Startup Sauna Event in Astana, Kazakhstan

Date: 2nd April, 2014

Startup Sauna Event in Astana, Kazakhstan

The event provides a chance for the Kazakhstan’s startup scene to get together and meet key investors, serial entrepreneurs and the Startup Sauna team. The idea is purely to meet old friends and make new ones.

Closed coaching event will be organized for the most promising startups. Selected teams will get to pitch to an experienced jury and receive valuable coaching. We’ll bring over international coaches, combine them with Kazakhstan’s coaches and help the teams through to-the-point feedback.

In general we are looking for young startups that:

  • have potential to scale globally
  • can deliver what promised
  • have at least an existing prototype
  • we are able to help

Apply for the events here or on Deadline for applications: March26, 2014

We are continuously updating the list, so be sure to check back often!


Startup Sauna connects the most promising startups from Northern Europe, Russiaand Eastern Europe with experienced serial entrepreneurs, investors and mediaworldwide. In practice, Startup Sauna is an intense 5-week accelerator programtaking place in its own co- working space in Helsinki, Finland.




Startup Sauna has 109 alumni companies who have raised $34M in funding. So farmore than 700 startups have been coached and more than 70 local events organised. Once accepted to Startup Sauna, a company also gets access to Slush, the leadingstartup event in Europe. In 2013 Slush attracted more than 6.000 attendees, 1.200startups, 100 VC funds and 300 media representatives.The best teams are brought to Silicon Valley after the accelerator program to getunderstanding from the US market, i.e. to meet investors, media, customers andpartners.

Startup Sauna Accelerator is organised twice a year, starting in early May and in mid- focuses heavily on business development: from pitching to puttingtogether an investor deck and from finding a scalable business model tounderstanding the target market and customers’ needs. Naturally, technical help isalso available.

The value for startups:

  • Honest feedback on their business potential and pitch
  • Coaching from serial entrepreneurs, investors and other professionals
  • A great network of startups and global connections through the coaches
  • Updated about future Startup Sauna and Slush events
  • An opportunity to be selected to the Startup Sauna accelerator and Slush
  • An opportunity to access the Startup Sauna trip to Silicon Valley

Event day schedule (tentative)

Before the event

9.00 – 10.00 general setup, teams upload their slides, coffee served Morning

10:00 – 10:30 Welcome by Startup Sauna, the local partner and coaches 10:30 – 12:30 Startups pitching (3 minutes with slides + a short Q&A) Lunch break

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch at the venue or nearby restaurant

13:30 Announcing the teams selected for the afternoon session


13:30 – 16:30 20-minute lonl coaching sessions

16:30 – 16:45 Coffee break (Startup Sauna, the local partner and the coaches choosea couple of top-performing startups)

16:45 – 17:00 General feedback and announcing the top performers Evening (at the same location or at a restaurant/bar downtown)

19:00 Networking and drinks together with the local startup community (potentially including some program, such as a speaker, fireside chat or startups pitches)

Follow-up for the top performers

Startup Sauna will

  • send an invitation to provide more in-detail material about their company
  • keep them on the shortlist for upcoming Startup Sauna events
  • (if selected to the accelerator program) give a small grant and access to Slush


Startup Sauna operates fully in English. This means the event, including thepitches, speakers and communications, is done in English. Also, all theapplications and marketing material is in English.


010008 Astana, Mirzoyan st., 2, study-administrative campus, office 404,

+7 (7172) 709493 вн. 31412 +7 775 743 25 90