It can be hard to put into words the excitement and inspiration that hits after an event that felt really great. This year’s Investors Day & BETAPITCH Global was more international than ever before. We sold more than 450 tickets and the betahaus Pop-Up location was packed with more than 280 startups, 40 investors, 30 corporates and entrepreneurs from all around the globe.
This year’s Investors Day was a deep-dive into the subject of Future City and Emerging Tech. The idea of the smart city has been around for 10-15 years now and many cities have followed the movement and upgraded their infrastructure accordingly. One of our panel discussions was fully dedicated to smart cities, and we even had some startup working towards the future city at the stands in our exhibitor area.
This year’s Speed Dating was as cool as it gets, matching startups and investors in the BerlKönig van in front of the betahaus | Pop-Up. Throughout the day, startups pitched to investors in curated meetings set up by betahausX. Some of the investors who took part were Stephan Schulze and Louis Heinz, an investment manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds.
From audio-based dating apps to AR home decoration to air quality sensors, the startups competing at BETAPITCH Global this year were a diverse bunch. The BETAPITCH crown went to Hamburg-based air-quality monitoring company BREEZE Technologies. They received compliments from the jury for their concept and were already recognized as one of the EU’s most promising start-ups by the European Parliament. Congrats!
Another honorable mention here is Whisperr. The Belgrade voice-based dating app went home with 6 months of betahaus membership and a free scholarship for The Founder Institute. The trip to Silicon Valley (or any other startup city) went to our finalists from Cairo – Furnwish. And Elevate Global from Skopje managed to take home the 5,000€.
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