Welcome to TOA18

Below you can find crucial info about TOA18.

Have questions?

Contact Monika monika@toaberlin.com or +4917645747360 (call/whatsapp/facetime).

TOA18 x DT50 Program


TOA is an interdisciplinary festival taking place on 19-22 June in Berlin that consists of:

  • Conference 20-21 June at Funkhaus (Nalepastrasse 18, 12459 Berlin)

    • check speakers & program here

    • check our partners to be present at TOA here 

  • Satellites on 19-22 June across Berlin
    • check and RSVP to Satellite events here


Digital Top 50 (DT50) is a prestigious award hosted by Google, McKinsey, and Rocket Internet at TOA on 21 June. Check here the 50 nominees in 5 tracks (B2C Startup, B2B Startup, B2C Scaleup, B2B Scaleup, Tech For Social Impact).   

Your judge time on DT50 will take place on 21 June during TOA Conference at Funkhaus. 



10:00-17:00 DT50 startup exhibition at Startup Alley area

10:00-16:10 DT50 pithes at Späti stage

10:00-11:10  B2B Startup Pitch Competition

11:15-12:25   B2C Startup Pitch Competition

12:30-13:40 B2B Scaleup Pitch Competition 

13:45-14:55  B2C Scaleup Pitch Competition

15:00-16:10  Tech for Social Impact Pitch Competition

16:30-17:30 Award Ceremony at Studio 2

16:30-16:35  Intro by moderator Derk Marseille

16:35-17:00 DT50 Panel: Sandra Fruendt (Google), Alex Kudlich (Rocket Internet), Karel Dörner (McKinsey), moderator Robin Wauters (tech.eu)

17:00-17:20 Winners announced, awarded, thank you words, moderated by Derk Marseille

B2B Startup Winner. Announcer: Peter Zemsky (INSEAD)

B2C Startup Winner. Announcer: TBC

B2B Scaleup Winner. Announcer: Karel Dörner (McKinsey)

B2C Scaleup Winner. Announcer: Alex Kudlich (Rocket Internet)

Tech For Social Impact Winner. Announcer: Sandra Fruendt (Google)

17:20-17:25 Closing remarks by moderator Derk Marseille

17:30-18:00 Drink Reception outside Studio 2

18:10-19:00 Shuttle to Gala Dinner (exact pick up location TBC, 2 buses x 50 PAX, see note on window "DT50 Dinner"). Dinner address: Elisabethkirche on Invalidenstrasse 4A, 10115 Berlin.

19:00-21:00 DT50 Gala Dinner: connect with other nominees and DT50 hosts. (*NOTE: TOA WILL SEND A SEPARATE RSVP LINK). Dinner address: Elisabethkirche on Invalidenstrasse 4A, 10115 Berlin.

21:00-23:00 DT50 Satellite: connect with Berlin tech ecosystem. (*NOTE: TOA WILL SEND A SEPARATE RSVP LINK). Address: Elisabethkirche on Invalidenstrasse 4A, 10115 Berlin.




  • DT50 Jury votes before TOA18: 60% of the final count. Check the Jury here

  • Public votes on selfie-videos online: 20% of the final count. 

  • TOA x DT50 Judges (aka YOU) vote on pitches at TOA on 21 June: 20% of the final count.   

  • The winner is announced at the Award Ceremony at 16:30 (at Studio 2) on 21 June



  • Date: 21 June, 2018
  • Time: 

10:00-11:10  B2B Startup Pitch Competition

Peter Zemsky (INSEAD)

Tommy Oehl (Vito Ventures)

Lina Chong (Target Global)

11:15-12:25   B2C Startup Pitch Competition 

Rune Theill, Rockstart

Uwe Horstmann, Project A

Tim Rehder (Earlybird)

