A small impulse like the right advice at a right time is often useful for business success. The conference will allow to get acquainted with the good practice of eight Latvian industries, in which the innovations have helped them to overtake others and emerge from the crisis as winners.

The conference will help to understand the synergies between business success and the Centers of Competence - essential elements of the creativity and innovation ecosystem.

ONLINE

25. FEBRUARY

10.00

    >> FF314:

    CENTERS OF COMPETENCE INNOVATION FOR GROWTH                        AND EXPORTS

Jānis Vitenbergs

Minister of economics of Latvia

Evija Klešnika

Senior IT Director, Jeld-Wen Headquarters, USA

Speakers

Vitālijs Skrīvelis

Member of the Board, Pharmidea LTD

Gundars Kuļikovskis

Senior Expert, FIDEA LTD

Normunds Bergs

Chairman of the Board, SAF Tehnika JSC, Electric and Optical Industry Competence Centre

Lotte Tisenkopfa-Iltnere

CEO and Co-founder, MADARA Cosmetics JSC

Why is it worth a visit?

Connect with 25+ leading businesses for a curated agenda focused both on tackling current business-critical challenges and driving industry forward.

Connect with the most influencial business leads

Learn how to expand your business and conquer the world

Get business insights in 314 second format

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Agenda

ONLINE

25. FEBRUARY

10.00

11.00 - 11.50

Crisis is the best time to advance and overtake competitors. While some focus on the restoration of the current business models, others introduce new solutions contributing to their evolution and the economy in general. There are many innovative ideas being developed in the Competence Centres today to advance our tomorrow. What can YOU do better today?

 

  • What steps need to be taken to find the technological development potential? 

  • How not to stick to the first idea?

  • R&D and daily tasks – how to find a balance?

  • Why should you value failure?

  • How not knowing where you will end up can also be good?

  • How to make money with digital tools?

  • How to turn ideas into export?

  • How to reach your market?

  • How will innovation boost growth?

  • How has Competence centre served as a shortcut for world-class innovations?

Speakers:

  1. Lotte Tisenkopfa-Iltnere, CEO and Co-founder, MADARA Cosmetics JSC, Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Medical Technology Competence Centre 

  2. Roberts Dlohi, Member of the Board, Peruza LTD, Mechanical Engineering Competence Centre

  3. Jānis Endele, Marketing Director, Karavela LTD, Latvian Food Industry Competence Centre

  4. Ilmārs Osmanis, Chairman of the Board, LightSpace Technologies LTD, Electric and Optical Industry Competence Centre

  5. Anna Ramata-Stunda, CEO and Co-founder, Alternative plants LTD, Smart Material and Technology Competence Centre 

  6. Raivis Skadiņš, R&D Director, Tilde LTD, Information and communication technology Competence Centre

I Innovation – a breakthrough in the post Covid-19 world

11.50 - 12.35

The time from scientific results to real products in the globalization era is often very short. Cooperation with scientists makes it possible for businesses to acquire additional resources and knowledge to advance faster and in a greater scope than previously possible. Cooperation, which develops cautiously at the beginning, succeeding in early stages can become permanent synergy and grow into one of the main factors of a company's success.

 

  • How to evaluate the potential of an idea?

  • Tips and recommendations for mutually beneficial cooperation.

  • How can collaboration with researchers contribute to the establishment of your own R&D department?

  • How to turn scientific findings into business products?

  • How to earn from investing in innovation?

Speakers:

  1. Prof. Agris Nikitenko, Professor and Leading Researcher at RTU Department of Artificial Intelligence and Systems Engineering, Electric and Optical Industry Competence Centre

  2. Ingmārs Birks, R&D Director, Kinetic Nail Systems LTD, Smart Materials and Technologies Competence Centre

  3. Prof. Aigars Laizāns, Vice-Rector for Studies of the Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Member of the Senate and Convention, Professor of the Institute of Energy of the Technical Faculty, Smart Engineering, Transport and Energy Competence Centre 

  4. Edgars Starķis, FITS Product Manager, WeAreDots LTD, Information and communication technology Competence Centre

  5. Kristaps Ceplis, Member of the Board, Society "Zaļās mājas" (Green Houses), Forestry Competence Centre 

II Business and Science

12.35 - 13.20

Solving complex problems involves more than a single industry solution. Digitization, automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence - what is it and can it really help me?

 

  • How to find out about the most suitable solutions out there?

  • What are the benefits of transformation?

  • How to attract international partners?

  • How to build a mutually beneficial relationship?

  • How to use the acquired knowledge?

  • How to make money with new solution?

 

Speakers:

  1. Normunds Bergs, Chairman of the Board, SAF Tehnika JSC, Electric and Optical Industry Competence Centre

  2. Vitālijs Skrīvelis, Member of the Board, Pharmidea LTD, Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Medical Technology Competence Centre 

  3. Jānis Ošlejs, CEO, Primekss LTD, Smart Material and Technology Competence Centre

  4. Māris Balodis, Production Manager, AB Metal LTD, Mechanical Engineering Competence Centre 

  5. Dainis Dukurs, MarTo Logistics LTD, Mechanical Engineering Competence Centre 

  6. Toms Auškāps, Member of the Board, Director of Communication and Development, Balticovo JSC, Latvian Food Sector Competence Centre

III Cross-sectoral cooperation: win-win

13.20 - 14.05

Sustainable or green solutions are not only one of the main goals for a global society but they are practical, economically viable and market-driven.

  • How can implementing green solutions reduce my costs?

  • Where and how to look for the demand for green solutions?

  • How to position your green solution in the market?

 

Speakers: 

  1. Āris Jansons, Leading Researcher, Latvian State Forest Research Institute SILAVA, Forestry Competence Centre

  2. Andris Krūmiņš, Member of the Board, Head of BMS Division, Lafivents LTD, Smart Engineering, Transport and Energy Competence Centre

  3. Antra Tamane, Energy efficiency engineer specialized buildings, Lafivents LTD, Smart Engineering, Transport and Energy Competence Centre

  4. Elīna Strade, Manager of Laboratory of Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant, Grindeks JSC, Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Medical Technology Competence Centre 

  5. Pēteris Vašuks, Research and product development project manager, Funduss LTD, Forestry Competence Centre 

  6. Enno Ence, Chairman and Brand Creator, MILZU! LTD, Latvian Food Sector Competence Centre 

  7. Evita Štrausa, Development Manager, MILZU! LTD, Latvian Food Sector Competence Centre

IV GREEN- not only sustainable but also a rational business

14.05 - 14.30

Evija Kleshnika, Senior IT Director, Jeld-Wen Headquarters, USA

International experience and innovation tips

14.30-14.40

Vygandas Jankunas, Policy Officer, Directorate General Research &
Innovation, European Innovation Council Task Force, European Commission

The European Innovation Council for disruptive and breakthrough

innovation

14.40 - 14.45

Raimonds Aleksejenko, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Economics of Latvia

Closing Remarks

10.00 - 10.10

Opening speeches

Jānis Vitenbergs, Minister of Economics of Latvia

Armands Eberhards, Deputy State Secretary on EU funds Issues, Ministry of Finance of Latvia

10.10 - 10.20

Keynote speech: European perspective on the importance of innovation and R&D

Linda Sproģe, Deputy Head of Unit Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania, Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

10.20 - 10.30

Keynote speech

Kaspars Rožkalns, Director General, Latvian Investment and Development Agency

10.30 - 10.45

10.45 - 11.00

Inclusion in value chains: from theory to practice

Sessions

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