Startup Weekend Tirana 7.0

    Friday, December 9 - 11, 2016

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Tirana 7.0

Friday, December 9 - 11, 2016

Friday, December 9 - 11, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Protik & Innovation HUB
Papa Gjon Pali Street, Nr. 3
Tirane, Tirane 1001

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Friday December 9th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday December 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday December 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Genti Beqiri
Director - Albanian Investment Development Agency

Mr. Genti Beqiri has graduated Finance and Accounting at the University of Tirana, Faculty of Economics. Mr. Beqiri has pursued graduate studies Master Degree at Kobe University- Hyogo, Japan and then MBA at George Washington University - School of Business in Washington DC, USA. His principal areas of expertise and research are not limited to economics but also to the development of economic policies as a result of business management and research work in several public institutions.

Aneida Bajraktari Bicja

Aneida Bajraktari Bicja is the co-founder and managing partner of "Balkans Capital" a financial consulting company based in Tirana helping companies unleash the transformative power of their finances. Aneida is a key player in the startup ecosystem in Albania. She is the director of Startup Grind Tirana, a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs; lead organizer of Startup Weekend Tirana, the world’s biggest educational movement for entrepreneurs, curator at Startup Digest, a media company that publishes curated email newsletters on startup events and educational content in more than 300 cities. Aneida has organized numerous events with the desire to aid the development of the local entrepreneurial system. She has been invited as keynote speaker, mentor, jury member to different events. Her entrepreneurial spirit and pursuits not only engage and inspire but have also contributed in fostering innovation in the country.  

Ishay Potruch
Entrepreneur and Investor

Ishay is a big fan of the Albanian people, culture and country and is enthusiastic about connecting the Albanian and the Israeli start-up communities.
He has a more than 6 years of experience in the investor relations field, working for Israel's largest companies at the leading investor and public relations firm.
In 2014 he established GivinGuru, a startup that aimed to solve the gifting problem in the e-commerce world.

Along with his professional background and his academic path of a MSc in Finance and Accounting from Tel Aviv university and a B.A. in Economics (and also the first year of software engineering!), Ishay offers a wide understanding of the international markets and business models.

Erion Nako
Representative of SAP for Albania & Kosovo

Erion Nako is a professional in business management with an emphasis on performance and results. He has over 13 years experience in managing all areas of sales, business development and implementation of projects, mainly within the IT industry. Mr Nako has a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Tirana. During his experience, he has demonstrated excellent ability to understand the business requirements of the customers and has designed solutions to always bring maximum value to the customer. Erion also owns a number of certifications in business and technology. His skills include developing strategies, market intelligence, competitor analysis, sales of complex solutions, business planning etc. Currently, it is representative of Albania and Kosovo for SAP West Balkans.

Kushtrim Shala
ICTS Media Country Manager

Kushtrim Shala has over 8 years of experience in the telecommunication industry, mainly IT in new products development and recently in Marketing product management. He holds a master of Sciences degree from University of Tirana in Computer Sciences since 2006. He is qualified from EBRD - Business Advisory Services Programme in Albania as a Business Consultant. Prior to move to Vodafone Albania, Kushtrim spent two years working in the greatest media in Albania, which was newly established – Top Channel. He is Managing Partner of ICTSmedia ltd., member of the editorial staff at Computerworld Albania magazine, PCworld, CIO as-well co-founder of Albanian ICT Awards. He is an ICT activist and enthusiast on promoting the youth socio-economic empowerment through the use of Information and Communication Technologies as tools to share Information and address issues of sustainable development. 

Coaches and Mentors

Gerti Boshnjaku

After finishing his studies at Tirana University, in Business Administration, Marketing profile, he worked in the Marketing and Advertising industry.  Gerti's worked with a variety of national & international clients has engaged him in many projects where has been needed expertise in Strategic Planning & Marketing Consultancies, Communication Strategy, Media planning & Buying, Brand Identity, PR Activities & Promotions. 
Over the years of work at New Media Communications, Gerti has been in charge of all the projects developed which supplied powerful marketing and PR solutions for clients in the fields of automotive, consumer goods, financial, higher education, manufacturing, medical, real estate and property management, retail, recreation and tourism & travel. was another innovative project started by Gerti and his business partner on year 2010, being one of the first independent news portal in the country. This project was the just the start to a series of online projects that followed in the digital marketing field. 

