• Cristobal Alonso

    Cristobal Alonso

    Telenor Denmark Chief Transformation Officer and Program Director for European Transformation program, is an experienced Global Executive and INSEAD MBA. Cristobal has spent over 10 years in different executive roles in the TMT space and has himself launched 2 startups in the past years; series A funded mmCHANNEL and mmC Group. He sits on the boards of several startups as Mobofree (Chairman), Sellfy, ETFMatic, Llamas Valley and Geosophic among others and it is a regular mentors to CEOs across Europe

  • Sergey Gribov

    Sergey Gribov

    Sergey Gribov is a technology entrepreneur with 20 years of experience. Over the years he participated as a founder or top manager in many startups in USA, Israel and Russia. Sergey has a lot of experience in IT, across such sectors as software development, VoIP, bioinformatics, finance, internet, social networks and e-commerce. Today Sergey is Managing Partner at Startup Access, angel investor and also taking part in top management / board of several startups in IT/Internet space, as well as consulting / mentoring different companies in Russia and USA. Sergey holds an MBA from MIT and B.Sc. in Computer Science, Cum Laude from Beer-Sheva University. 

  • Tiit Paananen

    Tiit joined Skype 2005 as a test director after 10 years in leading companies in Software Development and Engineering Operations roles in Estonia and Baltics. In Skype he was responsible for Software Quality Assurance and testing for 7 years. Last 2 years as General Manager of Skype Estonia he coordinated also Engineering L&D, onboarding and community mgmt globally for Skype.

    Currently Tiit participates in Estonian Development Fund as Entrepreneur in Residence. Tiit advises the Smart Specialization and Startup Estonia program teams. His tasks involve structuring the smart specialization activities, in addition to increasing local and international coordination and collaboration.
  • Jevgeni Kabanov

    Jevgeni Kabanov

    Jevgeni Kabanov is the founder and CTO of ZeroTurnaround (www.zeroturnaround.com), a development tools company that focuses on productivity. Before that he worked as the R&D director of Webmedia, Ltd, the largest custom software development company in the Baltics. As part of the effort to reduce development time turnaround he wrote the prototype of the ZeroTurnaround flagship product, JRebel, a class reloading JVM plugin. LinkedIn
  • Mike Reiner

    Mike Reiner

    Mike is the co-founder and ex MD of Startup Wise Guys and now covers venture capital business development for Amazon-AWS in EMEA. He is also a founding partner at CCC Startups and Startup AddVenture. An ex-IBMer with a passion for bright ideas and business model innovation, Mike worked in M&A and managed large transformation programs and innovation projects. He has worked with many startups around the globe and is a mentor at various incubators/accelerators across Europe.
  • Tobias Stone

    Tobias Stone

    Tobias Stone is co-founder of EyeFocus Accelerator, a specialist digital health accelerator. It is the first accelerator to address eye-care, and is a new model of accelerator aimed at building ecosystems, that will be rolled out to cover different sectors of healthcare. Tobias advises a number of other accelerators and startups, as well as doing academic research into innovation and accelerators.
  • Jon Bradford

    Jon Bradford

    Jon is an "old-fish" at startup accelerators. He is MD & Co-Founder of TechStars London (Formerly Springboard) based in Cambridge and London, UK; Partner in the TexDrive (Moscow). Jon founded the Difference Engine, Europe's first acceleration programme, which he re-invented into ignite100 - Europe's only £1m accelerator. Jon is also an advisor to the RockStart Accelerator (Amsterdam) and Startup Highway (Lithuania). Jon originally trained as an accountant with Arthur Andersen, and worked for various start-ups and turnarounds, in London, Europe, Australia and  US. Twitter Linkedin
  • Gareth Gumbley

    Gareth Gumbley

    Gareth has a successful track record of growing start up companies, creating growth strategies and executing M&A across the globe. An active investor in a number of disruptive businesses, Gareth is spending most of his time leading a digital finance business called MYJAR that is tackling the UK consumer financial services market, a market that is long overdue a shake up. As an early force in the internet payments sector he went on to apply his experience in prepaid, stored value, loyalty and business finance transactions spanning the electronic payments spectrum. Gareth currently holds a number of Board roles and has previously held Executive positions for NASDAQ and NYSE listed businesses. An inspiring and passionate leader who loves tomentor and see teams, companies and people develop.
  • Kristjan Konks

    Kristjan Konks

    Kristjan is serial entrepreneur with background in transportation, vehicles, parking and IT. Co-founder and investor in several startups, mostly specializing in UI, UX, sales, marketing, team-building and management. Passionate about intelligent technologies and automation.
  • Burton Lee PhD MBA

