Mentoring Program

Ongoing until 31.1.2021

Do you have a business idea related to biotechnology or circular economy? Would you like to get validation on your idea and develop your idea further with your own mentor?

Regardless of the stage you are with your project, the BBC Mentoring Program will get you and your idea to the next level!

Don`t waste time anymore, contact us immediately!

In the ad hoc mentoring sessions you will get professional coaching and feedback on your idea from experienced startup professionals. Useful and suitable tools and practices to further develop your idea will be provided, depending on the stage of your own project.

The participating startups will build up their pith deck over the course of the mentoring sessions and be prepared to present their business idea in a way that it immediately conveys traction and attracts partners, investors and customer. Startups will get the opportunity to pitch their idea in a Cross-Border Pitch Event later in 2021 with Finnish and Russian business professionals.

To arrange an online mentoring session, please contact:
Elina Pöllänen
/ +358 40 144 7150


ITMO University teams from the national startup programme will present their business ideas in the pitch event for a group of experts from Finland and Russia.

If you are interested to participate in the pitching event via MS Teams, please contact

What is the program about?

BBC Mentoring Program offers digital workshops to help you to develop your innovation into a successful business. The sessions will be arranged ‘ad hoc’ according to the participants’ needs and schedule.

Who can participate?

Students, academics, startup entrepreneurs – everyone with new innovative ideas in biotechnology and circular economy. You can be working on an existing solution, have an initial idea or be looking for a team.

What will I get?

The participants will get professional mentoring and networking opportunities in the line of business; support in building up a pitch deck; and an opportunity to pitch the business idea in the Cross-border Pitch Event.

Sign up if…

– you have an idea or project connected with biotechnology and circular economy.

– you need validation and feedback for your business idea.

– you are seeking to connect with different national and international stakeholders – team members, partners, investor and/or customers.

Further information:

ITMO University

Alexander Ostroukhov

Daria Mironova

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences

Elina Pöllänen

The mentoring program is powered by the Business in Biotechnology and Circular Economy (BBC1) project, which aims to improve the cross-border cooperation in the field of biotechnology and circular economy. The project is financed by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland.