We are living our dream.
Each day, every single one of us reaches a bit further to continuously improve LIFT99.
We are founders ourselves, and we certainly know the hustle. That's why helping other founders to connect, grow, and skyrocket ideas gives us immense motivation.
P.S. We love dogs. Just saying.
LIFT99 TALLINN HUB TEAM
(+372) 536 39335
After earning a nickname “Mama” for organizing everything she possibly could (even how much water her colleagues had to drink, and following up on that) she took the hint - it was time to move her energy to event management. Marje has already travelled the world with Emirates as a flight attendant (though her bucket list just keeps on getting longer) and proved herself in the banking sector. Now it’s time for startups!
Office Manager and Team Lead
(+372) 564 80894
Elina is competitive by nature. She’s a multiple times Estonian and Finnish Champion in jetski racing and sports ranging from snowboarding to motocross are not foreign to her. She’s a get-things-done type of person with a little bit of crazy and fun added to the mix. The word impossible does not exist in her vocabulary - after all it does say I’m possible. But her tough nature melts when dogs are around - she's an absolute dog lover from day one.
MARIE Elisabeth JÜRIMÄE
+(372) 507 7545
Marie is the sunshine of the hub. She’s the quickest to run to the door. She’s the quickest to put your face and name together. She’s the quickest to offer you your slippers and a coffee. She’s the quickest to cuddle your dog (she absolutley adores dogs!). And she has this irresisitible charm to just make people smile. She's the force behind the coziness and hospitality factor of our Tallinn Hub.
LIFT99 KYIV HUB TEAM
Mykyta is a natural people’s person, in the centre of every group gathering. Thus, making the perfect suspect for our hunt for a Community Manager for the LIFT99 Kyiv Hub. Born in Ukraine, he has lived the last few years in Estonia to get his degree in Business Admin and run projects in the startup world as well as outside of it. His passion project within the LIFT99 team is the Rocketfuel Scholarship, so he makes sure the next generation of startupers in Ukraine and Estonia get a solid headstart.
If you asked Mariya what she likes the most about organizing events, she’d say it’s all about the excited and happy faces in the room after another wrap. Having 6 years of experience in event management, Mariya knows exactly how to keep every detail in place, and what it takes to make events work. Her professional motto?Fewer words means more gets done.. but also gotta remember to have fun! She loves traveling and Latin dances. And helping her foreign friends become as big fans of Ukraine as she is.
Tanya is the kind of team-mate who eats challenges for breakfast. When Kyiv Hub was still under construction, you could usually spot her running forces on the site… while conquering the paperwork that came with the task. In “real” life, she actually holds a Master’s degree in International Law, and co-runs the World’s largest international law students’ competition, Jessup. Where does she get the energy? “Background of a muggle, ambition of a wizard,” she says herself. Maybe her pet guinea pig is an animagus.
Inna does a little bit (or sometimes a lot!) of everything but her main goal at Kyiv Hub is to make everyone feel at home, community members and visitors alike. She is a mix of spontaneous ideas, and her energy is - quite frankly - contagious. She loves meeting new people and discovering new things, more’n’more every day. That’s why the startup world is so exciting - it’s always in movement. Just like Inna! Fun fact: she’s obsessed with good music, thus, her favourite form of entertainment is going to big music festivals.
LIFT99 INTERNATIONAL TEAM
Head of Partner Relations
(+372) 5814 3411
Devoted to startups and tech, Karina has planned so many hackathons it's hard to count. With her impressive network and knowledge of the field, she keeps bringing LIFT99 to new heights. Some have even called her the brand evangelist. Her corporate career in Swedbank pivoted when she fell in love with the startup culture, and she has never looked back. PS. We dare you to challenge her on the basketball court.
CEO & Founder
Ragnar is a serial entrepreneur and the visionary of the team. He’s among the founders of Pipedrive, one of the best CRM tools in the world. He's been through the bad and good sides of startup life, has an expansive network of A+ investors and advisors, and extensive experience in fundraising and finding the right people at the right time. He's known for his crazy ideas that have become a reality through determined execution.
Elise knows the ins and outs of startups. She's a founding member of Estonia's first startup accelerator Startup Wise Guys and has led Microsoft's Central Eastern European team to drive the cooperation between corporate and startup world. Elise runs Garage48 hackathons, mentors startups, does pitch training and is a loving mother. How she manages all that - we don't know. She must have superpowers.
