The DFF & 500 Startups Pitch:

  • A unique chance to upgrade your startup in a few days
  • A possible fast track to the next 500 Startups batch in Silicon Valley
  • A door opener to global contacts and investors pool
  • New contacts in Silicon Valley


The selected startups will get:

  • A full day of mentoring and feedback from the mentors of the world's best accelerator 500 Startups (November 26)
  • Pitching on main stage in front of the 1000+ audience (for 3-5 finalists, November 28)
  • Individual workshop and mentoring sessions with 500 Startups (November 26)
  • Networking with investors during the 2 days of conference 
  • Extra attention from media


How does it work?

  • On November 26 selected startups will participate in individual workshop and mentoring sessions with 500 Startups
  • After intensive day of training and mentorship, best 3-5 startups will be selected to pitch on the main stage at the DFF on November 28

How will you benefit?

  • Unique experience & new skills
  • Product assessment from industry experts & improvement tips
  • Valuable contacts
  • Potentially - fast track to 500 Startups batch


How to apply?

  • Maximum team size: 3 members
  • If your team will be among the 10-15 best startups, precondition for participation at the individual workshop with 500 Startups mentors - at least one team member should be the DFF Startup Pass holder. 


Fill in the application form below till October 18 ... and keep calm (good luck). Finalists will be announced around November 1.


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  • Opportunity to present your business project / startup pitch / business plan / startup concept to Latvian and international business angels - 10 pre-seed startups will be selected to pitch their ideas to investors

  • A chance recieve advice and investments from  experienced entrepreneurs



  • Present their ideas and pitch investors at the Digital Freedom Festival on November 28

  • Network with local and foreign investors during the 2 days of conference

  • Receive attention from local and international media

  • Receive a prize of 2  SLUSH entrance tickets with covered expenses for travel and accommodation



  • Pre-seed stage startups are invited to fill out an application form on the international private investor platform Gust.com for the November Investment Session by November 5th, 23:59

  • Applicants must register in this system first and then fill in the application form. To submit a project, choose Apply for Funding and fill in the application. Submissions can be in Latvian or English. Projects from all sectors apply (pre-seed startups). Pitch must be presented in English. In the application form please mark that project is intended for LATBAN review not for public

  • If necessary, the application manual for the Gust platform can be downloaded here (in Latvian)

  • Pitch finalists will be announced on November 9th

  • There is a precondition for the top 10 selected startups  - you must be a DFF Startup Pass holder. If selected, organisers will provide the opportunity  to purchase ticket to DFF for Early Bird price


  • Investors are invited to apply for the session by e-mail aiga.kalbjonoka@latban.lv

  • Investors can attend the pitching session on November 28 for free. However, all other Digital Freedom Festival related activities on November 27 will be accessible only to DFF ticket holders



  • Connect with promising projects with a great potential for rapid growth

  • Meet new entrepreneurs

  • Expand their network



The association Latvian Business Angel Network (LATBAN) was founded on 29th April 2014. The goal of the association is to extend and develop the network of investors in Latvia, and to support new and prospective projects. This is why LATBAN organises Investment Sessions, during which investors and new entrepreneurs can meet with each other.

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