The startup ecosystems in all three Baltic countries have been making a ton of progress in the past few years. The startup environment is changing very fast as Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia boast young and talented entrepreneurs who enthusiastically focus on the innovation industry.

In the Baltics, life sciences startups have been contributing more and more to the overall industry dynamism in recent years. Their bold ideas have shaken traditional segments of medical devices, medical testing, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

What are Life Sciences Baltics 2018 Startup Masterclasses?

Life Sciences Baltics 2018 Startup Masterclasses are two day long intensive training course tailored for life science startups in the Baltics and for innovative non-EU life sciences entrepreneurs from Turkey, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Russia and other countries meeting requirements for the Startup Visa.

Whether you are looking for opportunities to scale your product across different markets, planning to expand your market reach or continuing to scale fast and wide, the Life Sciences Baltics Startup Masterclasses is for you.

  • Learn from the industry experts who built profitable businesses themselves.
  • Learn to pitch ideas properly to venture capitalists, business angels and accelerator programs.
  • Understand the road to product commercialization.
  • Help your business by acquiring valuable knowledge about IP.
  • Expand your network with the life sciences industry influentials from 30+ countries, including delegations from Japan, Israel, US and the EU!

Participants of the Masterclasses get:

  • 2 free tickets to the Life Sciences Baltics event
  • Invitation to Life Sciences Baltics Welcome Reception on 25 September
  • Invitation to Life Sciences Baltics Gala Dinner on 26 September

Pitch challenge

On 26-27 of September during the Life Sciences Baltics event 10 best startups will pitch their ideas to investors and public. A judge panel of investors, professors and other life sciences professionals will determine the winners and the best ones will be awarded!

Prizes for the best startup team

Mentorship provided by the main masterclasses sponsor Johnson & Johnson Innovation, a network of science and business experts who collaborate with innovators to accelerate transformative science into healthcare solutions.

One week long experience of learning, visiting and networking at Akron Biomedical Corridor, the International Hub of BioMedical Innovation.

Prize for the second best startup team

Legal advice for the life science startup provided by an integrated professional services firm Rödl & Partner.

When and where


September 24-25


SEB Innovation Centre, Savanorių av. 1, Vilnius (tbc)


2016 Pitch Challenge Winner
2014 Pitch Challenge Winner
2012 Pitch Challenge Winner


KTU Startup Space actively works with innovative start-ups, trying to discover a potential of young entrepreneurs and encourage them to make their dreams come true.

Day 1, September 24

09:00 – 9:15
Opening remarks

Daina Kleponė, Managing Director of Enterprise Lithuania & Gleb Maltsev, the moderator of the Life Sciences Baltics Startup masterclasses

09:15 – 10:15
The Psychology of Entrepreneurship

Skinner Layne, Founder & Chancellor of the Academy, Exosphere

10:15 – 11:00
Legal issues of the startup: from developing a company to questions about IP rights

Rödl & Partner

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee and networking

11:15 – 12:00
Unlocking the door to European grant funding

Jackie Gouldstone, Director, G & H Associates Ltd

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:00
Business development and M&A. How much is your technology or product is worth? How to successfully exit?

Remis Bistras, CEO of ThermoPharma Baltic

14:00 – 14:15

Coffee and networking

14:15 – 15:00
How to Attract the Right Investors for Your Startup

Richard Kivel, Managing Director at GrayBella Capital (TBC)

15:00– 16:00
Models for new Company Formation and Acceleration involving Industry, Non-Government Organizations, Academic Institutions, and Government

Todd Abrams, Senior Director, New Ventures and Business Development, Temple University

16:00– 16:30
Success story (tbc)
16:30– 17:00
Closing remarks

Gleb Maltsev, the moderator of the Life Sciences Baltics Startup Masterclasses

Day 2, September 25: Success stories & pitching session

09:00 – 10:00
Starts-ups, SMEs, and Entrepreneurial Endeavors – Finding the Best Fit

Gary N. Keller, CEO Xomix Ltd. (TBC)

10:00 – 12:00
Pitching session: introduction
  • Performance, delivery and technique; exercises

Gleb Maltsev, the moderator of the Life Sciences Baltics Startup Masterclasses

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 17:00
Pitching session
  • Pitch content generation session
  • Pitching and feedback
  • Individual case analysis and closing

Gleb Maltsev, the moderator of the Life Sciences Baltics Startup Masterclasses