Head of Marketing
(+372) 55 664 064
Kadri is a full-stack marketer with a soft spot for good copy and witty ads. Throw any problem at her and she dives into it with the analytical x-ray vision of a semiotician (yes, she has a degree in it!) and the determination of a startupreneur. As any modern marketer, she loves the challenge of discovering new perspectives, putting her creativity muscles to a good use, and growing through getting sh*t done! She truly believes life is all about the stories we tell - so there’s no need to take any of it too seriously. She can frequently be spotted in a pink unicorn onesie.
It often happens that Eili saves the day with the best advice. With a Master’s degree in Law she is unstoppable regarding grants, contracts, agreements and any crazy paperwork juggled at our way. But besides that she has a heart of gold and a secret superpower of saying things with empathy and perception. She hasn’t been in the startup world for long but we have all our hopes up that she’s here to stay.
Junior Graphic Designer
Paul has been drawing since he was 3. And has tried his hand at everything related to it since, from graffiti and tattoo art to video and motion-graphics. He’s a self-taught swiss army knife! Formerly the head-barista at Gourmet Coffee, and organizer of barista competitions (but don’t ask him to make a coffee for you, he’s made too many!), he’s now determined to become a professional designer. “Seeing me wear anything but black is like seeing a rainbow - it happens but not too often,” eloquently captures his ability to create visual metaphors on the go.
LIFT99 DEV TEAM FOR F2F APP
Elar is a full-stack engineer with 12+ years of experience. He has worked for different start-ups during his whole professional career and wouldn't change start-up life for anything. Elar was also the first employee of Estonian flagship startup Pipedrive. If he's not working then he's probably playing piano, writing music or hiking in the endless forests of Estonia.
Full Stack Developer
When we asked Ülar what does he do, he said it’s easier to explain what he doesn’t do. As a Full Stack Dev in a small team, he carries a wide range of responsibilities and competencies. In a past life, Ülar drove trucks but 6 years ago he submerged into the world of code and hasn’t resurfaced since. Ülar has a remarkable eye for detail. His instagram account is a captivating proof of that, filled with patiently captured everyday marvels the rest of us are too busy to notice.
Full Stack Developer
It might seem that Rodion has the profile of a typical developer - he’s been working on web solutions for half a decade and has been a tech geek for 20 years now. But once you get him talking, he’s simply filled with surprises! Like, he holds two Bachelor’s Degrees and has lived in Finland and Saint Petersburg to obtain them. Or, just a month after joining the LIFT99 team he ended up in charge of organizing the Christmas party for everyone. Go figure.
Chief Product Manager
Anneli joined Skype as a tester, back when startup wasn't yet a trendy word. Poof! Fast forward 10 years and 5 diffferent job titles, she’s their program manager and a team lead. Anneli knows how products are made, inside and out, and what it takes from the team to deliver. In LIFT99, she’s still wearing all those hats she’s picked up over the years, from testing, to planning, to executing. When she takes them off, it's only to get on wheels - one can imagine how many hours it takes to bicycle 6500km in a year. But Anneli doesn’t have to imagine, she knows exactly!
Product & Creative Marketer
Paula is a Berliner at heart and has been cruizing with her bicyle in the vibrant capital of Germany for the past years, coming up with brilliantly crazy ideas for an unforgettable company called Einhorn (Google it, we dare you). It was all flipped upside down when we introduced her to the crazy plan of opening up a LIFT99 Hub in Kyiv. So, now, that’s done! Next challenge? Take the F2F platform to the world and help thousands of founders build their unicorns! No biggie.
Chief Architect, Researcher and Data Scientist
Sven might just be the most analytical guy you’ll ever meet. Impressively, he has over a decade of experience in mobile application research and engineering. His brain has been picked in the development of countless startups as he’s a highly valued mentor in local and international hackathons. If that wasn’t enough, one of his strengths is standing for exceptional leadership and team culture - he makes sure everyone feels included and valued. In his free time, he travels (mountain slopes are especially appealing) and devours audiobooks.
Founder Community Manager
Mari is one of our Founder Community Managers, digging into the wins and challenges of startup founders on a daily basis. With a background in HR and a passion for psychology, she’s a people person through and through. A tip: Mari loves silly jokes. Often she is the only person laughing at them. That’s ok. She also loves to giggle by herself behind her computer, it’s just her memory going over awkward moments from the past. But don’t take her lightly - if you’re up for the challenge, you might spot her at the next Ironman competition.