Riga, Latvia

September 9, 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 2016 acceleration program held Oct 30th – Dec 1st in Helsinki, Finland.


Details & Schedule

  • Deadline:
    September 2, 2017
  • Location:
    Contact person:
  • Selected startups will be notified at least four days prior to the event.

  • Schedule:

    16:30 – General intro by Slush, Sauna, and Junction

    17:00 – Sauna introduction

    17:30 – 10 startups pitch (3 min + Q/A) 

    18:30 – Break

    18:45 – 1on1 coaching (selected startups)

    18:45 – Talks/roundtables (rest of

    20:00 – Wrap-up

    20:30 – Afterparty


Juha Ruohonen
Venture Capital

The Drill Sergeant

This tough cookie’s got experience from both sides of the table, with vast expertise ranging from software to electronics and optics as well as health tech. He’s been fiercely learning the tricks of the trade as a VC, and pushed businesses into global markets as a CEO of venture-funded companies.

You might want to take the former Head Coach of Startup Sauna seriously, because this hardy chief makes business rookies go through blood, sweat and tears in order to learn what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.

Otto Hilska

Otto Hilska co-founded Nodeta, an agile Ruby on Rails shop, andFlowdock, the chat-based team inbox for software developers. Along theway he and his team have helped the community by building stuff likeAPIdock, a social documentation site for Ruby developers.

As Flowdock’s chief executive Otto has built a lean startup, andimplemented many ideas based on Steve Blank’s customer developmenttheory. Flowdock is growing rapidly, and they have recently raisedfunding from prominent Silicon Valley investors, including MichaelArrington’s CrunchFund, Gil Penchina, Mårten Mickos and IDG Ventures.

Aape Pohjavirta

Aape is Founder and Chief Evangelist of Funzi, a Finnish corporation that produces a mobile learning and information service with an initial focus on emerging markets. Aape is also an entrepreneurship coach and a frequent lecturer at universities internationally and accelerators such as Startup Sauna and The Founder Institute. In his past, Aape has been the CEO and founder of Ympyra and CMO at Exomi

Tuomas Kosonen
Venture Capital

Tuomas is responsible for the coordination of investment operations including fund management and finances at Inventure. Tuomas is also actively involved in creating value in the portfolio companies, and manages the investments in the portfolio companies Conmio, IPTune, Rightware, Thinglink, and Whitevector. Prior to joining Inventure Tuomas worked as CFO for a mobile developer Rovio Mobile Oy. He has also worked as an attorney and in-house legal counsel for Nokia.

Torsti Tenhunen
Entrepreneur, Angel

Torsti (Founder, Pivot5 Oy, and Vice Chairman at Finnish Business Angels), has 18 years of entrepreneur, leadership and investor experience in digital service business, marketing communication and corporate strategy. He is known as an unaffected added value seeker, service innovator and brand strategist.

Torsti’s latest accelerator and investor contributions have been with Proximi.io, Klevu, Media Content News, Musiclock, Netrauta.fi (EXIT 2015), Frank Students, Rovio, Tieto Corporation, Wärtsilä and Finnish National Gallery. His former employers have been Nokia (Corporate Strategy), Edita (CEO of a subsidiary, www.nordicmorning.fi), Satama Interactive Oyj (currently www.trainershouse.com) and hasan & partners (CEO).

Torsti holds a Vice Chairman of the Board position at Finnish Business Angels Association (FIBAN), Chairman of the Board position at Proximi.io, Board member positions at Klevu and Frank Students.