Talents of 2014

2016 2015 2014 2013

Energetics, science, medicine


Sandis Dejus, 27

RTU scientific associate, water engineer.

Artis Daugins, 26

Blue Shock Taxi

Antons Adamovičs, 24

Conelum Biotech


Technology un finance

Forbes 02

Mikus Opelts, 25

Technology entrepreneur

Co-founder of skatskat.lv, an enterprise that develops virtual tours. This service is intended for both private and corporate customers who wish so sell properties or demonstrate those to their customers. This is an especially useful opportunity when applied to properties situated outside Riga, in more remote locations. Given a chance to see a property by means of an online virtual tour, a customer is rid of the necessity to travel to the site in person. Last year, skatskat.lv generated 140 thousand Euros of turnover.

Toms Jurjevs, 26


Rūdolfs Maltavnieks, 24

Idea Bits (Draugiem.lv)

Jānis Lindermanis, 26

Text2Reach, Istabai (Draugiem.lv)

Kristaps Bunts, 28



Trade, production, services

Forbes 03

Alise Balgalve, 27

Food industry entrepreneur

Started her business in 2009, assisted by the Idea Incubator of Jelgava. Developed an innovative product – natural muesli of sprouted and stream-flaked wholegrain, now produced in different types. Her enterprise Graci Izdomājusi inovatīvu produktu – ražo vairāku veidu dabīgus mušļus no diedzētiem un placinātiem pilngraudiem. Pērn viņas uzņēmuma Graci apgrozījums bija 52,3 tūkstoši eiro.

Linda Paegle, 27

Lily Latvia, Crocs Latvia

Mārtiņš Voicehovičs, 26

Drukā lētāk

Līga Krauze, 29

Shirt constructor Betolli

Linda Skuja, 28

Women clothes

Renārs Špāks, 28



Law, politics

Forbes 04

Matīss Šķiņķis, 26

Attorney at law

Probably the youngest lawyer in Latvia, works for Borenius. Expert in constitutional and administrative law, dealing mostly with fiscal issues and thus having ample experience in representing customers in litigations against the State Revenue Service. Represents Severstallat, Tavex, Konekesko Latvija in a number of current proceedings. Represented the Parliament of Latvia in the Constitutional Court.

Jānis Upenieks, 25

The independent Saeima deputy, the Budget and Finance (Taxation) Committee.

Linda Bīriņa, 29

Lawyer at Borenius


Applications, games

Forbes 05

Kaspars Upmanis, 29

IT entrepreneur

A Latvian who lived in London for seven years and developed Cake HR – a personnel management application intended for small and medium enterprises and running on mobile devices. The application is primarily intended to assist with worktime scheduling and personal data storage; these are the duties usually assigned to staff managers. Most of Cake HR customers are from the UK. The company’s turnover last year was 220 thousand Euros. Another prominent project by Kaspars Upmanis is Trousers London – a London-based jean clothes store of Latvian origin.

Jevgēņijs Latiševs, 25

Strategy game Merc

Aivars Baranovs, 29

Next Level

Ansis Kļaviņš, 26

Next Level

Mārtiņš Jurēvics, 23



Restaurants, art and stage

Forbes 06

Aleksandrs Vēvers, 26

Chef and entrepreneur

Founder, co-owner and chef of the Streetburger restaurant. Even though Streetburgers was only founded in August 2012, the company was able to achieve a turnover of 550 thousand Euros in 2013 already. The main factor of success is the precisely developed concept and the quality of meat used for cooking. As the company’s website says, ‘Meat is cooked so that it would taste like meat, not like a chop or piece of dry cloth.’ We agree absolutely.

Aivis Kauliņš, 23

Chef at Mārcienas muižas

Ieva Lagūna, 23

Model at Victoria’s Secret, Dior, Carolina Herrera, Hugo Boss, etc.

Luīze Salmgrieze, 22

Model at Elle, InStyle

Marketing, advertising, media

Forbes 07

Aigars Runčis, 27

Advertising expert

Co-owner of the “Mēmais” advertising agency, also known as a member of Borowa MC, a musical band from Latgale. While the agency itself is over 10 years old already, Aigars only started working for it in 2009 as a project manager. Back then, the advertising & media industry was going through a severe crisis; however, he turned out to be capable of developing ingenious advertising solutions that soon made him a shareholder in the company. With about 600 thousand Euros of annual turnover, “Mēmais” works with prominent brands like Rimi, Pernod Ricard Latvia, Porsche, Sony, Dove, Lido, etc.

Oskars Cirsis, 26

Wrong Digital

Jānis Vērzemnieks, 23

Design agency Jveart

Aigars Mamis, 23

Graphic designer at Ascetic