Vilnius
Tech park
16 - 17 May
About
Being on the crossroads of Europe Startup Fair empowers pre-selected startups from the Baltics and CIS countries to meet investors from around the world. It is happening in Vilnius Tech Park 1
Antakalnio St. 17
Vilnius, LT-10312, Lithuania
, a former home to the palace of Lithuanian nobility and then a military hospital which was later turned to a 9000+ sq. m. the biggest startup and tech hub. If you’re striving for innovations, you want to be there!
Conference
Keynotes, presentations, discussion panels, 1:1 interviews and other content sessions about the trendiest startup topics! Some of the most appreciated local and international speakers will discuss why Lithuania is becoming the European fintech center or is pushing the bar with ICO among other exciting topics.
B2B
30+ international investors and 50+ startups from Lithuania and the Baltic region will meet at pre-scheduled 1:1 meetings to focus on investment attractions and scaling startup businesses.
Pitch Battle
Carefully hand-picked startups will pitch their ideas and compete on stage in front of the jury, the investors and the audience. Best pitched startups at Startup Fair will be offered mentorship, a share of investment of 100 000 EUR from LitBAN and legal services from Triniti.
Registration ends on 2nd of May.
Speakers
  • Wellstreet Simon Saneback

    Simon is a Senior Partner at Wellstreet and an award-winning entrepreneur with substantial experience in the online industry in general and the e-commerce domain in particular. Sïmon is founding partner at Wellstreet, one of Scandinavia's most active investors in early stage tech startups. Sïmon focuses on meaningful entrepreneurship by supporting entrepreneurs to explore and develop sustainable and impactful businesses. In the last decade, he has held several executive positions and advisory roles in global enterprises.

  • Tech Ranch Austin Kevin Koym

    As a seven-time startup veteran and CEO and founder of Tech Ranch Austin, a venture accelerator for early-stage technology companies, Kevin Koym is a recognized pioneer in the startup community whose influence has been felt by over 6,500 entrepreneurs from over 42+ countries. His motivation to work with startups stems from his belief that supported entrepreneurs create more innovation, which leads to more solutions to address society’s most pressing issues. As a result, Kevin is known worldwide for his work in establishing entrepreneur networks in the U.S., Mexico, Chile, Singapore, Korea and Australia.

  • TeleSoftas Algirdas Stonys

    Algirdas Stonys - a ​start-up mentor, investor​ and​ philanthropist​, as well as Founder and CEO of a globally operating consulting and product engineering service company​ TeleSoftas​​. ​Since 2004 ​​TeleSoftas has gathered all-round in-house knowledge and experience​ in software product engineering​ and is still enlisted among the 50 fastest growing companies in Central Europe.
    Acting as the founding father of a long list of successful business initiatives, ​Algirdas is considered as one of the guardian angels of the tech startup ecosystems regionally and beyond. However, what sets ​Algirdas Stonys apart is his unique outlook in building businesses and communities founded on the economy of happiness.

  • Vinted Thomas Plantenga

    In the summer of 2016 Thomas flew from New York to Vilnius to share knowledge with the Vinted team. He planned to stay for 5 weeks but never flew back to New York and helped Vinted through a successful transformation. Thomas grew up in the Netherlands, co-founded 'Bookaboat' and was part of ‘Harvest Amsterdam’ which got acquired by OLX-classifieds. At OLX Thomas created global strategies and headed up SSA & MENA portfolios. Thomas left OLX and joined Fabrice Grinda to start 'Sell-it', a mobile classifieds for the US. 'Sell-it' merged with 'Wallapop' and 'Letgo' forming the largest +1B US mobile classifieds player. Over the last 7 years Thomas lived in: Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Nairobi, Cabarete, Barcelona and New York. Now as CEO of Vinted he splits his time between Vilnius and Berlin, helping to make Vinted a global success.

  • CGTrader Dalia Lašaitė

    Dalia Lašaitė is Co-founder and CEO of CGTrader. CGTrader is one of the largest 3D design marketplaces in the world, with over 220,000 3D models and 400,000 3D designers on board. Its customers come from advertising, video production, gaming, design, VR/AR and 3D printing industries. CGTrader is backed by Intel Capital and Practica Capital. Before CGTrader, Dalia worked in asset management and co-founded two other startups.

