Side Events

Side Event Calendar

 

February 19
Admission
Feb 18 – Feb 19 LMT IoT Hackathon Open to all, registration required
Feb 18 – Feb 19 Future of food hackathon by Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia Open to all, registration required
09:00-15:00 Fifty Founders Bootcamp powered by Startup Wise Guys For Fifty Founders Bootcamp semi-finalists
10:00-14:00 Riga Venture Summit TechChill Investor/Executive pass holders or Invitation
10:00-14:30 Masterclasses powered by TechHub Riga & Startin.LV Open to all, entrance is free, registration required
14:00-16:00 Overkill Demo Day Open to all, registration required
15:00-16:00 Empowering European Innovators Workshop Open to all, registration required
16:00-20:00 Investor Day powered by Change Ventures TechChill Investor pass holders or Invitation
18:15-20:00 Startup Wise Guys Demo Day: SaaS Batch 16 & FinTech Batch 3 Invite-only
TBA Media Tour TechChill Media pass holders or Invitation
18:30 Career Move by Mintos Open to all, registration required
18:30-23:00 FinTech Talks by TWINO Open to all, registration required
February 20
08:00-09:30 Welcome Reception Invite-only
18:00-21:00 Speakers Dinner powered by Printful Invite-only
18:00-20:30 #IAMRemarkable Workshop by Google Open to all, registration required
From 21:00 The BIG Party, Official party of TechChill 2020 Entrance with TechChill wristband
February 21
07:30-8:30 #karmarun Open to all TechChill pass holders
08:00-9:45 Community Breakfast Invite-only
19:00-21:00 Networking drinks with EIT Digital & Startup Wise Guys Invite-only
From 20:00 Shift Party Entrance with TechChill wristband

Fifty Founders Bootcamp powered by Startup Wise Guys

The bootcamp, powered by Startup Wise Guys, will prepare 50 selected startups for pitching at the Fifty Founders Battle. Startups will gain first-hand experience in pitching and receive feedback from experienced pitching coaches, who will prepare them to shine not only on the Founders stage the next day but also beyond.

When: February 19, 09:00-15:00
Where: Gustava Zemgala Gatve 74a
Admission: Exclusive for the selected Fifty Founders Battle Startups only. For questions contact Artis at artis.bisers@techchill.co 

Riga Venture Summit 2020

Riga Venture Summit (RVS) is an international startup ecosystem policy roundtable that gathers international experts every year a day before TechChill. This year is no exception and Riga Venture Summit will unite leading Baltic startup minds and host international experts to delve into discussions all the way from visions to actions.

When: February 19,  10:00–14:00
Where: Gustava Zemgala Gatve 74a
Admission: TechChill Investor/Executive pass holders or Invitation, for more information or other inquiries, please contact Latvian Startup Association – info@startin.lv

Masterclasses

Listening to Keynotes is inspiring. Yet, a masterclass is a unique opportunity to have hands-on work with the speaker or mentor. We have four masterclasses lined up for the most curious:
// What it means to write well. A Masterclass brought to you by Printful, delivered by Marianna Zvaigzne from Printful
// Learn how to sell the real value of your product, and manage your leads and pipeline. Cold Sales Masterclass by Danna Zakai, a Sales Expert, Hands-on Sales Trainer & Sales Lecturer
// Product-Market Fit is Really Hard. Make it Easier! A PMF by Michelle E. Messina from Explora International
// The fundraising process – How to really get a yes or no from an investor. An Early Stage Money Rising Masterclass by Lauri Kokkila from Inventure

When: February 19, 10:00-14:30
Where: Gustava Zemgala Gatve 74
Admission: Entrance is free with registered tickets, TechChill pass NOT required.  Get your free tickets here! 

Overkill Demo day

Join Overkill Ventures for a Demo Day like no other. Our awesome third batch will be pitching their innovations and presenting the progress they have made during their stint as Overkillers. Together with Overkill Alumni, the teams will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how groundbreaking ideas are taking shape, from AI in football to blockchain application in food supply. This is your chance to learn more about the latest cutting-edge innovations and see what’s been brewing at Overkill HQ.

When: February 19, 14:00-16:00
Where: Gustava Zemgala Gatve 74a
Admission: Open for all, registration required, get your tickets here!

Investor Day powered by Change Ventures

TechChill 2020 Investor day is an exclusive informal get-together for the investors coming to TechChill 2020 brought to you by Change Ventures.  The agenda includes expert keynotes, networking and round table discussions covering such topics as:
// Deeptech
// Fintech
// Marketplace & B2C
// B2B

When: February 19, 16:00-20:00
Where: Gustava Zemgala Gatve 74a
Admission: Entry with TechChill 2020 Investor Pass or Invitation. For more information contact aris@techchill.co

Startup Wise Guys Demo Day: SaaS Batch 16 & FinTech Batch 3

11 teams from B2B SaaS Batch 16 and 10 teams from Fintech 3 Batch have survived 3 months of acceleration and are ready to show their progress. Startup will take you from data-oriented business development to games for retail stores, from real estate crowdfunding to intellectual property solution. Tools for data analytics, investor relations, and salary control, and so much more. Enjoy startup pitches, networking and good vibes from the red team!

