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


Krislin Raik

(+372) 517 4093

Krislin loves to visualize about future and sometimes the only solution to get her head clear is to turn those visions into reality. She has a creative mind that often gets inspired by people, the main reason why she’s obtaining a degree in psychology. Amongst other interests, she’s most passionate about theatre and nature. She's the force behind the coziness in LIFT99 community and is always on top of everything. She just doesn't get things done - she gets them done really well!


Elina Kaarneem

Office Manager and Team Lead
(+372) 5648 0894

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.



Event Manager
(+372) 5348 6459

You have an event to organize? Hele is here to help. Almost no idea is too much to handle - one has to dream big to make great things happen! Hele’s resourcefulness, organizational skills, and hunt for perfection make her the perfect partner in crime. A fun fact - music is her go-to companion: for gaining inspiration, de-stressing, getting hyped, calming down, or simply zoning out after a long day. She also loves movies and has  a fitting movie quote for any occasion.


LIFT99 International


Elise Sass


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.


Ragnar Sass

CEO & Founder

Ragnar is a serial founder and co-founded one of Estonia's flagship company Pipedrive. 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 become a reality through determined execution.




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 else. Elar was also the 1st employee of Estonian flagship company Pipedrive. If he's not working then he's probably playing piano, writing  music or hiking in the endless forests of Estonia.


Karina Univer

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 is working everyday to bring 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. In addition to that we dare you to challenge her on basketball court.



Head of Marketing
(+372) 55 664 064

Kadri is a creative marketer and a word wizard. Throw any problem at her and she dives into it with the 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 learning, growing, and trying out new things. 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.