Christoph Fahle
February 14, 2013

Hub:raum Demo Day: How Do the Accelerated Startups Look Like?

8 weeks of acceleration, 3 days of intense venue preparation, media, cameras and a live stream, 15 well trained pitches and 130 people in the audience. No need for judges, the audience full of investors and corporates took over the startups’ questioning. These numbers and the nice booklet predicted an interesting event. The event was already 2 weeks ago. But we still want to share a few insides with you.

This is how the final Demo Day of the hub:raum accelerator started. The program for accelerating the web and mobile startups went a long way till it exposed the startups to the investors. Enjoying almost whole floor in betahaus since November 2012, they got intense educational coctail from the General Assembly, and weeks of continuous networking and pitching in betahaus. Once a week the doors opened for external guests to meet the startups and give insights from different backgrounds. The startup funders have become the masters of pitching after 8 weeks of regular Friday pitching when have collected tons of feedback. Joyful time.

The Demo Day brought together investors which could feel the passion of the teams and question these young startups. The corporate roots of the event might be recognised by surprisingly many suits on this startup event.

Pitches started with quality, yet nervous, pitch of 36pics. Then the appetico tweeted the food right from the demo table. Outstanding presentation of Capsule.fm made us question the future. The collection of prizes which this startup has won over the last few months is promising.

The idea of Priya with her startup Changify resonated in many heads. Cliperize helps to keep track of the favourite music & video bookmarks.

A perfect presentation of the techie startup Codeship which entered the program as Rails on Fire proved, that also non-technicians can understand when the pitch is good.

Well known Eisenhower was already famous when entering. Program brought big changes, guys turned to work on premium mobile apps for anybody, the new business is called Rheinfabrik.

Maschinendirigent is reacting to the market demand for managing the farming resources.

During the break Master&Slave offered some tempting chocolate and subsequntly pitched their solution on overcoming temptations whilst be productive. Would Alex from Mighty-Office leave his job right away? Tricky question... Oliver from Scolibri amused the crowd with their showcase of a regular teacher. The promising Solarbrush - he already won the betapitch and hyberlin  - has already presented his solution in Abu Dhabi.

Stylish Oliver from Stylemarks wants to make the sharing of clothes easier.

Time to retire? No, do a startup - 60 years young Beate is with The New//Africa planning a TechCrunch for Africa.

Toywheel gives wings to kids' games, the demo with a bit of augmented reality was compelling.

Today the pitching startups are mostly back to work, reviewing the contacts they acquired and implementing the feedbacks collected from experienced audience.

Most of the startups have already cleaned up their desks and left for a the big wild world. We are happy that the teams enjoyed working at betahaus and some of them keep on working in here for longer.Even though we know that the global growth requires moving around the world, we are looking forward to host you when ever you are around!

Next hub:raum accelerator is opening in October, so don't miss the chance to kick off your startup with the support of this promising program and stay tuned.

And last words to the startups that already took off: We will miss you guys, especially your willingness to socialize and asking for the free coffee!

Now, Rock and Roll the world!

Don’t forget to check our calendar for more events coming up.

Cost is a big one here. In regards to total transportation costs, the last mile comprises up to 53% of those - making it the least efficient part of the supply chain. Expectations of free shipping and next day deliveries add up to this.

Due to increasing digitalization and convenience services in every area of people's lives, the smooth and flawless process of getting the delivery to one's doorstep is exceedingly becoming what customers care most about. On top of that, for companies that package being delivered is an extension of their brand. The consumer is basically coming face-to-face with the brand, which makes it the biggest opportunity to heighten customer satisfaction.


If you live in a city and have even slightly observed your urban surroundings you’ve probably witnessed it first hand - urban congestion and crowded cities make it pretty tough to satisfy the growing demand and rising expectations of super quick deliveries. Add unpredictability in transit (like weather conditions), an incorrect address or remote locations, just to name a few, and you can see where this is going.

The worst part is, all those delivery trucks and vans that also produce a fair bit of emissions, are often only half full when they roll out for deliveries. This is mostly due to low drop sizes and stops along the route that are far and few between.

It’s not all hopeless though - Where there is a problem, there are solutions.


Same old, same old - isn’t always all that bad. Sometimes, all that’s needed are some new perspectives! The city of Utrecht, for‌ ‌example, implemented a zero-emissions electric barge nicknamed the “Beer Boat”. 

Since 2010 it’s carrying beer and food to the city’s downtown restaurants by using waterways. Other electric barges in Amsterdam not only deliver but even collect organic waste, which is then turned into biofuel in processing plants! Isn’t that cool?

It becomes clear that cities, logistics, as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌urban‌ ‌planners, are equally part of solving the inefficiency of the last-mile. Tackling this mountain of issues calls for teamwork!


A centralized platform, hub or network for similar companies, could do the trick to fill up the delivery vans & trucks that are barely loaded. Parcels could be distributed more efficiently between different companies and their delivery vehicles.

Like a big pool of parcels from different companies with every single parcel going into that one van with the same route!


Delivery Driver Experience and Smart Delivery Vehicles are also areas with huge potential for improvement and innovation.


Ellie: Two years ago we adopted a new legal structure for Jolocom GmbH according to the purpose model of ownership, manifesting our commitment and dedication to building a self-sovereign organization. That means we can’t take VC funding or sell public shares of the company. 

Volker: Jolocom is a community driven organisation – both in a tech sense but also much further beyond. We’re hugely involved in the DWeb community where we organize and attend events for the decentralized community. Every year we also help organize and attend the DWeb Camp in San Francisco, which brings together all kinds of creatives so this technology of tomorrow is built in a collaborative way.


Next to that on-demand experiences have become firmly embedded into people’s everyday lives - be it a mobile app to book a ride, send flowers to your loved ones or order lunch to your office. It’s all possible and has made premium features like real-time tracking a standard.  The online consumer expects nothing less and certainly doesn’t like to wait.


Making that quick and instant gratification happen is another story though. Groundbreaking ideas and innovations are needed to tackle all these factors. Does your startup have one? 

Then head over to our Future Logistics Challenge! Applications are still open until September 23rd.

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.

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