When: February 19, 18:15-20:00
Where: Gustava Zemgala Gatve 74a
Admission: Invitation Only 

Media Tour

TechChill 2020 Media representatives will get a chance to see how the Latvian startup ecosystem has come so far by visiting the most promising local startups, co-working spaces as well as the most active community members. Government representatives won’t be forgotten as they are a big part of building the Latvian startup ecosystem into a strong, well-functioning mechanism. 

When: Feb 19, starting 3pm
Admission: Event for TechChill 2020 Media with Invitation only, for more information contact anna@techchill.co

Career Move by Mintos

Thinking about making a career change but aren’t sure what you want to do or where to start? Then look no further because we got your back! TechChill brings you a job fair to learn about job opportunities in startups and startups only!

When: February 19, 18:30
Where: Gustava Zemgala Gatve 74a
Admission:  Open to all, no TechChill pass needed, registration required, get your ticket here!

If you have or know a company that would be interested to join and share open vacancies, please contact: lauma@techchill.co

FinTech Talks by TWINO

Our friends at TWINO are ready to properly warm you up before TechChill 2020 at their panel discussion and networking event – FinTech Talks by TWINO. The agenda will  look into the future of FinTech, what are the challenges industry players see and how to tackle them before they arrive.

When: February 19, 18:30 – 23:00 at Spikeri Concert Hall
Admission: Open to All, no TechChill pass needed, register here!

Welcome Reception

What better way to kick off the first day of TechChill 2020 than with a special welcome reception among speakers, key partners, high profile investors, and media members. A special welcome by the TeachChill team will be followed by small breakfast and mingling with the other guests.

When: February 20, 08:00 – 09:30
Admission: Strictly Invitation only, for more information contact aris@techchill.co

Speakers Dinner powered by Printful

The exclusive dinner event organized together with Printful will gather guests attending TechChill, i.e. speakers, key partners, high profile investors, advanced scale-ups and ecosystem builders, from all around the Baltics, Nordics and the rest of Europe.

When: February 20, 18:00 – 21:00
Admission: Invitation only, lauma@techchill.co

The BIG Party | The official party of TechChill 2020

The Big Shift needs a BIG Party. Let’s meet after Day 1 of TechChill 2020 for the biggest party of the conference – The BIG Party. Heated dance floor, crazy good karaoke, and of course, the inevitable part of TechChill parties – sauna! No better way to end the first day and prepare for the second one!

When: February 20 at H20 6
Admission: Entrance with TechChill wristbands. Facebook event for details!

#karmarun

Looking to see more of Riga and make new friends with startups and investors at TechChill 2020? Join the Karma Ventures team for #karmarun early in the morning. Everyone is welcome. Please dress for techchill weather! Easy pace to accommodate all participants.

When: February 21, 7:30-8:30, the run starts in front of Latvian National Museum of Art, Jana Rozentala square 1
Admission: All TechChill pass holders

Community Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Especially, if you spend it with the right people. TechChill would not be the same without its great community partners. And we will take this opportunity to have the presence of all community partners at the breakfast table. Talking about the latest with croissants and orange juice in hand will be a great start for the 2nd day of TechChill. 

When: February 21
Admission: Invitation only, for more information contact artis.bisers@techchill.co

Networking drinks with EIT Digital & Startup Wise Guys

This is an invite only event orginized by Startup Wise Guys and EIT Digital for guests attending TechChill. We are looking forward to a laid-back networking event with the key partners, high profile investors, startups and ecosystem builders from around the region. The evening will be complemented with startup pitches from Startup Wise Guys accelerator and the possibility to share impressions over some drinks and snacks.

When: February 21, 19:00-21:00
Admission: Invitation only

Future of food hackathon by Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia

A two-day hackathon to connect students, food innovators, startup founders and leading industry experts who will brainstorm, come up with and validate new ideas with the potential to transform the food sector. Hackathon is organised by the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia partnering up with EIT Foods and Embassy of Netherlands. All participants will receive a free 2-day General Pass to attend TechChill conference

When: February 18-19
Admission: Open to all, register here!

#1 What it means to write well

A Masterclass brought to you by Printful by Marianna Zvaigzne from Printful.

Marianna Zvaigzne is the Head of Brand Language at Printful. With the help of her team, she’s pinning down what it means to “sound like Printful” and keeps Printful copywriters on their toes with animated editing sessions and writing workshops.

Marianna’s workshop will be time well-spent for anyone who represents their brand in writing, from content marketers and UX copywriters to customer support reps and PR specialists. She’ll give a practical, example-laden refresher on what it means to write well, and how the principles of good writing shape a brand’s voice, presence, and success. Attendees are kindly asked to bring something to write with, analog or digital.

When: February 19
Where: Gustava Zemgala Gatve 74a
Admission: Open to all, no TechChill pass needed, get your free ticket here!

