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Balticlab is an innovation and leadership programme, run in partnership by the Council of the Baltic Sea States and the Swedish Institute. The programme brings entrepreneurs and creatives in the Baltic Sea region together to explore new perspectives and sources of inspiration and to together prototype the future. The aim of the programme is to the create a community and network of entrepreneurs and creatives in the region who know each other, can collaborate and empower the region as a whole to become more innovative, creative and prosperous. As this network flourishes, new opportunities for collaboration open up. Balticlab is a way to provide talented individuals with mentorship and coaching for achieving their ideas and furthering their careers, but also to see a rise in their engagement in matters of importance for the development of the Baltic Sea Region. The Baltic Sea Region has become a hub for entrepreneurship and creativity and we believe this holds the key to increasing the prosperity of the region, creating a common cultural scene and providing innovation and inspiration for our joint future

 

The programme is divided into two parts: an annual curated Networking Weekend of around 60 participants, and a three module Balticlab Ideation programme, which takes place in the spring and consists of a smaller group of around 30 people from the Network. The countries currently participating in the programme are Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland and Germany. The programme is also a flagship project under Priority Area Culture of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).

Welcome to Balticlab- a video introduction

01: 12.05.2016

A hello from Balticlab!

Read about what we are up...

Read about what we are up to this year: A Balticlab Hello – Ideation 2016

02: 23.03.2016

Balticlab 4.0 Ideation heads to Vilnius

On 23 March Balticlab wil...

On 23 March Balticlab will be packing its bags and moving to Vilnius for five days to launch the Balticlab 4.0 Ideation. The project prototype-building programme will take us accross three countries in the space of 7 months. With 44 talented participants from Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland and for the first time also Germany (thank you to our collaboration partner Goethe Institute), this is a programme not to be missed. Our three interlinked events will this year be taking place in Vilnius (24-27 March), Kiev (9-12 June) and Moscow in collaboration with the Strelka Institute (8-11 September). The 44 Balticlab participants will form teams, brainstorm ideas and develop ideas and prototypes for the region, which they will then present in Moscow. If you would like to know more about our activities this year, would like to meet us in one of the location cities or simply have a chat about why we do what we do, contact us at balticlab@cbss.org.

 

We look forward to one inspirational spring and summer!

03: 14.10.2015

Balticlab 4.0 has launched!

For the fourth year running the Council of the Baltic Sea States and the Swedish Institute are running the innovation programme for future-forward and socially engaged entrepreneurs and creatives in the region.

Balticlab 4.0 will launch with a Networking Weekend in Stockholm on 12-14 December 2015 and similar to previous years will continue with a Balticlab Ideation with a smaller selected group from the Balticlab Networking Weekend. 

The call is open to 24-34 year old socially engaged creatives and entrepreneurs from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and Poland, who have not previously partaken in Balticlab. All the travel and programme costs are covered by the organisers, the Swedish Institute and the Council of the Baltic Sea States.

The deadline for applications is 5 November.

Do you know someone in your network, who might be interested in joining? Get in touch and forward them the call!

See the Balticlab 4.0 open call with more details: Balticlab 4.0

04: 10.09.2015

Balticlab 3.0 draws to an end in Gothenburg

Balticlab, the innovation programme run in partnership by the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and Swedish Institute (SI), has reached it’s third year this autumn. To celebrate this, we would like to give you a little overview of what we have been up to in the last year. 

As in previous years, Balticlab 3.0 consisted of two curated and linked events: the large-scale Balticlab Networking Weekend in December 2014 for 60 selected participants and the smaller project-building Balticlab Ideation of 30 participants, taking place between March-August 2015. The participants of this year’s programme came from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus & Poland, with the aim to involve all Baltic Sea countries in the future.

Spanning across 9 countries, as well as gender and disciplines, the programme creates a strong network of talented and active change-makers, who work together and collectively represent what the region wishes to see itself as: diverse, united and smart.

With participants, who also hold a connection to Brazil, India, Japan and the USA, the programme represents a region with a global reach and mindset.

Rather than politicians and public sector officials, this group represents a collective who other- wise would not be likely to work together with Baltic Sea partners on this scale.

Through its Ideation programme, Balticlab gives the participants a combination of an entrepreneurial and creative perspective and encourages them to see the potential for innovation in the region. With start-up entrepreneurs working together with the creative industries on joint projects and business ideas, both sides gain a new skillset, which they can also implement in their everyday work beyond the Balticlab framework. This year the Balticlab group has been assisted in their development process by a group of outside experts and speakers from the fields of art, PR, innovation management, future-forecasting, business modeling and entrepreneurship.

What has resulted from this collaboration is a group of ideas, which reflect the collective values of Balticlab 3.0 participants, with more emphasis on communities, adapting to a fast-paced world, reflection and exploration of life and nature. 

See the Balticlab 3.0 Update for more information on the ideas worked on at Balticlab 3.0.

05: 19.03.2015

Balticlab 3.0 Ideation first module launches in Riga

Between 19-22 March, 2015...

Between 19-22 March, 2015, Balticlab 3.0 participants gather in Riga for the first module of the Balticlab 3.0 Ideation programme. The 31 participants from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus & Poland, will form groups in which they will work on their innovation ideas for the region throughout spring 2015.

See the programme for the first module here.

For more information on Balticlab see our press release and the Ideation section on our homepage.

06: 11.03.2015

"When innovation is not enough"- Balticlab in Baltic Rim Economies 1/15

Is innovation enough to l...

Is innovation enough to lift the Baltic Sea region to a more prosperous and connected region? Balticlab contributes to the Baltic Rim Economies publication to talk about interdiciplinary collaborations, public policy on innovation and plans for the future.

Read the full article here.

07: 11.03.2015

Balticlab in the new Lithuanian cultural magazine NWIND

NWIND describes itself as...

NWIND describes itself as a magazine about Northern creativity. In it´s second issue back in 2014 the publication also explored the inspirations behind the Balticlab initiative.

Read the full article here

Balticlab in NWIND

08: 26.02.2015

Balticlab kicks off its third year with more countries and new ambitions

On a Friday bac...

On a Friday back in December 2014, a group of 65 talented creatives and entrepreneurs gathered in Stockholm for the Balticlab 3.0: Networking Weekend. Curated by the organisers, the group represented bright minds and innovators from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus and Poland in the age range of 23-33. The group spent 3 days engaging in group discussions, workshops and open seminars focusing on the topics of creativity, future-thinking, entrepreneurship, pitching and diversity. The overarching theme of the weekend was "the future of the Baltic Sea region" and how, through creativity and entrepreneurship, the participants themselves can relate to the region around them and use its full potential in their own line of work. The participants were invited to conenct and create a strong network of individuals who collectively link the region and act as future-frontrunners in their own respective fields.

Balticlab 3.0 will continue this spring with the Balticlab 3.0 Ideation. Balticlab Ideation is designed for a smaller curated group of participants from the Balticlab Networking Weekend and provides space for building innovative ideas and project prototypes, which span across disciplines, countries and gender. The Ideation gives the participants a chance to expand their personal skillset, as well as explore the potential of the region. The Ideation is divided into three project-building modules, taking place in Riga (19-22 March), Warsaw (21-24 May) and Gothenburg (27-30 August). The participants will be invited to self-select themselves into groups, in which they will develop project prototypes with the help of workshop facilities, experts from various fields and inspirational talks. 

In parallel with the Balticlab 3.0 Ideation this spring, the organisers of Balticlab will also be working on Balticlab Innofesto – a manifesto for innovation in the Baltic Sea Region. Combining input from the Balticlab alumni and wider network, the Innofesto seeks to define a set of values, which would guide the Baltic Sea Region in becoming more connected, innovative and creative.

Keep an eye on the Balticlab website and our social media to keep up to date with the Balticlab Ideation modules in the spring.

Meanwhile we would like to introduce you to the 31 talented individuals taking part in this year's Balticlab Ideation: Balticlab 3.0 Ideation participants

See the Balticlab press release: Balticlab 3.0 press release

09: 27.11.2014

Balticlab - Connecting Creative Minds documentary now available on Vimeo

"Balticlab – Connecting Creative Minds" is a journey into the Balticlab experience. With reflections from the Balticlab participants on their discoveries and challenges throughout the programme in 2014, as well as contributions from the Balticlab mentors and inspirational speakers, the film explores Balticlab as a process and the Baltic Sea Region as a place where creativity, innovation and interdisciplinary connections flourish.

See the film at http://vimeo.com/balticlab/balticlabcreativeminds

Opening music: CMBSTN / Track: My Friend / cmbstn.com/
Production: Flip Flop Interactive / flipflopinteractive.com/

In order of appearance:
Salla Johanna Kirjalainen, participant from Finland
Mikolaj Norek, Balticlab facilitator
Laura Adamoviča, participant from Latvia
Fernanda Torre, Balticlab facilitator
Åsa Bjering, Swedish Institute
Ekaterina Klink, participant from Russia
Anthony Jay, Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat
Elizaveta Kiseleva, participant from Russia
Sandra Martinsone, Politics and Governance Programme Manager at Overseas Development Institute, United Kingdom
Laima Ruduša, participant from Latvia
Mikael Olsson, Swedish Institute
Daniel Kozlov, participant from Russia
Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, Programme Director, School of Form, Poland
Uffe Elbæk, Member of Parliament & Founder of Kaospilot, Denmark
Olga Knudsen, Swedish Institute, Balticlab Programme Manager
Justyna Turek, participant from Poland
Giedrė Šileikytė, participant from Lithuania
Hlin Helga Guðlaugsdóttir, Designer, Curator and Educator, Konstfack, Sweden
Magda Czapiewska, Balticlab 1.0 alumni
Shawn Westcott, Partner at Place Consulting & Co-founder of Impact Invest Scandinavia
Madis Ligema, participant from Estonia
Egle Songailiene, participant from Lithuania
Kaisa Kahu, participant from Latvia/Estonia
Kasia Jezowska, participant from Poland
Klaus Hahn, COO, Volontaire, Sweden
Mantas Pelakauskas, participant from Lithuania
Johanna Olsson, Process Developer, Strategist and Facilitator, Hyper Island, Sweden
Henri Veidenbaum, participant from Estonia
Veera Pakala, Balticlab participant from Sweden/Finland
Andrius Lekavičius, participant from Lithuania
Hege Marie Mandt, Partner at Talentjakten, Norway
Mirjam Külm, Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat, Balticlab Programme Manager

10: 08.10.2014

Balticlab 3.0 call open!

Balticlab invites you to ...

Balticlab invites you to boost your network!
Are you an entrepreneur, artist, creative industry professional or someone who works in the technology and media field? Are you 23- 33 years old? Do you have a talent for initiating new collaborations? Do you have an idea or a field of interest you would like to realize or develop? Are you interested in building a regional network? 

See the full  Balticlab 3.0 Open Call.

11: 03.09.2014

Balticlab returns in autumn 2014

Keep your eyes peeled for...

Keep your eyes peeled for Balticlab activities in late autumn 2014.

12: 24.06.2014

Balticlab is the new black- introducing the Balticlab 2014 project prototypes

Balticlab, in cooperation...

Balticlab, in cooperation with the design duo LE 60, has released a flyer introducing the 8 project prototypes and 35 participants that took part in the Balticlab 2.0: Project Development Programme this year. 

Download the pdf flyer here.

For more information on the Project Development Programme and to get to know the 35 creatives and entrepreneurs of this years programme have a look at the Balticlab PDP section of our website.

13: 30.04.2014

Balticlab 2.0 rounds up its Project Development Programme 2014 with a regional panel in Warsaw

Balticlab is a joint init...

Balticlab is a joint initiative by the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and the Swedish Institute (SI) to create a network of interdisciplinary talent in the Baltic Sea Region, who collectively link the region, as well as act as future front-runners and innovators in their respective fields.

The Balticlab 2.0: Project Development Programme  concluded its third and final module on 4 May at Concept 13, Warsaw, when it´s 8 interdiciplinary project groups presented and received feedback on their project prototypes from a jury of regional experts including Uffe Elbaek (founder of KaosPilot), Marcus Andersson (Tendensor AB), Klaus Hahn (Volontaire), Torun Ekstrand (Artland), Johanna Olsson (Hyper Island) & Aga Szostek (School of Form). The jury gave special recognition in the shape of a WOW Award to two of the projects, Beach Institute & Frön, while the The Leap team gained recongnition as the project idea with the biggest impact for the Baltic Sea region.

The Balticlab Project Development Programme, currently running for the second year, gathers talented creative professionals and entrepreneurs from Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden to different locations around the Baltic Sea for three intensive interdisciplinary project-building modules. The programme is designed to provide them with the necessary perspectives, knowledge and tools for personal development, as well as the creation of innovative project prototypes with the potential for benefiting the region as a whole. 

Balticlab 2.0: Project Development Programme was launched in February 2014, with three interlinked modules in Riga in February, Tallinn in March and Warsaw in May. The 35 participants self-selected themselves into 8 project groups, in which they have been developing ideas linked to their own interests in a regional context. Throughout the spring the groups have been provided with workshop facilities, mentors and inspirational talks from leading regional experts, who have guided their project-development process.

See the programme here.

Meet the programme participants below in our trailer for the upcoming Balticlab documentary: Baltic is the new black

 

14: 16.04.2014

Balticlab heads to Warsaw in May

The Balticlab 2.0 spring ...

The Balticlab 2.0 spring session is heading for its final module to Warsaw, 1-5 May. In this third and final module the programme participants will be polishing up their project prototypes they have been working on since February 2014. The themes these 8 self-selected groups have been working on touch upon the topics of app development, fashion management, Baltic design, place branding, entrepreneurial culture and start-up initiatives, story-telling, urban planning and education.  More information will follow on our progress, meanwhile we are happy to introduce this years balticlabers below!

