HackFwd, the pan-European accelerator created by Lars Hinrichs, the founder of LinkedIn competitor XING, recently held its open PitchInBerlin session, where startups are invited to enter the programme. It’s a sign that HackFwd, one of the few accelerators in Europe to stress the need for technical co-founders, is opening up to new teams. I went to the event in Berlin and interviewed all the startups pitching on the day, as you’ll see in the below video.
We’ve covered how HackFwd works before in this interview with Hinrichs but it’s clear now that their HackFwd “Build” events, held four times a year, are becoming mini conferences, with several key European players attending and a few international ‘stars’ of the tech scene, including most recently Om Malik of GigaOm. Previously held at other locations, they will now be held always in Berlin, as was the previous Build event in October, which we reported on here.