10 Feb 2017

At Riga Venture Summit Dmitry Matveyev has expressed the idea that Belarus and the Baltic States have the same problem – limited amount of human resources in the IT-field. If a few years ago HTP successfully managed to restrain the «brain drain», nowadays some additional measures are in a vital importance. Stating the reasons for it, Dmitry pointed out some innovations in Lithuania and Latvia. In particular, Lithuania has recently announced the introduction of Start-up visas, joining the fight for the minds, including the minds of Belarusian specialists.

The discussion ‘’Smart cities’’ - competing for global smart capital and global attention took place in Riga on 9 February. The discussion was also attended by Peteris Zilgalvis, the Head of Unit for Startups and Innovation in the Digital Single Market Directorate in DG CONNECT, Elisabeth Varley, the founder of CEO TechHub London (UK), Povilas Poderskis - the mayor’s adviser on technologies (Vilnius).

Riga Venture Summit is an international platform for discussing the best practices aimed at developing the Start-up ecosystem and venture financing with a focus on the start-up movement of the Baltic States. The first Riga Venture Summit was held in 2015. This-year-discussion became the third event of this kind.