 

Balticlab group

15: 18.02.2014

Balticlab 2.0 starts its spring session

Press Release

Baticlab 2.0 boosts regional development through mentorship and collaborations between creatives and entrepreneurs

Balticlab is an effort by the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and the Swedish Institute (SI) to create a network of interdisciplinary talent in the Baltic Sea Region, who collectively link the region, as well as act as future front runners and innovators in their respective fields.
“Finding talent in our communities is a key issue for the future of our region and to SI’s work in Europe and the Middle East and North Africa. The partnership of Balticlab is to become yet another important facet of our work in talent recognition”, says SI’s Director-General Annika Rembe. Emphasis on investing support for creativity in the region is also given by the CBSS Director-General Jan Lundin, who stresses the importance of the role the two organisations are taking: “Two leaders in macro-regional cooperation are placing emphasis on the future – young emerging talents that will ultimately decide on what our region will become.”

The CBSS and the SI launched Balticlab 2.0: Project Development Programme on 7 February, 2014, in Riga. The programme, currently running for the second year, gathers 38 creative professionals and entrepreneurs from Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden to different locations around the Baltic Sea for three intensive interdisciplinary project-building modules. The Project Development Programme is designed for young emerging talents in creative industries and project startups in the Baltic Sea Region, providing them with the necessary perspectives, knowledge and tools for personal development, as well as the creation of innovative projects benefiting the region as a whole. The three interlinked modules of the programme take place in Riga in February, Tallinn in March and Warsaw in May. The 38 participants have self-selected themselves into 8 project groups, in which they will be developing projects linked to their own interests in a regional context. Throughout the spring the groups will be provided with workshop facilities, mentors and inspirational talks from leading regional experts in their respective fields of interest.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

For media and other enquiries please contact Mirjam Külm at mirjam.kulm@cbss.org or Mikael Olsson at mikael.olsson@si.se.

Balticlab is a flagship project of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) under Horizontal Action Neighbours. The CBSS is an overall political forum for regional inter-governmental cooperation, which seeks to further regional integration through prosperity, regional identity, civil protection and sustainable development. The SI is a public agency that promotes interest and confidence in Sweden around the world. SI seeks to establish cooperation and lasting relations with other countries through strategic communication and exchange in the fields of culture, education, science and businesss. 

16: 18.02.2014

Balticlab 2.0 trailer gives you a glimpse into the Balticlab experience

Introducing the Balticlab...

Introducing the Balticlab trailer: www.vimeo.com/balticlab/welcome 

Balticlab has been working in cooperation with the Stockholm-based Flip Flop Interactive studio in bringing to you a glimpse of the Balticlab world via this 2 minute short.

Filmed at the launch of Balticlab 2.0 with over 100 people from Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and Russia, the trailer explains to the audences in short what Balticlab is about and how it impacts the people who take part in it. 

17: 29.01.2014

Balticlab 2.0 up and running!

Balticlab 2.0 was launched on 13-15 December with a Networking Weekend in Stockholm. The event brought together 77 creative and entrepreneurial people from 7 countries: Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Finland. 

"Like-minded people"

Similarly to its pilot in 2012, Balticlab 2.0 brings young creative minds from the Baltic Sea region together into once space to explore new perspectives and sources of inspiration in the region. By providing opportunities for interdiciplinary talented individuals to network and come up with joint collaborations in the region, we aim to support their personal development as well as see their increased engagement in improving the region: making it more prosperous and more creative.

"Creativity in diversity"

The weekend kicked off with introductions to the programme, as well as a historical journey into the culture and diversity of the Baltic Sea region. The goal of the event was to encourage contact-building and expertise exchange among interdiciplinary talented creatives and entrepreneurs from the Baltic Sea region. Through facilitated sessions and creativity simulation exercises the participants were invited to critically reflect on their relationship to the region, to its culture, identity and how their own work can link to these dimensions. The weekend also included workshops on communication, future forcasting, project development, pitching and social entrepreneurship, in which the participants were invited to expand their personal field of interests.

See the Balticlab 2.0 Networking Weekend Programme here.

For visuals of the weekend see our Images section.

Out of these 77 talented individuals the Balticlab organisers have invitied 40 to continue with Balticlab 2.0 this spring in the form of Balticlab 2.0: Project Development Programme. To read more about the Project Development Programme, please see our Balticlab PDP section of the website.

Balticlab 2.0: Project Development Programme will launch in Riga on 7th February. Stay tuned!

18: 05.11.2013

Applying to Balticlab 2.0? Deadline extended: 12 November

We have created a FAQ she...

We have created a FAQ sheet for those of you wishing to apply to Balticlab 2.0, which you can download here.

The full call for applications with all the information is also available here.

Most importantly we would also like to announce that the Balticlab deadline has been extended until 12 November! So all of you, who often find yourself struggling for time- there is still time!

 

19: 16.10.2013

Call for applications for Balticlab 2.0

  Followin...

 

Following the successful pilot initiative of Balticlab Networking Weekend in 2012 and the Balticlab Project Development Programme in February 2013, the Council of the Baltic Sea States and the Swedish Institute launch Balticlab 2.0

Balticlab 2.0 is a follow-up to its pilot initiative. The aim of Balticlab 2.0 is to bring young creative minds from the Baltic Sea region together into once space to explore new perspectives and sources of inspiration in the region. By providing opportunities for interdisciplinary talented individuals to network and come up with joint collaborations in the region, we aim to support their personal development as well as see their increased engagement in improving the region.

The project will continue with a new Networking Weekend in Stockholm on 13-15 December 2013 and will be followed by another round of Balticlab Project Development Programme from February to May 2014 with a smaller selected group from the Balticlab 2.0 Networking Weekend. Our goal is to make the Balticlab Network grow and develop year by year. Hence we will be opening the call up to more countries this year: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden, with the call targeted only to Baltic Sea talent who have not previously partaken in Balticlab. 

We are looking for dynamic and engaged artists, entrepreneurs, creative industry and regional cooperation professionals between 23-33 years from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia or Sweden to join us. You should have a desire to drive creativity and innovation in the region through building a network and strengthening links between participating countries and be fluent in English.

See the full call for applications here.

See the Balticlab programme from last year here

For reflections on the Balticlab Networking Weekend from last year see Balticlab Network and for more information on Balticlab Project Development Programme see Balticlab PDP. To get a feel of the Balticlab experience and for all the recent updates join us on Twitter/Balticlab and Facebook/Balticlab. If you have any questions, please contact balticlab@cbss.org

 

20: 02.10.2013

Balticlab Prize at IdeaMarket Tallinn

On 27-28 September Baltic...

On 27-28 September Balticlab took part in the idea-development weekend "IdeaMarket Tallinn" organised by the Tallinn Business Incubator in cooperation with the One Baltic Sea Region programme. The aim of the event was to bring together active individuals from the Baltic Sea region with great ideas and to collectively take those ideas further.

The event kicked off with inspirational speakers, such as Johannes Savolainen, founding partner of the Finnish accelerator Royal Majestics and experience designer and co-creation space owner Fernanda Torre, who is also one of the facilitators of the Balticlab Project Development Programme. The event also included presentations by the Balticlab project groups together with an introduction into the concept behind Balticlab. The second day focused on accelerated product development and business concept development. Using the concept of TeamLab, participants worked in teams formed in the previous day with the help of professional mentors of design, engineering, business and IT. At the end of the second day the teams pitched their projects and business models to the jury.

Next to prizes from the Tallinn Business Incubator, product development programme PESA and the Estonian accelarator programme Ajujaht, Balticlab also presented a special Balticlab Prize to one of the idea-development groups of the event: an opportunity to take part in the next Balticlab 2.0 networking weekend in Stockholm in December 2013. This unique prize went to a group which the Balticlab team found both inspiring and dynamic. The members of the group Story Tree will thus be joining us on another Balticlab journey. 

More details on how you can apply to take part in the Balticlab networking weekend and become a members of a group of interdiciplinary Baltic Sea talent will follow soon!

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21: 02.07.2013

Balticlab heads to Almedalen

Press Release, 2 July 201...

Press Release, 2 July 2013

"Facelifting the Baltic Sea Region"

On 5 July Balticlab will be at the Swedish annual political forum Almedalen, where in the framework of Balticlab the Council of the Baltic Sea States & the Swedish Insitute, in partnership with the Lithuanian Embassy in Sweden, will be presenting the seminar "Facelifting the Baltic Sea Region".

The seminar carries the slogan “not only men in suits” and the topics of discussion will focus on new actors, perspectives and techonlogies in Baltic Sea regional cooperation. The aim of the seminar is to show how innovative thinking and non-traditional regional actors can rejuvinate existing forms of regional cooperation. 

Along with presentations on the innovative projects developed by the young talent of Balticlab this spring, the seminar will aso be hosting a discussion on the question: How does once strike a balance between continutity and rejuvination in the policy-making that underpins Baltic Sea Region cooperation?
The discussion pannel includes Mr. Oscar Wåglund Söderström, the State Secretary to Minister of EU Affairs Brigitta Ohlsson, Mr. Eitvydas Bajarunas, the Ambassador of Lithuania to the Kingdom of Sweden,  Ms. Helen Nilsson, Head of the Swedish Institute Baltic Sea Unit and Mr. Jan Lundin, the Director-General of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. Comments will also be delievered by Ms. Baiba Liepa from INETRACT Point Turku, Mr. Jan Lundin, the President of the Swedish Travel and Tourism Industry Federation and Mr. Klaush Hahn, COO/Account Director of Volontaire agency in Stockholm.

See the programme here.

22: 17.06.2013

Balticlab Project Development Programme grand finale in Kaliningrad

From 4-8 June our 19 tale...

From 4-8 June our 19 talented participants gathered in the Russian oblast of Kaliningrad for the final module of the Balticlab Project Development Programme. Our main aim in Kaliningrad was to polish the four projects the participants had been working throughout this spring. Joined by numerous coaches on pitching and presenting the participants worked intensively on preparing to present their final project prototypes at the SEBA Conference on Creativity and Human Potential in Kaliningrad on 7 June (www.cbss.org/seba). The four prototypes were Baltic Design Ship (https://www.facebook.com/BalticDesignShip), Mind Mill (http://building.themindmill.eu), Project Little Brother (http://www.projectlittlebrother.org/) and Social Innovation Baltic.  Next to presenting their project prototypes the participants continued to discuss creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship joined by Katrin Jaaska from Tallinn Business Incubators, Livia Paldi from Baltic Art Centre, Victor Bolin and Philip Christofor from PR and add agency Volontaire.

However, the aim of Balticlab Project Development Programme has not been simply to produce 4 project prototypes for the Baltic Sea Region, it has been about building a sustainable network of talented individuals in the region. A network that would live beyond the boundaries of the Project Development Programme and spark new collaborations regionally, as well as locally.  We believe the participants of the Balticlab Project Development Programme, and of the Balticlab Network established in December asa whole, hold the key to innovation and creativity in regional cooperation. Through our networking weekend, as well as the programme development programme, we have encouraged these individuals to go out and pursue their ideas while using the Baltic Sea Region as a spring board for their ideas, but also to see the Baltic Sea Region as a playground for ideas, collabroations and to improve the region through their own practices.

See the programme for the Balticlab Project Development Programme in Kaliningrad here.

See the Balticlab Project Development Programme final project prototypes here.

23: 08.05.2013

Reflections of Balticlab Project Development Programme in Nida

On Friday, 3 May, the 19 ...

On Friday, 3 May, the 19 Balticlab Project Development Programme participants along with a number of coaches on the topics of leadership, group dynamics, social entrepreneurship and funding headed to the Nida Art Colony in Lithuania to continue group project work on four ideas that would shape and change the face of the Baltic Sea Region.

The programme for Balticlab Nida involved a number or inspiring discussions with the likes of the Swedish agency Volontaire, who are most famous for their successful @sweden Twitter campaign. Klaus, Viktor and Philip from Volontaire thus joined us in Nida to discuss the work they have done, how to stay true to your values and remain innovative. We were also joined by Estelle Westling from Good Guys, who spoke to the participants about sustainability, collaborative consumption and how to consider these aspects in any business development. Hrafnkell Birgisson on the other hand shared his experience as a designer and entrepreneur and advised the participants to use innovative lenses to improve already existing ideas. The participants also had a chance to recieve individual group coaching from our speakers, as well as Tina Kaikkonen from Tillväxt Malmö, who delievered coaching on the topics of leadership and effective group dynamics. Maxi Nacthigall from the Council of the Baltic Sea States Baltic21 sustainable development unit also advised the groups how to identify the most suitable funding for their ideas.

Next to coaching the Balticlab Project Development Programme groups continued developing and mapping out their four project prototypes, which are to be presented at the SEBA conference in Kaliningrad on 7 June. Until then, we wish the best and plenty of inspiration to our project groups. The work thats been done and the results achieved in Nida have been truly noteworthy and hold the key to a more connected, diverse and prosperous Baltic Sea Region.

24: 02.05.2013

Balticlab embarks to Nida

On Friday, 3 May 2013, th...

On Friday, 3 May 2013, the Balticlab Project Development Programme will be continuing it´s second module in Nida, also titled as "Balticlab Bootcamp". In this intensive project development activity our participants will dive deep into the process of mapping and ironing out the project ideas they came up in groups in Malmö in April. While situated in the picturesque spot of Nida Art Colony on the coast of Lithuania, the Balticlab participants will be working with a number of regional coaches and mentors to push their group projects to the next level.

