it is the turn of the WERK1-Team again to develop concrete measures in the new year with the overwhelming input and the many ideas – we will keep you up to date!
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.
EXPORT PROMOTION WITH BAVARIAN SUPPORT
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.
TWO-DAY SUMMIT AT WERK1
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 “HOMEBASE” OF THE STARTUPS
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.
THE MUNICH MIXTURE MAKES IT!
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.
INTERNATIONAL NETWORKING OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP
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…
With the kick-off of the campaign “#BayFiD – Bavarian women in digital professions” the Minister of State for Digital Affairs Judith Gerlach wants to specifically support women on their way into digital professions. The initiative runs under the patronage of Bavaria’s Minister President Dr. Markus Söder. The programme was launched at WERK1 and Federal Minister Dorothee Bär also travelled from Berlin to support it.
A female quota of over 95% for an event: This is also a rarity among founders in WERK1 and generally the proportion of women in digital occupations is clearly too low at just under 20%. In any case, the Minister of State for Digital Affairs, Judith Gerlach, sees this as a great waste of potential in the course of the shortage of skilled workers in digital professions in Bavaria. The #BayFiD campaign she initiated is intended to change that. A 2-year program with expert support, exchange of experience and many networking opportunities is intended to make a start and produce many new “role models” for young women.
“I hope that women will have an enthusiasm for digital topics right from the start of their careers. Here we have to do the necessary preparatory work: To raise interest in digital topics at an early stage, to strengthen the proportion of women in research, to support women in training and further education for digital professions and to promote digital start-ups”.
Judith Gerlach Bavarian State Minister for Digital Affairs
THE KICK-OFF AT WERK1 – AN INSPIRING START
The host Judith Gerlach invited the participants to the start in WORK1. A special guest was also Federal Minister Dorothee Bär, who also comes from Bavaria and made the long way from Berlin for the event. In her short speech she emphasized the signal effect of the initiative and invited all participants to bring their experiences to Berlin. For them, digitalisation would be a great opportunity for women to combine their career with their role in the family, as working “remotely” in digital professions is the order of the day. In addition, more women would have to play an active role in digitisation and set an example for others.
A role that both power women already like to play. However, they themselves would like to see many more that show how women successfully design companies and products. In the subsequent talk, further female role models were brought onto the stage who reported on their experiences and successes in digital professions.
THE WERK1 ALSO SEES THE POTENTIAL AND NECESSITY OF THE INITIATIVE
From WERK1 it was of course a great pleasure for us to host the kick-off event of the initiative and to take up the many creative impulses. We also welcome the content of the initiative. WERK1 Managing Director Dr. Florian Mann commented: “The entire team and I personally see the necessity for this initiative in order to get more diversity in digital professions and ultimately also in digital start-up teams, which we want to promote in particular.
In this way, it is quite possible that WERK1 will participate in the discourse with its own projects and initiatives on the topic of “Female Founders” over the next few years. For the current #BayFiD campaign, we wish you every success – the start arouses anticipation for more.
Two big celebrations have now firmly established themselves in the WERK1 calendar: The Christmas party at the end of the year is always a chance to pause for a moment, to review the year and to celebrate what we have achieved together. On the other hand, the summer party is rather the gathering of the entire community: We get to know each other better, friends, family, alumni, mentors and many others from the WERK1 environment come together and we start the second half of the year. On Thursday, July 11th, the time had come again. Under the motto WILD WILD WERK1, we invited almost 200 visitors from WERK1 to start a big summer party.
START FOR FUTURE STARTUP-FOUNDERS WITH CHILD MAKE-UP – THEN IT BECAME “WILD”.
The youngest start at 16 o’clock. Thanks to the great help of our WERK1-Startup Artmasters, the children and later the adults were dressed up for the rest of the evening. Short time later, in the early evening all cowboys and -girls could prove themselves at Bull Riding – the winner got a ride for two in the Ferris wheel High Sky here at the factory quarter with more than one minute later in the evening. At exactly 6 p.m. Sheriff & Managing Director Florian Mann entered the bar: After a few words of welcome the catering was opened and all guests were prepared for the rest of the evening with burgers, hot dogs or baked potatoes. At 9 p.m. the DJ rang in the loud part of the evening in the WERK1 Café and kept the mood going until the end.
A STAGE FOR REVELLERS
Startup’ler can not only work late into the night, also with the celebration some do not go one minute too early home. So it became a long night together with the WERK1 team and many guests from the community and together we start now into the second half of the year, in which surely still many further success stories wait for us all.
LATER IN THE EVENING IT GOT “HOT”.
