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August 10, 2016

BETAPITCH Global & Investors Day bigger than ever in 2016

On October 15, BETAPITCH is combining two key events that bring the international startup scene together for one action-packed Saturday: BETAPITCH Global & Investors Day! Investors Day connects fundseeking startups with leading international investors and key players in the field. Participating startups are invited for one-on-one personal talks, workshops, keynotes, panel discussions, and PR pitch training sessions. After a busy day of networking, the finale of wordwide startup competition BETAPITCH Global kicks off. Finalists from 14 global tech capitals will go head to head, pitching for the chance to win a 5000€, a trip to Silicon valley, coworking memberships at betahaus, and many more prizes.

Evolution and growth of a Berlin-grown startup competition

From 2015 to 2016, BETAPITCH has doubled in size, growing from 7 to 14 pitch events across tech capitals worldwide. The competition witnessed inspiring developments in Swedish startups, discovered a budding entrepreneurial community in Tirana, Albania, connected with the startup scene shaking up Cairo, and found brand new partners across five cities in China. What about the alumni startups? Last year’s winning startup MedAngel is already in use in medical clinics  around the world. Thingthing, the productivity app and winner from Barcelona’s local BETAPITCH is rocking it at startup competitions including 4YFN.

Startups lined up

So who are the BETAPITCH local winners lined up to pitch at the Global finale this October? Population.io won the local competition in Vienna with their fascinating demographic data project. Neurofox, a software/hardware kit for DIY brain training and neurohacking, won the Berlin pitch back in April. Nordic Adventours won the event in Jönköping, Sweden with their online platform to connect tour operators with adventurers in the Nordic wilderness. First prize in Hamburg went to sharing economy startup Hoard, and in Sofia, the coworking management platform OfficeRnD won. The winner in Tirana, Albania, was IT For Equality, who update older wheelchairs with smart, connective capabilities. Still to come are the winners from Lisbon, Cairo, Nanjing, Beijing, Shenzen, Shanghai, Jiashan, and Seoul.

Sign me up for Investors Day!

Are you a startup seeking funding? Then apply to join our Investors Day via this form.

Are you an investor looking connect with up-and-coming startups? Then get your ticket to our Investors Day here.

Are you keen to witness the happenings of Investors Day and BETAPITCH Global firsthand? Then get your ticket here.

Want to stay updated?

Follow BETAPITCH on Facebook & Twitter or keep checking back to the BETAPITCH blog. This year, BETAPITCH has partnered with Siemens, kloeckner.v, hub:raum, Welcome, Cleantech, and YouNoodle to take the finale to the next level. Leaders in the BETAPITCH network will also take on the tough role of jury and determine the winners for 2016.

Learn more about how to succeed at your startup pitch competition.

We hope to see you all there! Click here to make sure you don’t miss more upcoming events!

Article written by Joanna

Toni: Currently, we’ve somehow ended up in this niche of building a lot of internal tools for startups and teams. But this is not the only thing we want to do. What I like about it is that we’re starting projects from scratch and we have full control over them. 

Martin: The first project we worked on was a tool for a large scale real estate development company. What they needed was a tool for their Sales people - to be able to mark their different spots and locations at different stages of the sales funnel. So we created a tool that helps them in this process.

Toni: And this one actually served as a starting point for the tool we’ve developed for  betahaus, which aims to allow the Sales and Management team to see which team rooms are occupied right now, which ones are free or will be occupied in a few weeks or months, so no double bookings appear. 

Alex: These two projects were more focused on real estate, let’s say, but we’ve also done more design-heavy projects like the one we did for Artique which is an online artists agency. For them, we built a whole website and an online system to present their artists starting only from their logo. It had to be very flexible, because the artists needed to be able to edit their own profiles, putting their resume, changing colours.



Toni: Honestly, we have skillsets that you don’t usually find in developers. Because we've had lives that were not just about computer science. I think to some extent this is what makes us different. 

Martin: I believe one of the reasons why people pick us over other studios is because it can be very hard working with developers. If you’re not understanding their work, if the communication is not flowing, you, as a client can feel lost. We're easy to communicate with and we’re always open to feedback and we're open to discuss anything. In the end, after all iterations, if you say we need to start the website from scratch and that you don’t like the idea, we won’t take it personally. 

Alex: Also, I think, since we all work as coding teachers, we are officially qualified to explain what coding is to people who don't code, which is actually really rare because a lot of developers, as Martin says, don't want to, or literally just don't know how to articulate what they're doing. Whereas we are trained in articulating what it is that we're doing, why it's meaningful and why it takes a certain amount of time.

Photo by Lea GK


Alex: Zimt & Mehl - the Turkish bakery around the corner. It’s just soo good.

Martin: Oh, there is this Italian restaurant called Ristorante del Arte

Tony: Oh, my God, this place is so funny. It looks like a pretty average Italian restaurant, but the whole interior design inside is just decorated in such a weird way. The entire place is covered in frescoes. They have crystal chandeliers and Easter bunnies. Some Greek columns. It has a different name on the menu, on the side and on the Internet. And it was an ex-shoe-store.

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