Christoph Fahle
October 11, 2012

Proud Winners, Thank Yous and Shout Outs!

Two weeks ago the latest edition of BETAPITCH went down, and it was a blast!

The house was packed, the audience great, the jury experienced and the pitches awesome. Just like last time, the Jury was a tiny bit indecisive (the pitches were good and it was hard to decide) and chose two proud winners:

The first prize went to Solarbrush, which produces a robot that cleans large fields of solarpanels (and it can climb from panel to panel!). By the way: you can support Solarbrush here!

The other first prize went to GoEuro, who are building the single, complete source of all Pan-European travel where you can find the travel options you want based on your own desires and be sent to the right booking pages to buy your tickets.

We are really really happy to welcome them here in our halls!

It was an amazing event, but of course we couldnt have done it alone. betapitch is a communal event, based on the support of the betahaus community and the help of a lot of friends. Thats why we would like to say THANK YOU! to the following peeps: Thomas Madsen Mygdal, Jörg Rheinbolt, Peter Bihr, Fadi Bishara, Philipp von Bieberstein for the feedback, critique, insights and support they gave to the startups, and for taking over the difficult task of deciding on a winner!

We would also like to thank

  • CiteeCar
  • AirBnB
  • KetchumPleon
  • Index Ventures
  • Seedcamp
  • Pioneers Festival
  • Xing
  • mka Anwälte
  • mindmatters
  • Skippr
  • WirGründer e.V.
  • Technologie Stiftung Berlin
  • pidoco
  • Coffee Circle
  • Foodloose

for their support in putting the package together. And last but not least: The Twitradar people, that made a custom Twitterwall for us!  THANKS A LOT! We are looking forward to the next episode!

Click here for more announcements and events at the 'haus! 

Claudius: Design is the core of what we do and what we’re all passionate about, but hardly our only focus. Design, at LAUDO, stands more for designing a whole strategy, often very close connected with marketing. We’re developing websites and apps for our clients, but also help them reach their target audience through SEO, Google ranking developing newsletter systems, print brochures etc.

Claudius: A lot of other companies are seeing themselves as a service provider and don’t really question what their client wants and why. We pay very close attention if the work we provide for a client is in line with our personal values and vision. It’s not just delivering a product to the client, getting the paycheck and leaving, but also building relationships with clients and collaborating. Because they are often our doors to new opportunities

We see LAUDO as an airport, where the clients are our gates to new guests, new perspectives and new potential clients. It happens all the time that whoever we’re working for, from there we get a new project, which wasn’t planned before. So we open up a new gate. That’s how we were able to grow and why good connection with our clients is so crucial for us.’

‘’We see LAUDO as an airport, where the clients are our gates to new guests, new perspectives and new potential clients. It happens all the time that whoever we’re working for, from there we get a new project, which wasn’t planned before. So we open up a new gate. That’s how we were able to grow and why good connection with our clients is so crucial for us.’’
Photos by Lea GK

Orietta: I think one thing that makes us stand out on the market and our number one strength is the team. We’re a small team and we all look in the same direction and have the same approach and vision. That makes the communication go smoothly.

Joey: Another thing is that we have a very hands-on approach. We are the guys, who say: ‘’Okay, let’s do it’’. That’s our culture.

Orietta: When we started looking for a place I was already involved in the betahaus community. Working from previous betahaus locations and attending the community events, I already knew a lot of people in the 'haus ...

Joey: Yes, I remember on the first day we came to betahaus Orietta was like ‘’Oh, hey! Hi! Hey, how are you doing? Hi!'' giving high-fives to everybody and we were like: What is going on, why does she know everybody?!

Orietta: Well, the vibe in betahaus is just super easy going. You directly feel that you can meet people easily. If you go to the kitchen for example and just ask ''Hey how are you, what are you working on?''. We made many new contacts too.

Claudius: What makes it nice here is that people are enjoying being here and working on their projects.

Photos by Lea GK

Claudius: The truth is, we could probably afford an office for the same price, but that would put us between these four walls, which put you into a box, much harder to exit and to connect with new people. We went for a Team Desk because here we have so much more space and everything seems much more connected. You can easily meet people.

Orietta: And it’s just so spacious here. We have this super nice garden.

Claudius: I like being focused on my work but I also like if someone disturbs me from time to time. It helps when the door opens. In an office we would work in a whole different way. Here Gillord (Coworking Manager) is coming in everyday, giving me a hug, telling me about his workout .. that’s the main reason - the personal connection.

The day in betahaus starts with a hug and ends with a hug. The time in between is pretty much spent on doing what you love.
Photos by Lea GK


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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