These Start-ups will pitch at NEXT14

By Ina Feistritzer

23/04/2014 | NEXT Berlin is once again an important platform for entrepreneurs from all over Europe. 28 start-ups made it into our semi-finals and will present their new business ideas at the conference to an audience of digital experts, investors and media representatives. During the two-day event on May 5-6 we will present a special Start-up Stage for founders, their topics and pitches. Today we announce the list of semi-finalists whose ideas convinced the community and an expert jury in two previous rounds.

The successful candidates will pitch in four sessions on the first conference day, moderated by Milo Yiannopoulos and Colette Ballou. Our jury members Jess Erickson (Geekettes), Matt Cooper (Elance /oDesk), Christoph Gerlinger (German Start-ups Group Berlin), Philipp Möhring (AngelList), Shira Abel (Hunter & Bard), Claudia Helming (DaWanda), Alex Farcet (Startupbootcamp), Alexander Hofmann (Gründerszene), Ayelet Noff (Blonde 2.0), Claudius Gerstner (némata) and Morten Lund (Serial Entrepeneur) will then choose the four finalists.

The best start-up in each of the four sessions will pitch once again on the Dome Stage - right after the keynote of Federal Minister Thomas de Maizière on May 6. Jury chairman Morten Lund will lead the Final Pitch Session and the Award Ceremony on the second conference day.

The winner will receive a lot of international attention, plus a prize package consisting of cash, a mentoring programme by Shira Abel, a Silicon Valley Tour plus workspace for three months in Berlin or London both offered by our partner Startupbootcamp Berlin.

These are the lucky NEXT14 Start-up Pitch semi-finalists:

2go Tablets - Vienna, Austria, Category: Industrial Internet - A software product for tablets to make them the perfect information tool for field engineers, technicians and workers.
AkanooHamburg, Germany, Category: Big Data - Akanoo identifies online-shop visitors’ purchase probability and their affinity for purchase incentives in real-time.
Argus LabsAntwerp, Belgium, Category: Big Data - Argus Labs offers a cloud solution for companies, enabling them to build mobile apps that can understand the behaviour and mood of mobile audiences.
AvubaBerlin, Germany, Category: Money - Avuba is building a mobile bank account to send money in seconds from your phone or even pay with groups.
Brewie - Budapest, Hungary, Category: Internet of Things, Hardware - A fully automated personal brewery, even for beer consumers who haven't brewed their own beer before.
Cinepass - Berlin, Germany, Category: Other - Cinepass is a platform which makes the booking of movie theatre tickets really easy.
CommunikiteBerlin, Germany, Category: Other - Communikite is a location-based classifieds app for mobiles, where users can discover and interact with their vicinity in a new way.
DashifyBerlin, Germany, Category: Big Data - Dashify is a simple-to-use SaaS tool for data aggregation, visualisation and goal setting with many possibilities.
fluxBerlin, Germany, Category: Other - flux gathers and stores all your social network messages in one trusted place.
FOTOSS - La Laguna, Spain, Category: Other - A smartphone app that gives the chance to buy event pictures by professional photographers in real time.
Fyddy - Wroclaw, Poland, Category: Internet of Things/Hardware - Fyddy uses Bluetooth to locate people inside buildings, to track their shopping behaviour and guide them towards special product placements in store.
G|Predictive - Norderstedt, Germany, Category: Big Data - A software for the mass-market that makes marketing campaigns more effective.
GLIP - Poznan, Poland, Category: Internet of Things/Hardware - GLIP is an Android smart multitouch tablet in many different sizes.
Jurato - Berlin, Germany, Category: Other - Jurato is a platform for attorneys, to help them find new clients and market their services. It also helps clients to find a good attorney.
Karisma Kidz - London, UK, Category: New Interfaces/Wearables - Karisma Kidz is an award winning adventure game for children aged 3 to 9, to aid their social and emotional learning.
Lingua.ly - Tel Aviv, Israel, Category: Big Data - Lingua.ly is the adaptive cross-platform language learning solution that leverages the scalability of the web to optimize learning efficiency.
Localgourmet - Hamburg, Germany, Category: Other - Localgourmet is a web supplier that offers customers the best and the most sustainable meat directly from their local farms.
onbelleCologne, Germany, Category: Other - onbelle offers access to unlimited clothing and accessoires. With a monthly fixed fee you receive a package containing a variety of clothes and accessoires.
OneLife - Berlin, Germany, Category: Mobility - OneLife is a vertical cloud service focused on consumer healthcare.
Pinpoint - London, UK, Category: Industrial Internet - Pinpoint is a new web-based platform that enables anyone to create their own smartphone or tablet application using iBeacon technology.
Prisync - Istanbul, Turkey, Category: Big Data - Prisync is an online price tracking and analytics SaaS for e-retailers and manufacturers.
Screemo - Tel Aviv, Israel, Category: Other - Screemo connects brands to their audience anywhere, in real-time, using Smartphones and digital screens.
SkillnDeal - Düsseldorf, Germany, Category: Other - SkillnDeal developed a solution to connect skilled people with potential trainees.
socionics - Lviv, Ukraine, Category: Other - Socionics.io is an independent online tool that requires minimal effort and provides value by identifying the socionic profiles of team members.
Veloyo - Hamburg, Germany, Category: Mobility - Veloyo is an urban bicycle platform and repair service that provides an invaluable service exactly when and where the customer needs support.
Webpgr - Berlin, Germany, Category: New Interfaces/Wearables - Webpgr built a creative platform to transform websites easily.
webZunder - Munich, Germany, Category: Other - webZunder is the Social Media Dashboard for entrepreneurs.
YDREAM Robotics - Lisbon, Portugal, Category: Internet of Things/Hardware - YDREAM Robotics take advantage of the widespread use of smartphones and their rich set of hardware features to turn everyday objects into robotic devices.

We are looking forward to welcoming a great Start-up crowd at NEXT14. A limited number of special, reduced price Start-up tickets is still available at www.nextberlin.eu/tickets.

Besides the Start-up Stage, two further tracks and 30 workshops will deliver an exciting conference programme. This will consist of international keynotes, panels, discussions and hands-on knowledge on the most important digital innovations likely to transform the economy and society alike. International thought leaders like Brad Templeton (Singularity University), bestselling author Cory Doctorow, futurista Jessi Baker, changeist Scott Smith and IT expert Mikko Hypponen will speak at NEXT14.

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