Roundtables

Overview

Roundtables bring together speakers, experts & attendees for informal and productive talks around topics that matter.

This year TechChill has partnered up with British Embassy in Riga to bring back Roundtable discussions. Thanks to our Roundtable partner we were able to provide our Community partners a chance to organize 20 different Roundtable discussions on various topics all relevant in the Startup and Tech community.

Any TechChill 2020 attendee can take part in any of the Roundtable discussions, all moderated by the community partner hosting the chosen discussion.

How to participate?

1. Browse all the Roundtable discussion topics, meet the moderators, get to know the community partners that host the discussions;

2. Choose the topics you are passionate about and would like to discuss with other attendees, speakers, investors and media;

3. Head to Talque app and secure your spot!

By clicking Attending on Talque app, you reserve a spot for the 8 people discussion. If you haven’t received an email invitation to Talque App, make sure to assign your ticket!

 

February 20
Roundtable #1
Roundtable #2
11:00 -11:45
Is Crypto Valley still the best ecosystem for blockchain startups? Investment criteria. When the time of unicorns is over
12:00-12:45
How to expand a tech business in Europe – insights into the UK and other markets Rocking co-working: Unlock the power of community
13:00 -13:45
Student entrepreneurship The Business of Innovation
14:00-14:45
Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Changing world without burning out FinTech opportunities in UK
15:00-15:45
Ecosystem building for emerging technologies: the Blockchain Village Case. What’s up with the CEE? Is the CEE region a convenient place to start a tech startup’s business?
16:00-16:45
How to build strong entrepreneurial ecosystems? How to create great startup <> corporate relationships

 

 

February 21
Roundtable #1
Roundtable #2
11:00 -11:45
Women in Tech: diversity as a path to sustainability The secret sauce of corporate innovation
12:00-12:45
How not to miss out on innovation while executing the core business? How to expand a tech business in Europe – insights into the UK and other markets
13:00 -13:45
Growth hacking for early-stage startups How to scale social impact?
14:00-14:45
Portrait of startups founders – who are they changing the world? How to collaborate with Japanese companies? Dive into Japanese market as a tech startup.
15:00-15:45
Company culture and values – why bother? Climate change: role and responsibility of entrepreneurship in building humanity’s future

Is Crypto Valley still the best ecosystem for blockchain startups?

Partner: University of Latvia Business Incubator

Moderator: Karlis Kivlenieks

Time: Feb 20, 11:00-11:45

We would like to discuss the opportunities that Crypto Valley and Switzerland are offering for startup founders and companies in general, and would like to learn about what opportunities that startups can get in other countries.

 

Investment criteria. When the time of unicorns is over

Partner: Starta Ventures

Moderator: Ivan Terekhin

Time: 11:00-11:45

Should attend: accelerators / incubators, early-stage funds, angels Startup scoring . What is the main point in the checklist? Deeptech, medtech, biotech, etc. How to evaluate a startup that will not have revenue for a long time? Brilliant key team. What does it consist of?

How to expand a tech business in Europe - insights into the UK and other markets

Partner: Department for International Trade

Moderator: Tiina-Maria Araja

Time: 12:00-12:45

If you are a tech company looking to expand to other markets, come along and lets have a chat around it. You will have a chance to meet experts on UK market access and hopefully we can connect you globally.

Rocking co-working: Unlock the power of community

Partner: ROCKIT

Moderator: Rasa Petrone

Time: 12:00-12:45

What is the importance of the community within the innovation hub? Is it even possible for co-working space to exist without it? What is a key driving force of a successful community? How strong networks help to build strong businesses? Let’s share your experience in building community or being a part of one.

Student entrepreneurship

Partner:  Aaltoes

Moderator: Niko Laukkanen

Time: 13:00-13:45

Anyone who is interested to discuss student entrepreneurship in general is invited to join the discussion!

