Andris leads Change Ventures, a seed fund based in the Baltic States that invests in Baltic founders worldwide. Change Ventures has backed some of the leading startups in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, including Veriff, Interactio, Nordigen, Giraffe360, Aerones and Planet42.
He began his investing career as a venture partner at Creandum, helped set up the first Startup Wise Guys accelerator program in Estonia. Before venture, Andris served as CMO at Livebookings, which was later acquired for $110M. Andris has co-founded several startups, including his share of failures. He joined his first startup, AeroScout, as VP of Marketing and Business Development. AeroScout was acquired by Stanley Black & Decker for $240M. Andris holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, following which he worked as a strategy consultant for Bain & Company in Boston.
Andris co-founded the non-profit foundation TechHub Riga, Latvia’s leading organization supporting the startup ecosystem. He was also co-founder of the Latvian Startup Association and the Latvian Business Angel Network. He was awarded the Human Development Award by the President for his contribution to the future of the nation.
Andris holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and completed his bachelor’s degree in London at City University.