One of the most gripping and exciting parts of TechChill is the startup competition. The Fifty Founders Battle, presented by Google for Entrepreneurs and hosted in partnership with Microsoft Latvia and Startup Wise Guys, will give the stage to 50 promising and inspiring early-stage startups to showcase their ideas.
The startups this year come from 11 countries, from Germany to Belarus, and represent a wide range of services and products. Founders will present their startup on the LMT Founder Stage on the first day of the event with a 3-minute pitch to an audience of international VC’s, business angels, accelerators, media and of course, the official jury. Five finalists, selected by a jury of several world-leading investors, will present on the Superhero Stage on day two, and compete for the main prize – 10 000 euros in cash.
Besides the 10 000 EUR, our partners and sponsors will offer several prizes to their selected favourites. The special prizes include 20 000 EUR in credits to the Google Cloud Platform from Google for Entrepreneurs, Microsoft mentoring and Azur compute environment for the 5 selected finalists, a private year-long mentoring from PwC, 1000 EUR worth of legal advice from Hedman Partners experts, and more prizes from Cobalt to be announced soon.
Startup Wise Guys mentor and expert team was leading the selection process. “This year startups showed significantly higher interest in applying for TechChill pitch battle. We see it related both to the tempting prize of 10 000 EUR, as well as the new application format for the Fifty Founders Battle – where half of the startups are recommended and hand-picked by ecosystem partners, co-working hubs, accelerators from the nearby region. This has also impacted the quality of applications having more mature startups on the list, thus making the jury’s life both more exciting and also challenging, while selecting the top 50. Main criteria for the evaluation were – traction, market, team, and product.
Along with various software startups, there is a clear fintech trend in the region with 10 applications from finance-related startups. Surprisingly, next in line are medtech startups, followed by entertainment related and hardware startups,” adds Egita Polanska, Head of Startup Recruitment at Startup Wise Guys.
Without further ado, here are all the announced startups about to face-off at the battle:
AdLaunch (Finland) AI assisted video creation and reversioning for programmatic video ads.
AlphaBlues (Estonia) is automating customer service with artificial intelligence.
AirBoard (Latvia) provides search and rescue, military and other mission-critical markets with a rescue air transport.
Anatomy Next (USA) is a human body simulator for doctors to practice in virtual reality.
Autolevi (Estonia) rents great cars nearby.
BASH!TODAY (Russia) helps to find a perfect venue for event organizers in 3 clicks.
BeScouted (Lithuania) connects freelancers and demand for mutual projects.
BudgetMatador (Estonia) helps managers spend less time, money, and mental effort on financial management.
CastPrint (Latvia) brings fracture treatment to the 21st century.
CEnOS platform (Latvia) helps industrial SMEs to afford improvement of their in-house product design capabilities and test designs prior to prototyping.
Colectly (Latvia) delivers 360° mobile content for sports organizations.
Digipulse.io (Latvia) is the first digital asset inheritance service.
Dine&Pay (Latvia) is all-in-one mobile payment app at restaurants with global loyalty partner.
Droidinex (Lithuania) creates relaxing games for mobile gamers who are stressed.
Finerium (Latvia) is an all-in-one investment management platform for early-stage VC industry.
Fractory.co (Estonia) is a one-stop-shop for manufacturing services.
GAUS (Moldova) is a better way to recruit millennials.
HackMotion (Latvia) provides quantified feedback on human body movement for athletes and coaches.
Hooves (Denmark) connects horses and riders.
Industrial Geodetic Systems R&D (Russia) offers HIVE — a virtual operator for ground GNSS reference station networks.
IngeniumEducation (Latvia) saves 90% of the time spent creating and grading tests for teachers.
IntelFlows (Estonia) provides actionable insights of the air quality in cities.
KLEAN (Latvia) provides an easy way for busy people to save time and book a cleaning service.
LOVAT (UK) is a software for B2B, which pays VAT & compliance in 40 countries automatically.
Minespider (Germany) turns supply chain due diligence from a service that has to be performed into a commodity that can be purchased.
Ovao (UK) is the first most comprehensive virtual coach and sports tracker for swimmers.
Pomodone App (Lithuania) is a productivity timer for your task manager.
SafeSack (Estonia) is the world’s most advanced backpack equipped with fingerprint unlockability, GPS, Bluetooth, battery bank, flexible solar panel and built out of knife-proof fabric.
Seniorship (Estonia) is a web platform that offers internships for people aged 50+.
SensTone (Ukraine) helps busy professionals to save time by capturing and organizing their thoughts with a first portable voice assistant.
Silvere (Finland) values forests with the highest accuracy in the world.
Smart Load Solutions (Estonia) reduces the cost of electricity for households.
Smartsub (Belarus) is Google AdWords virtual assistant.
SmartVent (Estonia) creates self-learning centralized HVAC systems for small and medium-sized office buildings.
Snowision Original (Latvia) is a fully automatic system for smart snow management on Alpine ski resorts.
Solfeg.io (Latvia) helps music teachers to engage their students to learn music by playing songs they like together.
Soter Analytics (United Kingdom) reduces musculoskeletal injuries for industrial workers.
Squad Robotics (Latvia) converts existing manually controlled equipment into autonomous robots.
S-parking (Estonia) is always there when you are running late.
Tap2Pay (Estonia) allows you to make payments via your favourite messenger app in 1 tap.
Tripalista (Germany) enables passionate travellers to explore, plan and share trips.
TwocanPlay (Lithuania) proposes an offline game for kids and teenagers.
UpMatched (Latvia) offers engaging messenger robots that screen leads for the employers.
Vartus (Latvia) is a real estate internet platform for Eastern Europe and the Baltic countries.
VideoDone (Latvia) edits iPhone/GoPro footage for travellers, families, and business into videos with help of PRO editors.
Watts Future Technologies (Russia) rids the world of wires.
We Openly (Estonia) is a search engine/API to find all government services online in a single place.
WiDE (Latvia) is a customization software for making 3D printable prosthesis and orthosis.
Winmill (Latvia) develops computer vision aided robotic systems for sports.
Zeew (Latvia) allows business to ship products instantly to their clients.
3DC.io (Estonia) is the easiest 3D design platform for mobile devices.