Co-Founder and CEO of Upverter, electrical engineer, software hack, and community builder. He has started 3 startups, he's a YCombinator alumni, 2-time school dropout and an IBM, Sandvine & Infosys Alum.
Wil Schroter is a serial entrepreneur and fundraising veteran, having founded nine internet companies in the last 20 years -- the last three venture-backed. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Fundable.com, a crowdfunding platform for small businesses that allows them to raise capital online.
Hardi has 8 years of experience in manufacturing field as an engineer, business and sales consultant, CIO and ERP Team Manager. He also holds a MSc in product development from Tallinn University of Technology. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of GrabCAD Ltd. - a free CAD library with plans to create a freelance CAD engineers marketplace.
Scott N. MillerDragon Innovation
Scott has been working with iRobot for 10 years. He now leads Dragon Innovation helping companies scale by providing them expertise in all sectors of the business: DFMA, Sourcing, RFQ, Quality, Handover, Pre-Production and much more. Scott is also professor at Olin College teaching Machine Design and Design for Manufacture and Assembly.
Katherine is the Co-Founder of ShopLocket - company that provides resources for the next generation of hardware innovation. Katherine was recently listed as one of Canada’s top tech stars by the Financial Post and as one of the 5 women to watch in wearable technology.
Aleš is an experienced manager and startup founder. He runs CubeSensors, the hottest IoT hardware startup from central Europe. Together with his cofounder, he bootstrapped the company from the initial idea to the shipped product. He cofounded FriedWorks, a private coworking incubator in Slovenia, run TSstartup, a first industry backed accelerator in the CEE region.
Mattias LeppClick & Grow
Founder and CEO of Click & Grow, an innovative system for growing houseplants. Click & Grow's Kickstarter campaign raised $625 000. Mattias has also raised millions of dollars in venture capital.
Fadi has in-depth knowledge and experience related to building successful startups in Silicon Valley and elsewhere in the world. For over 15 years, he has been successfully matching human capital and venture capital needs across the globe. Having experience of building teams for over 100 early stage startups he's a frequent speaker and an advisor/mentor with startup accelerators
Tobias StoneThe Wye
Tobias is an entrepreneur, and have worked in the technology and finance sectors for many years. He brings together a background in innovation policy, economic development, investment, and entrepreneurship. Being experienced investor Toby has a lot of experience bridging between West and East Europe, fundraising, structuring investment, start-ups, and innovation.
Tim is an entrepreneur and tech & innovation addict driven by an inexhaustible curiosity about the future. Since 2011 he has been working for Pioneers - an international media company based in Vienna which is building platforms for entrepreneurship and innovative future technologies. Before that he founded three companies and studied industrial engineering and management in Germany and Austria.
Founder of Surf.paper.ee and co-founder of Pixtape and Shaka. He has worked as a manager/developer at Provess Invest, a Creative Director at eMotion and DigitalPaper. Jens participated in the Start-Up Chile program.
Co-founder of Gener8tor, a US-based start-up accelerator, focusing on hardware startups in combination with software teams. Troy's fields of experise are entrepreneurship, startups, business law, innovation, new internet and web trends (Web 2.0), technology.
Rain is a serial entrepreneur in mobile payments and services industry, co-founder of Estonian Startup Leaders Club, Mobi Solutions and Garage48 Foundation. His specialties are new ventures, business and company development, sales and marketing.
Tarmo is a guy behind a success story of small hardware startup Kinotehnik, a company which is known world wide as producer of the high quality electronic viewfinders for professional cameras.
Vivek BorayDe Franceschi & Boray
Partner at De Franceschi & Boray, LLP. Vivek has practiced corporate, finance, and securities law with leading law firms in the Silicon Valley, New York City, and the Middle East, prior to developing De Franceschi & Boray, LLP. Vivek has represented numerous start-ups and later-stage technology companies.
Co-founder, director and programme manager at ignite100, an early-stage digital accelerator programme based in the UK. He is an award winning writer, author and radio producer, a failed rocket scientist, co-founder of Appysnap and a startup advisor to Blooie and Teddle. He is a Startup Mentor for various start-ups.
