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

Mentors

A team of more than 40 international mentors and experts will regularly coach programme participants. They will help teams define product-market fit, launch effective marketing campaigns, start and increase sales and prepare for meetings with investors. A dedicated coach Vytautas Cerniauskas will work with the teams throughout the programme. He will assign tasks, provide individual consultations and make sure teams make progress.

Vytautas Cerniauskas. Expert at Civitta, management, business development and operations pro. MBA, ex-Uber

Arvydas Bloze. Investment Director at Practica Capital

Andrius Milinavicius. Founding member and BDO at Baltic Sandbox accelerator

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

Greta Radzeviciute. CEO & Co-Founder of Katalista Ventures

Ugnius Ramanauskas. Innovation Expert at Civitta

Aivaras Rastenis. Associate at 70Ventures VC

Gytenis Galkis. Partner at 70 Ventures Fund. Founder & Member of the Board at Lithuanian Business Angel Network

Stoyan Yankov. Productivity & Performance Strategist

Daiva Jankauskaite. Managing Director at Lithuanian Business Angel Network

Egle Juodsnukyte. Management Consultant and partner at Civitta

Daiva Rakauskaite. Fund manager and partner at Business angel fund management

Alex Gibb. Partner at Katalista Ventures, co-Founder & Partner at Paysolut Ltd, Co-Founder at Tinggly

Andzelika Rusteikiene. CEO at Junior Achievemenet Lithuania

Farid Singh. Innovation and startup consultant, mentor, coach

Andra Bagdonaite. Program manager at Startup Wise Guys

Aismantas Bulanavicius. Chief Product Officer at Aciety

Tomas Lekavicius. Product Manager

Gilbertas Kinderevicius. Partner at JurisConsultus

Asta Kederyte. Senior Associate at JurisConsultus

Ramunas Sirvys. Partner at JurisConsultus

Key dates

  • Applications – August 14 – September 29 | Teams submit applications.
  • Pre-selection interviews – September 30 – 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 29 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.