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2017 Recap and Highlights

The OktoberINVESTfest 2017 was a tremendous success! This year’s conference brought together investors and industry leaders from the U.S. and Germany. For the first time, we integrated a European Innovation Showcase, featuring innovators from the EIT Health network (one of the world’s largest healthcare initiatives with HQ in Munich) and the participants of the Go Global Accelerator, that is organized by the Medical Valley (Germany’s leading medtech and digital health hub in Bavaria) and the Bavarian U.S. Offices. Simultaneously, a selection of public and private companies presented their latest innovations in IT and life sciences, some with a goal of funding their European expansion and others looking for U.S. capital to fund their growth locally.

The OktoberINVESTfest 2017 also featured distinguished panelists, speakers and thought leaders who facilitated power networking during the “unconference luncheon” as well as during the investors speed dating where companies could meet investors and pitch one-on-one.

U.S. companies wondering what it is like to do business in Bavaria gained expert advice not only from panelists but also from the Bavarian companies. Furthermore, all participants got a taste of Bavaria during our Oktoberfest inspired happy hour, where they could also solidify new relationships over Bavarian beer and traditional food.

2017’s Presenting Companies

Expert Panels

Warren Buffet is not the only one “Going German“: Hear firsthand from companies and expansion experts about their experiences with expansion and investment in Europe’s powerhouse, Germany and what they view is the real opportunity for US companies.

Featured Experts
  • Dr. Wolfgang Huebschle, Executive Director, Invest in Bavaria Global
  • Dr. Jan-Philipp Meier, International Corporate M&A Attorney, DLA Piper LLP
  • Jim Walls, Founder & CEO, OrthoMedex, LLC
  • David Gates, President and Managing Director, Gates and Company
  • Kirsten Furman, Partner, JustJump Marketing

Show me the money! Bavarian and European Funding Options

Featured Experts
  • Roman Huber, Managing Director, Bayern Kapital, Bavaria's State Venture Capital Fund
  • Dr. Kurt Höller, Director of Business Creation, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) / Health e.V.

Fireside Chat: New Models for Corporate Innovation, Today and in the Future.

Featured Experts
  • Paul Boris, COO, Vuzix Corporation
  • Bill Koppes, VP R&D, PainQx
  • James Grundvig, Freelance Journalist, Huffington Post, Author

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