    Burton Lee PhD MBA

    Stanford Engineering School | Innovarium Ventures

    Based in Silicon Valley, Burton is Managing Director at Innovarium Ventures, a senior financial, technical and strategic advisory services firm that works closely with European and Valley startups, investors, universities and corporations. He is also a Lecturer at Stanford University in the Engineering School, where he teaches and does research on European entrepreneurship and innovation. Burton is also a startup mentor at Seedcamp in London, and with Innovation Center Denmark in Silicon Valley.
    Linkedin Twitter
  • Alex Barrera

    Alex Barrera

    Chief WOWness @ press42.com (@42press), columnist @KernelMag, Board advisor @wantmegetme. Cofounder @tetuanvalley. @startupdigest curator in Madrid.
  • Andrey Kessel

    Andrey Kessel

    Andrey’s experience is a combination of investing into and working in startups. During his time with Amadeus Capital Partners, Andrey has worked as an investor and Board member with a number of investments, mergers, exits, company development, etc. Prior to Amadeus, Andrey gained substantial operational experience in technology start-ups, which covered most aspects of establishing and running a business, business development, managing offices, teams or projects. Linkedin
  • Kristoffer Lawson

    Kristoffer Lawson


    an unrepentant entrepreneur with a long background in product and technology innovation. He was a key founder of bank disruptor Holvi, where he built many of the core technologies, the user interface and developed the messaging and sales channels as the key evangelist. He is also founder of the largest digital art festival in the Nordics, The Alternative Party. 

    He relaxes by running the Traveling Salesman blog, which meticulously documents startups of the world through crazy expeditions. In addition to being a stubborn perfectionist in usability, he has coded in almost everything from Motorola 68k assembler to Self. He is an active in the demoscene hacker community, loves Doctor Who, listens to too much avant-garde electronic music, and drives a Caterham 7.

    LinkedIn Twitter

  • Andris K. Berzins

    Andris K. Berzins

    Andris is incubating his own startup, a digital loyalty and referral platform that will change the way cafes, bars and restaurants identify and interact with their guests. His background includes C-level positions at AeroScout and Livebookings, covering marketing, business development, sales and product management. He has seen venture-funded startups through all stages of growth from foundation to maturity. Andris has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and likes to remember that there are places on earth where you can ride a bicycle in shorts every day.
  • Christian Testman

    Christian Testman

    Christian is an industrialist with both international corporate experience as well as an angel investor and serial founder. An economist by education, he started his career at Tandberg (Cisco) and went on to found the global Ericsson mobile e-commerce unit. During the Internet boom years he served as EVP of FAST Search & Transfer (Microsoft Enterprise Search). He then invested his time and money into startup companies like Paradial (Logitech), before forming the ICD group of companies in 2011. His passion for mobile payment and security shows through companies like Authente, Encap & TrustNorway@ChrisTestman Linkedin
  • Andrey Sergeyev

    Andrey Sergeyev

    Andrey is an entrepreneur, digital strategist and an energetic motivational speaker with more than 17 years experience building successful businesses in Europe and Russia. He was actively involved in building the largest social networks in Russia and Eastern Europe as part of Forticom management team (eg. Odnoklassniki.ru with 70 mln users at that time) and later served as a strategy advisor to the fast-growing regional bank in Russia - “Bank Saint-Petersburg”. Currently he lectures and leads workshops on Digital Transformation & Strategy, 1st Class Customer Experience, Effective Time Management and Goal Setting & Achievement. He continues to advise companies on strategy, marketing, and business development in digital space. 
  • Michael Geer

    Michael Geer

    Michael Geer is a Techstars mentor, a Board Advisor to several startups, teaches popular SkillShare classes on user acquisition and leads a social good for-profit meetup in NYC. MG has recently started a new venture as Founder of CauseCart - focusing on allowing users to raise funds for their chosen cause without donating any of their own time or money (launching soon)
  • Daniel Blomquist

    Daniel Blomquist

    Daniel joined Creandum in 2007 and brings solid start-up experience from the software and telecom industry. He focuses primarily on software and consumer and is involved with companies such as Aito, itslearning, Wrapp, iZettle and more. Prior to joining Creandum, he was VP at Ascade, a telco software company where he was responsible for product marketing and business development.
  • Steve Taylor

    I am a hands-on advisor, part-time and interim leader, investor and mentor for startups. My main focus is on companies in the social, content, publishing, advertising & media, and education spaces. I frequently work with quasi-public bodies such as NESTA and Creative England in the UK and the British Council in developing economies, and with incubators/accelerators wherever they happen to be. Sychronicity and serendipity have led to me having good friends, interesting networks and a fond affinity for the Baltic and Nordic regions. I try to work there as often as I can.
    Specialties: Business support for startups. Business strategy & planning for startups. Brand & proposition development Building management teams Mentoring entrepreneurs
  • Jennifer Hicks

    Jennifer Hicks

    Forbes.com contributor and Founder & Head of Digital at ink Communications, Jennifer is an entrepreneur, global nomad, cocktail detective, distance swimmer, news & tech junkie, tweet merchant, beagle lover. Georgia girl – via Boston, Amsterdam, France, Italy, Copenhagen now living in Paris. Also, she fights your battles for you, clear cuts her way through the messaging swamp to make sure you have the best vantage point.

