Startup Weekend Riga

    Friday, May 22 - 24, 2015


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Startup Weekend Riga

Friday, May 22 - 24, 2015



Friday, May 22 - 24, 2015
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Riseba H2o 6
Ūdens iela 6
Rīga, Latvia 1007

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups. 

Startup Weekend attendees’ backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). What unites all attendees is a common interest in entrepreneurship: whether a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, every attendee is interested in working with a like-minded, motivated and skilled team to develop a product or business in one weekend. If this sounds like you, this is the event for you!

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.

While there are no specific requirements in terms of what teams should have accomplished by Sunday, it’s in your best interest to plan your execution around what you’ll be judged for on Sunday: Customer Validation, Business Model, and Execution (see below).As far as presenting goes, some of the most common presentations include any combination of the following (in no particular order):

  • Wireframes or fully developed website;
  • Mobile Apps (from mock-ups to skeletons to fully functional)
  • Slide decks (Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi, etc.)
  • Videos (i.e. product demonstrations, etc.)
  • Live product demos
  • Skits
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 you attend?
- Expand your network
- Gain insight into competences different from your own
- Enjoy good food for a whole weekend – for next to no money
- Find out what it takes to get from idea to action to results in 54 hours
- Get advice from mentors from established businesses
- Find future partners – and with some luck – the idea you will be partners on
- Be seen by potential customers and investors
- Have great fun

Step outside of your comfort zone, register now for the most productive weekend of your life. 




EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday May 22nd


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


5:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


6:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:30 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


9:30 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 the venue will allow

Saturday May 23rd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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


2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


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


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

Sunday May 24th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


4:00 pm
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Alen Baibekov
Serial Entrepreneur. Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at BookingGroup.

BookingGroup:
Top5 Global  on-line Car Rental Booking website www.EconomyBookings.com
Runet #1  on-line Car Rental Booking website: www.eAvtoprokat.ru
ENERGY MEDIA GROUP (EMG):
Radio RetroFM: www.retrofm.lv
Radio Energy Latvija: www.energyfm.lv
News portal: www.focus.lv
Off-line Car Rental Agencies in the Baltics


Alexander Nosov
Head of Customer Experience, Aviasales.ru

Aviasales.ru, the leading travel search engine in Eastern Europe, long-service employee – joined the company at its early stage in 2010. Was engaged in social networks management for such brands as Aviasales, Jetradar (a global division of Aviasales) and Hotellook (hotel search engine by Aviasales), and in the end of 2014 took the lead of customer service. Knows almost everything about affiliate marketing and calls himself White Label guru. Alexander also has expertise in web programming, design and media sphere. Will be happy to assist in implementation of ambitious ideas, monetization in the world of travel and much more.
Websites: 
Flights search engine: http://www.aviasales.ru/
Hotel search engine: https://hotellook.ru/
Travel Affilate Program: http://www.travelpayouts.com



Renat Lokomet
Board Member, Senior VP at Rietumu Banka

Renat Lokomet works in Rietumu Bank since 2002 in lending, investment and corporate finance areas.
Since 2010 – vice-president, head of the Corporate Finance Department, since 2012 – Vice-president, head of the Lending and Investment Department. Renat Lokomet has extensive experience in business with clients of the Bank both in Latvia and abroad organizing and concluding large lending and investment deals.

Event Judges


Indrikis Liepa
Partner ATTORNEYS AT LAW BORENIUS

Indrikis Liepa heads Borenius Transaction practice group and Tax law practice, as well as having a good knowledge of pharmacy regulations. He operates as the external lawyer for many foreign and local Latvian customers and has participated in the preparation of several company merger and takeover procedures in Latvia as well as in significant investment projects. Indrikis has a good knowledge of pharmacy industry regulations and has consulted many representatives of this industry, including Abbott, Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, Sandoz etc. Indrikis is one of the founders of the Institute for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility and he is active member in AIJA – International Association of Young Lawyers


Eriks Eglitis
Country Manager at Microsoft Latvia, Vice-President and CFO at AmCham Latvia

