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Christoph Fahle
June 26, 2013

The BETAPITCH | Global Finalists Are...

After 8 awesome local BETAPITCH events in Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Sofia, Barcelona, Vienna and Copenhagen during the last 10 months we selected 16 startup superstars which will compete against each other on the BETAPITCH | Global.

We won't tell you all the finalists yet - there should be some surprise! But you can be sure on July 6th you have the chance to meet the founders of some awesome startups located all around Europe! So make sure you save the date and book a ticket via eventbrite.

Here is a sneak peak of who's going to pitch:

We'll have a few startups out of the travelling sector like goeuro which helps you to plan the optimal way to travel around Europe. The founder of goeuro Naren Shaam a former betahaus| member just collected 4million $ seed funding.

Also on stage will be our one and only solarbrush! Don't miss his pitch! It is hilarious! The winner of the last betapitch | Berlin Ridha invented the first wireless robot that is able to clean solar panels - it can even jump from one to the other! We are very curious with which new improvement he'll come up this time!

Of course there will be also a few Apps like Swipes from Copenhagen which is a great simple & powerful daily task planner. It is based on a 3 menu bar and swiping gestures, inspired by Mailbox & GTD methods. It will help you to get your things done within just a swipe!

And because the criterias of the betapitch are not only "innovation", "business" model and "team" but also "meaning", we have Farmhopping and bikeway pitching. Farmhopping connects farms to urban people worldwide. It is an interactive social crowdfunding platform “where Facebook meets e-bay for farms.”

Bikway the winner of betapitch | Copenhagen is an experimental urban mobility startup. It's a fertilizer to implement Copenhagen cycling experiences in cities all around the world. We are very curious how they will manage to change the world of biking!!

And last but not least we are very happy to have Zenguard amongst the finalists, a one-click solution which uses a lightweight browser plug-in to allow users to surf the net securely, using encryption. Super important if you wanna google something in China for example! Zenguard is part of the Axel Springer Plug n Play Accelerator and just won a wildcard to the betapitch | global!

So it's gonna be a thrilling evening and it won't be easy for our jury members - amongst them Jake the founder of Vimeo - to decide which team will get the winning package including half a year space at betahaus for free, 10.000€ cash by hub:raum, 2 weeks at blackbox mansion and at the Plug n Play Techcenter to check out the Silicon Valley not to mention the trip to Paris powered by mailjet. 

More upcoming events and announcements you can find in our beta calendar!

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.

Photo by Lea GK


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.

Want to get in touch with Obst Digital? Come around betahaus | Neukölln and meet them here or send them an email to contact@obst.digital !

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