  • Exosphere Skinner Layne

    Skinner Layne is the Founder of Exosphere, a learning and problem-solving community building the institutions of the future. The Exosphere Academy of Science & the Arts, the Exosphere community's first such project, has been operating since 2013, delivering intensive, experimental educational programs that bring together science, technology, entrepreneurship, philosophy, and psychology in Latin America and Europe.

  • Fundwise Gleb Maltsev

    Gleb, Co-Founder of Fundwise, listens to around 900 speeches a year ranging from a 60-second pitch to a 45-minute keynote. He’s trained presenters for industry-wide pitching showcases such as Slush, Latitude59, TechChill and LOGIN. He’s the co-founder of Fundwise, a founder-to-investor pitching platform with a 65% success rate and raising over 889K EUR for over a dozen projects. Every year he works with executives from almost every industry that would make the world a bit better, or at least have a shot at doing so. Around a 100 of those execs have gone on to pitch at trade fairs such as the Mobile World Congress, Smart City Expo, conhIT, boot Düsseldorf, Bygg Reis Deg, or BAU.

  • CUJO Kęstutis Pakalniškis

    Kęstutis, a Co-Founder of CUJO, has over 15 years of Leading QA and Management experience with scalable US finance, e-Commerce, and security projects. He brings deep insight on problematic areas during early development and focusing on quality product delivery for growth-oriented companies.

  • Tomorrow Street Neil Cocker

    Neil Cocker is Director & Senior Partner at Tomorrow Street. He has worked in international business for 18 years. Since 2011, he has been working at the Vodafone Procurement Company (VPC) in Luxembourg. He is currently a Director at the Tomorrow Street innovation centre, where he is in charge of the scouting operation. Tomorrow Street is a joint venture with the Luxembourg government and aims to grow late-stage startups through the power of Vodafone’s global footprint. Neil holds an MBA from the Open University Business School and a Master’s in English from the University of Aberdeen.

  • TransferGo Magnus Olby

    Magnus Olby has over 14 years of experience of growing and expanding digital businesses in Europe. Originally from the private banking sector, he has since held a number of senior marketing and business development positions at both startup ventures to public companies, like Kindred Group Plc and most recently as CMO at TransferGo.

  • Omnisend Rytis Lauris

    Rytis Lauris is the Co-founder and CEO of Omnisend, the powerful marketing automation platform that’s focused on moving ecommerce marketers beyond the generic email marketing tools. Rytis is a successful entrepreneur who has spent the last 10 years building and driving a few startups which has brought him to ecommerce field. He has shared his knowledge and expertise in numerous ecommerce conferences, including Litmus Live and Magento Imagine.

  • J12 Ventures Emmet King

    Emmet is a Founding Partner and CIO at J12 Ventures, a Stockholm-based early stage fund active across the Nordics and Baltics. J12 works closely with the teams in which it invests, particularly focusing on supporting go-to-market strategies. By building exclusive groups of local angel investors who then work closely with the fund team, J12 provides startups with the combination of the best that angels and funds have to offer. Previously co-founder and CPO of fintech company NOWO, Emmet is passionate about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business, and working with ambitious founders towards significant positive impact.

  • TransferGo Marta Survilo

    Marta Survilo, current Head of Customer Experience at TransferGo, has built and scaled a multilingual Customer Support team providing help to the customers in London and Vilnius. As a customer advocate, she has been responsible for establishing and optimizing processes, driving product changes and ensuring high customer satisfaction.

  • Avolta Partners Philippe Dardier

    Phil Dardier is a Senior Partner at Avolta Partners who now Advises Tech Startups across the spectrumof fund raising M&A and ICOz’s. He also ran European and Global equity, derivatives and Emerging market sales businesses at Merrill Lynch and at BNPParibas. He is one of the founding members of the European Crowdfunding Network and a Senior Partner of the leading European Tech Investment Bank where he advises European Tech firms primarily in the French Baltic and Nordic region, in fund raising and in an advisory capacity and longstanding Start-up investor into such firms as Vistaprint (CMPR), Attenda (UK), Digital Keys (FR).

  • Change Ventures Andris K. Berzins

    Andris is a Managing Partner at Change Ventures and 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.

  • Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania Sigitas Mitkus

    Sigitas Mitkus has been holding the position of the Director of the Financial Markets Policy Department of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania since November 2014. After studies at the Faculty of Economics at Vilnius University, he joined the Lithuanian diplomatic service in 1995 and devoted 15 years to the Lithuanian European integration process holding different senior positions in Vilnius and Brussels. In 2010 -2014 Mr. Sigitas Mitkus had been working as a Deputy Ambassador to the UK focusing on Lithuania’s relations with the City of London and development of financial markets with a special attention on Fintech.

  • Ministry of Economy Elijus Čivilis

    Elijus Civilis holds Vice-Minister role at Ministry of Economy responsible for Governmental IT and Digital Economy development. Previously he worked 11 years for IBM in different roles and countries. Elijus is a big fan of new emerging technologies that shape our lives and enables new opportunities.

  • Universa Max Postnikov

    Max Postnikov is an investor and Chief Evangelist at Universa, the new generation blockchain technology. Max has been a serial entrepreneur since 2001, launching multiple successful tech companies in the areas of online-recruiting, mobile gaming, big data & AI. In addition, for many years he was in charge of social networks at Mail.Ru Group, one of the largest internet companies in Eastern Europe.

  • ORCA Alliance Dmitrij Radin

    Dmitrij Radin is a diligent blockchain enthusiast and crypto evangelist up and running in business since early 2015. Successful background in IT, experience in extreme project management and applied science led to several successfully tokenized projects, a CTO position at ORCA Alliance and mentor stance at Vilnius Blockchain Centre. Dmitrij passionately explores implementation of different technologies into everyday life.
    As co-founder / CVO of CryptoAd.Network, he believes that blockchain can save the world by leading it to an entirely new ecosystem of commerce.

  • Crypto Economy Organisation Vytautas Kašėta

    When describing himself, Vytautas Kašėta, president of the Crypto Economy Organisation uses the following keywords: distributed crypto systems generalist, social hacker, Next Reality visionary.
    It's time for Distributed Technologies and Crypto-enabled systems to power and drive Next Economy, Next Reality and Next Society movements for social responsibility and sustainable development.

  • Lithuanian Startup Cluster Marius Pareščius

    Marius is a well-known Lithuanian cybersecurity and blockchain expert, part of cybersecurity and blockchain working group in EU Parliament, IT-security counselor to Lithuanian government, and a tech-entrepreneur.
    During recent years, Marius has concentrated primarily on the area of startup business; focusing in-depth on blockchain technologies, AI, fintech, hardware, and security.

  • Swedbank Justas Maliauka

    Justas Maliauka, Area manager in a Swedbank Group Commerce. Organization is a Nordic and Baltic countries market leader, developing and providing various digital payments acceptance solutions for the Merchant segment. Currently he is contributing in a fields of new offering development, internal and external processes development, partnerships, management of related pre-sales and after-sales activities.

  • LBChain project manager Andrius Adamonis

    Andrius started to work at the Bank of Lithuania two years ago as an IT specialist. About one and a half year ago Bank of Lithuania started to investigate the usability of blockchain technology, Andrius joined the working group and became a Project Manager of the the LBChain platform-service pre-commercial procurement project. He has a bachelor degree of mathematics and currently writing his MS thesis in IT engineering about blockchain technology.

  • Startup Yard Lloyd Waldo

    Hailing from San Francisco, California, Lloyd Waldo, the self-proclaimed “3rd most-famous American in Prague,” is a Partner at StartupYard, and resident Copywriter and Community Manager. Lloyd brings many years of professional writing and speaking experience to StartupYard, as well as an eye for defining the unique voice of a young company. Lloyd is a frequent speaker and panelist at startup and tech events throughout Europe, and he is a mentor at GjirafaLab, Kosovo’s first ever incubator for tech startups, and Numa, a leading tech accelerator in France. In 2014, he joined Gjirafa, a StartupYard startup, as a member of the Advisory Board.

  • Haflo Sophia Noel

    Sophia is an American/ Peruvian investment consultant with a marketing background. She recently completed her undergraduate degree at NYU’s portal campus in Shanghai, China where she formed part of the inaugural class and majored in Business and Finance. Her interests in marketing and finance were strengthened during her year abroad in New York City, where she interned and worked in both fields, analyzing investments and raising sales. Sophia is also a cryptocurrency investor, writer, and speaker.

