Deutsche Bahn held it’s very first Pitch for their new accelerator in betahaus on 23rd of June. The first batch is just starting at betahaus | berlin today. About 20 people can call themselves new betahaus | members. Our betahaus community is looking forward to the new faces. And you know what? Stay tuned to apply for the 2nd batch starting in autumn this year. Check infra4null to stay up to date.
The fields DB was looking for has mostly been sensor technology, machine to machine communication, analytics and smart shopping.
DB opens it’s doors to innovation: For weeks DB has been on the lookout for applying startups. What they get is simple but sexy! Giving 25k with no strings attached, 3 months of coworking space in betahaus, mentoring and DB's giant network. Mainly, DB is able to provide the startups massive data to work with. 111 startups applied to be a part oft he DB Infrastructure 4.0 accelerator.
Last Tuesday, 11 pre-selected startups pitched their awesome ideas to the jury giving them some tough times.
Those were Nikolaus Röttger (Chief Editor Wired), Mathias Ockenfels (Investment Associate at Point Nine Capital), Christoph Fahle (Co-Founder of betahaus | berlin), Dr. Volker Kefer (Member of the Management Board DB AG, Infrastructure and Services), Ute Möbus (CFO DB Station&Service AG), Klaus Müller (CTO Infrastructure DB AG), Manfred Leger (Managing Director DB Projekt Stuttgart-Ulm GmbH) and Jens Bergmann (Managing Director DB ProjektBau GmbH). The questions of the jury were accompanied by the feedback of the audience delivered through the screen.
INabE is on the run to innovate indoor navigation by using beacons. Thanks to INabE you will be able to navigate on the train stations through augmented reality.
KONUX builds precise, robust and intelligent optoelectronic sensor systems. Their vision: Intelligent infrastructure carrxing out maintenance on demand, exactly when it fits your schedule.
Swocket is making ‘smart home’ easy to use and affordable. It lets users enjoy the benefits of a smart home without having to buy everything new. Angelo Wyszengrad showed us how you can use swocket to turn on and off a light by clicking your watch. We know the good stuff - swocket is an alumni of our BETAPITCH | Berlin.
Senvisys develops an innovative railway detection system in order to improve security of railway systems.
The essentials for the selected startups are 25k for zero equity, mentoring and 3 months of free coworking space at betahaus. The major advantage of DB Infrastructure 4.0 Accelerator? Access to the massive data system of DB, which actually means access to the world of railways. Startups also get integrated in the betahaus community and every team gets an additional person to help them with everything they need.
Now the selected teams just arrive in betahaus. Let’s make it the best time they ever had!
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In April, we celebrated a decade of coworking with our biggest party in the last few years - ''10 Years in beta''. For this one we transformed the coworking area in betahaus | Neukölln into a party venue. An art exhibition took over The Basement underneath and The Garden was filled with activities like acro yoga, mandala painting, and a collage workshop.
‘’One of my many favourite betahaus moments this year was when Christoph, Max and I stood nervously in the Garden to give a speech in front of all our friends and members at our 10th birthday party. We talked about our values, our future goals after this whirlwind of a change and our intention to make tech more human. There was just so much love and appreciation around us.’’ - Madeleine (Co-Founder, betahaus)
"My favourite betahaus moment of the year is the woman who was gently putting beef and minced meat around our 10 years party installation. Until this day, no one knows exactly who she was and if this was a part of the installation, but out of all the things we saw on the 10 years in beta, she stays my highlight.’’ - Maria (Graphic Designer, betahaus)
The 10 Years in beta party was also the official opening of betahaus | Neukölln. Spring was the perfect time for our new project to start growing. The Club Lounge started filling, amazing new teams joined the community such as LAUDO, Obst Digital, Wonderwerk, Trybe and The Zeitsprung Project. Our Gil became the Lord of the house, giving hugs to everybody, fixing all kinds of problems in the ‘haus and keeping it run smoothly with the rest of the Front Desk team. This was also the month when we launched our beloved weekly yoga classes guided by our dear Cynthia from Arrive Yoga.
" 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.