On April 6th, 2016 we celebrated the Demo Day of Program8. The venue was the 19th Floor of the Axel Springer HQ in Berlin. 9 Startups of Program8 pitched their businesses to more than 200 investors, corporates and journalists. Our portfolio company room.me gave a portfolio update and informed about their progresses in the US.
Stretching and focus exercises before the first guests arrive. The founders get into pitch mode.
Slowly but surely the venue fills. Guests get in the Demo Day mood.
At 4.30pm Ole Tillmann, the host of the pitches, opens the stage. Frauke Mispagel and Jörg Rheinboldt, Managing Directors of Axel Springer Plug and Play, welcome the guests followed by Saeed Amidi, the founder of Plug and Play Tech Center.
Matilda von Gierke, Co-Founder of recruiting tool Zalvus, was first to pitch. Zalvus is the only one-stop shop for job applicants and helps recruiters to easily find suitable graduates and young professionals from STEM and business fields.
Fabian Gartmann, former investigative journalist and now founder of Get A Camp, on stage. Get A Camp is a booking platform for camp sites. Campers can check availabilities and book online while campsites can better utilize their capacity.
Marco Borghesi, Co-Founder of OEEX, on stage at Demo Day. OEEX stands for Open Energy Exchange. They connect people with alternative energy sources in their proximity giving them access to local, clean and cheaper enegery.
Next to pitch was Andrew Morawski, Co-Founder of SaaS startup LiveCall. They identify website visitors who are most likely to buy, engaging them with a one-click call function. By that LiveCall increases customer conversion significantly.
The co-founder of Deckard, Lele Canfora, pitching his startup. Deckard is a virtual personal assistant which utilizes AI to find the right code for programmers. Deckard runs on various messenger platforms such as slack, facebook messenger and whatsapp, making life of coders a lot easier.
Timble is a productivity tool for IT teams and was developed by Dominik Goss and Krzysztof Karolczak. Here you see Dominik on stage at Demo Day. Timble allows teams to fully integrate their current project management platforms whilst offering them a cloud-based time tracking solution.
Next on stage was Robert Yoskowitz, co-founder of Joinesty. The browser plugin allows people to manage all their sign-ups, passwords and accounts in an ultra-secure and convenient way. Joinesty was founded by Andreas Imthurn and two brothers Robert and Stephen.
Maksymilian Robiński, co-founder of Girafi, on stage at Demo Day. Girafi offers businesses new ways to interact with clients by offering them rewards. The startup is one out of three Polish companies which participated in Program8.
The co-founder of social business ReDI School of Digital Integration, Ferdi van Heerden, presenting his company. The school offers free coding classes and mentoring session for refugees. By doing so they tackle the lack of IT personnel in European economies while offering a perspective to people with a refugee status. ReDI is not the first non-profit that went through our accelerator program.
Next on stage was Max Kersting, co-founder of room.me and alumnus of our accelerator. Max participated in Program4 with his startup and moved it to the US shortly after. On Demo Day Max gave an update on their goals with room.me and explained how they are planning to achieve them.
Last presenter on stage was New York-based Mari Vic, the Artist in Residence of Program8. Mari presented her art project: an artificial intelligence-based journey back in time. People can travel to historic places of Alfred Döblin’s novel “Berlin Alexanderplatz”. We think this is very cool!
Big round of applause for all presenters.
First opinions on the pitches.
Program8 and the ASPnP Crew.
The accelerator team.
Mixing and mingling. Dinner and drinks.
The sun might be setting but the party is just about to start.
All photo credits: Dominik Tryba