Startup Events: TechChill 2020Last Updated: July 1, 2020
Riga, Latvia, in the heart of the Balkans region, is the host city in February for TechChill, a major curtain-raiser for the networking and events season in Europe. Organisers bill it as the best opportunity for European tech sector startups to take their businesses to the next level.
FROM the building blocks of entrepreneurship to the human side of tech… in February 2020, in the snowy Latvia capital of Riga in the heart of the Baltics, TechChill will explore these issues with a global gathering of tech sector founders, investors and entrepreneurs.
TechChill is one of the great startup events for tech entrepreneurs, particularly tech startup leaders, who are working in any corner of the European tech sector to prime their growth and expansion plans for the next 12 months.
It’s at the very onset of the startup events and networking occasions calendar for the year, and TechChill will be graced by some of the most interesting and successful tech speakers globally, including entrepreneurs, CEOs, writers and startups.
TechChill 2020 – what you need to know
Here is a breakdown of the main points of this year’s TechChill spectacular, with details of venue, agenda and speakers who will be attending, as well as information on what makes it significant for startups in the tech sector.
1. What is TechChill 2020 all about?
The agenda of this year’s TechChill event will very much focus on the experiences and insights at the core of startup life—what the organisers have branded ‘The Human Side of Tech’—with an incredible range of speakers, of varied backgrounds, encompassing the most promising and passionate startups with the most innovative ideas, to experienced entrepreneurs. For the 2020 event, TechChill organisers are anticipating a gathering of of more than 1,000 techies from the Baltics, Nordics and Eastern Europe alone.
2. Where and when does TechChill 2020 take place?
TechChill 2020 takes place on February 9-10, in the National Library of Latvia in Riga. Although positioned at the very outside of the tech event season, this year’s TechChill has an impressive lineup of speakers, two full days of events and activities, and a number of side events.
3. What’s the main selling point of TechChill?
The most important thing about the event is that it is organized by the startup community itself, and everyone is involved – the companies, the investors, the accelerators and the policymakers. It’s true community power.
4. What will be happening at this year’s event?
The TechChill programme will explore three main themes across two days and two stages. The first day will focus on the building blocks of entrepreneurship – the practical side of making a product, succeeding at growth, and creating a culture.
On day two, inspiring storytellers will take to the stage to discuss The Human Side of Tech, looking at the role of technology in solving important issues, the personal challenges of success or failure, and how these stories differ from or chime with experiences in difference regions, including Europe, the US and the Middle East. On the second stage, meanwhile, there will be extensive and intensive focus on trending industries and the technologies behind them, including VR, HW and Fintech.
These events are complimented by an evening programme across three days. On February 8, there is a curtain-raiser to the Day One activities, when TWINO hosts a Fintech Talks Meetup on Disruptive Financial Services, discussing disruptive financial services in relation to development of banks, FinTech and GAFA. On February 9, a pre-party will help solidify new connections, and the event will draw to a close following the end of the official programme on February 10, with a massive afterparty, including such highlights as an open-air sauna straight from Helsinki. View the official agenda for full information.
5. Why should startups attend TechChill?
For startups in particular, TechChill is pitched as the best opportunity to move forward. Pitch Academy and Pitch Battle are great opportunities for early stage startups to get feedback and mentorship, and compete for audience attention. A number of companies have found investors in the audiences at these events. Startup Expo is also ideal for showcasing products or ideas to a wider audience. Larger companies can use this to attract new hires and partnerships, and gain valuable knowledge and inspiration for their employees. And the main reason to come is the connections you can make, at the pre-meetings with investors and all the myriad other opportunities you’ll have talk to people you need to meet to grow your business.
6. Who is speaking or presenting at TechChill this year?
The agenda focus is The Human Side of Tech – the good, the bad and the ugly side of entrepreneurship. There are more than 40 speakers from Silicon Valley to Japan, including Karoli Hindriks, Mike Butcher, Bob Tinker, Péter Halácsy, Robin Wauters, Dave Troy and Monty Munford as well as the best startup founders from the Baltics.
Karoli Hindriks, Founder & CEO, Jobbatical.com
Jobbatical is where techies and creatives meet employers across the globe who want to borrow their skills. Karoli has founded three and managed five companies in TV and marketing. In 2016 she was selected among Top 50 Europe’s most influential women in the startup and venture capital space by EU-Startups. She is an alumni for Singularity University. Twice been a nominee for the Europe’s Young Entrepreneur award, and in 2010 was chosen to be among the global Leaders of Tomorrow at the St Gallen Symposium.
Mike Butcher, Editor at Large, TechCrunch
As Editor at Large for the biggest breaking news site about the world’s hottest tech companies, Mike Butcher has been named one of the most influential people in technology by The Daily Telegraph, GfK NOP, The Independent, Wired and The Evening Standard. Mike is also co-founder of TechHub, the co-working network for startups, and founder of the Coalition for a Digital Economy and a London Technology Ambassador.
Bob Tinker, Co-Founder & Board Member, MobileIron
As founding CEO of MobileIron for more than eight years,, Bob led the team that grew the company’s business to more than 10,000 enterprise customers (including over 500 of the Global 2000), built a global channel of more than 350 re-sellers and 30 mobile operators, and generated upwards of $150m per year in the last four quarters.
Péter Halácsy, Co-Founder & CTO, Prezi
Peter is an engineering manager, entrepreneur, software engineer, scientist and teacher. Today he’s the CTO of Prezi.com which is a fast growing startup changing how people share ideas. Building the organisation, stretching the engineers, and coding for a better life, he is truly passionate about entrepreneurship in Europe.
Robin Wauters, Founding Editor, Tech.eu
Robin is a seasoned European technology journalist and founding editor of Tech.eu, the premier source of European technology news, data analysis and market intelligence. He was formerly the European Editor of The Next Web, and before that a senior editor at TechCrunch.
David Troy, CEO, 410 Labs Inc.
Dave Troy is a serial entrepreneur and community activist in Baltimore, Maryland. He is CEO and product architect at 410 Labs, maker of the e-mail management tools Mailstrom.co and Chuck. He has been acknowledged by the founding team at Twitter as the first developer to utilise the Twitter API, with his project ‘Twittervision’. His current crowdsourced project Peoplemaps.org uses social network data to map cities. He is also organiser of TEDxMidAtlantic in Washington, DC and is passionate about data, cities, and entrepreneurship.
Monty Munford, Tech Writer
Monty Munford has 15 years’ experience in the mobile, tech and digital sectors, and is a tech columnist for Forbes and the BBC. He also writes regularly on technology for publications including The Economist, MIT Tech Review, Wired UK, TechCrunch, Mashable, Fast Company and The Memo. He is an experienced speaker internationally, and one of his recent highpoints was a 60-minute one-to-one conversation with Steve Wozniak before an audience of 8,000 people in Beirut.
7. Admission details
Full details of ticketing are available on the event website, where Startup and General Passes are €99. It’s good to get an early march on ticketing and registration. Organisers are preparing briefings on which startups are registered to attend, and setting up one-to-one meetings for investors, who are researching who they would like to meet. If you are attending, the sooner you get a pass, the most you will gain from the event.