The same ten teams that presented just three months ago to a far smaller crowd of mentors and entrepreneurs emerged from the Startupbootcamp Berlin incubator with more polish, pizazz and confidence to pitch at the Investor Demo Day yesterday.
Three of the startups Weavly, Capsule.fm and Credport were the crowd favourites, voted on Twitter to win a trip to the renowned SXSW in the US next year, organised by Nikolas Woischnik, founder of Tech Berlin.
Pitching to a packed theatre full of big-name VCs and angels, the ten startups that made it through the program impressed the crowd with slick presentations, innovative ideas and tightly honed business plans.
Held in the iconic Unspannwerk building in Kreuzberg, the hall was filled with hundreds of spectators, including entrepreneurs, press, angels and investors. Founder of the Startupbootcamp program, Alex Farcet, hosted the event, with VentureVillage’s own Linsey Fryatt on stage to present Weavly, a video mashup tool that we’ve already used onsite.
Farcet told VentureVillage that “the Demo Day was an incredible success, over 500 people turned up to watch the 10 teams pitch for funding. The teams were amazing, to see how far they have come over the 3 month program is pretty incredible. I am very happy to announce that 7 out of the 10 teams are going to stay in Berlin for at least another 3 months.”
From beginners to business
The startups that we followed from the beginning demonstrated an impressive transformation from the first pitches made at Startupbootcamp pitching day, a reflection of the expert training and mentoring received throughout the program.
The ten startups had eight minutes on stage to wow the investors, followed by networking and an after party in Commerz Punkt. Watching the event were representatives from HackFwd, Index Ventures, Earlybird, Point Nine Capital, Team Europe and Mangrove, amongst others.
Here’s a run down on each of the teams and their progress so far
LiquidState – A team that impressed from the beginning, LiquidState simplifies the move from print to tablet magazine publishing, making it a five-click process. They’ve had interest from some big names in publishing already – they are in talks with Axel Springer, Conde Nast and IPC.
Capsule.fm – One of the most innovative startups at the camp, Capsule.fm takes online content and transforms it into an audio experience. This means that a computerised voice will read all the information you follow online – including Facebook notifications, share prices, your favourite football team or emails – to you on the go.
Spotistic – A system which helps marketing managers track their physical stores and the communities around them using social media and location based services. They’ve had Allianz and wunderman using their service.
Weavly – An online video mashup tool that is easy to use and avoids copyright issues. And with fans such as YouTube cofounder Jawed Karin, who said that “Weavley looks cool”, and The Huffington Post using the tool, there must be something to it.
Frestyl – The all-female, all-PHD accredited team want to solve the problem of finding locations and information on live music concerts. They’re highlighting events that are recommended by local experts and the community, using location based services and social media sites to show where friends are going, plus are working with event organisers to promote events.
ItsPlatonic – The startup that is “like an online dating site, but for friendship instead of romance” announced some big news yesterday – they received €150,000 funding from Dutch company CE Tech Invest prior to the Demo Day. The startup has made headlines becfore by offering all former Romney campaigners internships.
Raidarrr! – One of the more unusual startups, Raidarrr! wants people to make the most of their “five minutes moments” by using their smartphones to access music, pictures, videos, books and more that they have dropped in physical locations around the world.
Prizgo – They are engaging customers through online shopping loyalty programs and connecting brands with customers. They want to provide more individualised offers by finding out what motivates customers and adjusting the incentives accordingly.
Credport – This startup has one goal: To remove stranger danger online. They are providing verifications of people through the networks they are using including LinkedIn, ebay, car hiring sites and many others. At the moment they are working with car hire site Tamyca and babysitter site kinderfee.de.
Brisk – Is a platform for multi-screen and device development. The web-based apps can be coded on the platform and shared easily on a range of devices.