Tech Open Air – Post Event!
9 startups attended Tech Open Air Berlin with Startup Europe and Welcome!
In Mid-July over 11,000 attendees descended onto Funkhaus, a former Soviet broadcast station in East Berlin, for Tech Open Air. Among these were 9 startups from 3 countries, each of whom were selected to attend by Startup Europe and the Welcome project. Tech Open Air Berlin, Europe’s leading interdisciplinary technology festival which saw over a 160 speakers speak over the three days of July 13th – 15th.
Each of the 9 startups travelled to Berlin courtesy of the Welcome Project. At the festival startups networked with top investors and accelerators from across Europe, met corporate representatives, like minded founders and gained international media exposure as well as experiencing the amazing startup ecosystem of Berlin.
Tech Open Air 2016 included:
- Conference with international speakers including MaitMuntel, co-founder of Lingvist, Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr, NikolajHviis, CEO & Founder Bragi and Jesse Hertzberg, CEO Livestream Movi to name but a few
- 177 satellite events across Berlin over 3 days. 2015 satellite event hosts included Deutsche Telekom, Fyber, KAYAK, Rocket Internet, Sidestage, Soundcloud, TechCrunch and Uber
One of these satellite events was the tremendous Irish Startup Wake, an event organised by the Dublin Commissioner for Startups in Factory on 14th of July. Traditionally an Irish wake is an opportunity to remember the life of a recently departed loved one, a light-hearted atmosphere allows attendees to tell stories and share memories to celebrate the life rather than grieve the loss of the deceased. The Irish Startup Wake was an opportunity fora number of brave entrepreneurs to share the stories of their startup failure to an audience of over 120. Konstantin Mehl, Marc Mogalle and Jens Urbaniak told the crowd the stories behind their most notable failures, the event was MC’d by Connor Murphy. Each founder told their tale of failure, after which the audience sang a verse of ‘The Parting Glass’ a traditional Irish funeral song and raised a toast to the dearly departed startup.
The nine startups were selected from across four of the Welcome ecosystems of Berlin, Dublin, Milan, Madrid and Salamanca.
From Dublin three startups were Hub Controls, a smart thermostat which gives consumers back control of their energy bills, T-Pro, a cloud-based clinical documentation solution for efficient and accurate speech recognition, medical transcription, messaging and coding and Parkyourcar, a platform where owners can rent out their parking space and where car drivers can prepay for a parking space.
Travelling from Milan were Waynaut, a multimodal B2B2C travel platform which integrates different means of transport and provides optimal itineraries and Tickete, the big data analysis start-up able to learn customers’ in-store, real habits and purchasing behaviour.
From Madrid/Salamanca were Artelnics, developing disruptive deep learning software for predictive analytics, Moggie, the world’s first intelligent cat care system, allowing cat owners better understand their cats and stay connected with them when away from home, EUROB Creative, deliver technologies and products in areas including 3D printing, senior care and e-commerce and Atelgraphics, providing ample visualization and manipulation of atomistic models and acting as front-end to several relevant calculation engines in the field of Nanotechnology Quantum Simulations.
Tech Open Air was very valuable to the Welcome startups for networking and meetings. The 9 startups had over 70 meetings and received 20 expressions of interest in investment and over 30 partnership opportunities.
What they said:
“Incredible, useful, productive and worth. We were not sure of what we were going to find and certainly has been incredible.”
“Great event where we got lot of exposure with our Moggie stall. Being a finalist in the hardware pitch also helped us.”
“The festival has been very cool and interesting. Good level of speakers and wonderful location.”
WELCOME is a project under the Startup Europe initiative that aims to build a pan-European tech startup ecosystem. To that end, Welcome links startups from five vibrant EU ecosystems — Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, Milan and Salamanca, to customers, VCs, business angels, corporates, mentors and other startups. The project targets aspiring entrepreneurs as well as early and late stage startups with activities enabling them to grow across borders and access the right combination of finance while helping corporates identify the best talents.
This competition is part of Welcome’s Europass Programme
About Tech Open Air
Tech Open Air is Europe’s leading interdisciplinary technology festival. At TOA our mission is to connect, grow and inspire the human spirit through interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and collaboration. Now in its fifth year, the festival takes place over three days with 150+ speakers and 175+ satellite events, enabling attendees to connect and learn with industry experts in Europe’s startup capital, Berlin. Attendees will experience inspirational storytelling, interactive forums, art installations and live music at a beautiful riverside location and across town.