In the meantime, there was a touch of Silicon Valley at the event: a flamethrower from “The Boring Company”, founded by Elon Musk, found his way to the guests thanks to our residents from Curiosity.ai and provided spectacular pictures – not a trace of “boring”.
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!
It‘s a Match! This good news was announced by the startups and visitors of the “Startup Work” on 30 March. The first job fair in Munich especially for the needs of startups worked from scratch and was accepted by all sides.
Facts & Figures
With 51 startups, over 340 job advertisements and almost 300 job seekers, the matchmaking event at WORK1 offered the ideal setting for promising discussions and new career options and thus more than just a potential job for each participant! With the “Tour Ticket”, all visitors were able to talk directly to founders or personnel managers from various start-ups, who presented themselves everywhere at WERK1. Holders of the “Matchmaking Ticket” were also brought into direct contact with suitable exhibitors by means of CVs uploaded in advance and had the opportunity to use the workshop programme on topics such as “Working in a Startup” or “Dos and Dont’s in Social Media”.
NETWORKING FOR STARTUPS
About one third of the exhibiting startups were residents of WERK1 and two thirds were external participants. The sectors ranged from software in the fields of technology, mobility, health, HR, gastronomy and housing to leisure gadgets. The entire spectrum was also represented with regard to the development phase: From the early-stage startup, which has just received its EXIST grant and is now looking for its first interns, to the “Grown-Up” with 150 employees, which wants to keep in touch with the ground and attract creative professionals. The connecting element required by WERK1: Startup-spirit and the associated creative entrepreneurial spirit must be present. Thus, the exchange between the founders on moving topics such as recruiting was not neglected.
That was the topic for the final panel: Moderated by WERK1 CEO Dr. Florian Mann, Sebastian Schuon (founder of Alasco), Ankit Khare (UX designer at Ginlo by Brabbler), Leon Zucchini (founder of Curiosity.ai), Magdalena Reith (startup coach & partnership manager at Unicorn Pitch) and Daniel Schosser (co-founder of Crashtest Security) reported on what makes working in a startup so special.
A JOB FOR EVERYONE
At the latest after that all participants were convinced that a job in a start-up is the right thing for the future. And at the Startup Work they were able to find the right job for their own qualifications, from co-founder to working student, from IT/development to marketing/sales. Seldom before has it been so transparent for startups and applicants as to which positions are to be filled in young, fast-growing companies.
POSITIVE CONCLUSION FROM ALL SIDES
The balance of the trade fair day was positive throughout: All startups were delighted to have promising discussions with seriously interested job seekers. The job seekers also left the event in the best of moods: Inspiring and consistently motivated founders were available for an entire day with their innovative products. And that despite or perhaps because of the bright spring weather that accompanied the fair and invited to the subsequent burger dinner in the sun. A successful first edition of Startup Work and the responsible persons quickly agreed: To be continued …
The global series event “Valley of the Boom“ n National Geographic starts on Sunday, January 20 at 9 pm. In a highly entertaining mix of documentary and game scenes, the six-part mini-series traces the big bang of digitization, the Silicon Valley of the 90s. Already four days earlier National Geographiczur invited to the exclusive German premiere of the first two episodes in WERK1. he following panel discussed the topic “Reasons then and now – Challenges and opportunities of digitisation”.
THE TIME OF THE DOTCOM BUBBLE TO TOUCH
Passionate founders who are obsessed with their ideas, serene investors hungry for success, aggressive representatives of the market powers or even wacky imposters – in the “Valley of the Boom” they all play their very own role. From the initial hype, to the bursting of the DotCom bubble, to the speculation-adjusted resurrection of this latest major technological revolution, the series portrays its protagonists. Both in the form of real interviews and in vividly recreated scenes.
In 2 x 45 minutes at the premiere the audience got a very good impression of the dynamics – both of the series and of the actual events. For the four other episodes, fans have to wait for the broadcast on National Geographic.
CLOSE TO THE TRUTH? DISCUSSION IN THE EXPERT PANEL
Immediately afterwards, the four panel participants talked about their personal experiences from the beginnings of the Internet:
Constantin Schwaab (Entrepreneur and Founder of Plain Energy, Kinoheld and Wirelane)
Jean-Paul Schmetz (Chief Scientist Burda Forward, Founder & COO Cliqz)
Axel Gundolf (Director TV der FOX NETWORKS GROUP GERMANY)
Dr. Florian Mann (CEO WERK1 & Co -founder von FERTILA)
The discussion was moderated by brand strategist and organizational trainer Anais Bock.
