Speakers

Christopher Diserens
CCO, SwissBorg
Eimantas Bekėža
Eimantas Bekeza. Co-founder and CEO of Memby

Eimantas is co-founder and CEO of Memby – Europe’s first online live large class tutoring platform. Memby aims to make top educators accessible for live interactions and learning to families from any income level.

Charnez Jacobs
Investment Manager at CapitalT

Charnez is an Investment Manager at CapitalT and he is also a fellow on Included VC, a fellowship whose mission is to change the face of the VC industry, dramatically increasing diversity and maximizing fund success by transforming networks, staff, deal flow, and investments. His passion for finding fantastic founders is driven by his belief that visionary founders and their teams using innovative tech can significantly contribute to the way the world develops as a whole.
Charnez started his career as a Chartered Accountant in Cape Town, South Africa. He worked in the Investment Management and Private Equity industry at Investec Asset Management, now known as 91, before moving to The Netherlands to work at AlpInvest Partners (The Carlyle Group). He then followed his passion for tech and took up a role at Seedrs, the largest equity crowdfunding platform in Europe before moving into venture capital.

Victoria McIvor
Associate at the World Fund

Victoria is an Associate at the World Fund, Europe’s largest dedicated climate tech venture capital fund. She has worked across the UK, Europe and Japan in energy-related operational roles as well as on the investment side, including time spent as an Accredited Health Physicist in nuclear decommissioning, and at energy-specialist fund SET Ventures. She is also the founder and Director of the Climate Tech Foundation, the organisation behind Climate Mosaic and The Climate Lab.

Margus Uudam
Founding Partner at karma.vc

Margus is a Founding Partner at karma.vc, bringing to the team years of venture capital and executive leadership experience, having supported over 40 founding teams (and counting). Margus has personally led and grown several organisations and has been a key figure in the development of the Estonian venture capital and startup ecosystem, currently serving his third time as the Chairman of EstVCA. His experience has been gathered from Ambient Sound Investments (family office of the Skype founding engineers) , Estonian Energy Distribution Network, and Fontes. Excited about strategy, growth, and recruiting high-performing teams.

Kristi Saare
EstBAN Board Member

Kristi Saare is an investor, Member of the Board at EstBan, Member of the Board at Tuleva.

Guilhem Isaac Georges
Vice President, Sustainability at Contentsquare

Guilhem Isaac Georges is Vice President, Sustainability at Contentsquare. He is responsible for the company’s Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) including the company’s climate strategy. Prior to joining Contentsquare in 2022, Guilhem served in the cabinet of the French Ministry of Ecological Transition as Political Advisor the the Minister, where he spearheaded the French plan for energy sovereignty in the context of the Ukraine crisis, the national framework for responsible advertising and France’s contribution to the EU’s upcoming Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), a new law that sets out sustainability reporting standards. He has also been a cabinet member of the French Minister of the Environment, Energy and the Sea as advisor for Energy Transition and Green Jobs. He has served as an advisor for COP26 in Glasgow and the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Prior to this, Guilhem held sustainability leadership roles at companies including CMA CGM and Citeo. Guilheml is an eco-activist who tracks the smallest gram of superfluous carbon. He graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Toulouse, France in 2005 and from Columbia University in New York in Ecology and Nature Conservation in 2018. He is the father of a little girl and a fan of music and gastronomy. He spends most of his leisure time renovating an old farm in the southwest of France.karel

Johnny Hugill
Transformation Lead at PUBLIC

Johnny is Transformation Lead at PUBLIC, a European GovTech advisory and venture firm based in London and Berlin. Passionate about building better digital public services, Johnny has led multiple digital projects in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and the Nordics. He also advises the UK Government on making public procurement more open and accessible to startups and SMEs.

Patricia Gonzaga Travassos
Innovation Specialist

Journalist focused in innovation, film and TV show director, writer and entrepreneur. Is Columnist of Technology & Innovation at CNN Brazil and Founder of Prosa Press, a video content bureau that produces special projects for the main Brazilian TV networks.

Lifelong learner, Patricia aims to reflect about the impact of technology and new business models on people’s behavior, at all stages of personal and professional life. She constantly updates herself attending to national and international courses and events, such as Latitude59.

Djoni de Vos
Investor at Keen venture partners
Andris K. Berzins
Partner at Change Ventures

Andris is a partner at the first pan-Baltic seed and pre-seed fund, backing ambitious Baltic founders to build world-class businesses, including Estonian unicorn Veriff. He has also been involved in the creation of the Baltic startup ecosystem via his involvement in Startup Wise Guys, TechHub Riga, TechChill and more. He is a Kauffman Fellow (Class 22) and earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Andrus Aaslaid
Single.Earth's co-founder and CTO

Aaslaid is a serial entrepreneur who was one of the architects of digital Estonia in the early 2000s.

Kristian Vilosius
Co-Founder & CEO of Katana

Hi, my name is Kristjan Vilosius, CEO and one of three co-founders in Katana. My education is Masters Degree in finance and I started my career in M&A working on private equity and VC deals in the Baltics back in 2006-2009. Continued my career in corporate initially as a CFO and later as the group CEO of the largest retailer and distributor of pharmaceuticals in the Baltics and Finland leading an organization of more than 1000 employees for a couple of years. From there on moved to manage the leading family office in Estonia for another 4 years investing in healthcare, media, retail and also manufacturing. Quit the corporate path 5 years ago and founded Katana.
I have also been an active angel investor in Estonia for more than a decade investing in tech, but also in more mature manufacturing businesses. For more than a decade, I have been an active Supervisory Board member in a mid-size manufacturer of wooden components with close to 100 mil in revenue. I had the pleasure of working 5 years on the Supervisory Board of Skeleton Technologies, a soon-to-be unicorn making super-batteries and I have co-founded a D2C manufacturing business targeting the Scandinavian home renovation market. In all these roles I have experienced first-hand the struggles of modern manufacturing businesses trying to implement outdated ERP systems.
In Katana, my main responsibility is strategic management, fundraising and leading a management team of six.

Ede Tamkivi
Product Manager at NoVa

Ede is Product Manager at NoVa, a study bites platform for youngsters. She has been running several education projects aimed at empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs. Ede started her career as a journalist in press, radio and TV, has conducted academic research in the field in diaspora studies and has published a few books.

Martin Henk
Co-founder of Eventornado

Martin Henk is the CTO and co-founder of Eventornado.com, the best platform for hosting hackathons. Before that he co-founded and held different roles at Pipedrive.com, one of the recent Estonian unicorns. He also dabbles in investing with badger.ee and saving Estonian forests with metsikloodus.ee

Taizo Son
Founder of Mistletoe

Taizo Son is a world-renowned serial entrepreneur and investor who has led many IT related startups to success. He is the founder of Mistletoe, Inc., a Collective Impact Community that advocates a new style of business through startup support, to solve social challenges with a mid-to-long term perspective. Through the activities of Mistletoe, Inc., he has redefined the definition of the existing social issues and has supported startups that may have a solution. He also serves as board of director for various IT startups that he helped found.

Aravinth Panch
Co-Founder | Co-Director

Aravinth is a devoted social entrepreneur empowering underserved communities in war-affected regions of Sri Lanka.
His organisation DreamSpace Academy is a non-profit social enterprise tackling local socio-economic and environmental challenges through challenge-based learning, grassroots innovation and impact venture building.

Philip Salter
Founder of The Entrepreneurs Network

Philip Salter founded The Entrepreneurs Network in 2014 with the aim of building an organisation with the aim of helping make Britain the best place in the world to start and grow a business.

Philip was previously Business Features Editor of City A.M. where he wrote a weekly column on entrepreneurship and interviewed many of Britain’s leading entrepreneurs.

He is a frequent speaker at conferences, writes a column for Forbes on entrepreneurship and appears regularly elsewhere in the media.

Linnar Viik
Chariman of EIT Digital

Linnar is IT visionary who has been orchestrating the digitalisation of Estonia since 1995, being instrumental in Tiger Leap, e-Governance and e-Voting but similarly active as founder and driver for a series of successful IT companies dating back to mid 90s of last century.

Linnar is talented in nurturing ideas into reality, making him a demanded advisor on early phases of innovation in various intersections of digital solutions with different sectors of economy and society.

He is currently Chairman of EIT Digital, largest digital innovation ecosystem in Europe, lecturer on innovation management in different universities and was recently appointed as member of Digital Council to President of Estonia.

Rasmus Riim
Bicycle activist and Co-Founder of Drycycle

I am a student, Vice-Chairman of the Tallinn Youth City Council and a proud Co-Founder, CEO and CMO of this year’s Best Student Company of Estonia – Drycycle. Drycycle encourages people to choose bicycles as their main mode of transport through making bicycle accessories from Estonian sofa and tent manufacturers’ material leftovers that make cycling possible despite the weather conditions.

Ines Villido
Co-founder & visionary of Filaret

Ines-Issa Villido is the co-founder and CEO of a start-up, Filaret (www.filaret3d.com) which collects, detoxifies, and upcycles cigarette butt waste into an innovative 3D printing filament.

She started with her arts degree in sculpture, worked in Wise for a couple of years, however decided to continue creating sculptures focused on environmental themes, which eventually led her to study the Technology of Plastics (MSc) in TalTech to find ways to recycle materials for her art.

Filaret grew out of her idea for her diploma thesis while creating art from cigarette butts on the side. Earlier this year, together with Filaret’s co-founder Kristina Jacqueline Leon, although being a very young team, they won the last round of Prototron.

Besides building a start-up, she is still creating sculptures. Her recent artworks can be seen here: www.inesvillido.com.

Mariliis Lind
Co-Founder at VIVITA Creativity Accelerator

Mari-Liis is a curious mind, innovator and creativity sparker at heart. She has co-founded and leads the daily operations of VIVITA Creativity Accelerator for Children that develops products and services that facilitate learning experiences in creative thinking, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Additionally, she has co-founded Tech Sisters, a non-profit aimed at getting more women into technology.

Jane Wakefield

A tech journalist with more than 20 years experience, I’ve broken stories about some of the biggest tech firms in the world, made documentaries for TV and radio and covered breaking news in the sector online. I’ve presented several World Service radio programmes as well as moderating panels, hosting and attending some of the biggest conferences in the world, including TED and Web Summit. I have written on every subject from broadband, to tech regulation, online harms, artificial intelligence, tech in Africa, robotics (including the UK’s first ever interview with a sex robot), health, data and online privacy. One of my favourite specialisms is smart cities and I’ve visited operation centres, tech hubs and green buildings around the world, making documentaries for World TV. ‘m also writing a lot more about cutting edge tech such as artificial intelligence, biomechatronics and virtual reality. I am an expert on the metaverse. I’m also a seasoned Tedster, having attended 11 conferences around the world.

Heigo Varik
Co-Founder and Software Technology Lead at Comodule

Heigo Varik, Co-Founder and Software Technology Lead at Comodule. If you ask any of his coworkers what his the biggest strength is then they would say laziness – he likes to question everything and if at all possible avoid doing it. Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) is his motto. He likes data and often spend his evenings looking at graphs. Comodule provides IoT connectivity solutions for e-bikes and scooters, making micromobility safer and more engaging.

Omari Loid
Co-founder & CEO

Omari is one of the four co-founders of Praktikal and it’s CEO. He has been a science popularizer for almost a decade. Before Praktikal he built up the biggest science popularizing team in Estonia named after the famous story of the Three Pigglets. Now he is focused on giving STEM teachers all the tools they need to spread inspiration in their own lessons.
Praktikal is an ecosystem for teaching STEM subjects. We provide hands-on solutions that make learning and teaching enjoyable.

Jussi Sainiemi
Partner

Early stage deep tech investor focusing on scaling solutions for the people, planet and industry in Northern Europe. Early investor in one unicorn and two soonicorns. Lover of good fun and bad music.

