Iva Jankovic
August 11, 2015

Accelerate Korea

Let us introduce you Accelerate Korea, a new acceleration program that is running in cooperation with betahaus. Through an intensive one-month business and social cultural orientation training the program equipped Korean startups with the knowledge and experience for global acceleration while in Korea. Now in Berlin the program provides a full immersion in the berlin start-up ecosystem for the start-ups, lasting three months. Accelerate Korea to Berlin, was a custom designed program developed for the Korean government organization KISED and SMBA .

Let’s Meet the Teams currently in betahaus!

This year more than 140 teams applied for an exciting three-month exchange in Berlin. The five winning teams at Accelerate Korea’s Demoday in Seoul were given the guidance, training, space and equipment needed to turn their ideas into reality.

So here are the five superstars who made the cut!

 

JOKERPACK Inc/ BeeCanvas

This awesome team is developing an online scrapbook boosting people’s productivity by

managing all their digital resources in one place...wow

 

Master Company

Master Company is a dynamic group creating an extensive online platform for finding the correct construction machinery for any job – powerful and convenient.

 

Seerslab/ lollicam

Everyone knows that there’s a worldwide market of selfie lovers and Seerslab/ lollicam are tapping into it! They are developing a fun and creative selfie-editing app offering special visual effects and cloud storage.

 

ConsiderC/ RX Cycle

ConsiderC is building real experience equipment that allows professionals

and amateurs to optimize their workouts.

 

BBuzzArt

Where better to develop a plan for an art and media social network then in the vibrant German capital? BBuzzArt is a social platform that connects artists, critics and art lovers in a new way.…and we couldn’t be more excited!

Where Do We Come In?

Hosted at betahaus | Berlin, Accelerate Korea will offer a full range of services for startups including inhouse hardware labs, mentor days, and pitching practise. Beyond training and mentorship, the program will offer the teams an unparalleled opportunity to build partnerships in Europe, test their business theses in the German market and raise investment. The program will round off with a Demo Day in Berlin, aimed at securing partners and investment.

Working through betahaus, considered the most concentrated startup hub in all of Berlin (thank you) these teams will gain access to an extensive network of VCs, accelerators, investors as well as the opportunity to network with a heap of other awesome startups.

A Little About the Program

We’ve custom designed Accelerate Korea to meet the specific requirements of each team. For example, for BBuzzArt we’re ensuring they gain maximum exposure to the art community of Berlin and RX Cycle we’ve planned exclusive research opportunities  – and that’s just a taste of what we have planned!

Betahaus is providing special emphasis on the cultural aspect of this exchange. This is done through multiple workshops with relocation experts, meetings with business professionals, as well as providing some training in International Business Etiquette. And if that’s not enough Accelerate Korea is developing an alumni program for continual support even after the exchange has finished. You can see what the Korean startups are up to in Berlin on the Accelerate Korea fb page.

Check out other events coming up this month! 

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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