Tag: 2018

THANKS FOR AN AMAZING YEAR 2018 – WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE ADVENTURES

A great year is coming to an end for all of us at WERK1: 29 new startups moved in over the year and the number of coworkers more than doubled in just one year from 74 to 130. Thanks to the new Slack Channel and a freelancer platform, both sides profit more from each other than ever before. With a new coworking space and Office RnD as a tool, we have put the infrastructure on a completely new level and set the technical foundation for the “Perks & Benefits” program introduced in autumn. With the hiring of Tina, the WERK1 mentoring program has also been launched. In addition, we have organized over 200 events for the community in the house.

WERK1 TEAM IST GROWING

The WERK1 team also grew very strongly in 2018. Especially due to the development of the new InsurTech Hub here in the company, 22 people are now working here from the café to startup support.

SUCCESSFUL ACCELERATOR PROGRAMS

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 spent five months working on their projects out of WERK1 with the help of mentors. And we weren’t lazy when it came to InsurTech either: In 2018 we carried out the 4th batch of the successful W1 Forward InsurTech Accelerator together with the InsurTech Hub Munich and the participating insurers.

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

The requirements for this batch were greater, from start to finish. The recruiting process alone was more complex and international than ever. In the meantime, word has spread about our concept from Munich. This is a great signal of what a worldwide attraction we have developed.

Around €50,000 were invested in each startup 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.

FIRST STARTUP SAFARI IN MUNICH

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.

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 authorities, initiatives and media were involved. Among them were many big players, famous and aspiring startups like Flixbus, Celonis or Freeletics, big investors and accelerators, up to global corporations like Google.

GAMES/BAVARIA AT WERK1

This year was also a great year for our games team. Robin & Robin from Games/Bavaria here at WERK1, went to Zurich to the Ludicious together with a group of developers, celebrated the tenth GameCamp, had a great, fully booked gamescom in Cologne, curated and opened an exhibition in Nürnberg and were able to connect many applicants and vacancies with the Career Day at WERK1.

LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR

Today, we would like to thank all our residents, partners and supporters! It is only because of you, your dreams and your commitment that our vision of the “most startup-friendly place in Munich” comes to life. And already now, we’re looking forward to our new adventures in the coming year. For now, let us celebrate what we have achieved.

The WERK1 team will take a break from Dec 24 through Jan 6 – we are looking forward to meeting all of you again next year.

Startup Safari 2018 in WERK1 – from the “crazy idea” to an event for 1,500 participants

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  FlixbusCelonis 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?”

 WHAT’S NEXT?!

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!