Mate as it's normally served – as tea (file). Photo: Taras Kalapun/flickr

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Justin McMurray, Somewhere founder, at Betapitch. Photo: Berlinow

A few where entertaining, while others where nervous first time pitchers. The winners? Somewhere and Knowable.

Betapitch is a chance for emerging startups to present their idea in front of an audience of investors, tech folks and, of course, the jury. The winners get to move in at Betahaus for six months to develop their business.

The first winner, Knowable, builds a social network for connecting creative ideas to solve everyday problems around the world. Tonight’s other winner, Somewhere, is a matchmaking platform for jobseekers and companies. Their focus is on finding talent that fits a company’s culture, rather than providing endless job listings like ordinary job sites. Somewhere is in open beta, so you can sign up on their site right away.

The other pitchers

Loopcam, an app that makes it easy to create animated gif-loops on your iPhone, has been around for a while. Since they launched last year, they moved from Stockholm to Berlin and got funding from Passion Capital and Soundcloud’s Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss among others.

EinFach is German for “easy” or “a box”. The startup is developing a physical platform, connected to a smartphone app, for exchange of services and products. For example, you leave your coat for dry-cleaning in one of their boxes. When it’s cleaned and ready for pickup you get a notification on your phone.

Optima Labs want to help you keep an eye on your energy consumption. You connect their box to your energy meter, and another box to your wlan-router. Now you can monitor your consumption, and compare with other users in your region.

ShakeBee is a new gesture based messaging app for iPhone by an Armenian startup. All you have to do is shake your phone to send secret messages. An early version of the app is already on App Store.

Greenguin is a crowdsourcing platform for green projects, Mobeelizer adds cloud sync to your mobile apps, Get-A-Gig connects independent artists with promoters, and WhyOwnIt is going to launch a peer-to-peer sharing network for physical stuff. Why buy a power drill when you can borrow some else’s?


Betapitch Berlin

The café in Betahaus Berlin at Moritzplatz. Photo: Berlinow

Betapitch is a chance for aspiring startups to get a temporary home in Betahaus at Moritzplatz, where they can develop their concept and get assistance from mentors, advisors and the Betahaus community.

The next Betapitch will take place on the May 3 2012. Applications, in form of one-pagers of your idea, can be submitted to until April 20 at midnight. 10 teams will be chosen to present their idea at Betahaus. One team wins, and gets to move into Betahaus Berlin and join the acceleration program.

Don’t wanna pitch yourself? Just join the audience, and get inspired by entrepreneurs and startup superstars. Be sure to book your ticket here.