    Specialties: Strategy, Storytelling, Messaging, Writing, Promotion

  • Yuriy Zaytsev

    Yuriy Zaytsev

    Partner lead, Central & Eastern Europe Developer & Platform Evangelism division
    Yuriy is currently responsible for developing Microsoft’s ecosystem of application partners in Central and Eastern Europe. His focus is on helping others build successful businesses using Microsoft’s technologies. Yuriy has 15 years of experience in technology world. Prior to current role he held several positions in Microsoft, including running business development team chasing high-profile early adoption customers in Europe. Linkedin 
  • Colette Ballou

    Colette Ballou

    I am the founder Ballou PR, which focuses on high-growth companies in technology and health IT. We've got offices in London & Paris. With the Ballou PR team, we’ve had a string of well-documented client success stories including the exit of Musiwave for $100M+ and the successful entry of Facebook into France. Along the way, we've redefined PR to include social media at its core.
    Twitter Linkedin
  • Alan Moore

    Alan Moore

    Alan is a charismatic visionary who has a firm grasp of the significant and disruptive trends which are currently reshaping our world. Through his most recent project No Straight Lines: making sense of our non-linear world, he interprets these complex themes into their most salient points, taking concepts from various sources and detecting the previously hidden relationship between them. Twitter Linkedin
  • Manu Mäkelä

    Manu Mäkelä is co-founder of Conor Venture Partners, and has worked in technology venture capital for more than ten years. He came to Conor from Holtron Ventures, a Finnish venture capital company, where he held the position of Investment Director. Prior to Holtron, he worked as Investment Director for Eqvitec Partners, a Finnish venture capital company, and as Financial Analyst for Eqvitec Advisors, a joint venture between Eqvitec Partners and Robertson Stephens, a US based investment bank.
  • Anthony Hicks

    Anthony Hicks

    Anthony is a software developer with over fifteen years’ experience in web based application development encompassing a broad range of programming languages, technology vendors and techniques. Throughout his career he has worked in solution architecture and technical consulting to a variety of industry sectors, building a range of bespoke applications in the secure web, intranet, knowledge sharing, collaboration and mobile spaces. Now at PayPal, he works with strategic partners integrating PayPal’s APIs. 
  • Viesturs Sosārs

    Viesturs Sosārs

    Viesturs has led the growth of this audio technology startup to a successful licensing business to global consumer electronics businesses such as Panasonic, JVC Kenwood and Hitachi. Viesturs is also co-founder of TechHub Riga, board member and advisor for several startups. His roles: entrepreneur, executive, investment consultant, VC fund manager, and business angel. Industries: speciality IT, audio engineering, cleantech/ renewables, med/pharma. Core competencies: strategy, B2B business models, tech transfer & licensing, financial strategy and models, building of teams.
  • Mikko Suonenlahti

    Mikko Suonenlahti

    30 years of global management experience in business building, of which over 15 years as a successful “hands on” venture capitalist in the US and in Europe and 10 years in operations.
  • Allan Martinson

    Allan Martinson

    Technology investor & serial entrepreneur focusing on North-East Europe. 
    Allan has been investing in and managing the largest internet & high-tech success stories in the Baltics: Baltic News Service (after >20 years of existence still the dominant news agency in the region), MicroLink (the largest Baltic IT and technology group), Delfi (the largest portal in the Baltics), SAF Tehnika (the first listed technology company in the Baltics), MTVP, Cherry Media. Linkedin 
  • Priit Salumaa

    Priit Salumaa

    Priit is the Co-founder of Mooncascade, a mobile enthusiast, and a software engineer with 12 years of experience in the industry. He is the Co-founder of Garage48 and Mobile Monday Estonia chapter being active in Baltic startup community since 2007. He is a valued technical mentor at hackathons in the region. Priit is also known as a photographer and a poet, a member at the scandalous Tartu Young Authors Association.
  • Thom Cummings

    Thom Cummings

    SoundCloud is the world’s leading social sound platform where anyone can create sounds and share them everywhere. Thom leads the Marketing team at SoundCloud, where he has helped the company grow from 750k to over 10m users since joining in early 2010. Thom has an MBA from IESE in Barcelona and has a track record of delivering data-driven insights for scaling businesses including Betfair & MadBid.
  • Herty Tammo

    Herty Tammo

    Entrepreneur since 1995. Angel investment experience since 2007. Partner at United Tickets, PoohTech, and many other companies, President at Estonian Startup Leaders Club. Founder of Start-up Wise Guys
  • Ivar Siimar

