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Silicon Valley Comes to the Baltics

Starting at 10:00 at Litexpo exposition centre in Vilnius, this two day conference aims at spreading the entrepreneurship spirit across the Baltics region!

You will be part of:

• Presentations given by the guest speakers from Silicon Valley
• Interactive workshops given by both guest speakers and entrepreneurs from the region
• Company showcase, where startups from the region will give 5min pitches on stage
• Networking and meeting your partner for your next venture

During the registration, you will have to select one of the following:

1) As a STUDENT you will have a chance to:
• Listen to our guest speakers' presentations
• See the startup pitches
• Select your favourite speaker and attend his workshop
• Come up with the best idea for your new business
• Make it real during the Startup Weekend Lithuania on the 16th to 18th of November

2) As a STARTUP you will have a chance to :
• Pitch in front of a 1 000 people audience
• Take part in a roundtable discussion with your selected guest speakers and company representatives (discuss a potential Exit strategy maybe?) 
• Attract the best talent to work for you and make your company a global success story
• Participate in a special dinner hosted by Vilnius City Municipality in Vilnius Town Hall

3) As an INVESTOR you will have a chance to:
• Listen to more than 30 startups from the region pitching on stage
• Participate in a special dinner hosted by Vilnius City Municipality in Vilnius Town Hall
• Connect to the guest speakers from Silicon Valley
• Connect to the most active entrepreneurs from the region

4) As a COMPANY'S REPRESENTATIVE you will have a chance to:
• Listen to our guest speakers' presentations
• Listen to more than 30 startups from the region pitching on stage
• Take part in a roundtable discussion with the guests from Silicon Valley and startups from the region

5) If you cannot find a suitable description of your occupation, select OTHER and enjoy the two day access to our conference!

HOW MUCH does it cost? 

Since this conference is educational, our pricing policy is simple:
it will be FREE OF CHARGE

Remember to register online (http://svc2baltics.com/register/) and keep an eye on our FB page to get the latest news!

For specific questions, email: info@svc2baltics.com

See you on the 15th of November!

SVC2Baltics organizing team
Silicon Valley Comes to the Baltics

RELESE final conference presents entrepreneurship initiatives and success stories

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The RELESE conference that took place on September 14, 2012 finished the project – RE-integration into Labour market through Entrepreneurship Skills Enhancement. The event was targeted to all interested in creating one’s business, entrepreneurship course organizers, lecturers and participants, and the unemployed of various professional qualifications. During the conference, RELESE project was introduced at length, the course piloting experience in Lithuania and other participating countries – Latvia, Poland and Finland was presented, further dissemination and project commercialization plan and course participant success stories were discussed. Attention was paid to the reports made by the representatives of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania, Lithuania Labour Exchange, Enterprise Lithuania and other organizations about the policy of entrepreneurship promotion in Lithuania and Europe, other initiatives promoting entrepreneurship, as well as insights for beginners in business and their educators.

RELESE (RE-integration into Labour market through Entrepreneurship Skills Enhancement) project (No. LLP-LdV-TOI-2010-LT-0068) was developed under the Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation program. Aim of the project – to help people who have dropped out of the labour market and would like to return by starting their own business, but do not have necessary skills and know-how. The purpose of the RELESE course was to teach the participants the basics of business, to encourage them to search for new possibilities and reveal their personal creativity, also provide professional support during the implementation of business projects, and help to create their own work place.

Vilnius Business College coordinated the project. According to the director of this education institution, Jolanta Skirgailė, RELESE course was based on a successful and award-winning educative entrepreneurship course created during the ENTER project in Portugal. RELESEREThe entrepreneurship course was adapted and piloted in other project partner countries: Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, and Finland.

“We have become interested in the possibility to pursue this project since education of entrepreneurship is the axis linking college Bachelor programs pursued in three study areas. It has been especially important to us to provide RELESE course participants with education material based on innovative technology to invoke during the process of training the modern training and consulting programs and tools.The recommendations of the project partners also highlighted the importance of personal support while creating and implementing business projects, and this is one of the most important aspects of entrepreneurship course improvement”, - says the director of Vilnius Business College.