How to create great startup <> corporate relationships

Partner: Helve

Moderator: Līva Pērkone

Time: 13:00-13:45

The Business of Innovation Technology, creativity and innovation are tools that offer wide possibilities to create a better future for everyone. The digital economy holds a promise of change and better, smarter, more efficient approach. The discussion invites companies and other stakeholders to discuss best practices how to make the best of available tools, discussing questions on how to foster innovation both within the company and how to build mutually beneficial relationships with the startup ecosystem.

Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Changing world without burning out

Partner: Startup Sauna

Moderator: Timo Luukkola

Time: 14:00-14:45

Are stress, a lack of sleep and mental crisis inevitable part of success. What if we could build up more sustainable entrepreneurship and start focusing more on life management without losing our productivity. Discuss is focusing on creating positive and supportive atmosphere around difficult topics related to life management in our competitive environment. This might save you from your next burnout!

FinTech opportunities in UK

Partner: British Embassy Riga

Moderator: Tiina-Maria Araja

Time: 14:00-14:45

You will be joined by FinTech North community leader from UK to discuss opportunities in Financial Services outside of London. https://www.fintechnorth.uk/

Ecosystem building for emerging technologies: the Blockchain Village Case

Partner: StartupAmsterdam (City of Amsterdam)

Moderator: Joël Dori

Time: 15:00-15:45

One of StartupAmsterdam’s pillars is researching opportunities and challenges brought about by emerging technologies, such as AI and blockchain. This will be an open discussion on the importance of building and nurturing thriving ecosystems, that bring academia, businesses, startups, talent and government together, for the responsible development and implementation of these technologies.

To really dive into the topic, StartupAmsterdam invited our partner, the newly established Blockchain Village, to co-host the table with us.

What's up with the CEE? Is the CEE region a convenient place to start a tech startup's business?

Partner: Foundation for Technology Entrepreneurship (MIT Enterprise Forum CEE)

Moderator: Magdalena Jabłońska

Time: 15:00-15:45

During this panel session, we will talk about:
– the CEE region potential for tech startups
– how to scale up your business in Poland (the biggest market in the CEE region), especially if you are a b2b business
– industry verticals that are leading in startup’s firms in the CEE, with particular focus on Poland
– how to organize successful PoC with corporate Partner (best practices from Poland)
– is the CEE region well-networked/connected with highly – developed ecosystems
– investors and accelerators perspective

Attendees:
Startups interested in scaling up to Poland
Investors, Corporations
Accelerators, ecosystem actors

How to build strong entrepreneurial ecosystems?

Partner: EU for Innovation

Moderator: Sara Usinger

Time: 16:00-16:45

What are the ingredients to strong ecosystems? How can external players best support the development of ecosystems? What are ways to create a strong sense of community within ecosystems? How to attract international players to get active in emerging ecosystems? Looking forward to hear from other ecosystem actors, organizations and entrepreneurs.

The Business of Innovation

Partner:  TNW

Moderator: Adam Warren

Time: 16:00-16:45

Creating relationships between such large and small organisations is fraught with pitfalls and hurdles. But there are a wealth of guidelines, experiences and best practices that can lead to a smooth and sustainable relationship. This workshop will cover steps you can take at the start to kick off in the best way possible, rules of engagement and interaction, as well as the opportunities for knowledge sharing these relationships present to improve mindsets on both sides of the coin.

This roundtable is best attended by startups and corporates who have experiences they would like to improve on, or are considering entering their first partnership and want the wisdom of experience to help create a smooth ride.

Women in Tech: diversity as a path to sustainability

Partner: Baltic Sandbox

Moderator: Sandra Golbreich

Time: 11:00-11:45

According to the latest studies by PwC and BCG, startups led by female founders or co-founders perform 10% – 35% better over time and more likely to have IPOs and profitable acquisitions, despite being comparatively underfunded. Let’s discuss how we can help close the gap between the female-led startups and venture funding. We invite startup founders and investors to share their thoughts on the problem, as well as their personal experience.

The secret sauce of corporate innovation

Partner: Windhackers

Moderator: Artis Cicens

Time: 11:00-11:45

There are no “one solution for everyone” when it comes to innovation, but learning about innovation by practicing will help you avoid simple risks and increase chances of success. In this roundtable participants will share their experience of innovation experiments in their companies.