Kalev Kaarna
Venture Development Manager at Superangel

Kalev Kaarna is a super fan of all startup founders. He believes that startup founders have to grow faster than their startups and 10x growth is possible without burnout.

As Venture Development Manager at Superangel investment fund he supports post-investment growth of portfolio startups. He is skilled at developing a sales story and using a 6-step product positioning process to get to product-market fit faster. He is also training startups on how to set focused goals and create culture of accountability from early on.

He has 15+ years of experience in coaching and training companies and startups on finding ideal customers, developing business models, and B2B sales.

Jaakko Tapaninen

Jaakko is a journalist and entrepreneur. His company, Great Point, is a boutique strategy and content consultancy working with purpose-driven organizations, mainly scaleups and foundations. Before becoming an entrepreneur, he held different C-level positions in startup and legacy media. He has also written several books. The latest one, called 10X Finland, he co-authored with Marko Ahtisaari and it focuses on digital opportunities and threats. He is also the host of 10X Finland and Hybrid Times podcasts.

Martin Goroško
Head of Business Development at Tehnopol Science and Business Park

Martin is the Head of Business Development at Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol – one of the largest business and technology center in the Baltics for green-, health- and deep tech companies. For the past 15 years he has worked together with 100+ startups, scaleups and corporations to develop their investment readiness, business models and thrive towards new innovative products and services. Martin is also an active angel investor and member of Estonian Business Angels Network.

Ralf-Martin Soe
Founding Director at FinEst Centre for Smart Cities

Dr. Ralf-Martin Soe is a Senior Research Fellow and Founding Director of the FinEst Centre for Smart Cities at TalTech. His previous positions include being an ICT Counsellor to the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, a Supervisory Board Member at the Estonian Internet Foundation and a Government Fellow at the United Nations University’s e-Government Unit. Since 2013, he has been involved with the NGO ITL Digital Lab (ICT Cluster of Estonia) as a Development Manager. During 2009-2013, he was a Financial and Digitalisation Consultant working with the UK Government, PwC, Praxis and United Nations University. From 2006-2009, he was an Investigative Journalist at the Business Daily Äripäev and was selected as the Best Young Journalist in Estonia by the Estonian Newspaper Association in 2008, after several nominations. Ralf has two master’s degrees in financial management (MSc, Maastricht University/ United Nations University and MBA, University of Tartu) and has a PhD degree in Technology Governance from TalTech. He was selected as the TalTech Junior Researcher of the Year 2019 and most influential person of the year 2019 in Estonia by the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications.

Isabel Fox
General Partner at Outsized Ventures

I am a mother, wellness coach, bio-hacker, Peloton enthusiast, horse breeder and early stage investor.

I’m a General Partner at Outsized Ventures, an early stage VC fund based in London that partners with founders pushing the boundaries of science and technology to solve the world’s greatest challenges for the future of the planet, health and society. We invest when founders don’t need it. We invest at Seed+, be that a week after a Seed round or a week before a Series A. We invest when founders are not in “sales mode” which enables us to build a longer relationship from the start.

Karel Nappus
Co-founder and COO

Karel is a co-founder of Montonio, an Estonian fintech company working on rethinking how checkouts function in e-commerce. The company has already seen strong organic traction and aims to become the only tech partner a merchant would need to run a small and medium e-commerce shop.

The company just raised a $12 million Series A funding round (€11 million) led by Index Ventures, with previous backing from investors like Tera, ffVC, Superangel, Startup Wiseguys, Martin Villig and others.

Aune Aunapuu
CEO and co-founder of Yaga

Aune is a CEO and co-founder of Yaga – preloved fashion marketplace with a focus on emerging and fringe markets, a business concept similar to Depop and Vinted with an angle that has taken scam possibility out from the equation. Yaga has shown amazing traction – 2.6x GMV growth in 2021 in Estonia and South Africa, expansion to India and Kenya early 2022. Have reached 350k registered users and 5mil uploaded items. Achieved 10.5m€ annual GMV run-rate in April this year and currently raising a late-seed round of 5m€ of new equity to take the company to a 50m€ GMV run rate by the end of next year. Yaga is on a mission to make fashion consumption more sustainable and is on its track of becoming number one app for selling and buying preloved fashion in emerging markets.

Christopher Kissane
Writer and historian

Christopher Kissane is a writer and historian. He is the host of the podcast series Ireland’s Edge, and a BBC New Generation Thinker. His writing appears in The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Irish Times and elsewhere. He was chief analyst and co-author of the Royal Historical Society’s landmark reports on race and gender inequality in history, and worked at the London School of Economics after his PhD at Oxford.

Ana Wolsztajn
VC Investor & CMO at KAYA.VC

Ana started off her career as a copywriter before the “Mad Men” series made it cool, then she continued as tech journalist, a founder, community builder and brand strategist for startups. 15 years of work as an operator later, Ana draws from her experience at Adidas, a number of venture builders, and big event organizers eg. SaaStock, Startup Sesame, SouthStart in a variety of growth, product, marketing, and comms roles in mainland Europe, the UK, Asia, and Australia. Nowadays Ana invests in early-stage tech startups across Europe with KAYA. She also gives back via mentoring as Included VC alumna and startup advisor to various communities across Europe.

Aleksandr Storozhuk
Co-founder at PrNews.io

Aleksandr Storozhuk alongside with his wife Natalia are Ukrainian e-residents who founded and lead the world’s first sponsored content online store PRNEWS.IO. Since launching in late 2017, PRNEWS.IO has helped over 1000 customers from 65 countries gain mentions in online news media, which helps their brand awareness and drives traffic. Prior to PRNEWS.IO, the two worked together at B2Blogger.com, a B2B-marketing online journal. In 2021 Aleksandr became an official member of Forbes Business Council. Today, as e-residents and Estonian Start-up Visa holders, their EU-based company is run in the conditions of economical stability and meanwhile also helps them to focus on sharing information about war in Ukraine and contribute in humanitarian aid for the Ukrainan refugees.

Natalia Storozhuk
Co-founder at PrNews.io

Natalia Storozhuk alongside with her husband Aleksandr are Ukrainian e-residents who founded and lead the world’s first sponsored content online store PRNEWS.IO. Since launching in late 2017, PRNEWS.IO has helped over 1000 customers from 65 countries gain mentions in online news media, which helps their brand awareness and drives traffic. Prior to PRNEWS.IO, the two worked together at B2Blogger.com, a B2B-marketing online journal. In 2021 Aleksandr became an official member of Forbes Business Council. Today, as e-residents and Estonian Start-up Visa holders, their EU-based company is run in the conditions of economical stability and meanwhile also helps them to focus on sharing information about war in Ukraine and contribute in humanitarian aid for the Ukrainan refugees.

Priit Salumaa
Co-founder and the CEO of Better Medicine

Priit is a co-founder and the CEO of Better Medicine, a medtech startup building intelligent tools for cancer diagnostics in radiology. With a background in math and computer science he has spent the last 20 years being a software engineer and building companies. He’s a co-founder of Mooncascade and several Estonian startup community initiatives such as Garage48 Foundation, Solaride and our beloved flagship tech conference Latitude59.

Maria Palma
General Partner at Kindred Capital

Maria Palma is a General Partner at Kindred Capital, a seed and early-stage venture firm focusing on European technology companies. Prior to Kindred, Maria was a Principal at RRE Ventures in New York where she spent time on the investment side (investing in companies such as Ladder, Moov, Novo, Mobot, Lightning Labs and Pattern), and also built out their platform efforts. Before that, Maria was the Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Business Development for a NY-based ad tech company, Eyeview, as they scaled from 23 to over 100+. Maria began her career at General Electric in Operations Management & Supply Chain. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Industrial Engineering from UW-Madison.

Riivo Anton
Founding Partner @ Specialist VC

Riivo is a founding partner at Specialist VC, a leading VC firm covering the Baltics and beyond. The 3 generations of portfolios include more than 40 companies, including 2 unicorns. Specialist VC is a sector agnostic investor focusing on primary opportunities in pre-seed to Series A and secondary transactions into post Series A companies.

Riivo is also one of the founders of Civitta, the largest management consulting company in Emerging Europe operating in close to 20 countries with 600+ of staff.

Jaana Metsamaa
VP of Product of Binalyze

Jaana is the VP of Product of Binalyze an category-defining Enterprise forensic tool that makes enterprises cyber resilient through fast, scalable, and automated digital forensics. Previously she’s been building products and teams in Estonian success stories like Pipedrive – a SaaS CRM and Fortumo (now Boku) a global mobile payments company. She strongly believes that to build great products you need to let go and empower the product teams to find their own way.

Petri Rajahalme
Founding Partner in FOV Ventures

Petri is founding partner in FOV Ventures investing in founders building the Metaverse at pre-seed and seed. FOV’s two partners have invested in 20+ startups over the past years ranging from avatar tech, to virtual fashion, NFT marketplaces, virtual collaboration, virtual concerts and web3 fan engagement.

Märt Lume
Chairman of EEVR (Estonian VR and AR Assocication)

Märt brings science education to VR (and to your kids) with Futuclass, invests in XR and EdTech startups in Eastern Europe, and kick-starts the Baltic ecosystem of “metaverse” builders (the good kind) with Estonian VR and AR Association (EEVR). His background is product and game design. Back in his “Canadian phase” he was the first employee of Slack.

Meelis Animägi
Head of Safety & Quality at Cleveron Mobility

For past 6 months I have worked as Head of Safety and Quality at Cleveron Mobility. Building up Safety and Quality systems and tightly working together with Engineering teams to ensure vehicle safety through analyses and assessments. I am part of the workgroup helping to develop Estonian legislation regarding remote and autonomous driving vehicles.
Before that I have worked over 10 years in electronics manufacturing field. Past 5 years of that time as Quality Engineer and Quality Manager.
I am currently focusing on building Safety culture – show how it is done, how it affects person in a good way and people will follow.

Josh Rogers
CEO of Minterest

CEO and Founder is serial tech founder or founding team member, with 25 years’ experience. Projects include Freelancer COMindico, the world’s first point-to-point IP telco (US$300M raise), Oriel Communications, the world’s first micro-billing content engine used for the world’s first monetisation of Big Brother 2 content, Mitchell Morgan, an advisory and fintech conglomerate encompassing a digital agency for online digital platforms, Freelancer, the world’s largest freelancing marketplace and HeyYou, Australia’s largest hospitality app.

Helena Binetskaya
Founder, Head of Product at ChestPal

Helena is a first-time founder who started a respiratory startup after bringing her badly coughing baby to a clinic multiple times unnecessarily. She was worried it could be pneumonia – turned out, it was a post-nasal drip. Respiratory conditions are the leading causes of visits to clinics and admissions to hospitals. Yet at-home and remote care is lagging – mostly for the lack of appropriate tools. Their flagship product, LungPass, is a smart stethoscope for lungs. It’s an intuitive, precise and affordable device that over a thousand families and practitioners rely on to detect lung sounds indicative of serious respiratory conditions.

Raul Allikivi
Co-founder & CEO of GIG-A

Raul Allikivi is a co-founder and CEO of GIG-A, the first real neobank in Japan. GIG-A is facilitating banking services for Japan’s foreign residents and is aiming to become their all-in-one control center for everyday finances.

Raul is a serial entrepreneur who has been connecting Estonia and Japan for years, being part of the founding team in businesses active in business consulting, in craft beverages trading and in cybersecurity, using Estonian e-government solutions to provide personal data handling solutions to large Japanese corporations. He has experienced almost all possible stages that can be experienced in a startup: from the initial idea phase, bootstrapping to successful funding rounds leading to blitzscaling – and also hitting the wall and downscaling.

In the past Raul served as Deputy Dirctor General at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Estonia, being in charge of strategical planning in the ministry’s fields of responsibility.

