Christoph Fahle
November 21, 2013

Berlin hardware accelerator culminates on Friday's Demo Day

Claudius, Orietta, Joey and Alex are the worker bees behind LAUDO. They develop head-to-toe design and marketing strategies for upmarket companies, and they happen to work from betahaus | Neukölln. We sat them down for an interview and here's why they see themselves like an airport, what their spirit animals are and how their days at betahaus look like.

10 teams from all around the Europe came to betahaus Berlin to experience a week full of educating, mentoring and pitch training which pushed their business forward. They attended workshops on how to scale a business, raise capital, the legal issues of sharing stocks with employees, how to maximize the user experience and many more. Some of the best Berlin based startups visited BHA to share their experience and lessons learned.

Now the startup teams have last few hours to pimp their pitches for the Demo Day. And you can see the results! Come to watch the pitches of the new promising HW startups at betahaus, Friday 3pm. Sign up here!

First check out the 10 startups which made it through the BHA Week and will rock it tomorrow with their pitches on Demo Day.

Airboxlab „Airboxlab is the first smart device monitoring your indoor air and giving you predictive and personalized advice to improve your air & life quality.“

Luuv „One-handed stabilizer for steady filming with cameras and smartphones“

Bobo „Bobo is a fun way to learn about energy consumption while saving polar bears“

CloudYourCar „Analytics of your  car, monitoring of driving habits“

BrightUp „Home lighting automation system with additional smart home functionality“

Pockethernet „The swiss army knife of network administrators“

DeMiFi „A Wifi router in your pocket“

Rockatoo „The new generation of sound systems for motorcycle helmets“

ChargeShare „Phone and tablet stand charger, integrated battery and sharing capabilities“

Skysense „Unplug your drone forever“


You can watch them live, Demo Day takes place in couple hours and you should be there. Sign up here!

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Orietta: When we started looking for a place I was already involved in the betahaus community. Working from previous betahaus locations and attending the community events, I already knew a lot of people in the 'haus ...

Joey: Yes, I remember on the first day we came to betahaus Orietta was like ‘’Oh, hey! Hi! Hey, how are you doing? Hi!'' giving high-fives to everybody and we were like: What is going on, why does she know everybody?!

Orietta: Well, the vibe in betahaus is just super easy going. You directly feel that you can meet people easily. If you go to the kitchen for example and just ask ''Hey how are you, what are you working on?''. We made many new contacts too.

Claudius: What makes it nice here is that people are enjoying being here and working on their projects.

Photos by Lea GK

Claudius: The truth is, we could probably afford an office for the same price, but that would put us between these four walls, which put you into a box, much harder to exit and to connect with new people. We went for a Team Desk because here we have so much more space and everything seems much more connected. You can easily meet people.

Orietta: And it’s just so spacious here. We have this super nice garden.

Claudius: I like being focused on my work but I also like if someone disturbs me from time to time. It helps when the door opens. In an office we would work in a whole different way. Here Gillord (Coworking Manager) is coming in everyday, giving me a hug, telling me about his workout .. that’s the main reason - the personal connection.

The day in betahaus starts with a hug and ends with a hug. The time in between is pretty much spent on doing what you love.
Photos by Lea GK

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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