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This was TOA19!

Since 2012 Tech Open Air has been the hotspot for purpose-driven entrepreneurs, artists, professionals, and students to co-create a future of technology where humans thrive. TOA19, the biggest European innovation festival, took place July 2-5 in Berlin this year.

The Innovation Stage as one of four stages at TOA19!

The Innovation Stage as one of four stages at TOA19!

Innovation experts, business leaders, political activists, renowned artists, and tech gurus presented their insights on four stages at the event. One of them was specifically dedicated to the startup ecosystem - the Innovation Stage.

Mentessa’s pitch at this year’s Tech Open Air in Berlin

Mentessa’s pitch at this year’s Tech Open Air in Berlin

Mentessa was one of thirty start-ups invited to pitch their innovative solutions at the Innovation Stage. The presentation of founder and CEO Dr. Tina Ruseva centred around how technological capability is driving change in the workplace.

Mentessa Startup Pitch TOA

Next to a pitch slot, Tina was selected for a mentoring session with Techstars Managing Director Jag Singh at the Google Beach.

Mentessa Google Beach TOA Startup Pitch Mentoring Collaboration

The highly competitive Techstars is an American seed accelerator, founded in Boulder, Colorado in 2006. More than 1.600 startups have been funded through the program with a total capitalisation of $18bn.

TOA Mentessa Startup Pitch Interview Female Founder Mentor

Another highlight of the successful company presentation at the event were several interviews, for AP among others, on the future of work and the importance of mentoring.

Mentessa wins at the Founders Fight Night!

04. May 2019 with Tina Ruseva and Alexander Kalinger

And the winner is … Mentessa! Founders Fight Night, the toughest pitch competition, hosts regular events in Germany and around the world to challenge startup founders and corporate innovators.

Startup pitch at Founders Fight Night at Boxwerk in Munich

Startup pitch at Founders Fight Night at Boxwerk in Munich

Founders pitch on a real box ring against each other. Opponents are typically selected in competitive industries or matching areas of work.

Female founders pitching at Founders Fight Club

Female founders pitching at Founders Fight Club

Founders need to pass several rounds, eliminating different opponents.

Dr. Tina Ruseva answering the jury questions at Founders Fight Club

Dr. Tina Ruseva answering the jury questions at Founders Fight Club

The last mile is answering the questions of the renowned jury of corporate innovators, investors, and entrepreneurs.