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.
Electricity utility to start selling gas
The Latvenergo energy company will start selling natural gas to households under its Elektrum brand, Latvenergo representative Ivita Bidere told the LETA newswire February 12.
US company acquires Latvia's Funderful
Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a US higher education company, has bought Latvia's Funderful for an undisclosed amount, Funderful founder and CEO Raimonds Kulbergs told the press February 8.
TechChill start-up line-up confirmed
The annual TechChill start-up and business conference has published the final program for this year's event, which takes place in Rīga February 21-22.
Wanted: Latvian-American innovation. Cash offered.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia (AmCham),  the U.S. Embassy in Riga and the Baltic American Freedom Foundation (BAFF) in cooperation with TechHub Riga and the Latvian Startup Association Startin.LV, have announced the second Latvian-American Innovation Award. The winner will receive 10,000 euros and a runner-up 5,000 euros.
On the road with Latvian exporters: PharmIdea
I am intrigued to find out why molecular biologist Vitalijs Skrīvelis has chosen to meet me at Zilaiskalns. It is certainly a special place, a hill that rises from the flat fields and forests of north Vidzeme that is rich in legend and folklore, but not perhaps what you would expect from someone of a scientific mindset.
On the road with Latvian exporters: Troll
With just a few of these Red Jackets interviews to go, I have an unpleasant thought: I haven't actually used any of the products they sell, with the sole exception of Latvijas Piens, whose cheese I have indeed nibbled.
On the road with Latvian exporters: Mintos
As soon as you learn the setting for this meeting is Rīga International Airport, you will probably expect to hear it justified in a very predictable way: it's the gateway to the country, it's where clients arrive and depart, it embodies how modern, accessible and connected Latvia is, and so on.
On the road with Latvian exporters: One Wolf
“It should be easy to spot the owner of a fashion label,” I thought to myself as I checked if I had come to the right place at the right time, “after all, she is bound to be dressed head to foot in her own clothes, and the One Wolf look is quite distinctive.”
''Discounted'' prices were not accurate
The Consumer Rights Protection Center (PTAC) has fined Rimi Latvia retail company with EUR 20,000 for using unfair business practices in its sticker campaign, in which consumers were invited to collect stickers to buy various goods of the Bosch brand at discount prices, the consumer rights watchdog informed LETA.
Labor shortage puts brakes on employers’ optimism
Despite swift economic growth, the mood of Latvian business owners is still cautiously optimistic, and their opinion on the availability of employees has worsened from one quarter to the next, shows the most recent Citadele Index survey by Citadele Bank and SKDS.
FinTech firm Nordigen wins Latvian Startup Law support
Financial data startup Nordigen has become the second startup registered in Latvia to receive government financing for attracting highly qualified employees. The program is part of Latvia's innovative Startup Law, which came into force on January 1, 2018. The purpose of the law is to promote the establishment of start-up companies in Latvia, stimulate research as well as the use of innovative ideas, products or processes in economic activity.
On the road with Latvian exporters: Twino
Pavilosta has a reputation as a summer retreat for a trendy Rīga set consisting of hipsters, bohemians and startup heroes. But it can't be like that really, I reason, on the long drive out to the Courland coast. It's probably the same semi-sleepy fishing village it was last time I was there. The rumors of gentrification must be overblown fantasies of envious journalists like myself.
Startups challenged to join TechChill startup pitch battle
Early-stage startups are welcome to apply for Fifty Founders battle, hosted by the TechChill annual business event, and compete not just for recognition and investor attention, but also for the main prize - "10,000 euros with no strings attached." 
More Latvian companies dodging social contributions
The number of companies and individual entrepreneurs that do not make compulsory social contributions has increased almost twofold over the past two years, according to the State Audit Office's audit of state and municipal budgets in 2017, reported LETA.