August 28 – September 1, 2018

Minsk-Riga Startup Train


Start up much?
Minsk-Riga Startup Train is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to share great time together with talented geeks, experienced mentors, startup enthusiasts, business angels and investors from Belarus and Latvia.

Starting in Minsk on August 28 with the arrival of the Latvian hooligans, continuing on a noisy train where the power of mixed BY-LV teams will be put to ultimate test, and finishing in Riga, the heart of the Baltics, on August 31 with a Grand Finale in the very centre of the Latvian startup community.

Minsk-Riga Startup Train is organized by Imaguru Minsk and Magnetic Startup Latvia, fuelled by Investment and Development Agency of Latvia. Startup Train calls for action all rock-star developers, designers and entrepreneurs from Belarus and Latvia, ready to hop on the train, cruise through this challenge and disrupt the boring reality!

Are you ready for Startup Train?
This time software ideas only!




minsk-riga train

Minsk, Imaguru Riga, Magnetic Latvia Startup



  • MorningLatvian participants arrive to Minsk, Belarus

  • 12:00-13:00
    Minsk center

  • 13:00-17:00
    Minsk city
    City Tour for Latvians

  • 17:00-19:00
    Team arrival and registration at Imaguru
    Hackathon Opening Ceremony, Rules Explained

  • Evening
    Imaguru or nearby
    Dinner for all teams, networking


  • 6:30-7:30
    Minsk center
    Minsk Fun Run - 5km

  • 8:30-9:30
    Team breakfast/Official start of Hackathon

  • 9:30-12:00
    Hacking in teams

  • 12:00-13:00
    Mentoring Session 1

  • 13:00-15:00
    Hacking in teams, working lunch

  • 15:00-16:00
    Mentoring Session 2

  • 16:00-18:00
    Hacking in teams

  • 18:00-19:00
    Imaguru and bus
    Dinner and departure for Minsk Train station

  • 20:38
    Minsk Train Station
    Train departs

  • 21:00-...
    Hacking in teams


  • 8:28
    Riga Train Station
    Arrival to Riga Train Station

  • 9:00-10:30
    Hackathon Riga venue
    Departure from Train Station to accommodation, check-in

  • 12:00-14:00
    Hackathon Riga venue
    Mentoring Session 3

  • 14:00-15:00
    Hackathon Riga venue
    Hacking in teams

  • 15:00-16:00
    Hackathon Riga venue
    Hacking in teams, working lunch

  • 16:00-19:00
    Hackathon Riga venue
    Hacking in teams

  • 19:00-20:00
    Hackathon Riga venue
    Master Class: Pitch Crash Course

  • 20:00-21:00
    Hackathon Riga venue
    Dinner, hacking continues


  • 9:00-10:00
    Hackathon Riga venue

  • 10:00-12:00
    Hackathon Riga venue
    Pitch preparation

  • 12:00-15:00Startup ecosystem tour, lunch & pitch demo + feedback

  • 16:00-18:00Final pitch preparation

  • 18:00-...Grand Finale, Award ceremony, Party

                                                                                                                                            SEPT 1, RIGA

                                                                                                                                            • 8:00-9:00
                                                                                                                                              Riga center
                                                                                                                                              Riga Fun Run - 5km

                                                                                                                                            • 10:00-12:00
                                                                                                                                              Minsk center

                                                                                                                                            • 12:00-17:00
                                                                                                                                              Riga city
                                                                                                                                              City Tour for Belarusians

