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Veronica Jonsson
January 20, 2019

Accessible Transport for Berlin is the Theme for BETAPITCH Challenge 2019

We have teamed up with Toyota Mobility Foundation to host a special BETAPITCH challenge in 2019, which will be devoted to making Berlin a more accessible city.

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!

Why Berlin?

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.

What’s at stake?

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€.

Who are the partners?

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.

What startups should apply?

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.

How do you apply?

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!

If you want to learn more about bethaus X who is behind BETAPITCH events click here or check out last year's BETAPITCH event in Berlin.

More upcoming betahaus events you can find here.

"The Summer is the best time to host Backyard sessions and BBQ’s’’

In the summer, we launched a couple of new events in Neukölln like Freelancers, Unite!, The Backyard Sessions and My friend’s BBQ. 

Freelancers, Unite! developed as our productive coworking session with freelancers from in and outside the ‘haus. Once a month, we picked an important freelance topic (such as taxes, time-management, etc) and invited experts to give us insights on the topic. We saw so many new faces and had the chance to come back closer to where we started from - the freelance, grassroots culture. 

Freelancers, Unite! at betahaus | Neukölln

Another event, which started in July (and turned out to be our favourite events) were The Backyard Sessions. Organised by our queen of Neukölln - Robbin – the Backyard Sessions are our creative evenings with live music jams, movie screenings and cocktails. 

The Backyard Sessions at basement.berlin
Movie Screening at basement.berlin

This last event was hilarious because for quite some time, nobody knew exactly who organised it or invited them. The friend was throwing a BBQ for the community in the garden and this led to all our members joining and staying after for a beer or two with us.

‘’My favourite moment this year was the second friends bbq which was actually cancelled because of the rain forecast. But despite the bad weather, people show up and it turned into a super nice intimate evening with Elizaveta and Paul giving a garden concert.’’ - Robbin (Community Manager, betahaus)

''In July, it was great how the casual after-work BBQ turned into an impromptu acoustic blues jam session with Elizavetta Barsegova and Paul, who have the voice of an angel. Actually, all of the My Friend's BBQ's and Backyard Sessions were AWESOME.’’
- Paige (Head of Marketing, betahaus) 

The Garden at betahaus | Neukölln
My Friend's BBQ at betahaus | Neukölln

"As a coworking space, you have to give stage to important topics.’’

This year we released a new event format in Kreuzberg called ‘’The betaSalon’’. It's an open panel discussion which aims to give stage to important topics and give free speech on them. The fist one we did on the EU elections, last month we talked about changemakers, but our favourite one for this season stays ‘’Mother + Founder’’ where we partnered with FemGems podcast and recorded a live podcast episode for them having Madeleine Gummer von Mohl (betahaus co-founder), Kristine Zeller (co-creater of ooshi period underwear) and Luisa Hoffman on the stage.

betaSalon at betahaus | Kreuzberg

"We should fight for a more human-centered tech development’’

Every September, our co-founders take part in the Techfestival. in Copenhagen, spending a few days disconnecting from the daily life and focusing on creating a better, more human-centered tech future. This year the think tank which included our co-founders Madeleine and Max came up with the TechPledge. The Tech Pledge was made to emphasize the need for a new direction in tech. Similar to the Hippocratic oath for doctors, the Tech Pledge is a promise to make tech a force for good and ensure responsible and sustainable tech leadership. It’s a commitment to driving a new direction in technology.

Techfestival. 2019 in Copenhagen

"Startups are transforming European football as we know it.’’

One of the most exciting projects for betahausX this year (which is also continuing in 2020) is their new startup challenge called The Werder Lab - a global startup competition that aims to reimagine the way clubs like Werder work with athletes, fans and partners.

"You should leave time for the things you love most’’ 

This year couldn’t end without us having our favourite events - the end-of-the-year holiday party and the BETAPITCH Global Finals. On the 6th of December we saw the 9 finalists of the regional BETAPITCH competitions pitching in front of our jury. Congrats to Troy from Hamburg for winning the big prize.

We finished the year at our Holiday Party celebrating anything and everything at betahaus | Neukölln together with our members, friends of friends and our favourite artists from Passiflora LIVE, Tapete and Kotoe.

Love at The betahaus Holiday Party 2019

Thank you for being with us in 2019. It's been a crazy big year for us and it wouldn't been possible without your support, trust and the hard work of our amazing team. Have an amazing holiday time and we'll see you again in 2020.

With love,


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