Click here to see the Balticlab programme in Nida.

25: 25.04.2013

Behrang Miri talks about informal structures at Balticlab Malmö

26: 17.04.2013

Kick-starting Balticlab Project Development Programme in Malmö

On 12 April we gathered 19 ...

On 12 April we gathered 19 individuals from the Balticlab Network  to join us in Malmö and  to take part in the Balticlab Project Development Programme, the aim of which is to increase regional innovation and collaboration through joint projects. Malmö is the first of three modules, which will also be taking our 19 creative minds and entrepreneurs to Nida and Kaliningrad this spring. Our theme for Malmö? It was all about mapping our participants personal values and understanding the context they work in in order to move forward as project groups. We were joined by numerous inspiring speakers and workshop leaders, such as songwriter and cultural activist Behrang Miri, Joe Coppard from Protothon and Graziela Sousa, a fashion designer from Portugal, and Daunis Auers from the University of Latvia.

See the  the programme for more information on our activities in Malmö and go to Balticlab PDP section to see our participants.

 

27: 15.04.2013

Welcome to Balticlab online!

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This is our official space for news on all our activities.  Along with this website we have also just published Balticlab Magazine- a one off piece dedicated to reflections on what happened at the Balticlab launch networking weekend in December 2012. You will find a digital copy of this under the section – Balticlab Network.

What is it all about?

One of the drives behind the CBSS and the SI for launching Balticlab was a recognition of the relative lack of networks for young creative people, who are not politicians or civil servants, but rather entrepreneurs, artists and opinion makers, with an interest in providing new perspectives for driving integration and innovation in the Baltic Sea Region.

The aim of what started off as the Balticlab Project Development Programme in 2013 and what is now renamed as Balticlab Ideation, is to support the personal development of talented individuals through providing them mentorship and a platform for working together on joint projects in regional groups in the space of three regional meetups.

Read more about our Balticlab 3.0 Ideation and the resulting project prototypes here: Balticlab 3.0

 

Balticlab 2.0: Project Development Programme in spring 2014

Similarly to its pilot in 2012, Balticlab 2.0 brought young creative minds from the Baltic Sea region together into once space to explore new perspectives and sources of inspiration in the region. By providing opportunities for interdiciplinary talented individuals to network and come up with joint collaborations in the region, we aim to support their personal development as well as see their increased engagement in improving the region: making it more prosperous and more creative.

Balticlab 2.0 kicked off with a Networking Weekend in Stockholm 13-15 December, 2013. The goal of the event was to encourage contact-building and expertise exchange among interdiciplinary talented creatives and entrepreneurs from the Baltic Sea region. Through facilitated sessions and creativity simulation exercises the participants were invited to critically reflect on their relationship to the region, to its culture, identity and how their own work can link to these dimensions. The weekend also included workshops on communication, future forcasting, project development, pitching and social entrepreneurship, in which the participants were invited to expand their personal field of interests.

Out of these 77 talented individuals the Balticlab organisers invitied 35 to continue with Balticlab this spring in the form of Balticlab 2.0: Project Development Programme, which consited of three modules taking place in Riga in February, Tallinn in March and Warsaw in May 2014.

 

See introductios to Balticlab 2.0: Project Development Programme participants below:

Anastasia V. Sluzhenko
Anastasia V. Sluzhenko has a BA in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic and MRPII from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (Maine, Arizona, USA). She has worked at a media school, concert halls, TV station, Centre for Contemporary Arts and an online store. She wants to travel, listen, observe and exchange.

Andrius Lekavicius
Andrius Lekavicius is an all-around media storyteller having recently lived in both Europe and Asia: Vilnius and Kuala Lumpur. He has built a profile of projects on various media platforms: from creating brand image to second screen applications, from directing high-end commercials to his first feature documentary ‘Game of the Nation’. Andrius is currently a Creative Director at ‘Prime Field’ during working hours and a non-stop genius idea espresso machine 24/7.

Anna Woźniak
Anna is a entrepreneurial professional, dedicated to forging a career track in intercultural communication and innovative ventures. A person who finds herself at ease in both non-profit and business setups: responsible for the program of TEDx Poznan; coordinating Training processes in a fast growing HR Service Line of a reputable consulting firm and last, but not least a traveler who has been lost and found many times, and is still amazed how many inspiring people one can meet on the way.

Diana Zamurajeva
Diana Zamurajeva is a branding project manager at brands nest MATKA, co-owner of city initiatives portal ManaRiga.com, co-manager of coworking space DalamDarbaVietu.lv and a motion design amateur. Evangelist of Riga, traveller, social entrepreneur.

Egle Songailiene
Egle Songailiene is a lecturer at LCC International University and a director of LCC Innvation Lab. Egle is passionate about innovation, creativity and service design. She looks to meet new people, making real connections and starting real projects.

Ekaterina Klink
Ekaterina Klink is a young entrepreneur from Moscow, taking an active role in the Moscow startup community. She has worked as an Associate at a VC fund and is now passionate about building her own project.

Elizaveta Kiseleva
Elisaveta Kiseleva works with social and creative entrepreneurship educational programmes in Russia and Europe. Elisaveta is a co-author of “Creative industries. Russian profile” analytical report for Creative Industries Agency, Moscow
and Institute for Russia and Eastern Europe, Helsinki. She is also an expert for Wisemount Lab, Barcelona, the agency aimed at smart urban development.

Eva Saukane
Eva Saukane is an adviser for young creative entrepreneurs and startups at the Latvian Investment and Development Agency. Eva is also working as a freelance writer and photographer.

Gabija Jankauskaite
Gabija Januskaite is a 1/4 service, 1/4 graphic designer, 1/4 design strategist and 1/4 design thinker. She is learning to live with complexity and enjoys making confusing things understandable. Loves beautiful design, dogs and baking pies.

Giedre Sileikyte
Giedre Sileikyte respects text, lives for words and says that she works in the boredom-killing business. She leads a creative PR boutique agency AUTORIAI, which is on a mission to prove that words do wonders. With ten years of experience in the communications market and work as a strategic consultant, Giedre’s creative PR campaigns have been awarded by the International Public Relations Association, Baltic PR Awards and have been shortlisted for the Cannes Lions.

Henri Veidenbaum
Henri Veidenbaum is with Yep – a digital consultancy building up digital products and services. When Henri is not coding/prototyping he enjoys spending time together with his beloved ones. He also plays the fiddle at gigs and jam sessions.

Inna Semionova
Inna Semionova is a front end developer and designer based in Kaunas, Lithuania. Not that long ago she decided to ditch all the activities she was involved in at the time and taught herself programming. It worked and now she spends her days immersed in all things of web-based design and loves every minute of it.

Jakub Ignaczak
Jakub Ignaczak is a friendly and open minded creative with a multifarious approach. Running a small business and seeking differences and unique features. He is a keen graphic designer, photographer and sculpturer.

Janis Vitols
„Create! Support! Inspire! Riga! Youth!”

Justyna Turek
Justyna Turek is an artist, designer and freelancer specialized in glass design and art. She gets her inspiration from nature, travels and her research on materials. She prefers minimalistic design with strong impact on the product value. Her main interest in art is the creation process. She believes in destiny and luck. Feels good with a camera in her hands and tries to catch each moment of life.

Kadri Sikk
Kadri has an academic background in Scandinavian and Gender Studies. She lived in Denmark and Iceland before returning home to Estonia. Equipped with knowledge of all three languages, she is an intermediary between Nordic and Estonian cultures in her spare time. Professionally, she is an idea juggler with skills from film producing to public speaking to dumpster diving. Go for the gusto!

Kaisa Kahu
Kaisa Kahu is an Estonian entrepreneur residing in Riga. Her passion is art and fashion management, her company offers a personalized support service for creatives, painters and designers, from website management to export.

Kasia Jezowksa
Kasia Jezowska curates, writes and lectures about design and exhibitions. Polish- born and London-based, she works on commissions around Europe both independently and as a part of the Creative Project Foundation. She blends her
creative practice with academic interests via her PhD-to-be research into the history of Polish design exhibitions.

Laima Ruduša
Laima Ruduša has a passion for objects, ideas (their ideas, other ideas) and stories (back stories, front page stories, the portrayal of stories, stories told, and stories kept secret), particularly interested in art’s “ah-hah” moments. Laima combines these in her current place of work. She is the Project Manager and one of three staff members at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, in Riga, where she works with the exhibitions and the education programme, and anything else they come up with.

Laura Adamoviča
Laura Adamoviča has been lucky to experience some amazing things – by working as a program director at the Kanepes Culture Centre, a multidisciplinary art space, freshly returned from the Venice Art Biennale with the Latvian Pavilion project, working with artists, performers, philosophical festivals and the list continues. These are her passions – they are all revealed by her actions: to inspire, create, socialize, share and naturally have fun.

Liudmila Voronova
Liudmila Voronova is a PhD-student at Södertörn University (department of Media and Communication Studies, Baltic and East European Graduate School) and University of Örebro. In her doctoral project she analyzes meanings and roles of gender in political journalism cultures in Russia and Sweden. Her research interests lie within the intersection of gender media studies, political communication research, and comparative studies of journalism cultures.

Lucas Brodowicz
Lucas Brodowicz is a cultural animator, visual artist, photographer and filmmaker, professionally known under the moniker BRATstudio. Currently a student of Gdynia Film School and Gdansk University.

Madis Ligema & Tõnis Hiiesalu
"Events, film & trouble."

Mantas Pelakauskas
Mantas Pelakauskas is a lecturer at the Vilnius College of Design. As a master of Communication Science (at Vilnius University) he is interested in all kinds of human communication. He´s created several projects analyzing and experimenting with common sense, shared memory and nostalgia. Currently he is working with a photography book project based on shared memory of the Baltic region.

Mikhail Mironov
Misha Mironov is an aspiring entrepreneur. Misha is passionate about redesigning education for a better future and deeply interested in the topics of conscious leadership and social entrepreneurship.

Ömer Yasar
Ömer Yasar appreciates challenging tasks where he can use and develop his innovative as well as analytical skills. Recently, Ömer joined IBM’s two-year Graduate Program where he works as a consultant along with the trainee program.

Rafał Mączyński
Rafał Mączyński is a TV series screenwriter willing to create European shows that could measure up to – or even surpass – such US productions as “Breaking Bad” or “Mad Men”. A firm believer in the adage: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now”.

Reinis Spaile
Reinis Spaileis a graduating film director with a BA in International Business. Reinis is rather more interested in creating stories than innovating new products, but believes that these two may be inseparably connected.

Salla Johanna Kirjalainen
Finnish graphic designer mostly working with branding and editorial design. Simple things like fast bikes and friendly dogs make her happy!

Sandra Vokk
Sandra Vokk is an entrepreneurial creative spirit with a tendency for activism, a passion for humour and a weakness for philosophy. Schooled in Near Eastern Studies and Social Anthropology she is currently balancing between running several “change-the-world-into-a-better-place” projects, managing organizational as well as personal communications and finding ways to realize the insane ideas that pop up in the meantime.

Semra Sahin
Semra Sahin is a product designer and curious about how to design with regional resources. Semra aims to create new, sustainable areas in the market.

Therese Alston
Therese is an architect from Stockholm who likes to re-imagine the city to make life more curious, equal and sustainable. She is inspired, among many things, by art, maps, film, literature and history.

Veera Pakala
Veera Pakala believes that multidisciplinarity is the key to successful innovations and a shift in mindsets. Veera is currently studying in a multidisciplinary master’s program, Business & Design, in Gothenburg and believes that there is creativity in each of us, but the challenge is to find a way to combine and harness this creativity successfully.

Zane Datava
Zane Datava curates and produces contemporary art exhibitions and interdisciplinary projects and is interested in working on collaborative projects that bridge disciplines.

 

Balticlab Project Development Programme Pilot 2013

Balticlab Project Development Programme pilot was launched in April 2013, when a group of 19 individuals from the Balticlab Network were invited to form working groups to develop four project prototypes that link their personal interests with the need to foster integration in the region. The programme participants met and worked during the interlinked programme modules in Malmö, 12-16 April, in Nida, 3-7 May and in Kaliningrad 4-8 June. The modules were designed in a way that aided the participants in developing their projects, namely by providing them with management tools, contextual knowledge and coaching. At the end of the programme the four working groups presented their respective projects during the last module at the SEBA Conference on Creativity and Human Potential in Kaliningrad. This last module in Kaliningrad was the grand finale of the Balticlab Project Development Programme, but also the grand beginning of what will hopefully be four successful long-term projects: Mind Mill, Baltic Design Ship, Project Little Brother and Social Innovation Baltic. See more about the projects here.

Meet the 19 participants of the pilot programme of 2013 below.

Questions:

1. What pushes you personally to develop new and creative projects?
2. How do you develop your entrepreneurial skills?
3. Can you tell us about a lesson you have learned and how might this shape your ideas?

Agniete Preidyte, Lithuania

Agniete Preidyte, Lithuania

Agniete is a freelance designer. She is particularly interested in how interdisciplinary collaboration can promote social and ecological responsibility, as well as improving contextual awareness. She plans to use her masters thesis to develop a current jewelry project.

http://cargocollective.com/agnietepreidyte

A1. The ability to choose my way of working and responsibility for the products I sell in different levels: both socially and sustainably.

A2. Updating my skills and inspirations through different media and trying out innovative ideas.

A3. I am a designer and always reach the point where people do not understand the value of the product, which leads me to the conclusion that they need to be more educated about the difference between mass production and unique design products.

