Our mentors came from different countries, industries, and backgrounds. What unites them? A great passion for startups, awesome success stories, and willingness to share.
Co-founder and Commercial Director, COO at Beta Media, UAB (Beta.lt)
UAB Cherry Media LT is one of the leading e-commerce companies operating in all three Baltic States. Owner of "Beta.lt" and "Grupinis.lt" in Lithuania.
Founder & CEO at ALPA GROUP, UAB.
ALPA GROUP - Business Advisory Services Provider. ALPA GROUP has deep expertise in developing comprehensive sales, marketing & strategic insights to identify new opportunities for your business.
CEO at Lithuanian Marketing Association (LiMA)
The Lithuanian Marketing Association (LiMA) is a marketing membership organisation established in 2004 that aims to bring together highly qualified specialists in the field of marketing and communications.
Today LiMA has over 800 members and is the largest association for marketing professionals in Lithuania, operating in four of its biggest cities.
M. Wallace Green
M. Wallace Green
Wallace brings to Baltic Sandbox more than 20 years of positioning and innovation pitching, from work as an engineer, a dotcom startup guy, a C-suite strategy consultant, and more recently as a startup accelerator MD.
In the last three years he’s mentored hundreds of startups and raised millions of Euros of investment capital.
For nearly two decades Wallace championed innovation and transformation with large enterprises. He has led strategy turnaround & go-to-market for a leading Scandinavian telco provider, and also led customer experience
transformation and service design at the largest telcos in the Netherlands and Germany.
Wallace is an American, living in Prague Czech Republic.
A highly experienced startup mentor.
He’s spent 8 years coaching startups at Startup Sauna. Mike believes in efficiency and strategy and surely knows how to challenge startups.
Helping people get their pitches from abysmal to bad since 2010
Mike (@ymb) can often be found coaching early stage start-ups and entrepreneurs in the fundamentals of pitching. The one true way to annoy Mike, is to read "bullet point" slides
Enterprise Architect at BNP Paribas, entrepreneur, consultant.
Main areas of expertise:
Business Solutions consulting
Project scope management
IT project management
Business and Market Analyst
Enterprise Architecture and Solutions architecture
Project Manager, Supervision Department at Bank of Lithuania
Managing “Newcomers program" in Bank of Lithuania: one stop shop for consultations with FinTech companies and other financial market participants
Implementing strategic direction for 2017–2020: Financial sector partner encouraging innovations and sustainable financial market growth
Coordinating regulatory initiatives towards reducing administrative barriers and promoting regulatory environment for innovations and market development
Innovation Center Manager and Head of Digital Banking at SEB Lithuania
Specialties: Sales and consulting of financial instruments; business presentations; financial product management and development.
Head of Business Development at Revolut
Building Beyond a Bank - A Global Platform for all your financial needs.
Specialities: Business Development, Partnerships, Payments, Banking, People Management, International Expansion, Coaching.
Co-Founder at Salesclub.lt
Salesclub.lt is a community of B2B salesmen and saleswomen in Lithuania founded by well rounded B2B sales professionals. Salesclub.lt mission is to share sales-related knowledge and experience with anyone thinking about
joining or currently in sales.
CEO at CityBee Solutions
Taking part in a global phenomenon of sharing economy (car, bike sharing) by helping people to move within a city in a stylish, economically smart and convenient way.
Head of Business Product at TransferGo
Managed TransferGo Business product which helps hundreds of SMEs move money across borders faster and cheaper than they used to while saving millions in fees along the way.
Increased money flow eight-fold, number of customers threefold while decreasing marketing budgets twice.
Modus grupė, Chairman of the Board
MG Baltic Investment, Finance director and Finance analyst
Mgs. London School of Economics and Political Science
(London, UK) Bkl. Stockholm School of Economics (Riga, Latvia)
Creative and BDO, Managing Director at Love Agency
Information Security Officer Baltics at ERGO
Head of Operational Risk Department, Operational Risk Officer at DNB
Head of Operational Risk control at SEB
Strong skills in risk management, internal controls, as well as in cyber and information security areas.
