Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona
Together with our colleagues from Bayern International, we were once again represented with our Bavarian stand at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. More than 30 Bavarian exhibitors took the opportunity to present their innovative solutions to over 20,000 trade fair visitors. In addition to highlights such as the traditional Weißwurst breakfast, pitches and workshops, the programme included visits from delegations - including a visit of State Secretary Roland Weigert.
After two years of virtual editions, on November 2nd the 10th edition of the annual OktoberINVESTfest was finally back as an in-person event in New York City! This year, it was all about health technology and it was very exciting to hear the pitches of five Bavarian and five American innovative start-ups in that field. Besides that, it was great to have Markus Blume, Bavarian Minister of Science and the Arts and Prof. Sami Haddadin, Director of the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence as speakers at the conference, as well as David T. Tswamuno, Managing Partner at Fairbridge Park from the investor’s side. During the get-together, valuable connections between the start-ups and the investor’s were being made.
7th International Town Hall Meeting @it-sa - where true heroes meet!
It was a great pleasure for Invest in Bavaria and the Security Network Munich to host the international Town Hall Meeting @it-sa for the seventh time in a row and to once again welcome the international cybersecurity community to Nuremberg. There were impulse speeches by Stefan Sieber | Cloudflare and Prof. Dr. Igor Podebrad | Google Cloud. They were then joined by Christoph Kroack | Siemens Energy for an exciting panel discussion moderated by Julia Hermann | Giesecke+Devrient.
French start-ups visit Bavaria for Bits & Pretzels 2022
Bits & Pretzels, Europe's leading founders festival, returned to Munich from 25-27 September 2022. This time with an innovation: France presented itself as the first guest country in its own area with innovative start-ups and scale-ups. For this occasion, Invest in Bavaria received a delegation of French companies that are preparing to expand their market and settle in Germany as part of Business France's Impact Germany programme. The start-ups learnt more about the vibrant local ecosystem and business opportunities in Bavaria and pitched their solutions.
O’zapft is! - Pfiat di / Sayonara und Grüß Gott / Konnichiwa!
On July 21, 2022, after a break of almost two and a half years due to the Corona pandemic, a get-together for the representatives of the Japanese business community in Bavaria took place in the small "Ratstrinkstube" in the Munich City Hall at Marienplatz in cooperation with the Japanese Consulate General Munich, the City of Munich, JETRO Munich and the Japan Club Munich. On this occasion, the former representative of the Free State of Bavaria in Japan, Dr. Christian Geltinger, was bid farewell to the Japanese community and the new representative, Ms. Susanne Schierok, was introduced. Symbolically, the mallet was handed over from the former representative to the new representative and the beer keg was tapped, which was brewed by the Munich breweries for the 50th anniversary celebration of the city partnership Munich - Sapporo.
Lower Bavaria | 16th working meeting of Invest in Bavaria with the Bavarian business development agencies
Efficient commercial development in times of scarce properties and regionally available competences were the core topics at Invest in Bavaria’s 16th working meeting with Bavarian economic development agencies. The event was held in Simbach am Inn in the district of Rottal Inn. The two-day meeting kicked off with Dr Ulrike Wolf, Ministerial Director at the Bavarian State Ministry, who informed the participants about the current topics at the StMWi (Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy). Among the examples of efficient commercial development, Managing Director Peter Keller impressively described how a cleantech innovation park is being created on the former Michelin - factory site in Hallstadt near Bamberg, and the mayors of the market towns of Perlesreuth and Röhrnbach demonstrated how completely new paths have been taken with the first inter-municipal commercial area in Prombach in Lower Bavaria. On the second day, participants had the chance to exchange information in different World Cafés about the regionally existing competences and strategic orientations of the Bavarian regions.
Hock di her“: The exclusive Bavarian-Chinese business dialogue with Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger
On 9 May, the exclusive Bavarian-Chinese business dialogue took place for the first time in Munich. The Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, Hubert Aiwanger, met about twenty managers of Chinese companies in Bavaria at the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs. The CEOs reported on the current developments, challenges and future plans of their companies in Bavaria. Decision-makers from various sectors such as ICT, mobility, aerospace, life science and digitalization were represented. Bavaria is distinguished as a popular location for Chinese companies to establish their European headquarters, research and development centre or production location. In addition to large and well-known companies, an increasing number of start-ups from China are also opting for Bavaria as a location for innovation.
