On 3 December we officially moved to Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 23. The historical building, which used to serve as the HQ for daily newspaper, taz, is now a five-floor coworking space full of ambitious startups, entrepreneurs of all kinds, freelancers and aspiring world-changers.
Not only we have changed location, but we've upgraded to five floors of coworking space, more event venues, terraces on every floor, a bigger betahaus | Café and even a rooftop terrace. The space is still undergoing renovation, but will be fully open at the start of 2019. Currently, we have four floors open for Pro Members and a huge Club Lounge area on the first floor.
If you're not a member yet, now could be the time to consider it. Our memberships start from 99€ per month and include access to free Community Events like our weekly betabreakfast, Office Hour consultancy sessions with experts from diverse backgrounds, access to Meeting Rooms, and so much more. We also offer Team Desks, and you'll find Berlin-based startups like The Collective, Jolocom, Functional Aestetics and Industrial Analytics already working here.
It's always been called out as Berlin's best coworking cafes, and we couldn't move without it. So after a couple of months of downtime, the betahaus | Café has been relocated to Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 23. The space has two floors, an extensive coffee list, and tons of lunch options if you have an informal meeting or just need to get away for a quick break.
In the new location we have four incredible Event Spaces where you can host your next seminar, lecture, workshop, or party. All of our spaces give a spectacular view over Berlin Mitte and one is even directly connected to the rooftop terrace. If you want to inquire about our new spaces, get in touch here.
We're having our betahaus Christmas Fest and housewarming party on 13 December and would love to see you there! RSVP here and come check out the space yourself! We'll have lots of glühwein, a live band, and a really awesome Christmas Raffle sponsored by our friends and partners from Coboat, UrbanSportsClub, Donkey Republik, Mykita, Coffee Circle and many more.
In the summer, we launched a couple of new events in Neukölln like Freelancers, Unite!, The Backyard Sessions and My friend’s BBQ.
Freelancers, Unite! developed as our productive coworking session with freelancers from in and outside the ‘haus. Once a month, we picked an important freelance topic (such as taxes, time-management, etc) and invited experts to give us insights on the topic. We saw so many new faces and had the chance to come back closer to where we started from - the freelance, grassroots culture.
Another event, which started in July (and turned out to be our favourite events) were The Backyard Sessions. Organised by our queen of Neukölln - Robbin – the Backyard Sessions are our creative evenings with live music jams, movie screenings and cocktails.
This last event was hilarious because for quite some time, nobody knew exactly who organised it or invited them. The friend was throwing a BBQ for the community in the garden and this led to all our members joining and staying after for a beer or two with us.
‘’My favourite moment this year was the second friends bbq which was actually cancelled because of the rain forecast. But despite the bad weather, people show up and it turned into a super nice intimate evening with Elizaveta and Paul giving a garden concert.’’ - Robbin (Community Manager, betahaus)
''In July, it was great how the casual after-work BBQ turned into an impromptu acoustic blues jam session with Elizavetta Barsegova and Paul, who have the voice of an angel. Actually, all of the My Friend's BBQ's and Backyard Sessions were AWESOME.’’ - Paige (Head of Marketing, betahaus)
This year we released a new event format in Kreuzberg called ‘’The betaSalon’’. It's an open panel discussion which aims to give stage to important topics and give free speech on them. The fist one we did on the EU elections, last month we talked about changemakers, but our favourite one for this season stays ‘’Mother + Founder’’ where we partnered with FemGems podcast and recorded a live podcast episode for them having Madeleine Gummer von Mohl (betahaus co-founder), Kristine Zeller (co-creater of ooshi period underwear) and Luisa Hoffman on the stage.
Every September, our co-founders take part in the Techfestival. in Copenhagen, spending a few days disconnecting from the daily life and focusing on creating a better, more human-centered tech future. This year the think tank which included our co-founders Madeleine and Max came up with the TechPledge. The Tech Pledge was made to emphasize the need for a new direction in tech. Similar to the Hippocratic oath for doctors, the Tech Pledge is a promise to make tech a force for good and ensure responsible and sustainable tech leadership. It’s a commitment to driving a new direction in technology.
One of the most exciting projects for betahausX this year (which is also continuing in 2020) is their new startup challenge called The Werder Lab - a global startup competition that aims to reimagine the way clubs like Werder work with athletes, fans and partners.
This year couldn’t end without us having our favourite events - the end-of-the-year holiday party and the BETAPITCH Global Finals. On the 6th of December we saw the 9 finalists of the regional BETAPITCH competitions pitching in front of our jury. Congrats to Troy from Hamburg for winning the big prize.
We finished the year at our Holiday Party celebrating anything and everything at betahaus | Neukölln together with our members, friends of friends and our favourite artists from Passiflora LIVE, Tapete and Kotoe.
Thank you for being with us in 2019. It's been a crazy big year for us and it wouldn't been possible without your support, trust and the hard work of our amazing team. Have an amazing holiday time and we'll see you again in 2020.