Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Announcing the 11 Companies for Techstars METRO 2015

It's my sincere pleasure to announce the first class of Techstars METRO in Berlin, Germany.

Techstars has partnered with the world's leading wholesaler of independent hotels and restaurants, METRO AG, as well as R/GA, the world's leading digital branding and marketing agency, to help accelerate 11 hospitality and food-tech companies.

While this is the first year for Techstars METRO, we received applications from over 20 countries from all over the world. From SaaS platforms to hardware and eCommerce to mobile, these companies represent the cutting edge of innovation for the way independently-run hotels and restaurants do business.

Here is the incredible first class of Techstars METRO:

Coffee Cloud has developed an application with wireless connection for espresso machines that counts how many cups of coffee are made in real time and saves the data in Cloud. All drinks are reliably billed. At the same time, the device monitors the machines and informs the user when an appliance has to be repaired or cleaned.
Flowtify develops a tablet-app for quality and HACCP-management for restaurateurs and restaurants. HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) is a concept for risk assessment of critical control points and serves as a preventative system for consumer protection by hygiene regulations. Using paperless checklists, employees can exercise, document and archive quality measure.
Gastrozentrale.de is a B2B online shop for kitchen technology and restaurant/catering equipment. From small food stands to canteen kitchens, customers can easily order napkins, industrial refrigerators or patio heaters online.
GroupRaise.com helps to raise donations for aid projects. When a group books a table at a participating restaurant, a percent of the bill will be donated to a help project of their choosing. Restaurants can this way increase their capacity in difficult times.
Users tell Journy what they want to see and do in any particular city. The service then consults local experts and puts together an individual tailor-made travel plan. The package costs 50 dollars per city.
Lunchio is an online waiter and restaurant guide for lunch. Users select a restaurant in their city, pre-order their favourite meal and pay. When they arrive at the restaurant, they don't have to wait and can eat their lunch right away.
Thanks for Poshpacker, travelers can easily and affordably book creative hotels, hostels or apartments around the world. The hotel booking site distinguishes itself from the competition by offering extraordinary places to sleep like igloos and caves.
Roomatic allows hotel guests to communicate their needs with their smartphone. The user orders a taxi by app or registers a problem easily with the application, or get in touch directly with room service.
rublys is a gambling mobile-marketing-instrument with which companies can win new customers. With the app and free of cost, users can choose scratch cards from companies, scratch and win prizes.
Wynd offers a software package with various modules for restaurateurs to help them digitalize their restaurants or cafés.
1001menus has developed a restaurant software that helps restaurants to create their own websites in a quick and simple way, as well as to manage their reservations. Furthermore, restaurants can easily let their customers know what's new, like changes to the menu, with their newsletter and social media tool.

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