The Baltics go to Ukraine: TechChill announces cross-ecosystem meetup in Kyiv

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TechChill announced on stage at its annual flagship event in Riga that it is going to Ukraine and is inviting the innovation ecosystem to join.

Entrepreneurs from Latvia will drive 9 donated vehicles from Riga to Kyiv, followed by an ecosystem meetup in collaboration with Lift99 Kyiv Hub. 

The meetup is intended to bring together the Baltic and Ukrainian startup ecosystems—to not only demonstrate support for Ukraine but also learn from each other and share insights. Ten Ukrainian startups will present their companies, and the Latvian delegation will present funding and growth opportunities within the Latvian startup ecosystem. The meetup will be followed by networking and refreshments. 

Ukraine startups Techchill
Ukraine startups Techchill

Latvia and the Baltic states have been staunch supporters of Ukraine, and TechChill is no exception. TechChill recently organized its flagship event in Riga, Latvia, which focused on DefenseTech and support for Ukraine. In addition to the on-stage content that has a major focus on DefenseTech, a delegation of startups from Ukraine was present, with 8 startups that were hand-selected by Ukraine’s Digital Ministry, and TechChill also held the Run for Ukraine, a charity run to raise funds for drones.

By bridging the Latvian and Ukrainian ecosystems, TechChill hopes to further strengthen their ties and bolster and support the Ukrainian people, economy, and startups through soft-power measures. 

We are very impressed with the resilience of Ukraine and its startup community. We hope to continue strengthening ties with the Baltic startup ecosystem to benefit both.

By driving to Kiyiv we demonstrate unequivocally that we stand with Ukraine, and by bringing out startup ecosystems closer together, we highlight that we have much in common to fight for.

Annija Mežgaile, TechChill CEO
Annija Mezgaile, Ernests Stals
Annija Mezgaile, Ernests Stals

The convoy is organized in collaboration with “Entrepreneurs for Peace“, a Latvian organization that organizes fundraising activities and car convoys to strengthen the Ukrainian front. To date, the organization has raised more than €10M. 

TechChill convoy