Sergey GribovStartup Access
Sergey has an MBA degree from Sloan Fellows program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has spent most of his career in helping startup companies to grow from a ground level up. He has a lot of Web and e-commerce experience from developing and running big production websites to being a founder of Web2.0 start-up himself.
Co-Founder and Head of Product at Finnish banking startup Holvi.com, smart banking for group activities. Demoscene activist and founder of largest digital art festival in the Nordics. He now travels across the Europe to find, blog about and inspire new startups.
Co-founder of Arptek, Rise Technology Ventures and TFunnel. He helps businesses set priorities and take action, and the founders of technology start-ups build world-class technology business. Nick has a PhD in Math and Finance from Moscow and an Executive Education in Entrepreneurship from Harvard Business School.
Andrus AaslaidStartup Electric
Founding Engineer at Startup Electric and Engineering Manager at Teleplan Indonesia. He is an electronics and IT engineer who helps start-ups in product development.
Alvo Aabloo University of Tartu
Board member at Estrotech OÜ and NPO Robootika. He is R&D Partner at Fits.me Virtual Fitting Room and a professor at University of Tartu. His specialties are computational material science, ion conductive polymer composites, electroactive polymer actuators and sensors, high performance computing, and robotics. He holds a PhD degree in Physics from University of Tartu.
David ClarkLaser Diagnostic Instruments
David is a graduate of Cambridge University, specializing in mechanical engineering. He is leading Laser Diagnostic Instruments - a private Estonian technology company, producing a range of analysers and diagnostic devices for academia and industry. They cover projects starting from airborne LiDARS and desktop instrumentation to on-line industrial analysis and remote smart sensors.
Taavi Hein Hedgehog
Member of board and software/ PLD engineer at Hedgehog OÜ and a Software Developer at Mobi Solutions. He has a diploma in Computer Science and Physics and MSc degree in Physics from University of Tartu. Taavi has experience in project management and education, being worked as a Software and Electronics Engineer at Liewenthal Electronics OÜ and an IS Project Manager at University of Tartu.
Kalmer Kand Enics Eesti
Specialist of Manufacturing Applications at Enics Eesti AS. He is an electronics engineer, electronics manufacturer and certified soldering teacher for standards J-STD-001, IPC-A-620, IPC-A-610. Kalmer´s specialities are IT, gadgets and electronics.
Priit Kull Kockenarwe
Owner of Kockenarwe. He has been the Head Designer at Estiko, Development Director at Estiko Survis AS and the owner of EagleCAD AS. Priit is an established mechanical engineer and designer. He has worked on various positions at ABF Baltic AS, been a Partner at SHG Estonia OÜ and a project manager at Vestas. He has a MSc degree in Machine Building Technology from Tallinn University of Technology.
Tõnis Liivamägi Kinotehnik
Founder of Kinotehnik and the creative mastermind behind everything that is done in the company. He has previously worked in Playtech, the world's leading online gaming company, and held the posts of a Lead Designer and Art Director.
Triin Kask BluNavi
Founder and CEO at BluNavi. She is a PhD student in Economics and a lector at University of Tartu. She is also working as a trainer at Sense Training OÜ. She has participated in the Deep Dive acceleration program in Silicon Valley and has the academic knowledge about the start-up world from working in the university as well as the practical experience from building her own start-up.
Madis Raukas QMaterials
Madis holds a PhD in Physics. He is a CEO and co-owner of SofData OÜ. Currently he is the Research Manager in Materials Science/Solid State Lighting (SSL) in Osram Sylvania (Siemens). His focus areas are luminescent materials (converters/phosphors), optics, materials science and lighting, he is experienced in electronic structure of solids, skills in analytical/vacuum /low-temperature and modelling techniques.
Co-founder and CPO of Defendec, information services company. He has worked as a project manager at Sampo, and a project manager, team leader and software engineering team leader at Skype.
