On Thursday 28th May the magic number in betahaus | Barcelona was eight. On the hunt for a promising idea with potential for demand and growth, 8 aspiring entrepreneurs stepped forward and had 5 minutes to pitch their start-up or business to 8 fantastic jury members.
There were many cool prizes waiting for the candidates such as a fast-track ticket to several competitions (Sonar +D, Challengers & startupbootcamp), discounts worth 70% & 30% at PAEZ shoes, free legal advice from Martinez-Zurita and free coworking in our very own betahaus | Barcelona. The winner of the BETAPITCH also gets to pitch at BETAPITCH | global on August 29th in Berlin.
This years judges were: Aldo de Jong (partner at Startupbootcamp: IOT & Data), Dan Hoffman (Hoffman Industries), Mark Ruiz (Optretina), Joshua Mac Perish (Crowdcube), Hans Villarica (Claro Partners), Tomás Pando (PAEZ shoes), Leandro Martínez-Zurita (Martínez-Zurita Abogados) and Walter Joosten (Investor/Business Angel).
Just after Saskia Bogaarts, the betahaus | event manager and host of the evening, opened the competition, things started to move quickly. There were some fantastic startups on stage! INTUO, Spacebase, MedGo: PelvisUP, Dubble, Thingthing, BESOCIAL and Watly.
When all teams finished pitching, Judges moved to the third floor in order to discuss which team deserved to win the competition. Meanwhile the audience had the opportunity to vote for their favourite team and Ventura Barba from Sonar +D presented their concept (Music, Creativity & Technology).
The third place (the audience poll prize) was taken by startup Watly
Watly intends to provide solutions to some of the fundamental and global human needs; access to clean water and sanitation, free-energy and connectivity. Their mission is to improve global living standards for the most in-need people in the world. Creating new possibilities through new technological solutions, powered by clean and renewable energies.
The Deutsche Bahn (surprise) prize went to Spacebase
Spacebase is a global booking platform for events and meeting spaces. It allows users access to unique locations for their next event and enables providers advertise their space through an easier ready-to-book platform.
Runner-up was startup Dubble
Dubble is a photo-app allowing users to merge 2 photographs. This is done by uploading two individual photos onto the app allowing the system to merge it with any other user around the world. In the first 6 months over 1.2 million ‘dubbles’ have been made in over 180 countries!
Now, could we get a drumroll please..
First place: Thingthing
Thingthing is a keyboard allowing iPhone users to never switch an app again. Users are able to send dropbox links, set appointments through the calendar and even schedule a meeting point somewhere around the city without ever having to switch from an app again. A goal to instantly find or share what you need most during your conversations through only using the iPhone keyboard. As the winner, Thingthing now has a chance to win investment, more prizes and an opportunity to fly to Silicon Valley powered by Axel Springer’s Plug ‘n’ Play at the BETAPITCH | global on April 29th in Berlin.
The event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our global & local supporters; Deutsche Bahn, Amazon Web Services, Upwork, hub:raum, Axel Springer’s Plug ‘n’ Play, Sonar +D, Challengers, PAEZ, Martínez-Zurita, Startupbootcamp, Estrella, Barcelona Activa & m-startup-barcelona. Throughout the night there were refreshments and snacks kindly provided to us by Estrella and Foodisms by Mayya Papaya.