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Jack Henderson
September 24, 2016

Your Guide to Getting the Most out of Our Betapitch Global & Investors Day

In August we told you that BETAPITCH was bigger and better than ever this year. You’re about to find out how serious we were. We’re proud to announce our program for October 15th. Here’s your guide to getting the most out of it!

For those who want to get their hands dirty: The Workshops.

Workshops run from 2:30 – 5:30pm in Dialog rooms 1 & 2.

Welcome to Startups 101. Whether you’re new to the game or think you know everything already, don’t miss these:

Olivia from BecomeWide will school you in pitching journalists without boring them, confusing them or getting yourself a one-way ticket to their trash folder, from 2:30 to 3:15pm.

If you missed the fireside chat with Elina of Holvi, be sure to catch her words of wisdom on building a brand from the ground up from 4:00 to 4:45pm.

Finally, Eleonora of Mind the Bridge will talk about how to start cooperation with corporates when you’re a startup, how to effectively communicate, how to prepare for meeting and much, much more. This will run from 4:45 to 5:30pm.

For those who want to learn: The Panels.

2:30-3:00pm, in the loft.

We start the afternoon with our first panel For those looking to the future: ‘Dealing With Big Investments”, featuring the likes of Rafael Kobylinski, Bastian Schmidtke, from Orderbird, and Martin Kaeble from Friendsurance and more.

3:30 – 4:00pm, in the loft.

The Panel on Digitalisation kicks off at half three, sporting betahaus CEO Maximilian Von Der Ahe and COO of Klockner.I Franziska Leonhardt as panelists. With such an experience behind them, it will be interesting to get an insight to their views on digitalisation. A topic affecting each and every one of us.

4:00-6:00pm, in the loft.

After a second Pitch flip, we head towards our last 2 Panels in the loft named “Investors from the block” and “AI Fully Automated Luxury”. Both have big lineups, featuring the likes of Dr. Paul von Bünau from idalab, Senior Editor of WIRED Germany Karsten Lemm, and Founder Berlin.ai Fred Eichelbaum. Don’t miss these.



For those who want to get cosy with Fintech, Finland or both.

Fireside Chat with Elina Räsänen from Holvi, 2:30-3:00, in the Reception Area.

Fintech is booming. But what does it take for a disruptive bank become part of our everyday lives? – why not swing by and ask her yourself?


For those wanting to know the ins and outs. Where do startups work from?

Alex from betahaus | Sofia, 3:00-3:30, in the Reception Area.

We’re all about startups and we know you are too. This is your chance to ask those daunting startup questions you normally don’t.


Pitch Flips run between 3:00 – 3:30pm & 4:00 – 4:30pm in the LOFT

Reversed pitch. Startups are the ones who normally pitch for investors, and we know that it can be pretty tiring. We didn’t like what was on the table, so we flipped the table. Now, investors and corporates pitch to startups and explain why they should go with them! The likes of WestTech Ventures, Lucey Fund, Blueyard, and TechCode are already confirmed.


Dating runs from the Cafe, 2:00 – 6:00pm.

Exactly what it says on the tin. Our drivers take Startups and Investors for a ride around Kreuzberg, they get 10 minutes to pitch to one another in the privacy of our limousines. How very James Bond. The startups will be pitching to some of the most experienced businessmen and women around, such as Luise Gruner, Ralph Riecke, Jörg Reinboldt, and Andrea Hötzeldt.

BETAPITCH Global Finale

The Global Finale runs from 6:00 – 10:00pm in the LOFT

Get to know the 9 hottest startups from emerging tech scenes in Europe, Africa and Asia. Jeremy Tai Abbett of Google, Joerg Rheinboldt of Axel Springer Plug’n’Play and Matt Webb of R/GA are some of the brilliant minds on our jury who’ll pick the winning Global startup for 2016. Can’t make it to the LOFT? Don’t worry, the finale will also be on live stream in the Cafe.

To round off the event, the finale moves to the Cafe where after some live music, the winners of BETAPITCH | Global will be presented with their hefty prize winnings! Then, we party on into the night.

That’s not all though, during the day we’ve also got a VR Zone, a startup open mic for pitching, more dating with investors, and even an ‘ask me anything’ area that’s specifically designed for new startups. With such a jam packed day, it’s not worth missing out on. Follow the link for the official BETAPITCH program and grab your ticket for the 15th here. We'd love to have you with us!

Learn more about how to succeed at your startup pitch competition.

Make sure you don’t miss more upcoming events!

