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The iNOVUSS Innovation Festival took place this year from 30 August to 1 September on Lucavsala Island in Riga. There was something there for everyone: interactive demonstrations of healthy diets for children, virtual reality for young adults, and current and emerging innovators and researchers could get information and inspiration for future projects at the festival. Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) participated in the festival for the first time, along with six other Latvian universities. Together, the universities offered a rich programme in the Bank of Ideas tent.

Over the festival’s three days, eight discussions were held at the university tent on the opportunities which various universities offer to existing and emerging entrepreneurs, researchers, and innovators. The participating universities included RSU, Riga Technical University, University of Latvia, BA School of Business and Finance, Latvian Maritime Academy, Liepaja University, and Ventspils University College.

Five workshops were also given in the tent at which university students and graduates shared their experience and knowledge. A total of 41 speakers took the stage in the Bank of Ideas tent in several well-attended discussions on, among other things, green ideas, and tutorials on courses and tools available to support and promote entrepreneurship among students. University graduates appeared at a very well-attended session on the Smart Cafe stage, where, under the guidance of the moderator and RSU Alumni Association spokesman Juris Šleiers, they shared their stories about overcoming challenges involved in starting a new business. 

According to the organisers, around 16,000 people attended the festival over its three day run – entrepreneurs, scientists, public officials, students, as well as families with children who took the opportunity to learn new things in an interactive way.