How not to miss out on innovation while executing the core business?

Partner: LIFT99 

Moderator: Kärt Rääbis

Time: 12:00-12:45

“Executives agree on importance of innovation, but are often dissatisfied with results of accelerators, hackathons. The session will deep dive in common pitfalls working with startups and how to avoid them, as well deep dive in a case study how a new fintech was recently built inside one of the leading Baltic banks.
Round table will be led by Raimonds Kulhbergs, Chief Revenue Officer and late co-founder at Salto.co, bringing CEE’s best startups and digital talents to enterprises. “

How to expand a tech business in Europe - insights into the UK and other markets

Partner: Department for International Trade, British Embassy Riga

Moderator: Tiina-Maria Araja

Time: 12:00-12:45

If you are a tech startup looking to expand, come and lets have a chat about it. You will be able to meet experts of UK market and we can also give you guidance on what is important when entering new market.

Growth hacking for early-stage startups

Partner: Kiuas

Moderator: Aaro Isosaari 

Time: 13:00-13:45

Let’s discuss:
– Opportunities that growth hacking can bring to early-stage startups
– Ways to achieve massive growth while remaining capital efficient
– Our own experiences around the subject

Your experience level or the stage of our your startup doesn’t matter – let’s keep it casual!

How to scale social impact?

Partner: Global Shapers Riga

Moderator: Agnese Kalniņa 

Time: 13:00-13:45

Discussion around the topic – how to do good and earn money. Is it even possible to be profitable while supporting social causes? Is it just a trend, keyword everyone likes to add to their company values?

Attendees – everyone who is interested in social aspect of entrepreneurship, who has had previous experience in this or want to share their opinion regarding this particular topic.

Portrait of startups founders - who are they changing the world?

Partner: GoTech Innovation

Moderator: Eugenia Barchenko

Time: 14:00-14:45

We usually talk about disruptive technologies, how it changes the world. But it is also important and interesting to find out who stays behind it. Who are they – startup founders? How much experience had they gained before they conceived the startup? How many fails have they had before they launched a successful startup? What personal resources or qualities were missing at the start? Is there any difference or common features among entrepreneurs from different countries?
Proposed speakers:
– Early stage VC
– Entrepreneurs (1 or 2) from different countries
– Infrastructure player
– Journalist/ Media

How to collaborate with Japanese companies? Dive into Japanese market as a tech startup.

Partner: Queue / SUNRYSE

Moderator: Mari Matsuzaki

Time: 14:00-14:45

We will discuss about collaboration with Japanese companies and getting into Japanese market as a tech startup.

Startups, accelerators, investors, media, students all are welcome.

Company culture and values - why bother?

Partner: Startup Wise Guys

Moderator: Zane Bojare

Time: 15:00-15:45

When talking about company culture in the startup world, you normally hear 2 radical approaches: either people are big believers or think that it is total “”fluffy bulls**t”” that nobody needs. I’m from the first gang and have been researching the topic and developing value systems in 3 different companies, including Startup Wise Guys accelerator (and we teach our portfolio startups quite a lot about it).

I’d love to discuss with startups, who either have a strong culture or are in the crossroads and thinking, if and how to work around it, where to start, who should be doing that etc. If by any chance you are from the “”fluffy bulls**t”” gang – even more so, come over and let’s chat to see various approaches to this topic!

Climate change: role and responsibility of entrepreneurship in building humanity’s future

Partner: Kairos Society | Wave Ventures

Moderator: Pauliina Meskanen

Time: 15:00-15:45

Our humanity is facing one of its biggest challenges so far: climate change. We need to deal with its root causes and consequences fast. While solving this complex challenge requires major changes on a systems level by multiple parties, entrepreneurship could have a major role in ensuring our humanity’s future. Is it even entrepreneurs’ responsibility?

I look forward to fruitful philosophical as well as practical discussions around the topic with the attendees. I warmly welcome anyone with supporting or opposing opinions, with extensive or no prior knowledge.

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