Having outgrown the 400m2 space TechHub Riga occupied for the first two years of its existence, Latvia's leading co-working and startup community organization will move into brand new, modern premises in the old city in Riga on Kalku Street in September. The rapid success of teams like Infogr.am, Cobook, Sellfy and Froont, all of which started at TechHub, has helped inspire a new generation of startups to conquer global markets from Latvia. The official launch of the new co-working space will take place on November 21st.
The non-profit foundation TechHub Riga opened doors in February 2012, with a launch attended by a pan-Baltic startup crowd, international guests as well as the Latvian Minister for Economics and ambassadors from the UK and USA. Along with the launch, TechHub organized the first ever TechCrunch Baltics conference. Starting with about 20 members, the TechHub Riga co-working space has since grown to over 100 members from over 30 startup teams, many of which are members of full-time resident teams working from the premises. TechHub Riga organizes the central regular startup event of the eco-system - the monthly TechHub meetup - as well as the annual TechChill Baltics conference (which replaced TechCrunch Baltics), office hours and mentoring, and also hosts many other developer meetups.
During the last 2 years, many of Latvia's most successful fast-growing startups have emerged from TechHub Riga. These include Infogr.am, Sellfy, Froont, Cobook, Fastr Books, MaxTraffic, and Reach.ly. They have inspired a new generation of entrepreneurs to follow in their footsteps and as a result TechHub has expanded a number of desks available for resident members. The new premises will also provide more drop-in space for Flex and Lite members who do not have their own dedicated desks
TechHub Riga also faced an unexpected challenge: teams that grew larger wanted to stay at the co-working space. As Uldis Leiterts, CEO of Infogr.am puts it: �We did not want to leave TechHub, even as we approached 20 team members, because our team and new recruits loved the community�. To address this, in the new space TechHub Riga will provide glassed-off team spaces for more established 4-8 member teams that want separate space where they can work together, but still remain in the co-working space and mix with the rest of the community.
In total, almost 800m2 of space is available, including a full kitchen and dining area, space for small developer meetups, multiple meeting rooms, rest areas, Skype call booths and outdoor terrace. Artist drawings of the new space are available here. On another floor of the same building a large meeting space will be available for monthly meetups and larger events.
Membership at the new TechHub Riga offers a variety of co-working space options. All TechHub Riga members receive a benefit package of discounts (including cloud hosting, customer service and other startup technology providers), access to free member-only events, discounts for the TechChill Baltics conference and other paid events as well as access to regular mentoring events. Membership options are as follows:
- Resident (dedicated desk, 24 hour access) - �100/member/month
- Resident lite (drop-in access all week during working hours, no dedicated desk) - �75/member/month
- Flex (occasional drop-in access during working hours) - �400/member/year
- Team (dedicated 4-8 person team space, 24 hour access):
- �500 per month for 4 person team space (max 5 members)
- �750 per month for 6 person team space (max 8 members)
- �1000 per month for 8 person team space (max 10 members)
- Resident and team space members also enjoy drop-in visitor rights at other TechHub locations such as the original co-working space at Google Campus at TechCity in London.
Spaces are limited, especially for team spaces - applications are being accepted now.
The new TechHub Riga also opens great opportunities for corporate and private supporters to help the mission of TechHub Riga to develop the next generation of startup entrepreneurs. By �sponsoring a desk�, these supporters are helping to cover the costs of running the foundation and make way for more resources and activities to support Latvian entrepreneurs. Desk sponsorship costs �500 per desk, and each desk is afterwards labelled with the supporters name or company. Private individual sponsorship lasts for three years, while corporate sponsorship needs to be renewed annually. Corporate branding on the desks or hanging above them can be agreed with sponsorship of 4 or more desks. The meeting rooms may also be sponsored for �3000 each per year, granting permission to the sponsor to decorate and name the room. All sponsors will be invited to our launch and conference events and be celebrated alongside our original Founder Members who helped launch TechHub Riga space.
The Chairman and co-founder of TechHub Riga Andris K. Berzins invites supporters to help out: �The four of us who co-founded TechHub Riga, along with our two new board members are all unpaid volunteers. The goal of the foundation is to create the environment for successful startups that spark innovation, growth and jobs. Please support our efforts to grow the next generation of technology entrepreneurs.�
The official opening of the new TechHub Riga space will take place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, on November 21st, and will be attended by visiting startup leaders, TechHub members, government representatives, ambassadors and a variety of our other friends and supporters.
For more information on membership and sponsorship contact TechHub Riga General Manager: Alise Lezdina (firstname.lastname@example.org or +371 29667744).