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An excellent quality of life, the industrial tech hub Germany’s, plus a fully loaded start-up ecosystem – the Bavarian Capital Munich has it all! 

Bavaria’s capital city Munich is one of Europe’s top science and technology hubs, boasting a strong start-up community, industry led cooperation, significant flows of venture capital, and multiple start-up accelerators.

Numerous global players and leading German technology companies such as Microsoft, Google, Intel, as well as 30% of DAX companies like BMW, Siemens, Allianz, and Adidas have headquarters based in Munich, making it easier than ever for start-ups to partner and do business.

Public and private investments are spent forR&D from private funds and € 77.3 million for cutting-edge research from public funds. This results in 15,000 patents a year and helps jumpstart around 580,000 small- and middle-sized enterprises.

On top of that, Munich is a “Top-5 Life Quality” city globally and Germany’s most livable city according to the Mercer Research 2016. The Munich metropolitan area is home to 5.8 million people and has the strongest economy of any German city.



Global Industrial Player

•      Headquarters of the multinationals like Microsoft, Google, Intel, Amazon, Rosche, Novartis, Airbus, Lufthansa, Hubert Buda Media Holding, Sky

•      30% of DAX companies are headquartered in Bavaria (Adidas, Allianz, BMW, Siemens, ProSiebenSat.1, Munich Re, Linde, Infineon Technologies, Fresenius Medical Care)

•      580,000 small and middle enterprises

Top Research

•      Near 15,000 patents a year

•      Globally recognized research institutions (e.g. Fraunhofer, Max Plank)

•      3 top universities due to the World University Ranking 2015-16


•      € 77,3 million for cutting edge research from public funds

•      € 150 million from EU-funds for high-tech start-up support

•      € 375 million from private funds for R&D

Private Seed Investments

•      The risk capital investment volume made up € 182 million in the first half of 2016 only

•      The start-up financing made up € 195 million

•      The number of financing rounds in Bavaria grew by 121% in the first half of 2016

•      3,2% of GDP is invested in R&D

Public Seed Investments

•      The public start-up support programs boast a strong start-up community (BayTOU Program, BayTP Program, Go International Program etc.)

•      200 – 300 start-ups from different branches receive support annually: last year , the share of the tech start-ups made up 50 new ventures receiving 37,8 million euro of the public seed support

•      1.600 active businesses grown from the start-up support programs of Bavaria in the last 5 years creating 11.4000 working places for the industry


•      Top-1 “Five-Star-Airport” due to The World Airport Awards

•      Top-5 Life Quality City globally

•      Germany’s most livable city according to the Mercer Research 2016

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