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Lightspace Technologies raises 800 thousand euros

Oct 22

Lightspace Technologies has attracted 800 thousand euros from Estonian and Danish business angels and existing shareholders. These investments will help Lightspace Technologies to further develop new and existing products.

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In Memoriam Ojars Eriks Kalnins

Oct 21

An outstanding diplomat, public and political figure, Member of the Saeima, former Ambassador of Latvia to the U.S. and AmCham Honorary member Ojārs Ēriks Kalniņš, passed away on October 14, 2021 in Riga. On behalf of the AmCham community, we offer our deepest condolences to Irma Kalnina and entire Kalnins’ family and friends. Ojars Kalnins dedicated his extraordinary life to Latvia. We will remember him for his endless support and guidance in enhancing relations between Latvia and the U.S., and his devotion and service to Latvia.

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Novartis Co-Creating Impact Summit open for registration

Oct 15

Novartis invites to join the virtual Co-Creating Impact Summit 2021 on December 2nd that will bring together thought-leaders and experts from academia, institutions, business, and the financial markets to discuss the expanding spectrum of impact challenges and opportunities. Novartis also offers a virtual exhibition (available from November): ivac-cocreating-impact.com

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New program of digital skills development courses for Baltics

Oct 15

Microsoft together with partners LIKTA and LUMIC launches the Baltic Virtual Internship Project giving everyone the opportunity to improve their digital skills and gain practical experience in virtual internships in Baltic organizations and companies. It is expected that 30,000 people from the Baltics will join the program. The courses in the program “Business and Data Analysis” already started on 6 October.

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Latest news on FICIL work groups

Oct 13

The Foreign Investors Council in Latvia or FICIL is one of AmCham's closest advocacy partners. You are invited to take part in one of its many working groups. The following WGs have scheduled meetings in November 2021: labor force and education, investment protection and court efficiency as well as green economy development. If you would like to take part in one of the work groups, please sign up directly here. Please note that work groups formulate opinions relevant to the business climate as a whole, not individual investors.
 

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OSAC Meeting
Oct 12

On October 12 OSAC Riga Council met for a meeting at the U.S. Embassy to discuss the topics of cyber security, ransomware and banking cyber threats with guest speakers Greg Schnakenberg, Legal Attache/Special Agent at FBI and Kaspars Briska, Head of Cyber Security at Citadele Bank.

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COBALT joins the Mindful Business Charter

Oct 11

COBALT as one of the first company's from the Baltics recently joined the Mindful Business Charter to foster better working practices for mental health and wellbeing. The Charter, originally launched by Barclays and law firms Pinsent Masons and Addleshaw Goddard in October 2018, brings organizations and their service providers together to reach a shared agenda for mental health and wellbeing.

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30 years of resumption of U.S.-Latvia diplomatic ties
Oct 07

On October 7, AmCham and the U.S. Embassy in Latvia co-hosted a reception to commemorate 30 years since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Latvia. It was a unique opportunity to look back at the last 30 years of our shared history and celebrate this important milestone. 

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AmCham calls to invest in health

Oct 07

AmCham released a position calling for sustainable investments in healthcare in order to ensure healthy nation and economic growth. We propose to increase public funding for healthcare by considering to link the healthcare budget to the GDP growth as well as providing the necessary funding for the fight with oncological diseases. To view the statement in Latvian and English.

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APPLY NOW I Latvian-American Innovation Award

Oct 06

Latvian-American Innovation Award is designed to highlight and promote entrepreneurship, research-driven innovation, and closer economic ties between Latvia and the United States. The award will be presented to a Latvian individual, organization, university, or firm that has developed a cutting-edge technology or innovative solutions in collaboration with a U.S. partner. The winner will receive €10,000 and a runner-up €5,000. Applications are due by October 22.

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Dace Silava-Tomsone, Managing Partner, COBALT

Membership is an attestation that we belong to the modern Latvian business community.

Dace Silava-Tomsone, Managing Partner, COBALT