Latitude59 kicks off in 3 weeks, program now announced!

Estonian tech & startup gathering Latitude59 2017 will feature health talks, fin-tech & space track, startup and corporate collaboration discussion and new additions to the program - Founder Stories and Presenting Best of Baltics with ten most noteworthy Baltic startups. For the first time, the program runs on two stages and also features a workshop & seminar sub-program.


The conference will kick off on Thursday, May 25 with the welcome from the President of Estonia, Ms Kersti Kaljulaid followed by a keynote by Japanese investor, serial entrepreneur, CEO of Mistletoe Taizo Son. Both of them will participate in a talk right after concentrating on the future perspectives of Fin-Est Bay area.


At the same time marketing & growth block will open the program on the Cauldron Hall Stage. After which, the Founder Stories will be kicked off by Chris Kelsey, a Forbes 30 under 30 bringing 3D printing to construction business with his newly founded company Cazza. Founder Stories run throughout both days putting under limelight 12 epic startup success stories as well as failures.


The first day will also feature a fin-tech track with a discussion on the future of banking followed by a fireside chat with TransferWise’s Taavet Hinrikus, talks on `Digital is the New Economy` with e-Residents as well as with ex Prime Ministers Taavi Rõivas and Alexander Stubb followed by the CEO of EIT Digital Willem Jonker. Space inspired track will include speakers from Nanoracks and Helios Wire and highlighting the growing need for small satellites in creating more data and building new applications.


The day will end with Opera co-founder, now Vivaldi Technologies founder-CEO Jon von Tetzchner’s fireside on building successful companies, community and culture.


Friday, May 26 will begin with The Combine’s K.P. Reddy’s keynote followed by a discussion on the topic of selling out featuring successfully (and not so successfully) acquired startup founders. Mae Hansen from Vienna’s Match Maker Ventures will lead a talk on corporate and startup collaboration with experienced collaborators from both sides.


Friday also features interviews with the founding engineer of Skype, co-founder and CEO of StarShip Technologies Ahti Heinla, and with Andrew Thompson, founder/CEO of Proteus Digital Health. Discussion panels of the day focus on proprietary vs. open source system of Internet of Things and on disruption and transformation of traditional industries. The conference will end with health-tech track including a keynote by Nicky Hekster from IBM Watson Health and a talk on the breakthroughs, challenges and opportunities in healthcare.


Both days also include discussions on investment climate and looking at predictions and tech trends with partner level investors from Atomico, Experior Venture Fund, Fullerton Venture Partners, etc.


One of the novelties in this year’s program is Presenting Best of Baltics with 10 companies from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with monthly recurring revenue between 10 000 and 100 000 euros and a monthly growth percent above 20. These pitches aimed to raise interest from big will be on stage on Friday, May 26th.


Another addition is Friday’s Reverse Pitch with investor’s pitching to jury composed of startup founders and seasoned executives.


Early Stage Pitch for companies with MRR less than €5000 and investments below €100,000 will be held on Thursday, May 25 afternoon. TransferWise Pitch Competition for Seed Stage startups with MRR between €5000-100,000 and/or investments over €100,000 compete for €10,000 cash prize on Friday, May 26 evening.


Conference passes are available from for €359. The price rises to €459 from May 15.