8th Seed Forum Vilnius October 17, 2013
The forum presented 8 companies from Lithuania, Latvia and Finland and was kindly hosted by Swedbank, Vilnius. Key-notes at the forum were given by the Ambassador of Norway, HE Leif-Arne Ulland, by the Head of Swedbank in Lithuania, Mrs. Dovile Grigiene, by Mr. Erik Tønnesen of Skagerak Venture in Norway and by the head of Innovation Norway in Lithuania, Rita Boguzaite. The evening reception of the forum was kindly held at the Embassy of Norway in the Ambassador`s Residence.
More than 80 people took part in the international investor forum where the projects were presented by both experienced companies and start-ups. The audience was warmly greeted by His Excellency President Valdas Adamkus who rounded up his speech with very important notes and meaningful suggestions:
I suggest that the current policy-makers should not only talk about innovation, but also include it in the state budget so that state agencies as well as private initiatives like Seed Forum and other accelerators, helping innovative Lithuanian companies educate in investment process, could find financial investors and grow faster across borders. They should be supported by state funding as well as helped by the administrative capacity just as in other countries, where governments already promote and support private initiatives like Seed Forum…
Venue off the event: Swedbank building, ground floor auditorium, Konstitucijos ave. 20 A, Vilnius, Lithuania
Date of the event: Thursday the 17th of October 2013