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Startup Pirates is an entrepreneurial trial for aspiring entrepreneurs, creating a worldwide community of ultimate changemakers willing to share, learn and grow together.

Why join the navy... if you can be a Pirate?

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  • Info calendar

    October 11 to 18, 2015

  • Info location

    Microsoft Latvia, 1 Zaļā Street, Riga, Latvia (Map)

  • Info languages

    Presentations and work in English

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THE ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE

Startup Pirates is not an event. It is a whole experience for life.

In this one-week program, our pirates dive in the startup world and have the opportunity and the tools to develop a business idea from scratch.

But if you think Startup Pirates is only about developing one idea, think again. This is a whole experience, the ultimate entrepreneurship trial, the entrance to a unique and exclusive worldwide community of change-makers and the boost you've been waiting for.

We gather the most promising aspiring entrepreneurs and fearless experienced guests to share and learn together in a combination of workshops, mentoring, inspirational moments and some wild surprises.

This is not the place to be taught, is the place to learn!

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

 

WHY JOIN?

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    The workshops

    Attend about 8 high quality workshops on what we call "the survival toolbox": business model, product development, pitch and more.

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    Mentoring

    Meet experienced entrepreneurs and innovators who will join us to support your team.

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    Networking

    Create connections with around 30 guests and 29 more pirates with the same flame and sense of adventure as you.

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    Prizes and perks

    Get the chance of winning valuable prizes that will help you thrive. Get access to our network of super cool perk partners.

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    Precious feedback

    You’ll have the opportunity to present your project to investors and business leaders. Their precious feedback will let you understand what these big cap’ns think of your project.

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    Pitch

    Get ready to pitch like a parrot. You’ll improve your pitch skills throughout the program.

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    Get one idea of the ground

    Even if you don’t have an idea, you’ll pass through the process of developing one. No one can ever take this knowledge and experience from you.

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    Have fun and get inspired

    You'll work hard but make no mistake, this is not just work. We promise you’ll have fun and get inspired all along the way.

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    Be part of the family

    Startup Pirates is not just a program, it is a family, a community. You’ll be a member of an exclusive and international network of fearless people who also happen to love to scream Arrr!

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    This is just the beginning

    This is just a springboard. Get yourself kick started!

Who are we looking for
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    1: Lonely buchaneers

    If you’re a solo sailor without an idea but eager to learn, you can join a team and help them develop an idea

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    2: Looking for a crew

    You have the idea but you’re looking for a team. There are pirates wanting to join you here...

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    3: One crew, one idea

    You already have the crew, you also have the idea, but you wish you could improve on that idea and accelerate it. You’re welcome!

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Team Building
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Entrepreneurship 101: Vita Brakovska
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Team Management: Glen Grant
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Ideas Pitch
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Business Model: Dāvis Štēbelis
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Uldis Leiterts
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Customer Development / Lean Startup: Kristaps Mors
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Monea
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How to Pitch: Māris Daģis
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Marketing and sales: Vigants Lesausks
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Finance and Investment: Toms Jurjevs
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GUESTS

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Dāvids Štēbelis

Speaker

Dāvids is Business Trainer & Mentor at Green Technology Incubator. He specializes in business models — what does it take from an idea to your first earnings?

Dāvids Štēbelis

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Arturs Zandersons

Judge

Senior Consultant at Deloitte, Co-founder at StartupLatvia, Arturs Zandersons is an experienced business consultant with passion towards Strategic Company & Product management, Organizational Design & Performance Management and fostering innovative start-ups. One of the Latvian startup community activists, organizer of Latvian Startup Business missions to Silicon Valley.

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Dāvis Siksnāns

Mentor

Dāvis Siksnāns is a co-founder at Printful and Project Manager at Draugiem Group. Dāvis is a product-focused manager with experience in mobile and web application development with a passion for great UX, conversion rate optimization and content marketing. Dāvis has worked in many projects and he is also fond of the startup culture.

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Rinalds Trukšs

Mentor

Rinalds is a founder and engine of the Nordic Club House passionate for new business models. An entrepreneur, consultant and endurance athlete with over ten years of experience in structuring finance for business development, start-up and innovation projects.

