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!
To be honest, I sort of fell into it. I was always working somewhere between content marketing and the music industry and around seven years ago a friend of a friend was searching for someone to help him curating music for his boutique surf spot on the beach in Costa Rica. The owner was a big music fan, but he just didn't have time to keep all the music up-to-date. So I got introduced to him, we shared similar tastes, and agreed that I would do the music for his space - curating it and updating it with new music on a regular basis.
This for me was a dream come true. I could finally work with music all day, and at the same time, I could help create an awesome experience for the guests. I saw people's reactions when they heard a song they liked. I saw them dancing, getting a little closer to each other at the bar and that for me was really rewarding.
This was the moment when I realized that there is something special about this idea and I got interested if there is actually market out there. I did some market research, and a lot of interviews with different hoteliers people in the industry trying to get more feedback. And the idea started growing more and more.
Interesting is the story of the last years winner in the category “Creative”. Hamburg based headraft literally took music experience to the next level by creating the world’s first AR Music Video for the German band “die Fantastischen Vier”. Designed for their song “Tunnel”, the cited app unfolds a virtual story world once the track starts playing, giving fans the opportunity to go on an interactive journey with the band rather than being a passive viewer.
Applications are now open! Finalists will be awaited by a curious jury of five leading industry experts. Among others, Kathleen Cohen who was already taking part in the first year will be in the panel of judges again. With a 25-year multiplatform career history under her belt, she is one of the most regarded in the field. As a digital experience expert, she has successfully implemented projects for DreamWorks Interactive and IBM Innovation, to name a few.
Needless to say, the yearly AUREA Award is definitely the place to be. Apply and become a member of the community bringing together all the promising products and solutions in the AR/VR sector.
Well, both. Currently we offer the following two options: shorter publicly available Brand Playlists and long-form private Soundtracks for spaces. For both of them we work closely with the client to understand how sound fits into their brand DNA and what their audience is like.
We believe that the guests’ experience with a particular space doesn’t have to begin and end with their stay. The idea of the Brand Playlist is to be a public brand playlists designed to engage the customers before, during, and after their visit at a space. It’s always accessible for them and serves as a new, dynamic marketing channel.
The Soundtrack is slightly different. It takes sometimes up to weeks of work and is designed by a world-class artist, DJ, or tastemaker. For it we first work with you to develop a deep understanding of your business and style. Then we match you with the perfect artist, DJ, or tastemaker to create unique, always fresh playlists, custom tailored to match your brand.
In both cases, we update them regularly based on guest habits and clients’ needs.
The way we engage with the music community is something really important for us and honestly, what makes us different than other background music providers. A lot of the background music providers out there have internal teams of maybe five or six DJs that do all of the music for their clients. We aim to connect with the local scene and always work with local DJs. There's some kind of magic in finding the exact right artists for the brand.
And on the flip side of it, when we hire artists, we make sure that the project is also inspiring for them and that they would be interested in participating. We always make sure to pay them well. The whole project creates for them a new income stream that they wouldn't have otherwise.
Yes! This was really fun. The objective with the betahaus "betabeer sounds" playlist was to showcase the community side of betahaus. There are so many cool, interesting people in the betahaus community and we thought a playlist could be a perfect way to not only help bring the community together but also show the diverse funkiness of the communities of Berlin and Neukölln, which is why Hazy Pockets, a longtime local Berlin DJ known for his eclectic mixes, was perfect for this project.
This playlist moves from bluesy 60s rock into surf and tropicalia, picking up momentum into Motown and onwards through some laid back disco tunes. Perfect for the betabeer events betahaus hosts monthly!
Oh, there are just so many! Like the Imren Grill for instance where you can find the best homemade Turkish food or Das Gift and Gordon which are both run by great music people. Kohelenquelle in Prenzleuer Berg is my favorite local bar (or rather kneipe). To satisfy my techno / electronic records needs I always go to Hard Wax and one of my most special places is the Zions Kirche steeple, which has an awesome view of the city and a great Weinerei close by.