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:


In the last few weeks the event spaces at betahaus | Neukölln were packed with cool events. We opened up the Hide-Out with BETAPITCH Berlin 2019 in the start of April. The hotly contested pitching event saw 12 startups reveal their visions for improving accessibility in public transport. Here’s a recap video from the event.

Photo by: Dominik Tryba

On 27th of April we celebrated 10 years in beta. For our coworking anniversary we transformed betahaus | Neukölln into a party venue and an art exhibition. Artists from our community filled The Basement with art, The Garden was full of fun activities and inside in The Club we had our favourite DJ's playing. In case you have missed it, here’s a recap video from the event.

Photo by: Dan Taylor

We also welcomed the LongHash Crypto conference and enjoyed 3 days of workshops and panel discussions on all things blockchain. And speaking about conferences, our friends from GitHub also chose the betahaus | Neukölln spaces for the workshop day of their biggest event - The Satellite conference. More than 600 developers, executives, and industry leaders from around the world came to

Photo by: Dominik Tryba

After you’ve taken care of your paperwork and you’ve signed up both in Bürger- and Finanzamt, you are all set up to start working. One of the best ways to get integrated into the city fast, meet like-minded people, and even find clients is by working from a coworking space. There are tons of benefits for freelancers and luckily Berlin has a lot to offer in this way. A coworking space is a physically collaborative shared workspace, which brings all kinds of creatives and entrepreneurs together. It’s a perfect place for startups, freelancers, digital nomads and even corporates searching for innovation. And it’s the biggest advantage towards the typical office space is that it pushes a collaborative exchange between its members and facilitates the creative process and networking.

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