29. November 2013–
Deutsche Telekom is one corporate that's going all out to get its foot into the door of early-stage companies. It made this clear at yesterday's demo day, presenting the second batch of startups to graduate from its eight-week Hubraum accelerator programme. Along with the pitches, the telco announced it's opening up its accelerator programme for applications all year, so startups can join any time, and officially opened its new Berlin startup space – the "Innovation Arena".
Culminating in yesterday's demo day – an event not quite startup, not quite corporate – the teams from Hubraum's second accelerator programme pitched to a room packed with investors, media and mentors.
Hubraum claims that 160 startups applied, whittled down to the seven that made it into the programme. That's just half the number from last year's programme – a result of the accelerator's narrower focus, we heard. Only startups in the areas of security, medicine and M2M (aka machine-to-machine) were accepted. The final startups that took to the stage were Goderma, OPTretina, Pocket Aid, Primal Shield, StudyDrive, Lateral and EasyID.
We took the opportunity to meet the startups and chat with Fee Beyer, programme manager, who told us that they're in talks with two of the teams from the accelerator to join the Hubraum incubator... to be revealed at a later date.
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