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November 23, 2017

Office Hours at betahaus

betahaus | Office Hours are one-on-one consultancy sessions with experts from our community to our community. We've asked our in-house experts to share their knowledge on everything from German tax code to crowdfunding, and they're absolutely free for betahaus members. Explore which office hours are avaliable this month!

1. Do The Right Thing! Law Office Hours!

Do you have questions concerning topics as founding, shares, vesting, contracts, funding or exits? Or maybe you need help developing a negotiation strategy? As entrepreneur you have to negotiate in numerous situations: with co-founders, investors, employees etc. Then this law office hour will help you to develop a perfect strategy for your situation.

Event holder: Ludmilla and Jan are the founders of KUHLEN, a corporate law firm with digital DNA specialised in start-ups and both work as experts in strategic negotiation.

When: Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 16-17:30h

Where: Meeting Room 2, 1st floor, betahaus

2. Get Funding

With this office hour on getting funding, you will gain insights into the seed investors perspective and support on topics such as business modelling, go 2 market approach, target group structuring and on funding need/valuation etc.

Event Holder: WestTech Ventures & Project Flying Elephant are leading this sessions. WestTech Ventures is a technology-oriented early-stage investor in Berlin, that invests in startups through all of the development stages. Project Flying Elephant is their Deep Tech Incubator, that supports strong tech teams in funding as well mentoring, workshops etc.

When: Every 3rd Wednesday, 16-18h 

Where: Club Lounge, 1st floor, betahaus

3. Crowdfunding Startnext

This office hour will give you insights into crowdfunding, an innovate model to finance ideas, projects and startups with the support of many people. During the Crowdfunding office hour the team from Startnext offers direct counselling for project starters who are interested in financing their project via Crowdfunding.

Event holder: Your questions will be answered by our Crowdfunding expert Melika Gewehr who counsels project starters on a daily basis at Startnext. Startnext is the leading Crowdfunding Community in the German speaking area - a platform for artists, creative people, inventors and entrepreneurs and offer a very high success rate for our project starters.

When: First Thursday of the Month, 16-18h

Where: Club Lounge, 1st floor, betahaus

4. Business with Purpose

Dream Facilitation offers tailor-made consultancy for people who want to investigate, plan and implement projects related to their life purpose. It is a combination of Coaching and Business Consulting.

Event holder: As a Dream Facilitator, Luiza’s purpose is to empower people to live a fulfilling life. She has a bachelor degree in Business Administration specialized in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability and an MBA at the European School of Management and Technology – Berlin.

When: Bi-Weekly on Thursday, 15-17h

Where: Club Lounge, 1st floor, betahaus


5.Building a startup without a CTO!?

Many founders struggle with finding the right technical co-founder – or any tech person at all – to build their product and put their idea into life.However, there’s a lot of steps founders can take before they actually start building the product in customized software. In this office hour you will learn how to build your startup without a CTO.

Event Holder: Adrian Krion has worked in and led IT projects for >10 years, from large enterprises to startups. He founded multiple companies, including techdev Solutions, which specializes in full-stack software development for startups and other companies along with architecture, delivery and scaling.

When: Every First Thursday, 14-16h

Where: Club Lounge, 1st floor, betahaus

6. Is Your Startup Ready for Journalists?

It’s no secret that getting featured in the right media at the right time can dramatically boost your startup momentum. However, as a startup, it’s difficult to get picked up by the media in a meaningful way. During this session we will see how to approach the people behind the media landscape, depending on your business goals.

Event holder: Olivia Czetwertynski is the co-founder of Becomewide and StartupPressRoom, international PR consultancies specializing in global PR and growth strategy for startups. She has worked for world-leading advertising agencies MRM Worldwide and TBWA.

When: Every Wednesday, 12-13h

Where: Club Lounge, 1st floor, betahaus

7. Make Most of Your Marketing

As a startup, you’ve got a limited amount of time, money and resources so it’s critical your energy is focused on the right channels and activities. In this marketing office hour you will work on customer acquisition strategies and tracking.

Event holder: This is a one-on-one session with Keith Baumwald. Keith has been a digital marketer for over 10 years working for agencies, corporates and startups across the US, Australia, Japan and Europe. 

When: Bi-Weekly on Fridays, 12-14h

Where: Club Lounge, 1st floor, betahaus


8. Be Smart With Social Media

This Office Hour is here to help you define and lead your brand awareness in media landscapes. It will teach you how to lead efficient actions on social media and be visible online. You will learn how to create partnership with influencers and how to build a community on specific foreign markets (UK, France etc.)

Event Holder: Christelle is a media strategist and the founder of KomLeBaobab, an intercultural Media and Public Relations agency. A part from managing PR and Media campaigns, she is often leading workshops and meetups on Social Media and PR topics. Thanks to her bi-national background (France and Ivory Coast) and university curriculum in languages and civilisations, Christelle has been developing strong intercultural communication skills.

