As in all European countries, economic conditions in Lithuania have changed drastically during the Covid-19 crisis and have had a negative effect on the financial flows of many Lithuanian startups and SME’s. Stepping in to support small businesses, the Lithuanian government has allocated 1.3 billion euros from the planned Government package of financial instruments to Lithuanian business entities. As well as much needed state support, the startup ecosystem has come together in Lithuania and across the Baltics to aid and assist its members.  From EdTech workshops to volunteering coordination centres, we’ve listed some of the most important initiatives from the Lithuanian startup ecosystem so that more startups can get involved and those in need can benefit from the tech initiatives being offered.

Lithunanian Free EdTech Platform

As all schools have been closed in Lithuania since March 16th, Lithuanian EdTech companies have opened up their online classrooms for students and teachers to use during the Covid-19 period. On this list there are 25 EdTech startups that are offering their solutions for free or for a reduced price over the coming months. Similarly, Teachers Lead Tech is a guided learning platform for teachers to bring technology creation skills to classes. During the Covid-19 crisis, they are offering free weekly classes to schools and students through April and May. During the classes they showcase games and learning activities from EdTech startups such as 3D modelling, bird migration maps, and sound engineering. The teaching resources are best suited to kids aged 7-12 and each session is an hour long. 

There Is No Quarantine On The Internet

There is no quarantine on the internet is a program organised by the Lithuanian Ministry of Economy that is seeking to unite the country’s startups and SMEs on a single e-commerce platform. During the Covid-19 period the platform allows startups to book online consultations with mentors, complete courses to raise the competency of their employees and access marketing training and legal advice.

Covid-19 Innovation Fund

The Lithuanian Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) has launched a competition for innovative ideas and life saving-innovations to tackle the effects of COVID-19. Lithuanian innovators, technology developers and startups offering non-traditional solutions using modern technologies have been invited to participate in the competition. The evaluation of applications will take place over the following weeks and will be announced at the beginning of May 2020.

Stiprus Kartu

Stiprus Kartu is a Volunteering Coordination Centre inviting anyone who is able to help Lithuanian citizens during Covid-19 to sign up to volunteer. The platform allows citizens both to ask for help from neighbours and to offer to help. Tasks you can volunteer for range from city to city but include; helping the elderly to shop, looking after children, transporting equipment across towns and checking in on lonely and vulnerable neighbours. Stiprus Kartu has also set up an emergency number, which Lithuanian citizens can call for free if they need urgent help.

Sources:
Startup Lithuania

Lithuanian Free EdTech Platform

Teachers Lead Tech

There Is No Quarantine On The Internet

Covid-19 Innovation Fund

Stiprus Kartu