Raul is a co-author of a book “The Challenge of a Futuristic Country Estonia: World Opened by Digital Government” (2016, in Japanese) and is a sought-after speaker in Japan, introducing Estonian e-government experience to various audiences. He received MA from Waseda University in Japan and BA from the University of Tartu in Estonia. Raul has been awarded Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Silver Decoration for creating business between Estonia and Japan (2020)

Krists Avots
Co-founder of Salto X

Krists is co-founder of Salto X – building the future of contributor ownership through a new asset class – upside tokens.
Krists enjoys building capable teams and making good use of new technologies. Previously, he had been in 100+ hackathons, going from startups to being a corporate executive and dipping his toes in the venture world to gigging for the government’s vaccination task force to going back to startups. He holds an MA in Digital Management from HyperIsland and is a trained sauna master (yes, that’s a real thing)

Ahti Heinla
Co-Founder and CTO at Starship Technologies

Ahti Heinla is the Co-Founder and CTO at Starship Technologies. He guides the engineering team and develops the architecture of Starship’s robotic platform. Ahti has always had a passion for innovative technology, having designed his own computer program at the age of ten. You can find him the happiest when he lifts up his laptop and shoots another module of code. In 2013, he designed a robot to compete in a NASA contest to find a ‘soil sample retrieval robot’ for Mars missions. Armed with that experience, Ahti and his co-founder Janus Friis, realized there was a huge opportunity to disrupt the delivery industry – an industry that hadn’t been revolutionized by technology yet. They set to work creating a last-mile robotic delivery solution, which is when Starship Technologies was born. Fast forward 7 years and Starship is now completing thousands of autonomous deliveries per day, operating in five countries around the world.

Taavi Madiberk
Co-Founder and CEO at Skeleton Technologies

Taavi Madiberk is the Co-Founder and CEO at Skeleton Technologies, the global technology leader for high power energy storage. Skeleton’s ultracapacitors are succesfully in the field from trucks, buses, wind turbines, grid power back-up, medical equiment up to space. Skeleton has raised over 200 M EUR of capital and currently has a team of over 270 people in Germany and Estonia. Prior to Skeleton Technologies Mr Madiberk brings knowledge and experience from the IT, locomotive and NGO sectors. Among other Board positions he has served as the youngest ever Chairman of the Supervisory Board in an European national railway company Estonian Railways Ltd (AS Eesti Raudtee) from 2012-2014. Also as the Member of the Supervisory Board of RKAS, a Estonian state-owned real estate company with over 400 M EUR of assets.

Kadri Tammai
Head of Tehnopol Startup Incubator

Kadri Tammai is the Head of Tehnopol Startup Incubator and member of the Management Board at Tehnopol Ventures. She has advised top leaders in the public and private sector for over 15 years and is passionate about innovation, startups and solving challenges. She is an active mentor and an expert for the Estonian government innovation program Accelerate Estonia. Kadri has been a startup founder herself and is now a lecturer at Tallinn University of Technology.

Jon Bradford
Partner at Dynamo Ventures

Jon Bradford is a partner at Dynamo Ventures, a seed fund targeting supply chain and mobility, based in the US but invests both in the US and internationally. Jon previously founded the Springboard Accelerator that merged with Techstars to become Techstars London ; their first international accelerator. Jon also helped found Start Wise Guys, f6s and Tech.eu.

Anne Matiisen
University of Tartu Autonomous Driving Lab

Anne is representing the Autonomous Driving Lab (ADL) of the University of Tartu, founded in 2019 in partnership with Bolt, which she led for 2.5 years. The ADL is a great example of industry-academia collaboration which has brought a car equipped with autonomous technology to the real street environment for applied research projects in various partnerships. Among its latest achievements is piloting autonomous on-demand public transport service in Tartu City in April 2022.

Greta Pudan
Regional Meta Lead at Httpool

Regional Meta Lead at Httpool
Previous sales and digital marketing experience from Google and software development company Mooncascade.

Tim Spitters
Senior Scientist at Avant Meats

Tim works as a senior scientist at AVANT Meats where he implements his knowledge on tissue
engineering and bioreactor development. In his role, he develops new ways to grow fish meat
products under controlled, safe, and environmentally friendly conditions.
During his academic career, he became interested in the development of bioreactor technologies
and pioneered novel strategies for complex tissue engineering. Driven by a passion for nature and
wildlife, he uses his knowledge in complex tissue culture and bioreactor design to address the
challenge of sustainable fish meat production. He envisions the creation of innovative food products
to decrease overfishing and loss of marine life. Through these technologies and innovations, he
hopes to create solutions that can contribute to a more equal distribution of food around the world.

Arvydas Bloze
Partner at Practica Capital

Arvydas is a partner at Practica Capital, a VC backing early Baltic stage founders for the last 10 years. Arvydas core experience is behind SaaS and Marketplace verticals and post-investment value added focusing on building a scalable organization.

He will be representing Practica in reverse pitching and will join the panel on Investor Day.

Bindi Karia
Venture Partner at Molten Ventures

Bindi is incredibly passionate about all things startup in Europe and connecting the dots between Investors, Founders, Corporates and Government, and as a result, has worked in and around technology startups for most of her career. As a Consultant (PwC Consulting), as a Corporate (Microsoft BizSpark /Ventures), as a Startup employee (Trayport), as an Advisor (Startup Europe, TechStars Startup Weekend, Tech London Advocates, European Innovation Council, WEF), as a Connector (GQ UK, the IoD and Evening Standard have all recognised this) and as their Banker (Silicon Valley Bank). Finally she is a Venture Partner at Molten Ventures (fka Draper Esprit), a large European VC Fund. She is deeply inspired by entrepreneurship, and is the founder of a Boutique Advisory Firm focused on advising and connecting across four core Innovation pillars (Corporate, Startup, VC Managing Partners, Government) for commercial success.

She currently sits on Advisory Boards of several startups, a Venture Debt fund, as well as sitting in the Investment Committee of Carbon13 (Cambridge-based venture builder for the climate emergency) In addition, she is a Venture Partner at MinesFund, a US-based VC fund focused on the future advancement of energy. She was recently appointed as Non Executive Director for Redde Northgate Plc, a FTSE 250 listed company focused on mobility solutions. She has sat on Corporate Digital Advisory Boards (The Very Group, Centrica), is an Ambassador/former Board Member for the European Innovation Council and Startup Europe, sits on the Boards of Tech London Advocates, ICE (International Community of Entrepreneurs) and Snowball, Board member at the University of East London, and was appointed by World Economic Forum to their “Digital Leaders of Europe” Group. She is a strong advocate for promoting DEI in Tech, and continues to be shocked at the poor levels of investment in both underrepresented founders and VC Funds across Europe – we need to fix this stat! Bindi lives in London, UK, raised in Canada, but her entire family is from Kenya.

Emil Syundyukov
CTO of Longenesis

Emil Syundyukov is a computer scientist who uses his skills to solve problems in the healthcare industry. Ten years of experience in applied research and development of industrial and academic solutions in the healthcare industry worldwide. He received multiple academic and industrial awards, incl. EIT Health, GapSummit (Cambridge University), “Young Scientist of the year 2016”, Baltic Forbes “30 under 30” nomination in Healthcare and Research, etc. Emil is a Co-Founder and CTO at Longenesis – a leading digital health player in the Baltics, also a founder of DF LAB student HealthTech laboratory, a lecturer at the University of Latvia, and a co-author of numerous industrial and academic projects in population health research.

Rainer Selvet
Co-founder and CTO of Ready Player Me

Rainer Selvet is a tech entrepreneur, co-founder and CTO of Ready Player Me with background in computer science and 3D graphics. Ready Player Me is a cross-game avatar platform for the metaverse. We give users an interoperable personal avatar that travels with them across many virtual experiences. Developers use our plug-and-play avatar creator so they wouldn’t have to spend months on building their own. We currently have over 2000+ games and apps on the platform

Michele Leal Garcia
Founder at Brasiilia Kuninganna OÜ
Audrey Tang
Digital Minister of Taiwan

Audrey Tang is Taiwan’s digital minister in charge of Social Innovation.

Audrey is known for revitalizing the computer languages Perl and Haskell, as well as building the online spreadsheet system EtherCalc in collaboration with Dan Bricklin.

In the public sector, Audrey served on Taiwan national development council’s open data committee and the 12-year basic education curriculum committee; and led the country’s first e-Rulemaking project.

In the private sector, Audrey worked as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography, and with Socialtext on social interaction design.

In the social sector, Audrey actively contributes to g0v (“gov zero”), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for the civil society, with the call to “fork the government.”

Nicholas Nelson
General Partner at Offset Ventures

Nicholas is an experienced leader in the aerospace, defense, and security. Seeing a significant gap in the market, he began advising startups and investors in this sector as well as mentoring at leading accelerators. He is the founder and General Partner of Offset Ventures, an early-stage investment and advisory fund, the first defense and dual-use tech-focused fund in Europe.

In addition to his investment and advisor work, Nicholas serves as the Senior Fellow for Emerging Technology and Policy at the Center for European Policy Analysis, a leading transatlantic think tank. His analysis is regularly featured in aerospace and defense publications, and he is an elected as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Sofia Queiroz
Investment associate at Mustard Seed Maze

Sofia is an investment associate at MSM (Mustard Seed Maze), a European venture capital fund investing in early stage impact ventures that are solving the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time. She doesn’t focus on one singular sector but she is particularly excited about education, future of work and climate topics. Outside work, Sofia is a big Formula 1 fan!

Rob Genieser
Managing Partner at ETF Partners

Rob is a Managing Partner at ETF Partners since early 2010. ETF is the leading fund in Europe backing technology entrepreneurs focused on delivering sustainability through innovation. Prior to joining ETF Partners, Rob was a Managing Partner at Vertex, one of the oldest and most prestigious investment firms out of Asia, where he led its European and North American investment activities for 8 years. Before that, Rob was a Managing Director of JP Morgan (and Hambrecht & Quist), focusing on advising high-tech growth companies globally. Earlier in his career, Rob was a management consultant for Bain & Co. in San Francisco, where he focused on the telecommunications industry. He holds an AB and MBA from Harvard University.

Camille Zivré
Investor at By Founders

Camille is an investor at byFounders. After both startup and investing experiences, she started her career in VC in the late stage French VC fund Korelya. Being passionate about the early journey of entrepreneurs, she then moved to the earlier stages, first with Inventure in Stockholm, and now at byFounders in Copenhagen. Camille is a true generalist, but has a particular interest in Fintech, Crypto, Devtool, Data and Sustainability. Very much a proponent of diversity in tech & responsibility in leadership, come talk to her about all these topics!

Zuzanna Czapinska

Zuzanna is an investor at HV Capital, one of Europe’s leading venture capital firms. Over 8 generations of funds, HV backed over 200 companies in the last 20 years including Zalando, HelloFresh or FlixBus.

Zuzanna is based in Berlin where she focuses on B2B SaaS and Fintech and invests into companies with disruptive business models and most ambitious founders. She is particularly passionate about supporting extraordinary visions, building long-lasting relationships, and helping others solve complex problems.

Before joining HV, Zuzanna worked in private equity at BlackRock in London where she focused on climate tech and renewable power investments across Europe and gained hands-on deal experience. At Goldman Sachs and Global Founders Capital, she gained valuable know-how in investment banking and venture capital. Zuzanna holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business at Rotterdam School of Management. She also completed a Master’s Degree in Finance at Esade Business School in Barcelona.

Kristjan Maruste
Co-Founder and CEO of Comodule.

Kristjan Maruste is a tech entrepreneur (honored to be selected for Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe) and the Co-Founder and CEO of Comodule. Comodule provides IoT connectivity solutions for e-bikes and scooters, making micromobility safer and more engaging. Comodule has connected nearly 500 000 vehicles and has helped to launch sharing fleets in over 60 cities worldwide. In addition, the company manufactures the first European-made, most durable, and eco-friendly kick-scooter on earth. Comodule put the scooter in use by launching its own scooter-sharing fleet called Tuul and the scooter is sold for private use under the Äike brand.

