We´ll start with Elizaveta Barsegova, who directed the festival this year. She was the magic fairy making sure content, communication, design and operations collide flawlessly, like in a fairytale. After being a part of betahaus crew for 3 years she hugged us goodbye to sail the ocean of startup and art scenes as a freelance event director and curator. But we couldn´t let her leave forever. And so we didn´t! Elizaveta jumped back on board for the summer to make sure People in Beta festival will be the most unforgettable day of the betahaus year. Read on to get the recipe of festival-making and the most empowering life advice.
It´s easy – finely cut herbs which are responsible for entrepreneurial success, add hands-on craft experience, spice it up with good art and music and make sure it´s served in a nice open atmosphere, so that everyone around the table could enjoy the meal whatever their cultural and professional background is. Create the atmosphere of “togetherness” – it´s very good for digestion!
One important extra – if it´s startup gurus or makers, make sure they are up for cooking a tasty meal together. We specifically asked all our speakers to share the practical wisdom rather than tell the story of their glory. And I´m very happy they got the message. At the festival some people were coming up to me, asking if we could host the festival every 3 months or at least every half a year, because they learned so much. And that was the best feedback I could have ever hoped for – to feel that we managed to create an intensive knowledge booster, as all our speakers were happy to take themselves out of focus for the sake of sharing their know-how´s.
Well, because those two should meet. These communities have so much to share and learn from each other, they rarely realize it until they meet.
Each maker should involve a slight touch of entrepreneurial approach into their work – it just makes it easier to make projects financially sustainable. Makers are often resistant to this idea. But once they meet the cool stratup guys in person, and hear their learning, commercial side of the story suddenly becomes more understandable and clearly applicable to what they do. PR or Business Plan or Crowdfunding campaign – are applicable for a little craft atelier as much as they are for a digital App.
On the makers side there´s also much to share. I believe that most people are actually makers at heart. Weather they admit it or not. Craft gives not only the actual skill of making but a general approach to things – empowering people to realize that they can create, twitch, hack stuff around them. It reinforces the space for creativity in your mind even if originally you though it doesn´t exist. You can clearly visualize the joy of this happening when you see an app developer smiling full power with scissors and a piece of pink cardboard in his hands at a papercut workshop.
I wanted to be a model. Very happy that one didn´t come true.
Crafting, for sure. I´m making all sorts of big and small objects for my flat now – from lampshades and vases to tables. In fact, I enjoy it so much that I don´t neglect the idea of shaping it into a job one day. Will have to spare some months a year for events, of course, – I love those ones too.
Kindness, honesty and reliability. Those 3 shape an adorable superhuman in my eyes.
My husband. If I was born 4 decades earlier, I´d be a grumpy oldie by now and he would have never married me.
The war. Naively yet honestly - there should be no war…
Tea. Unless it´s two weeks to go till the event.. then RedBull is my devoted companion.
Oh, you´ll have to watch it: “Only one tip for the future”!
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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.