Strong in sales and business development management in ICT industry, experience in large international corporate environments.
Work: http://www.microsoft.com/lv-lv/default.aspx
Hobby: http://www.trofi.lv/
NGO: http://www.amcham.lv/


Rihards Gailums
Entrepreneur turned venture capitalist at RHTU/Acceleratum

Rihards is a Tech 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.
http://accelerator.rhtu.edu.lv/index.html
http://rhtu.edu.lv/


Kristaps Banga
Founder & Director at PEGASUS GROUP

Innovator, serial entrepreneur, new business ideas developer.
Experienced in new business development, marketing, strategic partnership, multimedia and interactive media.
Partner of www.connection.codes - leading interactive multimedia laboratory in Baltic states.


Ilmars Kreituss
Vice Rector of RISEBA

Dr.chem.Ilmars Kreituss is the Vice Rector of Teaching and  Learning at RISEBA.
Ilmars Kreituss graduated from the University of Latvia and received a doctoral  degree in physical chemistry. Ilmars Kreituss has worked as associated professor at the University of Latvia and enhanced his knowledge working at the Notre Dame University in the United States. Later he turned to banking and financial sphere.  He holds a  professional banker’s certificate from The Chartered Institute of Bankers in London. After 15 years of working in the executive position in  banking and finance Ilmars Kreituss returned to the field of  education. He has worked as a Vice Rector in the BA School of Business and Finance and taught study courses Financial Institutions Management at the PhD programme and Banking and Financial Markets at postgraduate level and as  well as he delivered course for young entrepreneurs


Egita Polanska
CEO, TechHub Riga

Event Judge

CEO of TechHub Riga, a co-working space for new technology startups that can meet, work, learn and collaborate. Also coordinating tech and startup conference Tech Chill Baltics in Riga. Before joining TechHub Riga worked at Techstars in Seattle and helped to run the accelerator program for 2 years. Prior Techstars Egita got experience with designing financial instrument support programs in Latvia funded by EU funds. She holds a Bachelor degree from Stockholm School of Economics in Riga.


Arvils Kupris
Director of New Product Development Department at Lattelecom

Arvils Kupris is product management proffessional and been in new product development and lifecycle management since 2008. Arvils educaional background is tech oriented, university degree in programing and in IT. Currently he is one of board members in Latvian Internet Association and associated member of Latvian ICT association. At the moment Arvils with team is working on upcoming future products and initiatives in fields of m2m, smart metering, cloud computing, entertainment, research and others


Renat Lokomet
Board Member, Senior VP at Rietumu Banka

Renat Lokomet works in Rietumu Bank since 2002 in lending, investment and corporate finance areas.
Since 2010 – vice-president, head of the Corporate Finance Department, since 2012 – Vice-president, head of the Lending and Investment Department. Renat Lokomet has extensive experience in business with clients of the Bank both in Latvia and abroad organizing and concluding large lending and investment deals.


Maija Golubovica
Editor at Forbes Latvia and Forbes Estonia

Maija Golubovica works in Forbes since 2012.
Maija is graduated from Latvijas Universitate
International Economics, International Economy and Diplomacy


Coaches and Mentors


Uldis Apsitis
CEO at Fjord Software, Founder at Intelligent Insurance

Coach on Tech Business.

Experience with technology and business/people centric projects. Most of professional carrier spent as IT project manager that involved development team management, business requirement and IT alignment, managing business process changes arraising from IT system implementation. Last 10+ years IT projects related to insurance and finance sector, many projects with focus on financial product distribution.
Very interested in development of new ideas that brings together different industries using technology, building new distribution channels for finance products.


Toms Kreicbergs
Toms Kreicbergs / Tom Crosshill Business trainer and award-winning author

Coach on Pitching and Presentation.

Tom helps top executives sell effectively, present powerfully, and negotiate great deals.

In the 2000s, Tom toiled on Wall Street, surrounded by the sharpest minds in New York. Since 2011, he has worked with top companies across the Baltics, including SEB, Latvijas Valsts Meži, Latvenergo and Accenture. His clients benefit from Tom’s experience in many fields: finance, oil & gas, physics, literature and theater. He is an experienced presenter who speaks regularly at major business conferences and seminars.

