Justas currently works as Chief Executive Officer at Blockchain Centre Vilnius. In 2016, Justas joined CyberGym, a leading Israeli cybersecurity training company and since 2017 he is consulting financial technology and blockchain companies in the areas of business strategy, product development and investor outreach.
Jean-Baptiste (JB) Daguené has 10 years of experience in the B2B sales sector and has been increasingly more involved with VCs and accelerators in the Baltics in the past 4 years. JB’s previous experience includes executive roles in sales divisions in several European startups, including TrustPilot, one of the most successful Danish startups.
Marjel is a Stanford University Ignite graduate and has studied Business Analytics, Economics and Financial Accounting at Harvard Business School (HBX). Before joining Rockstart, she was COO of an AI-driven digital media company with €2M+ in seed funding and worked on a wine technology project, which applied machine learning to predict wine consumer interests. In addition to that, she’s built a data-driven international consulting company for Alexandre de Rothschild (deputy chairman of Rothschild & Co.) in a COO capacity.
Dominykas is currently focused on the development of the Lithuanian fintech ecosystem strategy. His main fields of expertise are International Sales and Operations, Business Development, Key Account Management and Corporate Social Responsibility Management.
Michelle Messina is CEO of the international consulting and training firm, Explora International. She is a serial entrepreneur and sold her first company at 19 years old. Today, she is a corporate board member and trains startups, investors and mentors to be more effective using the best practices of Silicon Valley incorporated in her new book ”Decoding Silicon Valley: The Insider’s Guide.” Michelle has worked in more than 65 countries and an expert pitch coach having heard 1000’s of company pitches from tech, textiles, food, and services companies.
Erik is an experienced entrepreneur and startup community builder, with more than 5 years of work experience in China. He has organized global startup events such as Slush, Startup Grind, Startup Weekend and Fuckup Nights, as well as directed the international startup accelerator Startupbootcamp in China.
Cristobal is the Global CEO aka El Patron of Startup Wise Guys – Europe’s leading B2B accelerator and one of the most active early stage investment companies in the Nordics & Baltics. Cristobal’s unique background combines extensive CxO experience in different mobile operators in Europe with advisory and CEO roles in multiple startups. He is the ultimate "make it happen" person, the flying CEO and one of the authors behind #PERFORM concept.
Andrius has over ten years’ experience in ecommerce, drop shipping and software development. Oberlo was sold for $15mln to Shopify and it was the first startup exit in Lithuania.
Eglė is business development executive at Baltic Amadeus, disruptive technology evangelist and mentor. Areas of expertise: custom software development, big data, AI, and IoT in banking, telecommunication, sustainable energy, logistics and shipping industries.
German is a tech entrepreneur who focuses on building people skills above all else, he has successfully created and conceptualized several successful companies which revolve around events, technology and shared experiences. As Founder and CEO German works alongside marketers, designers and technologists to make sense of the event industry by identifying unspoken users’ needs and trends.
Gediminas Misevičius has been in many various IT Managerial positions during last 18 years in Swedbank. Has Master’s degree in Software Engineering. Passionate about Digital Innovations, AI and their application in banking. From last year in a role of Open Banking Partnership Manager at Digital Innovations and Strategy – to be closer to innovations by cooperation with 3rd parties.
Rytis believes that rich customer data and an omnichannel approach empowers ecommerce businesses to generate more sales by sending highly personalized messages via various channels, including email, SMS, Facebook ads and others. Rytis is a successful entrepreneur who has spent more than 10 years building and driving several startups which had brought him to ecommerce field. He has shared his knowledge in numerous ecommerce conferences, including Litmus Live and Meet Magento.
