Experience Estonia’s Thriving AI Startup Ecosystem – LIVE Pitching Session

Co-organized with the Government of Estonia, this AI for Good Innovation Factory will be showcasing five promising Estonian entrepreneurs whose solutions can help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Sten Tamkivi will kick off the session with an overview of Estonia’s startup ecosystem, followed by a fireside chat with Jaan Tallinn, who will act as guest judge for the pitches.

Dr Mike Short, former Vice President of Telefonica and Chief Scientific Advisor of UK’s Department for international Trade; Stephen Ibaraki, entrepreneur and venture capitalist; and Sasha Cahill, serial technology entrepreneur, and startup mentor will be judges for the pitching startups. The expert panel will also answer questions on social impact entrepreneurship.

The best Estonian startup of this competition has the chance to advance to the Grand Pitching Finale of the AI for Good Summit in November 2020.

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    Entrepreneur and Investor; Co-Founder
    Sten Tamkivi is on a mission to help free people move and make governments compete for every citizen. Sten co-founded Teleport (acquired by Topia in 2017) as an EIR at Andreessen Horowitz, after serving at Skype as an early executive for over 8 years from startup to the $8.5B exit to MSFT. Sten started his entrepreneurial career founding the first digital media agency in Estonia in 1996, at the age of 18. Sten values a tolerant, open and creative society, speaks up for entrepreneurship, supports the startup movement, occasionally invests, pushes for better tech education and has advised President Ilves of Estonia on the above. He also holds a number of public, private and non-profit board seats. Sten holds a MS in Management degree from Stanford GSB.
    Founding engineer
    Jaan Tallinn is a founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa. He is a co-founder of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (cser.org), Future of Life Institute (futureoflife.org), and philanthropically supports other existential risk research organisations. Jaan is on the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (thebulletin.org), and has served on the High-Level Expert Group on AI at the European Commission, as well as on the Estonian President's Academic Advisory Board. He is also an active angel investor, a partner at Ambient Sound Investments (asi.ee), and a former investor director of the AI company DeepMind (deepmind.com).
    REDDS Capital
    Stephen K. Ibaraki has been a teacher, an industry analyst, writer and consultant in the IT industry, and the former president of the Canadian Information Processing Society. Currently, Ibaraki is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, futurist and speaker. He is also a founding member of the UN ITU AI for Good Global Summit, founding chair of the Financial Services Roundtable Tech Advisory Council, and founding chair of the International Federation for Information Processing Global Industry Council. Ibaraki serves as an Advisor for the Business Development Committee of the IEEE Computer Society. He is the co-founder for the Technology Advisory Board at Yintech Investment Holdings Limited.
    Chief Scientific Adviser at Department for International Trade
    Department for International Trade (DIT)
    Dr. Mike Short CBE, after 30 years in telecommunications with Telefonica, joined the Department for International Trade as the department’s first Chief Scientific Adviser in December 2017. Mike leads the science and engineering profession in the department and ensures its policy is informed by the best science, engineering and technical advice. He advises on the technical aspects of future trade deals as DIT looks to create new arrangements following Brexit, and works with the UK’s research, development and academic communities to boost scientific and engineering exports. Mike has over 40 years’ experience in electronics and telecommunications and served as Vice President of Telefonica, the parent company of the O2 mobile phone network, for 17 years to December 2016. In this post, he managed the launch of 2G (GSM) and 3G mobile technologies in the UK and led Digital and 4G/5G research and development for Telefonica Europe. In recent years he has led the development on collaborations in areas such as smart cities, digital healthcare, cybersecurity and driverless vehicles. His career also includes the promotion of international technical standards in mobile technology, has chaired the Global GSM Association, the UK Mobile Data Association, and been President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Mike also represents DIT as a Board member of Innovate UK (part of UKRI), Healthcare UK and sits on the Space Sector Council. He is on the Examining Board for UCL postgraduate Telecoms courses and is a visiting Professor at the universities of Surrey, Coventry, Leeds, Lancaster and Salford. He was honoured with a CBE in 2012 for his services to the mobile industry.
    Serial Digital Health Entrepreneur, Board Member, Shareholder, Investor, Speaker, SME
    PX Pulse
    Sasha Cahill is a serial technology entrepreneur, speaker, and startup mentor. Professionally, Sasha is focused on bringing AI-enabled technology to the Healthcare market. She has built and brought to market solutions for provider, payer, pharma, medical device, self-insured and patients. Sasha's latest remote patient management startup PX Pulse is focused on improving access to care, patient engagement, and reducing care costs overall. Passionate about diversity, inclusion, and patient rights she spends a lot of time volunteering at a number of organizations with global imprint. Born and raised in Russia, Sasha currently splits her time between the US and Switzerland.


01 Oct 2020


CEST, Geneva
16:00 - 17:30