As you all know by now, its betapitch time again! Over the last weeks we received a lot of applications, including a lot of awesome, inspiring ideas. Finally we decided on ten Startups that will present their concept to our Jury on September 22nd. And here they are:
If you want to find out more about them, click on the link, if there is one – some of them are too fresh!
We cant wait to see them pitch! If you feel the same, get your tickets now. Be quick, they are limited!
Last but not least: ALL OF YOU WERE AWESOME! Thanks a lot for sharing your ideas with us! We couldnt be happier!
See you on the 22nd..
Where were you working before you got a desk at betahaus? Optionally, you were wearing a suite preparatory to making a decision to change your life completely and uncompromisingly. Or you have always been a freelancer and experienced all the hell and heaven of working wherever your lap top lands. (weiterlesen…)
Interview by Lisa Hillers
There is a great deal of variables a fledgling startup has to deal with. Uncertainties, like timing and relevance of the business idea, the appeal of the solution to the customer, market awareness, availability of cash, the ability to make sufficient sales and a good many others can cause quite a headache sometimes-successfully launching a startup, whilst planning and managing all these challenges carefully, can prove to be a daunting task. Having someone by your side that helps you to keep track of the financial structuring can be invaluable at times.
We are happy to – now even more – officially announce the second edition of our beloved People in Beta Festival on Saturday, September 22nd.
It will be a one-day-festival for the startup, coworking and maker scene. So basically for all our friends and fools! It is for free and you are invited! (weiterlesen…)
Bücherwürmer aufgepasst: Seit einiger Zeit gibt es im betahaus | café eine baumelnde Minibücherei über dem großen Podest. In der neuen Leseecke hängen einige der spannendsten Bücher, die Coworker, Startups und Maker sich vorstellen können: “Program or be Programmed”,”The Shallows”, “Thinking, Fast and Slow” und “Wo die wilden Kerle wohnen” sind vier der aktuell zwölf Titel. (weiterlesen…)
Just a quick note: we have postponed the deadline for the applications to the upcoming betapitch on the 22nd of september to friday, september 7th! We have received a lot of great onepagers already, but we thought to give you one more week to make the magic work and send us your awesome business idea on one page. The new deadline is Friday, September 7th, 11:59pm sharp. If you have already applied, feel free to send us an improved version.
We are looking forward. See you soon.
Interview by: Lisa Hillers
Farhad Payar is a freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker with a wealth of experience in a wide range of industries. Born and raised in Iran he came to Berlin to study Mechanical Engineering and Political Science during the 1980s. He then took on a multitude of jobs working as a taxi-driver and a social worker among other professions. Currently he is working as an actor, filmmaker, theatre director and journalist based in Berlin. More recently, he has been working on a project called “Transparency for Iran”, an online news resource designed to provide a broader perspective on current events in Iran and heighten the German public’s awareness of these issues. The goal is to support human rights and press freedom, through holistic understanding of Iranian internal affairs and local knowledge.
How does your personal background and previous experience influence your work for TFI? (weiterlesen…)
Good news for the Copenhagen lovers amongst you! From now on every betahaus| member gets a 20% discount on the first month at the awesome coworkingspace “republikken“. It’s a 2200m2 playground for creative entrepreneurs, located in Vesterbro Copenhagen. (weiterlesen…)
Bram De Vries came to Berlin from Netherlands this April and immediately got involved into local Fab Lab network, developing the Fab Café project together with Amin Zayani.
- What is your professional background? How did you discover 3D printing?
I am a mechanical engineer. But once I graduated and worked about 3 years for the industry, I realized that I would prefer to do something more interesting and more useful for the world. At this moment I discovered technologies for third world countries and decided to study cultural anthropology to know a bit more about the cultural aspect of this field. After graduation I worked for developing countries, as it was planned, but to earn a bit more money, as a side job I worked as a 3D designer. One day there was a client who wanted not only a model, but also a final 3D printed prototype and that`s how 3D printing got started in my life.
WHAT: Extension of Build or Buy online design store
WHEN: Application deadline – 12 September
Do you have an awesome DIY product? We too, join in!
Build or Buy is an online design store by betahaus, which provides not only opportunity to buy, but also workshops about how to build (make) this or that product, giving customers a choice to either buy it or “Do It Yourself”, visiting the workshop held by the designer (Possibly, You, Dear Sir or Madam).
We are establishing the new way of collaboration between designers and their customers, giving a novel patter of development to the brilliant concept of Open Source Design. It is important to keep in mind that the Open Source knowledge transfer has a purpose of education and sustainable society creation, giving an opportunity to share, not to steel from each other! So, no, the workshop visitors do not have a right to sell the knowledge they got from you, unless you allow it. To get to know more about open source concept, please see the video, created by Jay Cousins, the co-founder of Open Design City at betahaus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MD5rlYMDW_U).
So if you would like to become a part of the new Berlin based design movement, you are welcome to join in!
You are free to state your price for both the products you present and the workshops you are holding. We are providing the space for the workshop in betahaus, at Moritzplatz, in the heart of Kreuzberg, and spread the word about your design invention in the whole betahaus community and further!
If you are interested in participation, please send the photo of your product(s) to email@example.com BEFORE 12TH SEPTEMBER and we`ll meet for coffee to discuss all the further details.
ATTENTION: “Build or Buy” products could also be services (e.g. you know how to make a really cool stop motion movie: people can order your service OR attend the course and get to know the technique of stop motion movie creation).
Interview by Lisa Hillers.
Relaxainment is a growing massage agency, working with clients in and around Berlin.
We spoke with Nina Barthel, the founder about her goals and inspirations.
betahaus | is going to build a SPACESHIP on the 30th! Come and join us! - Okay, just kidding. We won´t build a spaceship (for now…).
