Demola helps to develop and implement innovative solutions to real business challenges by combining competencies from different fields and working closely with the company.
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108 companies have participated in Demola Latvia, including:
What is DEMOLA?
Challenge
The company or organization submits a challenge for the team of students to solve. Demola provides assistance in developing the direction and content of the challenge.
Team of 5 students
An interdisciplinary and multicultural team of students is selected from various Latvian universities. On average 5 students apply for a spot in the team. At least one student in the team is from abroad, so the whole program is in English.
12-week intense work
An approach based on design thinking methods with the active participation of the company and the opportunity to influence the final solution. The team receives a mentor, a budget for prototyping, and facilitator guidance.
Solution developed by students
The solution is presented to the company. It is based on research and validation of the idea. The company can decide to purchase the solution form the team and implement it in real-life.
What are the benefits of participating in Demola?
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An opportunity to work together with the best Latvian students in the implementation of innovative projects - an average of 5 students apply for one place in the team, and the company has the opportunity to influence who will be selected in the team.
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An opportunity to continue cooperation with the best students after the end of the project. A valuable opportunity to position yourself as a good employer and an innovation-oriented company.
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The student teams receive a ERDF-funded scholarship of up to € 4,000 per season. (i.e. € 200 / month for a student, € 228 / doctoral student)
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Each team has a budget, up to € 2,596, for idea validation and prototyping within the ERDF project, which is a valuable tool for idea development and testing.
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The team receives the support of experienced facilitators, mentors, and expert advice, as well as a proven and effective 12-week Demola program.
Feedback from DEMOLA partner companies
Kaspars Cikmačs
Member of the Board of "Latvenergo"
The Latvenergo Group, in cooperation with Latvian universities, regularly engages in projects that promote education. The project "Demola Latvia" can be considered a successful example of cooperation. It allows students to showcase their talents in solving challenges and gain new knowledge. On the other hand, creative ideas flow into the company, which helps to promote and innovate products required by the public interest. Although the Demola Latvia project took place during the coronavirus (Covid-19), Latvenergo was able to continue working with the university and students to complete the project. We recommend other companies to get involved in the future seasons of Demola Latvia.
Ilona Bukša
Head of Marketing Department at "Forevers"
How do young people see us? What do they want to buy? What should the product look like? These are just some of the issues we discussed together. The millennial view on problems and business in general was the main value we gained by participating in the "Demola Latvia" project
Jana Palavinska
"Conexus Baltic Grid" information technology development department IT project manager
In the project "Demola Latvia" we saw an opportunity to attract new specialists who are open to creative ideas, are not afraid of challenges and are ready to look at the task from different angles. The project participants pleasantly surprised the specialists of JSC «Conexus Baltic Grid» with their communication skills and understanding of the task. The result is gratifying - we have come up with new ideas, their solutions.
Participation fees
Product development task
Participation fee: 1500 €
✅ An interdisciplinary and international team of 5 students (selection from 15 Latvian universities)
✅ Up to € 2596 per team prototyping budget
✅ 1 team facilitator from Demola Latvia
✅ Participation in a 12-week program
✅ OUTPUT: Prototype of a product / minimum viable product developed
✅ The company has the opportunity to influence the final selection of the team members by choosing the desired candidates, after consultation with the team facilitator.
✅ The team prepares a conceptual project or prototype of a product, technology, or service development, which the company can implement in production or as a service to offer to customers or otherwise develop based on business needs.

After the development and presentation of the students' final results, the company or organization decides whether it wants to purchase the solution created by the students. Final solution purchase fee 1000, 1500 or 2000 € based on the results.
Research task
Participation fee: 750 €
✅ An interdisciplinary and international team of 5 students (selection from 15 Latvian universities)
✅ Up to € 1200 team budget for prototyping / validation
✅ 1 team facilitator from Demola Latvia
✅ Participation in a 12-week program
✅ OUTPUT: A research-based proposal/document/study has been developed
✅ The company has the opportunity to influence the final selection of the team members by choosing the desired candidates, after consultation with the team facilitator.
✅ Projects whose results are based on research and forecasting future trends and scenarios can be further used by the partner to initialize new services, projects, initiatives, and activities that have a potential impact on a wider, not just a specific business scale.

