The Baltic states, namely Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, have seen the growth of a vibrant startup ecosystem over the past years. Today, the region is home to over 5,000 startups and scaleups, according to Dealroom, including 12 unicorns.
To showcase the region’s hottest startups and most promising innovations, a number of large scale events are being organized in the Baltics each year.
Today, we look at the top six upcoming fintech events taking place in the coming months in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. These events are mostly focused on the broader tech scene, but with fintech taking such a big place in the region’s startup ecosystem, all of these events have fintech sessions and conferences scheduled in their agendas.
Blockchain, Metauniverses, and Web 3.0
April 26, 2022
Rockit, Vilnius, Lithuania
The metaverse has been one of the hottest trends in the tech world this past year, and will continue to dominate headlines moving forward.
During this conference, which will take place on April 26 at fintech hub Rockit Vilnius, blockchain experts and entrepreneurs will discuss this emerging trend, and related topics.
Speakers will include Ada Jonuse, CEO and co-founder of Lympo, a sports non-fungible tokens (NFTs) ecosystem; Danielius Stasiulis, CEO and co-founder of BitDegree, one of the leading edtech in Lithuania and Europe; and Greta Monstavice, CEO and co-founder of Katalista Ventures, the first triple top line (business that creates a positive impact on the environment, society and its finances) hybrid starter and fund in the Baltic states.
April 27 – 29, 2022
Hybrid, Hanzas Perons, Riga, Latvia
TechChill is one of the main events in the Baltics focusing on the tech and startup ecosystem, bringing together each year 2,300+ attendees, including over 300 of the fastest-growing startups, most innovative corporations, 200 investors active in the region, 100 media representatives, and talented tech enthusiasts.
TechChill’s 2022 edition will be centered around three key pillars: sustainability, neo humans and everything around human and technology interaction, and outliers and everything around startups.
Key topics covered this year will include Web 3.0, NFTs, cryptocurrencies, the decentralized creator economy, diversity and sustainability, regulation, healthtech, the future of money and payments, and European tech.
Confirmed speakers include Dr Melissa Sassi, chief penguin of student and entrepreneur experience within the IBM Z division of IBM; Mantas Mikuskas, an angel investor and the co-founder and COO of Vinted, a social marketplace for pre-loved clothing; Agate S. Freimane, general partner at Norrsken VC; Rytis Vitkauskas, partner at Lightspeed; Martin Tajur, an angel investor and the co-founder of Pipedrive; Merit Valdsalu, CEO and co-founder of Single.Earth, an Estonian startup tokenizing the world’s nature to save it; and Rolands Mesters, CEO and co-founder of Nordigen, an open banking startup; among many others.
May 19 – 20, 2022
Hybrid, Kultuurikatel, Tallinn, Estonia
Latitude59 2022, an annual startup conference, will take place on May 19 and 20, 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia at the Kultuurikatel, a century-old power plant transformed into a one-of-the-kind creative hub.
The event will feature various networking opportunities, in-depth discussions with top international players, several pitching rounds for both startups as well as investors, and an overall chance for the industry to get together and reflect on the past year and forge new plans for the future.
Participants can expect showcases that reach way beyond the venue, pitching competitions attracting interest both on- and offline, and plenty of founder stories for inspiration and guidance on how to remain resilient during those challenging times.
As an added bonus, startup ticket holders will also be able to apply to a dedicated mentor program, designed to help overcome the most critical roadblocks and find answers to all the burning questions that have accumulated during the crisis and beyond.
Investors will have access to the most promising and fastest-growing startups from the region with a special spotlight also on those startups that were born out of the crisis.
In the true spirit of being the flagship event of e-Estonia, Latitude59 2022 will also be available online, all around the world.
Register here: https://latitude59.ee/
Startup Fair. Connect 2022
May 26, 2022
Hybrid, Kablys + Kultūra, Vilnius, Lithuania
Startup Fair is an annual and the main international startup ecosystem event in Lithuania organized by Startup Lithuania. Startup Fair. Connect 2022, taking place on May 26, 2022, will bring together the startup community to meet, build bonds and create meaningful connections.
This year’s event is expected to bring together more than 1,500 attendees, 60 speakers, 60 investors, 200 startups, and 44 pitch battle participants.
Participants will get to hear from local and international experts who will discuss the hottest industry trends, and share their success stories. Participants will also get to see promising startups pitch their and compete on stage.
The event will feature a matchmaking platform where participants will get to discover the most relevant attendees including startups and investors, and arrange meetings with them.
Startup Day 2022
August 24 – 26, 2022
Hybrid, University of Tartu Sports Centre, Tartu, Estonia
Startup Day is one of the biggest business festival in the Baltics, bringing together startups, traditional entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, and students. The aim of the event is to connect like-minded people and celebrate entrepreneurship in the smart city of Tartu, Estonia.
This year’s Startup Day will feature a marvelous stage program, effective matchmaking, hands-on seminars, demo area full of innovation and vibrant side events. The inspirational-educational program will consist of various topics, ranging from marketing to space tech, fundraising to the smart city, and artificial intelligence (AI) to the creative economy.
Confirmed speakers include top executives from fintech companies Paxful and Jeff App, as well as banks and governmental agencies.
Riga Comm 2022
October 06 – 07, 2022
Kipsala International Exhibition Centre, Riga, Latvia
Riga Comm is an annual business technology fair and conference taking place in Riga, Latvia. Each year, the event is attended by more than 5,000 entrepreneurs of service and manufacturing fields, heads of government institutions, as well as industry professionals.
The event aims to allow participants to learn about the latest offers of digital service providers and product manufacturers from the Baltics and other countries, consult with knowledgeable specialists and together select the solutions that are most suitable for their businesses and organizations.
Riga Comm 2022 will feature more than a dozen of events, including the Fintech Conference, the E-Commerce Conference, the Cybersecurity Conference, the Web3 Conference, the Tech Expo, as well as networking sessions.