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Feb 07, 2013 from 18:00 till 20:00
Entrepreneurship is sprouting up all around us. Recently, US Ambassador Pekala launched an entrepreneurial mentorship program Incubating Business Incubators between the business incubators in New Orleans and Latgale, encouraging young entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams. The Entrepreneurial mentorship program is supported by the US Embassy and Baltic-American Freedom Foundation.

Following a pitch panel the US Embassy hosted a reception for business incubators from Latgale and AmCham.

The US Ambassador introduced the initiative, aimed at fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Latgale region. Edmunds Sprudzs, Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development praised the unique opportunity for the local business incubators to connect with the start-up community in New Orleans.
 
During the reception, entrepreneurs met with AmCham members to tell them about their business ideas and to establish contacts. From beekeeping  to pizza  business, the next generation of entrepreneurs is here to stay.

The following group of best business pitches are selected to travel to New Orleans, US to take part in the 5th Annual Entrepreneur Week this March:

Inga Zeltina, 5 Labas Zinas, Rezekne
Marika Rudzite-Grike, ArGaumi, Livani
Lauris Jonins, EL Prod, Rezekne
Ervins Kopeika, Kogibox, Daugavpils
Evija Kotane, Picu Bode, Preili
Janis Krivtezs, Teirs, Rezekne

Four staff members from the incubators will also be attending the 5th Annual Entrepreneur Week:

Viktorija Lavrentjeva, Balvi
Aija Vanaga, Daugavpils
Kristiana Karcevska, Rezekne
Maris Igavens, Latgale Regional manager

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I look forward to promoting stronger U.S.-Latvia ties and working with AmCham members to ensure Latvia is a trusted destination for international business.

John Tully, Chairman of the Board of MikroTik

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