    Ivar Siimar

    Ivar has experience in investments, advisory and consultations field. He has held several managerial positions in property development, sales and marketing. He has also a firsthand experience with successful implementation of cross-border online database systems. With WNB they have invested in many StartUps where Ivar is active board and councile member. Ivar is a fan of simplification and modeling. Linkedin 
  • Jaak Laineste

    Jaak Laineste

    One of the founders and CTO of Reach-U (part of Regio), one of the world leading location-based solution providers for Ericsson and mobile operators (1999-2006).Founder of several startups, currently working with Nutiteq, mobile mapping technology provider for smartphones. Linkedin 
  • Lauri Antalainen

    Lauri Antalainen

    Lauri Antalainen is a serial entrepreneur. In 2004 he founded the consultancy Advisio and served as a CEO until the beginning of 2010. By then it was one of the largest consultancies in Estonia with 20 full-time employees. Advisio helps startups and other companies to raise money from funds, VC-s, angels, banks and private equity. In 2011 Lauri co-founded another start-up, LogistIT, and serves as a Member of Board there.
  • Martin Villig

    Martin Villig

    Internet Entrepreneur and Project Manager for last 15 years. Martin have started 5 different companies and inbetween worked for Tallinn Stock Exchange and Skype. Currently leading Product Engineering team of Eqvilibria, a startup company building turnkey customizable e-commerce platforms for large Russian banks and media companies. Also co-founder of Estonian Startup Leaders Club and Garage48 Foundation.  Twitter Linkedin
  • Paul Smith

    Paul Smith

    Paul Smith is the Programme Director of ignite100, an award winning writer and radio producer, and co-founder of Never Odd Or Even, a mobile development company. In March 2009, Paul created the Twitchhiker project, an attempt to travel to the opposite side of the world relying on kindness and goodwill of Twitter users. The project won a Shorty Award in March 2010 and was published as a book in August 2010.
  • Rokas Tamošiūnas

    Rokas Tamošiūnas

    At StartupHighway Rokas takes the steering wheel behind a new and ambitious initiative to bring world-class best practices to entrepreneurs of the region. 
  • Timo Rein

    Timo Rein

    Co-Founder & CEO of Pipedrive, Co-Founder Vain & Partners (leading Sales Training company in the Baltics), Top 1% door-to-door Salesman with Southwestern Company.
  • Yrjö Ojasaar

    Yrjö Ojasaar

    Developing technology projects by finding leadership, advisors and financing for startup technology companies. Applying experiences with entrepreneurship, corporate governance, carrying out fundraising, M&A, IPOs to help prepare European startups for international success.
  • Timo Ahopelto

    Timo Ahopelto

    Timo has a unique track record of product creation, sales, marketing and fund raising in the health and digital media industries. He was the founding CEO of CRF Health, the global leader in eDiaries for clinical trials. As Blyk's Head of Strategy, Timo was responsible for its ad business, country expansion and funding. Timo's free time flies with family, in Lapland and with various sports.
  • Kristjan Hiiemaa

    Kristjan Hiiemaa

    Summary Business software (ERP) specialist with broad experience in all aspects of accounting, inventory, document and financial management. Direct experience with databases (Oracle, MySQL, MS Sql), software consulting and hosting facilities. Managed teams up to 50 members. Specialities in brand building, web applications, sales and marketing, server and software architecture, ERP, POS, point of sale 
  • Alexander Novozhenov

    Alexander Novozhenov

    Alexander has been leading the biggest online games company in the Baltics since 2006, managing over 100 people in Latvia and the Ukraine. Launched successful game projects with distribution in more than 21 countries. Alexander received a master’s degree in IT and additionally is experienced in the financial sphere. In depth knowledge of international online marketing, sales, strategy business development and especially in dealing with Russian and CIS markets.
  • Martin Koppel

    Martin Koppel

    Martin brings 8 years of management, sales and marketing experience from different start-ups and holds a MSc in Marketing and Business Administration. At Fortumo he helps online and mobile game developers to maximize their revenue via mobile payments.
  • Adil Mohammed

    Adil Mohammed

    Adil has been involved with the web for the last 12 years in a variety of roles. The very first was EnTrip - Seedcamp finalist in 2008 and winner in WIT Singapore. Adil then started up a digital agency called InnozonAdil also created an independent production company, Cinema 54Adil continues to be a champion of the small start up and with his partner Ian Broom, co founded Launch48
  • Robert Lees

    Robert Lees

    Robert joined Strata at the start of 2009 and focuses primarily on the software and IT & outsourcing services industries. He has been worked in investment banking field since 1995 and his speciality has been software and IT & outsourcing. He has been working on both sides of the atlantic ocean. Robert has acted on a variety of buyside and sellside M&A transactions, including LBOs and privatisations, as well as a number of IPOs and other equity capital markets transactions -  E4.3bn LBO of Amadeus Global Travel Distribution S.A.; Misys plc; Hellman & Friedman's UK; Vista Equity's sale of SER Solutions Inc. to Gores Group. At Strata, he has advised companies such as Amadeus IT Group, Aurix, Fits.me, Oxatis and WorldOne on M&A and Capital Raisings. Linkedin
  • George Berkowski