Linas specializes in private equity & venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, corporate law, capital markets and securities.Over the years of legal work and studies Linas has gained substantial expertise in VC & PE. He is recognized as a leading VC&PE expert in Lithuania and is constantly advising investors as well as start-up companies on such legal matters as investments (term sheets, SAFEs, investment agreements, shareholders’ agreements etc.), conversion of convertible bonds/loans into shares, cross-border mergers, share options etc. Linas is proud to have advised such well-known start-ups as Oberlo, TransferGo, Trafi, Spark and many others.
Farid calls himself a customer centric Intrapreneur. As Digital Transformation product manager he has more than 10 years experience of building solutions, centered round UX, technology, research and data insights. Experienced in Lean product development, Blue Ocean Strategy, design thinking, market development, and has practical experience with wireless, IoT, VR and Edge computing technologies and processes for deployment. Currently he is also the Managing Director of CyberNorth – Europe’s first Defense AI and Cyber security accelerator created by Startup Wise Guys and Estonian defense industry.
By being indifferent for the most advanced technologies, a woman has shown how proptech and fintech companies can change the investment market. The entrepreneur is also actively involved in education and sharing knowledge about focused funding, real estate, business and fintech.
As a digital marketer, Adomas spent over $2M on online advertising and helped his clients generate over $30M in revenue over the last 7 years.
Vilija is a partner at TRINITI Lithuanian office having a comprehensive IP and litigation practice and more than 20 years' experience behind her. She is the Head of Pan Baltic Intellectual Property and IT & Telecommunications Practice Group and also leads the firm's Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Vilija is also the European Patent Attorney and has the right to represent clients in the State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania, the EUIPO and the European Patent Office.
Justas is a Co-founder of Monetha – the most successful ICO in the Baltic States. Recently Justas was listed in Forbes 30 under 30 list, nominated as an innovator of the year by Euronews. TEDx speaker. Justas presents himself as a fighter for startup rights!
Since 2008 Laura Blazeviciute is Chief Executive Officer of All Media Lithuania, the largest media group in Lithuania that operates 3 commercial TV channels (TV3, TV6, TV8), Radio and New Media business. Laura holds 17 years of experience in industry with Modern Times Group within different European markets – Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary and United Kingdom. Laura is President of Lithuanian Radio & TV Association and Vice-President of Lithuanian Business Confederation/ICC Lithuania.
Andris is a prominent leader in Baltic startup ecosystem and co-founder of TechHub Riga and TechChill. He now leads the Baltic seed investment fund Change Ventures. In the past, he has held leadership roles at various startups including AeroScout ($240M exit) and Bookatable ($110M exit).
He is a former Bain & Company strategist and investment advisor at Creandum, and holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Kartik is an entrepreneur and an investor. He is the co-founder of PropTiger.com, India's largest digital real estate services firm, and iTrust Financial Advisors, a web-based open architecture platform providing financial products and advice to the mass affluent market in India. Previously, Kartik worked at The Childrens Investment Fund (London), Ziff Brothers Investments (New York and London) and James D Wolfensohn, Inc. (New York).
More than 600,000 businesses, start-ups, and bloggers all over the world use MailerLite's email marketing tools to stay connected with their audiences. Ilma believes that the key elements to MailerLite’s success have been their commitment to creating a remote team and their focus on building a strong company culture.
Mindaugas has 15+ years of sales and business development experience in local and European markets. Currently Mindaugas is a commercial director at All Media Lithuania - the biggest media group in Lithuania that operates 3 commercial TV channels, Radio and New Media business.
Julius is Co-founder and CEO of Cloudvisor, official partner of Amazon AWS and Google Cloud in Baltic states.
He has 15 years of experience in IT industry and tech business consulting on infrastructure optimization. Certified AWS Solutions Architect and Google Cloud Architect Professional.
Sharon is an Innovation Management Strategist on creative education to government, non-profits, education, and arts bodies. A Global Cultural Ambassador at Ting. Lectures in various international circles, leading and hosting training programs globally; Director Of Community Relations at SDG Israel. He is also the developer of the TING method for the development of multidisciplinary creative thinking.
