Tomsk, Russia

March 20, 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 13, 2017
  • Contact person:
    Valeriy Koshelev,
  • 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


Mike Bradshaw
Industry Expert

Mike Bradshaw (@ ymb) is an evangelist for Solu ( 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.

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.

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 Shatrov
Industry Expert

Mikhail works on development of the local startup communities in the cities from Krasnodar to Yakutsk. At 2016 he was a part of Global Entrepreneurs in Residence program in Boulder, Colorado and worked with Techstars, he was one of the organizers of Think BIG! Startup Weekend Boulder.

Roman Malakhov

Roman is a tech entrepreneur with extensive experience in software development. He took part in development of numerous products that are used by several millions of users. He also founded three startups, raised capital. As a mentor, he can help you with product development, market fit, picking right marketing message. Startup Sauna’s alumni.

Alex Kistenev

Building tech things is in my heart, and I always try to turn them into businesses. Sometimes they lead to success and sometimes they don't. I've been doing that for 15 years and gained a lot of experience dealing with millions of users in many niches. I'm a huge fan of agile and lean startup methodologies. I took part in Startup Sauna Fall '16 batch.