Lucas Wang HWTrek
Lucas is the CEO of HWTrek, the largest global platform for hardware innovators and industry. HWTrek provides online planning and team collaboration tools, supply chain management services, and channels for global market expansion. Before HWTrek, Lucas founded TMI (Taiwan Mobile Innovation), which makes early stage investments and incubates promising entrepreneurs.
Almar ProosFavor Ltd
Owner and Chairman of Management Council at Favor Ltd, a strategy and business development company. He is the founder of EstBAN and Telegrupp AS. Almar has studied Finance and Management at Estonian Business School.
Jari OgnebeniIndustrio Hardware Accelerator
Early stage investor, entrepreneur and technology passionate. Co-founder Managing Partner at Industrio Hardware Accelerator. Expert in Cleantech and electronic Hardware, he now runs Hardware Startups Accelerator that transforms teams into companies, and prototypes into products.
Jurgo PredenIoT Streetlight
Jurgo is CTO at IoT Streetlight Ltd – company that is creating innovative solutions for smart cities. He is also senior researcher at Tallinn University of Technology. He has broad experience in product development, wireless sensor networks, distributed systems, embedded software.
Triin is an experienced lawyer specialising in intellectual property and ICT law. She has advised numerous technology companies in contractual and regulatory issues as well as provided consistent legal support to well-known Estonian start-ups in expanding their business to a global scale. Triin is a member of the Estonian Bar Association and practices at Law Firm GLIMSTEDT.
Prior to handling marketing at a top investment bank, he has founded and helped to build start-ups like Fits.me, a company that has received broad international recognition and hailed as the next Skype for the fashion industry. He is a co-founder of Fundwise, the crowd investment platform for small and medium-sized businesses in the CEE region.
Elise has moved from working in startups to mentoring and guiding them through different programs. She has organized Garage48 hackathons and mentored in many other startup related events. Since January 2013 Elise is leveraging communication between the giant Microsoft and innovative startups.
Peedu is co-founder of OCdesk - an extremely successfully backed Kickstarter project that now is a product design company based out of Miami, Florida and Europe that specializes in developing high quality accessories for Apple products. Peedu has 8+ years experience as a web UI/UX and brand designer, front-end developer, 4+ years of experience in branding.
Kristjan is business software (ERP) specialist with broad experience in all aspects of accounting, inventory, document and financial management. He has experience with databases (Oracle, MySQL, MS Sql), software consulting and hosting facilities. Kristjans specialities include: brand building, web applications, sales and marketing, server and software architecture, ERP,POS, point of sale
Arte ErmelPluss ID LLC
Arte is the founder of Pluss ID LLC. Work with this company has brought him broad experience in retail, electronics, manufacturing, contacts in China and intellectual property. Hi is vice president of Estonian-Thai Chamber of Commerce.
Hanno has over 20 years of experience from Arrow Electronics Estonia, the local arm of the global electronic components and computing solutions provider, where he now serves as General Manager.
Martin is field engineer at Arrow, always up to date with latest trends in technology and chip makers' R&D pipelines. He has excellent knowledge on supply-chain and manufacturing. Martin has a broad knowledge about Baltic factories.
Priit is the Co-founder of Mooncascade, a mobile enthusiast, and a software engineer with 14 years of experience in the industry. He is the Co-founder of Garage48 and Mobile Monday Estonia chapter being active in Baltic startup community since 2007. He is a valued technical mentor and pitch teacher in Baltics.
Piers RidyardNifty Minidrive
Piers is the founder of Nifty and the creator of the MiniDrive, one of UK's most successful hardware tech Kickstarter project. Based on his previous experiences, he has wide knowledge about manufacturing, logistics and distribution, especially in post-Kickstarter phase.
Ville is a well-known mentor, serial entrepreneur and investor. He was one of the founders of Hybrid Graphics (later NVIDIA Finland), a pioneer in real-time 3D graphics technologies. Ville has been involved with the evolution of various open standards (OpenGL ES, OpenVG, ..). The last couple of years he has been particularly interested in crowdsourcing and human computation.
