Encouraging new ideas and helping young business grow is a high priority in Kaunas city. Representatives of the public, academic and business sectors are driven by the idea of creating an active startups ecosystem in the city and are joining forces to offer young entrepreneurs a wide range of spectrum local and international projects, programs and events.
In 2019 Kaunas received international recognition as startup friendly city and took 114th position in „Startup Blink Global“ research centre’s startup ecosystem rating among 1028 cities all over the globe. Find out more.
Initiatives for entrepreneuship promotion and development of startups ideas
Various initiatives are being carried out in Kaunas city, during which young entrepreneurs can present their ideas, get mentoring services and necessary tools to put in order the internal processes of the company. They get a chance to test their service or product in the market, get acquainted with the practices of successfully developed businesses and become part of the Kaunas startups community.
Kaunas Startups program
One of the most successful municipal initiatives promoting entrepreneurship in Lithuania! Every year,the city allocates 100k EUR for this programme. This programme aims to promote entrepreneurship in Kaunas city, provide an opportunity for the most perspective enterprises to get professional recommendations, activate the startup ecosystem and to increase the attractiveness of Kaunas startups for private capital investments.
International Social innovation and Entrepreneurship program full of hackathons – boost camps – incubator – trainings. C’MON has a goal to develop social innovations and businesses with the help of executive experts, to play a critical role in enabling social innovators to fulfill their potential and deliver impact and to open the door to new innovative sustainable social businesses enter into the market.
Kaunas Technology University startups‘ community. This community unites developing teams, from the very early stages – from ideas. The ideas here turn into real products or services. KTU Startup Space offers business incubation programme, consulting, mentoring, organizes specialized events.
Providing consultancy services for startups and technologies companies on business development issues and innovations support services. They are seeking to increase international competitiveness, organizes specialized events.
Offering training programme based on active learning by doing methods. Programme helps to develop entrepreneurial qualities and competences, enabling students to build their own business or taking care of successful start of working. Ideas are developed in ideas‘ laboratories and camps.
CREAzone – is a unique and proven entrepreneurship promotion methodology aimed to help young people to create new promising businesses by combining innovative knowledge economy driven ideas with business models in traditional industries thus contributing to the long-term and sustainable rise of employment in the Lithuanian Latvian cross-border region.
EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted by consumers. EIT Food Hub targets talents and stakeholders from the three different knowledge triangle pillars – research, education and business. EIT Food is seeking to engage consumers in the change process, improve nutrition and make food system more resource-efficient, secure, transparent ant trusted.
EIT Health is a not-for-profit organisation and one of the biggest European public-private partnership in the field of healthcare innovation. Comprised of over 140 Partners, EIT Health is a unique European network of top companies, universities, research and development centres, as well as hospitals and institutes. EIT Health’s role is to build an ecosystem that enables the development of healthcare for the future so that European citizens are able to live longer and healthier lives.
Fidens - from startup to medical innovation leader in Kaunas
Their devices held for just a few minutes visibly reduce hand tremor and pain caused by arthritis. Their ideas were born and became real products here in Kaunas. Meet small partnership (MB) “Fidens”, whose CEO and founder Dr. Mantas Venslauskas took a step forward after his doctoral studies and today he has already gathered a reliable team and has medical products prepared for sale or for clinical trials. These products brought him fame in innovative business awards and helped him receive support in the “Kaunas startups” program twice.