Deal-Making for Science, Start-ups, and Industry Leaders

MUST – The Munich Summit

21 – 23 February 2017

    1 City of Opportunities x  3 entrepreneurship centers + strategic partners x  Start-Ups, Industry-leaders, Investors, and Government

=  A Unique promising ecosystem


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 in February, bringing together cutting-edge science and technology start-ups 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 start-ups, 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
  • Playground of ideas where you can exchange thoughts, work together and gather valuable, insider knowledge
  • Exceptional program with panels, start-up pitches, breakout sessions and one-on-one business slots.

Under the MUST umbrella we also offer MUST satellites, or smaller networking events on specific topics. Our first MUST Satellite is MUST 3D Printing:


Munich is one of today’s great hubs in the world for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Talents, knowledge, and livable place are needed for great ideas to emerge as great businesses and to maintain the dynamics of a city. Munich has it all and we want to connect this extraordinary ecosystem to make Munich internationally renowned as the start-up hub we believe it is. Therefore we are happy to welcome worldwide start-ups and policy-makers, technology leaders and influencers to our first MUST Summit in Munich.

CEO, Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE)


MUST – an ecosystem to do business to collaborate and to scope the technology of tomorrow

MUST connects the most promising national and international start-ups with leading industry players supported and surrounded by other bright minds from venture capital, academia, and government.


Leading German technology companies and key experts from the tech ecosystem: CEO‘s, CTO‘s, Executives, Top-Managers Looking for groundbreaking innovation, co-venture, and investment opportunities.


Leading Tech Start-ups from all over the world with pioneering business models, latest proven concepts, and who are looking for enterprise customer. Get to know other top start-up teams and become part of the ecosystem.



Munich’s top university centers for entrepreneurship: LMU Entrepreneurship Center, Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, and UnternehmerTUM and their vast international network at the intersection of industry, the entrepreneurial scene, and academia.







Participants 2016

Who was there?

Ilse Aigner

Bavarian State Minister for Economy and Media, Energy and Technology

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Ilse Aigner is the Bavarian State Minister for Economy and Media, Energy and Technology and Deputy Minister-President of Bavaria. She is devoted to supporting young entrepreneurs and strengthening Bavaria’s economy. She launched the initiative Gründerland.Bayern.

Rolf Christof Dienst

Founder & Partner emeritus, Wellington Partners Venture Capital

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Since 1991, Rolf Christof Dienst is the founding general partner of Wellington Partners which has offices in Munich, London, and Zurich. Wellington manages approx. € 800 million for global investors in technology and life science on a European scale. Rolf served as president of the Matuschka Group (investment banking and venture capital) from 1968 – 1990 and was head of Matuschka Venture Capital from 1978 – 1990. He has started and co-started over 20 successful companies as entrepreneur (Telcare, ImmobilienScout etc.) and is actively involved with the LMU Entrepreneurship Center at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, where he is honorary senator. From 2007 – 2009, he served as chairman of the board of the BVK, the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Organisation.

Jörg Ebbighausen

Senior Vice President Corporate Development & Chief Strategy Officer, Munich Airport

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Jörg Ebbighausen is Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy, Master Planning, Brand- & Innovation Management and Member of Extended Board (Chief Strategy Officer) at Munich Airport since October 2013.  Prior to this, Mr. Ebbighausen worked several years for Telefónica/O2 Germany as Head of New Business & Innovation and as Strategy Executive in the Corporate Center and various business divisions of Bertelsmann Group in Europe and the US. Mr. Ebbighausen studied Business Adminsitration in Germany and the US and holds an MBA degree with honors from Leuphana University in Germany.

Dr. Christoph Grote

Senior Vice President Research, New Technologies, & Innovation, BMW Group

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Christoph Grote has been SVP Research, Advanced Technologies and Innovation at BMW since 2014 with offices in Munich, Mountain View, CA, Tokyo and Shanghai. In this role, he directs BMW’s research and advanced development activities across all subject areas and holds overall budget responsibility. Christoph coordinates the transfer of research results into series products, manages collaborations with universities worldwide, and oversees activities targeted at the transfer of non-automotive technologies to the car. In addition, he coordinates BMW’s external strategic research partnerships in the context of powertrain technology, digitization and automation.

Andreas Kramer

Global Head Deposits & Accounts, Deutsche Bank, Private and Commercial Clients

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Andreas Kramer has held various positions in banking such as a risk, asset liability and product manager as well as a credit advisor for wealthy clients. With the exception of being Head of Group Development at WestLB and CEO of readybank between 2004 and 2007, he developed his career at Deutsche Bank. He has recently taken over a new role in his division to contribute to Deutsche Bank’s digital transformation as Head of Digital Offering & Processes.

Dov Moran

Inventor of the USB Flash Drive & Managing Partner/co-Founder, Grove Ventures

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Dov Moran is an Israeli entrepreneur and investor, best known as the inventor of the USB Flash Drive (USB Stick, or DiskOnKey). He founded M-Systems in 1989 and led it till its acquisition by SanDisk for $1.6B at the end of 2006. Dov has recently founded an early-stage fund called Grove Ventures. The fund invests in startups with hard-to-replicate technology in the areas of IoT, Cloud and Big data. Grove provides all the support needed to shape and build successful global businesses: capital, expertise, networks and a shared place for creative work. Dov earned his BSc. at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and filed more than 40 patents and currently sits on the advisory board of Tel Aviv University Innovation Fund.

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Russwurm

Chief Technology Officer, Siemens

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Dr. Siegfried Russwurm (52) is a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and is the company’s Chief Technology Officer. After studying production engineering, Mr. Russwurm began his career in 1992 as a production planner and project manager at the Siemens Medical Engineering Group. Numerous central management positions in Germany and abroad followed. In 2014, he was appointed Chief Technology Officer and Head of Corporate Technology. On the Managing Board, he is responsible for the regions Middle East and Russia/CIS as well as for the Healthcare business.

Josef Schmid

Deputy Mayor of Munich

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Josef Schmid studied business administration and law at the University of Passau and in Munich. In 2014, Josef Schmid became Deputy Mayor of Munich and took over as head of the Department of Labor and Economic Development. Reflecting his strong affinity for economic matters, Schmid is committed to keeping Munich innovative and fit for the future. Young companies and start-ups are of special importance to him.

Falk F. Strascheg

Business Angel, Venture Capitalist, Founder SCE

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As a successful business angel and venture capitalist, Falk F. Strascheg has already supported and financed around 180 startups. He has founded and supports entrepreneurship centres in Munich (SCE), Östrich-Winkel (EBS) and St. Petersbourg.

Venture Capital*

  • 716 million € in Germany
  • 213 million € in Bavaria
*2014, source: BVK Statistik 2013


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, start-ups and community partners, this knowledge hub creates a vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem that has already transformed multiple of start-ups into internationally successful companies – all coming together at MUST.
Our founding partners:






The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Bavaria’s capital Munich is a European top science and technology hub with various start-up 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 start-ups 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 start-ups are located in Munich take a look at Munich´s Start-up Map.