Pre-accelerator of Kaunas startups

We invite you to join an 8-week pre-accelerator and develop your startup idea into growing business! It’s an equity free pre-acceleration program for early stage startups looking for structured support to grow an innovative idea into a scalable business. Upon completion of the program, startups are ready to take the next step towards their entrepreneurial journey and to compete for the initial funding!

Both startups who have already reached some milestones as well as those who only have a burning idea and immense wish to build a business are welcome to apply.

weeks to validate your business idea

mentors and experts to help your business

survival rate of first-time startups

attention to a startup


Team of more than 40 international mentors and experts will be coaching the participants. The list of Kaunas Startups mentors can change based on their availability during the course of the program.

Dmitrij Sosunov. Partner at Startup Wise Guys

Jone Vaituleviciute. Partner at Startup Wise Guys

Patrick Collins. Founder of Prospect Labs

Wallace M. Green. Startup Consultant & Accelerator Mentor

Antanas Baksys. CEO & Co-Founder at SearchNode

Simona Simulyte. Founder at ChangeMakers’ON

Aidis Dalikas. Co-Founder at Socialus Marketingas

Marius Ratkevicius. Partner at HungryScout

Danielius Stasiulis. Founder and CEO at “Startup Division”, co-founder at BitDegree and CBDO

Key dates

  • Applications – August 14 – September 22 | Teams submit applications.
  • Pre-selection interviews – September 23 – October 06  | 25 teams will be selected to go to bootcamp.
  • Selection bootcamp – October 7-8  | Startups pitch to an expert panel and 15 teams are selected to the pre-accelerator.
  • Pre-accelerator – October 21 – December 11.
  • Demo day – December 12  | Teams pitch their ideas to a panel of investors and experts.

Virtual pre-accelerator

Kaunas Startups is happy to invite you to the first virtual pre-accelerator in Lithuania! This program is for the teams that cannot dedicate enough time for the intensive live pre-accelerator.

  • Application – until September 22 here. Please choose an option to participate in the virtual pre-acceleration program in the end of this form.
  • Virtual pre-acceleration activities – October 21 – December 11

Teams participating in the virtual pre-accelerator will be invited to watch online expert lectures and satisfy their thirst for world-class expert insights! The virtual program will follow the topics of the pre-accelerator: idea validation, business model, marketing, lean experimentation, finance attraction, and others. The lectures will be filmed and posted on Kaunas Startups ‘Youtube’ channel. Just like pre-accelerator teams, online program participants will receive the same homework assignments by experts. 

The most engaged startups that demonstrate the biggest progress will receive an invitation to the Demo Day – the final product idea pitching event that will take place on December 12.

Professional team behind the scenes

Pre-accelerator experts

Big thanks for the companies and organizations who advised the teams at Kaunas Startup pre-accelerator:

The project is funded by the Kaunas City Municipal Program “Initiatives for Kaunas”. Government agency “Kaunas IN” is responsible for the information provided. Kaunas City Municipality is not responsible for any information provided.