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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Jan 17
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jan 18
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jan 19
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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Facilitators and Speakers

Lasse Chor

Enthusiast and happiest man alive   |   LinkedIn

A firecracker.
A mountain of energy.
And an endless stream of good karma.

That’s Lasse Chor. Or as he says himself: Lasse Chor – the happiest man alive. And that’s why Startup Weekend is proud to present him as the facilitator at the event in Riga on 2014, Jan 17-19.

Lasse Chor has more than 40 startup weekend’s under the hood and he continues to travel the world to facilitate Startup Weekends. When he was is Sarajevo recently they (also) fell in love with Lasse and made this “We love Lasse Chor”-fanpage. He is himself an entrepreneur with heaps of projects on his track record. Some of them even started when he participated in Startup Weekends all over the world. You can check out his LinkedIN – we promise, you will be breathless. He has also played a role in events like Random Hacks of Kindness Aarhus and Twaarhusbar. He co-founded Likemind Aarhus, 4HourVentures, and a lot of other events and networks.

A very ambitious startup incubator in Aarhus, Denmark, Startup City, is the lucky one to have Lasse Chor on board as mayor. He holds a master in information science from Aarhus University. He also studied design at Stanford University and helped danish startups make it in Silicon Valley.

Viktorija Meiksane

Latvian Guarantee Agency, Member of the Board   |   LinkedIn

SIA Latvijas Garantiju aģentūra [Latvian Guarantee Agency Ltd] (LGA) is a State Limited Liability company, which provides support to Latvian businesses for implementing business ideas. LGA helps entrepreneurs to get new financial investment, by giving credit, export guarantees and mezzanine loans.

The LGA has been in existence since 1998 and the holder of its shares is the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia.


Rudolfs Krese

Investment Manager at ZGI Capital   |   LinkedIn

Looks for the seed and start-up stage projects with high growth potential, experienced team and, preferably, good export opportunities. Before joining ZGI Capital Rudolfs worked at Investment and Development Agency of Latvia. Specialities: innovative entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. Experienced as clean technology engineer – solar and wind energy solutions. B.Sc. Telecommunications. M.Sc. Environmental Science.

Kristaps Banga

Founder & Director at PEGASUS GROUP   |   LinkedIn

Entrepreneur. New business developer. Partnership project and business ideas development and management. Marketing professional, with 14+years experience in FMCG, brand activation, sponsorship, loyalty programms, integrated communications and advertising, open minded creative personality with very strong business thinking.

Zigmars Rozentals

Tech entrepreneur, founder & CEO of Nowte App   |   LinkedIn

Zigmars Rozentals is tech entrepreneur for more than 10 years. His expertise lies in areas of marketing, social media, business development, ux and design. He has been consulting and providing services for various companies and individuals global and local. He has international business experience working places like Panama, Singapore, Shanghai, Houston, Dallas where he has helped many companies to grow and achieve better results.

Zigmars is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nowte, an international startup that provides solutions and services in optical character and object recognition.

Edgars Bomiks

Serial Internet Entrepreneur, internet marketing and SEO consultant   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Numerous international web businesses creator and owner:

Have consulted many local internet projects as well, both SEO and website structure optimization capabilities and other internet marketing tools.
Worked with numerous international projects , advised and helped to raise funding.

Uldis Apsitis

Managing Partner at,, Mobassurance   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Expirience with technology and business/people centric projects. Most of professional carrier spent as IT project manager that involved development team management, business requirement and IT alignment, managing business process changes arraising from IT system implementation. Last 10 years IT projects related to insurance and finance sector, many project with focus on financial product distribution.
Very interested in development of new ideas that brings together different industries using technology, building new distribution channels for finance products

Eriks Eglitis

Country Manager at Microsoft Latvia, Member of the Board and CFO at AmCham Latvia   |   LinkedIn

Strong in sales and business development management in ICT industry, experience in large international corporate environments.


Jean Mauris

Co-founder & CEO @ eegloo business lab   |   LinkedIn

Started his career by designing ONE.LV. Worked as a UI designer at DELFI Interactive & Microlink. Headed a team of designers at Mediaparks. Founded True Vision, a design & development agency with >€1M in annual revenues. Launched his first startup (TheCommentor) in 2008. Fully joined the startup community in 2011 by heading product development of a community driven media startup YouSayToo. In 2013, founded eegloo business lab with €200K of funding. First eegloo lab alumnus BuzzTale already made its way to the leading European accelerator Seedcamp.

Arvids Godjuks

Lead WEB Architect at Voipclub   |   LinkedIn

Arvids is a WEB software architect, with his main tool being PHP, working on transaction processing, payment receiving and sending and other mostly back-end stuff. Is known for using PHP as a tool to write and use daemonized applications with great success. Organizer behind WebConf and various local WEB developer meetings.

Aigars Macins

Technical evangelist at Microsoft   |   LinkedIn

Microsoft Latvia Technical Evangelist with core passion for development. Before joining Microsoft was enterprise developer for Dynamics Ax and .net. Most work included different system integrations and also custom development for enabling business to reach its potential. Had developed solutions that run on mobile platforms, bunch of high performance web applications that where integrated with ERP software as full backend.

Gleb Revkov

Lead UI/UX Designer at C.T.Co   |   LinkedIn

Gleb is the seasoned UX/UI designer at C.T.Co. He creates user interfaces for web applications as well as for desktop and mobile applications. Gleb participates in the local IT community activities.

Vasiliy Popov

Head of User Experience and Mobile at C.T.Co   |   LinkedIn

Deep background in software development combined with years of experience in management. Specialties:mobile applications, user experience design, user interface design, project management, product management, agile development, internal communications.

