When the news of betahaus Hamburg’s insolvency hit us last June, we were not only worried about the future of the second betahaus in Germany – a lot of people began questioning the viability of coworking as a business model in general, and we had to face quite a few skeptical comments on the future of all the betahaus | spaces.
Alas, reality proved them wrong betahaus | Berlin, Sofia and Barcelona are growing each day and Hamburg faced a series of miracles:
Beginning right with betahaus | Hamburg’s insolvency, all of the cities’ forces seemed to join in an effort to save the betahaus | Hamburg – the coworking and startup community, established companies, and city officials all alike did what was in their power to keep the betahaus | Hamburg running.
And betahaus | Hamburg’s team did their part, too: They completely changed their pricing model, reformed their organization, and bundled efforts to move to a larger space (the lack of which we had identified as a main reason for failure). And in a matter of weeks rather than months, betahaus| Hamburg was thriving again – and more than ever. We are very proud of the Hamburg team!!
To keep betahaus | Hamburg on this trajectory, only one thing was missing at the beginning of 2014: the larger space! Eifflerwerk to the rescue: In mid-January, the building once planned as the future home of betahaus | Hamburg (and long since become unavailable) appeared back on the market. And once again, all forces joined, planets aligned, and betahaus Hamburg made the leap from under 300 to over 1,300 sqm, to be set up in only three months’ time.
Which brings us to the present: betahaus | Hamburg is moving (estimated date of arrival at the new space: 12th of April), and they need our (read: your) help! They are fundraising on startnext.de, and you can help by becoming a fan, spreading the word, and/or donating to get one of the fabulous perks they set up!
Rock n Roll! Oh and save the date: huge opening party in the new betahaus will be on June, 6th! See you all there!
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From 8pm on, we'll open The Club where the DJ booth and the dance floor will turn into our playground. We've invited hip hop and pole dancers to open the dance floor and have a friends-only crazy-cool lineup planned for the night. We'll be mixing botanical cocktails with Fritz Cola and inviting you into our Photo Booth Room so you can take home some silly photos from the night. In The Club, you will also find The Balloon Room and The Zen Zone which will be our chill spot for the night. Check out the timeline in The Club and learn more about The Zen Zone below.
20:00 - 22:00 Dj Niggo
21:00 - 22:00 Hip-Hop Dancers
22:00 - 22.30 AinTheMachine
23:00 - 01:00: Michal Vagner
01:00 - 03:00: Asia
The Zen Zone
(to be announced): Cacao Experience with Moruga Cacao
19:00 - 21:00: Tea Ceremony with Thirsty Moon
Make sure to join our Facebook Event and RSVP on Eventbrite, so we can put your name into our Happiness Jar. This birthday bash is all about our community, and together with our partners we've prepared a special Prize Draw.
Throughout the whole night, you will find the rooms of The Basement filled with art pieces from our favorite Berlin-based creatives. From illustrations to paintings to wooden sculptures and installations - we've made sure to host an inclusive Berlin-like mix of all things art. Let us introduce to you to some of the artists, who you will meet down in The Basement:
Have you met .. the Softblobs? Since moving back to Berlin from the US, Gesine Krätzner has been making strange creatures out of fabric that she calls Softblobs. They are cute, random, and they'll be waiting in The Basement if you want to try playing around with them.
From toys made of fabric, we’re moving onto wooden sculptures. Matt Danko knows how to bring wood to life and does it amazingly in his free time. In The Basement, he’ll show his latest furniture pieces and sculptures.
In the same room as Matt, you’ll find Lisa Büscher, who has prepared for us a hyper realistic sculpture presentation that gives it the touch of the extreme, surrealistic and absurd. She de- and reconstructs and reorganizes human bodies like Utopia does society.
Colette is a Berlin-based creative working in photography, art direction and set design. Through her visuals she explores intimacy and anonymity. The space that falls somewhere in between.
Ocean. Now! is a collective that accelerates ocean protection. They work with different types of art to motivate our society to protect the Ocean -Now!
In the early afternoon, based in The Garden, you’ll meet Amaury BOUQUET. He’s a Berlin-based French artist from Saint Maur des Fossés, who has a background in social innovation and loves to play with symbols in his works. At 10 Years in beta, he’ll do his special Humanist Tarot readings from 4-6pm.
Parallel to him, also in The Garden, Sebastian Olivares will be painting live a special Mandala created for betahaus. Sebastian is a Berlin-based visual artist who specializes in painting mandala murals and has painted murals in Germany, Chile, Australia and Thailand.
Throughout the day ilan katin will be putting the party vibes onto a mural, specially created for betahaus. He's a Neukölln-based artist with experience in visual work, both static and performative, graphic design, illustration, comics, installations, animation and live video.
We think this one speaks for itself. If you need a little glitz or glitter to get you into the party spirit, come early and we'll do the rest.
Last, but not least, special thanks to our lovely partners who are helping us making this event happen.
Pilsner Urquell and Fritz Cola for the drinks, Emmy, Drivy, FrameRight, CoffeeCircle, Dream Facilitation, Moruga and BioWine for supporting our Prize Draw and our media partners from Silicon Allee, ASK HELMUT, Creative City Berlin and TechCode.