                                                                                                                                            • EveningBelarusian participants depart from Riga


                                                                                                                                            • Tania Marinich

                                                                                                                                              Tania Marinich

                                                                                                                                              Imaguru Founder, CEO

                                                                                                                                            • Olga Barretu-Gonsālvisa

                                                                                                                                              Olga Barretu-Gonsālvisa

                                                                                                                                              Chief Startup Instigator, LIAA

                                                                                                                                            • Nastia Khamiankova

                                                                                                                                              Nastia Khamiankova

                                                                                                                                              Imaguru, cofounder, COO

                                                                                                                                            • Sergey Skabelkin

                                                                                                                                              Sergey Skabelkin

                                                                                                                                              Co-Founder / Partner,  Fintech Cluster

                                                                                                                                            • Andrei Shaurko

                                                                                                                                              Andrei Shaurko

                                                                                                                                              Sales Coach for Startups, Kickoff Sales

                                                                                                                                            • Masha Lemiaza

                                                                                                                                              Masha Lemiaza

                                                                                                                                              Owner and Founder, SMAR Outsourcing Solutions

                                                                                                                                            • Arturs Bernovskis

                                                                                                                                              Arturs Bernovskis

                                                                                                                                              Angel investor and Chairman of the Supervisory Board, PulseTip

                                                                                                                                            • Andris Stabins

                                                                                                                                              Andris Stabins

                                                                                                                                              Web designer, SQUALIO

                                                                                                                                            • Andrejs Cirkovs

                                                                                                                                              Andrejs Cirkovs

                                                                                                                                              Founder, Strix Studios

                                                                                                                                            • Pavel Veinik

                                                                                                                                              Pavel Veinik

                                                                                                                                              Chief Technology Officer, Amadoad Ltd.

                                                                                                                                            • Boris Mossounov

                                                                                                                                              Boris Mossounov

                                                                                                                                              AI & Data Science, Flatlogic LLC

                                                                                                                                            Join as mentor


                                                                                                                                            The deadline for the applications is August 13th.

                                                                                                                                            If you have an idea and might be looking for a team members please register

                                                                                                                                            Have no idea, have no team, but still would love to Participate?

                                                                                                                                            If you are intending to join a team, please look through them below and choose.


                                                                                                                                            About Imaguru

                                                                                                                                            Imaguru is a community where great startups meet tech talent


                                                                                                                                            New Startups were Born in Imaguru


                                                                                                                                            Exits of Imaguru Startups


                                                                                                                                            Entrepreneurs Visit Us Monthly


                                                                                                                                            Technical and Innovative Solutions

                                                                                                                                            About Magnetic Latvia Startup

                                                                                                                                            Magnetic Latvia Startup is a one-stop-shop for local and foreign startups, investors and communities.
                                                                                                                                            Come to Latvia, start, test your idea and go global from here. Get all possible and impossible support in the process. Don’t forget to live a life!


                                                                                                                                            What is this all about?

                                                                                                                                            We want to build a collaboration bridge between Belarusian and Latvian startup ecosystems. We encourage and support getting-to-know-each-other! Let's see what great things might sprout from here.

                                                                                                                                            What costs are covered?

                                                                                                                                            Transportation, accommodation, meals, visa support – all on us. Can-do attitude, your inner unicorn and non-dying smile – all on you.

                                                                                                                                            How do I secure my spot on the train?

                                                                                                                                            Register your genius idea on this website OR select the idea you like and want to help develop – and apply as a team member! Once the teams are formed, we will select the best ones and coordinate with them directly about all the details.

                                                                                                                                            Walk me through the Startup Train steps, please?

                                                                                                                                            Main dates to remember:
                                                                                                                                            August 28 – Latvians arrive to Minsk and explore the great city
                                                                                                                                            August 29 – Hackathon Day 1 in Minsk, at the end of which Belarusians and Latvians board the overnight train! (Minsk Central Station, 20:38)
                                                                                                                                            August 30 – Hackathon Day 2 in Riga
                                                                                                                                            August 31 – Hackathon Grand Finale
                                                                                                                                            September 1 – Belarusians explore the great city and depart from Riga

                                                                                                                                            Do I need a visa?

                                                                                                                                            If you are an EU citizen, you need a visa to get to Belarus. We will take care about visas.
                                                                                                                                            If you are a Belarus citizen, you need a Schengen visa to get to Latvia. If you don't have one, we will take care about that.

                                                                                                                                            How about the internet on-train?

                                                                                                                                            Our partners will take care about a solid internet connection on the route from Minsk to Riga.

                                                                                                                                            I have 1 million more questions – who do I contact?

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