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A pitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy – your complete guide to the European startup events this summer Written by Linsey Fryatt on 26. April 2012


[title] A pitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy – your complete guide to European startup events this summer [/title]

Get ready to travel – Europe is bursting with pitching opportunities…

The European startup scene is bursting with events and seminars this summer – and while they might not deliver you the megabucks of VC backing, they offer up a potentially massive network of key contacts, the opportunity to perfect your pitch and the chance to bag some sweet mentorship, funding, or office space to kick-start your big idea. If you have an early-stage startup, then it’s worth budgeting for a European tour kicking off in May – at the very least, you’ll learn how to order a beer in lots of different languages. Here is Venture Village’s pick of the European startup events this summer, starting with Berlin of course…

Berlin startup events


A major event for internet activists, intellectuals and anyone involved in the cutting-edge of digital, centred around a series of talks WHEN 2-4 May WHERE STATION-Berlin HOW TO PITCH At a special “Start-up area” complete with presentation zone, allowing you to present to some of the 4,000 visitors. Be quick, be casual, be attention-grabbing.


Live pitching competition for startup hopefuls in front of live audience and panel/ WHEN 3 May WHERE Betahaus HOW TO PITCH 10 teams will be chosen to present their idea at Betahaus, with a panel of experts choosing a winner. Applications are open until midnight 27 April.

Startup Weekend Berlin

Three-day event bringing creative minds together to create on the spot WHEN 4-6 May WHERE ClubOffice HOW TO PITCH With only 60 seconds to pitch you need to be fast and have a great hook. Practise your pitch using a timer!

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Our very own one-day ideas generator, stuffed with talks and, of course, a speed-pitching area. WHEN 7 May WHERE Energieforum HOW TO PITCH Speed-pitching area. Another quick-fire opportunity to showcase your talents to some of Europe’s most influential VCs. Use your five minutes wisely.

Next BerlinNext Berlin

The digital conference dovetailing re:publica WHEN 8-9 May WHERE STATION-Berlin HOW TO PITCH The 12 finalists have already been chosen for this event and will pitch live on stage to a panel of digital luminaries. Worth going along to see how it’s done.

seedcampSeedcamp Berlin

A favourite European micro-stage investment and mentoring programme that offers a standard €50,000 for 8-10% equity. WHEN 15 May WHERE Bertelsmann’s HOW TO PITCHYou’d be in front of some stellar European investors such as Christophe Maire, Paul Josefak and Max Neiderhoffer, so know your audience and their expectations.

startupbootcampStartupbootcamp Berlin

Get mentorship, €15,000 funding and mentorship from founders of Gidsy, Soundcloud and Wooga among others. WHEN 15 May WHERE TBA HOW TO PITCH Be aware of the strength of your team, it might be more important than your idea and be resilient enough to accept coaching and pivot.