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Deniss Belajevs

Judge

Dennis studied electrical engineering, IT and telecommunications at the Riga Technical University and have been working in Industry, Energy and ICT in the Nordics and Baltics for the last 20 years, first as Sales Engineer (1993), then as Department Manager (1995-2000), then as Director and Business Development Director and Product manager for various clients including himself.
Since 2012 Denis joined Latvian Tech Startup Ecosystem as entrepreneur, mentor, advisor and acceleration program tutor. 2010 started new ventures2013 co-organized Commercialization Reactor events
2013 co-organized Latvian startup missions to Silicon Valley, USA2014 co-organized 1st ever Startup Weekend in Riga
2014 Growth Hacker (VP Marketing) at Global Latvian car rental startup Booking Group economybookings.com eavtoprokat.ru global car rental Affiliate Partner Program coordinator

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Kārlis Apkalns

Judge

Kārlis is a Consultant, Trainer and Teacher, founder of Master Sales.

Kārlis Apkalns

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Matīss Krēsliņš

Mentor

Matīss Krēsliņš supports and encourages the development of perspective business projects in the are of Jēkabpils and Aizkraukle. He has not only an extensive experience in marketing and sales but also five years` experience in the field of financial consulting and auditing. Matīss holds a master`s degree in business administration (MBA) from Riga Technical University and has worked in a leading audit and financial companies – KPMG and Ernst & Young.

Matīss Krēsliņš

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Sanita Kovaļeva

Judge

Sanita is a consultant and researcher, a co-founder of the Nordic Club House. Through fusion of analysis and creativity, she has been managing processes, teams and finance and finding fitting solutions for idea and partnership development for over a decade.

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Viesturs Sosārs

Mentor

Viesturs has served as CEO for a Latvian audio technology startup RealSoundLab for the past 7 years, leading the company through successful development of a licensing business model with major global consumer brands. Viesturs is also non-executive Director at start-up Petersoon, as well as Managing Director of TechVentures FMC, and mentor to various Baltic accelerator and incubator programs. 
Viesturs earned his MBA from the Open University Business School and his MD from Stradins University.

Viesturs Sosārs

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Mārtiņš Kalniņš

Mentor

Co-founder and COO of Monea, prior Monea has been Serial entrepreneur in IT area: co-founder of Mykoob (CRM for schools), creator of Free Wifi project at Riga International Airport.

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Kārlis Brils

Mentor

Kārlis, a founder at SIA Moveo and management consultant. Kārlis is an expert in a field of external finance attraction. He helps startups to identify opportunities for raising funds, is familiar with the rules and possible pitfalls and has a good eye on details. Kārlis holds an economics BSC from Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, for several years has worked in the fund management company TechVentures and gained great experience working with EU structural funds, state programs, debt and private equity.

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Kristaps Mors

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 Kristaps Mors is founder & CEO at e-commerce optimization platform MaxTraffic, and owner of online advertising network GetGamers. 

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Aigars Mačiņš

Mentor

New technology evangelist covering cloud and app platforms. Current interests are internet of things and machine learning. In past used to deal with ERP (Dynamics Ax) and .net development.

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Mikus Opelts

Speaker

Mikus is passionately researching visual communication in order to find out how to it impacts online sales of real estate, cars, furniture etc. He is the founder of Giraffe360 which makes interactive visualisations for these industries. 

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Uldis Leiterts

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Uldis is a co-founder of Infogr.am - a data visualisation company that has grown to become most popular infographics creator in the world. Based out of Riga and San Francisco Infogr.am serving infographics to BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and many others, reaching of total 15 million people monthly.

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Vita Brakovska

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Founder of NGO ZINIS and Knowledge Angel on topics related to creative thinking methodology and innovative entrepreneurship. Passioned about exploring individual's internal creative resources and transforming them into unique competences. Facilitated more than 500 workshops since 2009 both in Latvia and abroad.

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Vigants Lesausks

Mentor

Vigants is an Area Manager, Eastern Europe at Scoro Software, Sales coach and growth consultant who works with startups on a regular basis as lector, mentor and friend.

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Artis Kehris

Mentor

Artis is Head of Advertising Sales at Ask.fm and a business developer with extensive experience in the international programmatic ad sales, strategic partnerships, new product development and start-up environment. 

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Glen Grant

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Glen Grant is currently a lecturer in Human Resource Management (HRM) for the BBA course at RBS. He is an experienced reform and transformation consultant working at Government level in the fields of Defense and Security, Justice, Education, Governance, Business and Sport. Recent international clients include Telecoms and Universities. Glen brings a unique insight to HRM having served as an Army officer, been a diplomat, a political adviser, a journalist, a sports coach, an international company CEO and run a prison. There are few people issues he has not faced at least once.

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Māris Daģis

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Maris is a founder and CEO at Sellfy, the simplest platform to sell and distribute digital content. He’s also worked at FunctionThemes, RotorBlog and BOD, developing skills in Wordpress, user experience, web development, web design, e-commerce and web applications. Maris holds a Bachelor degree in Design from International Higher School of Practical Psychology.

