Startup Sauna: The Finnish incubator returns to Moscow!
On March 13, the Startup Sauna Warmup event was held in Moscow and the region’s best startups were announced. The winners of the “warm-up” will go to the famous Startup Sauna program in Helsinki.
Startup Sauna was launched in 2010 and is a public business incubator for promising startups in the seedling stage. New technology companies from Northern Europe, the Baltic States and Russia will take part in the event. Startup Sauna’s aim is to give talented teams the opportunity to study abroad and mix with large investors so that they can develop their company upon returning home. Startup Sauna is a bi-annual event. The HSE Incubator and Digital October are Startup Sauna’s partners in Moscow.
Moscow Startup Sauna Coaches:
Aape Pohjavirta — evangelist and VC, Member of the Board at Finnish Mobile Association;
Anna Nenakhova — Investments Director at VEB-Innovations;
Antti Ylimutka — co-CEO and Captain at Startup Sauna;
Ilkka Kivimäki — Startup Sauna Chief Coach, Board Member at Kibron Inc, Chairman at Valoya Oy, founder of Domino Mechanics Oy;
Inka Mero — entrepreneur and seed investor, co-founder of Koppicatch, board member at Teollisuussijoitus Oy, GWS Staffpoint, Cabforce;
Oleg Podsechin — пentrepreneur and startup adviser;
Lyubov Simonova — Principal at Almaz Capital Partners;
Jussi Harvela — ntrepreneur, founder of Veturi Venture Accelerator, advisory board member at TEKES TULI, Centre of Expertise Ubiquitous Computing & Digibusiness Program, and VTT Ventures;
Peter Tatischev — entrepreneur, Curator at Digital October;
Tuomas Kosonen — partner at Inventure;
Yuri Ammosov — Head of Innovations Department at the Analytical for the Government of the Russian Federation, Professor at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, serial entrepreneur;
Anton Abashkin — PricewaterhouseCoopers Russia Center for Technology and Innovation;
Vyacheslav Voronov — Global TechInnovations.
Startup Sauna Warmup is a day that allows startup owners to consult Finnish and Russian serial entrepreneurs, investors and market experts. Each team will start with a 3-minute project presentation in English. The top ten teams will progress to the next stage and be able to take part in 20-minute one-on-one training sessions with a mentor.
Startup Sauna head trainer Ilkka Kivimäki said: “It has been proven that taking part in this program helps teams to receive more opportunities for financing their activities. This in turn helps them develop their business idea and refine the team”. All participants must have a scalable business idea, a working prototype or finished product, and a team willing to work on the project.
The top 20 teams from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and other cities will then be picked to take part.