Investments Attracted to Lithuania
Einaras Gravrockas, Cujo Baltic, USA and Lithuania
Originally from Kaunas, founder of “Cujo“ Einaras Gravrockas strongly believes in Lithuanian talent and is on his way to one more investment success story with smart firewall that keeps the connected homes and businesses safe from cyber threats. “Cujo Baltic“ in Kaunas is the first company’s subsidiary outside the USA. This year, “Cujo“ was included among top 20 prospective “TechCrunch“ start-ups. Before the end of the year, the subsidiary will employ up to 100 local and returning talent.
Tomas Strazdauskas, CSD Engineers, Lithuania
Subsidiary of Swiss Engineering company “CSD Engineers“ has developed into the center of integral services of industrial design with clients on all coasts of the Atlantic. Thanks to the efforts of Tomas Strazdauskas, the subsidiary expanded the range of qualifications and earned indisputable reputation of infrastructure experts.
Tadas Vizgirda, Harbortouch, Lithuania
Tadas Vizgirda, born and raised in the USA, has built his life and career in Lithuania since early 1990s. In 2014, he convinced the management of “Revel Systems“ to choose Lithuania for their European subsidiary, this year one more of his projects “Harbortouch“ started its first operations outside the USA and is now also based in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Lithuanian Ideas Spread Globally
Vytenis Buzas, NanoAvionics, Lithuania
“NanoAvionics“ is Small Satellite commercial grade platform provider and mission integrator. In June 2017, they launched their second project “LituanicaSAT-2“ exceptional by its 95 per cent Lithuanian hardware and software solutions. They aim to make space affordable to a wide range of organizations worldwide through uncovering new business opportunities.
Daumantas Dvilinskas, TransferGo, UK and Lithuania
“TransferGo“ was founded while searching for cheaper and faster alternatives to regular bank transfers. Start-up grew into solid platform of international payments, in five years attracted about 13 million USD in investments, the most recent of which came this year from Swedish Board of Risk Capital Funds. This year, D. Dvilinskas got among Forbes Top 30 under 30 in Finance in Europe.
Simona Andrijauskaitė, Interactio, Lithuania
Simona together with Domas Labokas and Henrikas Urbonas is a Co-Founder of Interactio – disruptive mobile system that replaces simultaneous translation equipment in live events. In 2016, the company became UN initiated WSA Winner 2016, got among Top 10 Innovations and started official cooperation with TEDx. Interactio was also selected among top 10 technology at ibtm world, initiated by Reed Exhibitions and currently operates in Europe and USA.
Global Innovations Go Lithuania
Martynas Audronis, Nova Fabrica, UK and Lithuania
Dr. Martynas Audronis finished his PhD studies at Shefield University and after 11 years in emigration came back to his hometown Ignalina where he established a high technology company “Nova Fabrica“, manufacturer and worldwide supplier of thin film process components, distributed via a comprehensive sales network. With headquarters in Ignalina, it has representatives in China, South Korea, and Taiwan.
Saulius Gražulis, VU Institute of Biotechnology, Germany and Lithuania
Prof. Saulius Gražulis has worked with Nobel prize laureate prof. Robert Huber in Munich where he earned his PhD. He came back to work at Vilnius University Institute of Biotechnology where he works in research of crystallography and manages the unique and rich Crystallography Open Database compiling more than 350 thousand listings.
Linas Mažutis, VU Laboratory of Microtechnologies, USA and Lithuania
After many years of studies and work at Strasbourg and Harvard universities, in 2011, VU alumnus dr. Linas Mažutis came back to Lithuania and together with professor A. Janulaitis established the Laboratory of Microtechnologies working with droplet microfluidics. It became the point of attraction and learning facility for talented scientists. Besides, Linas runs biotechnological start-up “Droplet Genomics“.
Global Experience to Lithuanian Business
Ina Bartkus, Public School NYC, USA
Ina Bartkus is an experienced professional in fashion and textiles industries. Before she started teaching at US colleges and schools and sharing her expertise with Lithuanian companies, she worked with and made famous fashion designer Alberto Makali and fashion house “Rag & Bone”. Ina advises and consults a number of Lithuanian designers on US market characteristics.
