MUST – The Munich Innovation Ecosystem Dialogue

Our second “MUST – The Munich Innovation Dialogue” took place on April 19, 2021. Around 50 attendees experienced exclusive insights from our partner network.

For our second MUST Dialogue, we gave special attention to the start-up and innovation ecosystem and wanted to generate momentum through keynotes and thereby strengthen the Munich innovation ecosystem. Within this framework, this is the question we addressed: How can we create transparency and synergies through cross-sector cooperation, resulting in sustainable development for Munich?

Our first speaker was Stephan Heller from Intel Ignite, who reported on the start-up-building-program; nearly 400 start-ups have already applied, from which 10 will be selected to become program attendees, participating in workshops, mentoring, founder circle sessions and a great deal more. Next up were Gabriele Böhmer & Arno Eggers, who presented on Munich STARTUP, part of the “Münchener Gewerbehöfe” (MGH), which offers start-ups locations near the Munich city center. Munich STARTUP is based on three pillars – reporting, networking and boosting.

In addition to exciting insights like these from our partners, start-ups were given the chance to pitch their companies and show why Munich is such a good place for up-and-coming businesses to locate. Pius Finkel from Pandia 3D demonstrated his company’s ability to scan the real world with true-to-scale 3D. Pandia 3D chose Munich because of its networking opportunities and the support that exists within the ecosystem. The next presentation was by Philip Balonier and Oscar Gellner of ThreeDee, a startup that focuses on real-time 3D applications. ThreeDee is currently developing innovative solutions for interactive 3D visualizations, which involves transferring virtual worlds to VR glasses for use in training, scenario presentations, virtual conferences and much more.

Finally, Sabine Hansky introduced the Munich Urban Colab, founded by the city of Munich and UnternehmerTUM. This is a unique innovation platform that bundles expertise from startups, universities, students and corporates in the field of urbanization. The Colab is driven by the vision of a city of the future with sustainable solutions for urban challenges. To that end, it offers workplaces, event rooms, a MakerSpace and a great deal more; all participants and tenants are public innovators, programs, corporate innovators and start-ups.

Frizzi Engler-Hamm and Katja Werner presented initiatives from the Munich Innovation Ecosystem: the Munich Global Impact Sprint is a joint project initiated by the Hochschule München University of Applied Science, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, the Technical University of Munich and their entrepreneurship centers. It is our goal to make Munich’s unique ecosystem accessible during the Munich Global Impact Sprint (MGIS). Together with our unique network of high-level stakeholders from the industrial sector, universities, start-ups, the public sector, international teams from partner networks, we aim to solve pressing sustainability-related challenges during the MGIS. The first scouting phase is already completed, with 30 international teams having applied. The next step was a matching event that took place on April 30, with about 200 attendees.

In cooperation with PwC and the city of Munich, we have also created a white paper on the Munich innovation ecosystem; the paper investigates, through research and expert interviews, whether Munich can be considered a leading innovation hub. Furthermore, it includes several recommendations for action. Finally, we were involved in various international activities with partners from Singapore and Japan, aimed at establishing contact with talent, startups, and corporates.

The Dialogue was rounded off with a virtual exchange between attendees who discussed such topics as the challenges of a digital ecosystem as well as ways of finding cooperation and marketing initiatives. One group concentrated on how to encourage better networking in our ecosystem. Another group focused on identifying possibilities for cooperation and challenging corporates to get matched up with potential start-ups. A third group talked about initiatives to make Munich more visible.

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