  • One/10 Hasan Surtiwala

    Hasan is a Venture Consultant at One/10 with an entrepreneurial background having founded and co-founded several tech companies as well as a trader in the financial and crypto markets. Currently consulting start-ups on investor relations, investment strategies and fundraising across Europe as well as scouting for VC's and private investors.

  • Shieldpay Geoff Dunnett

    Geoff Dunnett is Director of International Growth at Shieldpay. Geoff, is a qualified lawyer and has worked for a number of leading US law firms in London and Paris and then as an independent legal consultant, working with over 100 tech startups. Moving away from the law, Geoff worked for the Barclays Techstars Accelerator program before joining Shieldpay as part of the founding team. Geoff now leads international growth for Shieldpay and is using his past experience as a lawyer to guide Shieldpay through the complexities of financial regulation in the jurisdictions Shieldpay is looking to enter into and the operational hurdles that need to be overcome.

  • Goldfish Fund Tomas Martunas

    Tomas is Managing Partner at Goldfishfund, leading e-commerce and foodtech fund in Baltics who invested in such companies like Pigu Group, Pawame, Dorado.tech, Dancerbus, Foodout group, Chilivery, Welltrado.io, SnapnSave.co.za, and few more. Startups operate in 9 markets (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Belarus, Iran, Spain, South Africa, Spain, Nigeria and Kenya).

  • Barclays Group Innovation Office Richard Thompson

    Richard is Vice President of Open Innovation within Barclays Group Innovation Office. Richard leads on programmes and partnerships, such as the award winning Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars. Richard is focussed on driving innovation across Barclays franchise focussing on 3 value lens; product, equity investment and banking; ensuring the bank continues to provide value to customers, clients and shareholders.

  • Great Ventures Andrius Čepkus

    Andrius Čepkus is a serial digital entrepreneur, currently co-owner and founder of multiple software development companies, startups and e-commerce businesses, also passionate real estate investor. Andrius has more than 16 years experience in web and SaaS business development with 8 successful exits.

  • Gallerist, Curator and Art Critic Andrej Polukord

    Andrej Polukord is a gallerist, curator and art critic. To be successful in the 21st century, entrepreneurs have to be creative and artists - entrepreneurial. And yet, there’s no consensus among scientists as to whether entrepreneur who creates business is on the same brain wavelength as an artist who entrepreneurs art. Four rapidly emerging and one well established Lithuanian artist set out to find the truth but research is possible only in cooperation with entrepreneurs. Interested in becoming an inspiration, co-author or sponsor of the exhibition at the National Gallery of Art? Or maybe in acquiring an artwork about a start-upper? Any questions you have will be answered by Andrej Polukord, artist, director of Galerie Uberall and the agent of the forthcoming exhibition.