    George Berkowski

    George was WooMe’s (sold to @Zoosk.com) Co-founder and Product Director. Under his lead, WooMe built a reputation as one of the most innovative social dating and video chat sites on the web. 
    Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum UK (now part of the MIT Technology Review Magazine Network), seasoned startup guy, always neck-deep in a new venture or two. Now he is founder @NotHotel and head of Product HAILO.
  • Mat Clayton

    Mat Clayton

    Mat builds social things with code and is a co-founder of Mixcloud, a UK based start-up aimed at changing the Radio industry. Mixcloud is re-thinking radio by joining the dots between radio shows, Podcasts and DJ mixes.
  • Andrus Oks

    Andrus is an investment manager at Estonian Development Fund. He has been investing in and managing some of most remarkable high-tech companies in Estonia: Fits.me (technology leader in online visualization tools for apparel retailers); GrabCAD (online community of engineers, TechStars alumni), Sportlyzer (AI based online sports advisory, SeedCamp finalist), Modesat (leading player in mobile backhaul space); Realeyes (leader in eye-tracking and emotion measurement); SelfDiagnostics (developer of home test kit for infectious diseases); Myoton (developer of a novel diagnostic device). His interests lie in the cross roads of startups, venture capital, behavioral finance and sports. Linkedin
  • Stanislav Ivanov

    Stanislav Ivanov

    Stanislav professional experience comes from telecom and IT industry always leading teams involved in innovative projects, such as introduction to the market SMS and WAP services in late 90'es and more recent implementation of biometric face recognition solution for governmental security systems. He also knows pain and joy of being entrepreneur. Currently at Development Fund is involved with evaluation of investment prospects, preparation of investment decisions and management of portfolio companies to ensure designed execution and growth. Linkedin
  • Andres Susi

    Andres Susi

    Andres has extensive experience in social networking and consumer internet. Co-founded Flirtic.com in late 2010 -  disruptive online dating space. Raised seed financing from Almaz Cisco fund, recruited April Henry, VP of Yahoo, as independent board member and gained around 300,000 users over 12 months. In 2010 he co-founded Cherry Media Group, which is today one of the largest internet companies in Baltic states with 65 employees. Cherry Media Group partnered up with Slevomat Group in Dec 2011 creating one of the largest daily deal companies in CEE, with 60m EUR turnover in 2011. Andres is partner at MTVP - investment company targeting growth stage internet companies. @andressusi  Linkedin 
  • Andrus Purde

    Andrus Purde

    Seasoned startup marketer. Currently launching RecoWorks and marketing Pipedrive, previously Skype, Flattr, Click & Grow et al.
  • Ivo Remmelg

    Ivo Remmelg

    12 years of experience in Telecoms company management and strategic planning. 5 years experience in accounting. 8 years of experience in Enterprise communications. 1-year experience in training Telecom specialists in Finland. Experiences in successful startups, mergers, acquisitions and sell-offs.  Author of the 6 patents.  
  • Tarmo Tael

    Tarmo Tael

    In 2002, Tarmo graduated from the TTK University of Applied Sciences as a transport and logistics engineer. He joined DPD Estonia courier logistics company in 2001 (then BLS Eesti Ltd) as a sales representative. Later, he moved on to leading the sales and marketing department. Since 2006, he is the CEO and chairman of DPD Eesti. Until 2010 Tarmo Tael acted as a board member of the Estonian Logistics and Freight Forwarding Association. Since 2009, he has been a board member of the Tallinn School of Transportation. Linkedin
  • Marvin Liao

    Marvin Liao

    Marvin is an experienced client-facing senior executive in the media and technology space in both large and start up growth companies, having managing large multifunctional teams across multiple countries. He has P&L management experience and most recently responsible for 100% revenue growth while running a business unit and building new sales channels in EMEA & the Emerging Markets regions for the last ~4 years. 10.5 year veteran of Yahoo! Inc., Marvin has held roles in the various departments of Sales, Business Development, Ad Operations and Marketing. Most of his roles were regional or global management roles giving him extensive experience working in every region of the world. He presently sits on the advisory boards of several companies in Adtech & Advertising industry.
    @marvinliao Linkedin
  • Amid Moradganjeh

    Amid Moradganjeh

    Amid Moradganjeh is a multidisciplinary designer with Interaction Design, Industrial Design and engineering backgrounds. Influenced by human centered approach in Scandinavian design and his current position at the global design and innovation firm, IDEO, he is primarily interested in exploring and developing human oriented approaches to advance design innovation at the confluence of people, technology and contemporary lifestyle.
  • Allan Young

