Jack Henderson
July 20, 2016

The launch of a new pre-accelerator: Mighty Labs!

We have some big news for young startups! Today we're launching Mighty Labs, a new pre-accelerator program for up-and-coming entrepreneurs who are ready to build their ideas into thriving businesses.

What can you expect?

The program will help young founders to develop their ideas into strong products or services, market their business, and teach them how to manage a rockstar team. As well as that, the course will help them design business models and develop a pitch to help them acquire seed funding. Participants will gain insight into best practice in Europe, receive intensive training, and exchange experiences with fellow entrepreneurs: all in preparation to return home and launch their ventures successfully. Mighty Labs runs country, as well as theme-based cycles. This first cycle will focus on entrepreneurs from the MENA region.

More about the program:

The program consists of two 10-day sprints, right here in betahaus, with an intense online mentoring phase in between. The first sprint takes place from 15 to 27th of October and focusses on product development, business modelling and idea exchange. The second in-person sprint taking place from January 16th to 26th 2017, focusses on personal mentorship and marketing, and ends with a mini-pitch event that allows participants to present their ideas to a select group of mentors, angels and investors.

Stay up-to-date with more information about events and announcements!

Price / Scholarships:

The price for the entire program is 1950€, but Mighty Labs also provides scholarships which you can find more info on here. The sooner you apply, the better your chances to acquire sponsorship.

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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