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Published:  21 Dec 2023

Meet the team behind Orbit8, the digital personalised career assistant

Interview with Pauls Irbins, the CEO and co-founder of Orbit8. This article series introduces the teams and their solutions from the Digital Education Accelerator 2023 edition.

Orbit8 team members (from left to right): Voldemars Bredikis, Dr. Frank Danesy, Pauls Irbins, Aina Špaca, Edgars Alberts
Orbit8 team members (from left to right): Voldemars Bredikis, Dr. Frank Danesy, Pauls Irbins, Aina Špaca, Edgars Alberts

About Orbit8

Orbit8 is an digital career assistant powered by Artificial Intelligence. It collects information from people about their natural talents, abilities they were born with, natural personality traits, and interests to predict their career directions and then match them with their best career options. 

Meet Pauls Irbins

Pauls is a visionary entrepreneur with a unique blend of passions for education and space exploration. He provides diverse educational opportunities for young people. His influence in education is evident through the establishment of the science and curiosity centres in Latvia "Zili Brīnumi" and "ZINOO".

Pauls has been a driving force in the
Latvian Space Industry Association since 2018, demonstrating his commitment to the space sector in Latvia. With a solid background in business economics and a wealth of experience in the corporate world, he has the expertise to develop cross-sector solutions that have a positive impact on society at large.

Who is your team?

  • Pauls Irbins – CEO and co-founder, visionary leadership, methodical guidance
  • Voldemars Brēdiķis – co-founder, education expert, asset management
  • Aina Špaca – COO, oversight of operations, user experience
  • Edgars Alberts – CTO, system builder
  • Dr. Frank Danesy – methodology lead, researcher, former Head of Human Resourses, European Space Agency

What are the biggest challenges in digital education?

The educational system should be redesigned to meet better individual abilities, learning styles, talents and interests.
Learning should also be taken outside of the framework of traditional education, blurring the lines between formal schooling and the real world.

"Learning should be much more personal than what it is at the moment. It should be more about learning for yourself and for life, not just because everybody else is learning the same thing." - Pauls Irbins, the CEO and co-founder of Orbit8

How does your solution aim at fixing the challenges?

Orbit8 aims to support people at all stages of their careers.

Starting from childhood, where parents are provided with information about their child's abilities and talents, helping them to guide  their children towards career paths that are in line with their strengths and interests.

For universities Orbit8 offers a platform that assesses students' abilities, allowing to direct them towards courses that match their full potential, supports dropout prevention and ensures that students are on  track forsuccessful careers.

In the corporate world, Orbit8 serves as a valuable tool for organisations providing them with a platform that helps them diagnose the skills and personality traits of their employees in order to find the most suitable roles.

How can the accelerator programme support you?

We hope that the programme will help us to focus on what is important and push us forward to get the results we want.
We’re also looking forward to the networking opportunities that the programme and the Hub offers.
We wish to find experts who could help us develop our business model or even find partners with whom we can do business. We’re also looking forward to the testing possibilities with partners across Europe through the programme.

What are the next steps for your team?

  • Finish the testing phase and build an MVP that is highly appealing and relevant to our target users, paving the way for broader adoption and success in the European education market.  
  • Add gamification elements to make the solution more appealing and engaging for younger users and improve user experience.
  • Establish a strong customer base within a wide range of educational establishments across Europe.

Keen to join?

If you’re interested in joining the Accelerator Programme, make sure to apply to the next edition in spring 2024.

Tagged in:  Innovation accelerator
Published:  21 Dec 2023