BUSINESS ACADEMY TEAM
The Business Academy team is made out of the business and business support environment representatives, as well as experienced academic staff, to keep curriculum content up-to-date, as close as possible to the real business environment and at the same time the course content and format would be academically correct and educational.
Programme director / mentor
More than 10 years of experience in practical entrepreneurship and business support sector: founder and board member of “Kurzeme Business Incubator”, “Green and Smart Technology Cluster”, and board member of “Ventspils High Technology Park”.
Hobbies: Team sports, especially football.
Motto: “Doing the right things.”
Deputy Program Director/ Mentor
IT, product development, marketing, startup enthusiast with over 10 years of experience in the IT industry and startups. In 2018, advised 60+ young entrepreneurs on starting and developing a business. Forbes Latvia “30 under 30” winner, as well as gained experience in ‘ABC Accelerator’ Business Accelerator Program in Slovenia and Junction Hackathon in Finland. Guntis is the father of 3 children.
Hobbies: go-karting, technologies, video games, personal growth, education, and sports.
mentor / lecturer
From the age of sixteen, he has been passionate about the business industry, focusing on business development and management psychology. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business development and marketing from London Metropolitan University and has more than 5 years of experience in business development and export promotion in the IT industry. Successful completion of the EIT Digital Accelerator Program. In his free time, he gets involved in the organization You+ as a board member, with the aim of helping young people reach their full potential.
Hobbies: personal growth, meditation, books, psychology, motorsports, and boxing.
Motto: You are more likely to think better than you think. (Roger Seip)
Mentor / lecturer
Almost 10 years of work experience in the private sector in national and international project management. Of these, 7 years of self-created start-up (Aspired), producing and supplying interactive exhibits to Latvian and foreign customers. Work on creating a sketch and technical project for the reconstruction of the interactive exhibits of the Bank of Latvia Visitors’ Center “Money World”. Development of a study on science centers in Europe, the USA and Asia, which resulted in the Ventspils Science Center VIZIUM. After working in the private sector, he turned to work at Ventspils University College, becoming an expert in attracting funding for the project Kurzeme Innovation Grants for Students.
Guido is interested in everything related to sales, new product launches and business development.
Hobbies: cycling, wakeboarding, spending time with family, traveling.
Motto: “Don’t believe everything written on the Internet” (A. Einstein)
Mentor / lecturer
Doctorate in Management Science. Over 15 years experience in project management and research at national and international level. Managed and implemented more than 25 projects and studies in various fields.
Hobbies: literature, motorcycling.
Motto: “Look further, aim higher, give more than you receive” and “There is no loss – just victory or an opportunity to learn”
MENTOR / LECTURER
22 years of experience in academics and science. 15 years experience conducting lectures and classroom activities, project development, implementation and management in research and infrastructure projects. Dr. Ph.D. in Business Administration. She loves working with students, where she always gets positive energy and new insights.
Hobbies: This greatly motivates hobbies such as music, hiking, wakeboarding, rock climbing, and gymnastics.
Motto: “Gather moments, not things!”
Guest lecturers / mentors
Talent / HR management
Marketing / PR
Start-up / Leadership
Start-up / MVP
Communications / PR
VENTSPILS TECHNICAL COLLEGE
VR / AR technologies
Blockchain / ICO