Agenda

Main stage powered by TeleSoftas
  • Day 1 (16th) - Growth & Venture Capital
    10:00 - 10:15
    Opening Remarks Speakers: Virginijus Sinkevičius, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania and Roberta Rudokienė, Head of Startup Lithuania
    10:15 - 10:40
    The Future is Now Speaker Algirdas Stonys, CEO at Telesoftas
    10:40 - 11:05
    The Ever-changing Landscape of Disruptive Technologies Speaker Simon Saneback, Senior Partner at Wellstreet
    11:05 - 11:30
    Leap Ahead: Use AI to Scale Innovation Speaker Kęstutis Pakalniškis, Co-founder at Cujo
    11:30 - 11:55
    The Rapid Turn-Around Speaker Thomas Plantenga, CEO at Vinted.
    11:55 - 12:20
    Using Customer Empathy to Drive Growth Speaker Magnus Olby, CMO at TransferGo
    12:20 - 12:45
    How to Find a Monetizable Customer Pay? Speaker Rytis Laurinavičius, Founder & CEO at Omnisend
    12:45 - 13:10
    The Formula for High Customer Satisfaction Speaker Marta Survilo, Head of Customer Experience at TransferGo
    13:10 - 13:35
    Getting Your Startup Ready for VC Speaker Andris K.Berzins, Managing Partner at Change Ventures
    13:35 - 14:20
    Panel Discussion: Capital in Baltics Host: Rokas Pečiulaitis, Board Member at VCA. Participants: Tomas Andriuškevičius, Investor at Practica Capital, Darius Žakaitis, Partner at Contrarian Ventures, Rokas Tamošiūnas, Partner at Open Circle Capital, Rein Lemberpuu CEO at Contriber, Andris K. Berzins, Managing Partner at Change Ventures
    14:20 - 14:45
    Growing CGTrader: Successes, Challenges and Lessons Learned Speaker Dalia Lašaitė, CEO at CGTrader
    14:45 - 15:10
    The Quest for Capital Speaker Hasan Surtiwala, Venture Consultant at One/10
    15:10 - 15:35
    Startup Journey to Success: Investor’s Perspective Speaker Tomas Martūnas, Managing Partner at Goldfish Fund
    15:35 - 16:00
    Fragments of Reality: How You Literally Live in Your Own World, and What to Do About It Skinner Layne, Founder at Exosphere
    16:00 - 19:00
    Startup BBQ at The Park Powered by Startup Division
    20:00 - 23:00
    Startup Fair After party Hosted by TransferGo at Their HQ Terrace
  • Day 2 (17th) - Fintech, Blockchain & ICO
    10:00 - 10:25
    Startup Positioning Strategies for Global Growth Speaker Lloyd Waldo, Community Manager at Startup Yard
    10:25 - 10:50
    Reviewing 100 Slush Pitches Speaker Gleb Maltsev, Co-founder at Fundwise
    10:50 - 11:15
    Don't Just Start a Startup, Launch a Personal Revolution Speaker Kevin Koym, Founder&CEO at Tech Ranch
    11:15 - 11:40
    Alternative Perspectives Towards Fundraising and How to Think About the Process Speaker Emmet King, Founding Partner & CIO at J12 Ventures
    FINTECH PRESENTED BY RISE VILNIUS
    11:40 - 12:05
    Corporate Innovation 2.0 Speaker Richard Thompson, Vice President of Open Innovation Programmes at Barclays
    12:05 - 12:30
    Lessons Learnt from Accelerators and Navigating Fintech Sales Cycles Speaker Geoff Dunnett, Director of International Growth at Shieldpay
    12:30 - 13:00
    Panel Discussion: Fintech Today and Tomorrow in Lithuania: Legal Issues, Getting Licence, Pluses and Minuses of Establishing FinTech Company in Lithuania. Linas Sabaliauskas, Managing Partner at Triniti. Participants: Richard Thompson, Vice President of Open Innovation Programmes at Barclays, Geoff Dunnett, Director of International Growth at ShieldPay, Andrius Bičeika, Head of Business Development at Revolut, Rūta Medaiskytė, Project Manager at Bank of Lithuania, Martynas Pilkis, Chief Specialist at Financial Markets Policy Department at Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania
    CORPORATES AND STARTUPS
    13:00 - 13:25
    How Startups Can Work With Corporates? Neil Cocker, Senior Partner at Tomorrow Street
    13:25 - 13:50
    Panel Discussion: Cooperation Between Corporates and Startups Justas Maliauka, Group Cards at Swedbank, Andrius Čepkus, Founder & CEO at Getshopin, Justinas Kaminskas, CEO at Finpass, Neil Cocker, Senior Partner at Tomorrow Street
    BLOCKCHAIN & ICO
    13:50 - 14:15
    The Need for Turnkey Business Development Platforms to Advance Blockchain Technology Speaker Sophia Noel, Consultant at Haflo
    14:15 - 14:40
    The Fintech Opportunity for Blockchain: From Transparency to ICO Speaker Phillipe Dardier, Senior Partner at Avolta Partners
    14:40 - 15:40
    Panel Discussion: ICO hype. What's next? Host: Sandra Golbreich. Participants: Max Postnikov, Andrius Adamonis, Sigitas Mitkus, Elijus Čivilis, Dmitrij Radin, Marius Pareščius, Vytautas Kašėta
    15:40 - 16:30
    Pitch Battle Finals Powered by TRINITI
PITCH BATTLE POWERED BY TRINITI. INVESTMENT FROM LitBAN IN PARTNERSHIP WITH KOINVESTICINIS FONDAS
  • DAY 1 (16TH) - SEMI-FINALS
    10:20 - 12:10
    First batch
    12:10 - 12:25
    Break
    12:25 - 14:10
    Second batch
    14:10 - 14:20
    Break
    14:20 - 16:00
    Third Batch
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