However, there will be a kickass Maker Party on the 30. August and we would love to see you there!
If you want to find out how to build a lamp out of an old beverage can, how to make hanging gardens for your windows, how to write lightgraffitis on walls you should definitely join in!
For further information on the line up and regular up-dates, check the facebook event!
If your hands are truly very inspired and you don´t want to wait until the 30th, you are welcome to join a Build or Buy Workshop the week before.
Brian Cusack and Rick Scavetta are co-founders of Science Craft, Berlin. Science Craft serves the needs of young researchers, research institutes, universities and graduate schools by equipping them with the tools they need to publish their research with impact and by providing high-quality, practical skills training to their students. Brian Cusack comes from Ireland. He holds a B.Sc. from Imperial College, London, a Master’s degree from Leeds University and a Ph.D. from Trinity College, Dublin. Rick Scavetta, is originally from Toronto, Canada. He completed his B.Sc. at the University of Toronto, his M.Sc. at the University of Calgary, and his Ph.D. at the University of Cologne, Germany. Science Craft uses the co-working space of betahaus since February. (weiterlesen…)
The time has come: the applications have started. For the second time in 2012 we are awaiting your onepagers, which might well be your key to startup stardom. This time not only because you will become a member of the betahaus | Berlin community and receive all the support, contacts, knowledge, etc pp that includes. But also, because it might get you to the grande finale, betapitch | global, in June next year, where you will win the support of Coworking- and Startup communities all over Europe. Deadline is September 1st, the actual pitch is on September 22nd.
So get your team together, sharpen your pens, pull the chair close to the desk and start writing your onepagers. You got work to do.
If you wanna watch, not pitch (or make all your enemies watch you win): reserve your tickets here.
Isabelle Totikaev is a freelance translator. Mostly she translates from English and Spanish into French. Her main client is Amnesty International. Originally she is from Paris, but she has lived for more than a decade abroad. First in Canada, then in Spain and now in Berlin. Isabelle has been a member of betahaus since May. (weiterlesen…)
It seems that what they say is really true: TIME FLYS! One year has passed since we started the first people in beta festival. What does that mean? Only one thing: The time has come for a second edition!
This years people in beta festival will be on saturday the 22. September, right before the social media week. Coworker, Startups and Maker from Berlin and the rest of our Universe: Save the date and join us on this very special occasion!
The 2nd people in beta festival will not only be packed with opportunities for networking, skills exchange and inspiration, but also with a kick-ass betapitch and – how could we not do it? – another spectacular masquerade party!
This is a job offer for an open position at betahaus. Nope, we are not looking for a developer. We are actually looking for somebody who can take over the management of our beloved betahaus | café and its services. This is the heart of betahaus. The place where everybody meets. The first thing people see when they enter betahaus. This is the THING, the center, the eye of the thunder. In other words: you will work at the core of betahaus. You will be be the one very important person to manage and curate the café, provide us with delicious food, coffee and an awesome service plus you will be responsible for caterings and other event-related activities.
THE BETAHAUS: As Steve Jobs would put it, we are located at the intersection of liberal arts, technology and business and your job is the one of the station master. Managing the betahaus | café is versatile piece of art. We have got an amazing team installed which will support you and we represent a mind-blowing community of makers, coworkers, startups and business guys around all kinds of different topics connected by a shared workspace, shared ideas and shared visions. You’ll also be confronted with a colorful bunch of guests everyday that just happen to pass by betahaus. Businessmen, Corporates, Artists, Politicans. betahaus | café is like a harbor. Ships with ideas pull in and out. You and your team will have to know everything about coworking while you are serving the coffee and making sure everything runs smooth.
Let’s get to the details:
- - You have got experience of some kind in managing a bar/restaurant/café
- - You have got an Idea what accounting is and how that works in relation to bar business.
- - The Internet is run by coffee. You are a coffee geek and know how to do the flat white.
- - You don’t get scared by 500 unexpected guests and see everything from a service orientated point of view.
- - You are a social person and like other people. You speak german and english and you’ve got a struktured way of working.- YOU LIKE DOING NOT TALKING ABOUT DOING
- - Work doesn’t happen between 9-5 only at betahaus. We don’t pull 80 hours weeks either. You are flexible, we are demanding.
Well then, grab your pencil and write an application or If you know somebody who would fit our call, forward this to him.
You can get the full score if you apply via Somewhere, an awesome Startup of betahaus. In fact this is a must. You can hand in a CV and stuff additionally to firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply until the 3rd of August. That’s the Deadline.
Sort of. We are planning an education program, designed to assist people realize their projects, whether it’s a business or an art exhibition, organize their work and get stuff done, as pragmatic and successful as possible. As you can see, it’s not gonna be about lecture halls and exams, but about skills, practical experience, people and inspiration. (weiterlesen…)
Sarah Kennedy is a designer for Skew studio, London. Skew is a multi disciplinary studio which works taking entertainment brands from Screen to Shelf. Skew is a diverse team of designers and work across Textiles, Fashion, Packaging, Branding and Web Design working for clients including the BBC, Nickelodeon and Disney. They have clients all over the world and they are really interested to work for more clients here in Germany. Sarah is our regular guest at betabreakfast, she has been a member of betahaus since May. (weiterlesen…)
Julian Schollmeyer is a project and account manager for 1000heads. He got involved two years ago, when 1000heads started working with a client based in Germany. 1000heads helps brands build and deliver their marketing and commercial vision. Julian has been a member of betahaus for more than a year, with his dedication and hard work, he got the opportunity to join a company that operates worldwide and is based in London, New York , Sydney and Berlin. (weiterlesen…)