Tech Open Air 2013 – pitch to VentureVillage to win a place on the Hubraum boat


Berlin tech/music/art festival Tech Open Air has announced a new collaboration with none other than VentureVillage and our sister magazine Gründerszene. Our editors will work together with representatives from Deutsche Telekom’s accelerator Hubraum to give startups the chance to pitch their way into a spot in the accelerator programme.


What could be better than pitching to us and Hubraum? Pitching to us and Hubraum on a boat! That’s right, the pitching contest will take place as we float along the Spree – we’ll set sail from Kater Holzig, the Berlin nightclub on the banks of the river and also the quirky location for TOA.

What does Hubraum have to offer?

Hubraum is a full-time, eight-week accelerator programme, which provides one-on-one mentoring, weekly pitching practice and advice on how to transform business ideas into business models. The next cycle starts on 7 October, applications close on 11 August.

Win your way to TOA

If you haven’t got a ticket for TOA yet, don’t despair. We’re giving five tickets away to startups that want to enter the pitch competition, just send a pitch deck to the header “Pitch for Hubraum at TOA”. Teams have to have at least two members and be working on ideas in the web/mobile areas to be considered for the Hubraum programme. You have until Monday 29 July to apply.

Here’s what else is lined up for TOA-goers…

  1. A Pitch Clinic, where winners go into the running for a wildcard position at Hubraum or the Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator, or receive a Google App package
  2. The face of Google Glass, Robert Scoble (who a lot of us have seen a little too much of, shower picture anyone?) will take part in a Google Hangout session – send any questions you want to ask him to, or comment on the Facebook post
  3. An Open Capital Meetup Session to let “Founders meet Funders”
  4. A sneaky “Ask me anything” segment, where the audience can ask a number of high profile VCs, journalists and TOA speakers hidden from the crowd in a confession box whatever they’re dying to know – without being recognised
  5. A crowdfunding stage

Don’t forget, the fun’s not over after day one of the conference: Day two sees 50 satellite events taking place all over Berlin, including a hangover breakfast at Axel Springer, a design-thinking workshop with Kitchen Budapest, Medialab and Hungarian Telekom’s incubator, Berlin tech centre the Factory’s summer fair and Tech Open Soho – featuring tech, music, art and science hosted by private club Soho House.

You can still register for a few of the satellite events without a TOA ticket, but for those that are already sold out you’ll need to buy a TOA ticket to attend – they’re €100 for students and €230 for standard tickets.

Don’t forget to put the upcoming Breakfast Club with Hubraum in your diaries: It’s coming up on 23 August and will be hosted at Barcomis from 9am – 12pm. Attendees will be able to perfect their pitching by getting tips from expert Bianca Praetorius, plus will receive the latest information from Humbraum on what’s coming up in its programme. Get your tickets here.

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