TechCrunch Munich, 20 October

Quite some years ago I was a young journalist sent on assignment to Munich to cover a conference. As many conferences are, it was not exactly rich with stories. But there was an upside. The Oktoberfest was on and I managed to sneak out to enjoy the echoing halls of the festival, drinking beer, singing songs and eating fantastic food. Munich is a beautiful city, rich with history and surrounded by incredible mountain scenery. But like all European cities in the 21st century, it cannot rest on its laurels. It’s now taking its place as a hub in the network that is the European tech entrepreneurial scene.

Thus TechCrunch Europe is hosting TechCrunch Munich at the Sun Microsystem offices in Munich on 20 October, from 2pm onwards, followed by networking drinks. We’ll be hearing startup pitches and speakers in this key German city in the startup ecosystem, focusing on a number of current and relevant themes for the tech community. Tickets have already been going fast, so get the last ones here.

Here’s the run-down on the event:

TechCrunch Munich, 20 October 2009

14.00 registration

14.30 Intro – Mike Butcher, Editor TechCrunch Europe

14.40 Presentation

Mathias Roth,
“Chrome: Why creating products for a brand new platform can supercharge their service”

15.00 Presentation

Rainer Maerkle, Holtzbrinck Ventures
“Copy, adapt or innovate – which type of business should you start?”

15.20 Startup Pitches

16.00 Coffee break

16.20 Startup Pitches

17.00 PANEL of Startup Support Schemes in Bavaria
interrogated by Mike Butcher (send us your questions)

17.20 Presentation

Matthias Kroener, CEO Fidor Bank Munich
“With traditional banking dying, and community banking up, what does this mean for the startup economy”

17.40 Closing Remarks – Announcing the winner of the startup pitches

17.45 Finger food and networking at Sun Microsystem offices

19.30 Drinks/Networking in Central Munich


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Venue Sponsor

The Sun Startup Essentials Program

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Live Streaming Partner


stream5 GmbH is one of the leading providers of online video technology. Using video products from stream5, companies can integrate Internet TV into their website, and use it economically and intelligently. Our portfolio ranges from online video players that are simple to operate, through to complex enterprise systems. Our current customers include O’Neill, DSF, Das Vierte, earthTV, Channel 21, Autoscout24 and Deloitte & Touche.

Drinks Sponsors

Dwight Cribb Personalberatung

Dwight Cribb Personalberatung was founded in 1998 to provide executive search ( headhunter ) services to new media clients. The Hamburg based firm is responsible for around eighty high profile new hires in the industry each year. From he outset working with start-ups has been an important part of the business and Cribb in some cases offer “consulting for equity” arrangements to particularly promising start-ups wishing to recruit top-level talent whilst conserving cash. Talk to Dwight Cribb about your plans at TechCrunch Munich.

Holtzbrinck Ventures

Since 1998, Holtzbrinck Ventures has invested, with risk capital, in young companies within the Internet/ New Media sector and has been involved with over 60 companies making it one of the largest start-up investors with a focus on internet, mobile and broadband companies. Companies in our current portfolio include brands4friends, experteer, gameduell, my-hammer, adscale and many others.


gate Garchinger Technologie- und Gründerzentrum

gate Garchinger Technologie- und Gründerzentrum is an incubator in the high-tech location north of Munich next to the Technische Universität Munich, TUM, for entrepreneurs who want to get started in the market with high-technology solutions in mechatronics, software and information and communications technology. gate Garching builds on broad personal contacts and the wide business network of its associate shareholders. With this, gate offers young, innovative start-ups in the high-technology area an optimal environment – an environment that makes success come easier. Adding to this are the nearness to science and industry, the financing expertise of the involved banks, and the mutual use of the effective infrastructure. Another important step to success is the included coaching programme at gate: “Does this business idea have a chance?” All those interested in becoming gate tenants have to ask this question sooner or later – usually sooner. A look at the business plan is just as much a part of applying for space at gate as the consulting and coaching during the steps into economic self-sufficiency. To support networking activities gate offers once a month an Entrepreneur Evening. The focus of the evening is the complimentary transfer of information in all disciplines which young entrepreneurs are concerned with – from financing and auditing to sales and marketing, IT, and human resources. Internet:

b-neun Media & Technology Center

Business by networking: At one of the most vital locations for New Media in Europe, b-neun assists young companies of the media and communication branch in their start-up efforts. b-neun provides cheap office rental fees, contacts and contact persons as well as much useful information. In b-neun the start ups fast become a part of an effective working network. Integral for this is not at least the direct proximity to the Big Players of the media branch. b-neun Media & Technology Center is centrally placed amongst the media industry center in the north of Munich. To be a tenant in b-neun provides your business with a path to success.

UnternehmerTUM GmbH

Center for Innovation and Business Creation UnternehmerTUM, Center for Innovation and Business Creation at the
Technische Universität München (TUM), sparks the enthusiasm of talented young people for the entrepreneurial world and enables them to drive their innovations and to establish new businesses. The center combines entrepreneurship education with the launching of new companies. With its over 40 employees, UnternehmerTUM is one of Europe’s leading centers of innovation and business creation. UnternehmerTUM is an independent, non-profit making private limited company and an associated institute of the Technische Universität München. To be successful a start-up needs an innovative business idea, a capable team and a strong network of experts and investors. UnternehmerTUM is the competent partner to offer such an environment. The company supports people from different fields and different countries in building up innovation teams and start-ups and in turning entrepreneurial opportunities into viable business models.

Media Partners

Internet World Business


Gründerszene is the magazine for founders and people interested in founding a company. On a regular basis Gründerszene publishes news and expert content, dealing with the branch. Hands on reports and technical essays shall inspire founders and help them to implement their visions. Gründerszene explicitly wants to foster the passion and the respect towards entrepreneurship among young founders and experts of the branch .

t3n magazine

The t3n magazine is Germany’s leading print magazine revolving around E-Business, Startups, Web 2.0 and Open Source technologies. The magazine’s target group are CTOs, developers and decision makers in enterprises and agencies alike who are primarily focussed on cutting edge web trends and technologies. t3n and it’s critically acclaimed website povide in-depth information on current developments, news from the community and business relevant aspects of Web 2.0 and Open Source. started his service on March 1st. 2006 in Cologne/Bonn and is present in following regions: Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Rhein-Main, Berlin, Ostwestfalen Lippe, Mittelfranken, München, Südbaden, Weser-Ems, Nürnberg, Stuttgart, Niedersachsen-Ost, Ruhrgebiet, GTE (German and Turkish Economy). Mainm focus of is to publish daily news from regional small, medium companies. The region Suedbaden and Munich will by published by Zöller Consulting GmbH (
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