Partners of the project: Northtown Technology Park (Lithuania), Utena Labour Market Training Centre (Lithuania), TECMAIA Science and Technology Park (Portugal), LAUREA University of Applied Sciences (Finland), TURIBA School of Business Administration (Latvia), University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow (Poland).

The courses were started by 266 persons in 4 countries, though only half of them completed the courses.

During the project, Lithuanians were quite active. 67 Lithuanians registered to the RELESE courses. The greatest interest was shown by Polish – 105 persons willing to participate. However, after assessing the number of persons who had completed the courses, nearly half of the course participants from Lithuania (32 persons) went to the end, whereas in Poland – only one third of all participants (33 persons). Our neighbours Latvians were in step with us: 75 beginners from which 35 were more or less active till the end of the courses. Finns were more passive: 19 beginners from which 8 completed the courses. Four of 108 persons who have completed the course in the aforementioned 4 countries can now boast of their own businesses: three of them are in Lithuania, one in Finland. Whereas the Ukrainian course participant in Poland surprised lecturers with an especially comprehensive business plan. The girl is planning to start her business in Germany after two years.

Project participants started their business in various spheres: in Lithuania – agency services and event organization, services of travel guide, internet marketing and sales, in Finland – hairdresser’s shop services.

Mantas Marcinkevičius, who had been dependant on other employers for more than ten years, dreamt of the possibility to work for himself. However, according to him, he lacked know-how and funds for this decisive step. RELESE course was that incentive inspiring the guy to start his own business. “To start one’s business you need to have the vein of entrepreneurship, self-discipline and work hard to achieve set goals. And one more thing - funds. Certainly, nobody shall get this during the courses; however, RELESE has given me much valuable knowledge. I would recommend such courses to all, regardless of age, gender and education. After all, everyone may have genial ideas, and the courses may help to realize them”, - states M. Marcinkevičius.

To the other participant of RELESE courses, Ilona Grainienė, the position of travel manager or guide in the travel agency was just a seasonal work, thus she had constantly go and register to Labour Exchange. This dependence was troublesome and frightened. Finally, the woman heard about RELESE courses, which encouraged her to register her own activity. Today, the woman is happy – these courses have been the necessary push from outside ensuring her independence, activity development – from guiding to agency, and secure her pension in the long term perspective. “In this new age of informatics, knowledge and experience, mobility and receptivity are the necessary qualities for every educated person. Even if I did not resolve to start my individual activity after the RELESE course, the received and read information would help me to orient better under the conditions of market economy and rapid changes. Thus, I would recommend these courses to all active and curious people who have not still found themselves in the working sphere”, - says I. Grainienė.

RELESE final conference on September 14, 2012

RELESE final conference – Learn to start your own company – release your business skills!

Are you interested to start your own business? Are you uneployed with a professional background and seek to re-enter the labour market? Or maybe you are an entrepreneurship course organizer, teacher or participant?

You are kindly invited to RELESE final conference on September 14, 2012 to be held at Sarunas hotel (Raitininku 4, Vilnius, Lithuania). Conference starts at 9 am. 

At the conference we will present an overview of RELESE project results and entrepreneurship tendencies  in Lithuania, discuss national and international experience, and share insights and ideas for further opportunities to develop entrepreneurial and independent society in the challenging 21st century.

The number of participants is limited. Please register by September 12th via www.relese.eu or inform us by email   or phone +370 643 94714.

Looking forward to seeing you at the conference.

