On Friday, 13 May, in Riga, in the Riga Technical University (RTU) Design Centre, Ķīpsalas Street 6, RTU hosted an international conference “Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: What is Behind that?” where participation was free of charge. In this conference, experts in different disciplines talked about their experience in innovation, business and other spheres.
In Cambridge (UK), a large high-tech enterprise cluster oriented on information technology, electronics and biotechnology has been formed. Professor Alan Barrel of Cambridge University talked about the Cambridge phenomenon and how there has arisen a business supportive environment, which is even comparable to the Silicon Valley (USA). Another example – Aalto University in Finland, which has become a goal of pilgrimage for those who are studying the business environment – was described by Päivi Oinonen, global network strategist, Aalto Design Factory of Alto University who talked about Aalto Design Factory.
Besides foreign lecturers, there were several local presenters: Charles Bušmanis, one of the managers of RTU Design Factory, Tatjana Volkova, Professor of Banking University and young Latvian entrepreneurs: Agnese Irbe, the founder of “Anna House”, Gunita Kuļikovska, the founder of “Go VR studio” and M8iķelis Studers, the co-founder and technical manager of “Catchbox”, who shared their success stories about how they were able to create and develop personal business ideas. The conference ended with a lecture on customer ideas transformation into commercial success by Xorge Castro, senior product designer at Cambridge Design Partnership.