Second Berlin Visit

Warm-up

The Second Berlin Visit started with a get-together at St. Oberholz, one of the most popular coffee places among Berlin entrepreneurs. We were a small group, yet this was a great way to become familiar with each other before the program start.

First Day

In the morning of the first day, Lisa welcomed the Israeli teams at the Climate KIC Garage, which is the base of an accelerator for climate-impact start-ups run by Climate KIC Berlin. The first program session was dedicated to explaining the EXIST Start-up Germany program as well as the milestones of the application process for the EXIST Business Start-up Grant. Dr. Stefan Drews from the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and Maiia Deutschmann from the Project Management Agency (PTJ) were happy to answer any questions from the participants.

Afterwards, the representatives from the participating partner universities were introduced to the guests from Israel. In the following conversations, the teams also had the chance to get to know the key focus areas of each university.

 

(Photos © CfE TU Berlin)

Next, our group had lunch at a restaurant close by before heading to the site of Bernauer Straße, where an original part of the Berlin Wall still remains, as this was the starting point for the afternoon sightseeing tour. Our guide was very passionate about Berlin’s history, which made the tour fun and dynamic! After a long day providing a lot of food for thought, everyone was happy to grab some ‘real’ food at Chupenga, a nice Mexican restaurant in Mitte.

Coaching Day

The Coaching Day was all about the teams and their pitches. Each team had a session with our two coaches, André and Adrian. Additionally, they could talk to experts who were available during the day and work individually in the co-working area. The coaches were available from early morning until the evening. So the teams made good use of the provided opportunities and worked for more than 10 hours! That’s what we call commitment! In the evening we then transferred to the Centre for Entrepreneurship of the TU Berlin for some well-deserved pizza and drinks.

(Photos © CfE TU Berlin)

Decision Day

The live pitch competition took place at the Centre for Entrepreneurship of TU Berlin with each team presenting their product or service in front of our jury. It was a real delight to see it all coming together! Each team was asked several questions by the jury and the Q&A session sometimes took even longer than the pitch itself!

After having some time to relax and explore Berlin (in the case of the participating teams) or following a lively discussion about which teams to choose (in the case of the jury), everyone met up at St. Oberholz in Berlin Mitte for our closing party in the evening. First of all, the teams were obviously looking forward to finally learn about the jury decision and due to their hard work and good pitches, most of the teams were selected! Throughout the evening, everyone celebrated the experience of the last days. There were good DJ beats, a bit of dancing, drinks and lots of pictures were taken… even with three German police agents who came by around midnight because the music disturbed some neighbors. However, everything was resolved in good spirit so that everyone wandered home in a happy mood.

(Photos © CfE TU Berlin)

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