After the development and presentation of the students' final results, the company or organization decides whether it wants to purchase the solution created by the students. Final solution purchase fee 500, 700 or 1000 € based on the results.
Examples
Maxima Latvija
Ventspils Nafta Termināls
Entrepreneur Oskars Priede
T2T
CONEXUS BALTIC GRID
FERTILIZER
Graphic user interface (GUIs)
Challenge:
In order to ensure the availability of a full range of products on store shelves, the daily processing and analysis of large amounts of initial data need to be carried out. It was necessary to develop a "user-friendly" data processing tool to perform this work effectively.

Solution:

A new user interface (GUI) was developed for the file in which MAXIMA employees perform data analysis, and it was automated. VBA code was created that updates the data in an excel file without user assistance, as well as new panels/pages were created that summarized previously scattered information and presented in a more attractive and interactive way.
A tool for preventive forecasting of the spread of petroleum product odors
Challenge:
VNT terminal handles and stores petroleum products. Some of the products are with a distinctive smell due to high content of benzene, H2S, mercaptan and other substances, thus their smell can spread to surrounding areas. The task given to students was to develop a tool that would help to forecast possible concentration of emission cloud and its direction. The company would like to perform necessary handling and storing of petroleum products when according to weather forecast the smell is not spreading to populated places.

Solution:
A WEB application was created that displays real-time weather conditions in the VNT territory. It is possible to enter the intended action and see how the odor cloud will spread by performing the specific action at that time.
Don't live single
Challenge:
This DEMOLA challenge was set by entrepreneur Oskars Priede. Oskars is one of the most recognizable presentation skills coaches in Latvia, who consults companies and individuals on a daily basis about creating influential and effective presentations and public speaking. According to him, a significant proportion of the population aged 30+ lives in solitude, although this is contrary to their life goals and aspirations. These people want a life partner. Some have tried dating platforms but find them ineffective. The task of the students was to study the market and create a prototype of the dating platform at the minimum product level.
Solution:
The Zephir brand, website, and mobile application were created as a new dating solution, and the advertising campaign attracted about 100 people willing to use this solution.
Stay With Us
Challenge:
In a big company with increasing employee rotation, long hiring processes and a lack of face-to-face contact, it is impossible to predict when an employee chooses to change a job. How might such events be predicted in order to proactively retain existing employees in the company?

Solution:
The student team developed interviews for different levels, as well as created two-stage employee evaluation questionnaires for new and existing employees with coefficients to anticipate and identify the specific situation and areas for improvement.
Gas consumption forecasting case in Latvia
Challenge:
Gas consumption is influenced by a variety of factors (outdoor temperature, gas consumption structure, entry-point ratio, etc.). From what the planned gas consumption will be in the near future, it is possible to calculate the day-to-day adequacy of gas sources. The method utilized by the company provided insufficient precision on forecasted demand for natural gas in Latvia for the next 14 days.

Solution:
Opportunities, situations, and influencing factors were studied. A unique excel file for gas consumption forecasting was developed.
Tree Ash Fertilizer development and granulation
Challenge:
The task of the student team was to create a new product - organic mineral fertilizer, which is based on tree ash.

Solution:

A tool was developed to calculate the mass of fertilizer ingredients and additives, as well as the cost of fertilizers, taking into account the desired proportions of chemical elements for different plants, raw material prices, EU-regulated restrictions on heavy metals in fertilizers and obtaining the best raw material ratio.
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"DEMOLA is a must-have project during studies: the best place to put theoretical knowledge into real practice. Here at DEMOLA companies meet the most talented young minds of our time and get a new perspective on their challenges. Join and experience our design process!"
Signe Adamoviča,
Demola Latvia Coordinator
DEMOLA Latvia tiek atbalstīts ERAF līdzfinansētā projekta Nr. 1.1.1.3/18/A/001 "RTU inovāciju granti studentiem" ietvaros.