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Join Munich Innovation Ecosystem

We push forward the development of Munich’s entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem. As ecosystem connectors we focus on a cross-sectoral network with an active and coordinated community. We monitor our impact, identifying opportunities to scale up rapid growth areas. These headline figures give you a taste of the MUNICH INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM to date.

63%

of startups in Munich describe their location as excellent or good

20%

of Munich startups cooperate with scientific institutes

6

six of the 40 DAX-listed companies are headquartered in Munich

131.006+

students in Bavaria
17.952+ in Munich

TOP 5

founder hotspot among Europe's investment destinations

TOP 10

of best cities in Europe for tech

190+

different Nationalities among the people living in Munich

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Our Activities and Services

Strategic input drives and guides the development of Munichs tech ecosystem.

Ecosystem Marketing

Our ecosystem marketing activities include public relations for the ecosystem, printed materials, and a collaboration platform. We work closely with our diverse partners to coordinate and reflect our industry as a whole when we communicate to external stakeholders around the globe.

Ecosystem Enabler

We are building and expanding the network through group events and individual matchmaking. We are an initiator and formal supporter of ecosystem projects, including the submitting of winning applications, monitoring, and successful implementation.

Ecosystem Agenda Setter

We set and drive industry themes, releasing white papers about ecosystem developments. Our diverse partners help us to see trends in Munich and elsewhere, so we can set the agenda, supporting our network members to engage and benefit from our overarching industry insight.

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Prof. Matthias Notz
CEO of German Entrepreneurship GmbH
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Prof. Dr. Helmut Schönenberger, born in 1972, studied aerospace engineering in Stuttgart and completed postgraduate studies in business administration at the Technical University of Munich.

In his diploma thesis comparing Stanford University with TUM, he recommended establishing a start-up centre in Munich. In 2002, with the help of entrepreneur Susanne Klatten, this led to the establishment of UnternehmerTUM gGmbH, today Europe's largest start-up and innovation centre. Since 2020, he has also been the Vice President Entrepreneurship at TUM.

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Prof. Dr. Klaus Sailer has been Professor of Entrepreneurship at Munich University of Applied Sciences and Managing Director of the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE) since 2006. He is co-founder and board member of the Social Entrepreneurship Academy, spokesman for the think tank of German startup universities and on the Expert Council of HEInnovate.

Klaus Sailer studied physics at Ludwigs Maximilian University in Munich and earned his doctorate at the Research Centre for Environment and Health.

At Infineon AG, he was responsible for project management and marketing for new technologies in the semiconductor sector. Together with partners, he founded a high-tech company in the communications sector, which he successfully established on the market as CEO and realised his innovative ideas with other startups.

He is particularly interested in innovation processes, business models, networks, co-creation and social innovations.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Sailer
Managing Director of Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship gGmbH
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Prof. Dr. Klaus Sailer has been Professor of Entrepreneurship at Munich University of Applied Sciences and Managing Director of the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE) since 2006. He is co-founder and board member of the Social Entrepreneurship Academy, spokesman for the think tank of German start-up universities and on the expert council of HEInnovate.

Klaus Sailer studied physics at Ludwigs Maximilian University in Munich and earned his doctorate at the Research Centre for Environment and Health.

At Infineon AG, he was responsible for project management and marketing for new technologies in the semiconductor sector. Together with partners, he founded a high-tech company in the communications sector, which he successfully established on the market as CEO and realised his innovative ideas with other start-ups.

He is particularly interested in innovation processes, business models, networks, co-creation and social innovations.

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Prof. Dr. Helmut Schönenberger, born in 1972, studied aerospace engineering in Stuttgart and completed postgraduate studies in business administration at the Technical University of Munich.

In his diploma thesis comparing Stanford University with TUM, he recommended establishing a startup centre in Munich. In 2002, with the help of entrepreneur Susanne Klatten, this led to the establishment of UnternehmerTUM gGmbH, today Europe's largest startup and innovation centre. Since 2020, he has also been the Vice President Entrepreneurship at TUM.

Prof. Dr. Helmut Schönenberger
CEO of UnternehmerTUM GmbH
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Prof. Dr. Helmut Schönenberger, born in 1972, studied aerospace engineering in Stuttgart and completed postgraduate studies in business administration at the Technical University of Munich.

In his diploma thesis comparing Stanford University with TUM, he recommended establishing a start-up centre in Munich. In 2002, with the help of entrepreneur Susanne Klatten, this led to the establishment of UnternehmerTUM gGmbH, today Europe's largest start-up and innovation centre. Since 2020, he has also been the Vice President Entrepreneurship at TUM.

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Who we are

Meet the Team

Diversity, experience, and passion for innovation.

As a passionate marketing and event manager, my true joy is creating remarkable experiences that bring people together. With a focus on networking, I thrive on crafting events that foster meaningful connections and leave a lasting impact. Let’s work together and make every gathering an unforgettable growth journey. I look forward to connecting with you soon at the next event!

