Riga Module

Location and time: Riga, Latvia (1 November – 15 December 2018) and Cambridge, UK (21-26 January 2019)

The goal of the Riga-Cambridge Venture Camp is to promote the implementation of new, prosperous business ideas by developing participants' skills in team building, attracting funding, and other aspects of business.

The program takes place in two modules: Riga module and Cambridge module. The Riga Module includes practical lectures, teamwork, mentoring sessions, business stories, homework, and in the end – business idea pitches to business experts at the “Bears’ Cove” event, when 25 best participants will be nominated to take part in the Cambridge module.

Target audience:

  • students with business ideas;
  • startups;
  • young people who want to develop their career in business;

The working language is English. 

Agenda of the meetings:

1 Thursday, 1st November, 18.00-21.00, SSE Riga, Strelnieku street 4A - 407 
Market research and product positioning
Karlis Purmalis, Dr. oec., Associate Professor at the University of Latvia, Faculty of Business, Management and Economics
2 Thursday, 8th November, 17.30-20.30, SSE Riga, Strelnieku street 4A
Business stories and mentoring
3 Tuesday, 13th November, 17.30-20.30, SSE Riga, Strelnieku street 4A
Innovations
Matiss Neimanis, Dr. sc.soc., Lead Partner of Buildit Latvia accelerator
4 Thursday, 15th November, 17.30-20.30, SSE Riga, Strelnieku street 4A 
Financial management
Janis Baltacs, Owner of consulting company KOTA.NU, Certified management consultant
5 Thursday, 22nd November, 17.30-20.30, SSE Riga, Strelnieku street 4A 
Business stories and mentoring  
Introduction by Rimis Vaitkus “Presentation about presentation skills”
6 Thursday, 29th November, 17.30-20.30, SSE Riga, Strelnieku street 4A
Business model canvas 
Maris Millers, MM Studija Founder and CEO, Strategic advisor, Change project manager and business developer with a positive view of life and a good sense of humour
7 Thursday, 6th December, 17.30-20.30, SSE Riga, Strelnieku street 4A
Communication tools in business 
Ivo Jekabsons, social entrepreneur, Chairman of Latvia Charity Bank
8 Thursday, 13th December, 17.30-20.30, SSE Riga, Strelnieku street 4A
Presentation training before the final, with mentors
9 Saturday, 15th December, 10.00-15.00, SSE Riga, Strelnieku street 4A
Riga Module Final – business ideas presentation event “Bear’s Cove”

To qualify for participation in the Cambridge module you have to fulfill the following criteria:
  • transfer the participation fee 20 EUR;
  • participate in at least four out of five lecture meetings in the Riga module (1, 13, 15, 29 November and 6 December);
  • participate in the final event of the Riga module - the Bear’s Cove on 15 December and become one out of 25 best participants to take part in the Cambridge module.

Program team: Andris Denins, Karlis Purmalis, Kristine Berzina (all - University of Latvia), Elmars Baltins, Madara Mara Irbe (both - CONNECT Latvia), Natalja Tocelovska (SSE Riga); assistants - Arta (arta@connectlatvia.lv) and Kristaps (kristaps@connectlatvia.lv); Cambridge members - Alan Barrell (Chairman of team) and Jan Storgards.

The program is organized by CONNECT Latvia, Faculty of Business, Economics and Management of the University of Latvia, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Anglia Ruskin University. Supported by the Latvian Investment and Development Agency.

Additional information by e-mail info@connectlatvia.lv or by phone +371 29100252 (Elmars Baltins).


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