What we're about

Entrepreneurship permeates the culture of the Digital Age.

The advent of the Digital Age has democratized innovation and entrepreneurship.

Never before has it been more possible for anyone from anywhere, with a great idea and a burning desire to succeed, to make it big, and, in the process, change the world in a relatively short period of time.

HP, Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, Yahoo, eBay, Amazon, Google, Facebook and many, many, many other iconic companies all started with just an idea.

Taking a startup from idea to IPO has taken on mythical proportions in Silicon Valley and beyond. Many dream the dream, with hopes of launching the "next big thing".

We are a community of entrepreneurs, technologists, academics, financial professionals, corporate executives, attorneys, academics, bloggers, writers, content creators, and social activists.

One of the compelling features of our meetup group is our packed, busy calendar full of informative programs and practical activities designed to help our entrepreneurial members achieve their objectives and realize their aspirations. Taking advantage of this vast array of relevant content will make you a better entrepreneur.

We believe in working together. We share resources, exchange ideas, and actively network with each other. We participate in on-line as well as off-line events.

Our events feature expert speakers, networking opportunities, collaboration, community, and fellowship.

This meetup group is part of “Latvia Tech and Entrepreneurship meetup network” organized by Riga High Tech University (RHTU) foundation. The goal of meetup network is to establish and develop technology and entrepreneurship ecosystem of Latvia.

Full list of events and calendar is available here: http://rhtu.edu.lv/tech-meetups/ and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RigaHighTech/events

Meetup speaker videos (we are about open innovations) is on RHTU YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/RigaHighTechU

Meetup presentation slides are on RHTU SlideShare channel: http://www.slideshare.net/RHTU

For Speakers: If you are in town or just ready to share your experience and think it would be valuable for members: we do encourage you to send us speaking request to meetups@rhtu.edu.lv

For Startups: We love tech startups. In every technology meetup we got “Featured Startup” and “Startup pitch” sections for particular industry startups. If you not just only consuming technology, but creating some venture – don’t be shy and pitch in front of industry and investors to get feedback and find teammates or co-founders. Send your pitching request to meetups@rhtu.edu.lv

For Investors: If you are investing in technologies, networking with industry enthusiasts, receive industry latest updates and got into fresh deal-flow is the must for you. Just register or appear on venue and expand your network. Contact us in case of special requests: meetups@rhtu.edu.lv

For Industry: If you would like to expose your products in front of industry professionals – to set up booth or prepare product demo showcase – let us know: meetups@rhtu.edu.lv

For Sponsors

: If you would like to support one meetup or whole meetup network – please drop us a message to

meetups@rhtu.edu.lv

and we will get back to you.

Upcoming events (5)

FREE! Pitch to Angel Investor Gary Jinks, Managing Director, South Valley Angels

This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link right before the start of the event. Participants can be located anywhere in the world! This event is FREE to attend. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. Space is limited. In order to participate, you must register here: (Registration link TBA.) Hurry! Slots are limited! Your ability to present your business case confidently and clearly is critical for funding, partnerships and building your team. Most people are not born natural speakers we must work on it. This forum will allow you to pitch or listen to others and hear the guidance and discussions from a Silicon Valley thought leader. This is a great opportunity to practice you pitch, get constructive feedback and guidance. Format: Three minute pitch followed by five minutes of one-on-one feedback and discussion. a) elevator pitch with no slides or b) pitch with slide deck If you would like to pitch and get feedback during the webinar, email Gary at: [masked] Since this is a public forum do not ask for any funding or discuss your use of funds. Agenda Opening Comments: Guidelines and Format Pitches Open Q&A About the Instructor: Gary is the Founder and Managing Director of South Valley Angels and an executive level leader with deep expertise and extensive track record developing high yield innovation ecosystems and building up high growth exit focused start-up ventures. Gary has created, transformed and launched innovation in the Silicon Valley his entire career, from combat vehicles to lifestyle apps. Gary founded GLJ Group in 2005 and has led engineering, strategic direction and, business development for corporate clients resulting in over $300M in new business. In 2010 he shifted complete focus to the Startup community, advising over 400 Startups, working with the top incubators and investors in the Silicon Valley, launching innovation centers and developing regional ecosystems around the globe. He is a regular speaker, evangelist and lead executive advisor helping clients formulate custom strategies and implementation of the next evolution of the Startup Model, “Precision Innovation” If you have any questions about the content and format of this webinar, contact Gary at: [masked] Organizational Sponsor: SEMrush WHERE GOOD MARKETERS BECOME GREAT! Join 4 million SEMrushusers Analyze data on more than 580 million domains and more than 16 billion key words! Uncover your competitors' organic search, paid, content, PR and social media strategies! Find the most profitable keywords for your website! Get a FREE 7 Day TRIAL! Visit: https://www.semrush.com/sem/?ref=9340528129&refer_source=&utm_source=berush&utm_medium=promo&utm_campaign=link_7-day_pro_trial