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The Danish Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Innovation Award – demo day

“The Danish Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Innovation Award” - DCC has decided to set up an annual innovation competition awarding the best Lithuanian innovations.
For the award we are seeking for the best Lithuanian ideas and innovations. The best technicalwonders, the most innovative designs or the brightest concepts ready for implementation – and with a global mind.
DCC wants to let our members get into contact with the best talents and ideas in Lithuania - to let our members be inspired and see new opportunities. This is why we invite both DCC members and the innovative Lithuanian teams to meet. Some of the project ideas presented at the demo day will as well be uploaded in short on our web on http://www.dcc.lt/other-activities/innovation-network - please keep an eye and follow what will be of news.
The demo day the 20th of March! Come and meet the teams on the 20th of March, where they will all present their ideas and you can get inspired and maybe find the idea useful also for your own business.

Place: Northtown Technology Park, Galvydzio str. 5

European Employment Forum

The European Employment Forum

An annual conference and exhibition focusing on the major social and economic issues surrounding employment and creating an effective discussion and meeting forum. 

New venue!

The Forum is moving to the newly-redesigned and refurbished SQUARE, in the centre of Brussels. This is the former Brussels Palais des Congrès, where the event started many years ago.

SQUARE is ideally situated for easy access:

- Brussels International Airport just 17 minutes away by direct train shuttle to Brussels Central, the railway station directly opposite SQUARE

- National and international high-speed rail connections from Brussels Central (www.nmbs.be; www.thalys.com; www.eurostar.com)

- 660 car parking spaces beneath SQUARE giving easy access to the building

- Many metro links, bus and tram stops nearby

The conference

The two-day conference features a broad international panel of speakers presenting current thinking and policy, with the European Commission Directorate Generals well represented. During the November 2010 conference, speakers participated from DG Education & Culture; DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities; DG Enterprise; DG Environment and DG Regional Policies.

In addition, the event attracts a wide range of individuals, businesses, social partners and government policy makers from across the EU and beyond  

This year's event will take place at SQUARE Brussels on 22-23 November. An outline conference programme will be announced in the spring, following the first Advisory Committee meeting in February.

If you would like us to send you more information about the 2011 event, please register for our newsletter by entering your email address in the box to the right, or contact us.

Register online from April 2011

Online delegate registration for the conference will open in April - for prices please click here

Please put these 2011 dates in your diary: 22-23 November - European Employment Forum, SQUARE Brussels

World Lithuanian economic forum (WLEF) 2011 and XV World Lithuanian Symposium on Science and Creativity

04-07-2011 Monday, Exhibition and Convention Center Litexpo, Vilnius, Lithuania




9.00 Arrivals. Registration

Moderator of the Forum: Valdas Sutkus, President of Lithuanian Business Confederation | ICC Lithuania

9.30 - 9.45 Welcome word
Her Excellency Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania (TBC)
Audronius Ažubalis, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

9.45 - 10.05 KEY-NOTE SPEECH: Will Innovation Union make the European Union more competitive?
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research Education and Science, Belgium

10.05 - 10.30 Coffee break

10.30 - 12.30 SESSION I: Competitiveness Strategy OF Lithuania for the Nearest Decade
10.30 - 10.50 Presentation: Technological Progress of the World in the Nearest Decade: Risks and Opportunities for Lithuania
Prof. David Passig, futurist, Israel
10.50 - 12.30 Round table discussion

Ilja Laurs, Founder and CEO of GetJar

Andrius Kubilius, Prime Minister of Lithuania (TBC)
Antanas Zabulis, President of Omnitel
Tadas Vizgirda, General Manager of airBaltic Lithuania
Dr. Nerijus Pačėsa, Rector of ISM University of Management and Economics
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research Education and Science, Belgium
Prof. David Passig, futurist, Israel

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 - 15.30 SESSION II: New Business and Sponsorship Possibilities: Strategies. Trends. Best Practices
13.30 - 13.50 Presentation:
Alan Malus, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Senior Vice President and President of Laboratory Products Group, USA
13.50 - 15.30 Round table discussion

Dovilė Burgienė, Partner of LAWIN
Kornelijus Čelutka, Manager of Baltcap Investment

