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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!

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.

DIGITAL HEALTH MEETS INSURTECH – MEET THE ARCHITECTS OF OUR FUTURE HEALTHSYSTEM

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.

INSURTECH MEETS DIGITAL HEALTH

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.

FROM THE PITCH TO A PANEL DISCUSSION

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.

EVENT FEEDBACK

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