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.
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