So far 2017 has been a year full of interesting events for the startup world. In fact, INNVATION has already attended numerous conferences and seminars and there are more to come. That said, I can attest that Latitude59 was something special. Everything was perfectly organized starting from the location, the Kultuurikatel (Tallinn Creative Hub - a beautifully repurposed power station along the Baltic Sea) down to the smallest details. Thank you to all the organizers and partners for such a memorable and intensive event.
At Latitude59, INNVATION found itself in the right place for startups. For two days, nearly 2000 attendees from all over the globe - Japan, USA, Baltics, UK, Germany and more gathered to network and exchange fresh ideas and insights with one another. Participating startups covered everything from Fundraising and FinTech marketplaces to 3D printed prosthesis and even tasty coffee bars.
Latitude59 got off to an energetic start with opening remarks by the President Ms. Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia, "the world's only digital society which actually has a State – the Estonian digital society of 1,3 million people."
Much of the event was devoted to the life-cycle of a startup: trends, investing, collaboration, acquisition, and other engaging topics. In the festival-like atmosphere attendees were treated to an almost non-stop program of discussions and pitches from two separate stages. We had an amazing time learning about startups whether at Best of the Baltic or the TransferWise Pitch Competition. The panel discussions, Founder Stories and Fireside Chats were stimulating as well as insightful. There was also a fun, tricky moment for investors, the Reverse Pitch. Here investors got on stage, out of their comfort zone and instead of sitting and judging startups, they themselves were judged.
Photos alone cannot convey the whole atmosphere of the event but they should provide a sneak peek of what to expect from Latitude59 in 2018. See you there next year!