#InnovationRiga 2013 Conference

On November 19th  in the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga),  Global Entrepreneurship week in Latvia will officially open with the #InnovationRiga 2013 conference.

#InnovationRiga conference aims to create a discussion platform for innovation stakeholders and to deliver concentrated practical information sessions for promising current and future entrepreneurs.  The event is attended by young entrepreneurs, venture capital professionals, local and international innovation and business support organizations, academia and policy maker representatives.

09:30 - 18:30 Tuesday 19/11/2013

SSE Riga, Strelnieku 4a

 9:30-10:00 Registration (Soros auditorium)

10:00-10:30 Opening remarks (Soros auditorium)

  • Anders Paalzow, SSE Riga rector
  • Viesturs Sosārs, Tech Hub founder
  • Kennet Rådne, TeliaSonera
  • H.E. Pirkko Mirjami Hämäläinen, Ambassador of Finland to Latvia
  • H.E. Henrik Landerholm, Ambassador of Sweden to Latvia

10:15-10:30 What are the key challenges for Latvian entrepreneurs (Soros auditorium)

  • Marija Krūmiņa (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor)

Education session (Room 311)
10:30-12:00 Experiential learning in Entrepreneurship Education

10:30-11:00

Share | Entrepreneurship in university curricula: Laboratory of Entrepreneurship (LoE)

FionnDobbin (SSE Riga)

11:00-11:30

Share | Experiential Simulations in Education

Juris Ulmanis (Experiential Simulations, LV)

11:30-12:00

Share | The other side of startup: Student venture capital funds

Alex Knighton (University Venture Fund, US)

Business session 1 (Soros auditorium)
10:30-12:00 The Real Flavour of Entrepreneurship

10:30-11:00

Venture | How to launch an IT startup? Insights from accelerator programmes

Petronella Warg (Teknopol, SWE), Imants Zudans (Molport), Mike Bradshaw (Startup Sauna, FI),  Krists Avots (Garage48, EE)

11:00-11:30

Venture | How to launch life sciences startup?

Morten Heide (Accelerance, DK), Tom Schmit (Enixus LIFE, LV), Madeleine Durbeej-Hjalt (MD Pharma, SWE)

11:30-12:00

Toolbox | Resources for young entrepreneurs to conquer the world

Robert Mitchell (Crowdfund Capital Advisors, US)

12:00-12:15 Coffee break

Innovation Session (Room 311)
12:15:-13:45 Innovation Ecosystem in Latvia

12:15-12:25

Vision | Innovation Ecosystem

Mats Kjaer (Green incubator, LV), Petronella Warg (Teknopol, SWE)

12:25-12:35

Now | Innovation Ecosystem in Latvia

Mats Kjaer (Green incubator, LV)

12:35-13:05

Thinktank | Business idea commercialization in Latvia

12:35-12:50

Creation | TTO: Renārs Reklaitis (RTU),

Linda Gabrusenoka (RSU), Reinis Markvarts (LU)

12:50-13:05

Business | Elīna Leimane (Valmiera incubator)

13:05-13:35

Discussion | Response from policy makers and brainstorm on further development

Andris Liepiņš, Ministry of Economics (LV)

13:35-13:45

Share | Successful examples and working solutions

Tom Schmit (Enixus LIFE, LV)

Business session 2 (Soros auditorium)
12:15-13:45 Essential Skills for young entrepreneurs

12:15-12:45

Share | Beer, visitcards, investment? Why neworking matters for startups

Imants Zudans (Molport, LV), PetronellaWarg (Teknopol, SWE), Ernests Štāls (TechHub, LV)

Moderator: Krists Avots, (Garage48, EE)

12:45-13:45

Global | Networking for business leaders

Mark Lee Hunter, (INSEAD, FR)

13:45-14:45 Lunch break

Investor session (Room 311)
14:45-16:15 Seed funding for start-ups

14:45-15:00

Global | Insights into global VC

Karen Wilson (OECD)

15:00-15:15

Local | Insights into Latvian VC

Rihards Strenga (SSE Riga, LV)

15:15-16:15

Thinktank | Seed funding instruments: global experience

Karen Wilson (OECD), Klāvs Vasks (LatvianGuaranteeAgency), TobyMoore (ImprimaturCapital), Jānis Skutelis (FlyCap)

Moderator: Krists Avots (LV)

Business session 3 (Soros auditorium)
14:45:-16:15 Intellectual Property Protection for start-ups

14:45-15:15

Share | Why should one share ideas?

Imants Zudans (Molport, LV), Madeleine Durbeej Hjalt (MD Pharma, SWE), Petronella Warg, (Teknopol, SWE) Viesturs Sosārs (RealSoundLab, LV)

Moderator: Ingrida Karina-Berzina (IP lawyer, LV)

15:15-15:45

Intro | IPP for beginners

Ingrida Karina-Berzina (IP lawyer, LV)

15:45-16:15

Engage | Interactive session from Startup Sauna

Mike Bradshaw (Startup Sauna, FI)

 

16:15-16:30 coffee break

16:30-16:45 Education, Innovation and Investor session sumup (Karen Wilson, OECD)

16:45-17:00 Business session sumup (Viesturs Sosārs, LV)

17:00-17:15 Closing remarks by Daniels Pavluts (Minister of Economics, LV)

17:15-18:30 Networking reception

Please register here >


Additional materials by OECD:

Financing High-Growth Firms / THE ROLE OF ANGEL INVESTORS

Policies for Seed and Early Finance / FINDINGS FROM THE 2012 OECD FINANCING QUESTIONNAIRE

Policies for Seed and Early Stage Financing / SHORT OVERVIEW


The event will be interesting for young entrepreneurs, students, academia and business people, investors, policy makers, mentors, journalists. The conference #InnovationRiga is organized by the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga) in cooperation with with TechHub Riga and the embassies of Finland, Sweden and USA in Latvia within the scope of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Latvia.

#InnovationRiga Conference Speakers

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Global Entrepreneurship Week events take place every year in 120 countries, with a goal of inspiring people to realise their potential as entrepreneurs and creators of jobs. SSE Riga is the official organiser of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Latvia.