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Munich, Trends, Digitization, Next Stop Germany
28 Mar 2017

Munich Startup Scene Invigorates the Next Generation of Creative Minds

While Munich, Germany’s third largest city, may be best known for its financial service and automotive companies (not to mention Oktoberfest), in recent years it has grown into one of Europe’s hottest addresses for startups and in turn is drawing startup meetings. Reaping the benefits of both a well-educated talent pool (thanks to more than 14 highly regarded universities and institutes), as well as a local government that actively support startups and entrepreneurship the City of Munich facilitates networking between entrepreneurs and potential partners, investors and mentors.


One result of this is the Munich Startup portal, a one stop for all startup activities in the city. Additionally, the Munich Business Startup Office (MEB), provides free counseling to those considering self-employment, help for entrepreneurs finding office and commercial space and access to business support networks. The city also enjoys a strong venture capital market.

This business climate, cultivated to encourage startups, has also helped Munich grown into a mecca for innovation themed meetings such as Bits & Pretzels and most recently the Munich Creative Business Week. From March 4-12th, the global start up design community converged on the city and attracted top international designers, architects, business representatives and all those with a general interest in design to the largest event of its kind in Germany. It featured 190 events including exhibitions, conferences, company tours and workshops, which happened all throughout the region. Many of the city’s top meeting venues such as the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Allianz Arena, Bayerisches Museum Deutsches Museum, the BMW Museum, KARE Kraftwerk, local universities, and Kongressbar hosted events that drew an estimated 60,000 people. This year’s theme was the role of design in the smart revolution and the impact digitalization has on people.

In addition, the exhibition showcased the current status quo of design for wearables, ehealth and smart living. It also provided a glance into the future of smart design as seen by contributors such BMW, Phoenix Design, Microsoft, Steelcase and Fraunhofer, as well, as young designers and start-ups. The MCBW Startup events during the week provided many opportunities for young design orientated startups to network and learn from more experienced designers and business experts.

The Munich Creative Business Week showcased the city’s enthusiasm for innovation and the exchange of new ideas and highlighted why it’s such a great fit for startup meetings.

For more information and ideas contact Janine.david-steinhart@muenchen.de or visit https://www.muenchen.de/rathaus/home_en/Tourist-Office/Congress.html


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