Simona is the founder of Social Innovations and entrepreneurship program ChangeMakers'ON which has been started in Lithuania with zero funding from her own initiative and has been developed an international program. Her main goal is to bring together social and tech people to deliver global impact. She is the board member of the Global Social entrepreneurship network and CEE Impact Investment Task Force. Also, she is one of the founders of the Lithuanian Social Entrepreneurship Association.
Tomas Okmanas is a business development professional currently focusing on cybersecurity and privacy products. Being a business oriented tech geek, Tomas has years of experience in a startup world. He has worked on developing data intelligence, machine learning projects, and over the years he managed to unlock the paths to the global markets. Years ago, Tomas started off with online gaming platforms, then dived into e-commerce, and took up a bundle of other projects. It took 35 projects to get to this point – developing network security and big data solutions.
Gerda strongly believes that seeking significant changes in academics, business, the policy must have worked together. Together with colleagues form KTU and business recently they started to implement a new project “Managing Risk in Trade Processes Using Big Data and Artificial Intelligence”. The main goal is to create a unique tool that will help companies (mostly SMEs) identify and manage risks related to customer reputation, solvency, tax avoidance through artificial intelligence and Big data management systems.
He has a lot of experience of growth stage finance in Europe, Latin America and CIS including start-up investment for future mobility sector together with Japanese blue-chip corporation.
Tomosaku was also engaged in policy and strategy planning for venture capital and other fund investment and M&A business investment at Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Japanese governmental financial institution.
Jay Jensen is an associate investor at NFT Ventures, a leading fintech investment firm based in Stockholm. He has also focused on bringing fintech companies together with financial incumbents through initiatives such as Mastercard’s Lighthouse Development Program.
Having started a number of tech companies over the last 20 years and being involved in a number of startups as an angel investor he is in the middle of the tech revolution in Stockholm. Currently started a new company, Dynabyte Tech, where "we explore all things AI".
Daumantas is a co-founder & CEO at TransferGo, the real-time international money transfer company. Forbes 30 under 30, list maker for Finance in 2017. Recognised by the FT and Nordic Business review among top innovators of the region. Startup advisor and mentor.
Renaldas has spent the last 10 years at Unity Technologies empowering millions of designers to create computer games. Prior to that he made games himself at Electronic Arts. He is an avid promoter of technology and board member of Lithuanian Game Development Association. Renaldas is one of the pioneers behind game hackathons - Game Jam events that take place since 2002.
Jekaterina takes part in developing policies for the fintech industry in Lithuania. She is coordinator of the Bank of Lithuania Fintech strategy and Head of Innovation Committee. She has been working as a lawyer in various divisions of the Bank of Lithuania, with the areas of responsibility that included insurance, payments, lending, peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding regulations.
Entrepreneurial problem solver with 11 years of experience creating technology solutions and consulting in the financial and technology industries including: EY, The World Bank, Foundry, Inspired Asset Management, Invest Lithuania, etc.. Hands-on product management (discovery and execution) experience including successful monetization of 2 distinct products, as part of my own startup.
Having spent almost 10 years in a sphere of web development and digital marketing at companies like Gaumina, Ad Fingers and Adform currently as and Industry Manager for Startups and Export at Google Audrius works together with the most ambitious young companies from Baltics to help them grow, enter new markets and punch above their weight on global scale.
Interactio is a disruptive mobile system that replaces simultaneous translation equipment in live events. Interactio was used in over 6000 events in 40 different countries worldwide and the company grew 3 times last year. Interactio is being used at events of Microsoft, Mary Kay, Amazon, Tesco, but also schools, universities, weddings, and even churches worldwide. Interactio has received an award by the World Summit Award, initiated by the United Nations, in the category of business and commerce back in 2016.