6th International Town Hall Meeting @it-sa - where true heroes meet!
Invest in Bavaria and the Security Network Munich were happy to welcome the international Cybersecurity community once again live in Nuremberg for the 6th International Town Hall Meeting @it-sa. The refreshing impulse speech by Jan Wendenburg | W TRUST was followed by an animated panel discussion on the topic "Cybercrime & Evolving Threat Landscape - How to ramp up cyber resilience?" - moderated by Sebastian Artz | Bitkom and featuring Wolfgang Klasen | Siemens, Philipp Spangenberg | BlueID, Fabian Guter | Rapid7 und Jan Martijn Broekhof | Guardian360.
Invest in Bavaria @ IAA Mobility 2021
From 7 to 12 September 2021, the flags of the world-famous IAA (International Motor Show) trade fair will fly in Munich for the first time - with a new concept, which is also reflected in the expanded name: IAA Mobility. Invest in Bavaria also contributed - at the joint stand of Bayern Innovativ on the exhibition grounds and at the Open Space area directly at Marienplatz with a panel on Mobility Collaborations in Bavaria and why it needs more than one industry. Lin Kayser, serial entrepreneur and founder of Hyperganic, Dr Franz Glatz, CEO of the digital start-up centre brigkAir in Ingolstadt, and Gabriele Semino, research assistant at the Technical University of Munich and project manager of the TUM Hyperloop programme, discussed with us on stage.
„REIWA“ – Schöne Harmonie | Bayerisch-japanischer Neujahresempfang 2020
„REIWA - Schöne Harmonie“ – das war die positive Botschaft, die in großen japanischen Schriftzeichen, der Roboter von Franka Emika den Gästen des diesjährigen Neujahrsempfangs im Neuen Rathaus München wünschte. Die ca. 120 Gäste der japanischen Community in Bayern begrüßten mit dem obligatorischen „KAMPAI“ das neue Jahr in bewährter Zusammenarbeit von Invest in Bavaria, der Wirtschaftsförderung der Stadt München, dem japanischen Generalkonsulat in München sowie JETRO (Japanische Außenhandelsorganisation) und dem Japan Club München.
Digital Life Design 2020
As an international innovation and conference platform, the Digital Life Design (DLD) has developed into one of the most important events in its segment. Founded 15 years ago in Munich, the event takes place once a year in January in the Bavarian capital, where opinion leaders from business, politics, research and development, give guest performances. Main topics are digitalization, transformation of markets, media, culture and society. At this year's event, Invest in Bavaria opens a panel discussion on Quantum Computing under the direction of Wolfgang Hübschle. Among the participants were Ignacio Cirac (Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics), Sebastian Luber (Infineon), Torsten Siebert (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft), Ian Walmsley (Imperial College London) and Laura Citron (London Partners).
5. BayChi-Summit in Munich
In the style of a funfair, including the sweet smell of roasted almonds, this year´s BayChi Summit took place on 17th of October 2019. It was the fifth edition of the event for managing directors of Chinese companies. Organized by Invest in Bavaria, in cooperation with the Chinese Consulate General Munich, the City of Munich and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Germany, the BayChi Summit is a traditional part of the annual calendar of the Chinese business community in Germany. The event was opened with a podium discussion, moderated by Svetlana Huber, Head of Investor Services at Invest in Bavaria, with guests Clemens Baumgärtner, Minister of Labor and Economics of the City of Munich, Yoggui Pei, Economic Consul of the People´s Republic of China in Munich and Wie Duan Chief executive of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Germany. The highlight of the event was the presentation of the Newcomer Award 2019, awarded by Dr. Wolfgang Hübschle, Head of Invest in Bavaria.
