Longenesis from Latvia wins Fifty Founders Battle pitch competition at TechChill 2021

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Longensis, a startup based in Latvia and Hong Hong, has taken home the main prize at TechChill – 10,000 EUR, no strings attached. Gelatex and VREACH divide 250,000 EUR in angel investment from the pan-Baltic syndicate. The leading Baltic tech and startup event brought together over 1,700 attendees from over 600 different organizations from 29 countries, with 178 speakers taking the virtual stage.

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Longenesis Techchill 2021 Winner

Longenesis is a B2B startup offering a platform to biomedical organizations to reduce the length of clinical trials. This is done through enabling direct communication for safe data curation and compliant, consent-enabled biomedical data utilization for research. 

Longenesis Product Infrastructure
Longenesis Product Infrastructure

In addition to the 10,000 eur main prize, for the first time ever, a pan-Baltic angel investor syndicate made up of LatBAN, EstBAN, LitBAN, and .Cocoon. pledged up to 250,000 EUR in investment. The funds were divided between two winners, Gelatex (EE), and VREACH (LV). Gelatex is an Estonian startup that creates sustainable gelatin nanofabric technology. VREACH is a VR-based autism rehabilitation startup from Latvia.

Prizes were also awarded by AWS, who provided 3 startups with 5,000 USD-worth of AWS credits. Those winning startups were Algomo (UK), Typebot (LV), and Fintelligence (LV). Httpool awarded a 3,000 EUR advertising budget for Facebook and LinkedIn to Gelatex. The Draper University prize, a full scholarship to the Summer 2021 Hero Training Program by Draper University, 12,000 USD in value, went to Gelatex.

This year there was a record number of applicants for the Fifty Founders Battle, with over 200 startups vying for the win. Of those, 50 founders were chosen to pitch at TechChill, and five made it to the finals, each in their own vertical, of Sustainability, Fintech, B2B, AI&ML, and Hardware, IoT, and Robotics. The 5 finalists were:

More details about each startup:

Gealtex
The founders met at the University of Tartu, where Mari-Ann was doing her MBA and Märt-Erik was pursuing a MSc in Materials Science, specializing in gelatin nanofibers. This is where they came up with the idea of using gelatin for the production of leather-like textile.

Having developed the proprietary nanofiber technology back in 2017 for the purpose of manufacturing leather-like textile, in 2020, they realised that the same technology could be used to produce a variety of nanomaterials. 

Now, Gealtex focuses on developing nanofibrous materials for novel applications in medicine, food, textile, filtration, and energy industries among others. 

Gelatex production process

AVA
The solution, removing the noise and providing a clear platform for accounting professionals, CFOs, financial leaders and business experts.

Cellbox Labs
It is a next-generation microfluidic device developer, providing services from concept generation to small-batch fabrication. The teams sees precision medicine as a core pillar of our work, therefore they have been focusing their work in two key areas within this realm, which are – microphysiological systems (also known as organs on chip) and cancer diagnostics.

Algomo
It is a multilingual chatbot engine that automates and simplifies customer service operations across all markets. It is the only product that listens and learns from every single human interaction to automatically update its understanding across all languages.

Algomo is self-monitoring and proactively highlights missing content or performance issues, ensuring it is always maintained. This democratizes customer service, accelerates a company’s expansion to international markets, and helps executives understand their customers even better.

It was a tough decision for the jury. We considered the long-term impact, clarity of value proposition to the target customers and stakeholders involved, as well as uniqueness. Of these parameters, Longenesis came out as the Fifty Founder Battle winner. That being said, the other four startups provided very tough competition.

Marili Merendi, Principal at Karma Ventures

The final jury was made up of four investors from around the world; Andris K. Bērziņš, Managing Partner at Change Ventures, Arvydas Blože, Investment Manager at Practica Capital, Marili Merendi, Principal at Karma Ventures, Tuomas Kosonen, Partner at Inventure, and Suffiyan Malik, Program Manager at Draper University.

This was the 10th TechChill, marking a decade of developing the startup community in Latvia. Occurring for the first time in a digital format, the event brought together over 1,700 attendees from 29 countries, 178 speakers, with over 600 organizations represented, including VCs, startups, universities, corporates, and more. Over two weeks the event hosted 16 side events, 13 masterclasses, 11 roundtables, and 47 on-stage sessions. 

Next year TechChill will return to its traditional February date, inviting the Baltic, European and international startup community to save the date for the 17-18th of February, 2022.

TechChill 2021 edition
TechChill 2021 Team