TechFounders Virtual Demo Day brought entrepreneurs together from around the globe to see new innovations and share thoughts on future tech-trends and current crisis’ effects on entrepreneurship. 

This spring has really shown how well we all adapt to change. A few months ago, everyone’s lives changed from meeting face-to-face to behind the screen, and so did our program for Batch #11. In the past months, all coaching and mentoring sessions were held online and the pilot projects between our corporate partners and the startups continued remotely. It was an obvious decision that, to keep all the participants safe, our program’s highlight event – the Demo Day – would also have to take place virtually.

Last week, the anticipated Virtual Demo Day finally took place in a live broadcast form. After a short welcome by our Managing Partners and event moderators Miki Yokoyama and Heiko Huber, the startups presented their pitches in front of over 400 live-viewers! After this unusual spring, we were thrilled to see the progress our eight startups had made with their pitches and companies. All the innovations to digitalize operations and to fight for a more sustainable tomorrow showed us that supporting startups means building the future as well.

After the pitches and short Q&As from the audience to the founders, it was time for the moderated talk lead by Sebastian Matthes, Deputy Chief Editor & Head of Digital at Handelsblatt. The special guest to join was Andreas von Bechtolsheim, a successful entrepreneur and one of the first investors in Google. In this rare video interview, he shared his thought-provoking viewpoints on entrepreneurship, investing and the current crisis’ effects on entrepreneurship. Throughout the interview we got to know what motivated him to start his own companies one after another and what his predictions on future tech-trends are.

We want to thank everyone who participated on our Virtual Demo Day! We were pleasantly surprised by the number of viewers at our first online event ever and how engaged the audience was during it. If you missed our livestream, don’t worry – you can watch the recording of the broadcast here or on YouTube. 

Great thanks to all our Batch #11 startups for participating in our program. We can’t wait to hear the success stories that these startups will turn into. We would also like to thank all our corporate partners for supporting our program.