Board and team

Olga Barreto Goncalves

Strategic Projects & Partnerships 

Olga is a Co-founder and Finance Director of a Philippine-based NGO FundLife International, a tireless startup crusader fighting for a better startup ecosystem in Latvia, and a former Chief Startup Instigator at the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA), where she lead StartupLatvia team for more than 3 years. Talk to Olga about startup visa & law, non-equity financing, or whatever worries you today.
Viktorija Martinsone

Membership Support & Success

Successfully executed over 500 localization projects for Europe’s largest pharmaceutical companies and has over 10-year experience in customer-relationship management. Viktorija is always looking for opportunities to increase added value, improve overall efficiency and give back to community.

Eduards Ritums

Project Manager

Experienced in science communication, Eduards is looking to apply his enthusiasm for technology to the innovation ecosystem in Latvia, and has been working in the Latvian startup scene since 2019. Most of his science communication background and startup ecosystem experience is related to healthcare – as Eduards hopes to see innovation foster healthier lives for people in Latvia and the world.

Liene Briede Startin.LV Board Member

Katrīna Peipiņa

Communications Manger

Working in and for the startup ecosystem since 2018, Kate’s, as everyone refers to her, enthusiasm for startups is so immense that she has since co-founded her own. Passionate about empowering founders and innovation, Kate helps us maintain a human touch as we navigate the transformative era of AI.

Reinis Tenis Startin.LV Board Member

Ernests Jenavs

Chairman of the Board at Startin.LV

Ernests is a co-founder of Edurio – startup which helps private and public school groups improve the way they use stakeholder feedback. They are changing student, parent and teacher surveying from a data collection activity to a true driver of continuous school improvement.

Madara Kņūtiņa
Board Member at Startin.LV

Madara leads operations, strategy and community at, an angel investor syndicate uniting 200+ startup builders and founders that back promising CEE startups. Her professional mission is to figure out what makes a company grow from good to great by figuring out the secret sauce of business, product or culture strategy.

Agnese Veckalne

Board Member at Startin.LV

Agnese is the Chief Operating Officer at the medical technology startup Longenesis which aims to accelerate the process of novel drug and treatment discovery by providing a technological bridge between healthcare institutions and the BioTech industry.
She has spent the last 5+ years managing operations in impact-driven startups.

Andris K. Berzins Startin.LV Board Member

Andris K. Berzins

Change Ventures
Board Member at Startin.LV

Andris, a former founder and C-level executive at two startups that exited for over $100M, leads the Baltic States largest seed fund. He is also co-founder of StartinLV, TechHub Riga and TechChill. 

Arta Abasina Startin.LV Board Member

Rolands Mesters

Board Member at Startin.LV

Rolands is an ex-cofounder of open banking data provider Nordigen, and now – after a successful exit – working at GoCardless, a fintech company that specialises in bank payments. Entrepreneur since the age of 18, he continues bringing on open banking revolution.

Ramona Miglāne

Legal Advisor at Startin.LV

Ramona is a 𝐝𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐥. partner with 17 years of experience in law and significant professional achievements in FinTech, Banking & Finance, Venture Capital, Regulatory and Consumers practice. Her professional achievements have been recognized by prominent legal directories Chambers and Partners, Legal500 and IFLR1000.


Diāna Lāce-Davidova

Advisor at Startin.LV

Diana is the dealflow manager at Superangel VC, founder of Global Shapers Riga. She also teaches entrepreneurship at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. Contact Diana about early-stage startup fundraising advice.


Ieva Felman

Project Manager for Digital Explorers II 

Passionate about building a sustainable startup ecosystem in Latvia, in the Baltics and other emerging regions. Gathered the experience and network by building a community around the biggest startup event in Latvia, TechChill.

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