This year, the Silicon Vilstal Innovation Festival was held for the first time on the themes of innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity. In over thirty events with international experts, initiatives from all over Germany and exciting regional players, a piece of innovation history was written north of Munich. Alexander Pinker was part of this festival as a board member of the startup network SUN and as an innovation profiler. An essential focus was to draw young founders’ attention to rural areas. To this end, the initiative “Bauer sucht Startup” was launched in cooperation with the startup network SUN.