Venture Capital Panel: Investment and Innovations in  Energy and Climate Tech

This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants can be located anywhere in the world! This FREE event is sponsored by Polsinelli and will be moderated by Jason Gordon, a Polsinelli venture capital attorney. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. In order to participate, you must register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/venture-capital-panel-investment-and-innovations-energy-climate-tech-tickets-128377872673 Hurry! Slots are limited! (Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link right before the start of the event.) A distinguished panel of venture capitalists will discuss investment and latest innovations in energy and climate tech. The discussion will touch on the current global economic and health crises and how energy and the environment are being impacted. Please come with your questions and comments. Panelists: (More panelist TBA.) Carolin Funk, Investment Director, Blue Bear Capital Maria Buitron, Investor, Piva Capital Max Webster, Investor, Version One Ventures Bios of the panelists can be viewed here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/venture-capital-panel-investment-and-innovations-energy-climate-tech-tickets-128377872673 About the Moderator: Jason Putnam Gordon, Venture Capital Attorney, Polsinelli Jason Putnam Gordon is a results-oriented corporate attorney practicing in the Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies group in Polsinelli's San Francisco office. He has a passion for working with experienced entrepreneurs and executives to make their vision a reality. Jason regularly represents companies throughout their life cycle in matters related to venture capital financing, strategic corporate relationships, corporate formation, complex mergers and acquisitions, sales, and divestitures. Jason regularly works in a wide array of verticals including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, video games, software, hardware, life sciences, the internet of things and agricultural technology. His clients are based locally, elsewhere in the U.S., and internationally. You can reach Jason at: [masked]

FREE! Pitch Practice: How to Pitch to Investors and Get the Deal

This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants who have registered and paid via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link and info before the start of the event. Participants can be located anywhere in the world! This event is FREE to attend. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. Space is limited. Please only RSVP "Yes" if you will be attending In order to attend, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-pitch-practice-how-to-pitch-to-investors-successfully-raise-money-tickets-122887079563?aff=IdeaSViLabFreeTix33Comm&afu=3951017871 Hurry! Slots are limited! Raising $ is tough- and now it's all changed. PRACTICE your PITCH, get facts & inside info to RAISE $ & Scale your Innovation into Revenue! You are invited to a live-steam webinar/workshop. *** BRING YOUR PITCH DECK. Two or more Founders will pitch and get feedback. *** *** Audience members will get a chance to make a NEW ELEVATOR PITCH and get feedback. THIS IS A REAL WORKSHOP! *** Raising money is a difficult and stressful task for startup Founders.Founders struggle to get the right combination of facts and projections to persuade investors to put in money. This workshop is an intro to the longer pitch program. It covers to the two main parts of pitching: 1) What to say 2) How to say it On this webinar you will learn: 1) The five step elevator pitch to get to the point in 60 seconds. 2) The standard topic for each page of the pitch deck, (for 90% of the startups) 3) How to use your customer “use case” in a story to show what your product does 4) The four key background points to set your pitch in the right direction 5) The key item two thirds of startup pitches leave out that is critical to customer adaption 6) The essential key points investors are looking for and more! This workshop is an intro to a four day workshop that speaker, entrepreneur and thought leader Steve Austin has presented to accelerators in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, in Asia and Europe.This content was derived from interviews with angel investors and venture capitalists in attendance at over 100 pitch to investor events where Steve’s students have pitched. This workshop focuses on what angel investors and venture capitalists have indicated they are looking for in startup pitches. Don’t waste more time with weak pitches. Learn how to focus on the essential points and get the deal. Scale your Innovation into Revenue!™ About the Speaker: Steve Austin is a 25-year veteran of Silicon Valley and the founder of Silicon Valley iLab.He has worked with over 2,500 startups—giving him a unique insight into challenges and secrets to success when it comes to being an entrepreneur. Dozens of startups have raised funds and scaled up after attending Steve's workshops. Steve has presented workshops in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and around the world. He has spoken at conferences at Tsinghua, Geju and SUES Universities in China and at incubators and accelerators in in Austria, Korea and Turkey. Steve is a serial entrepreneur. He has developed and launched a dozen high-tech products for making computer chips and enterprise billing. He has been the CEO, MD, and vice president of sales and marketing for several organizations. Steve has managed global operations including personally generating hundreds of millions of dollars in B2B sales. Steve holds a BS in Finance and Chemistry. For fun, he enjoys playing the guitar and hiking. You can reach Steve at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steveaustin/

