Kazan, Russia

March 22, 2017

At a Startup Sauna Local Event, early stage startups will receive honest feedback and advice from coaches who are experienced serial entrepreneurs and investors. By impressing the coaches, attending startups have the opportunity to be shortlisted for the Startup Sauna spring 2017 acceleration program held May 2nd – June 16th in Helsinki, Finland.


Details & Schedule

  • Deadline:
    March 15, 2017
  • Contact person:
    Adeliya Giiniyatullina, Giniyatullina.A@tatar.ru
  • Selected startups will be notified at least four days prior to the event.

  • Schedule:

    09:30 – Doors open

    10:00 – Introduction

    10:30 – Startups pitch (3min/team)

    12:30 – Lunch break

    13:00 – 1on1 coaching (selected startups)

    13:00 – Talks/roundtables (rest of startups)

    16:00 – Wrap-up


Anton Grachev
Industry Expert

Anton has a degree in banking, economics and marketing. He has embarked upon a career in the Elemte investment company and within two years became the Head of OTC Transactions department. After that he had been appointed as the Deputy Director at Treasury Department in Tatfondbank (one of the largest banks of the region). In 2008 he started a new challenge as a car retail business and became the COO of Autolife-group. Since 2012 Anton Grachev has been involved in IT after being invited as COO in ‘The Centre of Information Technologies of the Republic of Tatarstan’ where he managed the project of the future IT-capital of Russia Innopolis.

Since 2013 Anton Grachev has been the CEO of the High technology IT park. In just a few years IT Park has become one of the most effective technology parks in Russia according to ICT Ministry of the Russian Federation.

Paolo Borella
Industry Expert

Paolo is CEO & Co-founder of Vertical Health accelerator, where is heading the acceleration program. Paolo has been involved in business acceleration and startups for several years; as Director of AppCampus the Aalto University-Microsoft-Nokia program with a 21M€ fund he helped accelerate the Windows Phone ecosystem across the world. His previous work included running a 7 million people, 10M USD/year online community as a Vice President at Fox Mobile Distribution in Germany. 

Earlier Paolo spent 12 years at Nokia serving as Director for Go-ToMarket of Services and Software, spending five years in Singapore and 2 to 6 months in 10 other countries. Earlier in his career he developed his Change Management and Process Improvement skills with General Electrics, working in the ED&C Business in Italy and with a six-month rotation in the Corporate Audit Staff based in Albany, USA.

Besides his passion for helping create new business and develop existing ones, Paolo is a triathlete and has a sweet tooth for sports related business and watches.

Uliana Anufrieva
Industry Expert

Uliana is the Head of Tatarstan export support center. In past, she was the Head of investment and innovation activity of the Committee for Economic Development of Kazan, co-producer of figure skating and short track speed skating at Sochi Winter Olympic, head of External Relations Department at Pulsar Venture.

Mike Bradshaw
Industry Expert

Mike Bradshaw (@ ymb) is an evangelist for Solu (http://solu.co). Mike can often be found coaching early stage start-ups and entrepreneurs in the fundamentals of pitching. The one true way to annoy Mike, is to read "bullet point" slides during a pitch (as bullet point slides are a crime against Humanity). In his free time Mike is; a Coach at StartupSauna, a co-driver with the Travelling Salesman project, curator of the Helsinki StartupDigest, enthusiastic visitor of sauna, beer drinker and the holder of a British passport.

Gumar Kadyrov
Industry Expert

Gumar is an expert in small innovative companie's operations. Co-organizer of the KAZANSUMMIT, summit of Islamic business and finance and the director of LLC Linova-Trade.  The Russia's first halal logistic complex - the Kazan Halal Hub was organized together with the Global Halal Ventures Fund (Malaysia, Bahrain) and with assistance of the Group of Islamic Development Bank. He is also the cofounder, finance director (CFO) of "Transferred Energy Group" (UAE). The company supports all development stages and implementation of projects in the territory of the Emirates, including legal and allowing documents, preparation and legal attending of contracts. The director of the branch of the World congress of Tatars in the United Arab Emirates.

Yaroslav Shvetsov
Industry Expert

Yaroslav is a business analyst and a consultant for business process optimization and brand strategy. He is helping with attracting investments in technological projects. Partner, leading expert of the consulting project company Digital Mission, regional representative of KamaFlow investment company. He was also head of one of the best regional design bureaus "Knock Knock", the largest federal Business incubator in the IT park (Kazan) and subdividing of IFC Bankorp.

Matti Kari

I'm a serial (and parallel) entrepreneur by heart. In 2001, ended up co-founding the first really popular social networking, service in Finland, IRC-Galleria; some 80% of 13-25 year old Finns spent on average 45 minutes daily on the site - and that was before mobile Internet! I've later co-founded a few companies and I also help some more as an advisor. My other passion is music and especially vintage music electronics, and as sort-of-hobby-business I run a recording studio and repair shop for vintage keyboards, tube amplifiers, open-reel tape recorders and such.

Mikhail Sverdlov
Industry Expert

In 2010 graduated from the Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University. In 2012 defend Master of International Management in the Business School in Austria. He is fond of managerial psychology, supports and implements socially important and improvement initiatives. Founder of couple successful business projects covering more than 50 cities within CIS. Evangelist of lean startup methodology and customer development.
The international experience gained in countries such as Austria, Hungary, Germany, Israel, USA, Ukraine.

Before the banking sector was head of IT-projects, administrative director, business consultant, coach, designer, programmer, published newspapers and magazines.

Since 2013 come back Russia led the Innovation and technology department in the Ural Bank for Reconstruction and Development (Top-25 Russian Rating, Top-5 Innovations Russian Banks), in 2015 became Chief Director of IT Strategic Development Department.
January 2017 moved to Innopolis city, where started work and Chief Information Technology Officer of the City.