27.02.2019. - WEDNESDAY

Vidzeme Innovation Conference, "Innovation for Development", Day 1

Innovations can be present in any company, farm, also public administration. To what extent Vidzeme can call itself innovative?  Does Latvia have the potential and the right conditions to compete with the most innovative? And where does exactly the small entrepreneur find a place in this system?

There are opportunities in the hands of the public administration by which it could organize not only its own processes but also stimulate business development.

 

First, you have to CHANGE the way of thinking.

 

The working languages of the conference:

  • from 13:00 to 16:30 Latvian
  • from 16:00 to 16:30 Latvian with translation to English
  • from 16:30 to 17:15 English
Agenda
12:30 - 13:00
Registration, Coffee
Moderator of the conference - Lilita Sparāne
Experience and knowledge shared by:
13:00 - 13:05
Welcome remarks by Head of VPR Development Council, Opening of Innovation exhibition
Welcome remarks by Head of VPR Development Council, Opening of Innovation exhibition
Experience and knowledge shared by:
13:05 - 13:35
Why innovation is important?
What is innovation and why is it important? There are various contributing factors that trigger innovation - interesting to find out what they are. What is their role in the public and private sectors? Why should we aim for innovation?
Experience and knowledge shared by:
13:35 - 13:55
Vidzeme is on the road to innovate
Vidzeme is a region that cares to be among the best. A region for which it is important to create a strong business and innovation environment. Vidzeme Planning Region has made the creation of an innovation ecosystem one of its priorities.
Experience and knowledge shared by:
13:55 - 14:15
Latvia - environment and place to develop innovation
Is there an appropriate environment and conditions for developing innovation in Latvia? For inspiration and experience, the story of Latvia's role in the great world of innovation. Are we able to compete with Scandinavians or others in Europe?
Experience and knowledge shared by:
14:15 - 15:30
Innovation as an instrument for regional development
Regional development panel discussion, with representatives from Vidzeme Planning Region, Ministry of Economy of Latvia, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia, RTU Cēsis Branch, and entrepreneur
15:30 - 15:45
Brief summary from panel discussions
Brief summary from panel discussions
Experience and knowledge shared by:
15:45 - 16:15
Coffee break
16:15 - 16:30
Innovation in the region - myth or reality?
Can the location of the company affect its development? What are the benefits and/or risks of setting up a company outside big cities?Whether the support is sufficient and meets the real requirements of business environment?
Experience and knowledge shared by:
16:30 - 17:15
Inspirational stories for strengthening innovation support
We often expect support from institutions at European, national or regional level. But we can also engage individually in finding new forms of cooperation and solutions. For inspiration, practical examples from the Netherlands, Slovenia and Sweden.
Experience and knowledge shared by:
17:15 - 17:30
Summary of Day 1
17:45 - 20:00
Networking (light dinner, drinks and musical surprise)
Organizers