Adam Benzion is a co-Founder at Hackster.io the largest online community for hardware hackers and starters. He has experienced hardware and software startups and exits, few of which he founded. He has been working for Microsoft in Jakarta and Seattle for several years.
Dan Marom"The Crowdfunding Revolution"
Dr. Dan Marom is a thought leader in the crowdfunding field. In 2010, Dan co-authored a pioneering book on crowdfunding – "The Crowdfunding Revolution" alongside Kevin Lawton. Since then he has been fortunate to speak passionately about crowdfunding around the globe, teach students, consult entrepreneurs, corporations and policy makers, and hold several advisory board memberships.
Gary has over 15 years experience with in the analysis, scoping, estimation, design, management and implementation of high-availability, enterprise-class business technology solutions. Furthermore, he has experience in enterprise software sales and intellectual property law. Gary has lent his expertise to Accenture and Pfizer and he was also the CTO of Arigo, an industry-leading provider of enterprise software solutions to major multi-national retailers.
Konrad Lauten is the CEO of inkubato, and represents the German section of Indiegogo. He has been working in the creative industries for more than 20 years now and has a huge network of artists, creatives, musicians and food enthusiasts.
Taavi is an experienced social media, advertising and online marketing practitioner. Having worked with innovation data he now consults startups and companies on better business and marketing strategies.
Barbara BelvisiElephants and Ventures
Barbara is co-founder and partner of Elephants & Ventures, a venture boutique helping hardware startups with financing & strategy. In 2014, she cofounded the Hardware Club the 1st club building a scaling platform dedicated to hardware startups. Previously, Barbara has been working in the Venture Capital industry in London and Paris, participated in 15+ deals and 2 IPOs.
Christopher BellamyJaguar Land Rover
Christopher is a product creation engineer at Jaguar Land Rover. He works in the UK developing new technologies and ideas, and using them to create the interiors of future Jaguars and Land Rovers. Christopher has a broad range of experience studied Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Cambridge.
Adam graduated from Engineering Science at the University of Toronto before starting grad school and making several startups (Akatoo, Algo Anywhere, 500px). Today he's fanatically focused on revolutionizing electrical engineering design and working as a VP of engineering at Upverter.
Lauri LaidnaDX Meedia
Lauri is advertisement & video production expert (with experience more than 12 years). He has 15+ years of experience in IT - website development, e-commerce, audio-video solutions, hands-on hardware and network experience.
Madelynn MartiniereSpark Plug Labs
Madelynn is a community engineer, technologist and serial entrepreneur. Currently, she is the founder of Spark Plug Labs, a consultancy team dedicated to launching and scaling innovative technology startups.Over the past 5 years she has worked to increase awareness and globalization of open-source technology and the maker movement, and is a regular mentor and speaker on the advantages of crowdfunding for hardware projects.
Julio is community manager at Kickstarter. He has 9 years of experience managing multi-channel marketing programs. He has planned and implemented successful relationship marketing, brand consideration and lead generation campaigns for companies in the consumer electronics, high-tech and financial services industries.
Janne SaarikkoGorilla Ventures
Janne is a multifaceted entrepreneur, a marketing strategist and visionary, a creator and builder of new businesses and innovations, and an explorer of future living. Based in Helsinki, Finland, he works, speaks, coaches and writes all around the world, always meeting interesting people and projects. Janne has extensive international experience and network from several industries.
Rainer SternfeldPlanet OS
A robotics engineer and product developer by training, Rainer is an Estonian entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, focused on data-driven businesses that grow enterprise value, and designing human interaction with data. Prior to Planet OS, Sternfeld led ABB Group to establish the world’s first nation-wide fast-charging infrastructure for electric cars.
Mikk PutkSarap & Putk Patent Agency
Patent attorney and IP strategist, helping tech companies to protect and manage their intellectual property portfolios. Experienced in preparing, filing and enforcing patent applications, trademark and design registration applications; in intellectual property related disputes; in patent, trademark, design searches.