Egils Boitmanis

Digital Marketing Enthusiast and Entrepreneur   |   LinkedInGoogle+

"Entrepreneur at Heart" - First business: selling chewing gum wrappers in second grade. :)

Happy to have found my dream job: Digital Marketing. Now have more than 6 year experience in Google AdWords, Analytics, SEO etc. Passion for Conversions, ROI and Data Management. In 2010 started company "Infinitum 8". Invited partner to participate and now "Infinitum 8" is expanding rapidly! Proud to have hosted 3 Digital marketing conferences iLive ( Riga, Latvia). iLive is an international conference with speakers from all over the world!

Specialties: Pay Per Click Advertising (AdWords Certified and Google Trainer)

Anton Adamovitch

CEO of Conelum, a biotech startup   |   LinkedIn

SKOLKOVO Startup Academy Alumni, BSc Infection Biology (University of Glasgow).

Today, for compulsory microbiological safety tests - every food or beverage producer is still using traditional plating methods (Petri dishes), which takes from 24 hours to 5 days.

Diagnostic products, based on our protected innovative technology (EloKIT™ technology by Conelum) is proven to reduce this time to total of 30 minutes without any compromise on the results in comparison to conventional methods.

Nikolay Petrov

Services BDM at SQUALIO   |   LinkedIn

Nikolay has broad experience in the area of enterprise IT solutions as IT expert, IT Strategy consultant and Manager of professional services (IT Consulting and support).

Professional work was related to building new solutions for customers starting from vision, and launching new products and service lines in companies where he was one of key contributors in early development stages in local market (ComputerLand/Riga, Deloitte&Touche Baltics, Microsoft Latvia, Baltics, Kazakhstan). His experience includes 10 years of work in Microsoft (including 2,5 years in Kazakhstan) as Technology Strategy Consultant and most time in a role of Functional Manager of Microsoft Enterprise Services division. Main competence includes development of organization and employees at early growth stages and end-to-end management of Business division. Currently Nikolay works in DPA/SQUALIO and is responsible for “packaging” and launching new products and service lines in DPA and it’s new daughter company SQUALIO (working in the area of SW QA and Testing).

Veronika Olenik

Group Programme Manager at Atea   |   LinkedIn

She is passionate about negotiation and is a pro-active, hands on professional, excelling in: Management, Analysis and Continuous Improvement of competence areas, such as: Company Business Administration, Portfolio/Project Management, Company Operations & Financial Management.
She thrives on challenge & change and possesses management, business administration, leadership, analysis and communication skills – all developed to high levels.
Since 2007, more than 10 projects (up to £ 2m with multiple releases) have been delivered to customers successfully under her supervision and mentoring.

Edgar Grant

Managing Director and co-founder at Advanced Vector Analytics, CEO at Naviget   |   LinkedIn

For the past three years is fully devoted to start-ups, joining the CommercializationReactor™ team in early 2011. Lived with more than dozen startups in Latvia and Russia providing consultancy, business development and playing active role in raising their first investments. Has developed well-structured strategy of business development for early stage technological start-ups. Prior to joining CommercializationReactor™ and founding Advanced Vector Analytics with €150,000 of funding in 2012 he has held various sales, marketing and management positions at local and international companies.

Edgar was among judges at Cēsīs Var! 2013 contest, occasionally gives lecturers to Latvian and Russian entrepreneurs and runs his own consultancy company Naviget.

Thomas Schmit

Founder/Partner at Enixus   |   LinkedIn

Tom Schmit has been a problem solving consultant for international growth companies including technical oriented companies, IT top ten and call centers. Recently he has been part of an international team of mentors in the Accelerace Life life sciences business accelerators. Tom has developed 5 pipeline teams and coached university based and private high potential companies. He keeps teams focused on next steps and he constantly challenges his teams to test their assumptions by talking to customers.

Alexey Luchko

SW developer and coach at Progmeistars   |   LinkedIn

A wondering pythonic geek working in server side development mostly.
Focused on proofs, simple solutions and technologies.

"When you are in doubt making a choise try to explain it to me and we
will see what it is."

Liga Busa-Lehtonena

Marketing professional with experience in emerging markets   |   LinkedIn

I can describe myself as ambitious and hard-working person, highly results oriented and self-motivated. I communicate easily with different people from different cultures. I am good at managing and leading people to achieve ambitious targets.

Specialties:Marketing & Sales, marketing management (brand management, trade marketing management, IT marketing tools, innovative marketing tools), international management, international leadership (HR management & coaching), emerging markets, FMCG, pharmaceuticals, Portfolio management, OTC

Aleksandrs Novozenovs

CEO at RBK Games Limited   |   LinkedIn

Leading the biggest online games company in the Baltics since 2006, managing over 100 employees in Latvia and Ukraine. Launched successful game projects, distributed in more than 21 countries. Received a Master's degree in IT with additional experience in finance field. Has in depth knowledge of international online marketing, sales, strategic business development, especially in Russian and CIS markets.

Ella Kalnina

CEO at EKALUNA   |   LinkedIn

Ella's main expertise is innovation management and technology start-ups.She has been closely working with the Commercialization Reactor and have provided consultancy to a number of the hi-tech and bio-tech start-ups through the Start-up Support and Investment Readiness Programme at Commercialization Laboratory - cLAb.

Viesturs Sosars

Entrepreneur and Business Angel   |   LinkedIn

Viesturs Sosars is actively engaged with tech startups in Latvia since 2003. He is serial entrepreneur and business angel, as well as has managed a local boutique VC fund in the past. Viesturs is the co-founder and CEO of Real Sound Lab – a globally known audio technology company. He has also co-founded TechHub Riga, a popular collocation space for Latvian tech startup community. Viesturs frequently mentors within accelerator programs in Baltics and Finland, and since 2012 he is Course Director of Entrepreneurship Specialization course at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga.

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