Kaidi Ruusalepp
Founder and CEO of Funderbeam

Founder and CEO of Funderbeam. Funderbeam’s tech powered global marketplace enables global investors to invest in and trade cool companies via the regulated secondary market and founders to handle their fundraise across borders. Kaidi is also the member of the Digital Council of the President of Estonia Mr Alar Karis and President of Estonian Founders Society for 2022. Kaidi is a former CEO of Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange and of the Central Securities Depository. Co-Founder of Estonian Service Industry Association. Ex Member of Startup Europe Advisory Board at European Commission. The first IT lawyer in Estonia, she co-author of the Estonian Digital Signatures Act of 2000 — landmark legislation that enables secure digital identities and, in turn, the country’s booming electronic economy. Sixth year running listed among TOP 50 Europe’s most influential women in the startup and venture capital space. Entrepreneur of the Year, 2018, Technology Playmaker Awards (booking.com global award for women in tech). Person of a Year, 2016, Estonian ICT Association.

Margarita Sivakova
CEO & Co-founder at Legal Nodes

Margarita co-founded a legal tech start-up named Legal Nodes – a legal platform that helps innovative tech companies solve their legal needs all in one place. Build for founders that lead a digital nomad lifestyle. The startup has recently scaled into a new category – web 3 legal with a DAO legal wrapper product. Margarita graduated with the First-Class Honours in Law from the University of Kent and has completed a Legal Practice Course at the BPP Law School in London. She then worked in various law firms but seeing the outdated ways how legal services are being delivered today, became passionate about changing that. Margarita received a European Women of Legal Tech Award 2020 in the Entrepreneurship category and made it to the list of top 25 women in IT by Forbes Ukraine.

Carlos Paniagua
CTO & Co-Founder of Glia

Carlos is the tech co-founder of Glia and writer of the first lines of code that initially defined its product. He built the Estonian-based team that’s creating the world-class Digital Customer Service platform. If you ask him, Glia’s success is all thanks to the talented people that he gets to learn from daily. He’s a graduate of the University of Tartu with a Master’s in Software Engineering (Embedded Real-Time Systems) and a fan of Estonian-style communication.

Arun Srinivasan

Arun is Co-Founder and CEO of Clarisights, a deeptech SaaS startup for Marketing teams, like Amplitude for Growth teams. Arun was the first person to put an ad on Facebook in 2004 and spent his career working in Growth across geographies. In 2018, Arun co-founded Clarisights after seeing that Growth teams are poorly served by BI built dashboards. Clarisights‘ founding team has folks from Facebook and Google.

Clarisights works with some of the most sophisticated marketing teams at Uber, Delivery Hero, Hello Fresh, and others to help them understand and visualize their data. To work at such scale and solve the needs for modern Growth teams, Clarisights had to build a lot of foundational engineering from the ground-up. Last year, Clarisights raised their Series A round led by Sequoia India, and the company is building their team out of Bangalore, Berlin, and beyond.

Ann-Christine Roope

Ann-Christine is Founder and CEO of Ethan Partners a global executive search company focused on the digital space. Ethan Partners has supported over 250 successful Internet companies and placed more than 2000 high profile candidates. Clients include among others Uber, Zalando, Deliveroo, and Goldman Sachs. Previously Ann-Christine was Director of International Recruiting at Rocket Internet where she was responsible for Founder and Senior Executive recruiting for +75 portfolio companies in +45 countries. Before this Ann-Christine was Director of International Recruiting at Groupon as they entered +50 countries globally. Ann-Christine has also supported some of the largest VC’s and PE’s globally with talent acquisition.
Ann-Christine is also Co-Founder of InTech Founders a growth accelerator for diverse tech startups that are looking to scale internationally and attract investors, with the aim to promote diversity and inclusion in tech.

Pascal Condamine
Head of Startup Programs at Scaleway

Working with youth at CTF TECH as the Chief Executive Officer.

Anastasia Georgievskaya
CEO and сo-Founder of Haut.AI

Anastasia Georgievskaya is the CEO and сo-Founder of Haut.AI, an IT company developing technology SaaS platform for hyper-personalisation of skincare and wellness products for R&D and e-commerce using computer vision technology.
Anastasia has a Master’s Degree in Biophysics and she co-authored a number of research papers on Artificial Intelligence methods for skin and medical data processing. Her areas of special research interest are multifaceted mechanisms of the aging process and non-visual skin aging biomarkers.
Anastasia was a speaker at different research and business conferences such as Re-Work Deep Learning in Healthcare London 2017, the Economist Event Asia 2017, Aging and Drug Discovery Conference 2019-2021 in Basel.

Sandra Särav
Data Policy Director in the Estonian Government CIO Office
Eriko Suzuki
CEO of Kind Capital

Eriko Suzuki is CEO of Kind Capital, and founding member of MPower Partners, Japan’s first ESG focused Venture Capital Fund.Eriko is passionate about the conscious tech ecosystem, and has extensive experience investing in Holistic Wellness, Future of Work and Education Tech, and Sustainability Tech.Eriko lived abroad from North America to the Middle East. She obtained an Honors Economics degree at McGill University and interned in Kenya for a World Bank affiliated microfinance organization. She then started her career in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley.
From 2016, she established the Japan business of a Silicon Valley drone startup and entered the world of VC as Director at Taizo Son’s social impact focused fund Mistletoe Inc and then General Partner at global and ESG minded fund Fresco Capital.Eriko is also co-founder of an inclusive wellbeing community MIKO, https://en.miko-holisticwellness.org/.
She is a mother of two children and author of “How we live, will be how we work” (Daiwashobo, 2018)  and translator of New York Times best seller “Mission Economy: A moonshot guide to changing capitalism” (Mariana Mazzucato, 2021).

Marki Tihhonova-Kreek
CEO@CTF Tech

For over 15 years, I have been active in the space of diplomatic and international relations. I have been working at the Estonian Foreign service, most recently holding a post of the Head of Business Diplomacy. I have also been credited with contributions to generating the global cyber talent and dedicating myself as educating the next generation of young people on cyber. In that file I’m leading the processes of several CTF type of cyber trainings and competitions globally, including Cyber Battle of Estonia. I hold a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Oxford and currently proudly working with youth at CTF TECH as the Chief Executive Officer.

Henri Ormus
Co-founder, Member of the Management Board

Henri Ormu, MSc., is co-founder and Member of the Management Board of Fermi Energia, company established early 2019 by Estonian nuclear energy professionals and business people to develop Small Modular Reactor deployment in Estonia. Mr. Ormus has a double MSc. degree, one from Tallinn University of Technology in electrical engineering and the other from Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden in Nuclear Engineering.

Mr. Ormus has more than 13 years of experience in nuclear industry projects, development and management from USA, Russia and Finland. He has served 4 years as the Vice-President of the European Nuclear Society.

Robin Saluoks
CEO and Founder of eAgronom

Robin Saluoks, CEO and Founder of eAgronom
Coming from the organic farming family, Robin’s main purpose is to help farmers in building longterm partnership with nature. For doing it, his founded company eAgronom is providing plug-in infrastructure to bring climate benefits to farmers. Agribusiness dealers use this infrastructure to bring carbon credit program to their clients, banks use the same infrastructure to bring green loans to farmers, etc. All together making climat friendly food production short-term profitable for farmers.

Mazin Gadir
UAE Dubai Health Authority and Digital Health Innovation Expert in MENA

Dr. Mazin Gadir is an External Advisor for healthcare government ministries and
authorities with responsibility for Health strategy development, implementation,
execution and Transformation
Moreover, Dr. Mazin Gadir is the Director of Partnerships, Client Relationships and Bid
Management at IQVIA Payer Provider Government Group. Currently, he is working on a
Post Doctorate research on Value Based Care and Digital Health Transformation in
collaboration with the University of North Florida and Angel Kids Pediatrics. This
program is part of CMS Transforming Clinical Practice initiative TCPi.
Prior to joining, Dr Mazin was a Senior Consultant at Dubai Health Authority,
Organizational Transformation Office. Dr Mazin Gadir also worked in Healthcare
Transformation Strategy and Digital Health Innovation at several companies, including
PriceWaterhouse Coopers PwC, Abu Dhabi Healthcare Services Co. SEHA and Cerner
Limited accumulating 19 years of experience in the field of Healthcare, innovation and
transformation. Notable is his 19 years as a management consultant his depth of
experience covered many global organizations in the UK, France, UAE, KSA, GCC,
Australia, India and the USA.
Dr Mazin Gadir received his PhD in Quantum Electronics and Nanotechnology in
Medical Diagnostics from The University of Leeds in the UK in 2005. He also obtained
his MSc in Management and Business Administration and BEng in Electronics and
Electrical Engineering from the same university.

His professional interests focus on Digital Health Innovation, Health Informatics
workflow optimization, eHealth Regulatory Framework and Compliance, Health
Information Systems/Health Information Exchange, Digital Maturity and Accreditation
according to International Standards, Project and Change Management experience in
Healthcare IT Transformation Programs, and his current projects include Organizational
Development and Strategy Consultancy, stakeholder engagement and knowledge
management & skills in the areas of: Strategy Development, Organizational
Development & Design, Corporate Policy Development, Human Capital Development,
Business Process Re0engineering, change enablement and Organizational Excellence.
In addition, he serves as (eHealth Advisory) for Health Innovation Advisory, and is a
member of Health Information Management Systems Society and Project Management
Institute. Dr Mazin Gadir was recently honored with the (PMI Volunteer of the year for
his contributions to the Innovation in Project Management.

Inese Dosē
Head of Analytics at Eesti Energia

Head of Analytics at Eesti Energia, Management Board member at Enefit SIA. 10+ year experience in the energy sector in West Europe & Baltic States, including business consulting in energy at PwC. Major competences and passion: decarbonisation, sustainability, ESG, GreenTech, disruptive trends in energy.

Rasmus Udde

I’m a cleantech & deeptech guy, with a background in Carbon Finance. So I have done a thing or two on the topic of the future of energy. On top of that, I made a living as a storyteller, explaining difficult technology to investors.

Today, I invest in very early stage electrification startups in Sunly. These startups are shaping the future of energy. Covering sectors like renewables, storage, e-mobility & smart cities.

Yoshinori Nishikawa
Innovation Specialist at City of Kobe

Yoshi is the innovation specialist at City of Kobe to be in charge of startup support initiative.
He joined City of Kobe after working for several private companies in overseas operation.
He is currently responsible for multiple programs like Amelias, which is a support program
for women entrepreneurs starting from this April, and public-private partnership fund for
seed-early stage startups.

Niko Elers
Investment Manager at Noima Ventures

Niko Elers is an Investment Manager at the Nordic Deep tech fund Voima Ventures. Niko has prior operational experience from early-stage start-ups as well as management consulting in Helsinki & Zürich. His broad experience from different sides of the table allows him to approach the myriad sea of problems that a start-up experiences with a pragmatic touch. At Voima Ventures, Niko focuses on founders & companies who are looking to solve the worlds co2 problem and help us move to a post-carbon society in an affordable and scalable way.

Elena Poughia

Ms. Elena Poughia is the MD of Dataconomy, one of the top 10 AI magazines & educational platforms in the world, and the founder of Data Natives, Europe’s largest data science community. As an advocate of data privacy and ethics, is an Evangelist for Polypoly. She frequently mentors startups for Vision Health Pionneers, tech2impact, African Tech Vision, Applied Data Incubator, WeWork Labs and others. She is particularly committed to supporting womxn and marginalized communities by helping them become established in tech professions.

Benjamin Wolba
Associate at Lunar Ventures

After completing his Ph.D. in theoretical physics, Benjamin joined Lunar Ventures as an associate – a Berlin-based VC fund backing European founders working on a computer science moonshot. He is excited about hardware-enabled software businesses and deep tech startups shaping the future of computing – about which he blogs at future-of-computing.com

Lewin Keller
Managing Director, DoiT International

Lewin is no stranger to the startup ecosystem. He serves as a mentor, advisor and angel investor and has previously built the Digital Native Customer Segment for Google Cloud in Germany. Today, Lewin is responsible for DoiT’s expansion in Northern Europe. His mission to disrupt the IT professional service industry helps start- and scale-ups maximize their ROI on the cloud. As a strategic partner of Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform, DoiT helps more than 1500 tech companies in over 70 countries with an innovative platform and kickass business model. Their +200 superhero cloud architects have seen almost everything when it comes to supporting a public cloud stack.

