Standouts from the Pre-IFA 2016 TechStars Dinner at Microsoft Berlin
Press activities for IFA 2016 don’t officially get underway until Wednesday, but the American contingent—myself included—were invited to a special event hosted at the Microsoft Berlin office where a number of startups were there to tell their story and show off their product or service. The TechStars dinner also offered the gathered media members to learn a little bit about how (and why Microsoft) is a big fan of the European market. In a nutshell, as Berlin Partner’s Dr. Stefan Franzke put it, Berlin is as much of a hot spot for tech innovation as the U.S., except the company valuations are much more reasonable, and the cost of doing business is much lower, all of which results in ideal market conditions.
Microsoft is just one of the dozens of incubators in the region, and judging by some of the tech that was on display on this night, they’re helping companies put forth some incredibly innovative technology.
Here’s a look at three of the groups who caught my eye: