TechChill returns again this February on the 8-9th in Riga, Latvia
Over the course of time, TechChill has become the region’s one-stop-shop for the most promising startups and tech trends, where the event attendees can network with the founders of the hottest tech companies that there are now. During the two eventful days, TechChill agenda will keep the balance between both sides of the story, celebrating real, raw and true superhero stories from the road. You will hear entrepreneurs, some just starting out and others with plenty of battle scars to share, opening up on what it takes to be a founder, what are their experiences, challenges, failures and lessons learned. TechChill agenda will devote time to discuss trends and the future, as well as in-depth discussions on the present and future of tech communities, the role of investors and mentors, differences in the tech ecosystems and their growth, as well as the biggest challenges startups face – growing, selling, hiring, scaling. But who will be the hottest storytellers you shouldn’t miss? Here is their list of TOP 10 founders you have to see and hear live in Riga already this February.
- Nikolay Storonsky, Founder & CEO of Revolut (UK)
Nikolay founded Revolut after he realised how much in hidden fees he used to pay banks for exchanging currencies when travelling. He searched for an easy-to-use multi-currency banking solution and couldn’t find any therefore decided to build one up by himself. After growing from 0 to more than 1 million customers in only two years and raising nearly $90 million of investments, Revolut now has major expansion plans – and Nikolay is one of a very few people globally who are successfully turning these plans into reality by being one of the most successful fintech entrepreneurs in the world.
- Carol Reiley, Co-founder & Board Member of Drive.ai (USA)
Carol is a roboticist with 15 years of academic and industry experience. She has been selected by Forbes as one of “20 Incredible Women in AI.” Also, she is a strong leader and innovator with 6+ patents and a children’s book. Her research interests are on the development of intelligent robotic systems that can aid humans in performing skilful tasks more effectively. Carol has been applying techniques from machine learning, computer vision, and natural language processing to the field of biomedical engineering, whereas Drive.ai is all about building the brains of the self-driving vehicles.
- Peter Vesterbacka, Co-founder of Lightneer (Finland)
Peter is the Founder of Slush and MobileMonday, having appeared on TIME magazine’s ‘World’s hundred most influential people’ list back in 2011, and previously being responsible for the development of the gaming company Rovio Entertainment. In 2016 he left Rovio, primarily focusing on his co-founded learning games studio Lightneer, whose mission is to make learning accessible and engaging to everybody in the world. Lightneer believes that games are an amazing platform for learning by starting a global Learning revolution.
- Martin Villig, Co-founder of Taxify (Estonia)
Martin is the Co-founder of Taxify, the fastest growing European ride-hailing platform operating in 28 cities and 20 countries across Europe, Australia and Africa. For now, Taxify has over 5M+ clients and 120,000 drivers doing many millions of monthly rides, but it is growing 20-25% MoM with minimum investments, being at least 10x more efficiently than its competitors. Martin has been an entrepreneur for 20 years, started 6 companies and has worked at Skype, Fortumo and NASDAQ Tallinn Stock Exchange.
- Miki Kuusi, CEO & Co-founder of Wolt (Finland)
Miki Kuusi is the Co-founder and CEO and of the Helsinki-based tech company Wolt. Founded in fall 2014, Wolt has raised 15 million euros in funding to define how the internet should change the way people discover and get food. Previously, Miki ran Slush as Co-founder & CEO, where he oversaw the event’s growth from a local, 300-person gathering in Helsinki, to one of the leading tech and investor events in the world attended by more than 30,000 people annually. Wired has listed Miki as #32 on their top technology influencers in Europe for 2015, while Forbes featured Miki on their 30 under 30 list for 2016.
- Renaud Visage, Co-founder & CTO of Eventbrite (USA)
Renaud Visage is the Co-founder and CTO of Eventbrite – the leading self-service ticketing platform, which raised $200M in venture capital. Prior to Co-founding Eventbrite, Renaud was the Director of Engineering at Zing Networks, the Internet photo-sharing pioneer later acquired by Sony ImageStation. As a venture partner at Index Ventures, Renaud guides founders in realizing their global ambition and helps Index evaluate and support companies that are solving challenging technical problems.
- Onno Faber, CEO of ACGTXYZ Inc. (USA)
Onno is a serial technology entrepreneur who has spent his entire career building products that consumers love. His previous start-up “Taptalk” raised two consecutive funding rounds and ended up moving to San Francisco. Right now he is passionate about accelerating rare disease research, being a rare disease patient himself. ACGTXYZ Inc. is all about connecting rare disease patients to top specialists, to accelerate research and improve access to the best medical expertise. Onno recently organized an artificial intelligence NF2 hackathon on his own genome, attracting over 300 diverse participants from the tech and medical industry.
- Y-Vonne Hutchinson, Co-founder of Project Include (USA)
Y-Vonne is the Co-founder of Project Include. Prior to that she worked as an international labour and human rights lawyer for nearly a decade. She has worked with foreign national governments, the US Department of State, and the UN. She is a member of Harvard Law’s Institute for Global Law and Policy network and an expert on labour relations and diversity in the workplace. She’s presented on diversity, inclusion, and labour issues at Harvard Law, MIT Sloan, and UC Berkeley, as well as conferences around the globe. She also serves on the Women of Color Council for the Anita Borg Institute and the board of the San Francisco New Leaders Council.
- Viola A. Llewellyn, Co-founder & President of Ovamba Solutions (USA)
Viola is the Co-founder and president of award-winning Ovamba Solutions, Inc., Africa’s first FinTech company to create technologies to serve African SMEs with innovative sharia-compliant finance products, eCommerce, and logistics services. Viola has served as an honorary member of the board of trustees for the “International Women’s Think Tank” since 2014 and was listed in the 2016 “Digital Undivided Report” as one of only a handful Black or African American women in the USA who have ever raised more than $1 million for a tech company. She is amongst the top 200 “Women in FinTech Power list” a global list of female industry leaders published by Innovate Finance in 2016, and placed 13th on “The Innov8tiv’s Top 50 Visionary Women in Tech To Watch in 2017”.
- Davis Siksnans, Co-founder & CEO of Printful (Latvia)
Davis began his career in IT and project management at Draugiem Group, one of Latvia’s pioneering tech companies. He’s now the Co-founder & CEO of Printful.
Printful prints, stores, and ships t-shirts and other products for online merchants. It offers tech solutions for merchants to automate order fulfilment, create designs, and publish new product listings. It currently has over 450,000 registered users, three fulfilment centres, and a team of over 300+ people worldwide. Printful has grown exponentially every year. Davis’ ultimate goal is for Printful to become the first Latvian company to IPO in the US stock market.
Follow more updates on the event as we get them in and we have our team covering the event from Riga over the course of the two days.