Marina is a Russian born, London based entrepreneur and mentor who fell in love with internet at an early age. Marina has now over 7 years’ experience working with early stage, high growth potential tech startups and investors looking to invest in tech.
Marina grew up in a small town in Lithuania in what was then the Soviet Union after her father, an atomic engineer was relocated there from St. Petersburg to build a power plant in the region. With a talent for languages and a thirst for knowledge Marina headed to Germany, to study in Dresden University of Technology where she later completed her degree in Sociology and Media studies.
After university Marina joined Daimler Benz as a member of their newly formed internet marketing department and was immediately hooked by what she identified as the huge promise of digital marketing. After that she decided to move to London in the winter of 2010 for its reputation as the best place in Europe for launching a digital business.
London, Tech City and the startup scene
Whilst improving her skills as an internet marketer Marina found herself networking with many different startup founders and launched a digital platform for startups called Dreamstake . Together with her two co-founders she has been advising startups on fundraising. She organised pitching and knowledge sharing events for them. Dreamstake platform was the world’s only tech startup platform that matches founders to the investors who best suit their requirements using a unique startup rating algorithm that looks at more than 50 data points.
Having been at the forefront of London’s tech revolution which began in 2010 when Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson jointly launched Tech City UK, Marina has run countless startup workshops both independently and on behalf of Dreamstake, as well as acting as a mentor at numerous accelerators and incubators i.e. MassChallenge UK, Startup Weekend, Google Campus, Pioneers.io and 4YFN (4 Years from Now), and as a strategic advisor to investors.
Marina’s advice and ability to help early stage tech startups navigate through all of the obstacles on the path to a successful fundraising have seen her quickly gain a reputation as somebody with their finger on the pulse of the startup scene. Her longevity in a startup world that is notoriously difficult to survive in marks her out as a key personality and somebody worth seeking the advice of, not just for startups, but also for investors.