Lewin lives with his wife and kids in between Berlin and the black forest. Yoga, sport, and traveling are his passions.

Linda Võeras

Linda is currently an Investor at Karma Ventures, prior to which she spent several years as an executive search and leadership advisory Consultant at Gillamor Stephens, a deep tech and b2b enterprise focussed search firm in London. Her focus was mainly on early and scaling startups and high-growth enterprises in Europe and globally, working on board, c-suite and VP level hires.

Andrea Szabo

Andrea Szabó is an executive, team and career coach. She works with leaders and talents from various organizations such as Prezi, Bitrise, Skyscanner, Telenor, Sigma Technologies, Nestlé, etc. She has over 350hours of various certifications in individual and team coaching and has held managerial positions for 14 years before becoming a full-time coach in 2010. She has worked as a Managing Partner for the largest Hungarian Executive Search firm, Telkes Consulting Inc, and as the HR Director Worldwide for Graphisoft Inc. Her work has brought her to projects in the U.S., Canada, Japan and numerous countries in Europe. Andrea dedicates 10% of her professional life to pro bono projects.

Kristjan Männik
Partner and Business Area Lead, Helmes

Kristjan´s superpower is putting together high-performance software teams for ambitious companies all over the world.

Since starting out as a software developer (back in the day when LAMP stack was all the rage) he has steadily evolved from analyst to team lead to business area lead to partner in the international digital innovation service company Helmes. He has been behind many successful digital products – the Q to all the James Bonds out there.

Fun fact – Kristjan’s sophisticated accent stems from his time at Cambridge University, while his no-nonsense attitude has been publicly acknowledged by awarding him the title of ‘Mister Efficiency 2021’.

Matan Bordo
Product Marketing Manager at DoiT

As a product marketer, Matan drives awareness and adoption of DoiT’s products which help customers understand, control, and reduce their cloud spend. Outside of work he loves all things US/European history, Stephen King novels, and watching hockey.

Arin Özkula
General Partner at 500 Istanbul

General Partner at 500 Istanbul (istanbul.500.co), a €50m early stage fund investing across CEE and the Baltics and a part of the 500 Global network.

Ekaterina Gianelli
Partner, Inventure

Ekaterina is a Partner of the Nordic VC firm Inventure. An operator-turned-VC, she invests at the earliest stages and loves working closely with founders to help them shape their teams and scale globally. Prior to joining Inventure, Ekaterina was part of the team scaling Fjord from a small consultancy into a world leading design and innovation firm (Fjord was acquired by Accenture Interactive in 2013). She has also worked on product and sales in the marketing and advertising space.

Taavi Kotka
Founder of Koos.io, entrepreneur and former Estonian Government CIO

founder of Koos.io, entrepreneur and former Estonian Government CIO.

Today Taavi is a founder and CEO of Koos.io – company that provides a new ways of ownership to motivate communities.
Background. He started his career as a programmer, rising to be a CEO of the largest software development company in the region – Webmedia (now Nortal). In 2012, he sold his shares in Nortal and accepted Estonian Government offer to become country’s first Chief Information Officer. From 2017 back in private sector, helping his start-ups and consulting large enterprises and governments on digital transformation. He is also a very popular and visionary speaker in large conferences world-wide.

As an engineer and CIO, he has been the brainpower behind many Estonian e-government innovative initiatives like e-residency (digital citizenship), data embassies, country in the cloud, no-legacy policy, VAT fraud detection etc.

Paavo Räisänen
Partner at Maki.vc,

Paavo Räisänen is a partner at Maki.vc, working with deep tech and brand-driven technology companies at pre-seed and seed stage across Europe. From research-based deep tech spin-offs to enterprise software, fintech, new materials and hardware technologies, his investments have covered broadly the B2B space. As a former web developer, entrepreneur and startup executive, Paavo has hard knowledge on commercialization and business building from strategy to operations.

Toms Niparts
Founder and CEO of JEFF

Toms is the Founder and CEO of JEFF, financial marketplace for South-East Asia’s underbanked. With close to 70% of people in countries like Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines not having a bank, hundreds of millions are facing massive challenges to access basic financial services. JEFF is on a mission to bridging this gap by combining user-first marketplace with alternative data-driven credit underwriting tools. Since its launch in 2020, JEFF has processed over 15 million product comparisons, in addition to increasing data product adoption by the company’s B2B clients. Toms carries close to a decade of FinTech experience, having lead international teams with revenue of EUR 10M+ prior resigning from duties to pursue startup life.

Kiran Sharma
Angel Investor

Kiran Sharma is an angel investor and advisor. Until recently she was an equity partner in the private equity team of international law firm Ropes &Gray, specialising in advising on equity investment transactions and advising companies and investment managers on corporate governance and regulatory matters. Kiran sat on the Global Diversity Committee and led on diversity initiatives in the London office. She has mentored a number of female and diverse lawyers over her career, her team being majority female partner led at the time of leaving – the only private equity team in a major law firm to have that level of representation at a senior level. Kiran has been recognised as a leading lawyer in her field. Kiran is a graduate of Cambridge University.

Nina Mohanty
CEO & Founder of Bloom

Nina Mohanty is the co-founder and CEO of Bloom Money, an app that empowers migrant communities to build generational wealth. Before leaving to found Bloom Money, Nina worked at Klarna making payments smoooth and reimagining a better way to pay. Prior to Klarna, Nina worked at London-based Open Banking start up, Bud, to build out a financial marketplace and rethink the way we interact with financial services. She has been a steadfast believer in delivering technology that can better customer’s financial lives and financial literacy since her days at Starling Bank and Mastercard.

She is a recipient of the TechWomen 100 award and recently served as a judge for the Women in Finance UK Awards and the Great British Businesswoman Awards. She has been recognised for four years by Innovate Finance on the Women in FinTech Power List, most recently as a Standout in the Senior Leaders category. In her free time she volunteers her time with multiple charitable organisations and advises Talent Beyond Borders on their strategy for access to financial services for their refugee candidates.

Dr. Jack Kreindler
Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Certific

Dr Jack is a physician, medical technologist & researcher. He has been instrumental in the design, architecture and leadership of a number of healthcare ventures, such as CHHP, Sentrian and SafeMMA. In 2021, he co-founded the med-tech startup Certific to create a new normal in digital medicine. Certific is making asynchronous healthcare part of the future, deploying technology that enables patients to be trusted co-contributors to medical staff in diagnosing illnesses.

When he’s not busy building health tech companies, Jack lectures internationally on the future of medicine and is an Honorary Research Fellow of Imperial College London, where he works on AI and computational modelling for public health risk prediction.

Valentina Primo
Founder and CEO at Startups Without Borders

Valentina is an entrepreneur and a journalist with a Masters in peace studies, Human Rights, and EU policies. She is the founder and CEO of Startups Without Borders, a platform that builds world-class entrepreneurship events, training programs, and media products where diversity takes center stage.

The annual Startups Without Borders Summit was featured amongst the Top 60 startup events to follow, and has hosted entrepreneurs from 85 different countries. Valentina is also a member of the Advisory Board at SXSW Pitch, and was awarded the Women Economic Forum’s Women in Excellence Award 2019. She has been involved in the Middle East’s entrepreneurial landscape since 2013, having launched Egypt’s largest platform on entrepreneurship, Startup Scene Middle East, in 2017, and frequently speaks at conferences in Europe and the Middle East.

Joosep Merelaht
COO and co-founder of Fractory

Admirer of curiosity and innovation in all forms. Joosep is helping engineers and makers put their designs to production faster and with less effort. Together with his co-founders he started Fractory – the on-demand cloud manufacturing platform.

Ken Saan
Founder of Mbuzi24.com

Ken Saan is a well known Estonian film and TV producer, born in Tallinn. He has 25 years of experience in media and entertainment, advertising, film and television. He has worked as a PR consultant, AD, producer, director and screenwriter. He has Won Estonian film and tv awards in 2020 and 2021 for documentary and social-reality series. He has lived between Kenya and Estonia since 2008. Ken has made TV and film-productions from Kenya to European broadcasters like Estonian (ERR) and Finnish national broadcasting (YLE). Work in media took him to many places in Eastern Africa and gave a good insight about Kenyan society and other East African countries. As Mbuzi24 is creating value and stories for the farm products, Ken’s background in film and TV builds a strong platform to handle marketing, business relations and HR.

Anna-Liisa Palatu
Co-founder & CEO at Woola

From moving sidewalks to CBD delivery app, Anna-Liisa has spent the last decade starting futuristic businesses, quitting jobs and analyzing why most of her ideas fail. Until one didn’t.
She co-founded Woola in 2020 to stop Big Oil companies from drowning us in plastic. 2 years and 3 million euros in investments later she is the CEO to 15 people. Most days still not sure how this happened and wondering where’s the manual for this job. Favorite management literature: “Somehow I manage” by Michael Scott.

Sarah Sandnes
Co-founder & CTO of SafetyWing

Sarah Beyahte Sandnes is a co-founder & CTO of SafetyWing. Sarah’s background is in mathematics and computer science, working for both corporate and startups before co-founding SafetyWing as a nomad. She was previously the lead engineer at Tapdaq. SafetyWing – a fully remote team building a global social safety net. Their mission is to remove the role of geographical borders as a barrier to equal opportunities and freedom for everyone by creating a home country on the internet. SafetyWing was born in 2018 (YC W18), has raised $35M investments, and has grown its community of 100k+ customers.

Sille Pettai
Fund manager and Management Board member of SmartCap

Sille Pettai is the fund manager and Management Board member of SmartCap – Estonian sovereign fund focused on early stage VC funds. She also serves as the member of the board at Estonian Venture Capital Association.
Sille has more than 15 years of experience in asset management as an investment executive. She was a fund manager at Swedbank Investment Funds, where she was responsible for the management of alternative investments portfolio with private equity, venture capital and real estate focus in pension funds.

Nadia Costanzo
Head of Banking for Middle East, Africa and Latin America at Wise.

Nadia Costanzo is the Head of Banking for Middle East, Africa and Latin America at Wise.

Wise is a global technology company, building the best way to move money around the world. With the Wise account people and businesses can hold more than 50 currencies, move money between countries and spend money abroad. Large companies and banks use Wise technology too; an entirely new cross-border payments network that will one day power money without borders for everyone, everywhere. However you use the platform, Wise is on a mission to make your life easier and save you money.

Co-founded by Kristo Käärmann and Taavet Hinrikus, Wise launched in 2011 under its original name TransferWise. It is one of the world’s fastest growing, profitable tech companies and is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker, WISE. 12 million people and businesses use Wise, which processes over €7 billion in cross-border transactions every month, saving customers over €1 billion a year.

At Wise, Nadia leads market expansion in the regions through banking relationships, acquiring licenses and working with regulators on financial regulation. Nadia also leads the implementation of initiatives ensuring Wise’s inclusive and safe working environment. Prior to Wise, Nadia was based in Kenya while working at Kiva, a microfinance crowdfunding platform, building partnerships to aid financial inclusion and to expand financial access. She has also worked on financial inclusion at the World Bank, based in Washington DC, and was an ambassador at Accion, based in Paraguay.

Martin Lääts
co-founder and head of Product & Design at Evocon

Martin is the co-founder and head of Product & Design at Evocon.

Evocon helps collect and transform production data into business outcomes that increase productivity and eliminate waste for the manufacturing sector. With Evocon, manufacturers get the transparency and understanding they need to drive change and unlock their true potential. The core philosophy at Evocon is to put people, visualization, and ease of use at the center of every product and feature. Today, the system is used by manufacturers in more than 50 countries, covering 14 industries and 22 languages.