Mindaugas Gedvilas, General Manager of Amilina
Vytas Paukštys, CEO of ActiveSec
Amy Nauiokas, Partner of Nauiokas Park Venture, UK (TBC);
Milda Dargužaitė, Goldman Sachs, USA
Naglis Stancikas, Vice President of bank SNORAS
Alan Malus, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Senior Vice President and President of Laboratory Products Group, USA

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 - 18.00 SESSION III:  Integrated Sciences, Studies and Business Valleys – Space of Quality Partnership
Simultaneously B2B FAIR will take place in a parallel room
16.00 - 16.20 Presentation: Five Valleys - Five Opportunities
Eugenijus Butkus, Chairman of Research Council of Lithuania
16.20 - 18.00 Round table discussion

Artūras Piliponis, Partner at Ernst&Young

Juozas Lazutka, Pro-Rector for Strategic Development at Vilnius University, Vilnius Santara Valley
Gintaras Valušis, Deputy Director fo Development at the Center of Physical Sciences and Technology, Vilnius Saulėtekis Valley
Gintautas Žintelis, Vice Rector for Strategic Development at Kaunas University of Technology , Kaunas Santaka Valley
Albinas Kusta, Director of Association Nemunas Valley
Rimantas Didžiokas, President of Association Baltic Valley
Vidmantas Janulevičius, CEO at BOD Group
Vidas Rudokas, Senior Lawyer at Law Firm Sorainen

19.00 Gala Dinner at Vilnius Town Hall hosted by the Mayor of Vilnius City A. Zuokas
Concert of Zecharia Plavin (piano), Israel

22.00 After Party (Venue to be confirmed)

* Subject to change

05-07-2011 Tuesday, Exhibition and Convention Center Litexpo, Vilnius, Lithuania




8.30 Arrivals. Registration

Moderator of the Forum: Šarūnas Frolenko, President of Lithuanian Youth Council (LiJOT)

9.00 - 9.10 Welcome word:
Representative of Lithuanian Business Confederation | ICC Lithuania
Kęstas Pikūnas, President of World Lithuanian Youth Association, United Kingdom

9.10 - 10.10 SESSION I: What is the determining factor of success for business in Lithuania?
One of the main driving forces of the economy in our geographically small country is entrepreneurs, who make it possible to create economic stability and social wellbeing as well as to compete on the global market. While talking about the prospects of business of Lithuania we must listen to the experience of successful young people who live and work in Lithuania. What helped them create and develop a successful business: appropriate education, influential connections, creativity, a good business idea adopted from abroad, favourable fortune or the entirety of all these components?
9.10 - 9.25 Presentation
Ilja Laurs, Founder and CEO of GetJar 

9.25 - 10.10 Round table discussion

Tomas Balžekas, CEO of 15 minučių (TBC)

Nidas Kiuberis, Manager and Co-owner of Coffee Inn
Augustas Alešiūnas, CEO of ART21
Rytis Laurinavičius, CEO of Soundest
Antanas Guoga, the owner of the betting company Tony Bet
Jurga Eivaitė, director of Delfi in Lithuania

10.10 - 11.10 SESSION II:  Where does a successful career start? 
In Lithuania, 35 per cent of young people are unemployed. This is one of the highest unemployment rates in the European Union. Where should a successful career start? Do Lithuania’s educational establishments truly lay the foundation for a successful career? How can we avoid losing thousands of young people who graduated from higher education establishments in Lithuania, but choose non-qualified jobs abroad? Could non-formal education contribute to the prevention of “brain drain”? What should be the input of the business sector? Should they open their company doors to young specialists who have no working experience and create conditions for them to stay in Lithuania?