" People matter! Community was always what we were all about. ‘’

In June we launched #PeopleInbeta - our monthly blog post series in which our Content Manager - Vihra interviewed teams and freelancers from the betahaus community to present the variety of creatives we have in ‘haus, to understand their missions and get some useful advice for our audience. We talked on topics such as sustainability (with PlanA) , decentralized digital identity (with JOLOCOM), curated music experiences (with Bespoke Sounds), freelance photography (with Sara Herrlander), full-stack development (with Obst Digital), design (with LAUDO) and much more.

Interview with LAUDO at betahaus | Neukölln
Interview with Obst.Digital at betahaus | Neukölln

"The Summer is the best time to host Backyard sessions and BBQ’s’’

In the summer, we launched a couple of new events in Neukölln like Freelancers, Unite!, The Backyard Sessions and My friend’s BBQ. 

Freelancers, Unite! developed as our productive coworking session with freelancers from in and outside the ‘haus. Once a month, we picked an important freelance topic (such as taxes, time-management, etc) and invited experts to give us insights on the topic. We saw so many new faces and had the chance to come back closer to where we started from - the freelance, grassroots culture. 

Freelancers, Unite! at betahaus | Neukölln

Another event, which started in July (and turned out to be our favourite events) were The Backyard Sessions. Organised by our queen of Neukölln - Robbin – the Backyard Sessions are our creative evenings with live music jams, movie screenings and cocktails. 

The Backyard Sessions at basement.berlin
Movie Screening at basement.berlin

This last event was hilarious because for quite some time, nobody knew exactly who organised it or invited them. The friend was throwing a BBQ for the community in the garden and this led to all our members joining and staying after for a beer or two with us.

‘’My favourite moment this year was the second friends bbq which was actually cancelled because of the rain forecast. But despite the bad weather, people show up and it turned into a super nice intimate evening with Elizaveta and Paul giving a garden concert.’’ - Robbin (Community Manager, betahaus)

''In July, it was great how the casual after-work BBQ turned into an impromptu acoustic blues jam session with Elizavetta Barsegova and Paul, who have the voice of an angel. Actually, all of the My Friend's BBQ's and Backyard Sessions were AWESOME.’’
- Paige (Head of Marketing, betahaus) 

The Garden at betahaus | Neukölln
My Friend's BBQ at betahaus | Neukölln

"As a coworking space, you have to give stage to important topics.’’

This year we released a new event format in Kreuzberg called ‘’The betaSalon’’. It's an open panel discussion which aims to give stage to important topics and give free speech on them. The fist one we did on the EU elections, last month we talked about changemakers, but our favourite one for this season stays ‘’Mother + Founder’’ where we partnered with FemGems podcast and recorded a live podcast episode for them having Madeleine Gummer von Mohl (betahaus co-founder), Kristine Zeller (co-creater of ooshi period underwear) and Luisa Hoffman on the stage.

betaSalon at betahaus | Kreuzberg

"We should fight for a more human-centered tech development’’

Every September, our co-founders take part in the Techfestival. in Copenhagen, spending a few days disconnecting from the daily life and focusing on creating a better, more human-centered tech future. This year the think tank which included our co-founders Madeleine and Max came up with the TechPledge. The Tech Pledge was made to emphasize the need for a new direction in tech. Similar to the Hippocratic oath for doctors, the Tech Pledge is a promise to make tech a force for good and ensure responsible and sustainable tech leadership. It’s a commitment to driving a new direction in technology.

Techfestival. 2019 in Copenhagen

"Startups are transforming European football as we know it.’’

One of the most exciting projects for betahausX this year (which is also continuing in 2020) is their new startup challenge called The Werder Lab - a global startup competition that aims to reimagine the way clubs like Werder work with athletes, fans and partners.

"You should leave time for the things you love most’’ 

This year couldn’t end without us having our favourite events - the end-of-the-year holiday party and the BETAPITCH Global Finals. On the 6th of December we saw the 9 finalists of the regional BETAPITCH competitions pitching in front of our jury. Congrats to Troy from Hamburg for winning the big prize.

We finished the year at our Holiday Party celebrating anything and everything at betahaus | Neukölln together with our members, friends of friends and our favourite artists from Passiflora LIVE, Tapete and Kotoe.

Love at The betahaus Holiday Party 2019

Thank you for being with us in 2019. It's been a crazy big year for us and it wouldn't been possible without your support, trust and the hard work of our amazing team. Have an amazing holiday time and we'll see you again in 2020.

With love,


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