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The Digital Freedom Festival and LatBAN announce an invitation to a startup competition

BC, Riga, 17.08.2017.Print version
The Digital Freedom Festival, in cooperation with the association Latvian Business Angel Network (LatBAN), announces an invitation to pre-seed startups to submit applications for the November Investment Session. For the first time, the top 10 startups will have an opportunity to present their business ideas to Latvian and international business angels at the Digital Freedom Festival taking place on November 28. It is anticipated that the festival will welcome up to 1300 participants from the whole region, including investors, corporate executives and journalists, informed BC Digital Freedom Festival Press Secretary Inga Tauriņa.

Photo by Gatis Gierts.

Uldis Leiterts, Co-founder of the Digital Freedom Festival: “Startup Pitch is an ideal place for startups to test their idea and ascertain that it is indeed brilliant and full of potential, or on the contrary — to understand that further investment of time and energy will not bring any benefit. Whereas for investors this is an opportunity to catch their “golden fish” having a rapid growth potential and to release it from Latvian lakes into international waters.”


Motivated startup teams with a developed or almost developed product prototype are invited to apply for the competition. Special attention will be paid to the marketing strategy of the offered product or service.


Investors are also invited to apply for the Investment Sessios

Investors are also invited to apply for the LatBAN Investment Session to get in touch with promoters of projects having rapid growth potential, to make sure that the ideas are viable and that there are long-term growth prospects and to consider the possibility to make investment decisions.


Juris Birznieks, Founder and Member of the Board of LatBAN: “During the Startup Pitch, investors will also have an opportunity to assess international projects and to compare them with Latvian startups in terms of quality and growth potential. The Pitch will also provide an opportunity for investors to make investments in startups jointly with foreign investors attending the event.


Rules of application

To apply for the Investment Session, startups must fill in the application form for the November Investment Session available on the international private investors platform until November 5. Finalists will be announced on November 9. To participate in the final session of the competition, the top 10 startups will be invited to purchase Digital Freedom Festival Startup Pass.


Investors are invited to send their applications to The final session of the competition is free of charge for investors, but to attend other events of the Digital Freedom Festival they will need admission tickets.


The Digital Freedom Festival is a global technology, policy, startup and lifestyle festival, gathering 1300 new technology and startup entrepreneurs, policy makers, investors, experts, journalists and students from all over the world in Riga from the 28th to the 29th of November. The purpose of the event is discuss how entrepreneurs, investors and policymakers can work together and utilize the latest technologies to our benefit.


The conference is organised by the Digital Freedom Festival team as well as the reputation management company Lejiņa & Šleiers and NGO Nordic Reputation Hub. The festival's official bank is Norvik Banka.




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