Christoph Fahle
March 3, 2013

Win Win Win, BETAPITCH | Vienna Has Its Winners!

Yeah, it’s over. All the great work that the team of sektor5 has done, and all the incredible quality startups know the winner. Let’s see how it went. The 10 startups that were picked out of the applicants to pitch upfront the jury made a nice show. The composition was international, 3 of the pitching startups came from far Slovakia.

We’ve seen pitches of guys working in various fields - from services for conferences, smart homes, aggregator services to app that helps you crowdsource your birthday wish.

We were lucky to have the pitch trainers Marius and Philipp to train the startups all Friday afternoon, so at the betapitch finals at sektor5 we could enjoy their pimped and snappy pitches.

After the 10 pitches were over, the jury got tough time to make the decision and come up with the results. Although there were more startups on their winning shortlist, the winners can be only two. Therefore the startups who get the 1000eur, coworking @ sektor5 and various services to bootstrap the startup are:

Networker - the platform for networking at the events

Flatout - the services for smart homes, which automates the home management. The guys already know what they'll spend the money on - to rent a caravans  to camp at Cebit conference so they can open up their booth there.

Congrats to the winners, respect to the rest.

This is just the beginning, as the winning startups get the fasttrack to the betapitch| global (happening in Berlin, July 6th), where they will compete against the winners from the other betapitches from all over Europe. Here they have to prove their excellent pitching skills, bulletproof business models and make the awesome judges believe the business is viable and deserves the awesome prizes.

The winner takes it all!

We want to send a special thank you to styria digital, the local 'superhero' who made all of this possible! Thank you guys for making all this happen, the jury and the startups were just great and we are sure that this was not the last time we saw these teams pitching!

Kudos!

Check the General & Upcoming section for more announcements and upcoming events in 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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