In short about TechChill. We are a non-profit organization with an aim to help Latvian and Baltic startups succeed in the world. We do so by filling the gaps in knowledge, skills, and network. In practice, it means that we invite the best people from different fields to visit Riga for TechChill conference and we go around the world and promote Latvian and Baltic companies and ecosystems. We organize various smaller events during the year to boost the startup ecosystem from different angles – we attract the next leaders and founders via our student events, we help startups to attract the best talent, we host matchmaking as well as networking events. See all our activities here.
The main event of the year for us is TechChill conference, Having grown from a small grassroots movement of like-minded tech enthusiasts, TechChill celebrates the best of the Baltic startup community by annually bringing together 2000+ attendees, including the fastest-growing startups, most innovative corporations, investors active in the region and talented tech enthusiasts. TechChill is organized by a non-profit foundation of the same name, empowering the Baltic startup ecosystem throughout the year.
Every year in spring we gather in Riga for a three-day event – Day 0 is a full day full of Workshops, Demo Days, Investor Day, Media and more events, followed by two-day agenda at TechChill main venue featuring 90+ speakers on two stages, Roundtable discussions, Startup Expo, Business Expo, Matchmaking area for the 1100+ startup & investor meetings and 15+ side events, as well as some legendary afterparties.
The Baltic region is a great place to do business. It’s booming with talented entrepreneurs ready to take on new challenges. Riga offers a great life quality and infrastructure, one of the fastest internet speeds in the world and links to most capitals in Europe.
The region has been a historic crosspoint between East and West, with the tech industry now reinvigorating this tradition in the digital age. Latvia’s startup ecosystem provides an unparalleled mix of reasonable startup costs, access to international talent, startup-friendly regulation, and TechChill is your way in.
TechChill has always been organized by the community, for the community. TechCrunch Baltics, the first edition of TechChill, was organized in partnership with TechCrunch as a launch event of the first co-working space for startups in Riga – TechHub Riga, in 2012.
At its inception, TechChill was one of the many projects at TechHub Riga. But in 2015 Marija Ručevska took over the project and brought it to the next level – adding global ambition, growing the team, and event x2 each year. By 2017, TechChill outgrew its role as a “side-project” at TechHub Riga and was established as an independent non-profit foundation, empowering the startup ecosystem throughout the year.
In a span of just 6 years, what started as a community gathering grew into to two-day conference bringing together 2000+ attendees, while still maintaining a relaxed atmosphere and its signature size that fosters connection-building. The Next edition of TechChill takes place on April 27-29, 2022 in Riga, Latvia, join us there.
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// Riga’s startups are putting little Latvia on the big tech map (Wired)
// Latvia’s Tech Hub Of Riga Is Leading The Way For Women…And Drones (Forbes)
// How this shy country wants to become the Silicon Valley of the Baltics (The Next Web)
// TechChill: Founders, Entrepreneurs, Challengers and Curious Minds (Irish Tech News)