Startup Sauna - Budapest local event

Budapest, Hungary


At a Startup Sauna Local Event, local early stage startups will receive honest feedback and advice from coaches, who are experienced serial entrepreneurs and investors. By impressing the coaches, attending startups have the opportunity to be shortlisted for the Startup Sauna spring 2016 acceleration program held May 2nd – June 3rd in Helsinki, Finland.



Jarmo KuusivuoriJarmo Kuusivuori

Jarmo has been top-performing and experienced Board Member / CEO / General Manager / VP of Sales / Business Coach in many global IT companies during the last 25 years. He is also experienced with startups. Fast growth and internationalization are something he is very skilled at. He has worked in IT business, gaming industry as well as in car industry. He has executed several acquisitions and turn arounds. He has held over 25 board memberships globally. He has interest in helping people to grow as leaders and companies to succeed internationally.

penttiPentti Karjalainen

Founding Partner and co-owner at T1Consulting Oy. Pentti has worked on numerous CEO and other senior management positions during his career. He specialises in change management, especially changing company’s mindset from product orientation to client relationships and customer care. He has notable experience in advising small and medium-sized companies in generating new businesses and approve profit by increasing customers loyalty with better customer care. Pentti is a change manager with strong drive and significant strategic and administration experience. He works also as an executive business coach as well as helps selected start-ups with pro bono basis. Pentti is a keen bow hunter, golfer and downhill skier, and he loves to cook delicious meals for his family and friends.

inkaInka Mero

Inka is an entrepreneur and seed investor with a track in building growth companies, online community services and mobile software businesses in Scandinavia, New York, Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv.

Being the co-founder and chairwoman of KoppiCatch seed investor and accelerator company with 12+ portfolio companies, she is passionate about service and business innovation and working with startups in the fields of media, commerce and analytics in particular.

Inka has acted as CEO, VP Sales, Chief Product Officer and in strategic business development and VC investor roles both in startups and bigger companies. She has invested in 30+ companies during her career and raised several funding rounds from 50-100k€ pre-seed and seed rounds up to 30M€ of Series A/B. She is also a board member at Teollisuussijoitus Oy (Finnish Industry Investments Ltd), GWS Staffpoint, and

Riku AsikainenRiku Asikainen

Riku is Startup Sauna’s current head coach and a seasoned entrepreneur with strong emphasis on growth investments on small and medium-sized companies.

During my entrepreneurial, management and investment career, which started in year 1988, I have been founder, director and investor in more than thirty ventures. Out of those companies,ten have been exited and five gone to zero (some valuable lessons learnt from these) while the rest are still in my portfolio.

During my tenure two companies have grown from zero revenue to five million range, one company to ten million, one to twenty million and one over thirty million of annual revenue.

More coaches announced soon!




Schedule & Details

A one-day coaching event for local startups. Note the event requires applying.

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Deadline: February 26th

Location: Demola Budapest (1111 Budapest, Egry József u. 18.)
Contact person: maria.ackermann[at]

Selected startups will be notified at least four days prior to the event.

09:00 – Introduction
09:30 – Startups pitch (3min/team)
12:00 – Lunch break
13:00 – 1on1 coaching (selected startups)
13:00 – Talks/roundtables (rest of startups)
16:00 – Wrap-up