Jean-Paul Schmetz worked as an investment scout for Burda Digital GmbH and therefore knows each of the protagonists. Both he and Constantin Schwaab, who was looking for business partners in Silicon Valley in 2008, named the unique, high-density ecosystem in the Valley as a key factor of his success. At the same time, American legislation and the huge American domestic market favored the conditions for local start-ups. But in Germany, too, the start-up culture is now being promoted very strongly. However, all panelists see a need to catch up in the area of the founder mentality: liberalism, tolerance, agility, network and “big thinking”. Here, Germany is still lagging significantly behind and would rather bury itself in Excel lists than self-confidently cultivate that very decisive startup mindset.
FOUNDED IN THE 21ST CENTURY AND IN THE FACTORY1
This is where WERK1 comes into play. Because as an ecosystem, startup hubs like WERK1, in which founders can network, exchange and support each other, are almost indispensable. This is where ideas emerge and grow. The idea for this event, for example! Because the National Geographic team is based in WERK3. A cooperation with WERK1 was obvious in the truest sense of the word. And who knows what fruitful conversations were only held after screenings and panels at delicatessen burgers and hot dogs …!
Show or chance? High input, low output? Or a “kickstart” to get started with your own startup? With about 3 million viewers, the founder show “Die Höhle der Löwen” is also very popular with German TV audiences in the fifth season. But does this also apply to the start-ups, whose ideas are competing for the favour of the five investors? Will the “deal” actually be followed by a contract? Or is everything just fake and if anything good for PR? Three startups with relevant experience in the TV format told the story in a “Cave of the Lions Panels” in WERK1.
While in the adjoining room they hacked and genetically engineered at more than 20 other locations throughout the city, Startup Safari participants were able to pick up tips and insights from those who had already successfully faced the lions at this special panel. Also present: Katharina Mayer from the Munich social startup „kuchentratsch“, which sells cakes baked by pensioners to private customers, companies and restaurants and just comes fresh from the cave. Sebastian Niewöhner, who wants to make videos to the new application standard with „talentcube“ and Malte Janduda from the Smarthome-Plugin-Startup „Parce“, a WERK1 Resident. Both were in the Lions’ Cave in 2017. The questions that probably burned on the lips of everyone in the audience were asked by Florian Mann, WORK1 CEO, who moderated the evening.
HOW DO YOU GET INTO IN DIE HÖHLE DER LÖWEN?
For Talentcube the recommendation by another startup was the key to the cave. Parce and kuchentratsch applied in a classic way. The questions of the investors (especially about numbers and scalability) were prepared particularly thoroughly by analysing previous seasons. In addition, shopify was used to prepare the web shop for the expected rush. PR and employees also need to be well prepared.
HOW DID THE PRODUCTION GO?
All three startups were thrown into the cold water and had to prepare and organize themselves for the two-hour recording. There was no help or tips from VOX, contact to the investors was actually only possible during the shooting. No agreements, no script. And no second take! They all had no experience with TV and therefore also some “jitters” before the unfamiliar situation, respectively before the approach in post production. The founders’ concerns: that completely incoherent takes be combined at will, just as it suits the dramaturgy. Tip from Katharina Mayer: Always smile beautifully, keep your face under control, never look sad or disappointed. By the way: a whole 11 months of gap had talentcube between shooting and broadcasting – an eternity for the 2-year-old startup at that time. It’s a good thing that the investor contract was signed directly after the start of production…
WHAT WERE YOUR EXPECTATIONS? AND WHAT WENT COMPLETELY DIFFERENTLY THAN EXPECTED?
As expected, the focus was on entertainment, the founders summed up. Although the deals at the pitch are negotiated realistically and brutally, as a startup you convince first and foremost by media performance or by a stirring story – and “yes”, the producers of Sony also casteted for optical suitability in advance.
While parce and talentcube had already focused on one or two investors before, kuchentratsch went into the negotiations quite openly. But all three came to a good agreement with “their” suitable investor.
WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE SHOW?
The expectations of the start-ups were also met in terms of response, albeit to varying degrees. However, they had all tended to expect more immediate rush. The contract negotiations went very well for kuchentratsch and talentcube, both of which had won Carsten Maschmeyer as an investor. Carsten Maschmeyer continues to support them beyond business with valuable tips and a lively investment community. Unfortunately, Parce was unable to reach an agreement with Frank Thelen. However, they were able to make significant progress with their existing investor. Rare damage where no benefit.
WOULD YOU GUYS DO IT AGAIN?
