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Katka Nagyová
July 1, 2015

New residents and Deutsche Bahn pitch day

New startup blood is coming to the house! Starting on the 1st of July, 4 teams of the DB Accelerator will call betahaus home for 3 months.

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.

What's it all about?

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.

So who are the 4 lucky winners that are going to sky-rocket their startup from betahaus?

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.

What are these winners getting?

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!

If you'd like to get connected or just have a feedback, drop us a line!

More information about events in betahaus, here! 

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.

Interview with LAUDO at betahaus | Neukölln
Interview with Obst.Digital at betahaus | Neukölln

"The Summer is the best time to host Backyard sessions and BBQ’s’’

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. 

Freelancers, Unite! at betahaus | Neukölln

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. 

The Backyard Sessions at basement.berlin
Movie Screening at basement.berlin

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) 

The Garden at betahaus | Neukölln
My Friend's BBQ at betahaus | Neukölln



"As a coworking space, you have to give stage to important topics.’’

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.

betaSalon at betahaus | Kreuzberg

"We should fight for a more human-centered tech development’’

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.

Techfestival. 2019 in Copenhagen


"Startups are transforming European football as we know it.’’

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.



"You should leave time for the things you love most’’ 

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.

Love at The betahaus Holiday Party 2019


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.

With love,
betahaus

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