Christoph Fahle
January 24, 2013

2 BETAPITCH Alumnis Won at Hyberlin

2 of the BETAPITCH alumnis won the last hyberlin competition! We are so proud of our two awesome teams!

Solarbrush and knowable both startups won 10.000€ cash and a trip to Silicon Valley! Upfront hundreds of startups, entrepeneurs and VCs from all over Europe and US they both did the best pitches ever!

Congrats to Ridha Azaiz founder of Solarbrush - a robot which cleans solarpanels - it even jumps from one to the other and Simon Höher & Emanuel Schwarz, founders of knowable - the social network for makers!

It is amazing how the hyberlin showed how Berlin changed during the last 3 years.

When we started with our first startup pitch no one thought startup competitions will be happening in Berlin every weekend one day! Now Berlins nick name is the new Silicon Valley. We love this! Thanks to Hans and Aido for an weekend packed with inspiring ideas and people! You do a damn good job! We are looking forward to the pitches in June 2013!

PS.: Our friend Thomas Madsen-Mygdal made an interesting comment on the panel about "What role does Berlin play?" I have to quote Liam Boogar from the rude barguette on this one: "At Betahaus, a well-known startup hotspot & Berlin’s 1st coworking space, a panel of Berlin residents spoke about why Berlin is awesome... During the panel, entitled “Who cares about Berlin?” Thomas Madsen-Mygdal, Danish investor and member of the startup community, made a very interesting point about how, while Berlin boasts its cheap rent and living style, this is not what Berlin should stand for, and its not how it should present itself to outsiders. In truth, Berlin will never be the #1 cheap route (India, China, Africa, etc.), and instead, it needs to focus on something it can be #1 in. I don’t believe in the idea of a European Startup Capital – Silicon Valley VCs travel to New York when necessary, and I’m pretty sure London VCs aren’t moving to Berlin. If this is true, then a city’s relevancy to the larger European ecosystem will depend on what it brings to the ecosystem as a whole – I think that may be Community"

We think so, too! Looking forward on your comments about this!

Check the General & Upcoming section for more announcements and upcoming events in the 'haus!

Foto credit: Christoph Heinrich

Creative news from hy!Berlin:

 

Cost is a big one here. In regards to total transportation costs, the last mile comprises up to 53% of those - making it the least efficient part of the supply chain. Expectations of free shipping and next day deliveries add up to this.

Due to increasing digitalization and convenience services in every area of people's lives, the smooth and flawless process of getting the delivery to one's doorstep is exceedingly becoming what customers care most about. On top of that, for companies that package being delivered is an extension of their brand. The consumer is basically coming face-to-face with the brand, which makes it the biggest opportunity to heighten customer satisfaction.


If you live in a city and have even slightly observed your urban surroundings you’ve probably witnessed it first hand - urban congestion and crowded cities make it pretty tough to satisfy the growing demand and rising expectations of super quick deliveries. Add unpredictability in transit (like weather conditions), an incorrect address or remote locations, just to name a few, and you can see where this is going.

The worst part is, all those delivery trucks and vans that also produce a fair bit of emissions, are often only half full when they roll out for deliveries. This is mostly due to low drop sizes and stops along the route that are far and few between.

It’s not all hopeless though - Where there is a problem, there are solutions.


Same old, same old - isn’t always all that bad. Sometimes, all that’s needed are some new perspectives! The city of Utrecht, for‌ ‌example, implemented a zero-emissions electric barge nicknamed the “Beer Boat”. 

Since 2010 it’s carrying beer and food to the city’s downtown restaurants by using waterways. Other electric barges in Amsterdam not only deliver but even collect organic waste, which is then turned into biofuel in processing plants! Isn’t that cool?

It becomes clear that cities, logistics, as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌urban‌ ‌planners, are equally part of solving the inefficiency of the last-mile. Tackling this mountain of issues calls for teamwork!


A centralized platform, hub or network for similar companies, could do the trick to fill up the delivery vans & trucks that are barely loaded. Parcels could be distributed more efficiently between different companies and their delivery vehicles.

Like a big pool of parcels from different companies with every single parcel going into that one van with the same route!


Delivery Driver Experience and Smart Delivery Vehicles are also areas with huge potential for improvement and innovation.


Ellie: Two years ago we adopted a new legal structure for Jolocom GmbH according to the purpose model of ownership, manifesting our commitment and dedication to building a self-sovereign organization. That means we can’t take VC funding or sell public shares of the company. 

Volker: Jolocom is a community driven organisation – both in a tech sense but also much further beyond. We’re hugely involved in the DWeb community where we organize and attend events for the decentralized community. Every year we also help organize and attend the DWeb Camp in San Francisco, which brings together all kinds of creatives so this technology of tomorrow is built in a collaborative way.


Next to that on-demand experiences have become firmly embedded into people’s everyday lives - be it a mobile app to book a ride, send flowers to your loved ones or order lunch to your office. It’s all possible and has made premium features like real-time tracking a standard.  The online consumer expects nothing less and certainly doesn’t like to wait.


Making that quick and instant gratification happen is another story though. Groundbreaking ideas and innovations are needed to tackle all these factors. Does your startup have one? 

Then head over to our Future Logistics Challenge! Applications are still open until September 23rd.

Volker: There is this really nice place, called Green Rabbit with salads and baked potatoes where I like to go to. Sometimes I just keep it simple and go to Lidl.

Ellie: I eat a lot in west.berlin cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.

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