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.

Claudius: Design is the core of what we do and what we’re all passionate about, but hardly our only focus. Design, at LAUDO, stands more for designing a whole strategy, often very close connected with marketing. We’re developing websites and apps for our clients, but also help them reach their target audience through SEO, Google ranking developing newsletter systems, print brochures etc.

Claudius: A lot of other companies are seeing themselves as a service provider and don’t really question what their client wants and why. We pay very close attention if the work we provide for a client is in line with our personal values and vision. It’s not just delivering a product to the client, getting the paycheck and leaving, but also building relationships with clients and collaborating. Because they are often our doors to new opportunities

We see LAUDO as an airport, where the clients are our gates to new guests, new perspectives and new potential clients. It happens all the time that whoever we’re working for, from there we get a new project, which wasn’t planned before. So we open up a new gate. That’s how we were able to grow and why good connection with our clients is so crucial for us.’

‘’We see LAUDO as an airport, where the clients are our gates to new guests, new perspectives and new potential clients. It happens all the time that whoever we’re working for, from there we get a new project, which wasn’t planned before. So we open up a new gate. That’s how we were able to grow and why good connection with our clients is so crucial for us.’’
Photos by Lea GK

Orietta: I think one thing that makes us stand out on the market and our number one strength is the team. We’re a small team and we all look in the same direction and have the same approach and vision. That makes the communication go smoothly.

Joey: Another thing is that we have a very hands-on approach. We are the guys, who say: ‘’Okay, let’s do it’’. That’s our culture.

Orietta: When we started looking for a place I was already involved in the betahaus community. Working from previous betahaus locations and attending the community events, I already knew a lot of people in the 'haus ...

Joey: Yes, I remember on the first day we came to betahaus Orietta was like ‘’Oh, hey! Hi! Hey, how are you doing? Hi!'' giving high-fives to everybody and we were like: What is going on, why does she know everybody?!

Orietta: Well, the vibe in betahaus is just super easy going. You directly feel that you can meet people easily. If you go to the kitchen for example and just ask ''Hey how are you, what are you working on?''. We made many new contacts too.

Claudius: What makes it nice here is that people are enjoying being here and working on their projects.

Photos by Lea GK

Claudius: The truth is, we could probably afford an office for the same price, but that would put us between these four walls, which put you into a box, much harder to exit and to connect with new people. We went for a Team Desk because here we have so much more space and everything seems much more connected. You can easily meet people.

Orietta: And it’s just so spacious here. We have this super nice garden.

Claudius: I like being focused on my work but I also like if someone disturbs me from time to time. It helps when the door opens. In an office we would work in a whole different way. Here Gillord (Coworking Manager) is coming in everyday, giving me a hug, telling me about his workout .. that’s the main reason - the personal connection.

The day in betahaus starts with a hug and ends with a hug. The time in between is pretty much spent on doing what you love.
Photos by Lea GK


After you’ve taken care of your paperwork and you’ve signed up both in Bürger- and Finanzamt, you are all set up to start working. One of the best ways to get integrated into the city fast, meet like-minded people, and even find clients is by working from a coworking space. There are tons of benefits for freelancers and luckily Berlin has a lot to offer in this way. A coworking space is a physically collaborative shared workspace, which brings all kinds of creatives and entrepreneurs together. It’s a perfect place for startups, freelancers, digital nomads and even corporates searching for innovation. And it’s the biggest advantage towards the typical office space is that it pushes a collaborative exchange between its members and facilitates the creative process and networking.

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