    Allan Young

    Currently in development

    Allan Young is currently founder of Runway, one of the largest incubators in San Francisco. He is also a founder of CallSocket, a next generation call center. He was most recently a founder at a Y Combinator company called LaunchHear. He used to run a venture fund which achieved three large IPOs.
    LinkedIn Twitter
  • Allan Lees

    Allan Lees


    Allan Lees has 24+ years in hi-tech. Founder/CEO of three venture-backed start-up companies (2 acquired). Expertise in B2B, enterprise software, cloud services, security, mobile, telecoms, financial services. Strong operations focus on product management, marketing, sales, business development.
  • James York

    James York

    York Consulting

    James is a native New Yorker, with a sales and management background in real estate and financial services. As an independent business development consultant, he works with technology start-ups across multiple sectors in Tallinn, London and New York. A skilled communicator and facilitator with a talent for both strategy and execution, James leverages his love of business, people skills and his in-depth technical knowledge to bridge the gap between business and technical stakeholders (or what he likes to call "English-to-English Translation”). He is passionate about helping founders to build their business, achieving product-market fit and gaining early traction.

  • Dr. Winfried Richter

    Dr. Winfried Richter

    Winfried is an entrepreneur based in Stuttgart, Germany.  He operates as co-founder in startups and as an entrepreneurship guide for medium-sized companies. Corporate meets Startup: Currently Winfried is establishing the Institute for Business Innovation in Stuttgart, which strives for enabling established corporations in thinking/acting/being like a startup.

    Before, Winfried gained over twenty years of experience as executive and managing director in the German high-tech machine tool industry at Trumpf and Felss. He had a particularly international focus and set marks in the fields of strategy, branding and leadership. By developing new and innovative business fields he repeatedly was able to set new trends.


  • Juan Sáenz-Diez

    Juan Sáenz-Diez

    Juan is a financial management consultant and entrepreneur, and has been helping technology based companies reach their financial objectives and find their financing since moving to San Francisco in 2006. Back in Europe, he now focuses on financial management for growth and robust and consistent business plans, advising business owners and investors and lecturing and mentoring at various accelerators and business schools. Before his phase in Silicon Valley, he started and managed two technology startups in the interactive graphics, virtual reality and military simulation industries. Juan is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), holds an Executive MBA from IE Business School and an Aeronautical Engineering degree.

  • Nicola Schirru

    Nicola Schirru

    Nicola is a marketing and business development professional with a solid experience in B2B within the internet of things and technology arena. Prior to current role, he worked for Texas Instruments, as freelance consultant for startups in The Netherlands, and for Telit in R&D department. Nicola holds an MBA, and B.Sc and M.Sc. (Hons) degrees in Electronics Engineering.
    Keywords: analytics, strategy, business planning, business modeling, determination, and fun!

  • Andrei Korobeinik

    Andrei Korobeinik

    Andrei Korobeinik is an Estonian computer programmer and entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Rate Solutions and Serenda Invest. He is better known as creator of Estonian social networking site, Rate.ee.
    Today he works on his social dating site Flirtic, is a president of Estonian Chess Union and a board member of Enterprise Estonia.

  • Christopher Muenchhoff

    Christopher Muenchhoff

    Private Investor

    Christopher Muenchhoff is an investor and business angel.
    He co-founded DealPilot.com, one of the first price search engines, in 1997 and exited the business to Shopping.com in 2001.He has further experience working with many entrepreneurs, investors and young companies over the last fifteen years.

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  • Chrysanthos Chrysanthou

    Chrysanthos Chrysanthou

    Chrys joined Accel in 2014 from Amazon Web Services where he led Business Development efforts of the startup ecosystem, across Europe, Middle East and Africa.  Prior to AWS he was COO of Living PlanIT, a B2B startup technology company enabling the development of intelligent and sustainable urban-scale environments.  Previously, Chrys worked at Cisco for approximately 10 years where he led Services-related investments and acquisitions worldwide.  At Cisco he also worked in the IT and Operations departments leading teams across large scale business process re-engineering and enterprise software migration projects.  He has lived and worked in Silicon Valley, UK, Portugal and India and led projects in the Middle East, South Africa, China and Singapore. Chrys holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego and an MBA from the Judge Business School at Cambridge University.

  • Darius Dunlap

    Darius Dunlap

    Darius is fascinated by technology that shapes our world, and by the connections it enables between people as they create and learn. He has a strong business foundation in international operations and management, product and service definition, and global business development as well as deep technical knowledge in internet technologies and across the hardware and software of computing systems from supercomputers to mobile devices.

  • George Singer

    George Singer

    An outstanding entrepreneur, wise lecturer and tech professional. Excellent mentor with wide scope knowledge and range of skills.

