We connect your employees over lunch.

Networking employees across your business.

Breaking down boundaries between departments.
Creating new contact points between departments.

Improving information flow within organisations.
Supporting cultural change projects in organisations.

How it works

1. Registration

Employees register on the online portal by selecting their department and when they are free for lunch.

2. Shuffling

Our intelligent algorithm allocates employees to one or several lunch partners and sends them an invite e-mail.

3. Mystery Lunch

Employees are exposed to new ways of thinking and get an understanding of different parts of the business.


All of the components of your personalised Mystery Lunch:


Select your organisational structure.


Define your preferences for optimised networking.


Design your company-branded registration page.


Allow each participant to select his or her participation settings.


Feel safe with our secure web-hosting service.


Analyse the success of your company's mystery lunches with pre-configured reports.

You can also use our Mystery Lunch system in Networking Lunch, Lunch Roulette, Virtual Networking or Mystery Coffee mode

Companies using Mystery Lunch

Deutsche Post DHL
Deutsche Bundesbank
Deutsche Flugsicherung
Mondi Group
Quadriga Media
Die Bayerische
Hoffmann Group
Coca-Cola HBC Österreich
BSH Hausgeräte GmbH


  • Michaela Matus

    "Mystery Lunch has been met with a very positive response from our employees, who enjoy the possibility to expand their networks within the company and get to know familiar faces outside of the daily work routine. Mystery Lunch offers a great platform for relaxed and interesting conversations."

    Michaela Matus, Human Resources Development - die Bayerische, München
  • Jutta Lohkamp

    "We have received lots of positive feedback for introducing Mystery Lunch. The responses confirm that we have made a step in the right direction by connecting employees with serendipitous meetings. We are especially delighted to hear from employees as to how Mystery Lunch has improved informal knowledge exchange within the corporation and even facilitated new friendships."

    Jutta Lohkamp, Digital Communications Manager - Deutsche Post DHL Group, Bonn
  • Niklas Hemmann

    "The new contacts which our employees have made through Mystery Lunch have been very helpful for cooperation on interdepartmental processes. The serendipitous nature of the Mystery Lunch platform consistently facilitates interesting meetups between colleagues who would not normally go to lunch together. Mystery Lunch has proven to be a very exciting and creative platform for Payback."

    Niklas Hemmann, Marketing - PAYBACK, München
  • Poggemoeller

    "Mystery Lunch is a brilliant tool which allows people in companies to get to know each other in a simple and informal setting. Mystery Lunch breaks down and transcends departmental boundaries."

    Hanno Poggemoeller, Change Management / Workshop & Event Moderation
  • Cecilie Justesen

    "Unless we are involved with a project together, it can be really difficult to meet new people from different business areas. Mystery Lunch has been the perfect solution for this problem! I'm not only meeting new people, but also getting to know others through them."

    Cecilie Justesen, Business Manager, Legal - Telefónica Digital, London
  • Ulrike Bünn

    "The experience of getting to know colleagues at various different stages in their careers is both interesting and enriching. Mystery Lunch is a brilliant example of how learning in companies can be fun."

    Ulrike Bünn, Processes & Efficiencies - Telefónica Germany, München
  • Brian Foley

    "The best thing is that you can opt for a full lunch together or simply grab a coffee and have a chat. I never knew we were doing so much as a company... Can't wait for my next one!"

    Brian Foley, O2 Media - Telefónica Ireland, Dublin


Deutsche Startups
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Bayern 2
Career Builder
Best Practice Business
s.m.a.r.t Management Consulting
Hamburger Abendblatt
HR Performance 5/2016,
Süddeutsche Zeitung
Manager Magazin

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Why should my company use Mystery Lunch?

Many organisations are dominated by silo mentality: departments collaborate inefficiently, exchange across teams and hierarchies is lacking and employees aren't informed about the responsibilities of other divisions. Mystery Lunch connects your employees over lunch and supports the creation of new connections, which ultimately reduces barriers between departments. Colleagues can expand their networks and learn more about the company as a whole. New perspectives are an important basis for innovation.

