Our fabulous mentors and speakers

Our mentors are genuinely interested in helping our companies achieve success. We believe in the power of mentorship, of sharing knowledge and experience. Our mentors are some of the best entrepreneurs, investors end experts in telecommunications, startup development and technology. Complemented by inspirational speakers from around the world.
Holger Haljand

Holger Haljand

Business Mentor

Holger has been involved in service innovation in the telecom sector since 2000. After leading numerous business development projects and teams in Estonia's leading mobile telecom, EMT, he is now heading new business and innovation initiatives at Telia Estonia. Co-Founder of VUNK.

Toomas Kärner

Toomas Kärner

Business Mentor

Toomas is leading IoT Business area in Telia. He has deep divide into exploring the trends and corporate side of the business but also collaborating with startups and new businesses in search for most reasonable solutions.

Viktoria Ruubel

Viktoria Ruubel

Business Mentor

Passionate about digital technology and it’s impact for business, organisations, individuals and society. Viktoria brings experience across multiple business sectors and industries including ICT, teleco, e-commerce, etc. 17+ years of experience building global products, brands and business in startups (Skype, Guardtime, VUNK) and large companies (Hewlett Packard, Telia, CFG, etc.).

Calum Cameron

Calum Cameron

Business Mentor

Calum loves working with mischievous people who want to challenge the status quo first and think about why later. He has a background in financial corporate IT in both Australia and the UK, and now leads the charge at Startup Wise Guys, Europe's leading B2B accelerator.

Martin Rand

Martin Rand

Business Mentor

CEO and co-founder of VitalFields, the first global farm management system. Martin’s company has raised 2 million dollars worth of venture funding and his product is being used by hundreds of farmers across Europe. Martin has extensive experience in product management from Skype and TeliaSonera.

Ragnar Sass

Ragnar Sass

Business Mentor

A serial startup-entrepreneur and co-founder of Pipedrive and Garage48, Ragnar loves helping early stage startups. He regularly shares practical lessons at numerous different conferences and startup events, detailing the fundamentality of successful startups.

Tiivi Püvi

Tiivi Püvi

Marketer

A marketer and brand guru through and through with over 15 years of experience in the field. Has great love for technology as it just makes life simpler. Bringing new products and services to the market makes her heart beat faster. When working with Tiivi you always have to answer to the “why?” question!

Ivo Remmelg

Ivo Remmelg

Business mentor

Owner and CEO of leading Estonian Systems integration company Telegrupp, investor and mentor in many accelerators and startups like Startup Wise Guys, Sportlyzer, Like a Local, Helpific, Satrian, Data Center Technologies AB, Hannu Pro Tallinn and many others. Excellent in strategies, building successful teams and strong company culture. Member of the Estonian Business Angel Network management board.

Ivo Kukavica

Ivo Kukavica

Business mentor

With a background and experience in developing and implementing strategies, processes and IT based on business, customers and internal stakeholders needs, he now works with Innovation in the Purple+ team at Telia Group. He loves to see talents grow and enjoys when they create magic for customers and users.

Lauris Muzikants

Lauris Muzikants

Business mentor

Passionate about customers and making things and services that customers want. Lauris coaches teams who want to grow as innovators in their search for new stuff. You can get hands-on help from Lauris with designing experiments, getting in touch with customers and visualization of business models and value propositions. He has run a lean startup in telco customer service and is co-founder of Telia Ericsson DareDay Hackathon.

Mantas Gostautas

Mantas Gostautas

Business mentor

He leads new business development at Teo and Omnitel in Lithuania. Being a ex co-founder of a startup himself he uses his vast change management experience from Telco sector to connect startups to Telia companies in Lithuania and link them to Telia Company. He is passionate about making things happen through pushing the best ideas to implementation.

Kirke Saar

Kirke Saar

Tech mentor

Freshly appointed CTO of Telia with an extensive experience in working for Swedbank, Microsoft, Oracle and Eesti Energia. She manages large teams to assure the best quality of telco services and stands for continuous innovation.

Henri-Paul Ariste

Henri-Paul Ariste

Tech Mentor

Leading Telia's unified communications platform development team. Henri has over 15 years of software and product development experience. No IT questions will be left unanswered when he's involved.

Elise Sass

Elise Sass

Business mentor

I have enjoyed organizing hackathons in Estonia and Africa, was founding team member for the first startup accelerator in Estonia - Startup Wise Guys. Since 2013 I am working at Microsoft Central Eastern Europe team to connect corporate and startup world. Early-stage startups are fun, they often face similar issues and challenges, while later-stage startups need to take their knowledge and focus to a totally different level.

Jüri Kaljundi

Jüri Kaljundi

Speaker

Product guy with tech background and sales & marketing management experience. Loves interaction, early stage technology & product design. Over the years has been a co-founder of startups and also a top level manager in a large old-school IT company.

Karen K. Burns

Karen K. Burns

Speaker

Deep dive into ICT in 2006, covering different positions in British Telecom and UK's health regulator. Well-versed in Prince2, ITIL and Agile, she took two years to work on commercials and Hollywood A-list movies on location in the UAE before returning to Estonia. Now heading business development at Mooncascade.