The founders stories
This series is about startups. In each episode, we talk with the founders and community partners who share their stories, career hacks and future visions.
EPISODE #18 |
Le voyage to the French startup ecosystem
A conversation with Marie Bonniol (Via ID)
Time for a closer look at the French startup ecosystem: how it looks like and how to accelerate in France when you are a foreign startup. We will also focus on entering the urban mobility industry because Paris is one of the frontrunners of it. Our guide on this trip is Marie Bonniol, Leader of ecosystem & marketing at Via ID, a business accelerator that supports projects related to new modes of mobility.
EPISODE #17 |
The startup scene in Ukraine
A conversation with Dominique Piotet (UNIT.City)
Grammarly, GitLab, Preply... Do you know these famous startups were born in Ukraine? In this episode, we’re going on a virtual trip to Kyiv to discover the Ukrainian startup scene. What sectors are dominant there? What does the structure of investors look like? And more. Our guide is Dominique Piotet, CEO of Unit.City, Ukraine's first Innovation Park.
EPISODE #16 |
What innovations the automotive industry need?
A conversation with Anton Komyza (ProovStation)
French startup Proovstation shows how to use AI to inspect vehicles. How does its product work? Let's find out. Our guest is Anton Komyza, CFO and co-founder of Proovstation.
In this episode for the first time in Grow with Tech podcast, we talk about cars and disrupting the automotive industry plus as always about the challenges of running a startup.
EPISODE #15 |
What investors look for in startups?
A conversation with Michael Rager (DTCP)
What information pitch deck should contain to pay the investor’s attention? The answer is coming. In this episode of Grow with Tech podcast we're talking about the first meeting and the next steps between an investor and a startup from an investor's perspective. Our guest is Michael Rager, Principal at DTCP, an investment management firm focused on growth equity and digital infrastructure.
Learn more how the investment process looks like, how a startup can prepare to cooperate with an investor, and what main factors can convince VC to invest.
EPISODE #14 |
Your first deal with a business angel. How to prepare for it?
A conversation with Anu Oks (EstBAN)
The startup founder like everyone needs a guarding angel sometimes but when is it worth searching for a business angel? Why is it important? What are the differences between an angel investor and VC? What does cooperation look like from both sides (startup and business angel)? The answers are coming.
Our guest is Anu Oks, Managing Director of Estonian Business Angels Network EstBAN, and in this episode, we talk about how to step by step prepare for your first deal with a business angel.
EPISODE #13 |
Wearable innovation for patients with chronic diseases
A conversation with Eduardo W. Jørgensen (Medicsen)
Wearable devices are not just gadgets. MedTech startups know how to use them well. An impressive example of it is a product delivered by Medicsen, a startup that wants to improve the quality of life of people with chronic diseases. Reducing the pain without using a needle? Yes, it’s possible. Curious how it works?
In this episode, we will talk with Eduardo W. Jørgensen, the co-founder, and CEO of Medicsen about the challenges, the matter of trust, and lessons learned from running a startup.
EPISODE #12 |
The sales strategy for startups
A conversation with Marvin Liao (GAMEGROOVE Capital)
Even the most innovative project won’t sell itself without a plan and effort. A startup needs to have a sales strategy. Where to start? How to do it right and avoid common mistakes? What to do when your investor has a different view? The answers and hints are coming. From the best source.
In this episode, we talk with Marvin Liao, an advisor to several Family offices, executive coach, and opportunistic angel investor. Marvin was a Partner in 500 Startups and has held executive management roles in Yahoo. He is a Mentor for several Startup Accelerator programs.
Let’s find out how to create a killer sales strategy.
EPISODE #11 |
The fight against Alzheimer's with the support of AI
A conversation with Luis Valente (iLoF - Intelligent Lab on Fiber)
How technology can help doctors to fight an incurable disease such as Alzheimer's? Artificial intelligence may be one of the answers, shows iLoF - Intelligent Lab on Fiber. The Oxford-based startup is working to enable a new era of personalized medicine. They use AI and photonics to build a cloud-based library of disease biomarkers and biological profiles.
In this episode of Grow with Tech podcast we will talk with Luis Valente, CEO, and co-founder of iLoF, who tells us more about how this technology works and why it’s worth falling in love with a problem you’re trying to solve.
SPECIAL EPISODE |
How AI can change the way we live, work, and love?
A conversation with Stewart Rogers (Grid Daily, Badass Times)
The pandemic has transformed the labor market and the way we communicate and has rapidly accelerated the development of automation and AI. Is there a robot around the corner to replace us at work? Or maybe it will become a friend and help us in the fight against loneliness? How much separates us from the reality known in sci-fi movies?
We talk about it with Stewart Rogers − a journalist, analyst, public speaker, author, startup founder, musician, and "digital nomad". Stewart is best known for his speeches and work on mental health in the tech industry. And he knows a lot about how to ask the right questions about AI. Listen to more in the new special episode.
SPECIAL EPISODE |
A conversation with Robert Riener (ETH Zurich)
Metropolis, Terminator, Ex Machina – we know them from the cult movies, but cyborgs are not only a creation of Hollywood. They are already among us. Robert Riener is a full professor for Sensory-Motor Systems at ETH Zurich and he researches interactions between humans and machines, user-cooperative rehabilitation robots, exoskeletons, and virtual reality technologies. He is also the initiator and organizer of the Cybathlon, an Olympic-style competition for athletes with physical disabilities, who are using advanced robotic technologies.
