This week our team visited Berlin, the startup capital of Europe (besides London, of course). The reason of our visit was something amazing: we were invited to pitch in front of the Axel Springer Plug and Play accelerator, which we’ll cover in more detail below. But first, let’s share some impressions about Berlin!
Berlin and the SpringTab team
Our founder’s verdict: “Don’t judge too early. There are cities with which I can fall in love really easily; Milan, the cities of Tuscany, Barcelona, Amsterdam, NYC or the valley. Also Paris with its French style and London despite the weather. I was excited about Berlin, after hearing amazing opinions about it. However, I cannot say this is love at first sight. After digging deeper into the city, I can say this might be a longer shot.” We understand that something great is going on here: St. Oberholz could really be SpringTab’s new home! So many exciting faces, all with a Macbook, freelancers and startuppers. They seem really relaxed, despite the amazing things they are about to achieve.
Walking along the Berlin Wall is a shocking and moving experience, a bit horrifying for some. There are long distances in the city, which can be uncomfortable, but great beer can be found anywhere, which is a great plus for us!
The SpringTab team and the Plug and Play Accelerator
In general, the accelerator is characterized by German precision and professionalism. Also, if a startup wants to focus on Europe or Germany in particular, this is exactly the place to be. The pitch was exactly 20 minutes: 5 minutes of pitch and 15 minutes of Q&A. We ran a bit overtime, which they noticed, but we believe it was not a dealbreaker. Some really tough questions followed. For some, we had some backup slides (fortunately).
There was one question that was particularly interesting: Why Berlin and how can they help? It is the business development, and corporate connections. They said they know a lot of people from our dream clients slide. We think it is a good conversation starter.
Anyways, we enjoyed the Berlin experience and hope we can continue cooperation with the Plug and Play accelerator, or at some point, move to Berlin!