Finnish startup scene superheroes Slush, Startup Sauna, Junction are partnering with local hosts TechChill for a Hack Tour Riga event. The partnership will be looking to gather tech talent, startups, and community for a day of not just learning, coding and networking, but also cement a relationship of closer cooperation between Baltic and Nordic startup ecosystems.
To highlight the partnership, the local event in Riga on September 9 will consist of three parts. Startup Sauna will host a coaching event for startups, Junction will be holding a workshop for developers and Slush will power the networking together with TechChill, the local startup community initiative that brings together Baltic founders.
Nordics have been leading the pack in the startup scene for a while now; while only 3% of Europe’s population comes from the Nordics, yet 50% of billion dollar exits come from the region. “A startup community that truly works together is the cornerstone of the growing Nordic start-up scene. As we all think there is too little of cross-border cooperation, even though we are next-door neighbors, and with this tour we are hoping to kickstart something that will last,” says Rasmus Ekholm, head of European Operations at Slush.
“Startup Sauna, Europe’s hottest accelerator, is looking for the best early stage tech startups for their Fall 2017 program. With over 30 badass alumni companies from the Baltics our expectations are high – come meet our coaches to gain honest feedback and valuable advice. By attending the Hack Tour events you have a chance to be fast-tracked to our 7-week program,” says Jan Bubienczyk from Startup Sauna. Helsinki-based zero-equity accelerator Startup Sauna has historically been one of the top choices among Latvian start-ups for taking their ideas forward. Startup Sauna alums from Latvia include some of the locally best-known brands such as Infogr.am, Edurio, Dripit.io, Vividly, Hackmotion and Finch.io.
Meanwhile, Junction will be partnering up with local tech leaders to provide a hands-on workshop for participants to attend and learn from. “We’re bringing Junction to Baltics for the third time this year and couldn’t be more excited. We hope we can help to bring the booming startup scene and skilled young developers together with the Hack Tour events around Baltics. In Riga we have special workshop cooking up for you regarding data analysis and forensic science meant for anyone who is interested in technology and its possibilities,” says Anna Brchisky from Junction. Junction is best known for organizing the biggest hackathon in Europe. Their prizes include a granted invitation to Junction 2017 held on November 24–26 in Helsinki, increased travel reimbursements and other super surprise prizes.
As a local partner, TechChill will have some surprises of their own. Marija Ručevska, TechChill CEO stresses that the Baltic-Nordic tech partnership is excellent ground for more entrepreneurial success stories, adding that “learning from one another and exchanging ideas is what propels success and helps us strengthen our tech community.”
The Hack Tour is just one of a series of cooperation events between the Baltics and Nordics. Later this year, TechChill will be heading to Slush on November 30th as part of a Latvian delegation consisting of the Ministry of Economics, the Latvian Startup Association, and LIAA.