What's It All About?
BETAPITCH is an international startup competition, powered by betahaus. The yearly competition was held in 14 tech capitals in 2016, leading up to the BETAPITCH Global finals held in BETAHAUS Berlin on October 15. For last two years, BETAPITCH also organises yearly Investors Day, that takes place on the same day as the global finals and gathers the international tech scene. Want to join the next one? This year the Investors Day and global finals take place on December 7th, 2017
At BETAPITCH, startups win prizes locally as well as globally. What they win differs per location and edition. Prizes usually include free coworking membership for the winning team and perks of the coworking space or location throwing the competition. In 2016, The winners of BETAPITCH Global won 5000 euros from hub:raum and a sponsored trip to Silicon Valley. Want to know more about what's at stake right now? You can find detailed prize information per location in the respective regional pages.
A Little Background
To tell you more about BETAPITCH, we firstly need to tell you a little bit about our home; betahaus. Since opening its doors in 2009, betahaus has slowly grown to become the cornerstone of Berlin's tech ecosystem. It also became a home for startups, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, creative workers, and makers. It became a supportive, nonjudgemental home for those who dare to think outside the box.
BETAPITCH as a startup competition is a natural result of the betahaus mission; it's a startup event focused on collaboration and problem solving; positive minded, and inclusive to anyone who wants to participate. As betahaus expanded into new territories, so did BETAPITCH. The competition is now held in Berlin, Hamburg, Sofia, Barcelona, Lisbon, Jonkoppig, Tirana, Sofia, Cairo, and five tech capitals in China. BETAPITCH takes place in various betahouses, but also in other spaces for entrepreneurs and startups that we've partnered up with. In 2016 we hosted SIXTEEN regional events and the Global finals, which was accompanied by our Investors Day. At Investors Day, regional winners and others startups met with investors, corporate partners, business experts, and other mentors and interacted through one-on-one office hours, speed dating in cars and pitched on the stage for the masses.
We're pretty proud of our BETAPITCH alumni roster, which boasts some diverse and successful names. Names like Bragi (Munich), EasySize (Copenhagen), protonet (Hamburg), orderbird (Berlin), zenmate (Berlin), loopcam (Copenhagen), GoEuro (Berlin), OPTretina (Barcelona) and Hoard (Hamburg).