This is how we like to see our WERK1: full house and young people, with creative ideas and entrepreneurial ambition in the exchange of experiences with successful startups.
Startup Teens visited WERK1 on January, 22nd 2018 and organized an exclusive meet-up for over 180 invited guests, including around 100 teenagers and startup entrepreneurs from myChipsBox, Flixbus and TheSimpleClub. There were also many prominent guests among the visitors: among others the Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs and Media Ilse Aigner and the former soccer player and today’s entrepreneur Philipp Lahm were there to actively support the event. The young guests were also treated by the social media influencer Diana Löwen.
WERK1 AS EVENT HOST
Our managing director of WERK1, Dr. Florian Mann, as host he was allowed to open the event and after a short welcome, he was happy about the opportunity at WERK1 to bring young creative minds together with the experience of already successful entrepreneurs. Because is exactly what he is personally delighted to do and what would be his vision for WERK1: Young entrepreneurs with ambitious ideas for the future under the roof of WERK1, where classic entrepreneurship has been at home for more than half a century and to bring these walls back to life with a digital entrepreneurial spirit.
Afterwards the word went to the founders themselves. Everyone presented their personal motivation to found their own company and which particular challenges they had to master personally and entrepreneurially on the way. Ilse Aigner then advised the young people to “always be curious” and not to fear new challenges and Philipp Lahm turned his back on his sporting career and tried to motivate the young people for big upcoming tasks.
For one more hour, the young people themselves were allowed to ask their entrepreneurial role models questions. Some used this to ask more general questions about the entrepreneurial spirit or the step-by-step set-up of a startup company. Others got very concrete and used the opportunity to present their own ideas to the experts and to get actual tips for further steps. It quickly became clear how digitally versed the young audience was: with topics such as cyrpto currencies or blockchains, the full digital expertise of the experts was in demand. In this context, Ms. Aigner pointed out the importance of digital incubators in Bavaria, such as WERK1: There, there would be the appropriate offers to seek support such as coaching or mentoring for your own startup project.
With drinks and relaxed networking in the café of WERK1, the first joint event of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Startup Teens Initiative came to an end. We at WERK1 are happy that we could be their hosts.