Startups take prizes at Digital Freedom Festival

This year's Digital Freedom Festival proved to be particularly productive for a few local startups with DigiPulse and CENOS triumphing in the contest organised by global accelerator 500 Startups while Estonian startup Let's Enhance was victorious in the competition organised by Dutch accelerator Rockstart, the festival organizers said November 29.

The 500 Startups competition winners won a fast track to the final selection round for the next 500 Startups batch in Silicon Valley. Both companies also received a special award from Microsoft Latvia - access to the Microsoft Azur Cloud Computing Service for testing purposes.

Marvin Liao, a partner at 500 Startups said: "It's great to see startups trying to solve real-world problems that we face every day. We are very interested in the Baltic region and that is why we're here, and hope to be here again next year.”

DigiPulse offers a service to owners of cryptocurrencies or any other digital assets which allows owners to encrypt and automatically allow others to inherit sensitive information and data by utilising blockchain technology.

CENOS is a B2B startup that connects open source tools for engineering simulation (CAD/CAE) to a single user-friendly platform and automates data transfer and control between them, which leads to boosting the speed of R&D and reducing the cost of licensing.

Let’s Enchance is a technological solution that allows you to upscale and boost the resolution of .jpeg images. It detects and automatically removes pixel noise, while keeping edges and features sharp and crisp. Let’s Enchance will have an opportunity to take part in the final selection round for the first European artificial intelligence accelerator programme hosted by Rockstart in the Netherlands during autumn in 2018.

During the competition startups had the opportunity to win a 20,000 EUR prize, receive additional financing for office rental and support from mentors valued (by themselves) at 80,000 EUR, and get access to various support tools.

During the Digital Freedom Festival additional Pitch Competitions were held by the Latvian Business Angel Network (LatBAN), the European Innovation Initiative Climate-Kic and the EstLat Accelerate Project.

During the LatBAN competition startups were invited to apply with an almost developed prototype. The winner of this competition was Zeew (Latvia), an on-demand app which uses taxis for delivery.

The European innovation initiative Climate- Kic Pitch Competition was won by Earth Pumps - an early-stage startup that has developed new heat pump technology with up to 8 times higher efficiency than existing systems.

In EstLat Accelerate pitch competition two startups succeeded in winning the competition. The first one - UpMatched,  is a recruitment company offering information about job seekers, their education, experience, knowledge of languages, skills and personality traits. The second winner is Foody, an app-based solution that helps people choose healthy food and find out product ingredients before buying by scanning the product barcode.

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