Garage48 first ever in Kurzeme

The well known hackathon GARAGE48 will land in Ventspils city, Latvia from May 10 to 12. Garage48 is the weekend during which participants in 10-15 teams develop their web and mobile application business ideas into working products or services. The hackathon has already landed in more than 20 countries in Europe and Africa, including, 4 times in Latvia – Riga and Valmiera cities.

The main philosophy behind Garage48 is „Less talks, more action!” and this atmosphere enables the participants to turn their ideas into working prototypes, often with global market potential, just in 48 hours. Garage48 has it all in one place – smart people, leading mentors, great and even crazy ideas, and spirit of fun, ambition and competition.

Garage48 Ventspils will gather such international mentors as Ed Howson and Tom Godber (UK; co-founders of Masabi), Karsten Vandrup (Denmark; founder of Latvisoft, Lizard Technology, other), Ragnar Sass and Priit Salumaa (Estonia; Garage48 organisation; founders of Pipedrive and Mooncascade) and others to join. The hackathon is sponsored by its reliable partners Microsoft and Credit24, as well as Ventspils city council. Updates on sponsors and special prizes are on the way.

Garage48 Ventspils: May 10 – 12, 2013

Venue: Ventspils University College (Inženieru street 101, Ventspils, Latvia)

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We are expecting in Garage48 Ventspils up to 100 participants, including, large share of smart people from Kurzeme region. Likewise international participants are expected which by experience of Garage48 Riga represented as many as 15 countries.

If you desire to gain great experience and network in the international start-up and IT community, and are good at any of these skills – strategic thinking, project management, graphic design, development of web and mobile applications, marketing – or you have business idea based on web or mobile applications, Garage48 Ventspils is the right place you.

Already now Ventspils University College and Liepaja University have gifted software and electronics developers, multimedia designers and potential entrepreneurs, as well as Business incubator of Ventspils High Technology Park and Kurzeme Business incubator host more than 20 IT and design companies. Nonetheless, we believe that Garage48 Ventspils will take the start-up and IT community of Kurzeme to much higher level, including, birth of products and services with international market potential.

The great impact of Garage48 has been evident in Riga and Valmiera, where several successful projects were born. One of Garage48 Riga success stories is Qminder products - queue management system in crowded places (shopping malls etc). Instead of waiting in queue according to numbered paper coupon customers can use Qminder mobile application to book and keep track of the queue. Qminder participated in Seecamp where he raised risk capital investment and currently has business clients worlwide, e.g., Brazil, Thailand, Australia.

In turn, one of the success stories of Garage48 Valmiera is Fastr product – application for IPads and IPhones enabling speedreading of books and other e-materials. Over the last year Fastr has raised business angel investment of 50 thousand EUR, started operations in Valmiera Business and innovation incubator, and is taking grip of the market.

So see you on May 10-12 in Ventspils Garage48!

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VHTP Business incubator

Tel. +371 63629661