Throughout the Workshop bases our guests enjoyed experts lectures on a variety of topics and skills. Tom Laterveer led an engaging discussion on how to lead a passionate, driven, and dedicated working environment, and Ernst Neumeister gave insights about why and how crowdfunding campaigns become successful. Mark Turrell showed guests how to turn networks into super powers to get things done. Outside in the Makers Yard Julia Kolm and Cecilia Hilmer from innovation agency Innoki gave a two-hour ‘fast forward’ design thinking workshop and the good people from MYO taught groups the fun in paper folding by creating their own lampshades. In the Innovation Garden there were all kinds of funky new tech gadgets, and Mr. Beammade incredible wood etchings through a mini laser in true Sci-Fi fashion.
On the 4th floor startups and investors enjoyed a well-spent day of business insights and networking at the BETAPITCH | global and Investors Day. The day was packed with talks that ranged in topics such as whether or not to seek investment, how to give back to the community, and how to ‘lose your soul to an accelerator or join a coworking’. Talks and panel discussions were led by investors from Axel Springer Plug ‘n Play, Deutsche Bahn, Airbus Bizlab, Kloeckner, Ergo and ENBW amongst others. Other friends on stage included SoundCloud and Kickstarter. Outside the building startups and investors were speeddating in fancy Audi cars, thanks to Welcome Project.
In the evening at BETAPITCH | global, seven international startup finalists pitched. The big winner of the night was Insulin Angel, who won a trip to Silicon Valley sponsored by Axel Springer Plug ‘n Play and a program at Stanford organized by BiTHOUSE! Hub:raum gave its prize of 5000 euros to startup Thingthing, and Dronamics snatched away a wildcard acceptance to Airbus Bizlab accelerator and a chance to pitch for the Kloeckner fund. Vienna Skill Smiths won six months of free coworking space at betahaus | Berlin, and BeeCanvas received the opportunity to pitch at Pirate Summit 2015. Congratulations to all the teams!
The evening got off to a smooth start with a BBQ and performances from musicians in betahaus’ community - including our own CEO Christoph Fahle on the saxophone. Later, in the frenzy of our after-party and alongside our ‘work hard, play hard’ partners of Business Punk, the crowd were given some energetic performances by international DJs and acts like Antopia, Peter Kirn, and Ain the Machine. They kept the dance floor grooving well into the night and we couldn’t get enough.
We’d like to give a shout out to our media partners Tech Berlin, The Hundert, Silicon Allee, Berlin Valley, Jobspotting and our party partners at Business Punk, and to our photographers Rian Davidson and Maansi Jain for capturing all the fun. You can check out the People In Beta Festival photos here, the BETAPITCH | global & Investors Day photos here, and the betabooth photos here.
Last but not least: many thanks to our sponsors without whom People In Beta 2015 wouldn’t have been possible: Axel Springer Plug ‘n Play, ERGO, Deutsche Bahn, Kloeckner, Hub:raum, Audi, Airbus Bizlab and Appchance
THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US! We hope to see you in the next one!
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In addition to the betahaus locations, we've formed a close relationship with some of the world's best coworking spaces. With your betahaus membership, you can work from any of our partner spaces for 1 day per month.