Zvika Kezurer, Israel Lithuania Technology Hub, Israel
Zvika Kezurer is a Litvak keeping strong relations with Lithuania through Israel Lithuania Technology Hub. He is the chairman of the board of this organization. The most recent project has been the build-up and promotion of Lithuanian IT Cluster in Israel. Before that, he worked long years at Amdocs as Vice President of Partner Sales, where he built the overall Partner Eco System.
Rūta Laukien, Liquid Art House, USA
Rūta Laukien has lived in the USA since her studies. After her impressive career in investment banking on Wall Street, she indulged in the project promoting Lithuanian artists and designers in the creative manner of a high-class restaurant in Boston “Liquid Art House”. She is the most active Investment Ambassador connecting “Invest Lithuania” with top managers of international companies and assuring access to exclusive investment conferences.
Special Recognition to Global Connectors
Rotary Club of Chicagoland Lithuanians, USA
Rotary Club of Chicagoland Lithuanians was established in 2007 by the active community of Lithuanian enterpreneurs who have been using it as the platform for charity fundraising for numerous projects in Lithuania: insulin pumps for children with diabetes, mother-milk bank in Kaunas, rehabilitation centre of children with cancer in Vilnius and many more.
Local Impact of Global Experience
Egidijus Blažauskas, Scandi House, Alytus, Lithuania
Egidijus Blažauskas came back to his native town Alytus after long working experience in Scandinavian countries and decided to implement the accumulated experience in his own construction business UAB “Scandi house“ with 50+ employees and clients in Scandinavia. Moreover, he and his family run country estate “Dvarčėnų dvaras“ .
Jonas Dragūnas, Skautų slėnis, Ukmergė r., Lithuania
Skautų slėnis, the informal educational facility for scouts around Lithuania, was established by Jonas Dragūnas who left to work abroad with intention to collect money for his dream to have a place for bringing people together for meaningful occupation, building a community of like-minded nature lovers.
Dovydas Kaminskas, Tauragė Region Municipality, Tauragė, Lithuania
After studies and work in Denmark, Dovydas Kaminskas came back to his home town Tauragė upon the invitation of newly elected mayor. Thanks to his efforts, Tauragė became the first Global Region in Lithuania with the special registration platform for all global Tauragė-borns. Besides, Tauragė joined sister-city platform UBC – United Baltic Cities and their projects.
Arminas Katilius, Son&Father, Utena, Lithuania
Paulius Žemaitis, Arpolis, Alytus, Lithuania
Global Experience for National Progress
Marius Jurgilas, Bank of Lithuania, USA and Lithuania
Still at Connecticut University in the USA, Marius Jurgilas in cooperation with other Lithuanian researchers in Economics initiated the eight-year old tradition of Annual Conference of Researchers in Economics which grew into a strong network. As the Board Member of the Bank of Lithuania, he initiated a number of reforms of financial sector, brought on board international researchers for formulation of decisions of strategic importance.
Karolis Leonavičius, Vita Scientia, UK and Lithuania
In 2013, Karolis Leonavičius and friends Inga Songailaitė (VU) and Pijus Brazauskas (Oxford) organized conference “Vita Scientia“, which was extremely successful and encouraged them to repeat it annually as well as form a platform for networking and registration of life science students and professors around the world.
Audrius Masiulionis, Embassy of Lithuania, Norway and Lithuania
Audrius Masiulionis sets the standard for all commercial attachés of Lithuania by bringing together the communities of Lithuanian professionals in every country he works at: in 2015, he actively participated in creation of Stockholm Lithuanian Professionals, this year, he did the same in Oslo where he established Lithuanian Professionals in Oslo.
Lithuanians Famous Globally
Rima Gungor, USA
Director and historian Rima Gungor is the author of comprehensive archive on the peaceful, long and tiring Lithuanias road to freedom turned to movie „Game Changer: Lithuania’s Non-Violent Revolution“. The documentary allowed her to spread the word about Lithuania to the audiences in the USA and Canada.