Aiuna Badmarinchinova, Russia

Aiuna Badmarinchinova, Russia

Aiuna is a student of linguistics who is interested in working in the IT field. She aims to launch ProfyEqualizer, an information source about interdisciplinary professions. Such an information source would help people find suitable pathways into interdisciplinary careers within the professional domain.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/aiuna

A1. The thought that people will be happier when they use it.

A2. 1. Talk with entrepreneurs. They have experiences that I may need. 2. Through studying my specific field the more I know, the more responsibility I can take.

A3. I hope to discover it in Balticlab.

Algirdas Sabaliauskas,Lithuania

Algirdas Sabaliauskas,Lithuania

Algirdas is a marketing consultant who is a creative agent for Creative Part¬nerships Lithuania. In his hometown of Klaipeda he founded the first creative residency, Neloftas, and organized the Rafta festival, a floating stage in the middle of the Prussian Sea. He aims to create an outsourcing network of reliable graphic designers, video and audio experts, and IT specialists.

https://www.facebook.com/algirdo

A1. Competition (hearing about successful projects initiated either in my country or abroad) and self-esteem (the feeling that I can do what’s still not in the market)

A2. Little tryouts in high school boosted my self-esteem and inspired me to open my eyes for possibilities.

A3. Sometimes having high expectations and falling in love with your idea isolates you from the reality and eliminates connections with reality. I’ve learnt that even though you love an idea, you have to be careful, research the market and keep doubting it until you launch something.

Brian Jones, Sweden

Brian Jones, Sweden

Brian is the founder of Welcome, a studio specializing in design, photography, writing and strategy. A serial creator, he loves ideas that force people to reconsider their understanding of the world. He’s designed a book meant to be planted – not read, opened a pie shop to heal a community and driven across the USA with a shipping container converted into an art studio, but the truck blew up along the way. Brian has several project ideas currently being considered for the future. http://www.alwaysfeelwelcome.com

A1. The desire to create and move the world forward. Not accepting the world as it is according to tradition or standard practice. To challenge my own curiosities and continually trying to answer the question, “what if…”

A2. I’m currently studying a Master’s in Business Design to strengthen my basic knowledge. I am also a part of a global network of entrepreneurs called Sandbox that surrounds me with many other inspiring people who are always willing to answer questions and help each other whenever it is needed.

A3. Be comfortable with failure, embrace it even (as cliché as it sounds).

Canan Yasar, Sweden

Canan Yasar, Sweden

Canan is a PR consultant and project manager for JMW Communications. There she has worked on award winning campaigns. She loves to tackle tricky challenges and to plan creative strategies, and she is curious about culture and international environments. In her free time she works for

an NGO which helps Kurdish children in need.

http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=46558476&trk=tab_pro

A1. My passion for communication.

A2. I read a lot, both magazines and books.

A3. If you have a good idea people will help you.

Ali Piltan, Sweden

Ali Piltan, Sweden

Ali is a founder at Innospired, an agency that helps companies strengthen and increase innovation efficiency, and has a background in brand and communication consulting. Ali aims to develop a platform for open innovation where any individual from a company can launch a web-service that integrates customer feedback into the development and improvement process.

A1. Inspiration from others

A2. Reading books, talking to others, observing leaders. Then act, learn and build.

A3. Entrepreneurship is harder than I imagined.

Ilyana Demushkina, Russia

Ilyana Demushkina, Russia

Ilyana is currently studying financial management. She has participated in numerous young entrepreneurial forums and programs, and hopes to run her own business someday. She is particularly interested in the stock exchange, specifically a new phenomenon – social stock exchange.

http://www.vk.com/ilyana_ptz

A1. Wish to be independent.

A2. Visit master-classes, trainings, read books, discipline myself.

A3. Experience of managing a social project.

Dominykas Smilga, Lithuania

Dominykas Smilga, Lithuania

Dominykas is a foreign markets’ representative for Bionovus, a bioenergy company. He is interested in economic activity, sustainable growth, and politics. He is also interested in IT and web project development.

http://alturl.com/4p8js

A1 To do something that is completely interesting for you and it is 200% yours, when you know that you are the only one that can push this further.

A2. I try to implement my ideas with friends and see what happens.

A3. A good team is very important. Two heads are much better than one.

Katarzyna Cenian, Poland

Katarzyna Cenian, Poland

Katarzyna has an engineering degree in biotechnology and is now is doing a masters in sustainable biotechnology. She believes scientists represent a different type of creativity. She is interested in joining designers and scientists together to develop a production process for new biomaterials, and believes compressive solutions to complex problems is only possible through such collaborations.

Jarek Piotrowski, Poland

Jarek Piotrowski, Poland

Jarek has a background in finance and is a co-founder and business developer for CityRace.me. He is also a co-organizer of Warsaw Startup Weekend and HackWAW. Entrepreneurship is his passion. He finds communication and bringing people together are keys for success in entrepreneurship.

A1. Living to the fullest and showing people that you can do whatever you put your mind to.

A2. Doing things and failing.

A3. Have a clear understanding of what failure is.

Ieva Skudraite, Lithuania

Ieva Skudraite, Lithuania

Ieva is an independent architect and semi-professional photographer.

As a blogger at archwanders.com she hopes to expand the blog to include more writers who are design loving people from the Baltic Sea Region and who would write and photograph what is happening in their countries from their personal perspective. The motto: fast, fresh, personal, and preferably elsewhere unpublished. www.archwanders.com

A1. Promoting high quality design. A need for opposition, possibility to make changes. Standing out doing things the way other people don’t.

A2. Attend business/business related courses and seminars (recently took and accounting course and business motivation seminar). Read books, read on-line, engaging in endless discussions about entrepreneurship with friends.

A3. My biggest lesson was that most businesses are very local, unless you are very big or very unique.

Indre Viltrakyte, Lithuania

Indre Viltrakyte, Lithuania

Indre has a masters in law and is a partner and co-founder at Robert Kalinkin Fashion House. Her vision for the brand is to develop problem-solving fashion. Upcoming innovations aim to transform old clothes into fresh, inexpensive fashion. She hopes to expand the brand and its innovations worldwide.

www.robertkalinkin.com

A1. New ideas that are not explored yet. A wish to develop something which can make a significant changes within a selected field.

A2.Learning by doing. And closely watching those who succeed. Success is very rarely accidental.

A3. No matter how good your idea is, it has to fit in the numbers. There has to be a certain and specific point when you have to start making profit,

otherwise, you’re doing something wrong. This, of course, applies only

to for-profit projects.

John Hedén, Sweden

John Hedén, Sweden

John is the co-owner and CEO at Bloow, a company that creates awareness of drinking habits by offering breathalyzer tests at parties, bars, and events. He is also the co-owner & founder of Returntool Sweden, a phone app designed to increase customer loyalty by awarding points for repeat business. An interest in social entrepreneurship and creative problem-solving drive his interests in expanding his businesses.

www.returntool.se

A1. The unlimited amount of pain and suffering from constant failure. You have the opportunity to fail or succeed. I’d trade that for a steady income and security any time!

A2. I surround myself with people who want to do things. I have my office in the Entrepreneurial Church, I’m a part of the Balticlab. I learn from people who have done or are in the process of doing what I want to get done.

A3. Share your idea. Let people shoot it down, destroy it and test it. Don’t let it just be an idea.

Kristina Kashina, Russia

Kristina Kashina, Russia

Kristina studies social and cultural sciences with an emphasis on politics. She has worked alongside the representatives of the integration of the city of Frankfurt (Oder)/Germany and led an international project under the authority of the special representative for international cooperation of the mayor of Frankfurt (Oder) to develop a student network among its twinned cities. In recognizing how each country has different systems for producing and using resources, she hopes to organize a forum for teenagers to share new ways of ecological thinking.

A1. Communication and developing new ideas with different people; to make something out of nothing, or to start finding other things to get involved with; to discover myself, my own organizational skills.

A2. I am an optimist and when I have an idea or a vision, I try to inspire other people. I plan and organize my every day. I never have a boring “daily routine”. Regularly I set my own goals and try to achieve them.

A3. Teamwork – understanding and respect of other people; to see how you can get value from your team and good contribution out of every person on the team.

Kinga Polynczuk, Poland

Kinga Polynczuk, Poland

Kinga is studying media and global communication and has a background in journalism. She is a communication assistant at HELCOM where she works at the level of ideas and strategies of presentation. Her masters thesis explores the articulation of creativity within social media, including creative impulses as triggered by new technologies and how creativity might be manifested within these environments.

A1. The innate curiosity of the world and eagerness to constant self-development motivate all of my actions. Through undertaking certain activities I hope to learn about the world around me, and to improve my own set of skills. Who knows, maybe one day the two could be combined to ameliorate the reality we all live in?

A2. I have a very theoretical mindset, thus reading guide books and learning about other people’s real-life experiences are always my primary methods of learning. I have not really moved on from that phase as of yet, but secretly hope to acquire enough courage and self-confidence to do so.

A3. The most crucial thing I have learnt about entrepreneurship thus far, is that there is much more to it than I initially expected. I am a newbie to the field, so my biggest lessons are pretty obvious, I am afraid.

Magdalena Czapiewska, Poland

Magdalena Czapiewska, Poland

Magdalena is a founding partner at Designlab and an assistant tutor at the Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology. Research and experimentation are key parts of her work when designing large spaces, furniture and objects. She is currently preparing a research project examining creativity through hardship – the solutions that arise from innovation and a lack of resources. www.designlab.com.pl

A1. Poland is a country which is developing and therefore there are many opportunities and chances for new projects to come alive. Young entrepreneurs here have a real influence over how the design scene looks like, they are helping to shape it. Apart from this, running entrepreneurial projects satisfies my personal ambitions.

A2. I take part in many competitions, conferences and constantly extend my network of partners which means that I also learn through the experience of others.

A3. It would have to be the lesson that hard work contributes to entrepreneurship. A good idea is extremely valuable, however you have to be consistent and determined to make it come through. New ideas usually are difficult to execute, therefore it’s vital to not have doubts along the way.

Rapolas Vosylius, Lithuania

Rapolas Vosylius, Lithuania

Rapolas is a graphic designer who runs his own design studio and clothing brand, Labadiena. The brand’s ideology is based on positive Lithuanian values. It wants young people to be proud of their cultural surroundings, and targets young innovators who want to express themselves politely. Rapolas hopes to expand the brand internationally. http://rapolrapol.com/

Mattias Kroon, Sweden

Mattias Kroon, Sweden

Mattias studies technical nanoscience and is the CEA and founder of Cook‘n Smile Food Communication, a company that communicates sustainable food consumption. He has also worked with KliMAT-Guiden, a smartphone app that allows users to create their own green grocery bag. He is passionate about creativity and social development, and is curious about how to create solutions that will enable us to live a good, happy life in the future.

www.linkedin.com/pub/mattias-kroon/32/7b1/b38

A1. I want to see things happen. Life is more fun when moving

forward!

A2. Meet people!

Tomasz Kretek, Poland

Tomasz Kretek, Poland

Tomasz is studying logistics and is a TEDxPoznan curator. He is also a product manager for redexperts.net and uczestnicy.pl, and an evangelist at eventorium.com. He participated in the HugeThing accelerator program and co-founded Sellbox. His work at uczestnicy.pl focuses on creating ecosystems for event organizers.

A1. I want to do something good in this (mostly) bad world.

A2. By learning from mine and other people’s mistakes.

A3. Engage and talk to the customers.

01:
Balticlab
magazine
editorial:
Balticlab is a joint pilot project between the Swedish Institute and the Council of the Baltic Sea States. We believe that young, creative minds in the Baltic Sea Region can drive innovation and integration. Balticlab brings these minds together in the same space to create and explore new perspectives and sources for inspiration. Our guiding principle is that as the network flourishes, new opportunities for collaboration open up, benefiting both individuals and the region as a whole. By connecting people across different countries and more significantly across different disciplines, we can create an environment in the Baltic Sea Region that fosters both innovation and personal fulfillment. The idea for the Balticlab programme was born in the spring of 2012, when the CBSS and SI decided to work in partnership together on a common initiative to create a deeper synergy between the two organisations which share the longterm goal of regional prosperity and well-being. As a result a programme was envisioned that would focus on the opportunities of the Baltic Sea Region and increase its people to people contacts. The original idea of providing media tools and entrepreneurial guidance to talented and proactive women in the Baltic Sea Region soon grew into a programme that would focus on entrepreneurial talent and creative industries in the region as a whole.Months of meticulous planning followed, with the team growing by the minute and new ideas flowing in with each day. These efforts finally culminated in the Balticlab launch networking weekend in Stockholm in December 2012, with 67 talented individuals from Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden gathering at the Entrepreneurial Church in Stockholm to discuss the state of the Baltic Sea region, their role in it and how to make the most Region of its opportunities by working together. During the 4-day event participants engaged in workshops combining mapping, storytelling and documentation of their experience in their field and in the Baltic Sea Region. Highly respected lecturers and facilitators shared their experiences, gave inspiration and provided tools and practical methods to release the knowledge and vision of these 67 cross-disciplinary talents in the region. Among the speakers was Antanas Mockus, the legendary former Mayor of Bogota in Columbia, famous for initiating active civic engagement and for his creative approach towards cutting crime and fostering inclusion. More importantly, there was space for the participants to find future project partners, to voice their hopes and concerns for the Baltic Sea Region and to find inspiration through events such as a Mixology dinner, LunchBeat and sound art performances. This publication is a guide to what happened and who attended. We hope you enjoy these following pages as much as we have enjoyed the Balticlab journey.Tied to this magazine, the Balticlab Network will also be continuing through an interactive Balticlab platform. This will be a space for balticlab’ers and their friends to share project ideas, contacts and industry tips. Furthermore, its aim is to serve as an engaging application, which would keep young Baltic Sea Region creative entrepreneurs up to date with all relevant stories and future activities.
02:
Looking
at the Baltic Sea
Region:

 

“…You know, I’m a product of the Baltic Sea Region cooperation”, proclaimed Hans Lepp, a Senior Adviser of Cultural Affairs at the Swedish Institute. In fact, one could say he owes his very existence to the successful and enduring relationship the Baltic Sea Region has enjoyed – his mother is Swedish and his father is Estonian. He then posed the following questions to the Balticlab participants: What kind of a “product” would I be classed as? What does the Baltic Sea Region mean to me? What are its opportunities and benefits? How can I make the most of them?These questions marked the beginning of a journey into identity and problem-solving, which ran throughout the Balticlab event. The answers, which came to light, would influence the very building blocks of how cooperation, shared knowledge, heritage and diversity become potent factors in driving creative entrepreneurship and fruitful regional projects. 

