On Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May, the winners of the European Startup Prize for Mobility met in the Capitol of Estonia for the first stop of the tour of EUSP’s European tour.

Base Camp: the event Latitude59, one of the biggest event on digitalisation in Europe. For two days, Voltia, Tracefy, DiniTech/NRGkick, Atsuke, Appyparking, AddSeat, Whim by Maas Global and Cocolis had the opportunity to pitch in front of investors and to get to know the Baltic ecosystem.

During the workshop: “Why and how to set up your mobility startup in the Baltics?” Finalist startups have discussed with local authorities and decision-makers to better understand the Baltics market.

We had the great honour to welcome Minister Kadri Simson, Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure to introduce the workshop. All the speakers have presented the advantages of the Estonian ecosystem and have highlighted success stories made in Estonia such as Skype or Taxify.

Speakers included:  Arnaud Castaignet, Head of Public Relations, Republic of Estonia’s e-Residency program; Egita Polanska, Program & Partnerships, Startup Wise Guys a famous accelerator; Anu Oks, Managing Director, EstBAN a Baltic VC network; Toomas Seppel, Hedman Partners Law Firm; Simona Frazzani, Associate Grimaldi Studio Legale; Martin Gorosko head of Tallinn Tehnopol & Karl Aru, Expansion manager of Taxify who have recently raised $175M led by Daimler at a $1B valuation.

After a fun and relaxing evening with all the participants of Latitude 59, the 8 finalists had the great opportunity to have a demonstrating booth at the event and could present their activities to the interested participants (and yes, absentees are always wrong ;)).

The objectives of the first tour of the tour have been met: the finalists had the opportunity to make new contacts, reach investors outside of their home country. and Pitch and pitch again! But EUSP is also a human adventure, meetings and the creation of a community of mobility startups!

We are looking forward to our next meeting at IFA – Berlin for the next stop of the Tour on 3-4 September.