Do you have a business idea which might thrive in Riga planning region or Āgenskalns market?

We will support 40 entrepreneurs in transforming their innovative ideas into successful businesses, offering structured 4-month long online programme along with mentorship, digital educational tools and connections.

Connecting the people of the Riga region through the art of food, wellness and the beauty of sustainability.

As part of the EU Horizon 2020 project, this is our second year supporting initiatives that seek to transform the Riga region and the Āgenskalns local market. We’re looking to support more businesses that can bring more quality of life to people.

From fresh, locally sourced food to vibrant recreational and educational public spaces, we aim to assist businesses that champion local innovation, eco-friendliness, and well-being. We want to support businesses that foster economic growth through meaningful interactions, playful cultural activities, and enriching community experiences.

We believe in the power of togetherness. The way we engage with public spaces can make a lasting impact on our community's health, happiness, and sustainability. So we’re launching a second cohort to keep supporting entrepreneurs in the Riga region!

Last year, 19 entrepreneurs with various business ideas successfully completed our entrepreneurship program, benefiting from mentorship, engaging community events, expert sessions, collaborative workshops, and even a chance to vie for an opportunity to present their projects at an international conference in Nitra, Slovakia.

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Meet some of the ventures we’ve supported already:

Kristīne Jacino
CEO of Food Education School

Food Education School is an innovative institution where children delve into the fascinating world of food production technologies through engaging books and animated videos, while also cultivating their culinary skills, sensory appreciation, and knowledge of food safety. With a comprehensive curriculum encompassing nutritional education and a specialized program on "Design thinking for developing entrepreneurship," the school not only empowers young learners but also equips educators with enhanced expertise in food production and its nutritional value.

Elīna Zandere
CEO of Legomo

Legomo is a nutrient-rich ready meal that helps customers to maintain a healthy and delicious diet. The Legomo innovative technology effectively preserves the nutritional value of vegetables without losing taste and appeal, avoiding preservatives, and excessive production processes. According to statistics, 81% of Europeans regularly consume ready meals. However, there is still a lack of options that are healthy. By creating Legomo, I have maintained the belief that convenience does not have to equal compromise.

Elvija Vanaga
CEO of Fat Cat leaves

Fat Cat leaves offer biodegradable cat litter from fallen tree leaves that clump together after using it and can absorb better-unwanted odor. Fat Cat leaves team is from Latvia and the team's leader is Elvija Vanaga. We aim to make our cat lives greener and more environmentally friendly. Using Fat Cat leaves product not only reduces the amount of used cat litter in landfills but also promotes the full use of resources (fallen tree leaves).

Liene Turlaja
CEO of Skillarize

Skillarize empowers community managers to facilitate seamless peer-to-peer learning within their communities through smart automations and impactful communication. Our platform transforms learning by adding personalized peer interaction between the cohort or community members. Join us in revolutionizing education by becoming a beta tester as a community manager, and together, let's shape the future of interactive learning!

We believe you can succeed.

We know your idea has the power to transform the way we live and enjoy life.

We’re looking to support 40 business ideas to bring this vision to life and yours can be one of them. Are you ready to dedicate 4 months to improve and set the foundations to grow your business with the latest entrepreneurship tools? Here’s what we have to offer:


Build friendships and a professional network with entrepreneurs in Lucca, Riga and Nitra to expand your business opportunities and community support.

Receive personalized mentorship that will help you guide your business decisions with leading experts.

After completion, you could be selected to travel to the IN-HABIT Consortium to present your business and the impact you make.

Connect to a network of organizations focused on business development, investment funds and many more opportunities!

This is what the entrepreneurs and mentors from the first cohort have to say about IN-HABIT program:

What makes us so successful?

Step-by-step learning and development

Our program is designed to guide you through each stage of your business journey. You will learn by doing practical exercises that can be applied to your business from the first day.


Work from anywhere and at anytime using our online platform. All you need is an internet connection. Focus on your entrepreneurial journey without compromising your other responsibilities!


We'll pair you with a mentor who will guide you personally, through weekly video calls. They'll provide an external perspective to help you with your business and its potential.


Join our industry-led webinars with experienced professionals. Get actionable advice and wonderful tips to grow your business from the best experts!


Join a friendly community of entrepreneurs and business mentors. Share resources, make business alliances, and work through challenges together.


After finishing all the modules on our platform, the system will automatically create your executive summary. Just download it and share with banks, investors or other stakeholders. A necessary tool to take your business to the next level!


By the end of the program, we'll host a closing event where top finalists will get to present their business ideas to relevant stakeholders locally. All participants will be able to share their projects and network with the program partners.

What can I expect to gain from the program?

As an entrepreneur
As a mentor
Proven methodology

You will learn by doing with an approach inspired by MIT's Disciplined Entrepreneurship. More than 2900 entrepreneurs from 120+ countries have already gone through our methodology!

