Announcement of StartUp focused 102nd ONLINE


It is almost a tradition to have Start-up focused at the turn of the year. This time we intended to make an event to help us to consider that we live in a common IT ecosystem where we all have opportunities and potential.

In addition, we are looking for new ways how in this online period of our lives to provide more opportunities for event attendees to participate in it. Some events ago we tried to have “DevClub’s kitchen” as a place where anyone can connect and communicate but it didn’t really work. This time we decided to try out panel discussion as a format where attendees could participate more than in regular presentations. So – if you already have questions or issues you would like to be discussed in any of the panel discussions, please let us know by sending them to our e-mail. If you don’t have them yet, don’t worry – you will have opportunities to ask them at the event.

Please pay attention that this time event will happen on WednesdayDecember 15 (start 18:00) and all content will be in Latvian.

You are welcome to StartUp focused 102nd Please register on Hopin.

Agenda for StartUp focused 102nd

  • Ernests Štāls from Superhero Capital will give a talk on “How to finance your startup journey at different stages?”
    A Startup journey is a risky business with a big upside. One of the challenges is how to finance this journey. What are the options? What you should know at different stages?
    Raising outside capital is not only about the money but also about people who are becoming part of your business. There are three parts that have to be understood if one wants to raise outside capital – How VC’s work and what does it mean to raise outside capital? What is the process? What are the questions which have to be covered when talking with VC.

    Ernests is a Venture partner at Superhero Capital and co-founder at he also has been involved in the Latvian startup ecosystem from its beginning and co-founded TechHub Riga and TechChill.

  • Panel discussion “Work in Startups vs Corporations: Preconceptions & Realities.”
    • Moderator:
      Janis Strods is the co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Edurio, an edTech start-up, and has spent the last 7 years working on maintaining an open and customer-centric company culture as Edurio scales internationally. Previously, he has taught in both high school and universities and worked as a human evolution researcher at UCL.
    • Participants:
      Lota Plezere is a Product Manager at one of the largest Latvian startups – Printify. She previously lived in Estonia for 7 years and has worked in and collaborated with multiple European startups, as well as been a part of large Latvian and Estonian corporate companies.
      Jurģis Orups is Head of Engineering at Mintos. In his career, he has co-founded and worked in different tech startups and is passionate about building new products and leading engineering teams.
      Rihards Zeimanis is Security Practice Lead at Accenture Baltics. Rihards has an extensive background in information security, has worked in local companies, state institution, and international corporations, and has participated in various security projects across Europe, he is a CISSP, and holds a number of industry-known security certifications.
      Jānis Šīrs is Senior Software engineer at IntexSys. For several years working at “normal company”. In past has wide experience varying from start-up sized company up to government owned company.
  • Panel discussion “What’s a hackathon? Why should I participate and why are engineers reluctant?”
    • Moderator:
      Pauls Siliņš has been a part of the startup ecosystem in Latvia for the last couple of years, working alongside teams at TechChill, TechHub Riga and Helve. He is currently a part of the Riga TechGirls team, helping run and organize events geared towards inspiring women to pursue careers in IT. Pauls has actively participated in running hackathons, hosting and producing tech events, and doing comms and PR.
    • Participants:
      Līva Pērkone is the Co-founder and CEO at Helve, managing open innovation initiatives for market-leading companies and state organizations. She has organized many hackathons both local and international and has more than a decade worth of experience in managing open innovation and communications for high-growth companies and organizations within the tech community. Līva is actively involved in the startup ecosystem as a Member of the Board at TechChill.
      Jelena Sobolevska is DevOps Specialist at Accenture Baltics. She is a Team Lead of the Hackathon organizing team. Recently held research about Hackathon NOT Participation reasons.
      Ernests Štāls is a Venture partner at Superhero Capital and co-founder at he also has been involved in the Latvian startup ecosystem from its beginning and co-founded TechHub Riga and TechChill.
      Ronalds Sovas is a Node.js Backend developer at Team11. He is a regular participant of Hackathons in more than 30 since 2012 in Europe, Junction 2019 Main Prize Winner (Project TassuPassu).

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