Talent Meets Bertelsmann 2019

Talent Meets Bertelsmann 2019

Talent Meets Bertelsmann

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About TMB 2019

This year, our international networking event Talent Meets Bertelsmann (TMB) truly showed the potential that data-driven approaches hold for the media business. It also offered proof of what people can achieve in a pretty short amount of time when teaming up.

Our 12th edition of TMB was more diverse than ever before. We selected 56 talented students from 20 countries after having received more than 1,000 applications from 116 different nations and looking for the most promising candidates who could contribute their innovative ideas to shaping our digital future. 

In challenging workshops, the participants developed business ideas for different Bertelsmann divisions while working hand in hand with experienced entrepreneurs. A jury of Bertelsmann’s Executive Board members then chose the most promising ideas and concepts. The way in which all teams mastered the demanding tasks with creativity and entrepreneurial spirit left the jury immensely impressed.

After the award ceremony, the participants enjoyed the legendary TMB party and a concert with Roosevelt. On the third and last day of the event, our talents used the opportunity to get to know the colorful world of Bertelsmann on the Career Market, network with Bertelsmann representatives, receive feedback and benefit from an individual career coaching session.

We had an exciting time in Berlin and would like to thank everyone who made TMB 2019 an unforgettable experience. It was great to address the future challenges of our industry with the help of such inspiring talents. We are now eagerly expecting the 2020 edition of Talent Meets Bertelsmann! Stay tuned!

Workshop Topics

For the workshops, our participants were divided into groups, each assigned to a Bertelsmann business unit. All tasks were derived from real Bertelsmann business cases. The topics included:

  • Data-driven voice applications
  • Ad placement in digital formats
  • Demand-driven publishing
  • Using data to support cross-divisional collaboration
  • Money laundering

When and Where?

June 24 – June 26, 2019

Three inspiring and impressive days lie behind us.


The event took place at the Bertelsmann Representative Office “Unter den Linden 1” in Berlin.


Congratulations to all the winners of Talent Meets Bertelsmann! The first place went to group Penguin Random House, who focused on data to power demand-driven publishing, second place went to the team RTL Group and the third place to the team Bertelsmann Education Group.


The best ideas and designs were honored with attractive prizes: our three winning teams are now looking forward to Bertelsmann-related city trips to New York, Amsterdam and Hamburg!

12 Years of TMB

This year, Talent Meets Bertelsmann took place for the 12th time. Watch the highlights of the previous years in our 10th anniversary video.

Highlights from Previous Years


Would you like to find out more about the experiences and contacts former participants have made? Are you still wondering what TMB is all about? 

Creative assignments, challenging workshops, inspiring presentations and unforgettable parties - we have collected some impressions from previous TMB events for you.

Discover the highlights of our International Networking Extravaganza  and let them inspire you to become part of the next TMB event!

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TMB Community

After the event, TMB participants become part of the exclusive Talent Meets Bertelsmann community, which includes almost 700 outstanding members and grows every year. It allows our talents to stay in touch with Bertelsmann and other TMB alumni via regular communication, a yearly alumni reunion in Berlin as well as regional meet-ups throughout the year.


Do you have further questions? Get in touch with Judith Gördes, Niklas Bourdonneau, Angelika Jagusch or Pamela Taylor:


Please note that we do not consider applications submitted by mail, fax, or e-mail.

Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries around the world. It includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the music company BMG, the service provider Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. The company has 117,000 employees and generated revenues of €17.7 billion in the 2018 financial year. Bertelsmann stands for creativity and entrepreneurship. This combination promotes first-class media content and innovative service solutions that inspire customers around the world.

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