 

The topics of identity and personal fulfilment were also touched on by the other guests of the evening – Karina Petersone, the Head of the Latvian Institute, photographer Martina Hoogland Ivanow, entrepreneur Daumantas Mikucionis and professor of Urban Studies Oksana Zaporozhets. Karina shared with the participants her long experience in Latvian politics and concluded that what hurts you the most as an individual is not what others do – it’s what you yourself fail to do that keeps you up at night.

 

What rose from the discussions of the evening was that we are all intertwined in the Baltic Sea Region-we define each other through one another. As we meet and interact we shape the future and have the potential to overcome mental and geographical distances.

While everyone came to Balticlab with an individual purpose, within a couple of hours a new form of identity and platform for the future was in the process of being shaped. The answer to the question “What seed can we plant here to increase connections in the region?” from the participants was thus simple: We do not need to plant a seed, but a garden.And the garden did indeed grow – four days of connection forging, learning, discussing and building future plans. All of which kicked off with a Mixology dinner of regional ingredients by the talented Prang Lerttaweewit.

 

Participants ideas on Connecting the Baltic Sea Region

— Opportunities
Harvesting the available energy 
Technologies
Making Scandinavians feel “more Baltic”

 

— What we have
Mobility
Common economic zones

 

— Challenges
Enormous mental distances
Culture & language prejudices & differences

 

— Goals for the future
iCloud for Balticlab: idea-sharing for the future
Balticlab summer camp
Collaboration
Integration

03:
Workshops
for knowledge
and inspiration:

Repetition is not only the ‘mother of study’, as it is said in Latin. Reflection is also a good way towards successful entrepreneurship and any creative process.

Project Development, Pitching, Social Entrepreneurship, Culture and Trend Mapping in the Region – these were the four intensive workshops during the Balticlab weekend, which helped 67 young creative entrepreneurs expand their knowledge and get more inspiration for new ideas.

Social Entrepreneurship
With Shawn Westcott

Shawn Westcott shared with the Balticlab participants his advice on writing a business plan, how to find financing for your ideas, how to conduct research, find partners, convince investors and much more. Shawn explained that “people like us are seeking money” and stressed the importance of money reaching its target. “The balance of finance and mission is an important part of social entrepreneurship”, explained Shawn and quoted Muhammad Yunus – “Social entrepreneurship is all about human creativity to solve problems.” 16 Dec Brian W. Jones @brianwjones I’ve learned more about developing business ideas from @westcott in a few hours than in a full semester at school. #balticlab15 Dec Algirdas Sabaliauska @AlSabal#blbsocial all ideas seem to connect, one way or another15 Dec Jarek Piotrowski @JarekPWorkshop with @westcott was amazing! We are on to something :) #balticlab #blbsocial

 

 

 

shawn-westcott

Group Dynamics & Project Development
With Sofia Arvegard and Pia Henrietta Kekäläinen

No correct solutions, No correct answers, No one is right or wrong”, stated Sofia Arvegard at the beginning of her presentation on group dynamics. 16 Dec Fernanda Torre @FernandaSTorre What are the motivations from the participants? Success, synergies, feedback, impact and challenge.#blbprojectSofia’s passionate about group development and management: “In a company model one must foresee time (expenses) spent on good connections in the team but it takes no less that four months to achieve work and productivity in a team, and please, don’t be scared of conflicts” explained Sofia: “Conflict is inevitable, conflict is good”. And advised: “Do not perceive people through labels but look at a new diverse competence”.Sofia stressed that “we can support groups better and we will become better leaders if we understand groups and learn how to interpret their needs”.

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Pia Henrietta Kekäläinen, who has a background in business, diplomacy and entrepreneurial projects, took the floor on the third day of Balticlab to discuss project development. Pia Henrietta shared with the participants tips on how to avoid falling into procrastination, organizing your time and selling your product. She advised the participants to keep an open mind in their work and how sometimes keeping lower expectations can lead to a higher outcome.

pia-on-picture

04:
A symbolic
and powerful lesson
from Supercitizen
Antanas:

Aurelijus Rutenis Antanas Mockus Šivickas – his name is as colourful as his personality and as exciting as his biography. He is perhaps more commonly known as the former mayor of Bogotá, Columbia’s capital city. Antanas Mockus came to Balticlab and, while outside the Entrepreneurial Church a snowstorm raged, he held an inspiring lecture for the participants:“There are now new forms of authority”, said Mockus, and stressed the potency of so called ‘symbolic violence’ a ‘soft’ confrontation which in its simplest form addresses issues with no call for physical or mental threats. Below are several examples how Mr. Mockus uses this symbolic power. How did Mockus become known as the guru of creative problem-solving? Here are examples of his highly creative and unconventional working methods: Need to encourage people to save water? Get Shakira on the phone and encourage inhabitants to save water. Or why not take showers in pairs? How to tackle the notorious regulation of Bogotá’s traffic? Employ mimes to taunt bad drivers instead of traffic police. How to prevent accidents from fireworks during New Years Eve celebrations? Give people alternative entertainment, hand out condoms with alternative instructions “inflate and explode”.

aurelijus-rutenis

This is only a small handful of Mr. Mockus’s innovative solutions but throughout his entertaining lecture, the recurring message was: look for creative ways to solve problems, walk different paths and don’t forget that, as Mr. Mockus eloquently put – entrepreneurship can become art.The son of Lithuanian émigrés, he left his post as the president of the National University of Colombia in Bogotá in 1993, and later that year ran a successful campaign for mayor. He proceeded to preside over Bogotá as mayor for two (non-consecutive) terms, during which he became known for springing surprising and humorous initiatives upon the city’s inhabitants. These tended to involve grand gestures, including local artists or personal appearances by the mayor himself—taking a shower in a commercial about conserving water, or walking the streets dressed in spandex and a cape as Supercitizen. On March 4, 2010, he was elected in a public consultation as the Colombian Green Party candidate for the presidential election in 2010.

05:
How to make
Balticlab develop
and grow in the
future:

For the Balticlab participants on the third day of intensive projects, workshops and group sessions, the event presented dozens of potential ideas on how to make this project, this network last, grow and strengthen. And, let’s not forget, how to make good things out of it!

After entering an interactive “World Cafe”, participants identified challenges, which Balticlab faces, as well as opportunities and potential actions to counter such factors. The participants gathered that when you don’t meet in person, you tend to forget about people and identified a lack of motivation, finances, new partners and mental distances as the biggest obstacles to increased partnerships in the region.

As expected from such a dynamic and resourceful group there were also suggestions for a way forward to pass these obstacles. The participants contemplated the organization of national meetings, regional databases, follow-up meetings as well as virtual meet-ups and presence at regional music festivals. The most important aspects identified, however, where to stay open and involved, to use each other’s networks and to promote each other.

06:
Emotions:
We are merging and converging;
Russia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden,
Building pillars with many iterations of the collaborations,
Which are being recorded and never eroded,
Holding and unfolding the attention at the centre,
The living system which is “we”;
With its diversity and integrity forever changing and unpredictable.
We are planting seeds for work in the Baltic Sea Region;
Culture, talent, identity, creativity, like ‘Mixology’,
In the church, community declarations, writing history together;
Personal charisma, and pitching, self-awareness, urban spaces, LunchBeat,
Boom Boom BOOM! We are in full bloom energised by music!
The mind is dancing, pulling the body in its trance.
Business canvas model, loving what we do; pitching through the roof,
Grounding in the flow, meditation, succulence, ‘shazzamness’, abundance, ‘awesomeness’;
Antanas Mockus, mathematician, philosopher, politician,
Former mayor of Bogota talks about forms of authority, grand gestures, art and inspiration!
We are a force, shaking the world one after another, one with the other,
In collaboration, without hesitation. We are burning, starting fires, perspiration, inspiration…
Expiration? Embracing our greatness! We have two more days to go, So into the unknown we go, building our future on our own, but together never say never.

Watch the clip by Iwona Roman here:

07:
Balticlab Network
Participants:

Just who were these young, dynamic individuals? By their ongoing work or simply by their spirited and positive examples and methods, they represent the some of the best and brightest the Baltic Sea Region has to offer. When Balticlab was conceived, the intention was to gather together a selection of standout individuals from broadly differing backgrounds and explore the co-operative and creative possibilities over the course of a weekend event. Once the applications were received it was clear that the event would play a much larger role in defining the character of the region and the role of its young entrepreneurs and creative professionals.

Questions:

1. What pushes you personally to develop new and creative projects?
2. How do you develop your entrepreneurial skills?
3. Can you tell us about a lesson you have learned and how might this shape your ideas?

Agniete Preidyte, Lithuania

Agniete Preidyte, Lithuania

Agniete is a freelance designer. She is particularly interested in how interdisciplinary collaboration can promote social and ecological responsibility, as well as improving contextual awareness. She plans to use her masters thesis to develop a current jewelry project.

http://cargocollective.com/agnietepreidyte

A1. The ability to choose my way of working and responsibility for the products I sell in different levels: both socially and sustainably.

A2. Updating my skills and inspirations through different media and trying out innovative ideas.

A3. I am a designer and always reach the point where people do not understand the value of the product, which leads me to the conclusion that they need to be more educated about the difference between mass production and unique design products.

Aiuna Badmarinchinova, Russia

Aiuna Badmarinchinova, Russia

Aiuna is a student of linguistics who is interested in working in the IT field. She aims to launch ProfyEqualizer, an information source about interdisciplinary professions. Such an information source would help people find suitable pathways into interdisciplinary careers within the professional domain.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/aiuna

A1. The thought that people will be happier when they use it.

A2. 1. Talk with entrepreneurs. They have experiences that I may need. 2. Through studying my specific field the more I know, the more responsibility I can take.

A3. I hope to discover it in Balticlab.

Alexander Firsov, Russia

Alexander Firsov, Russia

Alexander is a PR manager for the Baltic branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts and the art director and co-founder of Baltic Magazines publishing house. Together with Kristina Cheremushkina he hopes to create a new independent media outlet for the city that captures positive changes in the urban landscape and actively supports them. This would include building a communication platform between different groups and individuals who claim their ‘right to the city.’ http://www.facebook.com/alex.v.firsov

A1. Freedom of action and expression that can be obtained only as an entrepreneur.

A2. University education and work experience as an employee. Reading the business media and communication with business communities.

A3. The team, the idea and the external environment are equally important.

Danielius Stasiulis, Lithuania

Danielius Stasiulis, Lithuania

Danielius is a project manager and board member at UAB Civitta, the largest independent management consulting firm in the Baltics, and a co-founder at BlastMat, which is his third startup. He has been involved in the Lithuanian startup ecosystem since 2009 and has helped to organize numerous events and conferences including the first Startup Weekend in Vilnius. He is a mentor, lecturer on startups, and the head of Startup Nitro, a startup consulting program. He is also the chairman of one of the largest NGO in Lithuania: “Let’s do it Lithuania”, which organizes community action programs at national level, one of them being the clean-up day. Danielius is currently investigating a number of global startup possibilities. http://www.linkedin.com/in/danius

A1. There are two reasons why I engage with various projects. Firstly,

I quickly get bored, therefore routine is a killer for me. Therefore, I prefer to work on something new, something not yet known. It is much more exciting to do something if you don’t know whether you will succeed – it’s a challenge! And I love challenges. Secondly, I start new projects because I believe that either something is unfair and has to be changed, or I see an opportunity that can be seized.

A2. Once you are a dreamer, you just have to chase your dreams. Repeatedly, until you succeed. This is how you build your skills.

A3. When there is a will, there is a way. So, just do it.

Algirdas Sabaliauskas,Lithuania

Algirdas Sabaliauskas,Lithuania

Algirdas is a marketing consultant who is a creative agent for Creative Part¬nerships Lithuania. In his hometown of Klaipeda he founded the first creative residency, Neloftas, and organized the Rafta festival, a floating stage in the middle of the Prussian Sea. He aims to create an outsourcing network of reliable graphic designers, video and audio experts, and IT specialists.

https://www.facebook.com/algirdo

A1. Competition (hearing about successful projects initiated either in my country or abroad) and self-esteem (the feeling that I can do what’s still not in the market)

A2. Little tryouts in high school boosted my self-esteem and inspired me to open my eyes for possibilities.

A3. Sometimes having high expectations and falling in love with your idea isolates you from the reality and eliminates connections with reality. I’ve learnt that even though you love an idea, you have to be careful, research the market and keep doubting it until you launch something.

Anna Pietka, Poland

Anna Pietka, Poland

Anna is a co-founder of Subscrea, an easy to use subscription e-commerce solution. She is passionate about meeting new people and embracing the beauty of the unknowable future. She hopes to spread her open approach business model to other more traditional industries.

http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=160919412&trk=tab_pro

A1. Adventure, feelings of mastery, enjoyment resulting from successes.

