Kyiv, Ukraine

August 29, 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 fall 2017 acceleration program held Oct 16th – Dec 1st in Helsinki, Finland.


Details & Schedule

  • Deadline:
    August 22, 2017
  • Contact person:
  • 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


Oskari Lehtonen
Entrepreneur, Angel

Partner at Pivot5.

Kateryna Degytar
Startup Grind Kyiv

Incubation Program Director at 1991 Open Data Incubator, Startup Grind Kyiv director, mentor at E-Gap, Experiment42. Last year worked as business analyst at WannaBiz, Odessa based incubator and investment fund.

Since 2013 Kateryna has been actively engaged in startup community development as a co-organizer of iForum, MDDAY, and Startup Weekend. In 2010-2012 she lived in Istanbul to attain MBA degree at Sabanci University with a full merit based scholarship. Prior to that she worked for Extra Large LIR as a manager. Also, Kateryna is a yoga instructor with 12 years teaching experience. Kateryna is very attracted to building communities would it be yoga, or student organization, or IT and entrepreneurship. MBA in Istanbul was much more of a cultural and relations experience rather than a purely logics and maths one.

Max Pecherskyi

Max is a passionate SaaS entrepreneur whose mission is to connect professionals, SaaS companies, and startup hubs to help them form long-term relationships and sustainable win-win partnerships.

Max splits his time between Kiev, Helsinki, and San Francisco.

Current challenge: Connecting angel and institutional investors, co-founders, exceptional talent and partner companies across 3 countries (UA/FI/US) to make the venture succeed at global scale.

Prior to co-founding PromoRepublic, Max worked in marketing agencies for 10 years and was responsible for business development, digital marketing, and sales. He co-founded the digital agency and acquired accounts like Kimberly Clark, Danone, Philips, Ferrero, Johnsons&Johnsons, Henkel to name a few.

Fields of expertise: startups, strategic business development, enterprise sales, branding, digital marketing, fundraising.

Alex Grechanowski
Industry expert

Growth hacker with over 12 years of experience, 150+ projects under his belt, owner of Marketing Sutra (, a digital agency that loves helping founders build better products, find traction, and scale growth. Marketing / growth mentor at Buildit Accelerator (Estonia), StartupReykjavik, Start-Up Chile, Katapult (Norway), ex 500 Startups. Core competencies: product/market fit, user acquisition (content, SEO, Facebook Ads, AdWords) CRO, analytics, SaaS, e-commerce.