Startup Day Celebrated With a Far-Reaching Programme

For the second year Startup Day was celebrated in Riga with a far-reaching programme. The day highlights the contribution of startups to innovation and economic development in Latvia. Masterclasses, the Startup Community Forum, Startup Brand TOP10 presentations, the official Startup Day party and other events were held during the day, gathering more than 1000 attendees.

During the day anyone interested could attend the Startup Day open masterclasses and discussions. Attendees had the opportunity to gain new knowledge, skills and inspiration for developing their own startup, and also listened to experience stories from globally successful startups.

The second Startup Community Forum was held by the Latvian Startup Association in cooperation with the Ministry of Economics at the VEF Quarter, to promote dialogue between startups and the public, private and academic sectors, as well NGOs. The day closed with a Startup Day party sponsored by Magnetic Latvia Startup at AUTENTIKA cultural space.

During the Startup Day party the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia Director Andris Ozols, Digital Freedom Festival Co-founder Dagnija Lejiņa and other partners unveiled a “Unicorn” mural, symbolising every startups dream to grow a unicorn, or a startup worth USD 1 billion. The mural was created by artist Dainis Rudens, who is well known for the largest mural in Latvia – “Sun Thunder Daugava” (46 Tallinas Street).

The party also included a special Fuck-up Nights Startup Edition, where representatives from Anatomy Next, MINTOS, Motivio and shared their experience. In turn, during the Open Mic pitch session the boldest attendees climbed onstage to share their business ideas, even though some had little experience.  Music and ambiance was provided DJ Toms Grēviņš. For the closing four guys from the group Sub Scriptum from Madona stepped on stage performing both original songs, as well as popular covers.


About the Digital Freedom Festival

The Digital Freedom Festival is a global technology, startup, policy and lifestyle festival, which will be held on November 30th and December 1st in Riga. It will gather technology and startup entrepreneurs, experts, policymakers, investors, journalists and motivational speakers from all over the world to look for answers to how entrepreneurs, society and and policymakers can better cooperate and use the benefits provided by technology.

In 2017 the Digital Freedom Festival gathered 1367 technology and startup entrepreneurs, experts, policymakers, investors, journalists and students from 36 countries. The conference livestream was viewed more than 9000 times.

The Digital Freedom Festival conference is organised by a group of like-minded individuals, the DFF NGO, as well as the Lejiņa & Šleiers reputation management agency. Festival official bank – Norvik Banka, startup competition partner 500 Startups.

Two-day festival tickets are available online.

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