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Marija Rucevska

EIT Innovators Award Jury Member

Over the years Marija has left an indelible handprint on the local and regional start-up scene in Latvia and the Baltics.

As a co-founder of Helve, a strategic innovation company, she works with ambitious organisations committed to creating the future, instead of being disrupted by it. Helve provides end-to-end services to help organisations committed to unrelenting growth by leveraging experience and networks to drive change through transformation, communication, and strategic partnerships. One of the latest internal initiatives that Helve has launched is Growth School - a peer learning platform for market-relevant skills.

She is also the force of nature behind the Baltic tech conference TechChill, and she has been instrumental in driving the growth of the non-profit organisation going by the same name. As Co-founder, Member of the Board member, and former Chief Executive of TechChill Foundation, she ensured that her passion as an evangelist for the Baltics as a start-up-friendly location was translated into concrete policy. TechChill is now the leading platform in the Baltics for matching start-up entrepreneurs, disruptors, investors, and others with an interest in the sector.