Alice Nell
July 9, 2013

The Winner is...

The long awaited betapitch| global was a complete success! 15 winners of betapitches all around Europe competed against each other on Saturday, July 6th at our sold out Innospace. The best of the best, or if you like, the Champions League Final of Pitching awaited the audience. As the competitors had high potential, also the rewards were no less spectacular. From a robot that is able to clean solar panels and a software which helps preventing blindness to a platform that provides online-lessons to learn music instruments, most fields of interests were covered.

Author: Frederik v. Mohl

We had swipes (CGN), zenguard (BLN), statace (SOF), solarbrush (BLN), farmhopping (SOF), get2play (HH), diagsum (BCN), bikway (CPG), goeuro (BLN), permondo (HH), preplounge (CGN), reputami (CGN), lionsharp (SOF), getnetworker (VIE), flatout (VIE), on stage. 

betapitch Jury

As you can imagine, the jury had a hard time deciding which team is most suited for what prize because as the competitors had high potential, the rewards were no less spectacular. The decision phase was well used by the guests who found their way down to the BBQ and enjoying the smooth betajam by Jaschar!

After an one hour discussion amongst the jurymembers we announced the winners: Most successful was statace from betahaus | Sofia an online statistical system. The team won 6 month of free space at betahaus | Berlin, 10.000€ cash sponsored by hub:raum and two weeks at the startup mansion to check out the Silicon Valley.

A one way ticket (!) to the Silicon Valley as well as a 3 month program at plugandplaytechcenter  was given to the E-Learning software for music instruments get2play grown up at betahaus | Hamburg.

The blindness preventing software diagsum will get a wildcard to the next hub:raum accelerator program. Last but not least, mailjet sponsored a trip to Paris to bikway, a startup from Copenhagen that offers an easy and affordable way to plan, test and implement biking infrastructure.

But despite the competition the betapitch| global was a thriving evening with lots of interesting and cool people to meet and share ideas.

We are looking forward to the next round! Stay tuned!

A special thanks goes to Heisenberg Media who took the most awesome pictures!


Cost is a big one here. In regards to total transportation costs, the last mile comprises up to 53% of those - making it the least efficient part of the supply chain. Expectations of free shipping and next day deliveries add up to this.

Due to increasing digitalization and convenience services in every area of people's lives, the smooth and flawless process of getting the delivery to one's doorstep is exceedingly becoming what customers care most about. On top of that, for companies that package being delivered is an extension of their brand. The consumer is basically coming face-to-face with the brand, which makes it the biggest opportunity to heighten customer satisfaction.

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 cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.

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