Mike BradshawStartup Sauna
Mike can often be found coaching early stage start-ups and entrepreneurs in the fundamentals of pitching. Mike's current job is Sensei at AppCampus. In his free time he is a Coach at StartupSauna, a co-driver with the Travelling Salesman project and organiser of MobileDevCamp.fi.
Pirko KonsaEstonian Development Fund
Pirko is an Estonian investor and COO at Estonian Development fund, also Member of SmartUp Georgia team. He is an advisor for startups when it comes to investor relations, pitching and preparing the perfect investor presentation.
Andrus has great skills when it comes to operational organization management. He is advising startups on rising the first seed capital and following rounds. The combination of academic and industry experience that Andrus has is a truly valuable asset for any startup.
Kuido is Member of Estonian Business Angels Network and an investor relations trainer. His coaching skills vary from raising money from angel investors to pitching to investment advice. Currently Kuido is running a successful electronics company.
Raul has 19+ years of experience in the telecom and IT industry, managing development and implementation of high-tech concepts and projects. He has specialized on telecom value-added services development and was the creator of mobile parking, ID card public transport ticketing and mobile positioning services for the largest Estonian mobile operator. He advises young startups on research and development issues.
Jari MieskonenConor Venture Partners
Jari is a Finnish venture capitalist. With almost two decades of experience in technology financing, he has seen the ups and downs of the industry many times over. His ability to put things in perspective helps entrepreneurs understand the undercurrent and maintain focus on the essential.
Alo is robotics and computer engineer with more than 10 year of experience doing R&D in University of Tartu and in Universidad Simon Bolivar (Colombia). He is manager of advanced electronics and hardware prototyping workspace Protokeskus. He is teaching and mentoring various classes from prototyping to system administration in University. Recently he started his own startup Robomeister OY, where he is designing and building innovative prototypes.
Klaus HaasisCombine Innovation / ask klaus!
Klaus is Coach, Trainer, Mentor and Business Angel. He delivers a unique blend of decade-long leadership experience, person-centered consulting excellence and hypno-systemic coaching expertise, packaged within management know-how of technology sectors, the creative industry and politics. Klaus is Engineer, Journalist, Counsellor, Efectuation Expert, Scrum Master, he was 5 times founding CEO and has over 30 years of management experience in innovation management,
Graziano G. RavizzaLogic brainstorm
Graziano bought his first 1k resistor when he was eleven. He programmed his first CPU, the Signetics 2650, when he was fifteen and burned his first operational amplifier, a LM741, when he was sixteen. After obtaining a PhD in Electronics, he designed robotic equipments, interactive books for children, safety sensors and so on. Founder and CEO of several electronics startups, he today works as an Electronic Hardware Designer consultant.
Silvia Carterto Web or not to Web
Silvia has been advising high-tech startups since 2007 with the French IoT pioneers. Her expertise is in international sales of technical products in the retail, B2B and OEM channels. With an Executive MBA from HEC Paris, Silvia mentors in OrangeFab and other accelerators, bringing startups fast access to strategic and operational sales internationally.
Siim has been running web-based businesses since 1997. As an intrapreneur at Estonia’s top software company Helmes was managing system integration projects for hospitals, banks and air navigation services. Passionate about digital marketing, became responsible for technical and Google teams for a London-based digital agency Blue Barracuda, which got acquired by FCB (Foote, Cone & Belding), one of the largest global advertising agency networks. Currently MD of pre-seed fund Prototron and connecting startups to investors and corporates.
Pedro GomesPedro Gomes Design
Pedro Gomes is an award winning designer, entrepreneur and full time dreamer leading his global strategic design consultancy studio. With a holistic approach to design, Pedro is passionate about everything he does. He has an impressive track record working with innovative startups, international brands and private clients at a global level.
Martin helps start-ups and SMEs through the challenges of complex hardware projects in general and especially with the outsourced production services in Taiwan and China. He has been working in Asia for more than 20 years, sourcing and selling IT/CE hardware. Prior to joining HWTrek he co-founded several start-ups including C2Call, a mobile app development platform for Voice and Video Chat used by more than 15,000 developers.