Berlin Startup Pinio Meets with Chancellor Angela Merkel at CeBIT

Earlier this week in Hannover, Germany, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Microsoft at CeBIT 2014, the world's largest international computer expo.

During the visit, Angela Merkel announced the launch of the second Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Berlin class. IT startups from the realm of software, cloud, internet or mobile may submit their business ideas and startups can apply for the program now, which will start in August. The submission deadline is June 2014.

Chancellor Merkel also engaged with 12 founders and key investors about what it takes to be successful in the current startup ecosystem in Germany. A few of these included ResearchGate CEO Ijad Madisch, Wooga CEO Jens Begemann and Earlybird Partner Ciarán O’Leary.

The online panel discussion was hosted via a sneak preview of Pinio, a new platform to exchange opinions through micro-videos.

Berlin Startup Pinio Meets with Chancellor Angela Merkel at CeBIT

Pinio is currently participating in the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Berlin and will present at the Demo Day on March 25 to potential investors searching for the "next big thing" in Germany. Pinio is designed to make online discussions more personal by connecting people face-to-face. Pinio is open for limited beta signup and will launch to the general public this summer.

You can read more about the event and see a list of panel participants on Pinio’s blog about Merkel’s engagement with the leading German startups. Their micro-videos can be found here, and an English subtitled version here.

The Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Berlin Demo Day will take place Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 6:00 pm. If you are interested in joining, please contact us here.