SWG Startup Hunt @Saint Petersburg


Startup Wise Guys is coming to Saint Petersburg! The team behind one of the most successful B2B accelerators in Europe, including CEO Cristobal Alonso Wiseguys and head of startup scouting Egita Poļanska, is excited to visit SaintPetersburg to meet local startups and provide value in mentorship and pitch event. The event wouldn’t be possible without our partners – Business Incubator INGRIA, ITMO Innovation and our alumni Andrey Khapsasov.


Monday, December 11 agenda:

18:30 - 19:00 - Welcome by SWG, Business Incubator INGRIA, intro to SWG

19:00 - 19:45 - How to get in to an international accelerator

19:45 - 20:30 - Networking

Individual mentoring on Tuesday, December 12:

Startups can apply also for individual OH on Tuesday, Dec 12th, and get advice on business model and pitching. If interested please apply here by Dec 10: http://ej.uz/swgroadshow2017-SPB

One of the teams from Saint Petersburg individual OH will get a chance to get fast-track ticket to the TOP25 Selection event for the next Startup Wise Guys batch.

This event is part of a CEE Roadshow, where Startup Wise Guys, Europe's leading B2B accelerator, is scouting for ambitious and business focused startup founders for the next accelerator programs in Riga.


Speakers/participants from SWG side + their expertise fields


Cristobal Alonso

CEO, Startup Wise Guys


Cristobal Alonso is an experienced serial Entrepreneur and Global Executive (with focus on telco, media & software Development) and INSEAD MBA. Defined by colleagues, partners and clients as the ultimate "make it happen" person, always thinking strategically and with the capacity to create and develop highly empowered international teams. As a serial entrepreneur, Cristobal leads as “el Patron” Startup Wise Guys, the leading B2B accelerator in Europe, with more than 80 investments in early stage SaaS B2B companies and a portfolio value of more than 4x. He tours Central Eastern Europe, CIS and the Nordics every quarter looking for the upcoming promising startups and mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs.  In the past he has been co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Mobofree, at the time the leading Africa's social Marketplace, He also co-founded a mobile application start-up, mmCHANNEL, as CCO and interim CEO, raising €2M VC round. He sits on the board of more than 10 startups he has invested on since 2010.


Egita Polanska

Head of startup scouting, Startup Wise Guys


Currently part of Management Team and Program Director at startup accelerator Startup Wise Guys Riga. Previously executive Director of Latvian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, running the daily operations of the association which represents the venture capital industry in Latvia, also CEO of TechHub Riga, an event manager at TechHub Riga, which is a co-working space for new technology startups that can meet, work, learn and collaborate. Also coordinating a super cool tech and startup conference Tech Chill Baltics 2015 in Riga. Before joining TechHub Riga worked at Techstars in Seattle and helped to run the accelerator program as an associate and later also as a program manager. And prior Techstars Egita got experience with designing financial instrument support programs funded by EU funds.