Martynas Gudonavičius is CEO and Co-Founder of Trafi. Joining the company at an early stage, Martynas has since then spearheaded the global expansion and focused on the commercial side of the business. Before joining Trafi, Martynas was Head of Emerging Markets at InMobi, the world's largest independent mobile ad network and tech platform. Previous to that, Martynas was acting as Sales Director for Central and Eastern Europe for Adform.
Will Cardwell has been involved either as leader or an active team member for fundraising projects in 34 companies where funds were successfully raised, either as board member/shareholder with a responsibility related to fundraising (19 cases), advisor/ investment banker (7 cases), or responsible signatory in a university tech transfer project (8 cases). In total, the 34 seed and growth-stage companies raised over 187m euros, an average of about 5m euros each. In addition, he has been an equity partner in 4 venture capital management companies totaling 239M euros.
Arvydas has over 20 years of experience in private equity fund management, over 10 years – in start-ups and SME investment and business development, and over 7 years of experience in management consulting.
Viktorija is also a Chairwoman of The European Venture Fund Investors Network. Formerly she was a PE & VC Fund of Funds Manager at INVEGA. Overall, she has more than 12 years of experience in several financial institutions.
Kristjan has been investing in early stage tech startups for more than 10 years. He is a founding partner at an early stage venture capital investment fund Karma Ventures which has invested in one great startup in Lithuania to date - CGTrader - and is seeking the next ones.
BKS is a development foundation for the blockchain, with the natural blockchain language UBL as the most important product. Arnoud was researcher "agent-based modeling" (ABM) at the Faculty of Economics and Business in Groningen. Before that, he had a career with customer systems (CRM). He was co-owner of the CRM system Update.com when it went through an IPO in Frankfurt. Arnoud is passionate about applying technology to make everyone work together better.
Lympo – successful blockchain app startup in Lithuania and worldwide. Working with users ranging from the US to Russia, Korea, and China, Arvydas employs his skills in communication and psychology to create a real connection between the company and its community!
Strategist at Be&Do, creating brand, product and customer experience strategies for digital driven companies. Rapolas is also a mentor at Kaunas Accelerator and the Baltic Sandbox where he helps startups find and frame value.
Oxipit – a startup helping radiologists be more productive through the use of Deep Learning. Having graduated Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, Gediminas has spent 7 years working at the interesection of Data Science and Software Engineering. He has won (together with the excellent team at Oxipit) largest Computer Vision competition in 2017 on Kaggle and helped build AI community in Lithuania through organizing various meetups and expert discussions."
Abe is a tokenization lead at DutchChain, an ecosystem development agency for blockchain-based solutions that organises Odyssey, the world's biggest blockchain hackathon. Abe‘s main focus lies with tokenized ecosystems and their application to create value added in business processes.
Martin is a business development manager in DECENT. He strongly believes that, although still in its infancy, blockchain can deliver countless benefits to businesses and end-users alike.
Previous experience from finance and IT provides optimal background to understanding real life implications of a blockchain technology.
In addition to his 18 years of experience in the field of real estate and infrastructure, he is an active member of the Banking and finance a well as Corporate and M&A law practice groups. Vytautas is a board member of the Lithuanian Business Angels Network (LitBAN).
Giedrė has over 15 years of professional experience advising Clients, both companies with a year-long experience as well as start-ups, in different fields of civil and labour law: M&A, real estate, financing and other commercial transactions, establishment of various types of companies, reorganisations, concentrations, labour contracts, labour disputes, corporate governance and internal operational issues. The companies advised by Giedrė include such well known Lithuanian start-ups as Oberlo, Millo, Rubbee and others.
Aurelija is a business strategist, entrepreneur, people manager. Together with a team she had co-founded startup "Tipi". Used to run 150+ people teams across 5 countries for Barclays Bank technology center. Has experience in building products, building and transforming organizations starting with just established startups to big corporates.
All his career held CEO positions in different type of companies has dedicated last seven years to Fintech industry, active Fintech community member. Serial entrepreneur, previously responsible for the first Fintech business development from Lithuania, that was successfully built to fintech bank.