Large experience in multi-cultural and cross functional Cooperation.
Head of Personal and Liability Insurance Division at ERGO Insurance SE Lithuanian Branch
Co-founder of RIDER Mobility, a blockchain-based ride-hailing service for self-driving cars and drones.
Board member at Crypto Economy Organisation.
Blockchain, innovation strategist, marketer, business developer.
Certified marketing manager (LiMA B), experienced business developer with 15+ years of experience in managing business, sales, marketing and operations. Growth-driven, active organizer, dealing with complex business
issues and market challenges, with strategic marketing approach and innovation driven attitude
CEO at BPN, Chairman at Lithuanian Marketing association
Digital strategy and marketing professional -15+ years in marketing & advertising. Working with biggest brands & agencies, developing communication strategies, creating brand appearance and user interaction,
driving growth for biggest E-comms. Before joining full service global media agency BPN LT have been managing one of the biggest online media channels in Baltics which has been successfully acquired by Ekspress
Grupp in 2014. As a manager of BPN LT as well as a chairman of Lithuanian marketing association actively participating in the development of Baltic advertising and marketing industry.
Key focus areas: Digital strategy, Omni-channel in retail & e-commerce growth
Speaker & lecturer. In last several years as a speaker, moderator or lecturer I've attended series of different market events speaking from the stages of the biggest and most significant conferences like biggest
tech conference in Baltics - LOGIN (one of the top speakers 5 consecutive years), EBIT, Best Internet, Adrenalinas, Versli Lietuva as well as giving lectures at universities and other specialized events. Areas of
expertise: digital strategy & marketing, marketing management, user psychology & behaviour, neuro -marketing, communication skills.
Entrepreneur. Teacher. Chief Evangelist at Universa, the new generation blockchain technology. Co-founder of internet companies: Fast Elephants, Hubbmap.com, Rosrabota.ru, Iceowl.com, Kartasporta.ru. Business-trainer
at RMA and HSE (Moscow).
Hubb is an app for real time visualization of public transport. We analyze city's situation in real time and provide the most convenient way to plan routs across the city. Our technology allows us to unite data from
different sources and to make very precise predictions about different types of transport.
Fast Elephants is "Uber" for city transportation of small and medium cargos.
Marketing manager with 12+ years of experience working in the digital departments of the leading Lithuanian media agencies (Media-House & Publicum Media), biggest media channel - 15min.lt, best company in the World
- Google (where I got promoted twice) and an amazing startup with the global ambition and expansion potential in the urban mobility space - TRAFI. Currently, leading business development and marketing at the biggest
performance agency in the Baltics States - sem.lt & CMO of R&D at Tesonet, fastest growing technology company in Lithuania.
Strong international background and a global perspective on the things - studied in Lithuania, United Kingdom and United States (2 weeks of Executive education in Wharton), had an internship in Scotland, worked in Lithuania,
Ireland & Poland, fluent in 4 languages, explored and have a network in 55+ countries across the globe.
Experienced public speaker (50+ keynotes at various events in Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia), people manager, mentor, tech evangelist & geek, driven by the endless possibilities of disrupting old industries with
the power of internet, digital technology and the sharing economy. Mostly passionate about the earliest stages of the companies/teams when processes, teams and strategies needs to be initiated, structured and launched.
Chief Innovation Officer at Deeper, UAB
Provider of technological advantage for the companies. More than 15 years experience creating new ITC products and service, managing creative teams. Experience working in different positions in the company's structure,
ability to understand problems from client, product creator, manufacturer and even salesman person. That gives ability to create new products, improve business processes in the most effective way.
CEO @ CityBee | Head of Marketing at CityBee
Last 3 years was helping a car sharing company named CityBee to become a widely used mode of personal urban transportation.
Helped to transform CityBee product and marketing strategy from scratch, what in less than 3 years resulted in:
x10 increase in number of cars (from 50 to 500+ vehicles) and income;
x3 increase in number of registered users;
x12 increase in number of monthly active users;
7 out of 10 know CityBee brand and what service it provides. A niche product which was considered as a failure is now successfully operating and is improving the city's urban transportation system.Last 3 years I
was helping a car sharing company named CityBee to become a widely used mode of personal urban transportation.