Tom is known internationally as an award-winning fiction writer under the pseudonym Tom Crosshill


Nikita Seleckis
CEO and founder of webskola.lv

Coach on Front-end Development

Nikita is web development since 2005. In 2008 he created the vocational school Webskola and became its first teacher. Nikita specializes mainly in front-end development, web design and user interface design (UI / UX)
Areas of expertise: 

 ▪ web technologies
 ▪ front-end development
 ▪ web design
 ▪ UI/UX


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.


Egils Boitmanis
Digital Marketing Enthusiast and Entrepreneur Infinitum8

Coach on Digital Marketing. 

"Entrepreneur at Heart" - First business: selling chewing gum wrappers in second grade. :)

Happy to have found my dream job: Digital Marketing. Now have more than 6 year experience in Google AdWords, Analytics, SEO etc. Passion for Conversions, ROI and Data Management. In 2010 started company "Infinitum 8". Invited partner to participate and now "Infinitum 8" is expanding rapidly! Proud to have hosted 3 Digital marketing conferences iLive (www.iliveconference.com Riga, Latvia). iLive is an international conference with speakers from all over the world!

Specialties: Pay Per Click Advertising (AdWords Certified and Google Trainer)


Raitis Linde
Lead UI/UX Designer at C.T.Co

Coach on UX/ UI

Raitis is an IT Product Designer who is passionate about creating products that are aesthetically pleasing, functional and useful. He has been designing web and mobile productivity tools for Fortune Global 500 enterprises and start-ups.


Gleb Revkov
Lead UI/UX Designer at C.T.Co

Coach on UX/UI

Gleb is the seasoned UX/UI designer at C.T.Co. He creates user interfaces for web applications as well as for desktop and mobile applications. Gleb participates in the local IT community activities.
Hello world!
My name is Gleb Revkov. I’m product designer from Riga, Latvia. Currently I work as the Lead UX Designer at C.T.Co. We are passionate about solving big problems for enterprises (the leading Global 500 customers in financial and energy sectors) through human-centered design. Previously, I’ve worked on such projects like One.lv, Odnoklassniki.ru, Skoda.lv, government projects and others.


Aiga Skubina
Art Director at RubyLight

Coach on UX/ UI

Aiga is a professional graphical designer experienced in a wide variety of visual communication techniques. Currently she works with web and mobile design focusing on user interactions and usability. At RubyLight Aiga is engaged in a product team that generates creative ideas and design solutions for many fast growing startups. Design portfolio includes http://rubylight.com/ but not only


Arturs Zandersons
Senior Consultant at Deloitte, Co-founder at StartupLatvia

Coach on Pitching and Presentation.

One of the Latvian Start-up Community Activists;
Experienced in Silicon Valley; 
Co-founder of StartupLatvia;
Organizer of Latvian Start-up Silicon Valley Missions

An experienced business consultant with passion towards Strategic Company & Product management, Organizational Design & Performance Management and fostering innovative start-ups. 


Alexey Buzdin
Mobile developer / Trainer at C.T.Co

Coach on Mobile UX/UI.

Passionate Java and Mobile developer.  Currently into JVM related languages, cross platform mobile solutions, as well as code best practices and automation testing.
Google Developers Group Riga organizer.


Artis Kehris
Head of Advertising Sales at Ask.fm

Coach on Business Development and Monetization

Artis is a business and sales developer with extensive experience in monetizing publisher sites and apps on a global level via advertising. His expertise covers international programmatic ad sales, strategic business partnerships, connecting technologies, new product development and start-up environment. 
Since 2012 Artis leads the worldwide desktop and mobile ad sales in more than 100 countries for Ask.fm - a global Q&A social network with 165 million registered users and 150 million unique visitors per month.

Prior to joining Ask.fm Artis co-founded a rich media vendor company and participated in Europe’s leading start-up accelerator programmes in Amsterdam and Copenhagen. 
Has also worked for advertising agencies Bates and Ogilvy.


Anton Adamovitch
Hi-Technology Science-Based Venture Entrepreneur. CEO of Conelum, a Bio-tech startup.

Coach on Business Model Canvas. 