Being a marketing oriented person, Gerti is always in search of connecting with people and networking opportunities.

Besmir Kthupi
Art Director

Besmir Kthupi holds a MFA in Graphic Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Albanian University of Arts. Having an experience of nearly 7 years in in editorial design, corporate identity and retail marketing he is specialized in the fields of corporate identity (logo) design, web design, print design and branding with the majority of time spent designing and implementing financial/annual report communications, consumer promotion/advertising, exhibit graphics, and public/media relations, marketing promotions for businesses such as logos, websites, letterhead, business cards, packaging and more. Currently he is working as Art Director at Le Spot Group. Besmir brings a sense of pride and immense work ethic to every design project. He always tries to find an outlet for creativity, whether it be on plain paper or on the computer. Apart from his work experience he has continued to peruse his goals as a graphic artist through more graphic research along with developing his artistic skills as well, rejuvenating periodically the ability to quickly translate ideas into attractive printed materials.

Albana Veshi
Financial adviser

Albana is graduated as a Finance and Accounting Specialist inat the faculty of Economy. She is under the final step of graduating as an international authorized accounting and fiscal expert. The passion and love for the profession has accompanied her during the job as a lecturer of Economy and Finance. During three years of such experience she has frequently been involved in different and new challenges for the new “eye” of future finance in Albania.  Currently, she is the head of Finance Departments at "Messer" and also working as financial consultant for different companies.

Vasken Spiru
Marketing and Communication

Vasken is Digital Media Content Coordinator at Swisscontact SECO Entrepreneurship Program, Board member of Garazh, a successful Digital Communication Specialist and a Startup Enthusiast. With more than 10 years of experience in business analysis, communication, Asst. Professor of Innovation in University of Tirana and startup communities, Vasken, a thorough reader and follower of world startups, has given an important support to the promotion of the Albanian Startup Ecosystem and Startups in Albania and abroad. Returning as a Startup Weekend Mentor, he will offer his expertise in Business Model Canvas and Digital Communication.

Artur Daci

Artur is a systems engineer focusing on full-stack DevOps, automation, and security. He has extensive experience in Linux systems and specializes in task automation and deployment of large applications. Testing new technologies is his thing and he’s also an avid coder. His recent interests are web development and writing APIs with Python.

Blerim Gjeladini
Founder of Euro Trade Albania, Pasta Delicia, La Tradizionale, Terra

Blerim is the founder of Euro Trade Albania, Pasta Delicia, La Traditional and Terra.
The team that Blerim has put together with whom he mentors and has control over his companies is the youngest in Albania. The business strategies he implements have been able to keep the companies very professional and profitable. Blerim is highly involved in international level businesses, he serves as a Marketing and Company Structure consultant in Vine industry in Croatia, a detergent company in Slovenia and Terra which is specialized in agriculture with which he plans to build the “farmer Eco System” which will create more than 1000 new jobs and lead to a better life.

Olgi Zenullari

Olgi Zenullari is an online marketing and SEO expert. He has been involved in various projects mostly for the foreign market. He currently is the founder of

Mandi Shenediela

Mandi is an entreprenuer and creative. He holds a bachelors degree on business administration finance, corporate finance, and securities at Richmond, The American International University in London. He is the co-founder of Buletin and Fabric.

Gerta Xhepi
Web Developer at Fabric

My name is Gerta.I holds a degree on computer science from university Polytechnic of Bucharest. With a passion for art and technology I'm working for two years as Front end developer at fabric.

