On October 2, 2012 – the night before Tag der Deutschen Einheit -, six bands formed from the startup industry will enter the stage, right here in everybodyâ€™s favourite German Hauptstadt.
Each band will have to play a set of 20 minutes, in front of a live audience and all media coverage they can muster. Which is, given the current Berlin startup scene hysteria, probably going to be quite a lot. Yesm you can be from anywhere as long as you would like to be a aprt of the BOTSB 2012 in Berlin!
The definition of â€śbandâ€ť here is broad. It can be one singer-songwriter girl, it can be a DJ with a live singer or a 12-man Heavy Metal big band. Only prerequisite: it mustnâ€™t be all electronic. Hauling a beat box on stage and watching it play while having a smoke in the corner is not an option.
So how do you get this chance on eternal glory, no matter if your startup stumbles, your business plan sucks and your co-founders bail? Read on under â€śBOTSB Rulesâ€ť.
- Can VCs participate, too? – Yes. But should it transpire that they try to tweak the outcome by promises or threats regarding funding, they will be tarred and feathered.
- Can non-Berliners participate? – Hell yeah! Câ€™mon, you Bavarians, RheinlĂ¤nder, Hanseaten and Sachsen!
- Can non-German startups participate? – Show us you can Rockâ€™nâ€™Roll, AuslĂ¤nder!
- Can startup media particpate? – Hm. I hear that Mike Butcher plays some halfway decent guitar. Wellâ€¦ WTF! Yes!
Youâ€™re free to turn those 20 minutes into a whirlwind of a show. If thereâ€™s only two guys in your company with any musical talent, but twenty willing to dance, undress or video DJ, go for it. Will there be any prizes to win? Well â€“ maybe. Letâ€™s see how this plays out.