September-October 2019


10 teams

Apply for startup accelerator

LevelUp is a startup accelerator based in the Kotka Region of Finland. The Autumn 2019 Batch is focused mostly on Corporate and VC’s investment opportunities for startups. You will learn how to get prepared for the investments, how to construct your pitch deck and your speech, how to defend your position with the deal, how to find your company’s strengths and weaknesses. You will have workshops with investors, pitch sessions and individual consultations with of VC representatives.

LevelUp your startup!

Expand your Investor network

Get access to workshops, investment and pitch sessions and one-on-one meetings with the investors

Develop your investment teaser

Get prepared for investment contracts.

Grow the business

Implement a plan to scale the operation, find external financing and investment.


Review the key dates & get the full details below.

August 1, 2019 - September 1, 2019

Application period

September 2-10, 2019

Evaluation process

September 11, 2019

Announcement of the participants

September 18-21, 2019 - Kotka (Finland)

First Sprint

October 3-6, 2019 -  Kotka (Finland)

Second Sprint

October 15, 2019 - Moscow (Russia)

Pitch session at GoTech Arena Forum

November 21-22, 2019 - Slush (Helsinki)*

Visit to SLUSH

*One team will be invited to SLUSH Helsinki, 21-22.11.2019. Startups will be selected by Acceleration Program mentors according to the events criteria.

Accelerator programme

Program to LevelUp your startup!

Sprint #1

Venture investments & global expansion

September 18-21, 2019

Sprint #2

Marketing & partnership

October 3-6, 2019


Detailed programme

Location: Kotka (Finland)


Up to 5 teams will be invited to Arena Pitch Session of GoTech Arena Forum in Moscow, October 15.

Main selection criteria:
startups investments attractiveness to European VCs.

About the Pitch Session:
Arena Pitch Session on the main stage of GoTech Arena on October 15 in front of the audience of Russian and foreign investors, businessmen and representatives of corporations.

All participants of Arena Pitch undergo individual preparation for the performance and take part in practice pitches.

Opportunities for participants:

Investment opportunities
• Presenting your startup to the investors of top funds, entrepreneurs and partners

• 2 GoTech Arena Forum tickets per team

Forum opportunities
• Access to all events of the conference program 
• Access to mobile app for making appointments in Deal Room 
• Access to the forum participants' chat


Mentors and coaches

Paul Blazek

Paul Blazek

Founder and CEO 
cyLEDGE Media

Timo Kemppainen

Timo Kemppainen

Satamasaari Oy

Irina Kalashnikova

Irina Kalashnikova

Co-Founder & CEO 
GoTech Innovation

Levan Kavtaradze

Levan Kavtaradze

Deputy Investment Director 
TMT Investments PLC

Erik Kristiansen

Erik Kristiansen


Aleksey Tuknov

Aleksey Tuknov

Investment Director 
Maxfield Capital

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Locations & contacts

  • Kirkkokatu 20, 48100 Kotka, Finland
  • Datariina 
  • Heikinkatu 7, 48100 Kotka, Finland
  • Tel. +358 40 190 2561

Key organizers

The accelerator is organised by the following institutions in the framework of the StartUp Connect Project (funded by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland in the framework of South-East Finland-Russia CBC 2014-2020 programme).

Cursor Ltd., Kotka-Hamina Regional Development Company
Gotech Innovation
St. Petersburg Foundation for SME Development


We thankful to the following institutions for supporting the accelerator.

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