Meeting at Latvian IT Cluster in Riga (left-right): Marit Dolmen (RD&I Manager, GCE NODE), Inese Murniece (Manager, Riga IT Demo Centre and Project Manager, Latvian IT cluster), Anne-Grete Ellingsen (CEO, GCE NODE), Arnt Aske (Business Development Digitalization, GCE NODE) and Aiga Irmeja (Executive Director, Latvian IT Cluster).

How can clusters help small and medium sized companies go global? GCE NODE and Latvian IT Cluster team up to find answers.

The clusters have submitted a joint application (which also includes Swedish Future Position X) as a result of a transnational call for proposals from BSR Stars – Innovation in the Baltic Sea Region.

“We are very pleased to have found a Norwegian cluster that is also focused on SMEs and how SMEs can scale-up and succeed internationally,” says Aiga Irmeja, Executive Director at Latvian IT cluster. Thursday, she hosted a delegation from GCE NODE in the Latvian capitol Riga.

For ten years, the Latvian IT Cluster has worked to promote Latvian IT competence and businesses. Today, the cluster comprises 40 national and international companies.

“Since 2013, digitalization has been a top priority for NODE. We are continually looking for domestic and international partners that can help us move forward. We are glad to team up with the main IT cluster in Latvia, a country with a strong focus on IT,” says Anne-Grete Ellingsen, CEO of GCE NODE.

Latvian IT Cluster has an extensive international network, especially in the Baltic Sea Region. GCE NODE is Latvian IT Cluster’s first Norwegian partner.

Final evaluation of the application is expected to take place in mid December.

Agnese Cimdina, Senior Adviser, Business Relations at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Riga gave an excellent presentation of Latvia’s history and current situation.

Population: 2 million
Capitol: Riga
Strong relations to the Nordic countries
Direct investments in Latvia: Sweden ranks 1st, Norway 4th
Norwegians companies in Latvia: 323

April 18th 2024

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