Call for applications: "500 startups" accelerator invites pre-seed startups to pitch

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Pre-seed startups are invited to apply to pitch their idea to the 500 Startups accelerator. Winners will be selected at the Digital Freedom Festival event, and winners will receive a ticked to participate in the final selection round of the 500 Startups accelerator.

Apply to the 500 startups competition that's being held in conjunction with Digital Freedom Festival until November 10th to have your startup (or startup idea) to be considered for acceleration. 

Applicants will go through several processes:

  • Selected startups will be invited to participate in individual workshops and mentoring sessions (Nov. 26)
  • The top 3-5 startups will be invited to pitch on the DFF stage (Nov. 28)
  • The winner will move on to the final round of selection to join 500 startups

Last year, the winner of the pitch contest was Latvian startup Funderful, lead by Raimonds Kulbergs. He went on to join the accelerator program, and shared his experience in several articles

How to apply this year:

Fill out this form until November 10th. 

“Riga is the only place in Europe where the influential 500 Startups accelerator is holding a startup selection. It's the “golden ticket” for startups from our region and the opportunity not only to gain over 100,000 dollars in financing, but also knowledge and experience in San Francisco. You won't have to make the long trip to Silicon Valley to present your idea, Silicon Valley will come to Riga, so that you can show yourself to the world!” - DFF co-founder Dagnija Lejina.