The pulse of Latvian startup scene: Week #46

#StartinLatvia opens another workshop in the U.S., participates in data visualization summit in London and more.

Draugiem Group opens second Printful workshop in the U.S.

A second Printful production facility of the Draugiem Group company has opened in a ceremony in the U.S. city of Charlotte. The new workshop, 9,000 square meters in area, is equipped with powerful printing equipment for printing T-shirts, posters, mugs, pillowcases, caps, bags, leggings and other products.

The facility will employ 200 people, including five citizens from Latvia who will be working in the company’s management. The first Printful workshop in the United States is located in Los Angeles.

Also last week, the one-millionth Printful T-shirt was printed, made of pictures posted on social media by Printful clients with the hashtag #1inAmillion.

ZoomCharts participates in data visualization summit in London

Latvian startup ZoomCharts, which offers “the world's most interactive data visualization software”, took part in the Data Visualization Summit in London. The summit closed ZoomCharts’ 2016 world tour, which commenced in San Francisco in April and continued in Boston in September.

At the London summit, ZoomCharts presented its first application meant for the end-user. ZoomCharts will continue to upgrade the application based on market feedback to further improve end-user experience.

Three projects from Latvia to take part in Slush pitching competition

100 startup projects were announced last week that would compete in the Slush 100 Pitching Competition, held in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. Among the 100 projects are three startups from Latvia – the highest number since 2010.

Representing Latvia in the Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality category will be Vividly, Nordigen will be competing in the Enterprise Software & Analytics category and Notakey in the Fintech & Online Marketplaces category.

Winning ideas put forward at the Riga-Cambridge startup camp announced

Students Aleksandrs Hrisanfovs and Mariks Kosarenko have won the Bear’s Cove pitching event of the Riga-Cambridge startup camp held at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. Hrisanfovs and Kosarenko’s winning idea, LOCUS is meant to help motorists find the best possible parking spot in the city center. The two will be provided financial support so they could participate in the second stage of the competition in Cambridge.

During the Bear’s Cove competition, several teams of future businessmen competed for the opportunity to take part in the second round of the competition in Cambridge at the beginning of 2017. There, 20 students and their mentors will have the opportunity to attend lectures and presentations by lecturers, businessmen, and global innovation leaders.

Fantasy football platform Champick from Liepāja expands globally

A new fantasy football platform Champick, developed in Liepāja, has entered Georgian, Hungarian and South African markets by signing strategic partnerships with local media companies to boost product growth.

Champick was founded in November 2015, when five Latvian and Dutch co-founders – Ēriks Nelsons, Kārlis Ozols, Igors Menko, Mark Kriek and Patrick Ranzijn – started product development in Liepāja, Latvia.

Champick’s co-Founder & CEO Ēriks Nelsons is glad that after the hard work of the last 12 months the business model has been proven and positive feedback has been received from fantasy players and strategic partners all around the world.