deal making for science, startups and industry leaders

must – the munich summit

NEXT EVENT: To be announced


MUST puts the spotlight on the Bavarian entrepreneurial ecosystem by offering different events and connecting the key players! MUST – The Munich Summit is an annual two-day event, bringing together cutting-edge science and technology startups with industry leaders and investors, initiated by Munich’s top university centers for entrepreneurship. In this spot, revolutionary ideas become business reality and extraordinary deals are made – in one of the world’s most promising cities.

Takeaway Value


Connect and network at MUST with international top level startups, leading German technology companies and key experts from the tech ecosystem.


Pinpoint opportunities for cooperation and identify new clients through contacts with CEOs and CTOs from technology companies, top-tier entrepreneurs and key investors.


Exclusive (by invitation only), intimate setting and interactive environment.

Insider Knowledge

Playground of ideas where you can exchange thoughts, work together and gather valuable, insider knowledge.

Exceptional Program

Exceptional program with panels, startup pitches, breakout sessions and one-on-one business slots.


Get in touch with promising tech startups, industry leaders and investors to make deals and do business!

must was initiated by


The LMU Entrepreneurship Center, the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship and the UnternehmerTUM, Center for Innovation and Business Creation are renowned worldwide and the initiators of MUST – The Munich Summit. Together with these entrepreneurship centers, industry, venture capital, startups and community partners, this knowledge hub creates a vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem that has already transformed multiple startups into internationally successful companies – all coming together at MUST.

our partners get the deals

  • Deals in progress with Startups
  • Deals in progress with industry
  • deals signed with industry
  • deals with investors
  • deals with enterpreneurship centers / academia




Munich is one of the principal European hubs for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. The cities economic power is rooted in a balanced mix of global players, SMEs and startups. Leading research organizations and universities guarantee high standards of knowledge, creativity and highly qualified employees. This is the perfect mix and the perfect place for an event like the MUST Summit!

Gabriele Böhmer Head of Entrepreneurship Strategy, Innovation, Technology, International Development, Munich Startup January 23, 2018

Peter Schwarzenbauer

Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW Group

Franz J Pschierer

Franz J Pschierer, Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs


Josef Schmid, Mayor, City of Munich


Klaus Dittrich, CEO, Messe München GmbH

Andy Goldstein, Founder & CEO, German Entrepreneurship Center

Bernhard Kowatsch

Bernhard Kowatsch, Head of Innovation Accelerator, WFP Innovation Accelerator

Daniel Ramamoorthy, Moderator, MUST

Elke Eckstein, Senior Vice President Engineering and Facilities, Munich Airport

Kurt Kapp, Deputy of Department of Labor and Economic Development, City of Munich

Christoph von Falck, Executive in Residence, C5 Capital

Barbara Sichler, Head of Business Development and Product Management, Data:Lab Munich

Jan Sessenhausen, Partner, Tengelmann Ventures

Christin Eisenschmid, Managing Director, General Manager, Intel Germany

Ella NilaKanthi Ford, Managing Partner, Integral Performance

Kirstin Hegner, Managing Director, Digital Mobility Hub

Maximilian Loessl, Co-Founder & CEO, agrilution

Timo Bongartz, Innovation Manager – Smart Indoor Farming, OSRAM

Jens Monsees

Jens Monsees, Digital Transformation Executive, BMW Group

Klaus Sailer, Board Member, MUST

Matthias Notz, CEO, MUST

Helmut Schönenberger, Board Member, MUST

Sebastian Biedermann, Head of Marketing & Communication, Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e.V.

Marius Pigulla, Director Open Innovation, New Digital Business (TDB), Deutsche Bahn AG

Bernhard Eller, Head of Economic Development Strategy Unit, Department of Labor and Economic Development

Michael Zaddach, Senior Vice President IT, Munich Airport

Tom Köhler, Founder & CEO, Connecting Trust

Carsten Willmsen, Senior Vice President Business Division Real Estate, Munich Airport

Thomas Weyer

Thomas Weyer, Airport Munich

Alexander Schlaubitz

Alexander Schlaubitz, Lufthansa Group

Kosta Grammatis

Kosta Grammatis, ViaLight Space Inc.