Town Hall Meeting @it-sa 4.0
The 4th Town Hall Meeting @it-sa, jointly hosted by Invest in Bavaria and Security Network Munich, again attracted the international cybersecurity community at it-sa 2019 in Nuremberg. Following Jasper Wognum’s (BrainCreators) fascinating kick-off speech, guests were treated to an animated panel discussion moderated by Herbert Abben (SANS Institute) and featuring Falk Herrmann (Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity), Anton Pfefferseder (Bosch Building Technologies) and Rüdiger Trost (F-Secure) before enjoying individual exchanges and networking over lunch.
Bits & Pretzels Oktoberfest Innovation Tour – #Bitstour 19
Invest in Bavaria invited more than 15 international start-up key players from all over the world to Munich just in time for the Oktoberfest and the Bits & Pretzels start-up conference. Incubators, accelerators, VCs and start-up associations from over 10 countries accompanied us on the 3-day "Bits & Pretzels Oktoberfest Innovation Tour". We would like to briefly take this opportunity to give you a short overview of this year's tour and thank all those players who we were allowed to visit and watch at work. Especially as we showed up to some appointments in dirndl & lederhosen. The 3-day #Bitstour started with a full day at the Bits & Pretzels conference. So there was plenty of time to make their first acquaintance with and immerse themselves in the Bavarian business culture and lifestyle. Besides the countless start-ups, events and lectures, the highlight of the day was certainly the Opening Ceremony with the former US President Barack Obama. Our next day started with two major players in the Bavarian start-up ecosystem: we are very grateful to Mr Stefan Drüssler (CEO UnternehmerTUM) and Dr Carsten Rudolph (CEO BayStartUP) for opening our innovation tour with interesting presentations about the Bavarian start-up world. Afterwards we went to the Makerspace at UnternehmerTUM in Garching and to WERK1, the "Most Startup Friendly Place in Munich". A huge thanks to the great team from Makerspace as well as to WERK1 and its CEO Dr Florian Mann, to Mr Christian Gnam from the InsurTech Hub Munich and to the Medical Valley Nürnberg-Erlangen. It was exciting to hear and see what makes Bavaria so special as a location for start-ups. Our first day ended with stops at the BMW Start-up Garage and other Munich Start-up Night events in the evening. The big moment came on Tuesday morning when we walked through the holy gates of the Oktoberfest – most of us in elegant Bavarian traditional dress. After a lot of networking with the international Bits & Pretzels guests in the Schottenhamel beer tent, we moved on to Oberpfaffenhofen in our aforementioned traditional dress. Where Robert Klarner from Technology Marketing at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) welcomed us. We even saw astronauts, which might only indirectly have something to do with start-ups but they were astronauts, in space, live! The grand finale of our time together was Invest in Bavaria's Beerbench networking event, where we showed our international guests what Bavarian hospitality actually means. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the representatives of the fantastic Bavarian start-up and innovation ecosystem who appeared in such large numbers. We're sorry we forced you to wear hearts and pretzels as a matchmaking tool – but hey, it worked! Last but not least, we would like to thank the participants in our delegation. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and Munich. We hope you were able to gain valuable insights into the Bavarian start-up community and look forward to talking to you more and working well with you in the future. Your team from Invest in Bavaria
Maifest 2019 in San Francisco - Future of Manufacturing
The 2019 Maifest of the Bavarian U.S. Offices in San Francisco took place on May 10 at the Quadrus Conference Center in Menlo Park, CA. This year’s edition of the annual conference focused on the “Future of Manufacturing” and was geared towards experts, companies, and strategic investors active in the Industry 4.0, and advanced manufacturing space. Its goal was to initiate collaborations between German and Bavarian multinational corporations and SMEs as well as US American growth- and early-stage startups. Ultimately, the conference functions as a platform providing insights into how existing and emerging technologies like Additive Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Blockchain are disrupting the manufacturing industry and companies dependent upon industrial output. Like last year’s event, there was an exclusive matchmaking session for German global manufacturers, followed by an interactive and informative session with keynote speakers and panel discussions. Participants included renowned Bavarian, German and American global players such as BMW, Brose, Bosch Rexroth, Continental, Cloudera, Deutsche Telekom and Dräxlmaier. In addition, numerous American startups and a few tech unicorns were present, including Carbon, 3DprinterOS, MotorCortex.ai, Cryptowerk and C3.ai. The conference closed with a happy hour with authentic Bavarian beer, wine, delicacies and a traditional Maifest dance (yes, including a Maibaum!). It was the most natural and entertaining way to end this day and everyone could come together to mix & mingle and enjoy themselves.