We're talking with prof. Riener about challenges of the interface of the human body with modern technology. What does being a cyborg mean? And will we want to become cyborgs in near future? Listen to it in the new special episode of the Grow with Tech podcast.
EPISODE #8 |
Let’s talk about telemedicine innovations
A conversation with Wojciech Radomski (StethoMe)
If any sector accelerated in the face of a pandemic, it certainly is telemedicine, which can offer a lot of benefits - faster diagnoses and treatments, lower costs, and increase the efficiency of health care, gaining importance in this new reality.
It’s the time for telemedicine innovations, but creating innovations is a road full of everyday challenges. In this episode, we host Wojciech Radomski, the founder of StethoMe, the startup that created the world's first intelligent respiratory stethoscope for home use. Listen about new solutions in modern medicine, difficult business decisions, and expansion of foreign markets.
EPISODE #7 |
Czech it out! Startup life in the Czech Republic
A conversation with Lucie Hustolesová (CzechInvest)
The perfect location at the crossroads of Europe, a nice place to travel to, but also to launch a business? Many interesting tech companies and startups were born here – AVG, Avast, Apiary, Kiwi just to name a few of them. This time we’re inviting you to beautiful Prague to see how startups are growing there.
What does the whole Czech startup ecosystem look like? Do organizations support local businesses in taking part in foreign accelerations? Listen to our conversation with Lucie Hustolesová, Director of the Startup Department at CzechInvest, Business and Investment Development Agency from the Czech Republic.
EPISODE #6 |
How do startups boom in Lithuania? | Startup Lithuania
The place where the old meets the new. Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania has a beautiful architecture with Medieval old town and it has an innovative fast-growing startup ecosystem. Do you know that It takes just three days to start a business in Lithuania? And processing of banking licenses is fast as well. That’s why it is a perfect place for Fintech.
Why is Lithuania a good direction for startups and what characterizes the local startup ecosystem there? We will tell you all about this in the new episode of Grow with Tech podcast. This time we spoke with Roberta Rudokienė, Head of Startup Lithuania, the governmental institution, which aims to support business establishment, entrepreneurship and fosters export.
EPISODE #5 |
Is Estonia a dreamland for startups?
A conversation with Liisi Org (Startup Estonia)
Do you know that Skype was created by three Estonian software developers? This small Baltic country is often named as e-Estonia because it has the world's most advanced digital nation. Naturally, it is a good place for startups too. Estonia is a motherland of brands like Bolt or TransferWise. The country has a 1,3 mln population, more than 1000 registered companies, and 4 unicorns.
That’s why we need to take a closer look at this phenomenon in a new episode of our podcast and talk with our guest − Liisi Org, Startup Community Development Manager at Startup Estonia, a governmental initiative aimed to supercharge the local startup ecosystem.
EPISODE #4 |
How to make low-budget marketing in a startup?
A conversation with Jakub Wysocki (Biolumo)
Do the magazine covers and features made only for the unicorns? In the new episode of Grow with Tech podcast we talk with Jakub Wysocki, CMO of Biolumo, a med-tech startup delivering a point of care diagnostic device to precisely prescribe antibiotics treatment for every patient. Biolumo has appeared in the biggest Polish media with Forbes and Business Insider among them. Jakub will tell us how to make a marketing strategy in a startup and build strong relationships with journalists. And do it effectively without big budgets.
EPISODE #3 |
How to boost your startup in Finland?
A conversation with Rasmus Basilier (Boost Turku)
The motherland of Nokia, Angry Birds, Wolt, and many others, Finland was always a phenomenon with a fascinating startup scene. What makes it so special? Which startups most often investors from this ecosystem invest in? What about opportunities for foreign startups? Let’s find out in the third episode of Grow with Tech podcast. The host, Wojtek Giżowski from Infoshare talks with Rasmus Basilier, Network Manager at Boost Turku, the Finnish startup community.
EPISODE #2 |
How to launch and run a MedTech startup?
A conversation with Tomasz Mikosz (FindAir)
In 2019 European Patent Office received 181 406 patent applications. The second top tech field was medical technology. And now in 2020 reality, the innovative solutions for telemedicine and Medtech are flourishing more than ever. Creating a product that can change health care and help people is work with the mission, but also it’s an incredible responsibility. How does it look on the backstage? How the process of idea validation looks? Where MedTech startups can find investors? And how to sell your ideas?
In the new episode of Grow with Tech podcast, Wojciech Giżowski talks with Tomasz Mikosz, the founder and CEO of Findair, Polish startup which created an intelligent inhaler for asthma control.
EPISODE #1 |
Running startup in challengeable times
A conversation with Sebastian Cerone (Less Industries)
It started with a student project. The thought that came up was about connecting intelligent sensors to the network to automate processes. The idea evolved. That's how the startup Less Industries, founded by the Argentinean Sebastian Cerone begun. Today it operates on the markets in Poland, Chile, and Australia. In our conversation, Sebastian talks not only about the new way of using data but also about the challenges that the startup must face running in a new place and in difficult times.