#2 Learn how to sell the real value of your product, and manage your leads and pipeline

Cold Sales Masterclass by Danna Zakai.

Danna Zakai is a Sales Expert, Hands-on Sales Trainer & Sales Lecturer who has been involved in the internet and software business for over 15 years; 13 of them in high tech software sales – her true passion.

Sales are the oxygen of your company, and yes, sales can and should be taught. In the sales workshop you will learn how to manage a sales call, how to pitch your product, how to connect with your prospects and customers, understand what their needs are and provide them with the right solution. You will also learn how to correctly work with a CRM, manage the sales funnel and your pipeline, always be on top of things and sell sell sell!

When: February 19
Where: Gustava Zemgala Gatve 74a
Admission: Open to all, no TechChill pass needed, get your free ticket here!

#3 Product-Market Fit is Really Hard. Make it Easier!

A PMF Masterclass by Michelle E. Messina from Explora International.

Michelle E. Messina is CEO of the global training and consulting firm, Explora International LLC and co-author of the best-selling book Decoding Silicon Valley: The Insider’s Guide. She pioneered Silicon Valley Best Practices Training Programs in 2004 for startups, corporations, corporate venture groups, angel and seed investors, mentor networks, and regional ecosystem partners. Michelle has worked in more than 65 countries and regularly consults to international governments and accelerators on ecosystem development, and corporations on their approach to innovation.

This Masterclass digs into why PMF is so challenging for startups and the top factors that ensure greater success. PMF is not a huge event that simply, or magically, ‘occurs’. It is the result of extensive experimentation, trial and error, serendipity, and a clear hypothesis that needs to be tested, proven or disproven, abandoned, or one requiring further iteration. This Masterclass will help founders to understand the value of experimentation and the essential active listening skills required during market development process, why retention is so crucial to gauging PMG, when to cut your losses, and when to follow the money. Attendees will learn the factors that contribute to market misalignment and proven methodologies for increasing the chances of success and minimising PMF failure rates. This program is practical and tactical with lots of helpful tips, guidelines and resources.

When: February 19
Where: Gustava Zemgala Gatve 74a
Admission: Open to all, no TechChill pass needed, get your free ticket here!

#4 The fundraising process – How to really get a yes or no from an investor

An Early Stage Money Rising Masterclass by Lauri Kokkila from Inventure.

Lauri Kokkila is an Investment Manager at Inventure, venture capital fund focusing on seed and early-stage investments in Nordics & Baltics. Lauri joined Inventure in 2015 after spending two years in a large construction company, developing their digital services and real estate platform. At Inventure, Lauri focuses on new investments in machine learning and 3D technologies and is especially excited about in the proptech and human-machine interface (HMI) technologies. With this background, Lauri works in the board of the portfolio companies Nordigen, Swappie, Umbra and Material Exchange.

Inventure 60+ portfolio companies have cumulatively raised over 500+M€ in 150+ funding rounds over the past 10 years. The fundraising landscape has dramatically changed during this time. In this workshop, we share our current knowledge on how to avoid the common pit falls and how to run an effective fundraising process. When do you approach investors? What are investors looking for? What do you need to have in place when you go fundraising? How do you and how you should not create momentum?

When: February 19
Where: Gustava Zemgala Gatve 74a
Admission: Open to all, no TechChill pass needed, get your free ticket here!

LMT IoT Hackathon

Getting tired of hackathons that are just cute? Let’s get back to the roots – join the IoT (Internet of Things) hackaton, brought to you by TechChill and LMT.

Real hardware, real hackers and real hackathon. LMT have got kits and a bunch of other sensors to play with. Check out what you’ll be able to do and apply to participate either with your idea or become part of another team.

We are looking for you – developers, designers and marketers. For people with solutions and ideas ready to be turned in to projects, as well as for people who have the passion and are eager to join the team. There are only around 35 seats available so apply early.

When: February 18-19
Admission: Open to all, register here!

Shift Party

Let’s be honest – the afterparties at TechChill have become rather infamous by now, so look no further for how to wrap your TechChill 2020 up and join us at The Shift Party.

When: February 21 at Angārs, Tallinas Kvartāls
Admission: Entrance with TechChill wristbands. Facebook event for details!

Expect free welcome drinks and snacks, surprises and activities! Stay tuned!

#IAMRemarkable Workshop by Google

In partnership with Google, we are delighted to bring one of the globally most celebrated self-development initiatives to Riga during the week of TechChill 2020. Starting out as an internal initiative at Google#IamRemarkable is a movement empowering women and underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond.

When: February 20, from 6pm at RTU Design Factory
Admission: Open to all, register here!

Empowering European Innovators Workshop

Register to secure your spot at the Empowering European Innovators Workshop, to make Europe a global leader in innovation! The EU aims to ensure that EU funding achieves greater impact for Europeans by supporting breakthrough innovations that create new markets with the European Innovation Council and they are looking for high-risk, high-impact/high EU added value ideas from motivated and talented individuals.

When: February 19
Where: Gustava Zemgala Gatve 74a
Admission: Open to all, Register here 
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