3rd Franco-Bavarian Start-up Night
For the third time, the Franco-Bavarian Start-up Night took place in Munich. The focus of the event was on digital solutions for our planet. 15 selected start-ups were able to pitch their business models of Smart Cities, Smart Energy, Smart Mobility and Social Responsibility to potential customers and partners. Three companies were not only rewarded with an award, they will also receive a legal initial consultation for their market entry in Germany. Afterwards, expert discussions and get-togethers enabled further discussions and valuable contacts. The French General Consulate in Munich, Atos, Invest in Bavaria and BayFrance with the support of the Bavarian State Chancellery, the German-French University (DFH), the Franco-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as numerous other partners, invited to the Franco-Bavarian Start-up Night at the Institut Français Munich.
Upper Palatinate | 14th Invest in Bavaria workshop with Bavarian business development agencies
Digitisation and land use were the key topics at the 14th Invest in Bavaria workshop with Bavarian business development agencies, which was held this time against an impressive backdrop in the Regensburg football arena. Among other things, Infineon and BMW demonstrated how companies are positioning themselves to drive the digitisation of processes along the entire value chain involving employees, partners and customers. On the second day, participants were able to experience the work of the Augsburg “Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum” live in a mobile exhibition truck and discuss the topical issue of land use in exciting workshops.
DLD Campus 2019 Bayreuth
The DLD Campus was invited to Bayreuth for the third time on 27 June 2019. Bayreuth ranks alongside such renowned cities as Tel Aviv, New York, Brussels and Munich as a DLD venue. International guests like David Hanson, who developed “Sophia”, a really human like robot with, Stanford professor Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht and Terry von Bibra, Europe boss of Alibaba, discussed interesting aspects regarding the digital future with the interested guests: Do robots need rights? What will tomorrow's mobility be like? How is the world of work changing? Invest in Bavaria has been a partner to the event right from the start. This year we have turned our attention to the topic "Future of Food". Martina Tröger presented the Kompetenzzentrum für Ernährung (KErn) in Kulmbach and René Seppeur from Brandl Nutrition introduced us to an exciting start-up from Franconia in a keynote speech. During the panel discussion Frank Kühne, (Adalbert-Raps-Stiftung), Nick Lin-Hi (University of Vechta), Alison Stille (Waldfang) and Jennifer Schenker (The Innovator) discussed other further aspects on how we will eat in future.
Ecomotion Main Summit 2019 – Tel Aviv, Israel
The Bavarian-Israeli Beer Bench Speed Dating took place at Ecomotion in Tel Aviv for the fourth time: Bavarian automotive groups and suppliers meet Israeli start-ups – a pioneering combination. Ecomotion is THE smart mobility event in Israel, one of the most important innovation and start-up countries in the world. In the meantime, 4,000 experts, industry representatives and start-ups now meet in the Mediterranean metropolis to discuss the latest innovations in the field of mobility. Bavaria, the world's most important mobility hub, naturally couldn’t pass this up. Invest in Bavaria invited Bavarian automotive groups, SMEs and suppliers to meet Israeli start-ups at the event for the fourth time in a row. The special feature: the stakeholders meet in a speed dating setup. The companies AUDI, AID Driving, BMW, Continental with its innovation team Co-Pace, Dräxlmaier, Lufthansa Technik, Osram with its investment arm Fluxunit and Rosenberger were present this year. We would like to thank all participants, both Bavarian and Israeli, and look forward to all the exciting projects that will result from this day!
Chinese Rap and Bavarian Perucssion | the 8th Bavarian Chinese Spring Festival
Embedded in a varied entertainment program with rousing Bavarian percussion and Chinese rap, Minister of State Hubert Aiwanger opened the 8th Bavarian-Chinese Spring Festival in the old congress hall in Munich. 450 guests were accompanied by Clemens Baumgärtner, Minister of Labor and Economics of the City of Munich, Jörg Wacker, board member of FC Bayern München AG and the Consul General of the People's Republic of China, ZHANG Yue, in the year of the pig.