Cynthia Britten
Munich Innovation Ecosystem GmbH
Senior Marketing & Event Manager
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As a passionate marketing and event manager, my true joy is creating remarkable experiences that bring people together. With a focus on networking, I thrive on crafting events that foster meaningful connections and leave a lasting impact. Let’s work together and make every gathering an unforgettable growth journey. I look forward to connecting with you soon at the next event!

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I’m passionate about positioning Munich as an entrepreneurial ecosystem for the long term, and about attracting talent through valuable and scalable business models. I also want to identify potentials and synergies between startups, companies, universities and the public sector to find solutions for pressing sustainability challenges.

Frizzi Engler-Hamm
Munich Innovation Ecosystem GmbH
CEO
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I’m passionate about positioning Munich as an entrepreneurial ecosystem for the long term, and about attracting talent through valuable and scalable business models. I also want to identify potentials and synergies between startups, companies, universities and the public sector to find solutions for pressing sustainability challenges.

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I like to explore. I believe that by changing your perspective, you can find the most creative solutions to any problem. I use my expertise in adult education, e-learning, interdisciplinarity and the social sciences to bring together actors from across the entire ecosystem who can work together to make innovation happen. Contact me to collaborate on any of our educational formats.

Dr. Fabian Heil
Munich Innovation Ecosystem GmbH
Educational Lead
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I like to explore. I believe that by changing your perspective, you can find the most creative solutions to any problem. I use my expertise in adult education, e-learning, interdisciplinarity and the social sciences to bring together actors from across the entire ecosystem who can work together to make innovation happen. Contact me to collaborate on any of our educational formats.

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When stakeholders from different sectors come together and share ideas, new solutions can emerge. I’m fascinated by this multi-stakeholder approach and want to develop it further. With almost 20 years of experience in curating networks and connecting the dots, I’ve enjoyed contributing to, and strengthening, the Munich Innovation Ecosystem since the day the company was founded.

Tina Höfinghoff
Munich Innovation Ecosystem GmbH
Senior Advisor
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When stakeholders from different sectors come together and share ideas, new solutions can emerge. I’m fascinated by this multi-stakeholder approach and want to develop it further. With almost 20 years of experience in curating networks and connecting the dots, I’ve enjoyed contributing to, and strengthening, the Munich Innovation Ecosystem since the day the company was founded.

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I’m excited about creating spaces for the exchange of ideas for a sustainable future. Through the MUNICH INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM, we can set the agenda for the ecosystem. My background as a designer, projectlead, networker, resilience coach, and also as a mother, shapes my daily work: overcoming silos, thinking outside the box, creating an open innovation mindset. Contact me to shape the future with AI+MUNICH!

Tanja Knöller
Munich Innovation Ecosystem GmbH
Ecosystem Manager AI+MUNICH
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I’m excited about creating spaces for the exchange of ideas for a sustainable future. Through the MUNICH INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM, we can set the agenda for the ecosystem. My background as a designer, projectlead, networker, resilience coach, and also as a mother, shapes my daily work: overcoming silos, thinking outside the box, creating an open innovation mindset. Contact me to shape the future with AI+MUNICH!

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An AI, innovation and strategy specialist with a PhD in astrophysics, I’m passionate about using my knowledge and skills to drive sustainable change. My experience as a project lead, facilitator and co-founder has honed my ability to bring people together and facilitate creative solutions. I believe that by working collaboratively, we can find innovative solutions that benefit both society and the planet.

Dr. Marcel Lotz
Munich Innovation Ecosystem GmbH
Technology Consultant
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An AI, innovation and strategy specialist with a PhD in astrophysics, I’m passionate about using my knowledge and skills to drive sustainable change. My experience as a project lead, facilitator and co-founder has honed my ability to bring people together and facilitate creative solutions. I believe that by working collaboratively, we can find innovative solutions that benefit both society and the planet.

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I ampassionate about bringing people together. As Project Lead at AI+Munich, I havethe opportunity to use my extensive experience as a serial founder andentrepreneur to significantly strengthen the AI ecosystem in Munich and thesurrounding area.

Moritz Simsch
Munich Innovation Ecosystem GmbH
Project Lead AI+MUNICH
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I ampassionate about bringing people together. As Project Lead at AI+Munich, I havethe opportunity to use my extensive experience as a serial founder andentrepreneur to significantly strengthen the AI ecosystem in Munich and thesurrounding area.

