TechHub Riga academy culminates at the Silicon Valley Comes to the Baltics pitch finals on November 7th with Sorry as a Service becoming the winner of the academy. A day before, on November 6th, 10 teams participated in a day-long bootcamp where business experts helped them develop their idea.
The 4th academy received 50+ applications from more than 5 countries, making the decision process both challenging and exciting. Eventually, 10 teams from the UK, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Egypt were selected for the academy and took part in the mentoring and pitching sessions.
Among mentors were Sean Percival (500 Startups), Jevgenijs Djugajevs (Rietumu bank), Peteris Marculans (Startup Next, Techstars), Arvils Kupris (Lattelecom), Viesturs Sosars (TechHub Riga), Renats Lokomets (Rietumu bank), Hasan Haider (500 Startups), Sven Illing (BuildIt), Stanislav Ivanov (SmartCap) and Kristaps Petersons.
5 teams were afterwards nominated to pitch at Silicon Valley Comes to the Baltics conference, the Baltic startup event #1 in this time of the year. It was their chance to shine in front of 650+ audience, made of entrepreneurs, investors and media.
- Sorry-as-a-Service (United Kingdom) - a customer delight platform, rethinking the way companies interact with their customers, and enable it through the simple software that is integrated within CRMs.
- Toona (Estonia) - a health and wellness product that uses deep breathing exercises to reduce stress, improve health, and enhance well-being.
- Levidera e-MusicSchool (Estonia) - a revolutionary tool that improves ways how we learn singing.
- Dropbyke (Lithuania) - a stationless bike-sharing platform based on a mobile app.
- Facety (Estonia) - teaching computers how to understand and make sense of human aesthetics. 5 finalists:
At the end of the conference Sorry as a Service were announced as winners, receiving the main prize from Lattelecom and Sorainen. As noted by Sabine Sipunova, Co-founder at Sorry as a Service, the ‘biggest advantage of the academy is the mentoring sessions with business professionals – these contacts will be a huge asset in the future. Plus, it’s great to see that there are so many people who organize events like these and help the local startup scene develop’.
The special prize from Rietumu bank was awarded to Levidera e-Music School.