The question is whether enough Munich founders have experienced successful exits to create a deep pool of startup mentors. But given the high pay and benefits that would go to someone working for BMW or Siemens, it is hard to see why a local graduate would take the risk of starting a company in a place with such great, stable local employers. Moreover, Munich has a certain risk aversion for pure entrepreneurship though the involvement of companies like BMW — seeking to make open innovation work — is a promising middle ground. Perhaps if one of its startups, such as Celonis, achieves a successful exit, Munich families will begin urging their children to become entrepreneurs. And that change in values could help Munich boost its attractiveness to top entrepreneurs. To create a nurturing environment for startups, it helps a region tremendously when leading companies are willing to cooperate. With the emergence of Silicon Schwabing, Munich laid the foundation for a vibrant startup scene. With global players such as IBM, Microsoft, General Electrics and Siemens, a whole range of important digitization companies have settled in Schwabing during the last years. In addition to already established large corporations such as the Allianz, BMW, BSH, Siemens, and EON, they create an environment that offers ideal opportunities for startups. Especially for those who work in areas such as AI, app development or automation.