Minister Sigrid Kaag opens Hyarchis office in Lithuania18/06/2018
Last week, King Willem-Alexander and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag paid a state visit to the Baltic region. Part of their trip involved a visit to the Lithuanian offices of content and online collaboration solutions specialist Hyarchis last Friday. As well as Hyarchis, Minister Kaag met with six other Dutch companies that had found their way to Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-largest city. During her visit, Minister Kaag officially launched Hyarchis’ activities in what has been dubbed the ‘Silicon Valley’ of the Baltic states.
An undiscovered tech hub
In Lithuania, Minister Kraag met exclusively with tech companies, each with their own unique identity, though all with the shared ambition of expanding their activities into the country. Keen to grow and develop further, these companies had noticed that the talent they needed in order to do this was sorely lacking in the Netherlands — a sentiment Andre van der Doelen, founder and managing director of Hyarchis, gave voice to during the state visit: “Since talent is harder to attract in the Netherlands, our search led us to the decision to form a team in Lithuania. We’ve realised that we can attract top talent here, which accelerates the pace of our product development. For us and other tech companies, Lithuania — and Kaunas in particular — is an as yet undiscovered tech hub. Kaunas is also home to the largest university of technology in the Baltics, so we can be sure that we have the most well-trained people right on our doorstep.”
The aim of the meeting was to explain to Minister Kaag the motivations for expansion into Lithuania and to tell her about Dutch entrepreneurs’ experiences in the country. After Minister Kaag’s visit, celebrations for the opening of Hyarchis’ Lithuanian office got under way. New colleagues attended the event, as well as representatives from the local universities, the national investment promotion agency, business partners and the local council. The latter presented Hyarchis with an official city flag as a welcome gift, which has since found its way to the Eindhoven office.
Hyarchis is hugely grateful for the very warm welcome in Lithuania!