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Toms Jurjevs

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Toms Jurjevs has more than 8 years of business management experience. Already at the age of 21 he was the Chairman of the Board at Mediate Ltd, responsible for several start-up and marketing projects. Today Toms is a regional managing director at JSC “4finance”, responsible for Latvian, Romanian and Armenian markets. Leading a team of 150 employees, supervising the performance of all business departments, setting goals to the management team to fulfil budget goals set by 4finance Group, developing new business ideas and products. Toms has extensive knowledge of the European market in terms of finance, risk and investment.

 

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Mārtiņš Bērziņš

Mentor

Co-founder and CEO of Monea. Former co-owner of Clusterpoint (NoSQL DB start-up) and Senior Sales Manager at SAF Tehnika (Middle East and Asia Pacific) and Hewlett Packard (Baltic's). He has managed an implementation of more than 50 major IT projects in the private and public sector.

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Jānis Lindermanis

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 Janis Lindermanis is a CEO and co-owner of Home automation solution Istabai and CEO of SMS marketing company Text2Reach. He loves what he does and his goals are high but his ambitions are even higher. 

 

Jānis Lindermanis

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PRIZES

As a Startup Pirates participant you’ll have access to a network of Global Perk partners. So, you can enjoy a list of advantages that may be very useful to keep you going with your idea after the program. Take a look!

ORGANIZERS

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Aleksandrs Borovenskis

A true pirate, Aleksandrs has sailed the seven seas on the real! Upon mooring ashore, he started a marketing agency and is involved in promoting entrepreneurship in Latvia and beyond. Aleksandrs co-organized the first ever startup event & pitch contest in Latvia at BarCamp Baltics and currently is in his 5th year co-organizing TEDxRiga and other local TEDx events.

Aleksandrs Borovenskis

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Arnita Beinaroviča

Arnita holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, majoring in Event Management. She is passionate learner in marketing and sponsorship, social media and communications. Currently Arnita is involved with a non-profit Startup Nest which organizes events like this and helps young entrepreneurs succeed.

Arnita Beinaroviča

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Dāvis Plotnieks

While being a fan of marketing and science, Dāvis is a PhD candidate in Economics. He has worked in management consultancy and product development with various companies, as well as in local startup and TEDx event organization.

Dāvis Plotnieks

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Linda Vecvagare

Linda is on deck working with sponsors and traditional media. She has a strong background in communications and an eye for a startup life.

Linda Vecvagare

SPONSORS

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4finance is a market leading provider of short-term loans to customers throughout the world with recent expansions into new continents. 4finance has provided more than seven million loans to over three million customers.

PARTNERS

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Microsoft Latvia is the globally known IT corporation with a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. This includes startups, and definitely — Startup Pirates!

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TechHub Riga is a unique environment where technology startups can start up faster, grow their professional network, collaborate and have fun.

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Nordic Club House is a working and meeting space for think-alike community: travelling entrepreneurs, corporate users and exits, knowledge freelancers, diplomats, expats and many others.

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Red Bull gives you wings! Red Bull’s effects are recognized throughout the world by a variety of people such as top athletes, busy professionals, college students, travelers on long journeys and pirates alike.

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Copy Pro is a full service copy shop which for some years now has provided a wide range of document processing services in Riga, constantly improving its service in line with the development of technology and the requirements of our clients.

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Born and raised in Lithuania in 2007, Coffee Inn was the pioneer of quality take away coffee, turning the usual functional cafe approach  into the “social hot spot” concept. Coffee Inn is now the leading coffee chain in Baltics, with 30 cafes, growing rapidly. We deliver a special creative approach to coffee and real urban cafe buzz experience. The range of offer includes: qualitative coffee made in different ways, cold coffee, cocoa drink, as well as ready-to-serve food from our chef (muffins, salads, buns).

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The Aldaris Brewery in Riga, which was founded in 1865, became part of a joint venture (BBH) owned 50% by Carlsberg in 1992. Since 2008 it has been owned 100% by Carlsberg. Today Aldaris is the leading and most developed brewery in Latvia.
Aldaris was the first company in Latvia to gain ISO 9001 certification and it won the first Latvian Quality prize in 1997. 
Aldaris produces more than 17 different light and dark lager beers based on traditional recipes. This includes the beer that carries the company's name – Aldaris – which is the oldest and one of the most popular beer brand in Latvia.

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Print&Design services

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French macarons desserts, cakes and modern French classic home-baked cakes.

