Call for entries to 2020 Latvian-American Innovation Award

The American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia (AmCham), the United States Embassy in Rīga and the Baltic American Freedom Foundation (BAFF) in cooperation with TechHub Riga and the Latvian Startup Association Startin.LV have announced the latest Annual Latvian-American Innovation Award promoting entrepreneurship, research-driven innovation, and closer economic ties between Latvia and the United States.

This third iteration of the award will be granted to a Latvian individual, organization, university, or firm that has developed a cutting-edge technology or innovative solutions in collaboration with a U.S. partner. The winner will receive EUR 10,000 (gross) and a runner-up EUR 5,000 (gross).

"The program recognizes and promotes innovative thinking and builds lasting people-to-people ties between Latvia and the United States. I look forward to learning about your cutting-edge ideas and congratulating the winner of this year's 10,000 euro prize," said U.S. Ambassador to Latvia John Carwile in announcing the opening of submissions.

Applications will be accepted electronically by filling out the application and sending it to: [email protected] by May 10, 2020.

"Projects be evaluated in accordance with the selection criteria such as innovativeness, impact, applicability, collaboration, project maturity and value creation," according to organizers.

The applications must come directly from the applicants themselves, rather than as nominations on behalf of another entity, so set aside your modesty and tell them why you deserve the award. Submitted projects need to demonstrate a clear Latvian-American link.

To find out more about the Award, its selection criteria and eligibility visit the award website.

Last year's winners were pioneering medical training company Anatomy Next and a special metamaterial created by Dr.sc.ing. Inga Lasenko, Leader Researcher at Rīga Technical University.

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