The dust from BETAPITCH Global has barely settled and we’re already preparing for our next big competition! You kickass startups working on new transportation solutions, pay attention - this will be extra interesting for you. We have teamed up with Toyota Mobility Foundation to host a special BETAPITCH on April 10th this year, which will be devoted to making Berlin a more accessible city.
From BVG to Potsdam Traffic - all of Berlin’s major public transportation organisations are already involved. Now the only thing that’s missing is your ideas. This is your opportunity to have a real impact on people’s lives, develop solutions to address mobility challenges and change the way Berlin moves!
Berlin is not only one of the most important capitals in central EU, but it’s also one of the most buzzing startup hubs. The creative atmosphere and conscious attitude make it the perfect place to implement new mobility solutions. With organisations like betahausX that are pushing forward the dialogue between innovative startups and experienced corporates, the city is no stranger to making use of its talents.
The first prize is a possible Proof of Concept (PoC) with the partners. As the goal is to make an actual change, we’re keeping the doors open regarding how many PoCs will be handed out. On top of that, the contestants will be fighting for a finalist spot at BETAPITCH Global 2019 and cash-prizes amounting to a total of 12,000€.
This BETAPITCH Accessible Transport Challengei is a partnership with Toyota Mobility Foundation. They believe that enabling people to move freely is essential to unleashing human potential and are involved with projects all over the world, addressing, as they put it, "the mobility issues of tomorrow, today". With their expertise, this challenge aims to find digital solutions for issues within Berlin’s transportation systems.
Our infrastructure partners BVG, Deutsche Bahn, VBB and ViP all recognize the need for new solutions for people with reduced mobility, and they want to take their services to the next level. The startups that are chosen to compete in this challenge will meet the partners & pitch to them for the possibility to build a PoC together.
Are you at MVP or product stage? Are you ready for implementation and need partners? Do you want to help improve the lives of people with reduced mobility such as the disabled, elderly or visually-impaired? Then this is the competition for you!
From navigation to seamless communication to optimised platforms; the theme of accessible transport and mobility is broad. We want to hear from anyone working with technology that could be applied to problems within the mobility sector.
You can apply up until March 11 by filling out the form here. Applicants from anywhere around the world can apply; however, the solution will be implemented in Berlin.
Ten startups will be chosen to pitch at this special BETAPITCH Accessible Transport Challenge. You could be one of them! Apply today and help us make Berlin a more accessible place!
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.