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Home cuisine with a delivery straight to your office or any other place.

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Silicon Valley Comes to the Baltics: special offer

If you can't come to Silicon Valley, guess what — the Valley comes to you! The Silicon Valley Comes to the Baltics, which is the leading technology startup event in the Baltics, is around the corner already. On November 7, 2015, it will feature speakers from Silicon Valley, participants from all over Europe.

And we have a special offer for our Startup Pirates network — a 10% discount off your Startup Pass. You don't have to a participant of our programs, just say Arrr and you're good to go. ;)

To get your hands on the discount, just shoot us an email to hq [at] startupnest.org.

Silicon Valley Comes to the Baltics started in 2012 with an idea to share the experience and know-how of Silicon Valley.  It was clear from the beginning that the knowledge associated with Silicon Valley are in great demand as a crowd of 1,300 participants flocked to the conference. The following year the amount almost doubled with 2,500 participants, and the same in 2014 as well.

Startups have always been a hot topic at SV2B but the event also covers technology innovation, general business topics like marketing and growth. We also invite speakers from big companies to share their experience.

Apply for the discount to SV2B: email us at hq [at] startupnest.org (hurry up, the offer is limited).

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If You Like Your Business Idea, You Better Go Ahead and Work On It

So, long story short: goals of the day 7 included acquiring basic finance knowledge related to a startup reality, understanding the investing needs and the options available, and also understanding how the project will generate the money. Therefore we welcomed CEO of 4finance, Toms Jurjevs, to facilitate the Finance & Investment workshop and share his knowledge and experience regarding these vital business aspects. He emphasized the importance of distributing several scenarios and being ready to changes when it comes to your business financial plan, and also made the pirates think of various different scenarios and possibilities regarding financial planning and future options of their business model when it comes to investors and the business share.

Sounds pretty serious, huh? Don’t worry, we planned this day such for a reason! To balance things out, Mikus Opelts, founder of Giraffe360, visited us later that day to share his story and assure that hiring the right people and trusting the intangible magic of luck also can get things going. His company, Giraffe360, makes interactive visualizations for different kinds of industries, and it all started almost accidentally. Thanks to his team’s strong drive and passion for their business idea, it worked out completely well. “We liked the business idea, and we wanted to do something with it very seriously. So we just kept working on it and learned by doing. Only later on we found out that we’re actually among the best ones [in this business] in Europe!”

Mikus went on to emphasize the two things that matter in business the most – production and sales. “Don’t worry about the rest. Skilled employees and consultants will manage everything else for you. So just hire good people. Of course, if you are exceptionally good at something, yeah, then do it. But overall, don’t worry about things that much. Just hire some skilled people.” When asked to share some biggest mistakes, Opelts revealed that back then, without any real experience, his team spent too much time on things that in the end did not matter that much, therefore focus on the business plan in a long run is vital. What else? “Do not try to do many things all at once. And, also, do not jump around to every opportunity there appears,” he says. Concluding his visit with personal feedback to each of the pirates regarding the pitch they are preparing for the final day of the “Startup Pirates Riga”, Mikus leaves participants with new load of inspiration, and a bright hope that everything is going to work out for everyone who is highly dedicated and ready to learn along the way.

 

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In Business, It’s not About the Money – It’s About the Value

Marketing and sales is a very important aspect of any business. Now, having worked for five consecutive days on developing their business idea, our pirates are ready to expand their knowledge about theoretical framework in this business area as well. Therefore, the main goal of the day was to understand the importance of the marketing to portray businesses to the World.

How to sell? To whom? And, most importantly – why? Vigants Lesausks, the Manager Eastern Europe at Scoro Software, is eager to advise and provide the pirates with important knowledge regarding Marketing and Sales. This energetic and engaging workshop pushes pirates to think about vital questions that help with shaping and developing their business ideas even further. When it comes to sales, Vigants says: “In the core of the product – it’s not about the money – (says a sales guy, ha!), but about the value.” He continues to emphasize the importance of the value chain that needs to be set first. “Make your customers happy so that they get an actual value of the tool you provide.” Okay. But how about the golden rule? “Think about the benefit. That’s the only golden rule,” he concludes.

Later in the afternoon, participants tried out their newly gained pitching skills, giving another presentation in front of two mentors – Monea’s Mārtiņš Bērziņš and Nordic Club House representative Sanita Kovaļeva. As the result, more valuable feedback, as well as new ideas on how to improve their product were given. Laying out the following steps to take toward their goals of the week, pirates are all in to hear and learn about the financial aspects next!

 

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