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High-tech Vilnius to host two events

The FinTech startup city will host the Startup Fair 2018 and, later in the year, the blockchain Pillar Unconference.

In two weeks, the Lithuanian capital Vilnius will host a high-tech startup fair. Then, later in the year, ‘blockchainers’ are scheduled to converge on the city.

Vilnius Tech Park will be home to an international marketplace for innovation and bright ideas for Startup Fair 2018 on May 16-17, an event that has ambitions to be the biggest and most important of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe.

It will gather investors, startups and speakers for two days of learning, B2B networking and “an exciting pitch battle”, according to the Vilnius Convention Bureau.

Startup Fair is seen as a reflection of the current startup environment being developed in the city, where the regulations governing the startup sector and the support available, most notably to FinTech startups, are making the city a hub for international companies and investors.

The event will feature keynote speakers from around the world and discussions focused on contemporary startup topics and challenges, the organisers say. Also a group of handpicked startups will take part in a “pitch battle”, pitching ideas in front of a jury, investors and the public.

An unconference
Later in the summer, the Pillar Project, a Swiss-based non-profit organisation “building the world’s most advanced cryptocurrency and token wallet”, is holding its second “unconference” in Lithuania at the Vilnius Grand Resort on July 15 to 22.

The Pillar Unconference is billed as an unstructured, crowdsourced event for entrepreneurs, technologists, the Pillar community, and anyone interested in learning more about cryptocurrencies, blockchain and decentralised technologies.

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