Last week I attended Demo Day for the Batch #3 companies at MSFT Accelerator in Berlin. It was a fun, well run event and all the companies absolutely rocked their presentations. (video). Every CEO gave a quality keynote presentation, each one had a specific theme that represented the personally of the company. The slides (more like pictures) were so in sync with the entrepreneurs that it felt like you were watching a movie. Clearly a lot of effort and preparation went into the event and it showed. In addition I got to spend time with Portadi, a company in the Bolt Capital family, for an update on the business.
The frequent question asked during the after party was which company was the most attractive. Even given my bias of Portadi, especially because I've been an addicted user of their product for about a year now, for me it was all of the startups. The CEOs exuded confidence. The businesses claimed to have working product with real customers in massive markets. An investor's initial screening criteria were all checked. Based on the night, it's hard to say that any one was not worthy of an investment. Here are all the companies:
There is no doubt that each company will have follow up meetings with potential investors. I wonder what they will find now that the lights are gone and they peel back the layers of the onion?