Elizaveta Bersegova
August 24, 2015

People in Beta: Klöckner & Co

The People in Beta festival team is excited to have multi-billion dollar steel industry giants Klöckner & Co on board to take part in some awesome talks on the day.

If there's one thing for sure, it's that Klöckner & Co is no stuffy traditional steel company! They've embraced digitalisation and a startup mentality to totally revolutionise their business model. The company took on two brilliant young business graduates, Fabian Sinn and Carsten Lübbert, who have a shared vision to shake up the antiquated ways of the steel industry.

By bringing their supply chain online and integrating their systems with their supplier’s systems, Klöckner & Co is boldly navigating its way through the increasingly challenging environment for steel distribution. The company also founded the Berlin-based innovation unit kloeckner.i in order to further drive their digital integration.

Betahaus is thrilled to welcome Fabian and Carsten to the People in Beta festival stage where they'll give you the lowdown on how startup methodologies can be applied to the most unlikely industries. They're also involved in Investors Day, where they'll be pitching to startups and speed dating startups in cars. Carsten is a betahaus regular who joined Klöckner & Co in 2014 and is now Controlling & Reporting Associate, while Fabian is behind the group’s corporate venture capital unit.

What's more, we also have Klöckner & Co's CEO Gisbert Rühl sitting in on our panel discussion: ‘Sell your soul to an accelerator or join a coworking space’.

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In the last few weeks the event spaces at betahaus | Neukölln were packed with cool events. We opened up the Hide-Out with BETAPITCH Berlin 2019 in the start of April. The hotly contested pitching event saw 12 startups reveal their visions for improving accessibility in public transport. Here’s a recap video from the event.

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On 27th of April we celebrated 10 years in beta. For our coworking anniversary we transformed betahaus | Neukölln into a party venue and an art exhibition. Artists from our community filled The Basement with art, The Garden was full of fun activities and inside in The Club we had our favourite DJ's playing. In case you have missed it, here’s a recap video from the event.

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We also welcomed the LongHash Crypto conference and enjoyed 3 days of workshops and panel discussions on all things blockchain. And speaking about conferences, our friends from GitHub also chose the betahaus | Neukölln spaces for the workshop day of their biggest event - The Satellite conference. More than 600 developers, executives, and industry leaders from around the world came to

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After you’ve taken care of your paperwork and you’ve signed up both in Bürger- and Finanzamt, you are all set up to start working. One of the best ways to get integrated into the city fast, meet like-minded people, and even find clients is by working from a coworking space. There are tons of benefits for freelancers and luckily Berlin has a lot to offer in this way. A coworking space is a physically collaborative shared workspace, which brings all kinds of creatives and entrepreneurs together. It’s a perfect place for startups, freelancers, digital nomads and even corporates searching for innovation. And it’s the biggest advantage towards the typical office space is that it pushes a collaborative exchange between its members and facilitates the creative process and networking.

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