AI meets Entrepreneurs: Impact Bootcamp towards Food Security & Nutrition

November 17., 2023
Freskensaal @ LMU Main Building
Ludwigstraße 28, 80539 Munich
(close to Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1)

November 18., 2023
Netlight Office München
Prannerstraße 4, 80333 Munich

Munich Center for Machine Learning (Dr. Thomas Meier, Luke Haliburton)
ZD.B / LMU Media Informatics Group (Prof. Albrecht Schmidt, Julian Rasch)
impACTup! (Dr. Dominik Domnik, Dr. Esther Salvi, Konstantin Leidinger)
Netlight Consulting GmbH (Moritz Hochholzner)
Contact: Julian Rasch

With this two-part event, we aim to shift researchers and students in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence into an Entrepreneurial Mindset. With input from experts and hands-on experience, we want to highlight the chances and risks that a career as a founder and entrepreneur can hold in contrast to research.

This edition of our event aims to unlock the potential of Start-Ups utilizing AI to ensure food security. But what is food security exactly? According to the 1996 World Food Summit “Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”

Our Keynote speakers are AI Researchers, Entrepreneurs and Start-up Founders. While Friday offers insights through Keynotes and Discussion, Saturday challenges participants to develop their own ideas leveraging AI to ensure food safety, quality, supply, and avoidance of food waste. At the end of the day, the groups will pitch their Start-Up ideas to our highly qualified jury from industry and university.

Preliminary Agenda

Friday (Keynotes) @ LMU Main Building
17:00 Welcome by Prof. Albrecht Schmidt & Dr. Thomas Meier
17:10 Keynote by Dr. Florian Zabel “Climate Change Impacts on Global Food Security – why we need AI”
17:35 Keynote by Prof. Stefan Feuerriegel “Causal Machine Learning for Allocating Development Aid to End Hunger”
18:00 Pitches by AI Food Start-Ups Fungtional & Hospichef
18:30 Problem Introduction for Hackathon
18:45 Break
19:00 Breakout Discussions & Team Formation
19:45 Open End with Pizza & Drinks

Saturday (Hackathon) @ Netlight Offices
10:00 Welcome by Netlight Consulting GmbH
10:30 ImpACTup! Keynote
11:00 Work on Topics
11:45 Pitch Madness
12:00 Lunch Break (provided by Netlight)
13:00 Work on Topics
15:00 Input by Startup Mentor Boris Lyubenov
15:30 Work on Topics
17:00 Pitch Projects to Jury
17:45 Awards
18:00 Closing Inspiration on “Leadership in Start-Ups”
18:15 Connect Researchers, Students and Industry

Our Jury of highly qualified people from industry and university will evaluate the project pitches of the groups.

Dr. Dominik Domnik
Managing Director
Wenceslao Villegas
Data Consultant
Netlight Consulting GmbH
Prof. Stefan Feuerriegel
Institute of AI in Management
LMU Munich
Dr. Susan Lindner
Head of Digitalization
Bayern Innovativ
Andreas Gillhuber
Co-CEO Alexander Thamm GmbH & CFO German Data Science Society e.V.
Prof. Jelena Spanjol
Institute for Innovation Management
LMU Munich


Please fill out our registration form to receive information about location and last minute changes.

ImpACTup! – Certificate:
Students enrolled in the IEC Programm who want to receive a certificate for this event will have to be present on both days and write a two-page paper about their groups’ Start-Up idea. Please reach out to Margarita Kozak, if you have questions regarding this.