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Sir Richard Branson joining Bits & Pretzels

Munich, August 9, 2016 – Bits & Pretzels, the 3-day event for founders, startup enthusiasts, investors and business incubators taking place from September 25 – 27 2016 during Oktoberfest in Munich, introduces a special guest for this years’ event: Sir Richard Branson, successful British Entrepreneur and Virgin-Founder himself, will direct an appeal to the German startup scene.

Branson will answer essential questions about how to build successful companies. The iconic entrepreneur will be on stage on the second day of the event (09/26/2016) at the International Congress Center in Munich. Following his one-hour speech, a press conference is scheduled. Tickets can be ordered at


Sir Richard Branson is best known from founding the popular Virgin brand. In 1970, he started with a small mail-order record business (the brand name “Virgin” arose because back then Branson considered himself virgin in business) and gradually founded other companies in different industrial sectors. One of his most well-known companies within the group: Virgin Atlantic, founded in 1984, is now one of the largest airlines in the world. As of today, Virgin Group contains over 60 Virgin businesses worldwide with more than 70,000 employees in 35 countries, making it one of the biggest business conglomerates worldwide.


Besides his function as Founder of one of the biggest and most influential companies in the world, Sir Richard is always in search of the ultimate adrenaline kick as an extreme sportsman. Whether being the fastest to cross the Atlantic by ship or doing a round-the-world trip in a hot-air balloon, Branson always causes a sensation with his world record attempts. The billionaire lives on Necker Island, which is part of the British Virgin Islands. In 2017, the final of the Extreme Tech Challenge will take place there, which the winner of the Bits & Pretzels Startup-Pitch-Competition will also enter.


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About Bits & Pretzels


Beginning as a small breakfast meeting for founders of the Munich startup ecosystem, Bits & Pretzels quickly became one of the most important startup events in Europe hosted by Andreas Bruckschlögl, Bernd Storm van’s Gravesande and Felix Haas. By consistently showing passion, attention-to-detail, and delivering valuable content for startups and investors the event became the 3-day founders festival it is today within less than two years, with the last day being at the famous Oktoberfest. Founded in 2014 Bits & Pretzels takes place every year in Munich. Under the theme “from founders for founders”, the most famous entrepreneurs from all around the world, as well as young ambitious entrepreneurs meet to share and discuss experiences and trends. The first two days will be in the International Congress Center in Munich where participants can enjoy an exciting program with keynote speeches, workshops, panel discussions and a startup competition. Day three houses the networking opportunities in a separate tent at the original Oktoberfest. For further information please visit


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