Republikken // Copenhagen, Denmark // Vesterbrogade 26, 1620 København V, Denmark
Le Laptop // Paris, France // 6 Rue Arthur Rozier, 75019 Paris, France
utopic_US // Madrid, Spain // Calle de la Colegiata, 9, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Nest 71 // Saravejo, Bosnia & Herzegovina // Milana Preloga 12, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Toolbox // Milan, Italy // Via Agostino da Montefeltro, 2, 10134 Torino, Italy
Edspace // London, England // Block D, Hackney Community College, Falkirk St, London, UK
Bios // Athens, Greece // Pireos 84, Athina 104 35, Greece
CoWorx // Kristiansand, Norway // Markens Gate 8, 4611 Kristiansand, Norway
CRU – Loja / Cowork // Porto, Portugal // Rua do Rosário 211, 4050-524 Porto, Portugal
SPARK // Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina // Bleiburških žrtava, Mostar 88000, Bosnia & Herzegovina
StartUp Armenia Foundation // Yerevan, Armenia // 0019, 1 Marshal Baghramyan Ave, Yerevan 0019, Armenia
Tøyen Startup Village // Oslo, Norway // Hagegata 23, 0653 Oslo, Norway
Smart Coworking // Prague, Czech Republic // Václavské nám. 806/62, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia
Lighthouse // Tel Aviv, Israel // HaHaroshet 14-16 Ra'anana, Tel Aviv, Isreal
Fueled // New York City, USA // 11, 568 Broadway, FL 11, New York, NY 10012, United States **Maximum 3 Days
Capital Factory // Austin, USA // 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701, United States
Público // Mexico City, Mexico // Puebla 403, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Area Tres // Buenos Aires, Argentina // El Salvador: El Salvador 5218, C1414BPV CABA, Buenos Aires, Argentina // Soho: Malabia 1720, C1414DMJ CABA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
HubBOG // Bogota, Colombia // Cl. 98 #18-71, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
CIT // Taipei, Taiwan // 10452, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, 玉門街1號
Of10 // Mumbai, India // Prudential, Ground Floor, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400076, India
Kibar // Jakarta, Indonesia // Jl. Prof. Moh. Yamin No.1, RT.7/RW.5, Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10310, Indonesia
Midori.so // Tokyo, Japan // Midori.so Nakameguro: 3 Chome-3-11 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tōkyō-to 153-0042, Japan // Midori.so Nagatacho: 2 Chome-5 Hirakawachō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 102-0093 // Midori.so2: 3 Chome-13 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 107-0062, Japan
Launchgarage Innovation Hub // Manila, Philippines // Level 2, Industria Mall, Circulo Verde, Calle Industria, Bagumbayan, Quezon City, 1110 Metro Manila, Philippines
Independent Studios // Melbourne, Australia // 39/40 Porter St, Prahran VIC 3181, Australia
Urban Station EGYPT // Cairo, Egypt // 2 Wadi El Nil Mohandeseen, Cairo, Egypt
Nairobi Garage // Nairobi, Kenya // Nairobi Garage, The Mirage, Chiromo Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
BONUS: Cowork & Relax at the Coliving Space, Coconat // Brandenburg, Germany // Klein Glien 25 14806 Bad Belzig, Germany // Get €10 off your stay
Toni: Currently, we’ve somehow ended up in this niche of building a lot of internal tools for startups and teams. But this is not the only thing we want to do. What I like about it is that we’re starting projects from scratch and we have full control over them.
Martin: The first project we worked on was a tool for a large scale real estate development company. What they needed was a tool for their Sales people - to be able to mark their different spots and locations at different stages of the sales funnel. So we created a tool that helps them in this process.
Toni: And this one actually served as a starting point for the tool we’ve developed for betahaus, which aims to allow the Sales and Management team to see which team rooms are occupied right now, which ones are free or will be occupied in a few weeks or months, so no double bookings appear.
Alex: These two projects were more focused on real estate, let’s say, but we’ve also done more design-heavy projects like the one we did for Artique which is an online artists agency. For them, we built a whole website and an online system to present their artists starting only from their logo. It had to be very flexible, because the artists needed to be able to edit their own profiles, putting their resume, changing colours.
Toni: Honestly, we have skillsets that you don’t usually find in developers. Because we've had lives that were not just about computer science. I think to some extent this is what makes us different.
Martin: I believe one of the reasons why people pick us over other studios is because it can be very hard working with developers. If you’re not understanding their work, if the communication is not flowing, you, as a client can feel lost. We're easy to communicate with and we’re always open to feedback and we're open to discuss anything. In the end, after all iterations, if you say we need to start the website from scratch and that you don’t like the idea, we won’t take it personally.
Alex: Also, I think, since we all work as coding teachers, we are officially qualified to explain what coding is to people who don't code, which is actually really rare because a lot of developers, as Martin says, don't want to, or literally just don't know how to articulate what they're doing. Whereas we are trained in articulating what it is that we're doing, why it's meaningful and why it takes a certain amount of time.
Alex: Zimt & Mehl - the Turkish bakery around the corner. It’s just soo good.
Martin: Oh, there is this Italian restaurant called Ristorante del Arte
Tony: Oh, my God, this place is so funny. It looks like a pretty average Italian restaurant, but the whole interior design inside is just decorated in such a weird way. The entire place is covered in frescoes. They have crystal chandeliers and Easter bunnies. Some Greek columns. It has a different name on the menu, on the side and on the Internet. And it was an ex-shoe-store.
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