Digital Freedom Festival Co-Founder Dagnija Lejina: “Riga is the only place in Europe where the influential 500 Startups accelerator is holding a startup selection. It’s the “golden ticket” for startups from our region and the opportunity not only to gain over 100,000 dollars in financing, but also knowledge and experience in San Francisco. You won’t have to make the long trip to Silicon Valley to present your idea, Silicon Valley will come to Riga, so that you can show yourself to the world!”

Companies that will make it through the first round will participate in the 500 Startups mentoring programme on November 26th, however the best 3-5 companies will have the opportunity to present their idea on November 29th to local and international investors, media and other Digital Freedom Festival guests, gaining visibility and new contacts. The competition winner will get a ticket to the final selection round for the next batch in the Silicon Valley accelerator.

Participation in this competition will give you the opportunity to improve your idea and presentation skills, gaining a product evaluation from industry representatives and experts, and access to global level contacts and investors.

Additional information and application form are available here.

We would like to remind you that last year’s 500 Startups competition winners were Funderful from Latvia and Finnish company SkenarioLabs.


Additional Information:

Inga Taurina,

Digital Freedom Festival Press Secretary

Tel.: +371 26564629



 About 500 Startups

500 Startups is a global venture capital seed fund and startup accelerator with a network of startup programs headquartered in Silicon Valley with over $350M in committed capital across 4 main funds and 13 micro funds. Forbes magazine has listed 500 Startups as the best startup accelerator in the world. It has invested in 1,800 technology startups all over the world since it’s inception in 2010 including several companies worth over 100 million and 1 billion dollars, for example Twilio, Behance, MakerBot, and many more.


About Digital Freedom Festival

The Digital Freedom Festival is a global technology, startup, policy and lifestyle festival, gathering 1300 new technology and startup entrepreneurs, experts, policy makers, investors, journalists and speakers from all over the world in Riga from the 27th to the 28th of November. We encourage discussion amongst all stakeholders on how technologies can truly “make the world a better place”, and to bring the benefits of the digital revolution to every member of society.

The conference is organised by the Digital Freedom Festival team as well as the reputation management company Lejiņa & Šleiers and NGO DFF. The Digital Freedom Festival supporters: Strategic Partner – Lattelecom, Official Bank – Norvik Banka, Pitch Competition Partner – 500 Startups, European Commission, Ministry of Economics of Latvia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, airBaltic, PINS, Latvia 100 Office, Association of Latvian Commercial Banks, Latvian Business Angel Network (LatBAN), Rockstart Accelerator, Latvian Startup Association, SAMSUNG, NATO StratCOM, Embassy of Israel to Latvia, U.S. Embassy Riga, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Latvia, Slush, Mailigen, Printful, Coffee Pixels, S/B PRO Startup Studio. Media partners: LETA, Diena, Star FM, CoFounder, IR,, LabsofLatvia, The Baltic Times, Dienas Bizness, and others.

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