Tomi Kallanxhi
CEO @ BIG Media Expert

Tomi has a 7 year experience in the field of webdesign, webdevelopment and more importantly an experience of 4 years as a successful serial entrepreneur. Involved in the startup community since 2013 he has co-funded GARAZH the leading driver of Albanian startup community.

Besarta Vladi

Besarta Vladi has finished the Master of Science for Business Administration, as part of a cooperation program between the European University of Tirana and Aston University (Birmingham, UK). In July 2015, she finished the PhD in the field of Innovation Management. Her PhD thesis is evaluated with ‘Pashko Prize 2015‘ as the best PhD thesis of the year in Albania, inspired liberal ideas. She is lecturer at the Department of Management & Economics at the European University of Tirana and also she is Adviser at State minister for Innovation and Public Administration (Lead Albania Fellow). She is part of several international research projects such as COST, CONSUS, PIN-ALBO etc. 

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Vincenzo Notaristefano
CEO + Marketing, Communication and Partnership strategy development

I am an entrepreneur and consultant in love with innovation and since my mantra is "Give First", I used to organize startup events all around Southern Italy since 2010.
My main focuses right now are: 
- Micro and Small Agrofood industries process innovation
- Corporate innovation programs
- Startup Mentoring
I love hanging around with anyone in front of a great food and an amazing bottle of wines ;-)
I can help teams with:
- Customer Discovery  
- Customer Jobs 
- Build customer oriented MVP
- VPC, BMC, G2M strategy
... anything else (no tech) around startup journey
Today after 8 years i can say that I have tried my best to spread out the "startup" vision in Italy, but together a few other crazy people I failed, since right now Italy "startup" is equal to "company" and we have a huge investment gap compared to Europe.

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Marsida Vishkurti

Marsida was born in Tirana on the 22nd April 1988. She graduated from Tirana University in Economics. Now she works as a coordinator for SME Management study program in Aleksandër Moisiu University, Durrës and as a part-time lecturer for Microeconomics and Macroeconomics at the same University. Working with young people she became really passionate about youth motivation and development, as now having experience on youth orientation, coordination and management.

Miga Ciku

Miga Ciku has banking experience for more than five years, working in the Sales Department at Raiffeisen Bank of Albania. She is an Economics Lecture at Universiy “Aleksander Moisiu”.

Daniel Bicja

Daniel Bicja, an entrepreneur, has studied business administration and runs his own business from 10 years. He thinks that passion is one of those intangibles that drives an entrepreneur, gets them through the good times and the bad times, and ultimately dictates the success of any startup. 

Shpetim Dervishi
Product Manager

Shpëtim Dervishi, has studied Electrical Engineering and from 2 years is chairman of EESTEC Tirana and Electronics Manager at Movida Albania. Experienced at Digital Marketing and SEO. He thinks that passion and hard work is related together and make an entrepreneur stronger and successful. To be a real Entrepreneur needs time and passion. His motivation quote is: Be the Leader of yourself and the CEO you wanted for yourself.

Mateo Prifti

Mateo is a student constantly thinking about and building products that may have a positive impact in peoples lives. He gets involved with everything that would help him facilitate the reach of such goals such as programming, design, visual arts and business. Currently his main interests are youth entrepreneurship and tech startups.

Kelvin Çobanaj
Co-founder of Norby Technologies Inc

"Kelvin is a web and mobile engineer, recently he worked for a company in San Francisco named Style Lend as a full stack web engineer and a consultant. Now he has founded with a group of friends a studio which develops mobile games. He used to lead Young Innovators Club of Protik, also he is a volunteer contributor to Mozilla."

Margen Stepa

Margen has been doing graphic design since 2010. He has designed and branded several European Youth Parliament sessions both at an International and local level.
He currently is the creative director and manages all media aspects of Splendid SPA company in Tirana and Skeyndor Albania. Margen’s passion for art, technology and innovation, have pushed him to get involved in startups and be a co-founder in the majority of them, one of them being Shumlist, winning idea of the late Startup Weekend Tirana 3.0. 

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