The room was packed with hardware lovers, startup crowd and participants of the ThingsCon. The finalists were nervous after training till the late previous night with gorgeous pitch trainer Bianca. They've travelled in from different parts of world – from Kreuzbeg, Barcelona, Sofia to Newcastle. Most of them had manufactured a real prototype, but they also were shy enough to not to show it on the stage.
We started with SkySense, the charging stations for multicopters which are going to production right now.
Form team flew in from Spain where they work at betahaus | barcelona. The ex-Apple cofounder described how the're selling the peace of mind starting with a smart smoke detector.
Melissa Climate is smart air conditioning tool which was presented by the inventor Lyubo, the 19 year old entrepreneur from Sofia. He’s already gone through couple of startup competitions and also took part of hub:raum accelerator in Krakow.
Superclock had a nervous presentation of their smart home clock which is connected to internet and shows you when the next metro is leaving. Right on your wall clock at home. No need to open an app on your phone. Guys also have a fairly working prototype which they didn't bring on the stage and therefor they got lynched by the jury for not showing it. As Thomas Madsen-Mygdal nailed it: "Demo or die!"
Luuv showed how to do it. Couple of nice prototypes showing the usability on the stage, great presentation and successful crowdfunding campaing (which is running for few more days).
Joanna, the courageous founder of Little Riot improving long distance relationships presented Pillow talk. This tool has many lovers and haters, which means it must be significant.
Bragi introduced their Dash, in-ear headphones working without any phone - measuring the heartbeat, serving as a mic, music player.... They‘ve crowdfunded over $3.4m and raised interest of many tech giants.
We also had a special guest from the space, literally. Paolo Angelo Nespoli, Italian astronaut who’s been to the space 2x talked about his hardware tweaks in the space station. Counting how many light years it will take us to travel through the space to pick up something from Proxima Centauri, he encouraged everybody to not accept any limits.
After the pitching the jury locked up in the room to decide on the winner and the crowd moved on to party with ThingsCon participants.
1st place – Luuv wins the trip to Asia, and exhibitor’s booth on the HITB conferrence in Amsterdam
2nd place – Form who wins the spot on one of the Axel Springer Plug n Play pitching day
3rd place – Melissa Climate who receives the production of video by Explain Rocket and a spot at Axel Springer Plug n Play pitching day.
Special prize goes to audience’s favorite Superclock who wins 6-months of workspace at betahaus.
The 1000€ to be spent on Elance goes to Little Riot.
The 3 month flat supply of Vitamin Water will freshen up the summer of SkySense.
This all would not be possible without our belowed sponsors who deserve a big THANK YOU!
THANKS also to the great startups who’ve applied for the betapitch and the jury who came to choose the new superstars!
So you have a startup and would like to pitch at betapitch?
The next betapitch takes place in Copenhagen on June 20th, apply now!
All the locations are listed on the website and the applications are open!
Kudos to sponsors, supportes, jury, thingscon, great entrepreneurs and betahaus stuff, you’ve done it right and it was a blast!
Yours betapitch | Team!
Check the pictures on our facebook page, and see you soon in betahaus! Check out the calendar for upcominf events this month!
In a traditional office, you’ll typically have to sign a year lease (or longer). You’ll be committing to a fixed space that won’t grow with your team or give you flexibility if things change. Unless your contract goes month-to-month, you might just find yourself in a lifelong cycle of “let's figure it out next year”.
We believe that your office should help you grow, not hold you back. That’s why our Team Spaces come with leases as short as two months. Your rates are on a per-member basis, so you can easily expand your team or take over new rooms without having to break your lease. We work beside you rather than against you to find an arrangement that gives you the comfort of a home base with flexibility.
Did we mention this was going to be easy?
Just kidding. We definitely did.
But, look. Your space will be fully-furnished from the day you move in. We’ll have the WiFi up-and-running and printers online. The meeting rooms will be ready to go. The kitchenette stocked with mugs and freshly brewed coffee. And you’ll have the support of our coworking team. They’ll provide everything from reception to package handling to space maintenance. They’ll get you oriented in the space and make sure you have what you need to get to work.
New office without the downtime.
Some office spaces have a one-size-fits-all approach, but that's not really our style. The reason no two betahaus locations look the same is because they’re locally designed. And we give our Team Space members this same opportunity to customize their space.
Choose a room with a view of the city or one on the ground floor with easy access to the garden. Change the lighting fixture or bring your own bookshelf. We want teams to be able to white label, decorate, and really make the space their own if they want to.
And if you’re really looking to customize, Team HQs allow teams to collaborate with our architects and coworking team to create a space that is completely bespoke. Whether it’s additional meeting rooms, unconventional seating, or a yoga room, we apply our 10 years of experience in building functional workspace to your creative vision to create something that’s just right.
Probably the biggest benefit of coworking is community and events. Now we know it may not be the first thing you’re looking for as you seek out your next office space, but bear with us.
Imagine using your lunch breaks to chat with someone in your industry. Meeting freelance developers at after-work beers. Networking with investors at BETAPITCH. Pitching at our weekly betabreakfast and getting support and feedback on your new ideas.
betahaus has spent the last 10 years cultivating a community of people who we genuinely like working with. And when you join, your team will become a part of it, too.
" People matter! Community was always what we were all about. ‘’
In June we launched #PeopleInbeta - our monthly blog post series in which our Content Manager - Vihra interviewed teams and freelancers from the betahaus community to present the variety of creatives we have in ‘haus, to understand their missions and get some useful advice for our audience. We talked on topics such as sustainability (with PlanA) , decentralized digital identity (with JOLOCOM), curated music experiences (with Bespoke Sounds), freelance photography (with Sara Herrlander), full-stack development (with Obst Digital), design (with LAUDO) and much 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.