Strategist at Be&Do | Brand Innovation
Brand strategist passionate about product development, creative thinking and changing the world through technology.
Successful fundraising of 1,5M for Lithuanian startups and innovative SMEs;
Initiation, development, and coordination of 3 large-scale international projects on entrepreneurship and innovation development;
Developing the Digital Innovation Hub for Robotics in Lithuania together with the Lithuanian Robotics Association;
Consulting 20+ startups and innovative SMEs.
Co-Leading Google mid-market development (Advertising business) in Latvia & Lithuania. Managing portfolio of largest Digital Agencies and fastest growing clients (SaaS, FinTech, E-Commerce) advising on business
strategy, marketing and sales.
Out of 500+ Participants was awarded 1st & 2nd places in EMEA competitions for both Video & Display Innovation by Google EMEA VP. Was personally invited to visit Google development & product offices in New
York & Los Angeles.
On-boarded 10+ largest Baltic Digital Agencies into Google Agency programme with event, client support and product trainings resulting in 100+ client up-sell and Google product adoption.
Over span of 1 year have identified & contacted 6 High Potential Partners & Clients helping to increase their sales by 400%+ each in less than 3 months
Partner, Strategist at Be&Do | Value Consulting
Consulting company management on brand strategy, innovation and customer experience as partner of Be&Do | Value Consulting.
Co-created about 50 strategic projects for clients ranging from construction holdings to cryptocurrency fintechs
Partner, Strategist at Be&Do | Value Consulting
Be&Do is a management consultancy specialising in Brand Strategy, Innovation and Customer Experience. We help brands find out what's the best they can be, and what they can do to get there. Our current projects
range from the Baltic States to Iran.
Vising Lecturer at Vilnius University
Advertising: Planning and Implementation of Advertising Campaigns
Lecturer at The Atomic Garden Vilnius
Advertising: Digital Creativity, Presentations training and Digital Strategy
Ieva Rasita Aleksandravičiūtė
Ieva Rasita Aleksandravičiūtė
Organizational and Operational Development Manager for the Baltic States at ERGO
Governing Board Member at Youth for Exchange and Understanding (YEU)
Experienced Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Innovation Management, Theatre, Event Management, and Creativity Skills. Strong
business development professional with a Master’s Degree focused in Innovation and Technology Management from ISM University of Management and Economics.
HNWI wealth management
Columnist at DELFI Lietuva
Author at INVESTUOK, magazine (Educational articles, unorthodox take on economics and finance)
Lecturer at Vilnius University (Teaching third year econometric students Financial Econ and Behavioral Econ courses)
Portfolio analysis; wealth planning and management (investments/credits and loans/taxes); top-down financial markets analysis - developed credit, bond, equity and currency markets.
Wealth management product development; training; sales; MiFID/MiFID II compliance; sales team support/monitoring.
Ieva Elvyra Kazakeviciute
Ieva Elvyra Kazakeviciute
PR and Community Manager - Northern Europe at Revolut
Contributing Writer/Blogger at Vestuves.lt
Public Relations & Editor at NORD PLAY
Co-editor and Public Relations Be Cukraus
CBDO/Partner at Ferox Baltic, Ltd. (a business consulting company, which specializes in EU Structural funds' grants for business, public and non-governmental sectors).
Council member at Vilnius regional development council under Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania.
Business strategy & development;
Management of non-standard projects;
Generation of innovative ideas and the attraction of resources to implement them.
A passionate FinTech enthusiast on the intersection between product management, business intelligence and entrepreneurial finance. While launching FinTech ventures in seven countries, I decided to join the Stockholm
School of Economics, to multiply my knowledge as a practitioner with extensive insight into academia.
Radvilas has over 100 projects under his belt mainly as the project manager, fulfilling various duties, in industries varying from cathodic protection to B2B marketing in expos to digital solutions. Radvilas has managed
teams of nearly 50 people and worked with many different clients.