Throughout the years working at Evocon, Martin has been involved with sales, marketing, support, design, and product development. Today, he mainly works with the product and design team dedicated to offering a service and product that greatly exceeds the clients’ expectations.

Ragne Maasel
Head of ESG at LHV

Ragne is the Head of ESG at LHV – the largest domestic financial group in Estonia. She started initiating LHV’s sustainability activities back in 2019 and ever since, her main purpose is to lead the integration of ESG into core business, act as a catalyst for change within the organization, and make sure LHV delivers on its sustainability ambition and promise. She also helps steer the Estonian banking sector towards more sustainable operations as the head of the sustainable banking working group at the Estonian Banking Association.

Joel Larsson
General Partner at Pale blue dot

Joel Larsson is General Partner at Pale blue dot, a Climate Tech VC investing in pre-seed and seed-stage startups that utilize technology to solve the climate crisis. He is a software engineer turned startup founder and has spent the last years investing in startups solving important problems.

Alar Karis
The President of Estonia

Alar Karis is the President of the Republic of Estonia. Until taking office on 11th October 2021, he was the director of the Estonian National Museum (from 2018). President Karis served as the Auditor-General of the Republic of Estonia from 2013-2018, and before that as the rector of the Estonian University of Life Sciences from 2003-2007 and of the University of Tartu from 2007-2012. Most of President Karis’ scientific career has focused on research and teaching in molecular genetics and developmental biology. He has worked at universities in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, and joined the University of Tartu as a professor in 1999. His research has been among the most widely cited internationally of any Estonian scientist of his generation.

Claes Radojewski
Inception Program Manager Nordics at Nvidia

“Managing NVIDIA’s Startup and Scaleup engagements In the Baltics & Nordics, helping startups develop and scale faster through tech support as well as customer & VC introductions.

Background from corporate venturing in the Automotive sector where he worked with global brands as Volvo Cars, Volvo Group, Veoneer & Ericsson.

Ash Ravikumar
Head of Startups @ CERN

Ash leads all the startup activities at CERN, the home of the Large Hardon Collider. Ash as head of startups at CERN is tasked with supporting deep tech founders from CERN and to support startups with technology created at CERN. Ash has worked on commercializing early stage frontier technologies for 15+ years across USA, India, and Australia.

Martin Bruncko
Executive Vice President in charge of Europe at Binance

Technology entrepreneur, executive, investor and former public policy leader. Executive Vice President in charge of Europe at Binance. Also, member of investment committee of the European Innovation Council Fund. Previously founder and Managing Partner of Steam Capital, junior minister for innovations and deputy of the minister of finance of Slovakia. Former board member at European Stability Mechanism. Former Senior Director and Head of Europe at World Economic Forum. Previously founder and Executive Chairman of Neulogy, a premier advisory and investment boutique in Central and Eastern Europe focusing on R&D and deep tech start-ups. Previously management, board and advisory positions in several globally innovative deep tech companies, including AeroMobil flying car company. BA from Stanford University and MPA from Harvard Kennedy School. Previously awarded Young Global Leader at WEF and Termeer Fellow.

Karen Burns
Co-Founder & CEO of Fyma

Karen is the Co-Founder and CEO of Fyma, a computer vision SaaS platform that turns cameras into predictive sensors. Nobody will ever be able to make sense of all the video streams from the millions of cameras around us unless they use cognitive AI – that’s what Fyma does for the built environment vertical.

Karen has 16+ years prior experience in ICT and Business Development roles and she has lived and worked in the UK, South Africa and the Middle East, both in private and public sector organisations in management positions. She also had the honour of working with Abu Dhabi Government Media Zone Authority to bring productions such as fast Furious 7 and Star Wars 7 successfully to the Emirate.

Karen is a regular speaker on strategy, business development and management topics at conferences and events, she is passionate about getting more women into STEM and management positions and changing the built world for the better through the use of computer vision.

Joseph Mocanu
Co-founder of Verge HealthTech Fund

Joseph is a co-founder of Verge HealthTech Fund focusing on seed stage healthcare technology
companies relevant to emerging markets. Prior to this, Joseph was a scientist researching new cancer
therapies, a medical device entrepreneur, and a management consultant for Oliver Wyman where he
led life sciences and digital health across Asia. He has 19 scientific publications, 3 patents, and has
made investments in 24 healthcare technology companies to date.
Joseph has a PhD from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of
Business.

Dilek Dayinlarli
Founder and Managing Partner of ScaleX Ventures

An entrepreneur, investor and company scaler, with experience in forming, funding, running, advising and investing in technology companies. Dilek is the founder and managing partner of ScaleX Ventures. She invests in B2B software, AI, bioinformatics, robotics, cyber and also leads them to global scaling.

Dilek was actively investing as an angel and being an active chairwoman since 2017. She has been an angel investor in companies like Picus Security, DataRow (acquired by AWS), Genomize, and Genialis, having a board seat on multiple of them.

Previously she was an investor at 212, an early-stage technology venture capital in İstanbul. She invested in companies like IyziCo, the biggest Fintech company in the region and Insider, global marketing automation software, funded by Sequoia Capital and so on. Prior to 212, Dilek worked at Groupon as Director of Strategy and Analysis, Management Consultant at Accenture and Business Developer at Koc Group. She started her career in the USA, where she held different project management positions and also started her own startup.

Dilek received a BA honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yildiz Technical University and MBA from Johnson & Wales University, both with honor degrees. Dilek is also one of the first Kauffman Fellows, chosen from Turkey and distinguished by scholarship. She is also a founding member and leader of Arya Women Investment Platform. She is a guest lecturer at Stanford University and a judge at European Commission. Dilek was awarded as *One of the Most Successful Women Leaders in Turkey,* thanks to her contributions and impact on tech industry.

Vassilis Papakonstantinou
Partner, Blue Dome Capital & Vice-Chairman MITEF Greece

Vassilis is a technology entrepreneur with a solid engineering and business background. He is the co-founder of Mobiltron, Inc, a technology startup developing a passive authentication platform using machine learning and behavioral biometrics. He is a partner at Blue Dome Capital, an investment manager seeking to capture emerging investment opportunities in technology transfer and innovation-driven ventures in Central & South-Eastern Europe. He sits on the Boards of Directors of various deep technology companies. He is a co-founder of the MIT Enterprise Forum Greece and the Boston-based Hellenic Innovation Network. He holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and Ocean Systems Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in Greece with his family and enjoys running and windsurfing.

Seth Bannon
Founding Partner @ Fifty Years

Seth Bannon is a Founding Partner at Fifty Years. Seth has seeded a range of startups shaping the world for the better — companies like Upside Foods (culturing meat to eat), Solugen (engineering enzymes to produce industrial chemicals sustainably), and Astranis (small satellites to cover the Earth in Internet).

Seth is also the co-founder of Impact.Tech, a community of entrepreneurs combining purpose with profit, and was previously the founder & CEO of startup Amicus. A graduate of Y Combinator, Seth was named twice to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Social Entrepreneurship.

An avid chess player, Seth can occasionally be found in parks around the world attempting to hustle chess hustlers.

Christopher “Xris” Diserens
Chief Compliance and Community Officer at SwissBorg

Christophe Diserens is the Chief Compliance and Community Officer at SwissBorg. He holds a Masters in Science from HEC, Faculty of Business & Economics, Lausanne, Switzerland, as well as the ICA International Advanced Certificate in Regulatory Compliance.
A member of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association and former Vice-President of the EFG bank, Christophe brings 15 years of experience and his enormous energy to his role at SwissBorg.
Thanks to his solid understanding of the traditional world of finance and his expertise in Blockchain, he aims to raise awareness about Blockchain, digital assets and NFTs to bridge the off-chain and on-chain worlds.

Shefali Roy
Angel Investor

Shefali is an angel investor and advisor. Until recently, she was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of TrueLayer till September 2020. She was an early employee at Stripe where she was their Chief Compliance Officer and MLRO for Europe, and responsible for the licensing, regulatory oversight including risk, and compliance of Stripe’s operations in Europe. Prior to Stripe, she led compliance, business conduct and risk across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa for Apple, was the Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer for Christie’s worldwide, and was in private wealth compliance for Goldman Sachs across Europe and the Middle East.
Shefali is an Associate Fellow at Said Business School, Oxford and teaches on startups, organisation behaviour and ethics, leadership, and defi and crypto. She sits on the Board of the Maker Foundation (USA; originators of the DAI stablecoin), and Tyro (AUS; ASX: TYR), and holds strategic advisory positions at the Barefoot College, and Nye Health.
Shefali is a graduate of RMIT, LSE, and Oxford University where she gained qualifications in law, economics and finance, and management. Between 2016 – 2020, Shefali was named on Innovate Finance’s Most Powerful Women in FinTech List, and in 2017, she delivered her first Tedx talk, on ethics and business.
She lives in London.

Ott Vatter
Founding partner @Vertikal.Digital

Entrepreneur and former government innovation catalyst as Managing Director of the first governmental start-up: e-Residency by the Republic of Estonia. Currently advising next success stories in e-governance through vertikal.digital and helping to create a platform for prosperity in Central-America: Próspera.

Taavi Tamkivi
Founder & CEO, Salv

Taavi Tamkivi is the founder and CEO of Salv, an Estonian-based regtech founded in 2018. Taavi has two decades of compliance experience – firstly leading Skype’s anti-fraud team, and then building Wise’s anti-money laundering team and tooling. At Skype, he learned the challenges of managing and analysing massive data sets, at Wise, the value of building iterative, fast-scaling tooling that meets the needs of the ever-changing fincrime landscape. At Salv, Taavi is combining these experiences to beat financial crime – by building faster, smarter, data-driven technology for financial companies. Outside of Salv, Taavi is a board member and head of the AML working group at the European Fintech Association, and the board member and fintech lead for Finance Estonia.

Dama Sathianathan
Partner at Bethnal Green Ventures

Dama Sathianathan (she/her) is a partner at Bethnal Green Ventures (BGV), Europe’s leading early-stage tech for good VC, backing ambitious founders using tech to tackle pressing social and environmental challenges at scale. At BGV, she leads on community and networks, driving BGV’s efforts to act with integrity on diversity, equity and inclusion and fuel the broader tech for good movement across the UK.

Dama sits on the steering committee of VentureESG, the world’s largest community of VCs and LPs stewarding better-shared learning and practices to integrate ESG and impact at the fund level and beyond.

Dama has the pulse on the tech ecosystem supporting founders from all walks of life through regular mentoring on incubators and pre-investment programmes helping founders navigate the early-stage funding landscape. Dama has operator experience as a former Director of a CIC successfully raising over a million for the social enterprise. She’s also a Trustee at Chayn, a non-profit building open-source products and services for survivors of gender-based violence and domestic abuse.

 

Dama previously worked for international NGOs using digital and data advocating for better human rights practices in global development and humanitarian response and has a degree in international relations from Leiden University.

Michael Lints
Partner at Golden Gate Ventures

Michael Lints has over 20 years of experience helping innovative businesses obtain the resources, insights, and expertise they need in order to be successful. Michael has been a startup operator, investor, and mentor, and is currently a Partner at the Singapore-based venture capital firm Golden Gate Ventures. He joined the firm in 2013 and is currently leading growth venture efforts, which include LP fundraising and portfolio management for Golden Gate Venture’s investments at Series B and beyond.
Michael’s entrepreneurial journey began in 2000 when he co-founded an IT managed services startup in Europe that was acquired by a large data and telecom company six years later. In 2007, Michael founded a venture fund focused on Dutch small- and medium-sized enterprises to help them with capital financing, business development, and strategy. During the same period, he was invited to join the Economic Development Board Rotterdam as Vice Chairman. In that role, he launched the Young Economic Development Board where he brought together a highly influential Dutch network to develop a sustainable framework for public-private relationships that increased local business investment while leveraging the public infrastructure.
Michael has helped support firm and portfolio-level priorities that have spanned fundraising, capital allocation, and corporate development. He has helped to raise over USD $60M for Golden Gate Ventures and its portfolio companies, including helping to raise later stage rounds from external investors as well as leading two early strategic acquisitions.
Outside of work, sport is an essential part of Michael’s life. He is a former member of the Dutch karate team and the former ambassador for Treknology (Trek bikes distributor in Singapore). Michael actively participates in Ironman 70.3 races and marathons. He is also passionate about social justice and uses sport as a vehicle to raise awareness for important issues such as civil rights, economic opportunity, and education. Besides sport, Michael is an active writer and writes articles regarding life, balance, and venture capital on michaellints.com.