  • Indrek Jaaska

    Indrek Jaaska

    EcoFleet Holding

    Expert in sales and startup management, Indrek compliments mentor pool, with in-depth knowledge of managing companies and closing sales deals with an ease.

  • LeeAnne Haworth

    LeeAnne Haworth

    Haworth International

    Assist US and Baltic companies to develop international marketing opportunities and marketing strategies by conducting market research, devising market entry strategies, and identifying international partners and trade resources, and engaging in lead generation activities. Looking to leverage international business experience to support the international growth and success of Pittsburgh companies.

    Specialties: program/project management, international market research/analysis, international marketing, lead generation, international business matchmaking, international business strategy, US market entry, startup consulting, marketing and localization.

  • Liam Carroll

    Liam Carroll

    Skilled developer and startup founder, who has previously worked in AOL and Orange and has trimmed his skills in strategical partnerships development and providing strategic analyse for business development and operations. 

  • Paula Marttila

    Paula Marttila

    Paula helps early stage Internet companies, having previously developed digital media and consumer Internet solutions within Nordic’s largest media house Schibsted. She is a frequent mentor at Seedcamp startup accelerator, focusing on product, marketing, and growth. She has been selected as Top 100 Women in Tech in Europe.

    Paula is one of the connectors and influencers on the European early stage startups scene, and is often found at startup conferences, competitions and hackathons as judge and speaker. As tech writer she has been covering startups since 2009.

  • Peeter Mark

    Peeter Mark

    Experienced manager and entrepreneur with a track-record in B2B sales & marketing and IT-development coordination in large enterprises or in startups including the following examples:
    - CEO and Founder of Cloutex.com.
    - Managed and built up Microlink (the largest IT-company in Baltics) branch in Lithuania. Microlink’s success in Lithuania raised the attractiveness and valuation of the Microlink acquired by the US corporation entering Baltics.

  • Peter Kadas

    Peter Kadas

    As a newborn investor with 20+ years of experience in entrepreneurship, Peter has helped early stage startup companies looking to connect with their customers in more innovative and exciting ways and grow their business in the United States.
    Besides his roles as a VC he is  trying hard giving back to the Hungarian and the global startup community through his blogs, Startupdate (in Hungarian) and the Traction Tribe Blog (in English). 

  • Priit Kallas

    Priit Kallas

    Priit's passion is social media, and having over 15 years of experience shows it well. He has a numerous list of success stories from his clients, popular articles and blog posts to educate that has over 100 000 readers, and DreamGrow company to work on daily bases.

  • Ragnar Sass

    Ragnar Sass

    Ragnar Sass is a serial startup entrepreneur and co-founder of a simple CRM software called Pipedrive and a startup boot camp Garage48. 
    He is also loving to advise others and share experience where it could help. He is mentoring startup founders regularly.
    Specialities: startups, marketing, startup-events, lean startup, accelerators/incubators, raising investment, hiring, getting traction, media, PR

  • Raido Pikkar

    Raido Pikkar

    Former CEO position in the Baltic Hotel Group was preceded by a international career in hotel business with extra focus on revenue management and internet sales. 
    Position was quit to start a IT field start-up venture and this has led to being a serial entrepreneur in the field. Evangelizing the Nordic and Estonian startup scene as one side effect.
    Specialties:leadership, team-building, strategy analysis, roadmap and focus, KPI, venture capital and pitches

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  • Roy Vella

    Roy Vella

    His passion is growing businesses at the convergence of online, mobile and financial services, specializing in businesses that intersect digital and physical activities. As a master of metaphor and engaging storyteller. He has a a history of creating teams and operating new digital services that deliver remarkable user experiences and generating real revenue across multiple countries.
    His objective is to create possibilities through people, products and partnerships and I have consistent results in developing ideas into businesses and individuals into teams. His particular expertise is in being a strong customer advocate to bridge the gap between engineering 
    vision and market reality.

  • Soren Hejnfelt

    Soren Hejnfelt

    Soren gets hands on with business development either in startups or large corporations. Besides running a Cloutex SaaS company, he also is an active mentor for startups.

  • Telemachus Luu

    Telemachus Luu


    Telemachus is responsible for NephoScale's technological vision, product strategy, and technical operations. Prior to co-founding NephoScale, he spent 6 years at GoGrid in senior management roles within Finance, Product Development, and Engineering. He was instrumental in defining GoGrid’s architecture, features, and go-to-market strategy. At NephoScale and at GoGrid, he has worked with over a thousand technology startups in helping them deliver their products & services onto robust, scalable, and secure infrastructure platforms.
    Prior to GoGrid, Telemachus spent 7 years designing large scale networks for a portal company, systems integration firm, and his own consultancy.
    Telemachus earned an MBA from Santa Clara’s Leavey School of Business with a concentration in Finance, and a BA in Economics from U.C. Berkeley.

