Due to the current health context, STARTUP3 has decided to maintain its Ecosystem Discovery Mission which would have been hosted in Riga in June, turning it into a webinar. 

Latvian IT Cluster and STARTUP3 Accelerator consortium virtually organize the Ecosystem Discovery Mission event in Latvia and Baltics on June 16th, 2020.

The STARTUP3 Ecosystem Discovery Missions are a supporting tool/methodology to engage and connect startups/SMEs (from different ecosystems) allowing its participants to understand and “feel” the hosting ecosystem, learn the processes required to boost innovation, find out about the available resources, build relationships and expand their networks and capacity to support their SMEs’ growth.

In this webinar, session participants can take a deeper look at startup and cluster ecosystems in Baltic states. Both have proven its strength by being a great support mechanism in times of crisis by exchanging the practice between various industries and bringing new innovations.  

Discovery mission’s webinar will illuminate startup and cluster ecosystems in Baltic countries by giving experience and success stories from webinar speakers. Due to COVID–19 crisis, a lot of changes have been brought into the ICT sector, therefore right now it is important to focus on closer and cross-border collaboration and knowledge exchange. This can create extra speed for technological development and raise the digital maturity level. Digital leadership can force changes to become more innovative, smart and meaningful not only for businesses but also for society. Both startups and clusters are communities who provide a wide range of opportunities by being a part of many European projects and holding the knowledge of corporate culture and needs. These ecosystems are based on collaboration, people engagement and innovations.

10:50 Registration  

11:00 Greeting and introduction // Latvian IT Cluster  

11:05 Baltic startup scene review // Edgars Ozoliņš Ozols, Digitalization Team Lead at the Ministry of Economics of Latvia  

11:20 Current offers and opportunities for startups // Annamarija Trausa, Project Manager at Startin

11:35 Fostering startup ideas in a corporate environment // Experience story  

11:45 Open mic for corporates  

12:00 Discussion: Q&A  

13:20 Registration on Zoom  

13:30 Greetings and introductions // Latvian IT Cluster  

13:35 Discovering Baltic clusters: Latvia // Armands Lejas-Krūmiņš, Chairman at Latvian Cluster Network  

13:45 Discovering Baltic clusters: Estonia // Doris Põld, Cluster Manager at Estonian ICT Cluster  

13:55 Discovering Baltic clusters: Lithuania // Giedrius Bagusinskas, Chairman at Lithuanian Cluster Network

14:04 Cluster internationalisation experience story // Evija Pudāne, Managing Director at Cleantech Latvia  

14:15 Open mic for clusters  

14:40 Discussion: Q&A