Two weeks have passed since the first day at Startup Sauna. We are now halfway through the program, and Slush is waiting for us in just short 2 weeks.

Time flies as it feels like just yesterday when we got the news we were chosen to be part of Startup Sauna accelerator program. It was an exciting day for us! We won the pitching competition in Helsinki, but we still had to wait to find out how things would turn out in the end.

Altogether, 750 companies had applied, and only 14 were selected. It was a tough competition as the level of startups was high. Acceptance rate to the program was a historical low of a little over 1,8%. We are proud to be part of Startup Sauna 2016 batch!Startup Sauna program started on Monday 31th of October by getting to know all participating startups. What we are doing in recruiting, they are transforming their industries with great innovations (e.g. virtual reality, drones, bots and fintech) and motivation to succeed. It has been great to meet all of the entrepreneurs and their teams, share experiences and learn from each other.

Here is a list of the startups:

  1. Softagram, Oulu – Transforming software industry by visualization
  2. Arctic Robotics, Vantaa – Indoor flying drones for security and monitoring, only the roof is our limit!
  3. TalentAdore, Helsinki – 100% personal feedback to each job candidate
  4. Windy, Moscow – Wind sports community and forecast app
  5. ReportChef, St. Petersburg – Minimize time spent in meetings by using our Slack bot
  6. TEXEL, Moscow – The Digital Showroom for Department Stores is the fastest and the easiest way to find clothes that fit your body, style and wallet
  7. Vividly, Riga – Embracing VR for progress in AEC industry
  8., Tallinn – Making the simplest 3D modeling app
  9. Finch, Riga – Collaboration tool for web designers & developers
  10. Tributit, Malmö – Tributit optimizes marketing spend of Steam games
  11. Founder’s Assistant, Stockholm – Complete one year’s bookkeeping in 1 day
  12. Falconet, Espoo – Intelligent aviation fuel savings
  13. ADA, Jyväskylä – Next generation travel and logistic platform
  14. TAU Tracker, Khabarovsk – Modular Magnetic Motion Capture Technology for AR / VR and 3D-apps

We are just getting started. In the next blog post, I will tell more about our learnings during the first two to three weeks. Stay tuned!

Miira & team TalentAdore