Both Katharina and her male founding colleagues praised the steep learning curve that resulted from participating in the show. All the excitement and all the new experiences offered, besides the financial gain, such an added value that above all cake gossip and talentcube would always be there again. The main reason for Parce not to do this is because of their product. The emotional factor in her Smarthome gadget was simply not enough to promote quotas. The other two also emphasize this: The Lions’ Cave is an ingenious springboard for mass-produced, easily understandable “consumer goods” – in the form of a balanced mixture of show and business. What some television disenchanted “Millenial” wouldn’t necessarily suspect. Katharinas, Sebastian’s and Malte’s conclusion on the participation in the show was correspondingly positive at the panel.
At this point we at WERK1 would like to thank the three of them once again for the exciting and entertaining insight and thus for the support during the Startup Safari in general.
Three days full of events around topics that move the startup scene. The venue is GANZ Munich, around 20 locations spread across the city. It will start in 12 weeks. “Actually a completely crazy idea”, was how initiator Daniel Kilger summed up the last evening of the Startup Safari. “Florian Mann and Oliver Halbig from WERK1 were the first to hear about my plan. And they said directly: “Cool, let’s get going!” So WERK1 did not only become an important partner of the first Startup Safari in Munich, but also the main sponsor and host of about 20 sessions and the pre-opening party, as Daniel Kilger, the creative director of the event, put it.
LARGE “RANGE” OF PARTNERS & MULTIFACETED TOPICS
An expedition through the whole ecosystem of the startup scene should be it. From 23. to 26.10. participants could put together their individual program with only one ticket from a timetable of 75 sessions at 25 startup friendly locations in the city according to their personal interests. Well over 80 partners from the startup scene as well as from official bodies, initiatives and media were involved. Among them were many big players, famous and aspiring startups like Flixbus, Celonis oder Freeletics, big investors and accelerators, up to global corporations like Google. They all offered so-called “sessions” on various topics and thus opened themselves to interested participants for the exchange of knowledge and networking. The sessions ranged from workshops, lectures and discussions to informal “Connecten” with drinks and co. and direct matchmaking for almost 250 “Job Seekers”.
THE SESSIONS: THEMATIC DEPTH & “HANDS ON”
Daniel Kilger – founder of the Digital Health Sartups Smokeless himself – and his supporters felt it was important that the individual events were of high quality. As small groups as possible should ensure that the participants could work interactively with each other and with the experts.
For example at the workshop “Live Hacking” by the WERK1 Resident Crashtest Security, which took place on Friday evening. The aim for the participants was to discover a website in a kind of “Escape the Room Challenge” and to understand how a hacker thinks. “The website I programmed in advance contains vulnerabilities,” explains workshop leader and co-founder of Crashtest Security, Janosch Maier. “I want the participants to find them. Afterwards we eliminate the vulnerabilities together. So we’re really working “Hands On” with security here.”
THE PARTNERS ALSO BENEFITED FROM THE PARTICIPATION
The range of participants was generally very mixed, just like in the Startup Safari – concerning the background but also the know-how. From students to software developers everything was represented. Regardless of the topic – “The Art of Pitching”, “Storytelling in the context of a presentation”, “The way from employee to founder” and many more – it was always about sharing knowledge, but also about profiting from each other in the aspects of recruiting and networking. But the motive for the WERK1 Resident Crashtest Security was above all the community idea, as co-founder Janosch Maier says: “We simply wanted to give something back to the Startup Network with our participation as workshop organizer and thus as partner of Startup Safari. Personally, I think the idea behind it is great that you really have the opportunity to pick out exactly what interests you as a participant in a totally flexible way. And we startups, on the other hand, have the chance to present ourselves to a broad audience during the three days”.
INITIATOR DANIEL KILGER IS “MEGA HAPPY”
Daniel Kilger also sees Startup Safari more as an opportunity for founders and the scene itself to give something back to the community. “For me, the whole thing is a kind of hobby project. Because I’m convinced that the Startup family here in Munich can do great things.” He seems to be right about that, if you look at the scale of the event, which was originally planned as a “pilot” within a very short time. “We didn’t expect it to be that big. Originally, we just wanted to see which partners were in the boat and whether this was an interesting topic for people at all,” jokes Kilger. “And then, to be honest, it completely escalated. In eight days we sold more than 1500 tickets and in only 12 weeks we started 75 sessions at 25 locations. All important accelerators and partners are there. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks for this. Of course also WERK1 as main sponsor, without whom all this would not have been possible. We are mega happy!
AND WHAT DO THE PARTICIPANTS SAY?
