Future Hardware Pitch - Tech Open Air

Wire Hard The Future.

  • Date: 12th July, 2017
  • Time: 14:00-14:40
  • Location: Sun Stage


Applications are closed. 


Are you and your team working on a robot, hardware, IoT, AR/VR or any other cool gadget to make our lives smarter, easier, healthier, and more productive?

  • Be one of 5 startups at Future Hardware Pitch Event:
  • Get a professional pitch coaching session one day before the event.
  • Do a 3min pitch and a 3min Q&As in front of our live audience and the judge panel of experts.
  • Be featured in a TOA17 Startup Report for our investors and corporates.
  • Get a free booth for 1 day at our 3000 sqm Haus of Tech expo area.


  • As a winner of Future Hardware:

  • Get a ticket to TOA Future Finals Pitch event on 13th July.
  • Get gross media value of €15k valid for print and digital media by Heise Medien GmbH & Co. KG in the calendar year 2017 – media value based on the current price lists of the media brands
  • Personal introductions to 5 TOA investors based on startup’s choice
  • HubSpot for 90% Off! on all Professional or Enterprise HubSpot Sales and Marketing subscriptions.*
  • * If they have less than $1m in funding and less than $1m in lifetime revenue.




Heather Corcoran, European Design and Technology Outreach Director at Kickstarter.

Based in London, Heather Corcoran works closely with innovators, creators, and makers who use Kickstarter to bring new projects to life.  It is the world’s largest funding platform, and since it’s launch in April 2009, more than 12M people have pledged nearly €2B to projects. 

Heather also works as a curator and producer in the creative technologies field, most recently as Director of the influential digital art nonprofit Rhizome, based at the New Museum in New York.

Ryan Walsh, Partner and Investor at Floodgate

Floodgate is a Palo Alto based VC firm that looks to invest in companies changing the world before the world has realized they’re going to do it. So far, they’ve done $400M+ worth of investments, and their portfolio includes such tech companies as Twitter, Lyft, Refinery29, DoubleDutch. Before joining Floodgate, Ryan directed product management for Apple Music and the iTunes store at Apple, and was previously a VP of Product at Beats by Dre

Aurore Belfrage, Head of Together at EQT Ventures

Together is a matchmaking platform fuelled by EQT Ventures which is a new European VC fund with commitments of just over €566M and offices in Stockholm, Amsterdam, London and Luxembourg. Aurore is experienced and slightly obsessive about building tech businesses, either as a cofounder or investor. In 2011 she co-founded the hyped global gift card startup Wrapp with Skype founder Zennström and Linkedin founder Reid Hoffman as early investors. She’s a news junkie, ex-scrap dealer, speechwriter & author of iAubergine.com.


Yatan Blumenthal Vargas, Co-Founder of Hardware.co

Yatan has built over 10 accelerators and mentored over 100 startups, creating innovation and accelerator programs for clients such as Fortune 500 companies Deutsche Bahn,  Siemens and Bosch.  He is the former Accelerator Chief of betahaus and co-founder of HARDWARE.co – a global community and accelerator for entrepreneurs, industry professionals and makers dedicated to the creation of innovative hardware products and companies. 

See y’all in the near Future!