A2. By learning from other entrepreneurs I meet.

A3. Have a plan but stay open to new opportunities.

Barbara Nawrocka, Poland

Barbara Nawrocka, Poland

Barbara trained as an architect and is interested in working with it in a non-traditional way, such as with temporary and social installations. She is currently collaborating with the Centre for Contemporary Architecture in Budapest to activate suburbia. She is also a co-founder of an artistic collective which deals with social problems. Her aim is to launch a socially-aware design service.

A1. Well, first of all I don’t think that my fields of interests like art and cultural animation have so much in common with entrepreneurship in general.

Or maybe they don’t have enough. So this is the main reason to join such programs. I don’t wish to sound banal, but expanding networks and finding people in similar situations really gives you a lot of inspiration and confidence. That is a great start.

A2. I find taking the risk and aiming high the best way to learn and develop.

A3. Every new project has to be challenging to be worthy of the effort.

The best lesson is always the challenge you’re trying to face right now.

Alexander Chijov, Russia

Alexander Chijov, Russia

Alexander is a designer and an artist who has had his work featured in numerous exhibitions. He and Artem Zaytsev hope to improve how people use public spaces in Kaliningrad, including encouraging respect for pedestrian spaces, developing bicycle routes, and revitalizing the forgotten spaces under bridges.

Brian Jones, Sweden

Brian Jones, Sweden

Brian is the founder of Welcome, a studio specializing in design, photography, writing and strategy. A serial creator, he loves ideas that force people to reconsider their understanding of the world. He’s designed a book meant to be planted – not read, opened a pie shop to heal a community and driven across the USA with a shipping container converted into an art studio, but the truck blew up along the way. Brian has several project ideas currently being considered for the future. http://www.alwaysfeelwelcome.com

A1. The desire to create and move the world forward. Not accepting the world as it is according to tradition or standard practice. To challenge my own curiosities and continually trying to answer the question, “what if…”

A2. I’m currently studying a Master’s in Business Design to strengthen my basic knowledge. I am also a part of a global network of entrepreneurs called Sandbox that surrounds me with many other inspiring people who are always willing to answer questions and help each other whenever it is needed.

A3. Be comfortable with failure, embrace it even (as cliché as it sounds).

Canan Yasar, Sweden

Canan Yasar, Sweden

Canan is a PR consultant and project manager for JMW Communications. There she has worked on award winning campaigns. She loves to tackle tricky challenges and to plan creative strategies, and she is curious about culture and international environments. In her free time she works for

an NGO which helps Kurdish children in need.

http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=46558476&trk=tab_pro

A1. My passion for communication.

A2. I read a lot, both magazines and books.

A3. If you have a good idea people will help you.

Ali Piltan, Sweden

Ali Piltan, Sweden

Ali is a founder at Innospired, an agency that helps companies strengthen and increase innovation efficiency, and has a background in brand and communication consulting. Ali aims to develop a platform for open innovation where any individual from a company can launch a web-service that integrates customer feedback into the development and improvement process.

A1. Inspiration from others

A2. Reading books, talking to others, observing leaders. Then act, learn and build.

A3. Entrepreneurship is harder than I imagined.

Ilyana Demushkina, Russia

Ilyana Demushkina, Russia

Ilyana is currently studying financial management. She has participated in numerous young entrepreneurial forums and programs, and hopes to run her own business someday. She is particularly interested in the stock exchange, specifically a new phenomenon – social stock exchange.

http://www.vk.com/ilyana_ptz

A1. Wish to be independent.

A2. Visit master-classes, trainings, read books, discipline myself.

A3. Experience of managing a social project.

Denis Zapolsky, Russia

Denis Zapolsky, Russia

Denis is trained in computer science, applied mathematics, photojournalism and photoart in general. Together with Jenya Lapteva he hopes to help the Baltic Spit region overcome its cultural isolation. As a team they aim to investigate the common language of contemporary art in the Baltic region, develop cooperation in the field of contemporary culture in the region, and study human existence in a natural environment. https://www.facebook.com/denis.zapolskiy

A1. My desire to present the magic of Baltic Spit (Vistula) to people from other regions pushes me.

A2. I try to connect with many people with different views on reality and life in general.

Dominykas Smilga, Lithuania

Dominykas Smilga, Lithuania

Dominykas is a foreign markets’ representative for Bionovus, a bioenergy company. He is interested in economic activity, sustainable growth, and politics. He is also interested in IT and web project development.

http://alturl.com/4p8js

A1 To do something that is completely interesting for you and it is 200% yours, when you know that you are the only one that can push this further.

A2. I try to implement my ideas with friends and see what happens.

A3. A good team is very important. Two heads are much better than one.

Vytautas Zabulis, Lithuania

Vytautas Zabulis, Lithuania

Vytautas is an investor and start-up mentor. He is working to launch nuhjalpen.se, a charity project that will raise money not from donation but from contributed goods. The benefits are both environmental and social, as the profits will be used to grant higher-education scholarships to students from low-income families.

A1. Realization of individualism.

A2. Always experimenting

A3. People can always fail.

Disa Krosness, Sweden

Disa Krosness, Sweden

Disa is a dancer with experience in productions, workshops, and teaching. She is currently working on a project called BigBirdieBounce, a collaboration between video art, dance, design, and music orchestrated in the space of a nightclub. She and her partners aim to bring contemporary art to the people by sharing the dance floor with the audience, thereby inviting but not forcing participation and expanding the definition of contemporary dance. They hope to exhibit this concept around the world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s86sa12EmSc

A1. The need to create work and a belief in what I do.

A2. I use the skills I have to learn new skills, and I am not afraid of trying things I don’t know how to do.

A3. It is all about being at the right place at the right time, and to be socially empathetic enough to listen and speak with people.

Edit Mag, Sweden

Edit Mag, Sweden

Edit is an artist based in Visby, Sweden where she has been involved in projects concerning art, exchanges, exhibitions, and more. As a future curator at Lidköpings Art Hall, she’ll have a platform to jumpstart exchange projects.

She has numerous project ideas she is working on, including a youth exhibition

in traditional and non-traditional artistic techniques, a world art-day classroom collaboration, and an exhibition about the art of gaming.

http://editmag.wix.com/at-home

A1. It’s never the money, haven’t made any money yet. It’s seeing when something is amiss and knowing that there is a small thing I CAN do about it, then DOING it!

A2. Learning by doing, making mistakes and discussing it with others.

A3. It’s OK to make mistakes. And it’s OK if it takes time.

Jenya Lapteva, Russia

Jenya Lapteva, Russia

Jenya is trained in Philology and Journalism. She is currently studying art critique and working as a freelance cultural journalist. Together with Deins Zapolsky she hopes to help the Baltic Spit region overcome its cultural isolation.

As a team they aim to investigate the common language of contemporary art

in the Baltic region, develop cooperation in the field of contemporary culture

in the region, and study human existence in a natural environment.

http://vimeo.com/user5596758

Ekaterina Sinitsyna, Russia

Ekaterina Sinitsyna, Russia

Ekaterina is a foreign trade manager in seeds production and a specialist in agronomy, crop protection and quarantine. As agrotourism has started to develop in Russia, she sees the potential for investments in agrotourism to provide people-to-people exchanges, to help farmers to improve profits and get help from clients, and to educate travelers on the importance of nature conservation. http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=115101314&trk=tab_pro

A1. To be honest I’m not in the business yet, but I know it will be these things – freedom, interest, creativity, getting new experience and knowledge, to create something new.

A2. Through my own experience and education by now, for the future

I would like to create my own business and learn from it – think it’s the best way to understand my weaknesses and work on them.

A3. For the seed supply businesses there is a constant flow of seeds in the world – just incredible!

Evgeniy Zentsov, Russia

Evgeniy Zentsov, Russia

Evgeniy is a member of LES, an art group looking for open spaces in which artists can realize their projects. Together with Yuriy Selsky he aims to create a cultural centre on the site of the water tower in Otradnoe, including exhibition and educational programs. http://soundcloud.com/est-nastroenie

A1. Wish to develop my region.

A2. Search for the right people concerned.

Katarzyna Cenian, Poland

Katarzyna Cenian, Poland

Katarzyna has an engineering degree in biotechnology and is now is doing a masters in sustainable biotechnology. She believes scientists represent a different type of creativity. She is interested in joining designers and scientists together to develop a production process for new biomaterials, and believes compressive solutions to complex problems is only possible through such collaborations.

Jarek Piotrowski, Poland

Jarek Piotrowski, Poland

Jarek has a background in finance and is a co-founder and business developer for CityRace.me. He is also a co-organizer of Warsaw Startup Weekend and HackWAW. Entrepreneurship is his passion. He finds communication and bringing people together are keys for success in entrepreneurship.

A1. Living to the fullest and showing people that you can do whatever you put your mind to.

A2. Doing things and failing.

A3. Have a clear understanding of what failure is.

Ieva Skudraite, Lithuania

Ieva Skudraite, Lithuania

Ieva is an independent architect and semi-professional photographer.

As a blogger at archwanders.com she hopes to expand the blog to include more writers who are design loving people from the Baltic Sea Region and who would write and photograph what is happening in their countries from their personal perspective. The motto: fast, fresh, personal, and preferably elsewhere unpublished. www.archwanders.com

A1. Promoting high quality design. A need for opposition, possibility to make changes. Standing out doing things the way other people don’t.

A2. Attend business/business related courses and seminars (recently took and accounting course and business motivation seminar). Read books, read on-line, engaging in endless discussions about entrepreneurship with friends.

A3. My biggest lesson was that most businesses are very local, unless you are very big or very unique.

Dovile Macijauskaite, Lithuania

Dovile Macijauskaite, Lithuania

Dovile is studying creative industries and works as a reporter and photographer for Laimikis, an interdisciplinary platform for urban art, research, and activism. Her work focuses on having spontaneous conversations on the street with citizens about hobbies, music, and city spaces. She aims to launch a project recording grandparents’ stories, reminding us all of the colorful lives the older generations have lived and closing the gap between the generations. http://www.laimikis.lt

A1. Curiosity and the desire to realize myself.

A2. By meeting and socializing with smart and active people, generating our ideas together.

A3. I could not distinguish any lessons yet, because I got interested in entrepreneurship only very recently.

Ivan But, Russia

Ivan But, Russia

Ivan’s bachelor thesis compared the impact of social networks on entrepreneurial activity in 56 countries. He has researched and prepared articles for international conferences and journals, and he continues his research in this field. He is currently the CEO of Game Changers LLC and head coordinator at Game Changers, a program of 20 students devoted to exploring the IT industry in Russia and the world. ru.linkedin.com/in/ivanbut

A1. I have my own ideas I want to develop in my own way and I don’t like to work in companies.

A2. By learning from others and, unfortunately, my own mistakes.

A3. It’s not about money or venture capital to start; it’s all about the idea and your faith in it.

Olga Peshekhonova, Russia

Olga Peshekhonova, Russia

Olga has her bachelors in international management and is working towards a master degree in human resources management. She is a board member of J8 Club and is an organizer of Baltic Artek 2013. She is about to launch Expats’ adaptation in Russia, a program which responds to a trend in hiring foreign specialists and aims to help expats adapt to their new country.

www.facebook.com/j8club/photos_stream?ref=ts

Indre Viltrakyte, Lithuania

Indre Viltrakyte, Lithuania

Indre has a masters in law and is a partner and co-founder at Robert Kalinkin Fashion House. Her vision for the brand is to develop problem-solving fashion. Upcoming innovations aim to transform old clothes into fresh, inexpensive fashion. She hopes to expand the brand and its innovations worldwide.

www.robertkalinkin.com

A1. New ideas that are not explored yet. A wish to develop something which can make a significant changes within a selected field.

A2.Learning by doing. And closely watching those who succeed. Success is very rarely accidental.

A3. No matter how good your idea is, it has to fit in the numbers. There has to be a certain and specific point when you have to start making profit,

otherwise, you’re doing something wrong. This, of course, applies only

to for-profit projects.

Edmundas Balcikonis, Lithuania

Edmundas Balcikonis, Lithuania

Eddy is currently working to launch Start Karma, an initiative which will redefine how startups are created by forming startup communities outside Silicon Valley. Previously Eddy was CMO at Goodwillion, a peer-to-peer charity auction website, co-found¬er of GigBasket, a job opportunity tracker, and a project manager for StartupHighway, the first startup accelerator in the Baltic countries. http://www.eddy.lt/

A1. Fun, financial reward, seeing results, etc.

A2. Work, study, read, meet new people, sell, ask questions…

A3. Just do it.

John Hedén, Sweden

John Hedén, Sweden

John is the co-owner and CEO at Bloow, a company that creates awareness of drinking habits by offering breathalyzer tests at parties, bars, and events. He is also the co-owner & founder of Returntool Sweden, a phone app designed to increase customer loyalty by awarding points for repeat business. An interest in social entrepreneurship and creative problem-solving drive his interests in expanding his businesses.

www.returntool.se

A1. The unlimited amount of pain and suffering from constant failure. You have the opportunity to fail or succeed. I’d trade that for a steady income and security any time!

A2. I surround myself with people who want to do things. I have my office in the Entrepreneurial Church, I’m a part of the Balticlab. I learn from people who have done or are in the process of doing what I want to get done.

A3. Share your idea. Let people shoot it down, destroy it and test it. Don’t let it just be an idea.