12:30-13:40 B2B Scaleup Pitch Competition 

Karel Dörner, McKinsey

Gloria Baeuerlein, Index Ventures

Chiara Sommer, Intel Capital

13:45-14:55  B2C Scaleup Pitch Competition

Colin Hana, Balderton

Alex Kudlich, Rocket Internet

Chris Steianu, Northzone

15:00-16:10  Tech for Social Impact Pitch Competition

Sandra Fruendt, Google

Matthias Scheffelmeier, Ashoka

Friederike Schultz, McKinsey

  • TOA team will send a calendar invite for the pitch track that you are a judge for.
  • 90 min calendar invite includes:
    • 15 min preparation time before the pitch track (meet judges, moderator, TOA team, tech crew)
    • 70 min pitch track highlights:
      • Moderator intros judges (1 min per judge)
      • 10 x startups 90 sec pitch + 3 min Q&As from judges (1 min per judge)
    • 5 min discussion after pitches among judges
  • Please arrive at at Späti stage at the TIME stated on your gcal invite. 
  • Pitch stage: Späti stage
  • Moderator: Derk Marseille, Head of Media at Tothem.co
  • TOA provides startup evaluation sheets to be filled in by judges. The main focus should be on their performance on stage as well as the story behind their pitch. We will have TOA pitch and design coaches helping them to prep.
  • On each TOA x DT50 Judge panel there will be at least 1 x DT50 Jury who convened before TOA18 in London to select and evaluate 50 nominees, so you can chat before and after the pitches to hear their insights. 
  • Check here the 50 nominees in 5 tracks (B2C Startup, B2B Startup, B2C Scaleup, B2B Scaleup, Tech For Social Impact).   

TOA counts the votes and the winner is announced at the Award Ceremony at 16:30 (in Studio 2) on 21 June


Keller Sports presents TOAxNight

An immersive experience overflowing with DJs, art installations, live concerts and different corners ready to be explored.

On June 20th, as TOA Conference Day 1 draws to a close, get ready for a dramatic transformation. From 6PM onwards, a wave of disruptive energy will wash over Funkhaus, as it is recast as an experimental, tech playground for TOAxNight.

Surreal sound installations, mind-expanding interactive art exhibits, daring live acts, curated DJ sets, and plenty of secret surprise guests. You won’t soon forget this one-of-a-kind evening that’s been tailored by the veterans of the Berlin party scene specifically to our community. Come with friends or meet mysterious strangers and be ready for the unexpected. Stay tuned for artist lineup and further announcements.

Want free entry & perks for TOAxNight?

Join the Nike & KSP TOA Run!
Get fit before the epic evening and join the run organised by Nike and our official partner Keller Sports on June 19th. Before you sprint, download the KELLER sMiles. app that rewards you for your sports activities. Download the app here: https://www.keller-smiles.de/

Plus, Keller Sports is offering an official KSP x TOA Nike Shirt, free entry to the first 100 runners and free drinks at the KSP x TOA Night to anyone who completes the challenge kicking off on June 14th.




  • Till 30 May fill in here basic info (photo, bio) to be used for TOA's communications. 
  • Till 30 May claim your ticket via the link sent in the email by TOA team. 
  • Wristbands can be picked up at the registration desk (the most left one for VIPs) on the day of the Conference (20-21 June). Wristbands will give you access to the designated areas and must be worn at all times. 
  • DT50 Gala Dinner: TOA team will send a separate RSVP link.
  • DT50 Satellite: TOA team will send a separate RSVP link.


Several days before TOA, you will get a link to your email to download TOA app to follow and customize conference program, and schedule meetings via Startups, Investors and Corporate partners. 

Check here our Partners that will be present at TOA


You're welcome to use Investor and Corporate lounge on 20-21 June. Please wear your wristband to have access to the lounge at all times. See the Conference location map here


TOA Conference and DT50 takes places at Funkhaus (Nalepastrasse 18, 12459 Berlin). 

There's no parking available, we highly recommend to use public or sharing transport (Coup, Emmy, Ofo, Drivy). 

Some travel time references: 

  • 25 min taxi and 35 min train ride from Alexanderplatz.
  • 7 minutes taxi ride from Ostkreuz.
  • 20 minutes M21 tram ride from Frankfurter Tor. 

In case you are traveling from abroad, you can use the services of our travel partner TravelPerk


  • Funkhaus is open to the public on 20-21 June at 09:00-20:00.
  • Conference takes place on 20-21 June at 10:00-18:00.
  • Food can be bought at the food court of the Conference area. Cash and card payments accepted, ATM at the gas station next to Funkhaus. 
  • See the Conference location map here


  • Our team recommends to book a hotel or airbnb in the following areas: Mitte, Prenzlauerberg, Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain, Lichtenberg or Alt-Treptow.


  • In case you don't live in Germany, make sure to have an adapter for the German power outlets.