Chosen for TOP 100 for New Europe 100 project - a list of outstanding challengers and for Forbes Top 30 list of promising Entrepreneurs, who are under 30, Anton is a Hi-Technology Science-Based Venture Entrepreneur, who is building his own startups, focused on science and true innovations.
 

With his educational background of Infection Biology, which he received at the University of Glasgow, he is also an alumnus of the prestigious Skolkovo Startup Academy
With such an experience, it’s clear about him being passionate about Science-Based startups, which have currently raised over 0,5 mln Euros at different stages. 

Anton is a CEO at Conelum Biotech and is also co-founder of other Science-based startups, who is actively working his companies’ way to the top,


Aleksandrs Novozenovs
Serial Entrepreneur. Founder and CEO at AmberGames, CEO at RBK Games, COO at RBK Money

Coach on Monetization.
    
Leading the biggest online games company in the Baltics since 2006, managing over 100 employees in Latvia and Ukraine. Launched successful game projects, distributed in more than 21 countries. Received a Master's degree in IT with additional experience in finance field. Has in depth knowledge of international online marketing, sales, strategic business development, especially in Russian and CIS markets.


Peter Marculans
Global Program Manager, Startup Next at Techstars

Peter helps startups get prepared for accelerators and seed investors via Startup Next, a pre-acceleration program of Techstars. In his role Peter spent over a year in the US and gained invaluable insights into how startups are built and funded in the States. Currently he works with entrepreneurs and investors from all around the world, while having more experience and being more connected in Europe and the US.

Peter has a wide range of experience working with early stage startups and his specialties include Customer Development, Business Models and Fundraising.


Alexander Nosov
Head of Customer Experience, Aviasales.ru

Aviasales.ru, the leading travel search engine in Eastern Europe, long-service employee – joined the company at its early stage in 2010. Was engaged in social networks management for such brands as Aviasales, Jetradar (a global division of Aviasales) and Hotellook (hotel search engine by Aviasales), and in the end of 2014 took the lead of customer service. Knows almost everything about affiliate marketing and calls himself White Label guru. Alexander also has expertise in web programming, design and media sphere. Will be happy to assist in implementation of ambitious ideas, monetization in the world of travel and much more.
Websites: 
Flights search engine: http://www.aviasales.ru/
Hotel search engine: https://hotellook.ru/
Travel Affilate Program: http://www.travelpayouts.com



Michael Protchenko
UI/UX Designer at BookingGroup

Coach on UX/UI

My name is Michael Protchenko. I have been working as a professional graphic designer and a programmer for more than 20 years and created thousands of labels, logos and advertisement. Besides a great deal of experience in graphic design, I have MEng degree in Computer Science, therefore it is easy for me to make sense of any software and hardware. In addition, I have graduated with a distinction in MSc Advanced Multimedia Design and 3D Technologies from Brunel University, London.

https://www.behance.net/mprotchenko



Martin Verrev
Creative Engineer

Coach on Software Development

Martin is a seasoned full stack engineer and a co-founder of several startups who been involved with over 20 hackathons either as a participant, mentor or part of the organizing team. He is helping the teams with the best tools, methods and practices to succeed during the event and continue executing afterwards.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Riga team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


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Organizing Team

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

  • Dennis
    Belajevs
  • Arturs
    Zandersons
  • Larisa
    Sinicina
  • Davis
    Paipa
  • Reinis
    Budrikis
  • Rodijs
    Razmus
  • Iveta
    Cirule
  • Girts
    Ozolins

Facilitators


Vidar Andersen

I’m Vidar @blacktar Andersen and I don’t talk about myself in the third person. 
More? See http://vidarandersen.com
I’m a Norwegian entrepreneur and Internet-based software veteran having created industry firsts for F500 enterprises and GOs, currently living in Cologne, Germany.
I found tech startups to solve problems, consult F100 enterprises on Corporate Entrepreneurship, lecture on startup entrepreneurship to students, keynote entrepreneurial events and volunteer for the local startup ecosystem, invest in & help early stage startups raise venture capital funding.


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Oskar Ruda
Volunteer at StartupWeekend Riga



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