Riga SW and GSB
Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 5:00 pm
Riseba H2O 6
Udens iela 6
Startup Weekend Riga 2015-2 – part of Global Startup Battle
GLOBAL STARTUP BATTLE
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275 Cities. Thousands of entrepreneurs. One battle.
Founder teams in 200 cities are preparing for intense 54-hour Startup Weekend boot camps on the two weekends surrounding Global Entrepreneurship Week. Each team will work almost around the clock to turn promising concepts into new startups and compete against one another in a virtual Global Startup Battle
Powered by Startup Weekend's global facilitators and local organizers around the world, developers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts gather together for 54 hours to share ideas and launch new startups. Beginning with open pitches on Friday, attendees in dozens of cities will hone in on the most promising concepts with teams focusing on customer development, idea validation and creating a viable product. By Sunday evening, teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts–competing for prizes that help speed them to launch.
Roughly 200 cities around the world are expected to host Startup Weekend events during GEW.
Winners from each local event then compete in a virtual Global Startup Battle for various prizes.
Go to startupweekend.org and get involved at an event near you during the weekends of November 13 - 15 or November 20 - 22.
If you can’t attend one, be sure to vote in the Global Startup Battle to help determine the winners.
[Startup Weekend] are weekend-long, hands-on experience where techs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable.
[Idea authors, developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups]
Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
Friday November 20th
Saturday November 21st
Sunday November 22nd
The Latvian Business Angel Network (LatBAN) brings together highly experienced entrepreneurs - business angels - who are willing to invest their money in new and promising ventures.
Daniils Rulovs is private investor, mentor to Latvian start-ups and management consultant with 15+ years prior experience in financial sector. He has experience in building and strengthening sales teams working with both Corporate (B2B) and Retail (B2C) segments. Over the last 5 years he served on the board positions and has been a member of credit committees at Swedbank, Hansa Leasing, Hipo Leasing, Swedbank Fleet Management and Hansa Insurance Broker. Daniils has been active supporter of start-up related initiatives “Commercialisation Reactor” and “Atsperiens”. He also served as adjunct associate professor at RISEBA in Entrepreneurship and International Finance. Currently he also serves as a member of the supervisory council at Balticovo
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.
Raimonds Kaze is the co-founder and lead developer of infogr.am. Working closely with the other co-founder, Raimonds develops the application and also provides his knowledge of math and statistics.
Matiss is co-founder and CEO of Creamfinance, providing personal finance products in
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I am a strategic designer and curator of creative ideas and projects.Creative and rationally thinking person that knows how to get things done with continuous effect. I have worked with interdisciplinary project management in small and dynamic as well as big and strong organisations; having a global and intercultural experience. I am there when you need to kick off urban sports revolution in the city or you feel like some operations in your organisation doesent work as planned or there is projects that seems too sophisticated to even start.
My current passion is cross-disciplinary collaborations and new product development with high value added within creative industries and new technologies. The Mill Riga is one great place where both industries mingle
partner at FlyCap
Investment Fund, EUR 10+ million funding, investing in growth companies in Latvia, various industries.
Janis' Specialties: Business analysis, Valuation, Negotiations, Corporate Finance, Deal Execution, Business Development, Lecturing on start-ups and finance
Coaches and Mentors
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.
I believe that the Internet can help transform the world for better. By helping businesses and organizations to embrace the web on a daily basis, I see firsthand how Google is creating opportunities for economy, society and culture. This makes me excited to share my learnings and insights with others. Technology has changed my life for better and I want to unleash the full potential of the web to bring a positive transformative change to the world.
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.
Serial Entrepreneur. Founder and CEO at AmberGames, CEO at RBK Games, COO at RBK Money
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.
Hi-Technology Science-Based Venture Entrepreneur. CEO of Conelum, a Bio-tech startup.
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,
Tom Schmit has been a problem solving consultant for international growth companies including technical oriented companies, IT top ten and call centers. Recently he has been part of an international team of mentors in the Accelerace Life life sciences business accelerators. Tom has developed >10 pipeline teams and coached university based and private high potential companies. He keeps teams focused on next steps and he constantly challenges his teams to test their assumptions by talking to customers.
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.
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.
Winner of Entrepreneurship award in East Africa
Davis specializes in pitch performance and business models development.
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