Startups

Make ideas happen!

Whatever it is you are looking for – investors, partners, new contacts, employees, media attention – chances are that you will find it here. The DFF is an opportunity to put your startup on the map – raise funds, meet investors, win growth resources by participating in the Pitch Competitions, showcase your product at the EXPO, build awareness by meeting media, learn from the industry’s best during workshops and just rock’n’roll at the DFF parties.

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Pre-seeds – 500 Startups want you! Apply to pitch at the DFF!

We want more! Therefore we’ve re-opened applications – especially for pre-seed startups! This is good news for early stage startups, who will have the opportunity to pitch to the 500 Startups team in Riga. You don’t have to go all the way to Silicon Valley to validate your idea. Silicon Valley is coming to you in Riga! Riga is the only place in Europe where 500 Startups, the world’s leading startup accelerator, is organising an official startup pitch so let’s show them everything we’ve got.

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Pitch to Business Angels

The DFF, in cooperation with the association Latvian Business Angel Network (LatBAN), invites pre-seed startups to submit applications for the November Investment Session. 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.

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DFF & 500 Startups Pitch Competition (seed stage startups)

The DFF & 500 Startups Pitch competition is a chance to win a final stage interview for joining the 500 Startups accelerator program in Silicon Valley. All semi-finalists will have a full day of mentorship with mentors from 500 Startups, and the best startups will pitch their ideas on the main stage at the DFF. Winners of DFF & 500 Startups Pitch competition in 2016 – SkenarioLabs (Finland) and Funderful (Latvia).

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Rockstart Artificial Intelligence Pitch Competition

The the DFF, in cooperation with Rockstart, one of Europe’s first multi-vertical startup accelerators, invites startups to participate in DFF & Rockstart Artificial Intelligence Pitch Competition. Are you prepared for international scaling through mentoring, workspace and access to capital? Rockstart is ready to accelerate your Artificial Intelligence (AI) startup and prepare it for the global playing field. 

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Meet Investors

Raise funds and meet investors from all over the world – book your meetings prior to the DFF or catch them at the official parties! Some of the investors & accelerators that attended the DFF 2016 – Marvin Liao (500 Startups), Rune Theill & Adriana Ursache (Rockstart), Aija Perta & Andrey Ivashin (Rubylight), Steve Gledden (Seedcamp), Carman Chan (Click Ventures), Mike Reiner (Startup Wise Guys), Kristjan Laanemaa (karma.vc), Ilja Laurs (Nextury Ventures), Mark White (White Summers Caffee & James) & more!

Get maximum EXPOsure!

Showcase your product to 1300+ attendees for 2 days (investors, media, potential clients, and partners)! DFF offers possibility to  boost your product awareness, build up business relationships by meeting potential customers & investors, expand your network, and most importantly – get valuable feedback about your product.

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Learn

Want to discover shortcuts to results? Learn from the industry’s experts sharing their know-how at the workshops – an opportunity for the new startup talents and entrepreneurs to learn tips & tricks and meet like-minded people. Workshop themes and mentors will be announced in November 2017. All Startup, Investor, Conference and Student Pass owners are welcomed to attend workshops for free on November 27 – 28.