When: Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 16:30-18:30h

Where: Club Lounge, 1st floor, betahaus


9. Managing your People & Culture

A committed employee helps shape a great company culture and is a multiplier for every HR Business Strategy. Some of the covered topics in this office hour are: Sustainable Recruiting, Employer Branding, HR Innovation Management and Retention Strategy.

Event Holder: Bridgery focuses on empowering Managers & HR Professionals to create people-centred innovation by engaging interdisciplinary teams and crafting sustainable HR solutions with innovative methods such as Design Thinking, Positive Psychology, OKR’s and Lean Management.

When: Bi-Weekly on Wednesdays, 15-17h 

Where: Cloub Lounge, 1st floor, betahaus


10. Taking Care of Your Mood Swings!

Are you working on a project, but feel confused about which is the next step you should make? Are you about to start a new journey? Is your current project/job transforming into a nightmare? If you feel blue and your motivation is weaker than before, then this office hour is for you!

Event holder: In his work as a counsel, Stefano Carpani support individuals in their self-development process. Stefano Carpani is a Psychoanalyst-in-Training (diploma candidate) at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, a Ph.D. Researcher at the Centre for Psychoanalytical Studies at the University of Essex as well as the initiator of the School of Dreams. 

When: Bi-Weekly on Wednesdays, 14-16h

Where: Club Lounge, 1st floor, betahaus 

11. Communications – where to start?

Are you planning your communications activities but not sure where to start? Struggling with defining your brand or product for customers? Do you just want to sound-check some ideas? This communications office hour session can help you define audiences and relevant attributes to these.

Event Holder: Jon, lead and strategist at Us Berlin, has over 7 years experience in communications, including global product launches and brand creation.

When: Every 4th Thursday, 15-16:30h

Where: Club Lounge, 1st floor, betahaus


12. Beta Brands, Community Hands

This office hour on consultation in sponsorship offers some advices in partnership ideas and acquisition. It’s the what and how you do and to whom. If you have a product or service that you feel is ready for market and need some advice on how to get sponsors and partners or how to sponsor on a budget this office hour is exactly for you.

Event Holder: Craft Initiative Agency - a branding and distribution/facilitator agency, specialised in connecting the off-market communities to brands through supporting their events, parties, concerts and festivals. 

When: Every 2nd Friday, 15-17h

Where: Club Lounge, 1st floor, betahaus


13. Patents: Protection and Monetization of Technical Inventions

If you work on a technical project, you might be able to protect its results by filing a patent application. A single patent, if you own it, may turn a half-baked idea into an investment opportunity. In this office hour on patents you can explain your plans and problems, and point out what IP issues are most likely to matter to your business.

Event Holder: Knut Seliger, Ben Jesko Schulz and Claas Junghans are patent attorneys with degrees in different technical fields, from engineering to chemistry.

When: Every 1st Wednesday (Bi-Monthly), 11-13h

Where: Club Lounge, 1st floor, betahaus


14. Expat Coaching

This expat office hour is a 1-on-1 coaching on your life in Berlin as an expat. Bring us your questions and issues, forms, documents, etc. and we’ll help you find solutions, outline an action plan, write an email or make a phone call in German, fill out your forms, etc.. 

Event Holder: Tia Robinson is the cofounder of Expath, a German language school that also helps expats deal with life in Berlin. She currently runs Expath’s workshops ‘Getting started in Berlin,’ ‘Finding a job in Berlin,’ ‘Finding a flat in Berlin’ and ‘How to become a freelancer in Berlin'.

When: 4th Wednesday of the Month, 12-14h

Where: Club Lounge, 1st floor, betahaus

!!! NEW Office Hours in 2018 !!!

15. Career Navigation for Women

Creating a fulfilling career and life, aligned with our talents and passions, can feel quite overwhelming. During this office-hour you will be guided step by step to pursuit the career you will love, gaining clarity, staying authentic and confidently taking action towards your desired reality

Event holder: Katja Navarra holds a Master of Psychology degree with over ten years of work experience, navigating her own career throughout various roles and fields including  variety of careers from NGOs, health promotion to to the creative and entrepreneurial scene in Berlin. Katja's purpose is to empower women to create a career they love.

When: 1st Friday of The Month 13 - 15h.

Where: Reception, 1st floor, betahaus


16. Rapid Prototyping: Iterate to a Marketable Product

With truly rapid, experiential prototypes, entrepreneurs can iterate to solving a problem that their customers will gladly pay for. With these one-on-one session you will gain insights into the seed investors perspective and support on topics such as business modeling, go 2 market approach, target group structuring and on funding need/valuation etc. 

Event holder: Dillon Dakota Carroll is an entrepreneur from Oklahoma, in the United States. An engineer by training, he "pivoted" to entrepreneurship and has his own Oklahoma-based startup building independence-enhancing accessories for wheelchair users.

When: Every last Thursday Of The Month 13:00-15:00

Where: Reception, 1st floor, betahaus

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