AmCham works hard to accomplish its goals and is a voice in the business community that is heard.
Filips Klavins, Managing Partner at Ellex Klavins
The Latvian-American Innovation Award is organized by the Baltic American Freedom Foundation (BAFF), AmCham Latvia, and the U.S. Embassy in Riga, together with TechHub Riga and the Latvian Startup Association since 2018 to promote entrepreneurship, research-driven innovation, and closer economic ties between Latvia and the United States.
Who can apply?
The award will be granted 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 Award seeks to inspire and recognize innovation across business and commerce, academic and scientific research, medicine and health, the environment, energy, and education.
The winner will receive €10,000 (gross) and the runner-up €5,000 (gross). The award is intended to recognize innovative thinking and project design, as well as strong collaboration between Latvian and U.S. developers; it is not intended as seed money for start-up companies or to support specific organizational plans or models. The latest Award Ceremony took place on December 9, 2021 online.
The applicants are evaluated by the professional jury including:
The Award guidelines with selection criteria as well as terms and conditions are available: HERE
UAV Factory, winner of the 4th Latvian-American Innovation Award in 2021 for their long-endurance aircraft “Penguin C Mk2 VTOL”. Read more: HERE
HackMotion , winner of the 3rd Latvian-American Innovation Award in 2020 for their innovative tool for learning new movements. More information: HERE
Trauma Simulator, winner of the 2nd Latvian-American Innovation Award in 2019 developed a virtual reality training system that allows medical students to practice and improve their performance in emergency situations. Read more: HERE
AmCham and PwC share the same values and targets to achieve socially.
Zlata Elksnina-Zascirinska, Country Managing Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers