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Communication History Museum

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

“Human mind overwhelmed by new idea will never return to its original state. I left for a trip, life changing experience trip, I suppose. Startup Weekend is not just a project – it is my chosen way of life further. Believe me, I know what I’m saying. I am writing to you from the beach in Tel Aviv Israel, where I was led by this idea…” – Solveiga Kurgonaitė, author of 3D knitting machine and participant of Startup Weekend Lithuania. Don’t you want the same feeling?

Only a few months passed after Startup Weekend Lithuania and this event comes back again! This time we are going to Space, together with our inovative ideas and the whole crew! All preparation works and final “take-off” to Mission “Startup Weekend Kaunas” will be held in Communication History Museum. Within 54 hours we are planning to prepare teams and ideas for their final take-off to the space full of future posibilities and hopefully successful business on Sunday evening. Please take into account few very important details if you’re planning to join this mission:

  • The event Starts on 25th of April. 
  • Our crew size for this mission is limited, so only 120 registered participants will be enrolled.
  • Cost of the trip is 11 Euros / person (we have to buy some rocket fuel).
  • You don’t have to bother about any meals or infrastructure, just have your laptop.

Why to participate? In our humble opinion, despite the fact that this might be your life changing adventure, we are going to offer you well-prepared programme and inspirational people to meet! During these three days you will be lead by our mission leaders, who already had their own trip with their business ideas, which took them high above the ground! We love to introduce you with Claudio Santori, founder of “Bliu Bliu”, increadibly successful startup, Darius Dulskis – expert in management and marketing, Mindaugas Glodas, who is general manager at Nextury Ventures, Arturas Bulota, who is extensively consults Lithuanian and foreign clients in shaping the brand image and strategy! For  the rest of the team scroll below!

Who can participate? Everyone is welcome, either you have your business idea or just know how to make a simple sketch on the computer! Startup Weekend Kaunas is about gathering people with different skills, experience and view of life into one place connecting them in order to generate incredible and amazing ideas which can grow into real business!

Who Supports Us?
Startup Weekend Kaunas is going to be held at the perfect place for events – Communication History Museum in Kaunas. TEO LT provides Fiber-Optic internet for participants of the event, so you’ll be able to feel the quality and speed! Startup Weekend Kaunas mission is lead by KTU Startup Space with huge support from the European Regional Development Fund and the Social Fund (Second and third day logistical expenses are covered by project INOVEKS No. VP2-1.4-ŪM-05-V-01-006). Nextury Ventures, Data Dog, Informational supporter “Kas Vyksta Kaune”, Mineral water Vytautas. Coffee Inn, Helis, Foosin, Producters and AdForm.

Awards! Check it out here:
The Best Mobile Solution:
Nokia Lumia phones for the whole team provided by Microsoft.

The Best Technological Solution:
1000 euros worth KTU voucher for device or devices which will be chosen by team.

The Best Weekend Idea
Tennis Table from Data Dog!

Lucky Crew Member 
Foosball Table Garlando F-100 from “Foosin” and  ”Producters”.

The Best Business2Business / Business2Poeple Solution
Device to have fun (Stay in tune) from Nextury Ventures

The Best Financial Technology (FinTech) Solution
iPad for the winners from Startup Highway

Developer’s Challenge
Day with the Senior Developer from Data Dog

Android – Making Business Easier
Android Academy Courses from Telesoftas

The Most Innovative Digital Marketing Ideas
Digital Commercial Campaign Provided By AdForm

The Most Devoted Team:
10 Coffee Sessions with separate work place at Coffee-Inn + 100 coffees from Coffee-Inn

The Best Marketing Strategy
SEO know-how seminar for the team + SEO for their website from SEO Helis

This year we have amazing additional prize for the Lucky Crew Member from “Foosin” – company that promotes and builds table Foosball community in Lithuania, and  “Producters” – experienced software geeks and tech entrepreneurs who adore creating fascinating software products!
Foosball Table Garlando F-100.

Startup Weekend Kaunas is organized by KTU StartupSpace team (see below!)

Contacts for more info:
Antanas Štrimaitis
Tel: 8 630 50 092



Apr 25
  • Beginning of Registration
  • Opening & Speakers
  • Introduction of Judges
  • Pitches Start
  • Voting for the ideas and formation of teams
  • Announcement of ideas that
  • Don't run away! :) Networking and After Party @837!


Apr 26
  • Work begins. Short introduction
  • Checkpoint #1
  • Lunch
  • Mentor's session.
  • Dinner
  • Checkpoint #2
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 27
  • Work begins. Short introduction
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Checkpoint #3
  • Lunch
  • How to prepare a good pitch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Pitches for the investors, experts and the guests
  • Judging & awards
  • Dinner and after party @837

Claudio Santori

Founder of   |   LinkedIn

Claudio is a walking success story! So let's see why.. he started as a web marketer in 1997. Since that time he was responsible for several Italian projects that got all around 10 millions users. Recently he made an incredibly successful startup - idea of "Bliu Bliu". He started with development process of this idea on February of 2012. As he says, it took a long time to find a good team to implement it, but after several months, "Bliu Bliu" idea was presented at "Startup Weekend Lithuania 2012" where he won the main prize! And it took only 4 months later on, to raise 100.000 Euro for this project!

At the moment, Claudio is a Lindy Hop instructor in Vilnius, he teaches twice a week. Besides that, he is very active in helping other people with their life, coaching them about work, relationship and health, especially nutrition.

