Three Latvians have been listed among Europe’s brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators, and game-changers by Nordic Business Forum.

Ranked no. 8 is the 19-year-old innovator-entrepreneur Elviss Straupenieks, founder and CEO of AirBoard. Billed by its creator as the world’s smallest manned aircraft, AirBoard aims to make science fiction into science fact.

Ranked no. 15 is Marija Ručevska, co-founder at Helve & TechChill Foundation, who has already left an indelible handprint on the local and regional startup scene in Latvia and the Baltics. She is the force of nature behind the Latvian tech conference TechChill, the leading forum in the Baltic for matching startup entrepreneurs, disruptors, investors, and others with an interest in the sector.

Ranked no. 25 is Linda Sinka, co-founder of Learn IT, an extra-curricular coding lab for school kids. Since its establishment in 2014, the program has expanded beyond the single school where it was initially available and now operates throughout Latvia. In May 2016, Forbes Magazine Riga nominated Sinka to its list of “30 Under 30” leaders likely to shape the future of Latvia over the next 50 years.

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