More than 200 investors, entrepreneurs, journalists and curious minds gathered in the Axel Springer Plug and Play startup accelerator office. Just as you would expect, the photography is fantastic: half the crowd suited up, the other going for a smart casual outfit, surrounded by tagged walls and creative paintings. We think this gives a nice ambience to our Demo Day video:
The startup were challenged to pitch their business in just 5 minutes. After three months of slide design, public speaking and delivery training by consultant and ex-actor Ole Tillmann, needless to say everyone was ready to engage with their audience. The event ran smoothly, and the short breaks quickly turned into speed investors' meetings. The mixed audience was addressing questions ranging from revenue models and competitor analysis to usability features and user acquisition strategies.
"The event ran smoothly, and the short breaks quickly turned into speed investors' meetings."
The Pitch event was followed by a networking evening at the Axel Springer Journalisten Club, during which startups took the time to meet the entrepreneurs and investors in person. The event caries an emotional touch, giving it also symbolises the end of a three months adventure at the accelerator program. In the past three months, we learned invaluable lessons from our mentors and met amazing entrepreneurs and friends. A truly unique and unforgettable experience - that we made sure to celebrate as one big team.
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Demo Day marks the end of the startup accelerator, and the continuation of a great entrepreneurial adventure. Keep in touch!
Photography: Viviane Wild for Axel Springer Plug and Play
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