City development department of the Riga city council is actively involved in supporting the local entrepreneurial environment. We manage 3 entrepreneurial support programs: Take-off (Atspēriens), Riga Courage Grant (Rīgas drosmes grants) and Riga-Cambridge venture camp. Take-off is our oldest and most ambitious support program, focused on seasoned entrepreneurs with smart and innovative solutions. The other two programs are focused at encouraging up-and-coming entrepreneurs at the early stages of their business idea development.
We participate in various working groups and field related events and are actively involved in the development and strategic planning of such ecosystems as: start-up, smart city, real estate and global business services (GBS). We are focusing on investment attraction in cooperation with Investment and Development Agency and other partners. Creative industries are also of great importance to us, thus, with help of EU project North Star Film Alliance (NSFA), we are involved in the promotion of the film industry from the perspective of location offers for filming to international agents and location scouts. Additionally, such activities as mentoring, discussing, evaluating, as well as participation in other developmental activities – all naturally fall under our scope of work.