One of the most useful tools for aspiring entrepreneurs in Munich is the vast number of startup and tech events in the area. If you're a founder searching for funding and you're not attending networking events, you're doing it wrong. Startup events are where connections are made, cofounders matched, and pitches honed. At these many events, experienced CEOs, founders, and investors in Munich also share their experiences and knowledge with the next generation of startups.
In the blog post below, we’ve listed plenty of startup events and groups in the Munich area for every stage of your startup, whether you’re testing your idea, looking to learn new skills, meet potential co-founders, find investors, or just meet new and interesting people.
Inspirational Startup Events
The are many inspirational startup events and Meetups in Munich, where you hear interesting stories from experienced entrepreneurs and begin to meet others in the Munich startup community. The great thing about these events is that they are open to the public and very welcoming to newcomers.
Best Practices Startup Events
Munich is home to a plethora of beginner knowledge-sharing events. These events are each focused on specific topics related to building a business, and feature expert speakers that share their best practices, tips for success, and pitfalls to avoid. Most of these events are free, but some may charge a small ticket fee that is definitely worth the investment.
Events to Network and Form a Team in Munich
When you're ready to start building a team, it's time to attend events, talk about your startup project, and meet people that share your interests in Munich. While attending any of the events listed in this post can help you meet potential team members, the events below are especially useful
Builder-Focused Events and Hackathons in Munich
If you have a technical skillset, or are looking to network and learn from people that have a technical skillset, then it is worth looking into the maker-focused events in Munich. These include hackathons, technical Meetups, and other communities that foster people building products.
Startup Bootcamps in Munich
Events focused on making concrete progress on your startup. These usually specialize in a particular skill or vertical, and offer comprehensive training.
Investor Networking Events in Munich
If you already have a team and/or product, then you might be ready to start networking with investors in Munich. There are many events in Munich that gather angel investors (affluent people that invest their personal capital in early-stage startups or entrepreneurs, and generally provide only a small one-time investment to help the business grow), angel investor groups (networks, or syndicates, of angel investors who pool their resources together to invest more money than would typically be issued with a private angel investment), and venture capital firms (large institutional funds that provide large amounts of funding for later stage companies with impressive and proven growth), like the ones listed below.
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