On the 18th and 19th January, the international startup conference hy! was held for the fourth time in Berlin, Germany. Here some insights from one of the Germany leading tech conferences.
The event offers young start-ups the chance to present themselves to a broad audience of international media representatives and investors, with a bird’s eye view on the most exciting start-ups in Europe. A total of 800 participants, founders, early-stage startups, investors, journalists and media companies across Europe and USA met in Stattbad Wedding, which used to be a large swimming complex. The swimming pool was closed at the beginning of this century, and the complex is now used for art exhibitions and for parties.
The topic of this year was dedicated to accelerators across Europe. hy! demo claims to be Europe’s first joint demo day, an event where accelerators present themselves and their startups in front of an industry audience. In addition to international programs such as TechStars, Seedcamp, Startupbootcamp and Startup Sauna, the German accelerators ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator, Deutsche Telekom’s hub:arum, Axel Springer’s Plug & Play and the Berlin Hardware Accelerator presented their portfolio companies on a single stage.
The atmosphere was shaped by the typical Berlin startup style, funky and hip. Nevertheless, dark rooms, rap music organic food and the startup exhibition in the pool made this atmosphere very unique! Apart from the accelerators several international VC’s got on stage, including Accel, Index, Balderton and Earlybird.
A couple of very interesting startups were also present, one of them was. Luuv, a 3D printed hand-held camera stabilizer for action cameras and smartphones, that allows you to shoot steady footage at any time. Blogfoster, a software for the self-determined monetization and analysis of blogs worldwide, and Socius, a social media curation and publishing platform for brands, events and publishers, look also very promising. On top of all these presentations several panel discussions focusing on Europe’s digitalization, and misunderstandings between startups and VCs, and of course tech-IPOs.
Out of the present startups we selected five, which might be interesting for Southeast Asia.
Goderma is a SaaS App that allows you to send a picture of any skin disease directly to a dermatologist. With the help of a questionnaire the specialized doctor will answer your request within 48 hours.
Kinematics – A potential LEGO replacement
The founder Christian Guder and Dr. Matthias Buerger are demonstrated a little robot dog, which is composed of individual modules. Kinematics allows every child to build his own robot, wirelessly and without complicated assembly instructions.
Stamplay – Create software for the web like never before
Stamplay, which won the first price at the pitch panel, gives web professionals superpowers to create web applications without coding and to save up to 90% of costs for software development. The developers are inventing a technology that makes it possible to create great web applications without coding thanks to two secret ingredients: a system of smart modules that perform specialized jobs and an intuitive visual programming language that gives anyone the ability to create useful apps.
Through personalized and smart lighting, brightup empowers you to create and enjoy the best light quality at home. The idea is to provide the ideal combination of hardware and software, both with a simple, beautiful and intuitive design to ensure that Brightup is the easiest to use home automation solution.
Talentry – social recruiting
Talentry is a web-based “Social Recruiting” software that allows you to find talented employees faster and cheaper than traditional recruiting channels. It reduces the average time-to-hire by up to 50% by taking advantage of the social networks of your employees for the recruitment drive.
Apart form the very interesting software startups, offering solutions across different industries, there was a clear trend towards hardware startups. Former developers who launched software companies earlier switch now to hardware. Luuv is also an indication that 3D printing will be really big this year. It makes it very easy to test and produce prototypes, opening new doors for young companies. Additionally, and in line with Google’s last acquisition, the connected home seems to be a field, where a lot of new companies will emerge in 2014 across Europe – and hopefully also across Southeast Asia.
Photo Credits: Dan Taylor / Heisenberg Media