Johan Lundin, Sweden

Johan Lundin, Sweden

Johan is a freelance copywriter who teaches text production. He is keenly aware that good ideas are often the result of working through the bad ideas first – both in life and in creative work. While studying economics he realized he was bad at math, but he also discovered an interest in business and product development maths. Working as a project manager at a web agency and a course manager for interaction design led him down the path to writing.

www.cargocollective.com/johanlundin

A1. I like to create things and work with my own ideas.

A2. Mostly education and starting projects.

A3. Stay calm and find the right people. And be sure to have some income during the time.

Juste Kostikovaite, Lithuania

Juste Kostikovaite, Lithuania

Juste is studying curating contemporary art. She writes for Spana and arterritory.com. She is also part of the cultural management collective BCC which curates informal collaborations. Together with Maija Rudovska, their three-day project Museum in the Market invited market people to create their own museum. The project acted as a catalyst for discussing the role of museums within the modern marketplace and economy. They aim to expand their idea to include additional social systems.

http://blindcarboncopy.org/index.html

A1. Curiosity.

A2. I am trying to reduce them, not to develop. In fact, the contemporary situation is changing so quickly that one has to adapt to the new circumstances. Therefore my goal is to be flexible, rather than to become “an entrepreneur”.

A3. There is no way out, unless you live in Walden Forests.

Gregoriy Selsky, Russia

Gregoriy Selsky, Russia

Gregoriy is a member of LES, an art group looking for open spaces in which artists can realize their projects. He is also the director and co-owner of GOVNO Gallery of Contemporary Art, and is interested in new media. Together with Evgeniy Zentsov he aims to create a cultural centre on the site of the water tower in Otradnoe, including exhibition and educational programs.

http://vimeo.com/48515023

A1. Learn how to make money.

A2. Participating in various seminars on the subject, and absorbing their experiences.

Giedre Stabingyte, Lithuania

Giedre Stabingyte, Lithuania

Giedr has more than 9 years of branding experience and is a co-owner and brand developer at BLACK SWAN BRANDS, a branding bureau. She aims to launch a magazine promoting new ideas, entrepreneurship, creativity and culture, and social responsibility in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Such a magazine will personalize the identity building work within the region as promoted through the strategic plans of governmental organizations.

http://vimeo.com/blackswanbrands

A1. Curiosity. Realisation. Profit.

A2. Stepping outside comfort zone.

A3. A team is important. Growth oriented structure.

Katarzyna Majchrowska, Poland

Katarzyna Majchrowska, Poland

Katarzyna is a graphic designer at BOROS Communication and has an MFA in graphic arts. She is particularly concerned about the world’s condition and is determined to take part in improving it. To this end she engages in social design projects. She aims to specialize in information design and help institutions working for social change to develop powerful means of communicating.

www.kamajchrowska.wordpress.com

A1. I believe we are born humans not to take the world as it is, but to think and create. I have my own ideas about how the world should be and I strongly believe that the blend of passion and action can make the global change. I would like to engage myself to those principles, rather than follow somebody else’s orders.

A2. I’m always trying to meet people, who can inspire me and bring new ideas and views.

A3. I follow the motto: “Where there is a will, there is a way”. I understood that passion and determination will lead to success, as long as they are supported with hard work.

Artem Zaytsev, Russia

Artem Zaytsev, Russia

Artem is a designer and photographer who has had his work featured in numerous exhibitions and publications. He and Alexander Chijov envision improving how people use public spaces in Kaliningrad, including encouraging respect for pedestrian spaces, developing bicycle routes, and revitalizing the forgotten spaces under bridges. www.rrrtem.ru

Justina Muliuolyte, Lithuania

Justina Muliuolyte, Lithuania

Justina is the co-founder of PUPA, an urban strategies and public space design firm. Her masters thesis explored the future of large-scale housing estates in post socialist cities, and a recent conference presentation focused on connecting the Baltics by promoting a common urban identity. She is particularly interested in the driving forces of growth and active life in cities. www.pu-pa.eu

A1. Self-motivation; I have many ideas and plans that have to be done, therefore I have to initiate them myself or with my team; to do it yourself is more fun; while you control the process yourself the result is always better and more satisfying.

A2. Asking for advise; learning by doing.

A3. Believe in yourself and others will start believing in you; just start doing; learning while doing.

Maciej Szymaszek, Poland

Maciej Szymaszek, Poland

Maciej is a PhD candidate in Art History. He hopes to launch a database collecting, analyzing and presenting information and photographs of late antique textiles in Baltic Sea countries. Such a project would bring students and scholars from the region together and remove current location and language barriers for study. www.deca.edu.pl

A1. What drives me in my entrepreneurial work is my strong need to decide about myself and shape my future according to my dreams

A2. I was interested in enterprise from an early age and I have trained myself in seeing opportunities, where others see only problems. Today I like to build my network and listen to stories of people experienced in business

A3. If you support people without asking for something in return, you will receive more than you could imagine.

Karolina Kot, Poland

Karolina Kot, Poland

Karolina is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator who collaborates with many cultural institutions, foundations, and companies. She is particularly interested in how infographics can convey information quickly and memorably without the need for lengthy reports. She hopes to launch an information web service which delivers important world news only by infographics. www.karolinakot.com

A1. The ambition to make something good, very useful, beautiful and interesting for people; desire to work for something more than money and prestige; the passion for graphic design; the dream to create my own project.

A2. From trainings, books, internet, meeting people; taking part in different social activities, from my work as a designer; from everyday life and everyday inspirations.

A3. I got the biggest entrepreneurial/idea development lesson from the period when I was working in advertising agencies, although now I work by myself and am planning to set up my own business. This period gave me a great opportunity to work on the biggest campaign and learn how advertising influences brand development; how to reach to specific groups of people and how to communicate to be noticed.

Katya Agulnik, Russia

Katya Agulnik, Russia

Katya is a general manager of TanzTranzit. Trained in economics, her thesis explored culture as a resource of territorial development. She and Na¬talia Vishnya aim to launch BALTICDANCEFILM FORUM. Their mission is to bring filmmakers and dancers from the Baltic region together and to encouraging

a vivid discussion on performance arts both on stage and on the screen.

www.tanztranzit.ru

A1. I like to make people happy!

A2. 1. I try to achieve goals in everything I start doing. 2. I like to visit different festivals and learn from the experience of my colleagues in the field of dance 3. I am not afraid to be myself. I am aware of my special set of skills, strengths and weaknesses, and build on these.

A3. Realization of TanzTranzit contemporary dance Festival in Kaliningrad from year to year.

Szymon Jankowski, Poland

Szymon Jankowski, Poland

Szymon indulges in all of his interests: science, humanities, and arts. He studies journalism and communication. He is also a freelance webmaster, an organizer for Rodak Events, and a stilt walker for Head in the Clouds Theater. As an entrepreneur building websites, he built a small team that continues to work and evolve together. His motto: tell me, I’ll forget; show me, I’ll remember; let me do it, I’ll understand. https://www.facebook.com/glowawchmurach

A1. Ability to decide about whole project, to do something I can be personally proud of and to make my personal brand. Also I don’t like working for other people.

A2. Easiest thing to do is just to run entrepreneurial projects.

A3. Don’t let your client decide too much. You’re the specialist – you usually know what’s better for your client. Teach them.

Kristina Kashina, Russia

Kristina Kashina, Russia

Kristina studies social and cultural sciences with an emphasis on politics. She has worked alongside the representatives of the integration of the city of Frankfurt (Oder)/Germany and led an international project under the authority of the special representative for international cooperation of the mayor of Frankfurt (Oder) to develop a student network among its twinned cities. In recognizing how each country has different systems for producing and using resources, she hopes to organize a forum for teenagers to share new ways of ecological thinking.

A1. Communication and developing new ideas with different people; to make something out of nothing, or to start finding other things to get involved with; to discover myself, my own organizational skills.

A2. I am an optimist and when I have an idea or a vision, I try to inspire other people. I plan and organize my every day. I never have a boring “daily routine”. Regularly I set my own goals and try to achieve them.

A3. Teamwork – understanding and respect of other people; to see how you can get value from your team and good contribution out of every person on the team.

Maciej Ulatowski, Poland

Maciej Ulatowski, Poland

Maciej is a business representative at Mobile Systems Research Labs @ Poznan University of Technology and financial manager at PMI Poland Chapter, Poznan Branch. A self-described ‘project freak’, he likes creating user-friendly integrated hardware and software solutions that make life easier. His list of most recent projects ideas includes: joining HVAC technologies with renewable energy and smart homes; a smart-metering solution for modern smart cities, and integrated equipment for the security industry.

www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=16996161

A1. Inability to do nothing.

A2. Gaining experience points, running a project, after completing, running a project, in the mid-time running a project /learning both from successes and failures.

A3. Lessons take place all the time, but the most important one for me is the one I’m attending every day now – it shows me how the idea should NOT be developed.

Kinga Polynczuk, Poland

Kinga Polynczuk, Poland

Kinga is studying media and global communication and has a background in journalism. She is a communication assistant at HELCOM where she works at the level of ideas and strategies of presentation. Her masters thesis explores the articulation of creativity within social media, including creative impulses as triggered by new technologies and how creativity might be manifested within these environments.

A1. The innate curiosity of the world and eagerness to constant self-development motivate all of my actions. Through undertaking certain activities I hope to learn about the world around me, and to improve my own set of skills. Who knows, maybe one day the two could be combined to ameliorate the reality we all live in?

A2. I have a very theoretical mindset, thus reading guide books and learning about other people’s real-life experiences are always my primary methods of learning. I have not really moved on from that phase as of yet, but secretly hope to acquire enough courage and self-confidence to do so.

A3. The most crucial thing I have learnt about entrepreneurship thus far, is that there is much more to it than I initially expected. I am a newbie to the field, so my biggest lessons are pretty obvious, I am afraid.

Łukasz Wróblewski, Poland

Łukasz Wróblewski, Poland

Łukasz is a cultural project manager for Win-Win Foundation and owns his own consulting business, Little Sparrow Event & Production. His work at Win-Win aims to create a career path for artists, entertainers, and NGO activists by building new relationships between creatives, institutions, and culture beneficiaries. www.winwin.org.pl

A1. Possibility to work with energetic and crazy people.

A2. Always try to work with people who are better than me.

A3. Every day and every person on my business path is a huge lesson.

Kristín Grímsdóttir, Sweden/Iceland

Kristín Grímsdóttir, Sweden/Iceland

Kristín is the founder at Possunt. She is curious about both life and career fulfillment but even more how people define themselves and their values. To find some answers she quit her job, got rid of all material belongings and hopped on her bike with the mission to meet 100 random people around Europe to discover what makes them tick. 120 days, 9 countries and over 100 random people later she returned to Sweden to build up Possunt. She aims to showcase how individuals are empowered to create their own opportunities by doing what they love.

www.kristingrimsdottir.tumblr.com

A1. 1. My enthusiasm for making improvements. 2. My passion for people and belief in people’s potential. 3. Frustration over how people are acting without thinking WHY.

A2. Endless curiosity. I put myself constantly out of my comfort zone, seek new experiences, try new things, meet people and try to learn something from everyone I meet. Challenge myself and others.

A3. Just do it.

Lech Rynkevic, Lithuania

Lech Rynkevic, Lithuania

Lech studies business administration and aims to be an entrepreneur. In the past few years, he has worked at a small business in the USA, deepened his international business skills while on ERASMUS, and participated in the We are all Entrepreneurs project under the Youth in Action program. He hopes to explore possibilities in the IT, food, or leisure industries.

www.linkedin.com/pub/lech-rynkevic/57/55b/1a3

A1. I have never run entrepreneurial projects before, so I think it is a great kick-start for starting a business, personally.

A2. Studying the business management, attending seminars.

A3. Failure is the starting point of new success.

Martyna Poznańska, Poland

Martyna Poznańska, Poland

Martyna works with sound in the urban space, exploring questions such as if sound effects the behavior of people and if urban life can be changed and improved using sound. Her work includes using foreign sounds to reveal subliminal aspects of already occurring sounds, and making an acoustic map of the London Underground. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary urbanism, including what architects, politicians, engineers, and citizens think about urban noise.

www.martynapoznanska.com

A1. Currently I don’t but I’m interested in learning about them.

A2. Through workshops. Learning about projects made in the world. Getting involved in social programmes/projects.

A3. Right know I’m not sure.

Magdalena Czapiewska, Poland

Magdalena Czapiewska, Poland

Magdalena is a founding partner at Designlab and an assistant tutor at the Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology. Research and experimentation are key parts of her work when designing large spaces, furniture and objects. She is currently preparing a research project examining creativity through hardship – the solutions that arise from innovation and a lack of resources. www.designlab.com.pl

A1. Poland is a country which is developing and therefore there are many opportunities and chances for new projects to come alive. Young entrepreneurs here have a real influence over how the design scene looks like, they are helping to shape it. Apart from this, running entrepreneurial projects satisfies my personal ambitions.

A2. I take part in many competitions, conferences and constantly extend my network of partners which means that I also learn through the experience of others.

A3. It would have to be the lesson that hard work contributes to entrepreneurship. A good idea is extremely valuable, however you have to be consistent and determined to make it come through. New ideas usually are difficult to execute, therefore it’s vital to not have doubts along the way.

Maria Kozhukhova, Russia

Maria Kozhukhova, Russia

Maria’s work combines geo-ecology and engineering safety. She hopes to develop an inclusive cooperative project for the Baltic Sea Region that spreads the importance of ecological values through creative expression. This work would teach both esthetic taste and environmental responsibility.