4. BayChi-Summit in Munich
On 27th November 2018, Invest in Bavaria organized the BayChi Summit for the fourth time - a meeting for managing directors of Chinese companies in Bavaria. The relaxed evening event was opened by Dr. Wolfgang Hübschle, Head of Invest in Bavaria, followed by the Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Munich, Ms. Mao Jingqiu. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Bavarian Newcomer Award, which was presented to the automobile manufacturer FAW by Ms. Rita Roider, Head of Location Marketing of the City of Munich. FAW recently opened a R&D location in Munich. The annual networking event organized by Invest in Bavaria in cooperation with the Chinese Consulate General in Munich, the City of Munich and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Germany has become an integral part of the calendar of the steadily growing Chinese business community in Bavaria.
3. German-Indian Business Forum
Impressions of the 3.German-Indian Business Forum on 13th-14th November in Munich. The Program began with a Startup-Connector Event and success stories shared by KONUX and FLIXBUS followed by pitches of start-up from both countries. The Business Conference focused on Digitalization, urbanization and infrastructure at BMW Welt Munich on day 2. During the evening Reception about 120 representatives of German and Indian companies gathered to network. They were welcomed by the new Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs, Structural Development and Energy, Mr. Hubert Aiwanger. Chief guests were H.E. Dr. Martin Ney, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to India, Stephan Mayer Parliamentary State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and Deepak Bagla, CEO of Invest India. The German Indian Business Forum is organized by the German Indian Association and partnered by the Indian Embassy in Germany, the Bavarian Ministry of Economics with invest in bavaria, the City of Munich and numerous supporters of industrial or institutional background. Co-Hosts of this year’s event were BMW Group, Tech Mahindra, Corplegal, TÜV SÜD and QuEST.
Town Hall Meeting @it-sa ...where true heroes meet
Like every year, Invest in Bavaria and the Security Network Munich welcomed the international Cybersecurity Community at their Town Hall Meeting @it-sa in Nuremberg. The inspiring keynote by Martin Kreuzer (Munich Re) was followed by a lively panel discussion featuring Yochai Corem (Cyberbit), Yuji Ukai (FFRI) and Jimmy Heschl (Red Bull). Over lunch, the guests took the chance to continue the discussions and connect with each other.
Bits & Pretzels Oktoberfest Innovation Tour
Just in time for the Oktoberfest, Invest in Bavaria invited 21 international start-up multipliers from all over the world to Munich. Incubators, accelerators, VCs and startup associations from over 10 countries plus the alumnis from the Israeli / American ZELL Entrepreneurship Program joined us for our "Bits & Pretzels Oktoberfest Innovation Tour". We just want to give a short overview of our highlights and thank everyone for letting us bust into their workplaces and taking time for us - especially since we were actually wearing Dirndl & Lederhosen and might have enjoyed one or two beers at the Oktoberfest at some point.The 3 day Innovation Tour started out with a kick-off breakfast, that included a more or less elegant lecture on how to eat the traditional Bavarian Weisswürste (white sausages) and all of us trying to fit in a Gondl. After we managed to get all out the Gondl (cable car cabin), we joined the Bits & Pretzels conference, the founder festival of Munich.Our next day already started with a highlight: We are very grateful to Dr. Helmut Schönenberger (CEO of UnternehmerTUM) and Dr. Carsten Rudolph (CEO of BayStartup) for opening the innovation tour with two very interesting presentations about the Bavarian startup ecosystem. Also a big thank you to the amazing team at Makerspace, especially to Thomas Schuch from the Makerspace team and Alexander Waldmann from the AppliedAI initiative. At Werk1 our thanks go to Florian Mann, Xenia Poppe and Manuel Holzhauer for explaining to us what the most startup friendly place in Munich is (Werk1 if you were wondering) and presenting to us the insurtechHub. A stop at the BMW Start-up Garage event ended our day. The next day we finally did it: We went through the holy gates of Oktoberfest, most of us dressed up as fancy as it gets with Lederhosen and Dirndl. And make no mistake, that is exactly