Startup Weekend Liepaja

    Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Liepaja

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Vecā ostmala 24
Liepāja, Latvia LV-3401

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.
The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Why should I attend Startup Weekend Liepaja
There are dozens of reasons – but here is the top 8

1. Expand your network

2. Gain insight into competences different from your own

3. Enjoy good healthy food for a whole weekend  – for next to no money (you can also sleep for free at Māja)

4. Find out what it takes to get from idea to action to results in 54 hours

5. Get advice from mentors from established businesses

6. Find future partners – and with some luck – the idea you will be partners on.

7. Be seen by potential customers and investors

8. Have great fun!

Need more incentive to attend?

The top teams from this event will go on to battle against the best startups in the world as part of the 2014 Global Startup Battle!


Friday November 14th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as you can.

Saturday November 15th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

2:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:30 pm

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
After Party at Red Sun Buffet


Gunārs Ansiņš
Vice-chairman at Liepaja city Council

Girts Celajs
Enterpreneur, business angel and active social opinion leader

Ģirts Cēlājs - enterpreneur, business angel and active social opinion leader. Focused on innovation and always aimed at disrupting classic business boundaries to further Latvian made products' success world-wide.

- NPK Expert - specialized fertilizer blend production (worldwide);
- CTEX - commodity trading,operating (worldwide);
- Blue Shock Race - go-kart production & race tracks (Europe & UAE);
- BRO CREATION - hi-end drums production (worldwide);
- EGO MANAGEMENT - Entertainment, Events & Nightlife;
- Amber Puck - International Ice Hockey Challenge. 

Event Judges

Viesturs Sosārs
Serial entrepreneur and business angel

Viesturs Sosārs is actively engaged with tech startups in Latvia since 2003. He is serial entrepreneur and business angel, as well as has managed alocal VC fund in the past. 

Viesturs is the co-founder and CEO of Real Sound Lab – a globally known audio technology company. 

He has also co-founded TechHub Riga, a popular collocation space for Latvian tech startup community. Viesturs frequently mentors at bootcamps and accelerator programs in Baltic Countries and Finland, and since 2012 he is Course Director of Entrepreneurship Specialization course at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga.

Robbie Vitrano
co-founder: Trumpet/Idea Village/Naked Pizza

Robbie Vitrano (USA) Co-founder: Trumpet/Idea Village/Naked Pizza 

Robbie Vitrano is 

ceo/ writer/ designer/ strategist/ planner/ entrepreneur/ mentor/ teacher/ student/ husband/ father/ son/ citizen—always curious about the world and eager to learn and grow.

Aigars Macins
Technical Evangelist | Microsoft Baltics

Coach on Microsoft Products  and Solutions for Startups.

Microsoft Technical evangelist for Baltics. Helping ISVs and startups to build and develop their products using Microsoft services and tehnologies, with focus on Microsoft Azure and Windows Universal (Windows 10) Apps.

Girts Celajs
Enterpreneur, business angel and active social opinion leader

Ģirts Cēlājs - enterpreneur, business angel and active social opinion leader. Focused on innovation and always aimed at disrupting classic business boundaries to further Latvian made products' success world-wide.

- NPK Expert - specialized fertilizer blend production (worldwide);
- CTEX - commodity trading,operating (worldwide);
- Blue Shock Race - go-kart production & race tracks (Europe & UAE);
- BRO CREATION - hi-end drums production (worldwide);
- EGO MANAGEMENT - Entertainment, Events & Nightlife;
- Amber Puck - International Ice Hockey Challenge. 

Coaches and Mentors

Edgars Jēkabsons

Edgars has worked on smaller and bigger IT projects using various technologies since 1999. He has created a winning Garage48 project GetASlot in 2011. Edgars has started Python User Group Latvia in 2012. Currently Edgars is happy applying his talents at Infogram, mostly in payment and business area.

