The first Techstars demo day in Berlin was something! I know it is Sunday, I will be quick I promise. 🙂
Hosted in Hebbel-Theater in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district Jens Lapinski and his team presented their first batch of startups. The gorgeous Art Nouveau styled building was built in 1907/1908 and was the early and unique work of the famous architect Oskar Kaufmann. It was the breakthrough that shot him to fame. Let’s wish the same to the first Techstars batch!
The startups pitched in 2 batches of 5 and the presentations all looked super well done – for me this means crisp, elaborated and well timed. Founders walked to the stage accompanied by the thundering tunes of charging music pieces and presented with a sleek looking deck of slides outlining market opportunities, user growth, expansion plans. The best part though is that at least 2 of the companies have secured funding during the programme – 1x Seed and 1x Series A. You could feel that some founders are still fundraising and pretty nervous. Yet, I am confident that more news is coming soon. I have seen the products of these companies 3 months ago and am amazed by the progress they have achieved.
Jens has closed the demo session with some kind words to all involved but I would like to share one of his slides summarising the Techstars values.
Powerful message – nothing to add!
That was not all though. The event moved on in the Factory Berlin and continued with networking first and last but not least – an afterparty .
It was a well spent day 🙂
Good luck to all teams, and keep sending me updates. Looking forward to hear from you!
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Have a great rest of the weekend.