10.10 - 10.25 Presentation
Andrius Francas, Strategic Staffing Solutions International Country Manager Lithuania (TBC)

10.25 - 11.10 Round table discussion

Rita Karavaitienė, Marketing Manager of CV Online

Daiva Daugvilienė, President of International School of Law and Business
Indrė Dargytė, Associate at Laven Partners, United Kingdom
Lina Morkūnaitė, CEO of Konekesko Lietuva
Julius Paplauskas, participants of the project "I Choose to Teach"
Mindaugas Glodas, CEO of Microsoft Lietuva
Daumantas Matulis, The Institute of Biotechnology, Vilnius University
11.10 - 11.40 Coffe break

11.40 - 12.40 SESSION III:  What can the World citizenship give to Lithuania?
Upon opening of the borders, many young Lithuanians went abroad to various countries where they received education and started a career or their own business. Many of them keep contacts with their homeland and come back or, contribute to the life in Lithuania while being abroad, by sharing their knowledge and carrying out separate initiatives. How can the experience they have gained in different cultural environments and social groups enrich Lithuania and help to make the country better known in the world, and can that increase Lithuania’s attractiveness and competitiveness? Are Lithuanians who return with valuable global experience always listened to and appreciated in their homeland? Do Lithuanians living abroad still feel that they are a part of Lithuania?

11.40 - 11.55 Presentation (TBC)

11.55 - 12.40 Round table discussion

Gintautas Alksninis, former correspondent of daily Lietuvos rytas in Washington, currently a farmer (TBC)

Agnė Selemonaitė, architect, Sweden
Ignas Brazauskas, board member of social campaign DAROM, Adviser to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania
Eglė Aukštakalnytė - Hansen, actress, China
Linas Kleiza, basketball player (TBC)
Marius Jovaiša, author of the photo album "Unseen Lithuania", photographer, publisher, author of documentary films

12.40 - 13.40 Lunch

13.40 - 15.40 Coffee-shop
Discussions in groups on the topics touched upon previously during the day .

15.40 - 16.00 Summary of the day:
Šarūnas Frolenko, President of Lithuanian Youth Council (LiJOT)
Kęstas Pikūnas, President of World Lithuanian Youth Association, United Kingdom

* Subject to change

Faculty of International Tourism Organizes Conference “New Values for Development of Tourism and Society”. Apply now!

Faculty of International Tourism is organizing the conference “New Values for Development of Tourism and Society” at Turība on June 2 and June 3.

Students are welcome to take part and win the prizes in the scientific research competition “New Values for Development of Tourism and Society”.

The first day of the conference, June 2, will focus on scientific work sessions – more info available in our website under Science and Projects.


However, the second day will be designed for professionals, students, alumni and those simply interested in the field of tourism.


Friday, June 3

09:00 – 10:00 Registration, coffee break, room 216

10:00 – 11:15 Session for tourism professionals, room 213

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break, room 216

11:45 – 14:00 Parallel working groups, rooms 120, 213, 214

14:00 – 15:00 The overview of working sessions

15:00 – 16:00 Closing of the conference, awarding the best works

During the first part of the conference, local and foreign professionals will share their experience on starting up and managing a rural tourism enterprise and including national cuisine and local cultural heritage in the offer.

The speakers will be Asnāte Ziemele, the President of Latvian Rural Tourism Association "Countryside Traveler", Ulla Maija Rouhiainen, an entrepreneur in travel and guiding, lecturer and author of several books on the subject (Finland), Ton Knobbout, director of a consulting company from the Netherland, and Klaus Ehrlich, General Secretary at EuroGites - European Federation of Rural Tourism (Spain).

During the second part of the day, participants will have a choice of joining either of the working groups:

·         Applying the theory of marketing in real life enterprises and organizations (Moderated by: Lecturer at Turība and a well known expert in tourism marketing with extensive international experience- Aija van der Steina) ;

·         Brand management of tourism destinations – cities, regions, and nations (Moderated by: Lecturer at Turība Ainārs Brencis);

·         New markets, opportunities and products in tourism (Moderated by: Development manager in private customer segment at tourism company “Via Hansa” Ēriks Lingebērziņš and  associated professor at Turība and mentor for small and medium enterprises- Vita Zariņa).

The conference will be organized within the framework of Leonardo da Vinci program “Transferred AURORA Products – New Opportunities for Rural Tourism”.

Source: http://www.turiba.lv/eng/turiba_life/news/faculty_of_international_touri1