The Duke of York will give an opening speech and present the Pitch@Palace initiative at Estonia’s flagship tech conference Latitude59 to be held on May 31 – June 1, 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia.
“It is very exciting that the Duke of York will be returning to Estonia for Latitude 59, to engage with Estonia’s tech leaders and to bring Pitch@Palace to a new audience,” British Ambassador to Estonia Chris Holtby said. “The UK is already benefiting significantly from its commercial and governmental digital and technology links with Estonia, including through the new UK-Estonia TechLink programme, and I am sure that this partnership will become even closer and more productive through this visit.”
This year Latitude59 will hold its pitching competition in cooperation with Pitch@Palace and Startup Wise Guys, a leading B2B startup accelerator in Europe. The organizers of Latitude59 are expecting more than 100 startups from all over Europe and further away to submit their applications. The brightest startups will get a chance to present their business ideas and models to the Pitch@Palace and Startup Wise Guys joint jury in Tallinn during Latitude59.
Pitch@Palace was founded by The Duke of York to support entrepreneurs with the amplification and acceleration of their business ideas by connecting them with potential supporters including CEOs, angels, mentors and key business partners.
The first Pitch@Palace event took place in St. James’s Palace, London on April 2nd, 2014. Pitch@Palace alumni include startups from different fields, beginning with a stem cell product that improves surgical healing to a fin-tech startup helping to combat diamond fraud.
Latitude59 is the go-to place for the Nordic and Baltic startup scene, an annual technology conference held for the ninth consecutive year in 2016. This year, global speaker and startups will be discussing topics like Virtual Nation (building services on the Estonian e-Residency platform), Artificial Intelligence, Virtual/Augmented Reality, IoT, etc.
The list of speakers at Latitude59 includes The Duke of York, Taavi Rõivas, the Prime Minister of Estonia; Tim Draper, the Founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) and Draper University; Hardi Meybaum, General Partner at Matrix Partners; Ari Eisenstat, the Founder and CEO of Draem Ventures; Herman Narula, CEO of Improbable; etc.
In 2016, Latitude59 is expecting more than 1500 participants including the top startups from Northern Europe as well as investors from Silicon Valley, Europe, Russia, and Asia.
Latitude59 is organized by the Estonian startup community, Estonian Investment Agency, Startup Estonia, Startup Wise Guys, and tens of volunteers from different fields of life. More information about Latitude59’s tickets, highlights, the pitching competition, as well as possibilities for participating as a volunteer can be found here.
Latitude59 is financed by the European Regional Development Fund.