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ECOSYSTEM Data for Munich

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With 1.5 million people living in Munich and more than 50,000 students (out of which 15% are international), Munich boasts a great hub for talent. The city’s universities do not only produce world-class engineers but also have renowned entrepreneurship centers, namely: LMU Entrepreneurship Center, UnternehmerTUM, Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Technology and Innovation Management (CeTIM).

The third largest city in Germany in recent years attracted lots of attention because of the offered opportunities and networks, which are celebrated at its annual founders’ flagship event Bits&Pretzels bringing stars from the Silicon Valley and even Hollywood to town.

Some of the well-known startup success stories from Munich include: FRANKA EMIKA (robotics), WestWing (home&living), Lilium Aviation (e-aviation), eGym (fitness), Navvis (3D visualization), MorphoSys (biotech), Flixbus (travel), Wirecard (payment) and Metaio (AR).

With an immense corporate portfolio, Munich is the city to be for any startup in the field of digital industry, smart manufacturing, AI or automotive seeking to mingle with the global players like BMW, Siemens, IOT Watson or Microsoft.

The local ecosystem builds on the interaction of startups and corporates. Hubs for digital transformation, strong technology clusters and accelerators bring both sides together. For instance, the TechFounders accelerator enables startups and companies to realize joint pilot projects.

Access to finance is a big plus: Due to its 53 VC firms and 350 investment managers, Munich is by far the most important venture capital location in Germany. Munich’s investors are known throughout Germany for their deep pockets, including: Holtzbrinck Ventures, Wellington Partners, Target Partners as well as the state backed Bayern Kapital and one of the largest Business Angel Networks in Germany maintained by BayStartup.

For international startups and companies aiming to settle in Munich, players such as Invest in Bavaria offer an ideal starting point.Follow the ecosystem dynamics on and contact the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK München) for more details on the various institutions.


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Ute Berger

Ute Berger

Head of Industry & Innovation at IHK Munich & Bayern

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The Chamber of Commerce of Munich and Upper Bavaria provides support, information and opportunities to international visitors and entrepreneurs interested to explore the local tech ecosystem. Learn more on their platform “Munich Startup“.

Gollierstraße 70, 80339, München, Bayern

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Munich Startup is the official startup portal for Munich and the surrounding region. It was developed by the City of Munich, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria and the four entrepreneurship centers of the Munich universities within the framework of the Entrepreneurship Strategy Munich. The portal is run by Münchner Gewerbehof- und Technologiezentrum GmbH (MGH), the organization that operates Munich’s industry centers.

The portal has become the standard initial point of (virtual) contact for startups in and around Munich. It strives to present both content and players objectively, independently and transparently. Munich Startup sheds light on the regional ecosystem and encourages networking between entrepreneurs and potential partners, investors and mentors. All key stakeholders in the Munich Startup community are involved. Ultimately, the aim is to establish Munich and the surrounding region as the location of choice for fast-growing young companies in Europe.

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