Martynas Marozas, Lithuania

Martynas Marozas, Lithuania

After five years in the Netherlands as an urban designer, Martynas decided to return to Lithuania and launch Din, a platform that promotes cycling as an alternative means of transportation in Lithuanian cities. Din focuses specifically on spatial and social transformation of cities, and is working to cultivate stories, experiences, and insight by building an interdisciplinary network of cycling enthusiasts throughout Lithuania. Ultimately, Din wants to bust myths that keep Lithuanians from using their bikes as transportation.

www.dindin.lt

A1. Feeling that I’m contributing to making the city worth caring about.

A2. Just by working, learning & talking.

A3. People don’t care about what you do, they’re only interested why you do it.

Maija Rudovska, Latvia

Maija Rudovska, Latvia

Maija is a contemporary art curator. She completed the Paths Crossing residency at the Baltic Art Centre in Visby, Sweden. Together with curator Juste Kostikovaite, their three-day project Museum in the Market invited market people to create their own museum. The project acted as a catalyst for discussing the role of museums within the modern marketplace and economy. They aim to expand their idea to include additional social systems.

www.pathsmaija.tumblr.com

A1. I haven’t run entrepreneurial projects so far, this is the first attempt therefore I can’t really answer this question. For my project for Balticlab I see it as a chance to experiment, to combine completely different fields and approaches – pure art with a social entrepreneurial approach which could work out very well for the particular context and conditions in Riga.

A2. By participating in various projects that provide not only the creativity and new approaches but also the possibility to merge different spheres and disciplines; the projects I’m mostly involved in are related to art and culture, but they always contain some level or potential of entrepreneurship which would be interesting to develop.

Maria Veits, Russia

Maria Veits, Russia

Maria is pursuing her PhD in sociology and is the co-founder and curator of the Creative Association of Curators TOK. TOK has three main ongoing projects that include artists and designers from the Baltic Sea Region. ‘Critical Mass’ is a large-scale project of public art; ‘Design Platform’ is a socially integrated design project; ‘Nordic Art Today’ brings together artists and curators from Russia and the Nordic countries.

www.tok-spb.org

A1. It may sound too phony but I really find it important to do things that are valuable for the society and its development towards better living.

A2. I learn from my colleagues, from my mistakes and my experience

A3. Don’t be scared to think big!

Maria O’Brian, Sweden

Maria O’Brian, Sweden

Maria studies industrial design and has worked in the fashion department at Harpers BAZAAR in NYC. She has also put on a creativity and entrepreneurial workshop in South Africa courtesy of the organization Start For Life. An overachiever in her youth, she stumbled upon silversmithing and ultimately started Moi UF where she designed, manufactured, and sold her own jewelry. Maria hopes to produce a line of furniture exploring the relationship between art and design.

A1. I love creating, weather it is an actual object or an idea I love going from thought to action.

A2. I am constantly on the lookout for new challenges and projects that help me grow and evolve as a human being, artist and entrepreneur.

A3. That getting lost is not a bad thing. Most often it leads you in a new direction and forces you to grow in unexpected ways. Keep your mind open and you will not be disappointed.

Rapolas Vosylius, Lithuania

Rapolas Vosylius, Lithuania

Rapolas is a graphic designer who runs his own design studio and clothing brand, Labadiena. The brand’s ideology is based on positive Lithuanian values. It wants young people to be proud of their cultural surroundings, and targets young innovators who want to express themselves politely. Rapolas hopes to expand the brand internationally. http://rapolrapol.com/

Mattias Kroon, Sweden

Mattias Kroon, Sweden

Mattias studies technical nanoscience and is the CEA and founder of Cook‘n Smile Food Communication, a company that communicates sustainable food consumption. He has also worked with KliMAT-Guiden, a smartphone app that allows users to create their own green grocery bag. He is passionate about creativity and social development, and is curious about how to create solutions that will enable us to live a good, happy life in the future.

www.linkedin.com/pub/mattias-kroon/32/7b1/b38

A1. I want to see things happen. Life is more fun when moving

forward!

A2. Meet people!

Mikhail Vink, Russia

Mikhail Vink, Russia

Mikhail studies computer security and is exploring cloud-computing security issues. He participates in Game|Changers, a program for ad-hoc education and research in IT business, and has organized a conference on artificial intelligence and natural languages. In typical entrepreneurial style, he has launched and closed three businesses in the past four years. Mikhail is currently practicing his entrepreneurial ways by working as a product-marketing manager at JetBrains. http://ru.linkedin.com/in/mikhailvink

A1. The desire to make life much more interesting.

A2. Communicating with people – being a part of an ecosystem really matters.

A3. Establish a diversification of income sources.

Natalia Bursiewicz, Poland

Natalia Bursiewicz, Poland

Natalia is a PhD candidate of history and art. She prepares lectures and articles to promote the possibility for design to be affordable enough to be a part of daily life. She hopes to launch a website compiling comprehensive information on the history of design and designers from the Baltic Sea Region in order to promote cooperation between designers, clients, and industry. She would also like to be a design travel guide, showing small groups the classic as well as contemporary products of the region.

www.nbursiewicz.wix.com/aboutme

A1. A strong belief that I can make some positive changes through art and design.

A2. Through different local and international actions, workshops, conferences and talks. I am also organising various events and publishing articles.

A3. It’s impossible to get anywhere alone, without the co-operation of different specialists and enthusiasts.

Natalya Vishnya, Russia

Natalya Vishnya, Russia

Natalya is the event manager of TanzTranzit, an international festival of contemporary dance. She is also a dancer in the INCLUSE dance company since 2006. She and Katya Agulnik aim to launch BALTICDANCEFILM FORUM. Their mission is to bring filmmakers and dancers from the Baltic region together, encouraging a vivid discussion on performance arts both on stage and on the screen.

http://vimeo.com/28782394

A1. My aim is to turn a dark and dull environment into a space of opportunities for younger generations and finally achieve a more happier and progressive nationalization process.

A2. By just doing and not being afraid to make mistakes.

A3. First of all do what you really love to do and don’t reject doing it, otherwise you will lose.

Nikolay Vyahhi, Russia

Nikolay Vyahhi, Russia

Nikolay has a master in software engineering and computer science. Interested in bioinformatics, his main project is Rosalind – a platform for learning bioinformatics through problem solving. He is also developing cool algorithms and software for genome assembly and analysis.

http://spbsu.ru/vyahhi

A1.The possibility to change the world and affect lives.

A2. Practice, pick up some books.

A3. Love your team, love your users.

Rimante Daugelaite, Lithuania

Rimante Daugelaite, Lithuania

Rimante studied political science and film management, and has worked on numerous film productions. She hopes to build a Video on Demand system to showcase Lithuanian short films to a Lithuanian and international audience. These films are hard to access in general, and such a platform would encourage young filmmakers to create new short films.

www.lithuanianshorts.com

A1. Entrepreneurial projects are dynamic and related to the challenges – that’s what I like!

A2. Participating and networking at the international trainings and conferences (Berlinale Talent Campus, MAIA Workshops, POWR Baltic Stories Exchange etc.), learning from my colleagues and new partners, trying to be active in the cultural life and monitoring the market.

Piotr Partyka, Poland

Piotr Partyka, Poland

Piotr is the owner and PR manager for Public Relations Agency Pracownia Szumu and has a master in journalism. He is a keen observer of Polish culture and fashion and has many years of experience working with media and creative industries. Piotr hopes to launch an internet platform and professional network where creators can inspire each other and exchange experiences.

www.pracowniaszumu.pl

Kristina Cheremushkina, Russia

Kristina Cheremushkina, Russia

Kristina is an editor in the converged media: newspaper, news site, and TV. She is passionate about photography, new media, urban planning, and the opening of new spaces. She has been involved in media projects and helped launch a new creative space in Kaliningrad for young artists. Together with Alexander Firsov she hopes to create a new independent media outlet for the city that captures positive changes in the urban landscape and actively supports them. This would include building a communication platform between different groups and individuals who claim their ‘right to the city.’

Tomasz Kretek, Poland

Tomasz Kretek, Poland

Tomasz is studying logistics and is a TEDxPoznan curator. He is also a product manager for redexperts.net and uczestnicy.pl, and an evangelist at eventorium.com. He participated in the HugeThing accelerator program and co-founded Sellbox. His work at uczestnicy.pl focuses on creating ecosystems for event organizers.

A1. I want to do something good in this (mostly) bad world.

A2. By learning from mine and other people’s mistakes.

A3. Engage and talk to the customers.

Viktorija Šiaulyte, Lithuania

Viktorija Šiaulyte, Lithuania

Viktorija is trained as a curator and art historian. She seeks to merge academic research with live reaction from an audience. As the co-editor of the coming Architecture Fund publication series, she is currently developing a concept of

an online magazine on architecture, design, and urban planning based on curated lectures at Architecture Fund. The magazine aims to be a sustainable platform for quality research and expand the existing discourse on urban environment in Lithuania.

http://www.lastproject.eu

A1. Necessity and restlessness.

A2. Just looking for the best way to achieve ideas and goals.

A3. Sometimes ideas have to be let go, sometimes pursued with even more stubbornness. Also, the best ideas have to be grown “organically”.

Zuzanna Bukala, Poland

Zuzanna Bukala, Poland

Zuzanna studies graphic design and is the owner of Melo Design, a company which develops interactive toys for preschool children. She is also a freelance toy designer for Tigerprint. For her bachelor project she developed adventurous sound dolls that interact using RFID tags and readers. Her experience has taught her that you need more than being an inventor and having a good idea to succeed as an entrepreneur.

www.melodesign.pl

A1. There are two major things – first I love designing things, inventing new forms and technologies and second of all I love children and their world – full of play, imagination, stories, irrationalities, emotions… And I believe that if you do something that you are passionate about, you will produce something valuable for the others. I realise this is not much of an answer of

an entrepreneur, but rather idealistic young designer.

A2. Just experience – my project is still a small scale so I do not deal with issues that might have a large impact. I am learning all as I go, really.

A3. That everything takes 10 times longer than you expect and it should not frustrate you.

08:
Balticlab
– a highway
of cooperation:

By the time you´re reading this, a steady stream of changes has taken place – Balticlab changes and evolves, minute by minute. Discussions have taken place, seeking ways to make this project a lasting and sustainable process. Participants are already following their own roads of co-operation amongst themselves and their Baltic contemporaries, with regional meet-ups taking place in Vilnius, Poland and Kaliningrad. The community continues to develop and shape itself through its various forms and social media platforms.

Balticlab will also be continuing through the Balticlab Project Development Programme - a three module project development activity set throughout April – June 2013. The aim of the programme is to create a link between individuals with potential to drive change and innovation on the one hand and the policy-making and policy-enacting community (politicians, civil servants and NGO’s) engaged in Baltic Sea Region territorial cooperation on the other. The participants will be provided with tools and perspectives needed to manage macroregional cross-border collaborations in areas related to their own interests, but with a link to the themes addressed by the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) and the South Eastern Baltic Area Modernization Partnership (SEBA) initiative. The focus will be on contemporary culture, media, entrepreneurship and innovation among others.

09:

"Balticlab – Connecting Creative Minds" is a journey into the Balticlab experience. With reflections from the Balticlab participants on their discoveries and challenges throughout the programme in 2014, as well as contributions from the Balticlab mentors and inspirational speakers, the film explores Balticlab as a process and the Baltic Sea Region as a place where creativity, innovation and interdisciplinary connections flourish.

See the film at http://vimeo.com/balticlab/balticlabcreativeminds

Opening music: CMBSTN / Track: My Friend / cmbstn.com/
Production: Flip Flop Interactive / flipflopinteractive.com/

In order of appearance:
Salla Johanna Kirjalainen, participant from Finland
Mikolaj Norek, Balticlab facilitator
Laura Adamoviča, participant from Latvia
Fernanda Torre, Balticlab facilitator
Åsa Bjering, Swedish Institute
Ekaterina Klink, participant from Russia
Anthony Jay, Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat
Elizaveta Kiseleva, participant from Russia
Sandra Martinsone, Politics and Governance Programme Manager at Overseas Development Institute, United Kingdom
Laima Ruduša, participant from Latvia
Mikael Olsson, Swedish Institute
Daniel Kozlov, participant from Russia
Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, Programme Director, School of Form, Poland
Uffe Elbæk, Member of Parliament & Founder of Kaospilot, Denmark
Olga Knudsen, Swedish Institute, Balticlab Programme Manager
Justyna Turek, participant from Poland
Giedrė Šileikytė, participant from Lithuania
Hlin Helga Guðlaugsdóttir, Designer, Curator and Educator, Konstfack, Sweden
Magda Czapiewska, Balticlab 1.0 alumni
Shawn Westcott, Partner at Place Consulting & Co-founder of Impact Invest Scandinavia
Madis Ligema, participant from Estonia
Egle Songailiene, participant from Lithuania
Kaisa Kahu, participant from Latvia/Estonia
Kasia Jezowska, participant from Poland
Klaus Hahn, COO, Volontaire, Sweden
Mantas Pelakauskas, participant from Lithuania
Johanna Olsson, Process Developer, Strategist and Facilitator, Hyper Island, Sweden
Henri Veidenbaum, participant from Estonia
Veera Pakala, Balticlab participant from Sweden/Finland
Andrius Lekavičius, participant from Lithuania
Hege Marie Mandt, Partner at Talentjakten, Norway
Mirjam Külm, Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat, Balticlab Programme Manager

balticlab@cbss.org www.facebook.com/balticlab www.twitter.com/balticlab

Mirjam Külm

CBSS Secretariat 

T: +46 8 440 19 29

E: mirjam.kulm@cbss.org

Olga Knudsen

Swedish Institute 

T: +46 70 260 26 88

E: olga.knudsen@si.se