Mentors

Inese Suija - Markova

Inese Suija - Markova

Creative Thinking

Inese holds an MBA degree specializing in innovation and entrepreneurship from Riga Technical University. She is a lecturer in project management, innovation and creativity at RTU and Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences. Since 2006, Inese has been giving business training for companies in Latvia and abroad. Inese has been a participant, a moderator and speaker at many international conferences and workshops. On her daily basis, she manages Institute for Environmental Solutions, an innovative interdisciplinary research institute.

Vanda Dauksta

Vanda Dauksta

Presentation & Advertising

Vanda Dauksta is a lecturer at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, where she teaches Presentation Skills and serves as an Academic Advisor. She also trains organizations in communication including TEDxRiga, Nordea, DNB, Angel Glass Design, TechHub Riga, Giraffe 360, Junior Achievement and others . Vanda is one of the founding members of Riga Toastmasters Club and a founding member of Netizens, an online public speaking club. She is an award-winning public speaker and evaluator, and enjoys enabling others to communicate their ideas more effectively.

Jānis Kļaviņš

Jānis Kļaviņš

Market Research & Marketing

Jānis Kļaviņš is a marketing consultant with a portfolio of clients from different industries. For the last five years he has also tought marketing strategies for marketing professionals as well as marketing courses for post-graduate students. With a purpose of testing marketing concepts, strategies and market needs, as an entrepreneur he has founded several successful multi-milion euro turnover companies.

Kārlis Apkalns

Kārlis Apkalns

Business Modeling

Kārlis does academic work and business consulting. He is conducting seminars which challenges and makes participants see everyday things with a deeper meaning. He believes in sharing the knowledge, skills and experiences accumulated over the years. Kārlis specializes in management, marketing, leadership, communication and sales topics.

Liene Rubina

Liene Rubina

The Superwoman

Liene works with different incubators and innovation based initiatives as RTU Student Business Incubator – IdeaLAB, RTU Design Factory, Green Technology Incubator, individual projects etc. on daily basis. She strongly believes that each person can find their own unique idea and work on it. Success is about attitude, your personal investment, belief, timing and doing things.

Charles Bušmanis

Charles Bušmanis

The Designer

Charles is the creative guru and educator at RTU Design Factory as well as a design consultant working with startups. He has the ability to pass design tools to entrepreneurs and help them develop a better understanding of their users to create a meaningful product. He believes that one of the keys of successful design is the capacity to work as a team with critical people who can reflect on the product from the user’s shoes.

Lelde Timma

Lelde Timma

The Researcher

Lelde is lecturer and PhD researcher in the field of environmental engineering at Riga Technical University. She enjoys work with people by conveying comprehensive academic principles in easily understandable manner. As a student she took part in various engineering competitions, where, in her opinion, the key for success was interdisciplinary of her team. She strongly believes that, beside skills and knowledge obtained in the university, the most valuable capital is the contacts obtained by networking and new perspectives given in the events such as summer schools.

Organizers

Lita Akmentiņa

Lita Akmentiņa

El Capitan

On the front lines since the very begining of this project running around to make sure everything runs smoothly - mentors & staff have all the materials they need, participants have all the support, and people are generally able to enjoy the event. Makes the hard choices, always gives an undiluted and honest opinion, and believes that every problem has a solution.

Liene Rubina

Liene Rubina

The Superwoman

Liene works with different incubators and innovation based initiatives as RTU Student Business Incubator – IdeaLAB, RTU Design Factory, Green Technology Incubator, individual projects etc. on daily basis. She strongly believes that each person can find their own unique idea and work on it. Success is about attitude, your personal investment, belief, timing and doing things.

Charles Bušmanis

Charles Bušmanis

The Designer

Charles is the creative guru and educator at RTU Design Factory as well as a design consultant working with startups. He has the ability to pass design tools to entrepreneurs and help them develop a better understanding of their users to create a meaningful product. He believes that one of the keys of successful design is the capacity to work as a team with critical people who can reflect on the product from the user’s shoes.