TechChill week gets under way in Rīga

This week, Latvia again becomes  for the Baltic startup ecosystem, gathering more than 2,000 tech enthusiasts, experts, speakers and students from all over the world. More than 20 different side events are taking place all over the city celebrating ideas, startups and innovations, with the leading event - TechChill startup conference - hosting attendees eager to get inspired and meet like-minded people for the 8th year in a row.

The TechChill week events commence on Wednesday morning with the presentation of the Latvian Startup Ecosystem Research results, within the framework of which the Ministry of Economics together with the Latvian Startup Association will present several months of research on the industry, its development and challenges.

The Riga Venture Summit Policy Forum will also take place on Wednesday to discuss Baltic level innovation policy issues and international examples of support for start-ups. Meanwhile, Development Finance Institution ALTUM will celebrate the successfully completed first startup batches of their accelerator funding program launched in autumn. In Autumn 2018, three accelerators, Overkill Ventures, Buildit Latvia and Commercialization Reactor Fund, started their first programs that provided acceleration services to the 18 most promising local and international startups selected from over 600 applications.

There are several more events planned during the week. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Latvia, Garage48 and the leading Latvian mobile operator LMT are joining forces to boost entrepreneurship and innovation in the field of mobility across Europe at the Future of Mobility hackathon. The Hackathon will take place on the 19th to 21st of February 2019 in Riga at LMT Headquarters, and the finalists will also get to pitch on the main stage at TechChill on Thursday.

In the evening, Startup Wise Guys and Swedbank Financial Technology Accelerator Wise Guys Fintech will mark the end of the second program on Thursday, while the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) will relaunch the brand new startup news portal LabsofLatvia.

The pivotal event of the startup week is TechChill, the leading tech and startup conference in Riga. This year, the stage agenda will offer a programme with more than 70 speakers from such companies as Twitter, Uber, Google, AngelList, Vinted and others. The agenda focus this year is on how technology impacts regions and societies around the world in the long term.

The startup competition Fifty Founders Battle is one of the key parts of TechChill and will offer an insight into the ideas of 50 most promising and innovative startups from 19 countries, who will pitch their ideas fighting for the main 10 000 EUR prize.

See the full TechChill agenda here: https://techchill.co/agenda/

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