How many participants does a Mystery Lunch usually have?

The company itself decides how many colleagues should meet at a time. The most common set-up is the lunch for two. Some companies offer group lunches for three or four participants.

I'm not sure if my employees will join...

In most cases, the level of interest shown by employees is far greater than expected. On average, we have found that between 10 and 30 percent of employees in a company will sign up. As part of the roll-out, we also offer advice on how to communicate the programme most effectively. (Here you can view a list of clients whose employees are already benefiting from Mystery Lunch.)

Why should my employees work during their lunch break?

Every employee is free to decide whether they want to expand their network and learn more about other departments. In addition, employees are likely to use the Mystery Lunch to discuss topics they're genuinely interested in. They still get to decide entirely how they want to spend their lunch break.

How can the company review the results of Mystery Lunch?

Mystery Lunch supports the idea of an open and innovative corporate culture, which includes giving employees sufficient freedom and creative leeway. While there won't, of course, be monitoring of behaviour or performance, we will provide regular reports on factors including the total number of participants. Furthermore, we'll support your evaluation of positive changes resulting from the implantation of Mystery Lunch by conducting voluntary surveys.

Does it have to be lunch?

No. The important part is the idea of networking and getting to know someone new. To achieve this goal, colleagues could also meet for a mystery coffee or a walking meeting; we also offer a solution for virtual exchange between different sites and countries. (Groups from different departments can also meet for a brainstorming session to obtain more perspectives on a problem.)

How can I be sure that Mystery Lunch works?

To date, more than 50 companies have signed up for our platform and a total of more than 10.000 employees have participated in a Mystery Lunch. You can read (in German) about the positive experiences of our clients here and here.

How does the matching process work?

Our smart algorithm matches colleagues from different divisions. To ensure that your employees get to know people from as many new departments as possible, you can define company-specific configurations. Additional variables such as interests, language or hierarchy level can be integrated into the matching algorithm.

What is the pricing of Mystery Lunch?

The service is billed on a monthly basis based on the number of employees or, alternatively, on the number of active participants. Setting up the platform is usually free of charge. Feel free to contact us for a specific quote.

Can we test Mystery Lunch?

You can request a trial / pilot for up to 20 participants free of charge. For more information please contact us here.

What are the technical prerequisites for using Mystery Lunch?

Your employees simply need an Internet connection, a browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, or any other standard browser) and an email address. We have deliberately kept the registration and participation process as simple and user-friendly as possible.

What is the workload involved in in launching Mystery Lunch?

When you sign up for Mystery Lunch, you gain access to the established and reliable structures of our Mystery Lunch platform. To ensure that the system is configured to suit your standards and needs, we work with you to develop an individual concept. To develop this fully, we require information about your organisational structure and corporate design as well as your feedback about the phrasing of texts on your personalised Mystery Lunch website.

To ensure an optimal roll-out of the platform, we can, if so desired, advise you on the development of marketing and internal communication materials.

What is the workload involved in maintaining Mystery Lunch?

Following the setup and initial internal communication, no other specific resources are needed from your side. Your employees can contact our customer service directly in case of questions about the matching process, holidays or changes to their configuration settings.

What about data privacy?

We handle your data according to state-of-the-art security standards and have implemented the full range of standard data security measures. All data sent to our system is transferred via a secure SSL/TLS 1.2 connection. Our data center is located in Germany and is subject to strict statutory privacy regulations. If you require the security of your data to be contractually guaranteed, we can, upon request, issue a data processing agreement in line with the Federal Data Protection Act.


We are two entrepreneurs from Austria and Germany who formed TheInnerCrowd in 2013 in Munich, Germany. In the digital world we want to improve personal face-to-face communication in organisations. We are doing this with technology,creative methods and smart networking tools.


Stefan Melbinger



Christoph Drebes