The feedback from the participants, who met with the WERK1 residents on Friday evening for the final get-together – the Silicon Drinkabout – in the packed WERK1 Café under the motto “No talks, no bullshit, just networking and free beer”, was also consistently positive. Student Kim Nike Wiedenhold: “Unfortunately, I was only able to participate on the last day, but I attended several events at the same time, because I’m very busy with the topic of reasons. Above all, I thought it was great that you can get in touch so easily with experts from many fields, but also meet like-minded people with whom you can exchange ideas”. Other participants particularly emphasized the good organization during the three days, the multi-faceted nature of the topics and contents as well as the quality of the sessions. The latter was particularly close to the hearts of the initiators, stressed Daniel Kilger shortly before the collective departure for the Closing Party at “Enter the Dragon” on Lehnbachplatz in Munich. “During the planning phase, we placed special emphasis on “niche” topics and small groups so that the participants could not only listen but also work together interactively. Where do you get the chance to pitch in front of professionals who improve you immediately? Or when do you have the chance to go in to Google and have a chat with some of the employees?”
Good question… If you don’t know the answer to this question and unfortunately missed the Startup Safari 2018 yourself, you can rest assured that there will be a repeat. Daniel Kilger and his supporters already have “big plans” for that, too. But we won’t tell yet what these plans will look like. The main initiator is only revealing this much: “We will expand the whole thing, go even deeper. One thing is certain: As an important supporter of Startup Safari, WORK1 will also be significantly involved in the new edition. So: Stay tuned!
When the popular poker start command “shuffle up and deal” becomes “shuffle up and connect”, it’s time to start up poker. Already for the second time we were allowed to organize the legendary Gründerpokern in WERK1 as side event of the founder conference „Bits & Pretzels“ and so the Eventspace became the Casino for one evening.
Around 80 founders, entrepreneurs, investors and coworkers have come to exchange a few poker chips, but perhaps also a business card or two, in a relaxed atmosphere. The special at the founder pokern: Who does not know the rules of the game, gets briefly before the Event with the professional Pokerdealer a small introduction and can play afterwards with professionals and other a risers at a table. Who gambles away early its chips, gets over a 2. chance the possibility of taking again at a table of the main round place..
At 8 p.m. all participants started at the poker tables and with the game the first conversations began. “The nice thing is, it’s easy to get started. With Poker one has equal times a common topic. You have fun and contacts run along the way,” reveals Coworker Carl Steinbeißer, who obviously has fun at the event.
And that’s what founder poker is all about. Play against each other, but talk to each other. One advantage: At the poker table you not only get to know one person, but also the character at the same time. From emotional outbursts to poker faces, you could observe everything that evening.
“The special thing about Gründerpokern for me is the atmosphere. This is a very unagitated kind of networking. It’s quieter than other Meetup events. At the same time, however, you notice that the calm is rather superficial. Inside, it might look quite different. Some can play a role, while others reveal the true “Me”. The personal ambition that drives many successful founders comes into its own here, of course.”
Dr. Florian Mann, CEO WERK1
But of course it’s also about the competition, where you can sometimes annoy the one or other investor sitting opposite you a little bit, says Daniel Kilger of Smokeless with a wink. He is also organising the first Startup Safari in Munich this year with WERK1 as his partner.
FIRST STARTUP SAFARI IN MUNICH
WERK1 will once again be an important host for startups and investors from the local startup scene during the Safari from 23 to 26 October. A total of 19 sessions will take place in our house these days. You can find out what these are here: https://www.werk1.com/event/startup-safari-munich/
The Startup Safari is like a big open day, with the special feature that it doesn’t take place at one but at many well-known places in Munich. Each participant can put together his or her own individual itinerary across Munich and visit Flixbus, Google or WERK1. The internationally already very successful event format takes place this year for the first time in Munich.
Anyone who lost at the table this evening at the Gründerpokern could take a seat at the cocktail bar and chat a bit with other participants and network here.
It was late night, until the final round was played out at the “Final Table” with the best ten and the lucky winners could accept their prizes. App developer Jonas Hackenberg was particularly pleased to win a ticket for the Bits & Pretzels 2019 with first place.
The event series Gründerpokern always takes place in changing locations in other cities. In Munich, the team comes to WERK1 again and again – this year we hosted Bits & Pretzels as well as 2 other events for almost 100 participants. “Because it’s simply so nice here that we love coming here again and again,” says Sascha Bevet, CEO Gründerpokern.
Who now has gotten desire on Poker and Networking: The next Gründerpokern takes place on 30 November – naturally with us in the WERK1