8 weeks of acceleration, 3 days of intense venue preparation, media, cameras and a live stream, 15 well trained pitches and 130 people in the audience. No need for judges, the audience full of investors and corporates took over the startups’ questioning. These numbers and the nice booklet predicted an interesting event. The event was already 2 weeks ago. But we still want to share a few insides with you.
This is how the final Demo Day of the hub:raum accelerator started. The program for accelerating the web and mobile startups went a long way till it exposed the startups to the investors. Enjoying almost whole floor in betahaus since November 2012, they got intense educational coctail from the General Assembly, and weeks of continuous networking and pitching in betahaus. Once a week the doors opened for external guests to meet the startups and give insights from different backgrounds. The startup funders have become the masters of pitching after 8 weeks of regular Friday pitching when have collected tons of feedback. Joyful time.
The Demo Day brought together investors which could feel the passion of the teams and question these young startups. The corporate roots of the event might be recognised by surprisingly many suits on this startup event.
Pitches started with quality, yet nervous, pitch of 36pics. Then the appetico tweeted the food right from the demo table. Outstanding presentation of Capsule.fm made us question the future. The collection of prizes which this startup has won over the last few months is promising.
A perfect presentation of the techie startup Codeship which entered the program as Rails on Fire proved, that also non-technicians can understand when the pitch is good.
Maschinendirigent is reacting to the market demand for managing the farming resources.
During the break Master&Slave offered some tempting chocolate and subsequntly pitched their solution on overcoming temptations whilst be productive. Would Alex from Mighty-Office leave his job right away? Tricky question… Oliver from Scolibri amused the crowd with their showcase of a regular teacher. The promising Solarbrush - he already won the betapitch and hyberlin – has already presented his solution in Abu Dhabi.
Stylish Oliver from Stylemarks wants to make the sharing of clothes easier.
Time to retire? No, do a startup – 60 years young Beate is with The New//Africa planning a TechCrunch for Africa.
Toywheel gives wings to kids’ games, the demo with a bit of augmented reality was compelling.
Today the pitching startups are mostly back to work, reviewing the contacts they acquired and implementing the feedbacks collected from experienced audience.
Most of the startups have already cleaned up their desks and left for a the big wild world. We are happy that the teams enjoyed working at betahaus and some of them keep on working in here for longer.
Even though we know that the global growth requires moving around the world, we are looking forward to host you when ever you are around!
Next hub:raum accelerator is opening in October, so don’t miss the chance to kick off your startup with the support of this promising program and stay tuned.
And last words to the startups that already took off: We will miss you guys, especially your willingness to socialize and asking for the free coffee!
Now, Rock and Roll the world!