Franz J Pschierer

Franz J Pschierer, Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs

Marcus Bauer

Dr. Marcus Bauer, Siemens Next47 eAircraft

Daniel Teichmann

Dr. Daniel Teichmann, Hydrogenious GmbH


Micah Kotch, Managing Director Urban X

Peter Schwarzenbauer

Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW Group



Niklaus Waser, IBM Deutschland GmbH


Josef Schmid, Mayor, City of Munich

Jörn Nikolay

Jörn Nikolay, General Atlantic GmbH

Susana Quintana-Plaza

Susana Quintana-Plaza, Next47 GmbH

Nikolai Zaepernick

Nikolai Zaepernick, EOS GmbH

Dirk Mühlenweg

Dirk Mühlenweg, IBM

Nikolay Hviid

Nikolay Hviid, Bragi GmbH

Rolf Dienst, Wellington Partners VC

Joerg Ebbighausen, Chief Strategy Officer at Munich Airport


Falk Strascheg, Investor and Founder of SCE


Ilse Aigner, Bavarian state minister for Economy and Media, Energy and Technology


Josef Schmid, Deputy Mayor of Munich


Prof. Siegfried Russwurm, CTO Siemens AG

Dov Moran, Investor and Innnovator (USB-Stick)

Dr. Christoph Grote, Senior Vice President Research, New Technologies, & Innovation, BMW Group

Andreas Kramer, Global Head Deposits & Accounts, Deutsche Bank


MUST – an ecosystem to do business to collaborate and to scope the technology of tomorrow
MUST connects the most promising national and international startups with leading industry players supported and surrounded by other bright minds from venture capital, academia, and government.


BMW, AUDI, Siemens,
MAN, Allianz,

Munich is host to numerous world leading tech-companies such as BMW, Siemens, Allianz or IBM, making it easier than ever for startups to make deals and collaborate with key experts in their field. Meet CEO‘s, CTO‘s, Executives and Top-Managers looking for groundbreaking innovation, co-venture, and investment opportunities.

Bavaria’s startup support programs brought up 1600 active businesses providing 11.400 jobs within the last five years. Especially Munich’s startup community draws leading tech startups from all over the world to the city.


Flixbus, Freeletics, NavVis,
ProGlove, Orcan Energy,


Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Technical University of Munich Munich,
University of Applied Sciences, Max-Planck Institute,
Fraunhofer Institute

With nearly 15.000 patents a year, top research institutions such as Fraunhofer and Max-Planck and three top universities listed in the World University Ranking 2015-16, Munich provides excellent preconditions for Research and Development.

In the first half of 2016, the risk capital investment volume reached €182 million, the startup financing reached € 195 million and an increasing number of financing rounds shape Munich as a hotspot that turns innovative ideas into business reality!

Venture Capital

Munich RE, AM Ventures, Wellington Partners Venture Capital,
Bayern Kapital, Fraunhofer Ventures,
Holtzbrinck Ventures

Former Startups

Venture Capital

  • 716 million € in Germany
  • 213 million € in Bavaria

*2014, source: BVK Statistik 2013


Under the MUST umbrella we also offer MUST satellites, or smaller networking events on specific topics. Just click on your section of interest and stay updated on upcoming events.

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The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Bavaria’s capital Munich is a European top science and technology hub with various startup activities and a long tradition of supporting young entrepreneurs. Numerous global players and leading German technology companies run their headquarters in Munich, which makes it easier for startups to gather partners and clients from various technological industries. The Munich Metropolitan Region is home to 5.8 Million people and has the strongest economy of any German city.

For more information about Munich click here. For a geographical view where startups are located in Munich take a look at Munich´s Startup Map.

MUC SUMMIT GmbH is located at the research hub in Garching. With 6,000 employees and 14,000 students, the Garching campus is one of the largest science and research centers in Germany, uniting institutions such as the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, the Technische Universität München, the Max Planck Society, the Bavarian Academy of the Sciences and many more.

Lichtenbergstraße 6
D-85748 Garching