Andris K. Berzins
Andris leads the micro-VC firm Change Ventures, a seed fund based in the Baltic States that invests in Baltic founders worldwide. He began his investing career as a venture partner at Creandum, helped set up the first Startup Wise Guys accelerator program in Estonia, and served as an investment advisor for Estonia’s SmartCap fund. Andris is an advisor, board member, and investor in several of the more successful startups in the Baltic states, including Infogram (recently acquired by Prezi), AirDog, and SonarWorks.
Before venture, Andris served as CMO at Livebookings (Europe’s OpenTable), 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, later also taking on roles in sales and product management. He led the invention and growth of the company’s flagship WiFi RFID tag product to lead the WiFi enterprise real-time location system market. AeroScout was acquired by Stanley Black & Decker for $240M. Andris worked at Bain & Company in Boston immediately after business school.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Andris holds an MBA from Stanford and completed his bachelor’s degree in London at City University.
Andris co-founded the non-profit foundation TechHub Riga, Latvia’s leading organization supporting the startup ecosystem, helping establish technology startups as a source of vibrant economic growth in the country. He later also co-founded the Latvian Startup Association and is a frequent speaker on digitalization and innovation. He is an advisor to the Minister for Economics in Latvia and was awarded the Human Development Award by the President for his contribution to the future of the nation. Andris is an advisory board member for Riga Technical University and board member for the leading independent weekly news magazine in Latvia. He also spends weekends serving in an infantry battalion of Latvia’s National Guard.
Andris served his fellowship at Change Ventures as a member of Class 22. His mentor was Daniel Blomquist (Class 16), Operating Partner at Creandum.