Mindaugas Glodas

General Manager at Nextury Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Responsible for operational management of Nextury Ventures. 15 years experience in International ICT industry. Mindaugas held multiple executive positions at IBM and Microsoft in the Baltics and Central and Eastern Europe. Mindaugas is an active member of society and currently serves as Board Member at Kaunas Technical University, Member of Business Council at ISM University of Management and Economics and Member of Presidium of the Lithuanian Business Confederation.


Darius Dulskis

Partner at EKT   |   LinkedIn

Darius Dulskis is an expert in field of strategic planning and marketing. He has more than 10 years’ experience of consultations in the field of management, marketing management and strategic planning as well. Darius has already implemented more than 180 various projects: planning of marketing activities, marketing analysis, business development, brand management, internationalisation and other areas.

Claudio Santori

Founder of   |   LinkedIn

Besides that Claudio is an owner of a successful Startup "Bliu Bliu", he can share his experience and knowledge in pitching and he is going to help teams to prepare the perfect one! During his carrier, Claudio won many pitching contests in Lithuania, Latvia and Finland. In few months he managed to raise 150.000 Euro, so this achievement speaks for itself!

Ruta Valusyte

Graphic Designer

Ruta Valusyte is a designer, who has developed her competence at Politecnico di Milano, Italy in: Urban design - city transformation scenarios

Aleksandras Golod

CMO, Baltic countries at Microsoft   |   LinkedIn

Aleksandras is CMO at Microsoft Baltics and takes care for all Marketing strategy and execution in the region. Previously he took care for Office and Windows Products as Business Group Lead at Microsoft. Aleksandras already 14 years in IT business and started that from his own company.

He has experience with patenting technologies. Aleksandras is an active member of Lithuanian Marketing Association and takes part in expert group.

Tautvydas Dagys

Developer & Platform Evangelist at Microsoft   |   LinkedIn

Tautvydas is working as a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. With a great skills of IT Architecture, Cloud Computing, scalability, mobile apps and SaaS model. He is spending a lot of time mentoring and helping startups to succeed.

Before joining Microsoft Tautvydas was working as a lecturer at Vilnius University and was taking care for development and team leading in Enterprise Telco area.

Arturas Bulota

Partner in creative agency BÜRO

Spends most of his time creating new brands and helping these brands enter the market.
Extensively consults Lithuanian and foreign clients in shaping the brand image and strategy.
Currently is one of the partners in advertising agency BÜRO operating from Germany to South Africa.

Rokas Tamosiunas

Managing director at StartupHighway   |   LinkedIn

Rokas Tamošiūnas is a founder and managing director at the biggest start-ups business accelerator "StartupHighway" in the Middle and Eastern Europe, where influential investors such as take part.
Over 10 years Rokas has been working with Youth - he started his activity in 2001, in Denmark, after that he worked for 3,5 years at "YFU Lithuania" and, finally, in 2011 he established the very first business accelerator in Baltic region.

Jonas Gavelis

Venture Capital specialist   |   LinkedIn

Both my professional career and deep personal interest have always been possessed by two key fields, technologies and entrepreneurship. Since in practice they relate and overlap with each other to great extent I am interested in developing new technological ideas and converting them into valued objects.

Donatas Keras

Entrepreneur and Investor, founding partner at Practica Capital   |   LinkedIn

Donatas is a great seed-level investors because he's exceptionally good in picking the right teams and backing their game-changing ideas. Donatas is the go-to person in Lithuania if you have a great startup team and searching for early stage investment which will enable your talented team to change the world. He 17 have done over 17 early stage investments within last 17 months.

Ignas Kamantauskas

Business Development Specialist   |   LinkedIn

Ignas is an experienced specialist in field of business development - venture capital, entrepreneurship, start-ups, business planning and strategy. Currently he is a team member of, working in the Lithuanian start-ups eco-system.

Tomas Beniusis

Chief Technology Officer   |   LinkedIn

10+ years' experience in IT sector. Tomas manages different technology-based issues as well as manages team and take leadership. He has a solid background for IT-related coaching (how to tidy-up processes, reorganize business units, manage and monitor changes, assure system performance and scalability, etc.) because of his management and programming skills. Tomas is a team member of

Alius Petraška

Senior Mobile Developer   |   LinkedIn

I am passionate front-end developer who cares deeply about Mobile Apps & beautiful pixel perfect Web Design, elegant code, and the intersection of the two. I love the challenge of solving problems and dreaming up original ideas that get me out of bed in the morning and keep me working late at night. The biggest passion for me is about delivering high quality products with rich front-end technologies. I’m constantly trying to learn new skills and technologies and add them to what I already know.

Marius Buzaitis

Co-founder & COO at DATA DOG   |   LinkedIn

With extensive experience in Web Development, IT and Operations, Marius co-founded and occupy COO position at DATADOG - a web development company operating in London, the United Kingdom, and Kaunas, Lithuania that has gathered 30 highly experienced IT professionals and became one of the fastest growing web development companies in Lithuania.

Passionate and curious about the world of startups Marius has helped startups achieve successful exits and exceptional revenue growth.

Domas Janickas

Co-founder & CEO at DATA DOG   |   LinkedIn

Domas is a co-founder & CEO at DATA DOG with resistance to sleep and experience in developing high growth ventures.
He is primarily focused on helping businesses and startups, portfolio management, leading DATA DOG's own products
and deal pipeline management.
After 7 years in web development business Domas likes to share stories about successes, exits, choices, and failures
as he helped various create cohesive paid digital executions.

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