30. June 2014
The 3rd Demo Day of the Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator took place last Friday with 10 startups taking the stage for five-minute pitches each followed by a five-minute Q&A session. Local and international investors were invited to the Demo Day at the accelerator's office at Markgrafenstrasse in Berlin to meet the startups and ask probing questions.
The event marked the end of a three-month long journey for the companies in the accelerator. In exchange for a 5% equity stake, each team received office space, coaching, workshops, networking and €25,000. Among the startups that pitched were an "Airbnb for dogs" and a "Tinder for jobs".
Curious to know more? We attended the event with our camera in tow to bring you some snapshots and insights from the Demo Day and its featured startups.
The event was opened by CEO of Axel Springer Plug and Play Joerg Rheinboldt along with Saeed Amidi, Founder of the Plug and Play Tech Center. Actor Ole Tillmann moderated.
Co-Founder Sebastian Stricker presents ShareTheMeal, a refreshing non-profit initiative that enables smartphone users to donate cents to fight world hunger. Seeking €100,000 in funding, ShareTheMeal already raised 25% of its goal during its Q&A session.
The only woman who pitched at Demo Day was Vanessa Lewerenz-Bourmer. Her startup Leinentausch is, explained simply, the Airbnb for dogs.
"If LinkedIn tries to shut us down, we are doing something right," explain the Founders of truffls. They want to bring together job seekers and companies on a platform that functions like Tinder - easy, fast and fully-automated.
The investors used their five-minute time slots to ask questions after the pitches.
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