In the innovation sprint, which started at the end of November, over 200 participants from 21 countries created solutions to the challenges of sustainable development. Divided into 33 teams, the participants addressed the current challenges of sustainable development from the creation of educational platforms to the search for new biofuel production resources.
‘’This project was a great and very inclusive ride for all of us. Participants had to get acquainted with different nationalities, cultures, and ways of working in a very short time. The sprint tasks were quite challenging and required a strong teamwork and collaboration which was supported by an incredible pool of international mentors’’, says one of the project initiators and the head of „Future Leadership”, Justina Klyvienė.
The final work of the teams will be evaluated by an international commission of field-professionals, which will include Carla Muttoni (Chile), the founder of Space Robotics. This entrepreneur sold her first startup at the age of 21, and currently, she is developing and growing three different startups in the technology and robotic fields. Also - Hekla Arnardottir (Iceland), a partner at Crowberry Capital. Crowberry (VC) is investing in technology startups at an early stage, and Hekla herself has successfully worked on a variety of startups on different continents, also she has been actively looking for potential startups for the past 10 years. Another member of the commission is Livia Moore (Sweden), an associate partner of Antler VC, a company specializing in early-stage corporate investments. By introducing startups and the challenges they solve to the world, Livia seeks to capitalize on data and a good story. And the member from Lithuania is Tomas Kemtys, a partner of Contrarian Ventures, a representative of early-stage startup investors.
The winning teams will receive the money prize and innovation leadership grants from Ignitis Group, Rockit, Future Leadership, TechBBQ, Baltic Sandbox, and People Link.
Alter State Nordic-Baltic Women Innovation Sprint aims to encourage women's participation in innovation, interest in the professions of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM), also at the same time address the goals of sustainable development.
The project is initiated by Alter State together with the innovation laboratory Future Leadership, the main project partner - Ignitis group, other partners such as Rockit, the Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Lithuania, and People Link.