The Icebreakers'21 business opportunity festival for students and young professionals will take place for the fourth time this autumn - on October 8. Since the launch of the very first festival, it has become one of the most significant international business events in Latvia and the Baltic region, offering an extensive program for business enthusiasts. This year, the main theme of the event will be "Reinventing the Future", emphasizing the need for change, innovation, development and the ability to adapt to today's changing conditions.

"Our mission is to help discover one's entrepreneurial spirit by revealing the experiences of others, as well as displaying the various opportunities and support tools for the development of business ideas. To offer young people, young entrepreneurs, academic staff and researchers from different countries a platform where both business-oriented students and young professionals and researchers with their ideas can cooperate,” emphasizes Māra Birzniece, Head of the University of Latvia (LU) Student Business Incubator.

The central event or the culmination of the festival is the business idea pitch competition, where students will have the opportunity to receive 10,000 EUR for the development of their business ideas by presenting them to a jury of experts.

An online registration will be announced soon in order to plan, get involved and learn about event activities and a more detailed program in advance. Registration will be free for all attendees.

The festival will bring together students, young entrepreneurs, researchers, business experts and enthusiasts from the Baltics to discuss potential business opportunities, available support tools for starting a business and creating innovations. Thus, it is planned to promote university cooperation, as well as provide information to students about opportunities to form not only interdisciplinary teams within one university, but also inter-university teams, as well as opportunities to use various other cooperation partners' infrastructure for the creation of their innovative projects.

It should be noted that on June 30, a special launch event will mark 100 days leading up to the Icebreakers festival. During the event, there will be a discussion among university management representatives about education in the near future, a design thinking workshop, an international business idea contest among the Baltic states, and other exciting activities.

The festival is organized by the University of Latvia Student Business Incubator in cooperation with the project implementation partners from the Riga Technical University Design Factory.

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The festival is organized with the support of the ERDF co-financed project No. "University of Latvia innovation grants for students".