Batch 9 in Riga is on: meet the startups

September 18 is marking the start of 9th Startup Wise Guys accelerator program, this time held in Riga, Latvia. 11 B2B startups from 8 countries have been selected for the 3 month acceleration.

From more than 160 initial applications, these are the 11 selected startups:

CastPrint (Latvia) –  Bringing treatment of fracture injuries to the 21st century.

Fractory (Estonia) –  an online manufacturing platform enabling engineers, protypers and hobbyist to discover, compare and fulfil laser cutting orders in minutes.

Hala.ai (Ukraine) – an AI platform that replaces SAP first and second level service desk staff with a human-like interaction experience. Hala uses natural language processing and cognitive computing to fully-automate SAP service requests, reduces IT support costs and improve productivity of business users.

Smart Sub (Belarus) – an AI- powered digital marketing assistant every businessman needs.

TRAPMINE (Turkey) – prevent and reveal cyber attacks in real-time.

Gaus (Moldova) –  makes recruitment work without CVs.

WellParko (Lithuania) –  transforming the outdoor parking experience by helping drivers easily finding empty parking slots in real time.

ModelTag (Italy) – fashion data, models, influencers.

iDiscount (Belarus) – SaaS tool issuing electronic discount cards.

Vartus (Latvia) – helping homeowners, buyers and renters to discover a property’s true market value.

Zeew (Latvia) – is Uber for packages.

Roadshow to pick the best of the best from CEE region took Startup Wise Guys team to more than 25 cities in the region, curating special mentoring events and pitch competitions. Booming number of applications from Ukraine, Belarus, Serbia, Armenia, Romania proved that for these countries the Baltics can serve as a good gate-way to Europe, but interestingly enough countries further West or North also were more active in applications probably indicating awareness for both tech-savvy environment in the Baltics, as well as an accelerator focusing specifically on B2B startup acceleration. First time ever there are Italian, Turkish and Moldovan startups in the batch. Latvians and Belarusians had done the best in selection process – 2 startups from each country.

Keep an eye on these guys and girls, as we will do some hell of an acceleration in coming 3 months!