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    Collaboration and diversity are the drivers of innovation. As a female founder, I’m passionate about harnessing the power of a diverse ecosystem to accelerate meaningful innovation. Contact me about becoming a partner in the Munich Innovation Ecosystem.
Nicole Thorpe
Munich Innovation Ecosystem GmbH
Innovation Ecosystem Manager – Corporate Engagement
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    Collaboration and diversity are the drivers of innovation. As a female founder, I’m passionate about harnessing the power of a diverse ecosystem to accelerate meaningful innovation. Contact me about becoming a partner in the Munich Innovation Ecosystem.
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I’m passionate about connecting people to enable professional growth and inspiration. In our diverse and vibrant environment, it’s exciting to see young talent coming up with great solutions to today’s challenges. Our goal is to connect the keyplayers in Munich’s innovation scene, foster interaction and collaboration between them, and push the city to the forefront of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Nathalie von Seyfried
Munich Innovation Ecosystem GmbH
Managing Director
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I’m passionate about connecting people to enable professional growth and inspiration. In our diverse and vibrant environment, it’s exciting to see young talent coming up with great solutions to today’s challenges. Our goal is to connect the keyplayers in Munich’s innovation scene, foster interaction and collaboration between them, and push the city to the forefront of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Our story

Our story - some Big Moments

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2016
MUST - The Munich Summit 1st Event

At UnternehmerTUM GmbH, this annual 3-day event brings together tech startups from all over the world, key experts from the tech community, venture capitalists and representatives from science and academia. It is the perfect setting for in-person discussions, new partnerships and cross-fertilising ideas. 400 participants meet to network and foster collaboration for innovative projects. The event includes the PRE-MUST networking evening with workshops and pitches.

2016
MUST SATELLITE 1st Event

MUC SUMMIT GmbH launched the first MUST 3D Printing satellite event together with EOS GmbH, Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship gGmbH and UnternehmerTUM GmbH. With 120 participants, we helped to promote startups in Additive Manufacturing via targeted networking and stimulate new business models for industrial 3D Printing technology. In 2017, MUC Summit GmbH followed this up by launching MUST Healthcare, another interdisciplinary ecosystem in partnership with UnternehmerTUM GmbH, Klinikum rechts der Isar and KPMG AG.

2017
MUST - The Munich Summit 2nd Event

MUST welcomed another 400 nominated C-Level participants who came together, found business matches, and made exciting new deals. The PRE MUST networking evening was in the heart of Munich’s city centre, and the one-to-one conversations were hosted at Munch Airport’s Information Security Hub.

2018
MUST - The Munich Summit 3rd Event

More than 120 startups from over 20 different countries attended the second Munich Summit. The Pre-MUST networking evening was held at Munich's Highlight Towers, followed by a full day of panel discussions, pitches, and workshops at the MUST main event, and networking through one-to-one conversations at the IBM IoT Headquarters.

2019
New Strategy Process

We organized three workshops with 45 C-level participants from government, industry, academia and startups. With partners from the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, the City of Munich, Chamber of Industry and Commerce for Munich and Upper Bavaria, the Entrepreneurship Centers from Munich’s universities, BMW, Google, Intel, PwC, Innosabi, VW, Mindspace, KPMG, WERK1 and others, we engaged a broad range of perspectives and stakeholder groups.

2021
2nd MUST – The Munich Innovation Dialogue

50 attendees experienced exclusive insights from our partner network. For our second MUST Dialogue, we gave special attention to the startup and innovation ecosystem and wanted to generate momentum through keynotes and thereby strengthen the Munich innovation ecosystem.

2021
Munich Global Impact Sprint (MGIS)

The first of many MGIS events, with panel discussions, keynote presentations, follow-up workshops and round table discussions to match project partners and ignite new initiatives.

2021
AI+MUNICH

A joint project of SCE, TUM Venure Labs and MUC Summit, which aims to transform Munich into a lighthouse for AI.

2022
The first 32 promising AI startups

The first 32 promising AI startups will be funded with the help of the AI+Munich project.

Munich Innovation Ecosystem GmbH

Munich Innovation Ecosystem GmbH (former MUC SUMMIT) was launched by UnternehmerTUM GmbH, Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship GmbH, and German Entrepreneurship GmbH in 2015. It has now established itself as Munich’s ecosystem builder, strategic partner, and facilitator of high-level networking opportunities.

The MUNICH INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM strengthens the strategic development of Munich’s innovation landscape by connecting and enabling key stakeholders, making Munich a prominent centre for tech innovation in Germany and internationally also.

Our by-invite-only events and workshops facilitate high-level deal-making for science, startups, and industry leaders. These include MUNICH INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM Dialogues, Pitch Nights and Meetups which are all focused entirely on creating the right conditions to foster exclusive connections between stakeholders to bring new partnerships to life.

We are located in the Munich Urban Colab
One Space. Many Minds. Infinite Ideas.

Co-Creation at the Heart of Munich's Innovation Ecosystem.

Are You Ready to
Co-create the Future?
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Whether you are looking for partners, ecosystem support services, investment, collaboration or more, contact us to discuss!    

Address:
Munich Innovation Ecosystem GmbH
Freddie-Mercury-Straße 5
80797 München

Contact:
+49 173 3862862
contact@munich-ecosystem.de
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