the outfit we were wearing when Mr. Robert Klarner from DLR incubation center welcomed us at the German Center for Mechatronic and Robotic and the German Aerospace Center. His presentation gave us a good overview on the DLR incubation program for high-tech startups and we saw astronauts - like real ones, floating in space. Nothing to do with startups but there were astronauts! And last but not least the BioM cluster and the Medical Valley Erlangen gave us on idea on what is going on in Bavaria for startups in the field of life sciences. Special thanks to Ms. Enke-Stolle and Mr. Reimer. The big finale of our time together was our beer bench networking event, where we showed our guests that Bavarian hospitality is a real thing. At this point we want to thank our amazing Bavarian startup and innovation ecosystem for joining us at Mindspace. Sorry, that we made you wear hearts and pretzels as a matchmaking tool. But hey, it worked.Last but not least, we really want to thank the startup multipliers who joined us from all over the world. Thank you for taking the time and getting to know us. We hope to see you all very soon again in Munich! Your Invest in Bavaria team
Combining forces for northern Bavaria
The Minister of State Franz Josef Pschierer opened the second Invest in Bavaria northern Bavarian office in Hof on 23 July 2018 under this motto. The Bavarian Minister of Economics also answered questions on the topic “The northern Bavarian location – what does it have, what does it need?” during a podium discussion in front of roughly 100 guests.
Munich FitTech Summit 2018 – first European conference for Fitness, Sports & Lifestyle
On July 10, 2018, the international FitTech scene met at the FitTech Summit in Munich. The conference is the first of its kind in Europe and aims to create a platform for start-ups, investors, athletes and established companies. Invest in Bavaria was a partner and awarded the special prize to the most innovative start-up.Read more about the FitTech Summit here.Pictures: Hubert Burda Media; Invest in Bavaria
Israeli highlights from May to June 2018
- Awesome Ecomotion Main Summit 2018 with a high level Bavarian-Israeli Beer Bench Speed Dating session! - New colleague at the representative office of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs in Tel Aviv.From 1st of May, Jonathan Glick, DirectorDirector of Economy and Technolgy at the Office for Economy, Science, Technology, Education and Youth Exchange of Bavaria in Israel begun his work. He supports Bavarian companies with their market entry in Israel, especially with scouting Israeli start-ups, partners and new technologies. At the same time he supports Israeli companies during their process of establishing themselves in Bavaria. - Signing of the MoU between DRIVE Tel Aviv and Invest in Bavaria – a perfect match regarding cooperations in the area of Smart Mobility. Below you can find some visual impressions of our Bavaria and Israel collaboration from the last two months!
Central Franconia | 13th meeting of Invest in Bavaria with regional economic promoters
Digitalization was the main topic at the 13th meeting of Invest in Bavaria with the Bavarian regional economic promoters. This year the event took place in Ansbach in Central Franconia. Bosch and Tradebyte gave insights how they set up their companies for digitalization. On the second day, Roel Spee, head of IBM Plant Location International, explained the current investment trends and showed up the positioning of Bavaria as a business location.
Meeting of Taiwanese CEOs in Bavaria
Successful premiere: CEOs and representatives from Taiwanese companies met for the first time in Bavaria on Friday, 15 June 2018, at the invitation of the Taipei Representative Office in Germany and Invest in Bavaria. The objective and purpose of the event was twofold: to offer Taiwanese companies a platform for exchange and to find out about possible support for companies from Taiwan who want to establish themselves and expand in Bavaria.
Diplomats in Dialogue | Indo-Bavarian Business Get-Together
Impressions of the Bavarian-Indian Business Networking, the second Diplomats in Dialogue Event co-hosted with our partners the German-Indian Association (GDIZ), the City of MUNICH and OAV - German Asia-Pacific Business Association on May 22nd at the MUNICH Town Hall with about 70 company representatives. Special Guests on the Panel: Former Ambassador of Germany to India, Mr. Michael Steiner and Consul General of India in Munich, Mr. S. Rajaram.