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The Technology Business Centre provides companies with in-depth knowledge of how to develop innovative ideas, create product prototypes and promote products on the market. Customers may take a part in high-quality training of its clients, as well as product and service prototyping services, combined with industry expert advice. LIAA conducts the project with its partners: University of Latvia, Riga Technical University, and Riga Stradiņš University, and it is commenced as of 7 October 2021.
Application for PROTOTECH support should be submitted electronically on the platform business.gov.lv here. The prototyping support application must be accompanied by a prototype development estimate and a prototype development technical specification from at least one TBC partner. Other annexes, such as market research or letter of intent, are recommended to provide additional information on the future use of the prototype. TBC's cooperation partners in the development of the prototype are the University of Latvia, Riga Technical University or Riga Stradiņš University.
To find the most suitable partner for the development and participation of a specific prototype in PROTOTECH, TBC is open and provides consultations since 2 March 2022. Application for consultations is open on business.gov.lv platform until 11 April 2022 here and the cooperation partner may require 15 working days for the preparation of the cost estimate. In order to receive a consultation on the possibility to attract a cooperation partner for development of the prototype after 11 April, please, contact:
Find out more about the support programme here.
End beneficiaries may receive the support for:
The end beneficiary may be:
Applicants for the training “Innovation Academy” for the 1st stage “Fundamentals of Innovative Entrepreneurship” will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Applicants for the training “Innovation Academy” for the 2nd stage “Pre-acceleration of innovative projects” will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Applicants for the development of prototypes of new products or services will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Support can be received by the final beneficiary, who corresponds with the following requirements at the time of granting the support:
In order to receive support, it is necessary to fill in the application for the relevant support and conclude the Contract on Receipt of Support. Applications for support are organised in the form of a call. After the conclusion of the Contract, the Final Beneficiary shall start to receive the support for which the de minimis aid is granted in accordance with Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1407/2013.
The objective of the Technology Business Centre (TBC) project is to support and develop business skills, knowledge and thinking in small and medium-sized enterprises in Latvia with high technological intensity.
Target students of TBC are students, young professionals with innovative business ideas and/or entrepreneurship, as well as innovative and/or technologically intensive small and medium-sized enterprises that need support in the design and development of product prototypes or services.
3 project partners are attracted to TBC (TBC partners) - the University of Latvia, Riga Technical University and Riga Stradiņš University.
TBC, together with TBC partners, will provide in-depth knowledge and skills to the final beneficiaries on the creation of innovative products or services, as well as on the creation and development of technology-intensive companies (Innovation Academy Training in 2 stages) and product prototyping. TBC will also carry out various activities (workshops, networking events, consultations, etc.) to increase the competitiveness of companies, as well as the creation and development of new innovative and/or technologically intensive companies.
Specialising in the manufacture of medical plasters, “NordePlast” produces exportable products by using multi-functional high-performance equipment. By choosing materials from the world’s best manufacturers, products are created that the company successfully exports to various countries of the world. In 2021, in the "Export and Innovation Awards" the company was ranked 2nd in the category “Most Exportable Merchant in the Small Business Group”.
The company deals with the creation of audiovisual content – children’s TV series. One of the most recognisable faces of the company is Tuta the fox who has become a beloved friend to children in Latvia both on TV and in various events.
The smart solution monitors and compiles statistics on the physical achievements of athletes live and archives them. It measures speed, distance, physical preparedness and compiles statistics. Data is uploaded automatically in a wireless mode and in real-time allowing you to focus on what matters most – the game.
Initially developing innovative and unique prototype boat models, the company currently ensures serial production of aluminium boats in Rēzekne. Certified recreational and fishing motor boat models of the “Vizion” brand with full equipment are offered on export markets. The product is unique in the Latvian market and is exported to at least 9 countries.
The company specialises in production and trade of quality modern-design wood, wood-aluminium windows and doors, as well as furniture. An individual part of the company’s work is restoration. The company’s basic philosophy is to restore furniture by using and leaving, as much as possible, anything that is intact, repairing and restoring anything that is damaged and making anew the missing parts.
A technology company that deals with the manufacture of globally innovative video game controllers. After only three months’ work, the company received in 2019 “The Red Jackets” rising export star award “Rising Stars”, after it had, during the first three months of its operation, sent its products to more than 40 countries. The company has achieved its rapid growth by using the possibilities provided by the support instruments offered by LIAA.