FREE! How to Use Storytelling to Scale up Your Customer Base and Revenue!

This is an online event. Participation is 100% online. Participants can be located anywhere in the world! This event is FREE to attend. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. Space is limited. Please only RSVP "Yes" if you will be attending In order to attend, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-use-story-telling-to-scale-up-customers-and-revenue-tickets-124216542021?aff=IdeaSViLabFreeTix33Comm&afu=3951017871 Hurry! Slots are limited! (Participants who have registered via Eventbrite will be emailed the login link and info before the start of the event.) Find out how to use storytelling to build rapport and trust with your customers. Learn how stories help people gain insights and change behavior for mutual benefit. Marketing depends on connecting to prospects and customers with your branding message. The message should promise to to fulfill their needs. Storytelling lets us get personal with our customers. A good story invites the listener to engage with us. It’s a human moment that builds a bridge of connection and trust. People learn from stories. They inspire good ideas into movements. They change how people view the world. Join us to learn how to use a story to build trust and affinity with your customers. In this workshop you will: · Learn the six steps that make a great story · Find the story that reveals the insight and behavioral change you need · Match the story to the need; tell the story to reveal hidden insight and new belief and action. Participants are invited to share a short story to shape it into the six steps that make a great story. You will learn tips to make the story brief, personal and inspiring so the audience connects with you. Most importantly – learn how to get the listener to change behavior and take some type of action. Finally, we will review the differences between a story presented live and in person vs via video or in writing. This will be a powerful and entertaining event! About the Speaker Steve Austin is a 25-year veteran of Silicon Valley and founder of Silicon Valley iLab. He has worked with over 2,500 startups—giving him a unique insight into the patterns of success . Dozens of startups have raised funds and scaled up after attending the workshops. Steve has been the CEO, COO and VP Sales and Marketing. He has been responsible for driving company revenue through good times and 3 recessions. Steve is a serial entrepreneur. He has developed and launched a dozen high-tech products for making computer chips and enterprise billing. has managed global operations including personally making $100s of millions in B2B sales. Steve has presented workshops in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and around the world. He has spoken at Conferences at Tsinghua, Geju and SUES Universities in China and at Techparks in Austria, Korea and Turkey. Steve has a BS in Finance and a major in Chemistry. He plays guitar and hikes for fun. https://www.linkedin.com/in/steveaustin/ Keywords: growth hacking, inbound marketing, sales and marketing, increase sales, seed funding, raise money, entrepreneur, story telling Organizational Sponsor: SEMrush WHERE GOOD MARKETERS BECOME GREAT! Join 4 million SEMrushusers Analyze data on more than 580 million domains and more than 16 billion key words! Uncover your competitors' organic search, paid, content, PR and social media strategies! Find the most profitable keywords for your website! Get a FREE 7 Day TRIAL! Visit: https://www.semrush.com/sem/?ref=9340528129&refer_source=&utm_source=berush&utm_medium=promo&utm_campaign=link_7-day_pro_trial

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