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!

If you live in a city and have even slightly observed your urban surroundings you’ve probably witnessed it first hand - urban congestion and crowded cities make it pretty tough to satisfy the growing demand and rising expectations of super quick deliveries. Add unpredictability in transit (like weather conditions), an incorrect address or remote locations, just to name a few, and you can see where this is going.

The worst part is, all those delivery trucks and vans that also produce a fair bit of emissions, are often only half full when they roll out for deliveries. This is mostly due to low drop sizes and stops along the route that are far and few between.

It’s not all hopeless though - Where there is a problem, there are solutions.


Same old, same old - isn’t always all that bad. Sometimes, all that’s needed are some new perspectives! The city of Utrecht, for‌ ‌example, implemented a zero-emissions electric barge nicknamed the “Beer Boat”. 

Since 2010 it’s carrying beer and food to the city’s downtown restaurants by using waterways. Other electric barges in Amsterdam not only deliver but even collect organic waste, which is then turned into biofuel in processing plants! Isn’t that cool?

It becomes clear that cities, logistics, as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌urban‌ ‌planners, are equally part of solving the inefficiency of the last-mile. Tackling this mountain of issues calls for teamwork!


A centralized platform, hub or network for similar companies, could do the trick to fill up the delivery vans & trucks that are barely loaded. Parcels could be distributed more efficiently between different companies and their delivery vehicles.

Like a big pool of parcels from different companies with every single parcel going into that one van with the same route!


Delivery Driver Experience and Smart Delivery Vehicles are also areas with huge potential for improvement and innovation.


Ellie: Two years ago we adopted a new legal structure for Jolocom GmbH according to the purpose model of ownership, manifesting our commitment and dedication to building a self-sovereign organization. That means we can’t take VC funding or sell public shares of the company. 

Volker: Jolocom is a community driven organisation – both in a tech sense but also much further beyond. We’re hugely involved in the DWeb community where we organize and attend events for the decentralized community. Every year we also help organize and attend the DWeb Camp in San Francisco, which brings together all kinds of creatives so this technology of tomorrow is built in a collaborative way.


Next to that on-demand experiences have become firmly embedded into people’s everyday lives - be it a mobile app to book a ride, send flowers to your loved ones or order lunch to your office. It’s all possible and has made premium features like real-time tracking a standard.  The online consumer expects nothing less and certainly doesn’t like to wait.


Making that quick and instant gratification happen is another story though. Groundbreaking ideas and innovations are needed to tackle all these factors. Does your startup have one? 

Then head over to our Future Logistics Challenge! Applications are still open until September 23rd.

Volker: There is this really nice place, called Green Rabbit with salads and baked potatoes where I like to go to. Sometimes I just keep it simple and go to Lidl.

Ellie: I eat a lot in west.berlin cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.

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