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2023 applications opening soon!

Get noticed and connect with investors, founders, and thought leaders

We Catalyze Transatlantic Investment & Partnerships

The OktoberINVESTfest fosters innovation and transatlantic investment by introducing financiers to a select group of high-quality investment opportunities from the U.S. and Bavaria, Germany. This year’s event will focus on technology innovations around Health & Robotics.

German and American
Investment Opportunities
1-on-1 Meetings,
Learn from Top Investors
and Companies

2022 Agenda


Registration and Networking

30 MIN

2:30 PM EST

Welcome and Opening Remarks

10 MIN

2:40 PM EST

Pitches by Munevo, SurgiBox, Qodeo, S4DX, and Virtonomy.io

60 MIN

3:40 PM EST

Round Table: Moderator Antonio Sanchez-Cordero is joined by Markus Blume, Bavarian Minister of Science and the Arts & Professor Sami Haddadin, Acting Director of the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence, and David Tswamuno, Managing Partner of Fairbridge Park

30 MIN

4:10 PM EST


20 MIN

4:30 PM EST

Pitches by iHealthScreens, Orbit Health, Advitos, Qidni Labs, and Neuromedica

60 MIN

5:30 PM EST

Networking Bavarian style at "Little Oktoberfest in New York City"

60 MIN

6:30 PM EST

End of Conference


2022 Speakers


Antonio Sanchez-Cordero is the Vice President, Strategy & Business Development (M&A) for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s multi-billion dollar global Diagnostics group (NYSE:TMO). Antonio is a versatile global executive with more than 15 years of experience in the healthcare and technology industry, leading mid-to-large size multinationals in the areas of business development, strategy and M&A. Formerly, Antonio was Worldwide Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Becton Dickinson (NYSE: BDX), Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Business Development and Licensing at PDI Inc, a global leader in the infection prevention market, and Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy at Werfen, a privately-owned, global diagnostics company. Mr. Sanchez-Cordero has also experience as an investor, having spent a portion of his career with healthcare-focused private equity funds like Ampersand Capital and Accelmed, as an Operating Partner.

Overall, Antonio is experienced at leveraging inorganic growth to build sustainable businesses in healthcare while further developing the strategy, capabilities and the innovation pipeline of an organization. Mr. Sanchez-Cordero completed an MBA from ESADE Business School and University of Michigan, and has received a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain). He regularly participates as a speaker and a panelist in global conferences in the fields of strategy, innovation and corporate development.


Markus Blume is the Bavarian State Minister of Science and the Arts, as well as an active member of the Bavarian State parliament. He has been a constant driver for modernization, as well as the implementation of new technologies, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Markus Blume’s political career started in 2008 when he first became a member of the parliament and has since evolved with a focus on topics like economic and media affairs, energy, transportation, the intersection of life science and technology, and being part of an Energy and Technology Committee on Health and Care. He was appointed Secretary General of the CSU party in 2018, before serving as the Bavarian State Minister of Science and the Arts since 2022. Before his political career, between 1994 – 1998, Markus Blume attended the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich to study physics, and the Bavarian School of Public Policy for studies in political science. Also part of Markus Blume’s successful career has been being the founder and CEO of a mid-sized Bavarian company.


Professor Sami Haddadin is the Acting Director of the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) where researchers are developing intelligent machines that can assist humans, not replace them. He holds the Chair of Robotics and Systems Intelligence at TUM, under which the Geriatronics User and Research Centre in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, is developing intelligent assistance robotics systems for the elderly.  His research interests include robotics, machine learning, non-linear control, and human motor intelligence.

From 2014 to 2018, Sami Haddadin was Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Automatic Control at Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany. Prior to that, he held various positions as a research associate at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). He received degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology Management from the Technical University of Munich and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. He received his doctorate with high distinction from RWTH Aachen. He has published more than 200 scientific articles. He has been honored with numerous prestigious awards and prizes for his scientific work. His patent on “Tactile Robots” is listed as the most recent addition to the “Milestone made in Germany” (DPMA) collection.


David Tswamuno is Managing Partner of Fairbridge Park, a venture capital firm focused on solving meaningful problems in economic health, digital health, healthcare and the environment. He is a mentor to startups at various accelerators. Most recently, David was Partner at Emil Capital Partners where he sourced and managed many of the firm’s investments. David started his career at Credit Suisse in Investment Banking and then as part of a Special Opportunities Fund. David received a Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. David is an active volunteer with local community organizations in New York. He supports causes in education and the performing arts and enjoys long distance running, writing, and mentoring early career professionals.

Why You Should Attend

  • Grow in the US and Germany

    Build and foster your network in HealthTech communities in the U.S. and Bavaria, Germany

  • Raise capital,

    From VCs, family offices, sector specific investors

  • Connect with partners,

    Industry thought-leaders, and top-level management from presenting companies

  • Gain valuable insights

    Into accessing the German HealthTech market

  • Learn how to thrive internationally

    from successful German and American HealthTech startups

  • Take part in power-networking Bavarian style

    during our “Little Oktoberfest in New York City”

YOU are an investor or company

Looking to discover innovative US and Bavarian HealthTech startups & expand your reach and networks in the US and Germany.

Apply To Attend

YOU are an innovative growth-stage startup

Seeking investment capital & looking to connect with investors, startups, and thought leaders.

Apply To Present

2022 Presenting Companies

We are here for you locally, worldwide.

Are you looking to expand your company to Europe? We provide you with all the important information, valuable contacts and customized support for your expansion project. Our cross cultural teams in the U.S. and Bavaria, Germany look forward to helping you. Our services are always cost free and confidential.

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Jan Danisman
Managing Director, East Coast

Bavarian US Offices for
Economic Development

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Jonas Geier
Manager, International Investment & Expansion

Bavarian US Offices for
Economic Development

80 Pine St., 24th Fl. New York, NY 10005, +1 212-317-0588, newyork@bavaria.org

Host: Invest in Bavaria.

OktoberINVESTfest is hosted by Invest in Bavaria, the investment promotion agency of Germany’s largest, most innovative state – Bavaria. Bavaria is a top-tier region in Europe and the center of German innovation. It’s capital Munich, as rated by the European Commission, is Europe’s #1 tech hub!

The Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development are the U.S. representative offices for Invest in Bavaria, a division of the German State of Bavaria’s Ministry of Economic Affairs. We assist companies worldwide in expanding to Germany’s economic powerhouse, the State of Bavaria and vice-versa. With cross cultural teams in New York and San Francisco, we are part of Invest in Bavaria’s 25 offices around the world.

Our Network Partners

Contact Info

Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development
80 Pine St., 24th Fl.
New York, NY 10005 USA

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+1 212-317-0588

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