About the Venture Camp

Riga-Cambridge Venture Camp 2019/2020 will be organized in Autumn/Winter in Riga, Latvia and Cambridge, United Kingdom. Students and would be or just started entrepreneurs are invited to take part in the Venture Camp. In the first part of the Camp, which will be held in Riga , participants will work in teams to develop their business ideas and chase for the opportunity to participate in the second part of the Camp in Cambridge. Best participants and teams will be nominated to take part in the Cambridge module. The lessons in Riga and Cambridge will be led by acknowledged faculty members of universities and entrepreneurs.

The initiator of the Venture Camp is champion of entrepreneurship encouragement, professor Alan Barrell, D.B.A., F.R.S.A. (www.alanbarrell.com), who has spent more than 40 years in senior executive positions in technology-based companies, and has international experience as a professor working in several leading universities in the UK, Finland and China. The mission of Alan is to promote entrepreneurship in all parts of the world and empower people of different backgrounds or society levels to work out their entrepreneurial projects. To expand the perspectives of start-ups and students from Latvia, Riga-Cambridge Venture Camp is being organised for the fifth consecutive year.


  • Students, would be or young entrepreneurs, innovators with their business idea (with or without a team)
  • You, even if you have no business idea, but do have a passion to join the entrepreneurial team and help with your competences


The program of the Venture Camp is structured in two modules. The first module will take place in Riga and up to 75 participants can be engaged. The second module will take place in Cambridge, U. K. where 25 best participants of the first Riga module will be invited.

The program is organized by CONNECT Latvia in cooperation with the Cambridge Innovation Academy. Main partner – Riga City Council. Partners – Anglia Ruskin University,  Faculty of Business, Economics and Management of the University of Latvia, Latvian Investment and Development Agency Representative Office in the United Kingdom, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Riga Technical University.

Program team: Madara Mara Irbe, Elmars Baltins (both – CONNECT Latvia), Karlis Purmalis, Liva Bekere (both – University of Latvia), Natalja Tocelovska (SSE Riga), Modris Ozolins (Riga Technical University), Janis Prusis (Riga City Council); Cambridge members – Alan Barrell (Chairman of team) and Jan Storgards.

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