Announcing the 2017 Class of Techstars Berlin

It’s time for Techstars Berlin 2017!

We expect that with each passing year we’ll see the quality of companies applying to Techstars increase, but nothing could have prepared us for the absolutely stellar applications we received for Techstars Berlin 2017.

The eight companies joining us this year represent five different countries and a variety of business models and verticals. We are excited to announce for the first time, the incoming class of Techstars Berlin 2017:

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Cucumber Tony: An orchestration tool for WiFi networks and IoT devices

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VanHack: Online school and recruiting platform to help tech talent get jobs abroad

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ICM Hub: AI-powered customer service for airlines

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App Samurai: Self-service mobile marketing tool for startups

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Quotiss: Shipping logistic quotes in one click

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Trevor: Giving your whole team the power to find answers from your database data and export the live results

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Vaultoro: A secure alternative to traditional banking with physical gold

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Atript: Software to target users of other websites

 








Announcing the 2016 Class of Techstars Berlin!

I’m proud to announce the ten companies that will be attending this summer’s version of Techstars Berlin. These ten companies make up the second Techstars Berlin program and the third Techstars program in Berlin (including the METRO Accelerator, powered by Techstars). Today marks the beginning of the 2016 Techstars Berlin program and will culminate on September 6th during Demo Day.

These ten companies represent six different countries and a variety of business models and verticals. We’re fortunate to have many alumni companies from past Techstars Berlin programs in addition to over 100 incredible mentors from the Berlin startup ecosystem.

We love Berlin and 2016 is going to be an amazing year for these ten companies, as well as for Techstars and the Berlin startup ecosystem.


Without further ado, here are the 2016 Techstars Berlin companies:

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Contellio – Contellio turns blog posts into visuals 10x faster.

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lengoo – lengoo connects businesses to the world’s best translators through an intelligent work marketplace.

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Tourwithme – Tourwithme is a community marketplace that helps people host, discover and book unique experiences from all over the world.

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goedle.io – Every user is different – AI driven marketing automation for increased engagement.

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Palleter – Palleter fills trucks with nearby cargo.

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Mobiag – Connects car fleets to end-users through a global partner network.

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TapDeck – Mobile notifications through wallpapers.

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Raklet CRM and money collection tool for nonprofits and associations.

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Mimo – Interactive micro-courses to blend education and entertainment.

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Kisura – Online personal shopping service for women.

 

If you’d like to follow along with the Techstars Berlin program from the perspective of one of the companies, check out Contellio’s video blog. Episode one can be found here.








Applications Now Open for Techstars Berlin 2016

Choosing the city where you decide to build your startup is an important decision. You want to pick a place (or places) that has a low enough cost of living to maximize your runway, yet a high enough quality of life to maintain a good a work/life balance. It’s important to pick a place that has a vibrant entrepreneurial community with a sufficient amount of great talent, as well as access to a quality investor network.

It’s because of these reasons and more that Berlin continues to climb the rankings as one of the best places in the world to build a startup.

Last summer, the first Techstars Berlin class accelerated with great success, having invested in four companies from Germany, two from Israel and one each from Austria, the United Kingdom, Ukraine and Peru. They have collectively raised several million euros in VC financing.

Today I’m excited to announce that the applications for the second Techstars Berlin program are now open. Here are some key dates to keep in mind:

  • Applications Open: Now!
  • Applications Close: April 15th
  • Offers Made: May 13th
  • Program Starts: June 13th
  • Demo Day: September 6th

If you have questions about Techstars or would like to more about the  Berlin program in particular, please feel free to reach out to me at rob.johnson@techstars.com.

Learn more about the program here.

Apply here.

 

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Announcing the 11 Companies for Techstars METRO 2015

It’s my sincere pleasure to announce the first class of Techstars METRO in Berlin, Germany.

Techstars has partnered with the world’s leading wholesaler of independent hotels and restaurants, METRO AG, as well as R/GA, the world’s leading digital branding and marketing agency, to help accelerate 11 hospitality and food-tech companies.

While this is the first year for Techstars METRO, we received applications from over 20 countries from all over the world. From SaaS platforms to hardware and eCommerce to mobile, these companies represent the cutting edge of innovation for the way independently-run hotels and restaurants do business.

Here is the incredible first class of Techstars METRO:

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J-esPugk_400x400 Flowtify develops a tablet-app for quality and HACCP-management for restaurateurs and restaurants. HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) is a concept for risk assessment of critical control points and serves as a preventative system for consumer protection by hygiene regulations. Using paperless checklists, employees can exercise, document and archive quality measure.
6tV6vsrx_400x400 Gastrozentrale.de is a B2B online shop for kitchen technology and restaurant/catering equipment. From small food stands to canteen kitchens, customers can easily order napkins, industrial refrigerators or patio heaters online.
5ccef0394b775e513e216d48402f8143_400x400 GroupRaise.com helps to raise donations for aid projects. When a group books a table at a participating restaurant, a percent of the bill will be donated to a help project of their choosing. Restaurants can this way increase their capacity in difficult times.
OPZMPaM5_400x400 Users tell Journy what they want to see and do in any particular city. The service then consults local experts and puts together an individual tailor-made travel plan. The package costs 50 dollars per city.
MEYtyDUG_400x400 Lunchio is an online waiter and restaurant guide for lunch. Users select a restaurant in their city, pre-order their favourite meal and pay. When they arrive at the restaurant, they don’t have to wait and can eat their lunch right away.
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Roomatic-ginormous Roomatic allows hotel guests to communicate their needs with their smartphone. The user orders a taxi by app or registers a problem easily with the application, or get in touch directly with room service.
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The Techstars METRO Accelerator

Are you working on a startup in the hospitality or food tech space? Can your product help a restaurant, hotel, catering company or cafe do business better or more efficiently? Want access to a global retailer’s 5,500-person salesforce and resources?

Then come learn more about the Techstars METRO accelerator at one of our events. Rob Johnson, Managing Director of the program, will be available and ready to answer any questions that you may have about the program.

Sign up for one of our live events:
May 27th in Shanghai – Register Here
June 1st in Tel Aviv – Register Here

Can’t make it to one our live events? Sign up to attend one of our online webinars:
July 24th at 4PM CET- Register Here
July 27th at 11AM CET- Register Here
July 30th at 7PM CETRegister Here

We’ll be accepting applications to the Techstars METRO accelerator from April 27th until August 3rd. The accelerator kicks off on October 12th in Berlin and culminates with Demo Day in January 2016.

Have questions and can’t make it to any of the above sessions? Please contact rob.johnson@techstars.com








Join us at the Metro Accelerator Launch Event in Berlin

Introducing the Techstars METRO Accelerator in Berlin, Germany!

Building on successful accelerators across the globe, Techstars has partnered with METRO and R/GA to bring the world’s first hospitality & food tech accelerator. The program kicks off in October and offers intensive mentoring and unprecedented access to the resources of one of the world’s largest hospitality and retail companies.

We’re looking for a diverse group of companies across payments / ordering / delivery / inventory management / food tech / supply chain optimization / logistics / big data / mobile / B2B SaaS for restaurants, hotels, cafes and catering companies.

Come learn more about the 13 week program at our April 27th launch event in Berlin!