When
February 9, 2017
Time
10:00–18:00
Where
House of Blackheads, Riga, Latvia
Admission
Invitation only

Riga Venture Summit is an international startup ecosystem policy roundtable with a focus on the Baltic startup ecosystem development.

The first Summit took place on November 6 2015, bringing face-to-face key policy makers, business leaders, startup founders and investors from the Baltics with prominent international experts. RVS 2015 resulted in closer cooperation among leading Baltic startup ecosystem players and led to birth of the Latvian Startup Association “Startin.LV”.


On February 9, 2017 Riga Venture Summit 2017 will bring leading Baltic startup minds and a host of international experts to zoom in on most effective policies to drive pipeline of competitive early stage startups and attracting global flows of smart money to the Baltics.

Two main topics:
  • Smart cities — competing for global smart capital and global attention
  • Melting pot between East and West — attracting startup talent to the Baltics
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Speakers

Arvils Aseradens

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Economics of the Republic of Latvia

Nils Usakovs

The Chairman of the Riga City Council

Andris Ozols

Director of Investment and Development Agency of Latvia

Rugile Andziukeviciute

Viceminister at Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania

Edgars Pigoznis

Chairman of Latvian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

Janis Rancans

Co-founder and Chairman of the Board Latvian Business Angel Network (LatBAN)

Mari Vavulski

Head of Startup Estonia

Rimante Ribaciauskaite

Startup Coordinator at Startup Lithuania

Jekaterina Novicka

Chairwoman of the Board of Latvian Startup association
Moderator

Andris Berzins

Co-founder of Techhub Riga, Member of the Board of Latvian Start-up Association

Elizabeth Varley

co-Founder & CEO at TechHub

Jessica Stark

CEO & Co-Founder of SUP46 (Start-Up People of Sweden)

Peteris Zilgalvis

Head of Startup Unit at European Commission

Povilas Poderskis

Advisor for Technology to the Mayor of Vilnius City

Toby Moore

Managing Partner at Imprimatur Capital Fund Management

Siofra Flood

Former COO at Swrve Dublin, Ireland

Konstantin Tryapitsyn

Chairman of Investment Committee at Rosinfocominvest JSC

Dmitry Matveyev

Law firm "Aleinikov & Partners"

Bob Tinker

Co-founder & Board Member of MobileIron, San Francisco USA
Moderator

Daniels Pavluts

Member of the Board of Latvian Startup Association

Karoli Hindriks

Founder and CEO of Jobbatical.com

Maksims Jegorovs

Accenture Lead in Latvia

Charlotte Holloway

Policy Director at techUK

Yvonne van Hest

Program Director at Brainport Development

Nikolai Adamovitch

Founder of Commercialization Reactor, Serial Entrepreneur

Andrei Zuzin

Managing Director at VEB Innovation

Gavin Cleary

Managing Director at Farringdon Square Ltd

Agenda

  • 10:00
    Registration and welcome coffee
  • 10:30
    Start-up Ecosystem Policy High-Level Roundtable
    Opening Speeches
    Arvils Aseradens – Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy
    Dzintars Balodis - Riga City Council
    Andris Ozols – Director, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia
    Rugile Andziukeviciute - Viceminister at Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania
    Janis Janevics - Latvian Venture Capital Association
    Janis Rancans – Chairman of the Board, Latvian Business Angel Network (LatBAN)
    Ecosystem Reports
    Mari Vavulski – Head of Startup Estonia
    Rimante Ribaciaskaite – Startup Coordinator at Startup Lithuania
    Jekaterina Novicka – Chairman of the Board, Latvian Startup Association "Startin.LV"
  • 12:00
    Networking lunch buffet
  • 13:00
    Panel 1: Start-up hubs – Baltic cities competing for global smart capital and global attention.
    Moderator
    Andris K. Berzins
    Keynote speakers
    Peteris Zilgalvis - Head of Startup Unit, European Commission
    Elisabeth Varley – Founder and CEO, TechHub London (UK)
    Povilas Poderskis - Advisor for Technology to the Mayor of Vilnius City
    Panelists
    Toby Moore – Managing Partner, Imprimatur (Latvia)
    Siofra Flood – exCOO of Swrve (Ireland)
    Jessica Stark – Co-Founder and CEO, SUP46 (Sweden)
    Constantin Tryapitsyn – Chairman of Investment Committee, RosInfoComInvest (Russia)
    Dmitry Matveyev – Law firm "Aleinikov & Partners" (Belarus)
    Bob Tinker - Co-Founder, MobileIron (USA)
  • 14:30
    Coffee break
  • 15:00
    Panel 2: Melting pot between East and West – attracting startup talent to the Baltics.
    Moderator
    Daniels Pavluts
    Keynote speakers
    Karoli Hindriks – CEO, Jobbatical (Estonia)
    Maksims Jegorovs – Country Lead, Accenture (Latvia)
    Charlotte Holloway – Policy Director, techUK (UK)
    Panelists
    Ivonne Van Hest – Programme Director, Brainport Development, Eindhoven (Netherlands)
    Nikolai Adamovitch – Founder, Commercialization Reactor (Latvia)
    Andrei Zuzin – Managing Director, VEB-Innovations (Russia)
    Gavin Cleary – Managin Director, Farringdon Square Ltd. (UK)
  • 16:30
    Reception by Riga City Council