Kristine Nagle
Founder and Sustainability advisor at Your Impact House

Kristine Nagle is the Founder and Sustainability advisor at Your Impact House. Impact House is helping fast-growing tech companies launch and scale sustainability. Her experience includes managing accelerator programs at Startup Wise Guys, gaining a global network as the CEO of TechChill, and recently building a sustainability strategy for the first Latvian unicorn, Printful.

Merit Valdsalu
CEO & co-founder

Merit is the CEO & Co-Founder of Single.Earth, an Estonian startup tokenizing the world’s nature to save it. She was one of the early employees at Pipedrive as the Head of Localization and is now combining two of her biggest passions – innovative tech and the environment – at Single.Earth.

Kristjan Korjus
Co-founder and CTO of Pactum

Kristjan Korjus is a co-founder and CTO of Pactum. Pactum helps companies to improve contracts
by automatically negotiating them on a massive scale. Previously head of AI at Starship
Technologies which has the largest fleet of self-driving delivery robots. He has led a successful
GitHub project where the team was the first to replicate DeepMind’s famous AI that plays Atari
games and he is a co-author of the best-selling book in Estonia “Bedside Reading About
Mathematics”. Kristjan has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Masters in Mathematics.

Akim Arhipov
Founder of Fund Fellow Founders

With a background in banking and finance, Akim Arhipov has launched four companies and has sold two of them.The most recent was BASIS ID (acquired by ZignSec Group) in 2020.

He started his career in HSBC, then helped set up key solutions for the new transportation company Onnibus & Superbus using data analytics and machine learning in a way that made transportation affordable for everyone. While building an identity verification startup in Singapore, Akim was listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 for contribution to the development of the digital identity in Asia.

Guillaume Moubeche
CEO & Co-founder of lempire

Long:

Co-Founder and CEO of lempire. On a mission to help 1,000,000 entrepreneurs to build a profitable business by 2025.

In 3.5 years, we went from 0 to $10 million ARR, +20k+ customers worldwide, without any funding.

I love SaaS businesses, B2B growth strategies, and cool people.

Short:
30 years old
Co-founder of lempod (acquired in 2020)
+20,000 international clients
HEC Paris – Master in Marketing
Chemical engineer (ENSCP)
TedX speaker, International speaker, Global expert
On a mission to help 1,000,000 entrepreneurs to build a profitable business by 2025.

Lars Trunin
Head of UK Product @ Wise

Lars is the Head of UK Product @ Wise.
Wise is a global technology company, building the best way to move money around the world.
With the Wise account people and businesses can hold more than 50 currencies, move money between countries and spend money abroad. Large companies and banks use Wise technology too; an entirely new cross-border payments network that will one day power money without borders for everyone, everywhere. However you use the platform, Wise is on a mission to make your life easier and save you money.
Co-founded by Kristo Käärmann and Taavet Hinrikus, Wise launched in 2011 under its original name TransferWise. It is one of the world’s fastest growing, profitable tech companies and is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker, WISE. 12 million people and businesses use Wise, which processes over €7 billion in cross-border transactions every month, saving customers over €1 billion a year.
Lars leads a team focused on helping people around the world move British Pounds internationally as quickly, cheaply and conveniently as possible. He spearheaded the initiative of Wise joining the Bank of England’s Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system as the first Non-Bank Payment Service Provider and as a direct participant of the Faster Payments Scheme.
In early 2021, Lars joined the Board of Pay.UK, the operator of the UK’s retail payment systems, as a Non-Executive Director to represent small participants and to support innovation.
Prior to Wise, Lars founded Raudwara, an Estonian publishing house, authored several bestselling books in Mathematics, and worked with the Walt Disney Company on a strategic consulting project in Africa. He holds an MBA from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Kaspar Korjus
Co-Founder and CPO of Pactum

Kaspar Korjus is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Pactum AI. Previously, he was the founding MD of e-Residency, one of Europe’s most ambitious Government tech projects. Throughout 2017 and 2018 Kaspar was the most cited Estonian in the global press. In 2015 he was listed number one in the Technology and Finance section of Forbes Estonia’s 30 under 30, and was elected by US CTO Megan Smith as one of the 20 global digital leaders. In 2019 he was nominated as JCI 10 Most Outstanding Young Persons of the World. Furthermore, Kaspar was awarded the Order of Orange-Nassau by the King of the Netherlands, His Majesty Willem-Alexander, in recognition of his contributions to the betterment of societies worldwide.

Martin Sokk
CEO of Lightyear

Martin is a lifelong product builder in the finance world and more recently joined Wise (formerly TransferWise) as the first product person. There, he was responsible for building the company’s offering and performance. During his five years at the company, Martin took on various leadership roles from head of product, spending some time as Head of People, tackling money operations and liquidity management as the Head of Operations

Martin began working with Mihkel on the idea for Lightyear in the summer of 2020. After meeting for a coffee to catch up, they both quickly realised that they shared a strong opinion: investing in Europe is still broken.

As regular investors themselves, they shared frustrations with having to use multiple platforms for different things to get the best outcomes, experiencing firsthand the high fees, sneaky hidden costs and the complicated nature of investing. The idea for Lightyear was born out of a personal frustration that they both realised can help millions of people around Europe.

Mari-Ann Meigo Fonseca
Co-founder & COO

Mari-Ann Meigo Fonseca is the co-founder and COO of Gelatex. She has a BASc degree in Technical Design and Technology of Apparel and an MBA degree in Entrepreneurship and Technology Management. Mari-Ann has experience in textile industry product development, manufacturing management, and optimization and has also worked as a business consultant and a project manager of various international projects.
Mari-Ann is passionate about supporting practices that could make life on Earth more sustainable and healthy. She believes that everything we do should have a purpose, and thus, constantly asks why we do what we do and tries to improve the efficiency in processes and communication as much as possible.

Heli Valtna
Co-founder & CEO of LightCode Photonics

Heli Valtna is a co-founder and CEO of LightCode Photonics. This is a deep tech startup to introduce the breakthrough in 3D imaging that makes the automated mobility affordable for service robots.
Heli has a PhD in physics and 20 years of experience in leadership and R&D. She has successfully negotiated agreements and raised funding more than €25M in worth.

James Berdigans
CEO of Printify

James Berdigans is the founder and CEO of Printify, a global print-on-demand platform that’s made it possible for millions of people around the world to build an independent business by selling high-quality customized merchandise online. With offices in Riga and Tallinn, and a team of over 600 people spread around the globe, Printify is a customer-obsessed company helping to make entrepreneurship a reality for millions.

Over the years James tried (and failed) at creating a number of businesses. He learned a lot. In particular, he was frustrated by the high costs and risks of producing large amounts of products that he couldn’t guarantee he would be able to sell. So, in 2015 James decided to solve his own challenge and teamed up with engineers to build a platform that connected buyer to producer and automate all the steps in-between to make it possible to only produce products when a customer had committed to buying it. This turned out to be useful to many other people too, and that’s how Printify was born.

James strongly believes that print-on-demand is the future of more sustainable manufacturing, and therefore the company’s long-term vision is to change the world of mass manufacturing to one of on-demand production eliminating excess stock and reducing environmental waste.

Karoli Hindriks
Founder CEO, Jobbatical

Karoli is the CEO & founder of Jobbatical, a startup Forbes named one of Europe’s 10 Most Exciting Technology SMEs For 2018. Jobbatical is working on removing the friction of international relocation by making immigration processes seamless through technology. In 2017 Karoli was nominated to speak at the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women International Summit. Past seven years EU-Startups named her one of the 50 most influential women in the European startup and VC space. In 2020 the EU Council named her one of the 8 most inspiring women in Europe. In 2021 she was a speaker at the TED conference in Monterey, California. Karoli founded her first company at 16, officially becoming the youngest inventor in her native Estonia. She also led the launch of seven television channels in Northern Europe, incl. National Geographic Channels and MTV.

Andres Sutt
Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology

Mr Andres Sutt is the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology since 26 January 2021. He was elected to Riigikogu on March 3, 2019 as a Member of the liberal Reform Party.
Prior to assuming public office Mr Sutt has over 25 years of international experience in central banking, bank restructuring and crisis management. Mr Sutt was the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Estonia, he has worked for the European Stability Mechanism, for the European Financial Stability Facility and represented Estonia at the Executive Board of the IMF. He was also a Member of Management Board of Enefit, the largest energy utility in Estonia.

Mr Sutt serves as the Board Member of SOS Children’s Village Estonia, Estonian Maternity Hospitals Foundation and the University of Tartu Foundation.

He has Master’s Degree in Economics and Finance (cum laude) from Tartu University, Estonia and has studied management at INSEAD, France.

Alessandra Berg
Founder and CEO, Top Tier Impact

Alessa Berg is the founder and CEO of Top Tier Impact, the global ecosystem of impact and sustainability leaders. The TTI Group has a private network of 500+ impact leaders across more than 40 countries, a business focused on ESG & climate risk scenario planning, and an impact investment unit. TTI’s mission is to accelerate the mainstream adoption of impact in the way investments are made and companies are managed.

Alessa was born in Switzerland and is fluent in 6 languages. She created her first business at 11 years old and after graduating from Oxford University, she started her career in private equity at Blackstone and venture capital at Mosaic Ventures. She’s been an angel investor in impact tech for a decade and sits on the advisory board of several impact funds.

Eamonn Carey
General Partner at Tera Ventures

Eamonn Carey is a General Partner at Tera Ventures, where he invests in pre-seed and seed stage digital businesses. Prior to that, he was an MD at Techstars in New York and London, and a GP at The Fund. He’s invested in over 90 companies across Europe, the US, Africa and Asia. He started his career as a journalist, before starting his first company in 2005. He’s subsequently started, scaled, succeeded and failed as a founder!

Annalise Dragic
Partner at Sapphire Ventures

Annalise is a Partner at Sapphire Ventures where she focuses on analyzing new investments and assisting portfolio companies, primarily in Europe and Israel. She is involved in Sapphire’s investments in Adverity, Contentful, GitGuardian, Matillion, Unmind, and Yapily, and worked on the firm’s investment in Cazoo (NYSE: CZOO), Currencycloud (acquired by Visa), and Wandera (acquired by Jamf).

Prior to joining Sapphire, Annalise was an investor at Atomico where she invested in European startups covering the UK market and enterprise sector. Previously, Annalise worked at LinkedIn in the San Francisco, London and Dublin offices where she contributed to corporate M&A, business operations, sales strategy and product finance. Annalise holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University, studied abroad at Harbin Institute of Technology in China and earned an MBA from Stanford University, where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Raja Skogland
Founder at The Visionary Company

Helping create Zebras, Unicorns and Angel Investors.
Raja is an entrepreneur at heart who has been playing a key role within the Norwegian startup ecosystem.
Investor in 50+ startups (direct & indirect), 3x entrepreneur (1 exit) and lecturer in Startup Methodologies at Kristiania University College, she is an entrepreneur at heart who strongly believes in the limitless human potential and is passionate about empowering her peers.

Since 2015, she has been helping 1000s of entrepreneurs build their network, gain knowledge, and access capital, to be able to start and successfully grow their company, through platforms such as thehub.io (which she launched in Norway in 2016), and several other platforms she initiated.

