Guest Writer
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.

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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

OKAY BUT HOW IS BESPOKE SOUND DIFFERENT THAN PLAYING MY "DISCOVER WEEKLY’’ OR ANY OTHER AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED PLAYLIST ?

Well, both. Currently we offer the following two options: shorter publicly available Brand Playlists and long-form private Soundtracks for spaces. For both of them we work closely with the client to understand how sound fits into their brand DNA and what their audience is like.

We believe that the guests’ experience with a particular space doesn’t have to begin and end with their stay. The idea of the Brand Playlist is to be a public brand playlists designed to engage the customers before, during, and after their visit at a space. It’s always accessible for them and serves as a new, dynamic marketing channel.

The Soundtrack is slightly different. It takes sometimes up to weeks of work and is designed by a world-class artist, DJ, or tastemaker. For it we first work with you to develop a deep understanding of your business and style. Then we match you with the perfect artist, DJ, or tastemaker to create unique, always fresh playlists, custom tailored to match your brand. 

In both cases, we update them regularly based on guest habits and clients’ needs. 

People in beta Clay Bassford Bespoke Sound



The way we engage with the music community is something really important for us and honestly, what makes us different than other background music providers. A lot of the background music providers out there have internal teams of maybe five or six DJs that do all of the music for their clients. We aim to connect with the local scene and always work with local DJs. There's some kind of magic in finding the exact right artists for the brand.

And on the flip side of it, when we hire artists, we make sure that the project is also inspiring for them and that they would be interested in participating. We always make sure to pay them well. The whole project creates for them a new income stream that they wouldn't have otherwise.

People in beta Clay Bassford Bespoke Sound

Yes! This was really fun. The objective with the betahaus "betabeer sounds" playlist was to showcase the community side of betahaus. There are so many cool, interesting people in the betahaus community and we thought a playlist could be a perfect way to not only help bring the community together but also show the diverse funkiness of the communities of Berlin and Neukölln, which is why Hazy Pockets, a longtime local Berlin DJ known for his eclectic mixes, was perfect for this project.

This playlist moves from bluesy 60s rock into surf and tropicalia, picking up momentum into Motown and onwards through some laid back disco tunes. Perfect for the betabeer events betahaus hosts monthly!


YOU’RE CURRENTLY ENJOYING THE SUN FAR FROM BERLIN. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES in berlin that YOU MISS THE MOST?

Oh, there are just so many! Like the Imren Grill for instance where you can find the best homemade Turkish food or Das Gift and Gordon which are both run by great music people. Kohelenquelle in Prenzleuer Berg is my favorite local bar (or rather kneipe). To satisfy my  techno / electronic records needs I always go to Hard Wax and one of my most special places is the Zions Kirche steeple, which has an awesome view of the city and a great Weinerei close by. 


You can see me around betahaus. Online, you can always check out my website and listen to our public playlists on Spotify. We’re also currently working on a collaboration with betahaus, so a special Playlist curated by is will very soon sound around the spaces in Kreuzberg and Neukölln. 

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