Ilze Šupstika
Creative and Marketing Director at Valodu Vēstniecība & DESOL

Creative and Marketing Director at Valodu Vēstniecība & DESOL (Development Solutions) Group for product and service positioning in local, regional and international environment. Successfully completed the private business of textile retail. Ilze is also involved in a number of future business projects.

Artis Daugins
Co-founder of Blue Shock Bike

Artis has 6 years experience in advertising. For the past 4 years he has devoted his work on developing electro-mobility in Latvia - beginning with crazy concepts and ending with manufacturing of electrical bicycles right here in Liepāja (Blue Shock Bike). Artis is a great mentor who thinks outside the box and always can give a valuable advice to young entrepreneurs. Forbes nomined him as one of 30 talents below 30 years in Latvia. Artis often proves that even things that seem impossible - is possible.

Raivis Zabis
Business Angel

Raivis​ has been a businessman for 18 years, of which 15 years he has been working in international company (100 + employees). He is experienced in business management & strategy development and implementation. For the past 10 years Raivis mainly works abroad because company has grown from "small-office company" to a big player in the market. By working with the new entrepreneurs, he has managed to build a great team ready for new challenges. Raivis also is a business angel.

Rihards Gailums
Tech Entrepreneur

Rihards is aTech Entrepreneur. Advocate of exponential technologies. Promoter of Silicon Valley ecosystem. Tech startup ecosystem advocate and mentor. Videographer.
Founder of couple tech startups, related NGOs and meetup groups.
Co-founder of LABACA – Latvian American Business Association of California and Riga High Tech University Foundation
Passionate about entrepreneurship, cryptocurrencies, computer vision, parallel programming, machine learning, automotive applications, internet security, digital identity, image digital processing, DSLRs, video capturing and streaming, MOOCs and venture capital.
Developer of game changing concepts for future of Higher Education.
Valuable experience in computer network architecture, tech finance modelling, corporate strategy development, cross-border relationships and market research.
Know-how in telecom regulatory issues and competition laws.
Experience in Public Key Infrastructures (PKI), cryptography and encryption technologies, information security, cryptographic key management, authentication, digital certificate management processes, development of Certificate Policy (CP), Certification Practice Statement (CPS), Smart Cards, RFID cards, DRM, video streaming.
Wide network of technology and venture capital industry contacts in Silicon Valley and Europe.

Ingus Palapis
Manager and consultant at Kurzemes Business

Ingus has worked in banking industry as a branch manager and regional director for more than eight years. He has experience in sales and service processing for corporate customers, and customer relationship development. For the past five years he has been working in business incubator as a manager and consultant giving consultations to business incubator companies related to investment attraction, entering new markets and export. Ingus is also founder of his own production company.

Dennis Belajevs
VP Digital Marketing at Co-founder at

Coach on Business and Traffic

Dennis studied electrical engineering, IT and telecommunications at the Riga Technical University and have been working in Industry, Energy and ICT in the Nordics and Baltics for the last 20 years, first as Sales Engineer (1993), then as Department Manager (1995-2000), then as Director and Business Development Director and Product manager for various clients including himself.
Since 2012 Denis joined Latvian Tech Startup Ecosystem as entrepreneur, mentor, advisor and acceleration program tutor. 
2010 started new ventures.
2013 co-organized Commercialization Reactor events
2013 co-organized Latvian startup missions to Silicon Valley, USA
2014 co-organized 1st ever Startup Weekend in Riga
2014 Growth Hacker (VP Marketing) at Global Latvian car rental startup Booking Group global car rental Affiliate Partner Program coordinator

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Liepaja team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Liepaja is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Davis
  • Līga
  • Rolita
  • Rodijs
  • Liene
  • Dennis
  • Gunta
  • Daiga
  • Ingus


David Andersen

David is a Startup Weekend Veteran. He started organising Startup Weekends back in 2012. Shortly after, he travelled around europe to participate in Startup Weekends and has been a Global Facilitator at the organisation since 2013. David owns a tech & design company called “Bagvendt” together with two friends. They help clients with building prototypes in order to take an idea to the final product. What you will experience this weekend is basically what they do on a daily basis in their company.

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