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  • Eero Tohver

    Eero Tohver

    Eero has been manager, business developer and entrepreneur more than 20 years. Today he is running IT company Uptime, a 70 people strong software development and IT services company. He is also been active angel investor and mentor for many start-ups.

  • Tarvo Tamm

    Tarvo Tamm

    Tarvo  has been been working with various start-ups over last 12 years.  After graduating from Tartu University  he joined as a procurement manager for EU funded research infrastructure upgrading  programme. After that he worked as a manager at technology transfer unit at Tallinn University of Technology. Between 2004- 2014 Tarvo was heading Connect Estonia network working with over 50 start-ups from different sectors. During 2008-2014 he has been also alumni activity co-ordinator for Ajujaht start-up contest. During 2013-2014 Tarvo has been also entrepeneurship lecturer at Tallinn University of Technology.  
    In April 2014 Tarvo joined a  newly established company in the health technology space. 

  • Emrah Yalaz

    Emrah Yalaz

    Emrah Yalaz is the co-founder of String Ventures, an Istanbul-based product design studio aimed at young startup ecosystems, focused on incubation and seed stage deals. Between 1998 and 2009, he designed, built and launched enterprise software products focused on data analytics, solving large quantitative problems rapidly. The hit product handles the life-cycle of a mortgage loan, and handles 6 of 10 mortgages originated in US.
  • Bob Mollen

    Bob Mollen

    Bob focuses his practice on international corporate and securities matters and legal crisis management.  He has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings, including matters involving regulated industries such as technology, multimedia, financial services, telecommunications and professional services. Bob has advised UK operator Virgin Media since 2005, including in its recent US$23 billion acquisition by Liberty Global, its prior dispositions of its content and broadcast assets, and certain other matters.

    Bob regularly advises technology and other companies, including early stage companies in a broad variety of sectors, in connection with their establishment and expansion of US operations.  He also advises clients on the US federal securities laws and their extraterritorial application, as well as economic sanctions and other trade regulatory matters. 

    Bob is a co-editor of "Coming to America: The Legal Basics” and works closely with various accelerators (including TechStars London and Barclays Accelerator) and government organizations to advise and mentor non-US companies considering US expansion. 

    Bob is recommended in M&A by the UK Legal Experts Guide and has been recognized by Legal 500. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

  • Hegle Sarapuu

    Hegle Sarapuu

    Hegle is an entrepreneur and one of the first UX designers in Estonia. She is the co-founder and Chief Experience Officer of Trinidad Consulting, the leading UX design and business analysis company in the region. Hegle has worked in the IT industry for more than 17 years and seen projects of all shapes and sizes.

    She spends most of her time helping companies build better products and services, while giving special attention to startups.  Bad UX is one of the main reasons companies fail. Hegle is here to help you build a great user experience and a great product. LinkedIn

  • Agur Jõgi

    Agur Jõgi

    Agur is innovator and creator. He likes to find out-of-box solutions for "impossible to solve goals". Start-uping and managing changes are situations he does enjoy most. But, he also know that processes are very much needed to keep company up and running later. As a manager he is passionate about coaching and leading people to help them to achieve more than they feel possible. Continuous learning is a natural part of development. Specialties: business negotiations, peoples management, coaching, mentoring, out-of-box thinking. LinkedIn
  • Siim Lepisk

    Siim Lepisk

    Siim started as a front-end developer back in 1997. Running various web-based businesses as an entrepreneur, refused a job offer from Skype back in 2005, but became an intrapreneur at top Estonia’s software company. Although managing system integration projects for hospitals, banks and air navigation services was a good responsibility, digital marketing turned out to be more exciting. Became responsible for the technical and Google teams for a London-based digital agency Blue Barracuda, which got acquired by FCB (Foote, Cone & Belding),  one of the largest global advertising agency networks. Currently running a pre-seed fund Prototron, doing business development for visual collaboration tool Deekit and a number of other startups.
  • Marek Mühlberg

    Marek Mühlberg

    Marek is the founder and manager of a boutique consultancy firm Nordmill Ventures. Previously he managed an incubator for technology based businesses at the Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol and oversaw a portfolio of 20+ startup companies across three verticals (ICT, healthtech, cleantech). In 2012 Marek launched Estonia’s first B2B news site for IT leaders in cooperation with a Bonnier Group subsidiary Äripäev AS. He has more than 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship and he is a certified executive coach.

  • Sven Lillepalu

    Sven Lillepalu

    Sven has been working in communication for over 10 years and held positions at both local as well as international companies/organizations operating in the industrial production, pharmaceutical, IT and NGO sectors. He has a strong track record working in matrix organisations and coordinating cross-border multicultural teams. He considers himself an open communicator with an eye for spotting possibilities for creating common understanding in hierarchic organizations where interests of different groups need to be taken into account. In recent years, he has also consulted various startups on message strategy and positioning and he is currently involved in business development of a few up-and-coming startups as well.

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