Mentorship guidance

You will work closely with a mentor who will guide you throughout the length of the program. Have weekly video sessions where you will review their work, get feedback, and resolve any questions.

Global Network

You will connect with the rest of the program participants, a community of peer entrepreneurs working in your city towards the same goals as you. Connect with them throughout the different program sessions to share resources and tackle challenges together.

Your own executive summary

Founders will work on their business step by step while generating a validated business plan and executive summary. You will be able to download a PDF version to later present it in front of investors, other co-founders, etc.

Anytime, Anywhere

Collaborate from anywhere at any time through our online platform; no barriers, limits, or excuses; just an internet connection!

Exclusive perks

Access to expert masterclasses + more than 30K in discounts on HubSpot, Amazon WS, Google Suite, MailJet, IBM…

Pitch your business

At the end of the program, you will join our pitch competition during the final Demo Day with relevant stakeholders from the ecosystem.

Requirements for entrepreneurs​

Requirements for mentors​

What will I learn during this program?

By completing the 8 modules of the platform, you will create a clear and structured business plan and executive summary.


Value proposition

Define how your product or service is different and valuable to your customers.

Competition Map

Make your product or service stand out from your competition when selling to the same customers.

Stakeholder map

Confidently identify the individuals or groups that have a strong interest or involvement in your project.

Business model & marketing

Promote your products effectively and sell more at the right price.

Pricing & Business Availability

Ensure that your business stays profitable over time.

Financial Projections

Plan the financial stability and money management for the next 3 years of your business.

Impact Plan

Design how your business will contribute to your sector and region and set how you'll measure it.

Growth Plan

Set growth goals and priorities and monitor your advancements in achieving these as time passes.

Apply before the date!


November 30th 2023



Apply to the program

25th September - 30th November, 2023

Tell us more about you and your start-up (for entrepreneurs) or your professional experience (for mentors) by applying below. Our team will assess all the entrepreneurs and mentors applications and select the necessary profiles.

Apply now >


Announcement of selected candidates

Beggining of December 2023

We will review all the applications and we will select the start-ups and mentors to participate in the IN-HABIT Riga Incubation Program.


Onboarding Entrepreneurs and Mentors

Beggining of December 2023

If selected, we will invite you to participate in an information session to welcome you to the incubation program. In this session we will cover the role of program participants, what the relationship between mentors and projects will be like, the use of the Bridge for Billions incubation platform, and much more!


Mentors and Entrepreneurs Matching

Beggining of December 2023

Take part in our matching process! Entrepreneurs and mentors will have the possibility to meet in different virtual sessions of their choice. Once you have been able to meet different profiles, both will send their preferences to let us know who they want to work with and make the best teams.


Online Incubation Program

From 9th January to 31st May, 2024

Start the online incubation experience with mentoring sessions, work tools and structured development. Entrepreneurs and mentors will have 4 months to complete the incubation cycle and develop your validated business plan.

  • Entrepreneurs will cover the most important parts of their business (from refining the value proposition to generating a clear growth plan).
  • Mentors will meet weekly with your entrepreneur in one-on-one sessions to go through the 8 business modules.
  • Ventures will finish the program by developing a business plan and executive summary ready to present to investors, for example.
  • After completing the program, participating ventures will be invited to present and pitch their projects in our final Demo Day.

Learn how you can be part of our program to support entrepreneurs in Riga and join our online info session. Leave us your details and our Program manager will contact you.

What is IN-HABIT?

IN-HABIT is an EU Horizon 2020 project that aims to foster inclusive health and wellbeing (IHW) in four peripheral small and medium-sized cities (SMSCs): Cordoba (Spain), Riga (Latvia), Lucca (Italy) and Nitra (Slovakia).

In each city, the project will mobilise existing undervalued resources (culture, food, human-animal bonds and environment) to increase IHW, with a focus on gender, diversity, equity and inclusion.

The integrated approach will combine technological, digital, nature-based, cultural and social innovations in selected urban public spaces. These solutions will be co-designed, co-deployed and co-managed with and by local stakeholders.

The best methodology

As the backbone of the program, the program offers a gamified and step-by-step experience that allows entrepreneurs to create their business plans and validate their models.

Far from theory, our pedagogy pushes you to formulate your ideas and answer the tough questions. It invites you to “get out there”, talk to people, research, and validate your ideas. Your mentor will be there for you every week to support you by challenging assumptions and offering a fresh perspective.

At the end of the program, you will not only have a business plan to present to potential investors or new co-founders and team, but you will have total peace of mind that you are building a business validated by your potential clients.

Questions about the programme?

For entrepreneurs

For mentors

Can’t find your question here?

Contact Anete Grosberga, Incubation Manager of the IN-HABIT Incubation Program if you have any questions.

This program has been built by

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 869227

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