During the last months, 266 startups from all over the world applied to take part in our special BETAPITCH Challenge focused on Accessible Transportation Solutions. On the 10th of April we’re inviting 13 of them to come at betahaus | Neukölln and pitch their ideas to our expert jury. Ellen Engel-Kuhn from DB, Shin Aoyama from Toyota Mobility Foundation, Timo Kerßenfischer from BVG, and Alexander Pilz from VBB will watch closely to pick the winner. But what is our number one leaving with?
The winner of the BETAPITCH Challenge will receive a possible proof of concept (PoC) with one of Berlin’s or Potsdam’s leading public transport companies BVG, DB, VBB or ViP. On top of that, the contestants are also fighting for a finalist spot at BETAPITCH Global 2019 and six cash-prizes amounting to a total of 12,000€.
Be My Eyes (Denmark)
Be My Eyes is a smartphone app with one-button access to a network of sighted volunteers and company representatives, which offers blind and visually impaired travelers immediate assistance through live video calls.
BeeSonix offers inaudible ultrasonic announcements which serve as beacons in mobile apps. With their internet of sound, they create seamless navigation apps and provide guidance for visually impaired people.
Bischof - Innovation & Technology (Austria)
Bischof - Innovation & Technology has developed a video assistance system called “Guide Me”, which enables passengers to easily request help from a control center or a family member with their smartphone.
Briteyellow Ltd (United Kingdom)
Briteyellow provides 3D and virtual reality indoor location and navigation applications for transport providers, giving them up to date, accurate and interactive representations of stations and platforms.
Counterest has developed a tracking software that allows Public Transport Operators and Authorities to understand real passenger demand and therefore be able to plan and deliver adequate public transport services.
Flow.ai (The Netherlands)
Flow.ai makes machine learning and AI accessible to companies by helping them create smart conversational AI from start to finish.
iGeolise (The Netherlands)
iGeolise aims to adapt their existing API solution, The TravelTime, which calculates what’s reachable in the city within a certain travel time, to help passengers in wheelchairs plan their route.
JNCTION (United Kingdom)
JNCTION has developed a new journey planner app for the autistic community called Aubin. The app functions as a journey planner that calculates the least stressful journey for the user, instead of the fastest or cheapest, as well as a travel companion.
Motion-S S.A. (Luxembourg)
Motion-S S.A. provides data science to solve the challenges of future mobility solutions. They contextualise geolocation data to enable the seamless integration of individual & shared mobility and public transportation.
Pointr (United Kingdom)
Pointr is a platform that specializes contextualizer positioning of people with features ranging from Indoor Navigation to Contextual Notifications, Location Based Analytics and Location Tracking.
Proximi.io is a technology-agnostic positioning platform which connects cities and buildings with digital experiences through smartphones. A key feature of the platform is its capability of functioning both in indoor and outdoor environments.
Vesputi is a public transport platform that connects all modes of smart city transport and infrastructure to offer a unique customer experience.
Walkingmoms is a community platform for mums with strollers; their aim is to make it easier for mums to plan and execute their trips through the city by diagnosing barrier issues on public transport, prioritizing solutions to those barriers, and offering alternatives routes.
Come to betahaus | Neukölln and see the competing startups in action as they pitch on April 10. Get your FREE* ticket here!
*drinks and networking are included
BETAPITCH is a global startup competition organized by betahausX, taking place in partnering spaces around the world yearly. Learn more about the competition here.
With two locations in the heart of the city, betahaus l Sofia is a home of some of the most successful Bulgarian startups and is one of the leading innovation hubs in Sofia. Their main space is located just two minutes on foot from Sofia University and the second one stands right at the central Slaveykov Sqaure and has a beautiful view over the city.
As all of our locations, its pet and bicycle friendly and offers the same comfy and relaxed atmosphere you've come to expect from betahaus. Identical to our space, betahaus | Sofia uses glass doors for its team rooms, to build transparency and inclusion.
betahaus | Sofia is spread across 1800 q.m. divided into 2 separate spaces. Shipka 6 is 1300qm and takes over the entire 3rd floor of the UBA – Union of the Bulgarian Artists. Slaveykov Square is placed on the roof top of another historical building in Sofia. There they have two balconies with 360 degrees view, a cafe/bar and a shared kitchen.
Membership plans start from 350,– BGN for Workspace and go up to 435,– BGN for Private Offices. Currently, the space has around 190 members and will soon implement also Club Memberships plan. Every member of the Club will have access to events, conference room and betahaus community.
Ellie: Currently we have around 5 active pilots and we effectively work B2B2C. So we build our application for businesses which have their own user bases.
Volker: One of our ongoing projects is a pilot with Telekom. With their team, and partners from Riddle & Code and Simple Mobility, we have created the Magenta Scooter — an innovation in e-mobility that allows users to ride share while using their decentralized digital IDs. That means users can rent the scooter with our app and our identity. The main advantage there is that you can store your drivers licence in your Jolocom SmartWallet and then share this license with the app of Telekom. This eliminates the long onboarding process of verifying your license.
Ellie: Another example is our e-government collaboration with The City of Antwerp called Blockchain on the Move. Using the SmartWallet, municipal employees can issue and validate their own credentials and create eIDs for citizens – it’s a digital ID with which you can register at the university or go to a swimming pool, as two examples.
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.
Ellie: I know that before joining betahaus Jolocom was in the Ethereum office – a collaborative blockchain space for companies also building on the same platform and the idea was always to stay within a coworking space. When they closed and we had to move, the next closest choice in terms of company culture was betahaus.
Ellie: The people in the building and the spaces are just really cool. I personally don’t go to community events as much as i would like to but I still end up meeting a lot of people here. Mostly in the kitchen. One of my good friends is actually someone I met in betahaus.
Volker: I once saw a friend of mine presenting at betabreakfast and I didn’t know that he would be here. It was so funny seeing him on the stage.
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.