Open Banking Partnership Manager @ Digital Innovation at Swedbank Lithuania
Gabriele is a business executive, business coach and innovation manager. He focuses on designing, developing and scaling innovative businesses with positive global impact. During his professional career he worked with
small and large companies leading cross functional teams from vision to sales and coached several early-stage startups.
Julija (JJ) Jegorova
Julija (JJ) Jegorova
JJ is the Founder of London-based public relations agency Black Unicorn PR, a new breed of comms agency specialising in technology startups and scaleups from across Europe. Julija is a trained journalist, but she has spent the past decade working in PR across the world, including ASUS, TomTom and Visa before shifting her focus towards the world of startups in 2015. She's secured media placements for her clients in publications such as BBC, Forbes, Financial Times, Entrepreneur, The New York Times and The Guardian among others. In 2018, Black Unicorn PR opened its second office in Vilnius, Lithuania. JJ can be found jet-hopping across Europe delivering talks on PR and Communications as well as workshops and mentoring sessions.
Enthusiastic and passionate Fintech ecosystem builder on the Swedish, Nordic, European and International level, co-founder of Sthlm Fintech Week.
Anna has built up a strong network within the Nordic, Dutch and European banking and financial ecosystems. This active position in the Fintech space led her to create the annual Sthlm Fintech Week conference, and she has worked with different actors in the Fintech ecosystem (Fintech startups, Financial Institutions, Investors, Regulators, Educational Institutions, Financial Services) and helped them to develop their business and bring it to the next level.
Anna currently is based in Stockholm, Amsterdam, Vienna.
Currently working as a Service Manager in Technopolis - the biggest office campus in Lithuania. Technopolis in Lithuania started operations 6 years ago with 2 buildings and now we are managing 5 buildings and providing a full package of in-house services (from cleaning to restaurants) to more than 60 customers. I have strong knowledge of project management, customer experience, services delivery management from start-ups to corporate companies. I also have more than 10 years of HR / marketing and administrative services.
Specialties: customer service, services management, sales management, human resources management, administrative services management, training and development management, social and community services, market research.
Enthusiastic and ambitious Project Manager with 9 + years of experience in juggling coordination and completion of international projects on time within budget and within scope. Highly educated yet down-to-earth, with the hands-on and target-driven approach.
Areas of knowledge and experience - international parliamentary cooperation; NGO leaders' empowerment; innovations and entrepreneurship development; start-ups mentoring and acceleration; national and EU (Horizon 2020) innovation promotion incentives expertise.
Dr. Karola Xenia Kassai
Dr. Karola Xenia Kassai
Karola is an innovation and tech attorney-at-law and business strategist, founder and managing partner of Kassailaw.
She brings to Baltic Sandbox more than a decade’s worth of experience from both sides of the table: as a mentor, she has worked with hundreds of teams and has witnessed many success stories such as difficulties and challenges that projects face during their business life cycles, and as an attorney-at-law, she has helped countless startups with their intellectual property protection, term sheets, investment agreements, compliance, and an untold number of other legal questions. To top it all off, Karola also offers a unique perspective: other than startups, she has represented VC’s and is able to see things from their angle as well.
She is a regular lecturer in entrepreneurship at universities in Sweden and Hungary and has been sharing knowledge of the entrepreneurial journey in the form of workshops, panel talks and mentoring for more than ten years.
Business Development Consultant, Facilitator and Guest Speaker.
Renata has over 19 years of diverse experience in building and implementing business strategies, leading and managing multicultural and remote teams in worldwide corporations as well as managing complex stakeholders. As Senior Business Design Analyst she has been delivering business requirements elicitation and developed various business solutions and products. Renata was one of “Grow As A Leader” programme creator, evaluator and mentor. “Women Go Tech” mentor.
As Innovation Officer she has been scouting and consulting FinTech startups as well as developed “Innovation as a Platform” framework.
Gunnlaugur Jónsson is the CEO of the Icelandic Fintech Cluster. He has a long history of entrepreneurship in technology and finance. Areas of mentorship: Strategy, product development, experimentation, funding, fintech,
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