Shanghai, China

March 25, 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 18, 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


Moaffak Ahmed
VC, Entrepreneur

Moaffak Ahmed is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of marketing and business development experience in Europe, North America and Asia.

Moaffak is currently Founding Partner at Superhero Capital. He is working on early-stage ventures run by passionate founders with massive ambitions. Superhero Capital is looking for the next superheroes aiming for global domination while changing the world for better. Investing in B2B software with the entrepreneurial twist.

Pasi Ilola

Pasi Ilola is the CEO of Planetify, which helps companies to grow their online businesses globally. Pasi has been building and leading profitable online businesses for 15 years, and has extensive experience in all aspects of managing the growth of a global online product. Pasi managed marketing globally for the Habbo Hotel virtual world, growing it past 100 million registered users, and built a virtual world called Virtual Magic Kingdom for the Walt Disney Company. He also founded a digital agency called Frantic, which he led as CEO for seven years, and most recently he was CEO of Suomi24, the largest social network in Finland.

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.