Side events - TechChill

Fintech talks

February 8, 6pm-10pm, Spikeri Concert Hall, Maskavas street 4 k-1

We’re open to fintech and finance professionals as well as anyone keen to learn more about the shared economy and disruptive innovation in the finance sector. Register now to reserve your seat, as places are limited: 

SWG PITCH ACADEMY hosted by Startup Wise Guys

February 9, 11am-5pm, Castle of Light, Mūkusalas iela 3

Looking to bring your startup to the next level? There is no better way than to apply for TechChill Pitch Academy, an intensive 1-day bootcamp for 10 qualifying startups hosted by Startup Wise Guys, one of the leading startup accelerators in Europe. The day of training and mentoring sessions will help startups improve their product and presentation to thrill the audience on the stage, but also significantly increase their chances of attracting team members, clients or investors in future. At the end of the day, startups will participate in semi-finals, and a professional jury will decide on the five best teams to get on the main stage the next day during the TechChill Pitch Battle and compete for several prizes, including a paid trip to Silicon Valley!


February 9, 10am-6pm, Blackhead’s House, Rātslaukums 7

Riga Venture Summit, an invitation-only international startup ecosystem policy roundtable on February 9. The second annual pan-Baltic summit will host all the leading minds of the Baltic States, including state representatives and startup founders, as well as international experts, to discuss the Baltic startup ecosystem development and zoom in on most effective policies to drive pipeline of competitive early stage startups and attracting global flows of smart money to the Baltics. The event is organized by the Latvian Startup Association in partnership with LVCA, LatBAN, Startup Estonia and Enterprise Lithuania. The event ends with a reception


Deal Room, Underground, National Library of Latvia, Mūksalas street 3. Feb 9 14:00-15:00, Feb 10 12:40-13:40

Communication from Latin commūnicāre, meaning “to share”. This will be an interactive and enjoyable workshop where new contacts and techniques will be shared to ensure you make the most of your ‘connecting opportunities’ at TechChill.

This workshop will help you to clearly share your message in a way that excites and influences people into your projects. Purposeful communication:

• isn’t about simply talking and being interesting; it’s more about being interested and listening to really understand how you can help.

• isn’t about aiming to ‘sell your big idea’; it’s more about developing trust as effectively as possible.

• isn’t about having the right words; it’s about understanding your core value and expressing it clearly.

The workshop will be conducted by Austin Nicholas.


Sign up at main registration for any of the following times: Feb 9 15:40-16:10, Feb 10 9:30-10:00, 13:00-13:30, 15:15-15:45

The venue for the TechChill – the National Library of Latvia, popularly known as Gaismas pils [Castle of Light, from an epic poem], encourages attendees to join our excursions and learn about this ambitious cultural building, enjoy the most splendid panoramic view of Riga and collect material for Instagram.


VR/AR strategy meetup hosted by Vividly,, Overly

February 9 6pm-8pm, National Library of Latvia, IT Demo Centre, Mūkusalas iela 3

What marketers, executives and agency people need to know about smart integration of customer experience tech in brand strategies 2017

VR, AR and 360 videos are new generation mediums for storytelling, hi-end customer experiences and emotional engagement. Less about tech and more about delivering brand experiences instead of product messages alone. So this won’t be another presentation. We’re not thinking short-term or one-off. We suggest thinking “why” before considering innovation.

Join to learn from our best knowledge, receive practical know-how and advice on using immersive media to scale your customer experiences & expend your offerings to clients.

Event entry: Techchill pass or invitation

As places are limited, please make prior registration:

Day 1 Party

February 9, starting at 8pm, Kaņepes Kultūras centrs, Skolas str. 15
After first day of TechChill everyone is invited to join Day 1 Party  at Kaņepes Kultūras centrs, to have some drinks, chat and get in the groove together with an architect and melomane Pēteris Bajārs and his splendid vinyl collection. KKC will offer some special bar deals for drinks to everyone with the TechChill badge.


February 10, 7.30-8.30am, Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel (Kuģu iela 24, Zemgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1048, Latvia).

Looking to see more of Riga and make new friends with startups and investors? Join the Karma Ventures team for #karmarun early in the morning. Everyone welcome, meeting in the lobby of Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel with the run starting at 7.30am. Dress according to weather (cap, gloves, enough of clothes) as it can be chilly. Easy pace to accomodate all participants.

You can also join along the route:


February 10, starting at 8pm, K.K. fon Stricka Villa, Aristida Briāna str. 9

There is really no party like the TechChill Afterparty! We will rock on ‘till the break of dawn. Legendary Dan Taylor will DJ and make the party go wild. But as special gig this time – masters or parody, satire and foolishness, Latvian rap band “Singapūras Satīns”. As per long-standing tradition, our Finnish friends are coming with their own sauna, so we can all enjoy it along with the sub-zero temperatures outside. Welcome drinks on us, rest – on you. Parties in Riga are legendary, and we know for a fact there are some people get their event pass just for the party invitation… So make sure to schedule your flight for a late Saturday and mark yourself “Going”, because this is the stuff you don’t want to miss.