Recently she started The Visionary Company, a digital community hosting programs for angel investors, startups, as well as mindfulness retreats and events helping entrepreneurs find balance and perform better.

Dan Ram
Latitude59 host

Daniel (known more popularly as DanRam) is an igniter. A 5x TEDx speaker, 3x entrepreneur, prolific speaker, and startup coach, his clients range from individual founders to national governments. His eclectic background growing up in 10 countries on 4 continents, his multi-continent education including Yale University and Trinity College (and currently pursuing a PhD in Entrepreneurship at RWTH), as well as his work in diverse industries from the UN to Consulting to Private Equity to Startups ensures that his clients are at the cutting edge of innovation.

On the ground, he is the founder of several startups in multiple countries and has coached scores of founders and startups. At the national level, Daniel was part of the 7 person panel commissioned by Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to put together an Entrepreneurship Policy. He was recognized as Top 40 under 40 leader 2020 as well as Top 100 Yale Alumni in Technology 2021.

DanRam travels the globe as an Event MC & Speaker at over 100 events a year. Hosting changemakers like President Barack Obama, billionaire founders Sir Richard Branson and Reid Hoffman, F1 champion Nico Rosberg, Grammy-winning artists and celebrities, he works on 4 continents from college campuses to parliaments to in-house corporate innovation days for Fortune 500 companies to the biggest tech conferences in the world. His passion is to inspire people with his motto ‘Start Now Start Simple’ in building a future we all want to live in.

# Short Bio

**DanRam**

**Event MC| 5x TEDx Speaker | Executive Coach**

DanRam travels the globe as an Event MC & Speaker at over 100 events a year. Hosting changemakers like President Barack Obama, billionaire founders Sir Richard Branson and Reid Hoffman, F1 champion Nico Rosberg, Grammy-winning artists and celebrities, he works on 4 continents from college campuses to parliaments to in-house corporate innovation days for Fortune 500 companies to the biggest tech conferences in the world. His passion is to inspire people with his motto ‘Start Now Start Simple’ in building a future we all want to live in.

Anisah Osman Britton
Reporter at Sifted/ storytelling at Calm Company Fund

Impact x Tech x Capital
My interests lie at the intersection where these three meet.

Founder at 23 Code Street— a coding school for women and non binary people that identify with a women’s centred space.

Trustee at Social Tech Trust— a UK charity supporting and funding socially driven tech companies

Startup Life Reporter at Sifted— Amy Lewin and I write the weekly Startup Life newsletter for Europe’s startup operators. It’s all about people, product and purpose.

Mari Joller
Founder and CEO of Snackable.AI

Mari Joller is the founder and CEO of Snackable AI, the insights engine for recorded content. The company helps businesses distill the most meaningful insights from countless hours of webinars, industry presentations, podcasts, customer conversations, and more, faster than ever before.

Snackable is the second AI-focused business Mari has started (the first, Scarlet, was acquired in 2016) and one of many technologies she’s built/scaled, including products for Virgin Mobile and Nokia. She’s a firm believer in the power of innovative technology to solve real problems, frequently speaking on topics ranging from how AI products can be designed more responsibly to the future of work in our digital-first (and increasingly complex) world.

A New Yorker born in Estonia, where half of Snackable is based, Mari is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Middlebury College.

Peter Troels Brahe
COO at Institut for Cyber Risk

Peter Brahe has worked a lifetime in Security and Intelligence and has for years led the Danish Government Offensive Cyber Operations. Peter has now switched over to the “good side” and use his knowledge and experience to advise private companies and governments around the world in how to best protect themselves from cyber threats.

Peter has strong opinions on especially collaboration between the private sector and government cyber entities, but also use straight talk when pushing companies to take responsibility for their own security. According to Peter, the overwhelming cyber-arms-race will force companies to prioritize what part of the business to protect and which part to live with the risk of a compromise. “There’s zero chance that you can protect your whole business effectively. The hard part is to trick is therefore to identify what can destroy your business if compromised and then go all-in in protecting this”.

Ethan Pierse
Director of The CryptoAssets Institute

Ethan educates and inspires audiences on the Web3 Economy and Tokenized Securities, as well as Europe’s startup ecosystems and its entrepreneurs, as host of The Web3 Economy and Europe’s Tech Stories with Series.E Media. He is the $ETHAN social token on Rally; Director at The CryptoAssets Institute, and Founder of Borderless Ventures.

Toomas Henrik Ilves
Former President of Estonia

Toomas Hendrik Ilves served as president of Estonia from 2006-16. Ilves is renowned for making Estonia one of the most digitally advanced nations through innovative policies that invested heavily in the future.
Estonia is considered the leading country of digital governance, offering government e-services in voting, banking, healthcare, transportation, and education. Already a decade before his presidency Ilves introduced initiatives such as the “Tiger leap” programme for Estonian schools: to equip them with computer labs and to get them all online.
Ilves was born to Estonian refugees and raised in the United States. He holds a BA from Columbia and an MA from the University of Pennsylvania. He moved to Munich in 1984 to work as an analyst and researcher for Radio Free Europe, eventually becoming Director of the radio’s Estonian Service.
From 1993-96 he served as Estonia’s ambassador to the United States. In 1996 he was appointed country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, a post he held until 1998, and again from 1999 to 2002. In that time he successfully steered Estonia into the EU and NATO in 2004
He was elected to the European Parliament in 2004, where he served as vice-chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee. He ran for the presidency of Estonia as a joint candidate of the Social Democratic, Conservative and Liberal Parties and was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2011.
Ilves used his office to further to the country’s leadership in digital governance as well as in cyber security. Since November 2016, Ilves has co-chaired The Global Futures Council on Blockchain Technology, a working group set up by the World Economic Forum focusing on how blockchain technology can be used to improve the security of the internet.
Since leaving office Ilves spent three and a half years as a distinguished visiting fellow at Stanford University and the Center for Advance Study in the Behavioral Sciences, while lecturing widely in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America on the digitization of governance and public services. Most recently he is also advising the WHO-Europe on technological solutions to the Covid-17 pandemic and cross-border health more broadly while teaching at Tartu University in Estonia.

Ilves lives on his farm in Estonia. He has four children. His wife Ieva Ilves is advisor on digital affairs for the President of Latvia.

Anett Numa
Policy Adviser at Ministry of Defence of Estonia

Having lived and studied in different countries I have learned to appreciate the perks of living in a fully digital society. I believe that all processes and structures of public services should be accessible and simple for everyone. Based on my academic background in political science, I focus on enhancing an excellent collaboration between the public and private sector to create a comprehensive and supportive environment. Besides this, I am now focusing on shaping cyber policies-building a substantial collaboration between different countries in countering and tackling cyber threats.

Nikola Pavesic
Director of Startups at Infobip

Born and raised in Croatia, studied in Italy, Switzerland and the UK, with tenure in Tanzania and, for a rather long time, Japan. Nikola has worked in the public sector for the UN which is how he originally arrived in Japan in 2011. He has worked in tech for a long time – running startups and working with Nikkei, the leading Japanese business media, in Tokyo.
Nikola is currently leading the Startup Ecosystem department at Infobip – the best hidden tech success story from the most unlikely of places – and supporting tech ecosystems around the world.

Kersti Kaljulaid
Former President of Estonia

Kersti Kaljulaid served as the President of the Republic of Estonia from 2016-2021. During her time in office, she made her presence felt in both her homeland and the international arena.

Previously she had been serving as a Member of the European Court of Auditors, advising Prime Minister Mart Laar and holding diferent top level positions in energy, investment banking and telecom sector. Genetic engineer and economist by education, she has been a member of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian Genome Center and the Council Chair of the University of Tartu from 2012 to 2016.

In summer 2021, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed President Kaljulaid to the position of Global Advocate for the ‘Every Woman Every Child’ strategy on the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents around the world for the next two years. She was also the first Estonian to be featured in the Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

Kersti Kaljulaid has become a sought-after speaker at high-level forums on digital, security and foreign-policy topics and more broadly for analysing and interpreting societal and economic change.

President Kaljulaid is a vocal advocate of human rights, rule of law, freedom of speech and democracy. One of the principles in the in office of president has been the one she set out upon her inauguration: “I am never silent when our security is in question, when our freedoms are at stake or when those weaker than us are treated unjustly.

Ethan Pierse
Director of The CryptoAssets Institute

A sought-after MC and moderator as well as a prolific keynote speaker, Ethan currently educates and inspires audiences on the Web3 Economy (NFTs, DAOs, Social Tokens, the Decentralized Creator Economy) and the larger Tokenized Securities discussion in the Blockchain Economy. His French Tech News and upcoming European Tech-focused media interview Europe’s leading tech entrepreneurs and investors to tell the important stories of Europe’s innovation ecosystems.

Ethan is the host of The Web3 Economy News, French Tech News, and Startup Stories with Scaleway podcasts and media. He is the Founder of Borderless Ventures, Creator of the $ETHAN social token on Rally.io, and Director of The CryptoAssets Institute.

David Goldberg
Global CEO of Founders Pledge

David is the co-founder and Global CEO of Founders Pledge. He moved into the non-profit sector from an eclectic commercial background. Having run the gauntlet of finance, start-up, and academia, he started Founders Pledge to make it absurdly easy for entrepreneurs to do good in their work and lives. Following high school, David joined Mortgage Capital Associates, one of the largest privately held mortgage banks in the U.S., where he launched the secondary marketing department. After that, he worked as a mortgage and investment banker at CS Financial in Beverly Hills. David also founded and ran a boutique real estate firm in Germany and was the general manager of Urban Motion. David is a graduate of UCLA and the University of Cambridge.

Triin Hertmann
Co-founder and COO of Grünfin

Triin Hertmann is the co-founder and COO of Grünfin. She has more than 20 years of experience in technology and fintech. Her early career in private equity and corporate finance led her to join Skype’s finance team in 2005 to help build the company’s finance and planning processes. As the second employee at (Transfer)Wise in 2011, she helped set up the startup’s payment operations and finance processes, and later was in charge of the company’s global offices and people operations. She’s an active angel investor, with a keen focus on impact start-ups and female founders.

Lubomila Jordanova
CEO & Founder, Plan A

Lubomila Jordanova is the co-founder and CEO of Plan A, a Berlin-based company developing an end-to-end platform that uses machine learning and science to enable businesses to manage and improve their carbon and ESG performance. She is also the co-founder of the Greentech Alliance, a community of over 1300 startups which are connected to over 500 advisors from VC, media and business. Prior to Plan A, she worked in investment banking, venture capital and fintech in Asia and Europe. She is a BMW Responsible Leader, Marshall Fund Fellow for 2021, 100 Top Women in Germany 2020 (Focus Magazin), Top 50 Women in Tech in Germany 2021 (Handelsblatt), and Obama Leader Europe 2022. 

Devika Thapar
Co-founder at Wilbe.com

Devika Thapar is Co-founder at Wilbe.com, the Home for Scientist Leaders, where they educate, support and invest in scientist founders. In less than two years they have built an end-end platform to support a growing community of entrepreneurial researchers from University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University of Oxford, Max Planck Society and more. Devika has been commercializing frontier technology for the past decade, formerly as head of new product development at IBM Watson in New York, where she spent five years commercialising AI solutions for large enterprises across USA and Europe and prior to that at Yale’s Tech Transfer Office operationalizing a program of spinout evaluation. She began her career in strategy management consulting with Accenture India.

Kaarel Kotkas
Founder & CEO at Veriff

Kaarel is the strategic thinker and visionary behind Veriff. He keeps Veriff’s team one step ahead of fraud and competition in the dynamic world of online identification. With plenty of energy and enthusiasm, he encourages the Veriff team to stand for honesty in the digital world. In March 2020, Kaarel was named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Estonia. Also, Nordic Business Report named Kaarel one of the 25 most influential young entrepreneurs in Northern Europe in 2018.