Startup Weekend Banja Luka

    Friday, April 19 - 21, 2019

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Startup Weekend Banja Luka

Friday, April 19 - 21, 2019

Friday, April 19 - 21, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Co-working Lonac Hub
Veselina Masleše 1
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina 78 000

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?   Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.   What do you need to bring?   Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.   Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.   Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:  
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
 Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling the inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!   Still, have questions, feel free to reach us at Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!   
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Friday April 19th

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 April 20th

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 April 21st

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!


Robert Dacesin

A traveler, a polyglot, a blogger, a tennis player, a tennis judge and a master of economics is all Robert Dacesin. He independently learned five foreign languages ​​and did not pay any fees. With some money and much curiosity he visited almost 50 countries of the world. He went to the villages in Georgia, volunteered in the orphanage in Tanzania, walked along the ruins of Chernobyl, climbed Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, walked along the volcanic mud in Azerbaijan, lived in a student home in Valencia and Bratislava, riding in jeeps in a desert in Qatar, slept in people's homes in over 10 different countries. He currently runs the most visited travelogue portal in BiH with over 120,000 monthly visits and the other most visited in our language. He is the author of the first tourist guide for Banja Luka, and he is also proud that for many years he has been working as an international tennis judge on a large number of ATP and WTA tournaments, where he has had the opportunity to judge Nadal, Mare, Berdych, Monfis and many others. For his commitment to tourism in Banja Luka, he was awarded with a city award for the contribution and development of tourism and culture.

Event Judges

Bosko Sladojevic

Entrepreneurship enthusiast who started his first startup in high school, one of the founders of very first co-working space in Banja Luka. Founder of several successful startups.  

Marko Martic
Executive Director

Marko Martic is an economist from Banja Luka with more than eighteen years of professional experience. Marko has strong professional record, particularly in areas of local economic development, strategic planning and project cycle management, where he performed several advisory and expert positions for local and international organizations. From 2010 he is Executive Director and Co-Founder of GEA - Center for Research and Studies, an economic think tank organization that analyzes and supports reforms of public policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Within the GEA he has conducted number of policy analyses and authored several publications. Marko also has diverse interests on entrepreneurship, employment economics and public sector reform. He is internationally certified consultant and business trainer for small and medium enterprises. Always eager to hear entrepreneurs with new projects and innovative business ideas.

Srdjan Mijatovic
Cooperation with investors and business zone, Head of the Department


Coaches and Mentors

Vladimir Corda

Vladimir Corda is startup enthusiast and active participant of the Bosnia and Herzegovina startup scene. He is managing Business Incubator at Innovation Centre Banja Luka where he is dedicated to provide support to development of SME`s based on knowledge, creativity, innovation and modern technologies.

Maja Knezevic

Jovanka Sabljic
Advisor in development projects MPK10

Jovanka work in Ministry of Economy in County 10 (BiH) as an expert advisor for SME development projects, as a staff for more then 6 years. Jovanka also lead and present "BUDI ZDRAV KO DREN" Cooperative. The international cooperative “BUDI ZDRAV KO DREN – Be Healthy as Dren” (BHAD)  aims at serving the general interest of the community in Drvar, Western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina and significant parts of the Western Balkans.  
„My love and strong believes goes to healthy life style and production of uniqe product from Bosnia and Herzegovina. I turned a family business into a cooperative union of growers and producers "BUDI ZDRAV KO DREN" product Sabljic family that makes and sells high nutrition value "Cornelian Cherry" products. With the introduction of modern processing, in future we can make and sell premium products. I cooperate with engineers and ICT experts. Now we sell our products via webshop as homemade products.“

Miron Lukac
Lonac Hub Manager

Miron Lukač was born in Sarajevo, where he attended elementary and high school, as well as Faculty of Architecture at University of Sarajevo. He has over 6 years of experience working with AIESEC, a global organization dedicated to youth leadership development. In AIESEC, he had a role of President of AIESEC in BiH, as well as organizational and product development consultant for AIESEC in Europe. Also, he worked as Global Expansion Board chairman, where he was responsible for opening new national offices of AIESEC around the world. Right now, Miron is charing Board of Directors of AIESEC in Bosnia and Herzegovina. His current job is working as Lonac Hub Manager in Mozaik Foundation as a final responsible for building a network of coworking spaces in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Balkans. Aside from that, he has a long experience with business model development based on lean methodology, as well as organizational culture management.

Maja Jovicic
Communications Manager

Maja Jovičić started her career in entrepreneurship through marketing, working for various startups in a hub near her university in Switzerland. During the past 5 years, she has helped form and businesses in Switzerland, Italy, USA, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Germany. As a big fan of communication, Maja has focused her career in the technology sector, and currently works as Communications Manager at WaySeven Technologies in Banja Luka. In her capacity, she runs the company’s digital presence, especially through social media. Her other duties include event management and HR, including recruitment and training. As of November 2018, Maja has been an alumni of the World Chicago Professional fellows exchange. In March 2019, Maja was a mentor at the Women Entrepreneurs Week in Zurich, Switzerland.

Mirza Sikiric
Head of the support sector for SMEs, ICC and investors (ZEDA Agency)

Part of Zenica Development Agency team from 2012 with great experience in planning, development and implementation of different projects in relevance for LED. Very much involved in other sectors of ZEDA Agency like Finance and administration, Business Incubator and Impulse Creative Center. Currently part of the Commission for assessment of business plans for new incubees in Business incubator Zenica and TechnoPark Zenica. Part of The WorldChicago Fellowship in 2016. Big IT enthusiast and one of the founders of ZeForge, first Developers Community  of Zenica.

Nina Kremenovic
Communications Manager at LANACO / Founder and President at Explore2Be Association

Nina is a corporate communications manager in LANACO, whose experience includes the profiling of the company’s image and strategic development of brands, as well as improving PR activities of various organizations. She is also an initiator of ‘’Tech Hosted by LANACO’’, a five-day IT multivendor event intended for IT professionals and business decision makers. She started her career in the media, at Radio Televizija Republike Srpske (RTRS). The project which helped her in professional path was certainly paticipation in Bosnia and Hercegovina appearance in Shanghai 2010 EXPO project. As a person who strongly believes in sharing knowledge, Nina is a founder of a recently established Association Explore2Be, which focus is to create a unique platform, which connects the benefits of modern technologies and women in a way that enables them to improve the quality of their lives. Being a mother of 3 girls has only emphasized her passion to become an activist for empowering women and girls through education, mentoring, and community investments.

Christina Forster
Managing Partner Hearbeats Innovation & Communication

Christina believes that every business, brand or product has a story to tell. And a good one, too.  Her own story started in the field of journalism but already in 2005 she moved from print to online. However, it was only during her 8 years in London when she discovered how Content Marketing, Storytelling and Responsible Communication can enable sustainable success for a business - something that became her biggest passion. Since then Christina is helping clients - ranging from big corporation to small social enterprises - to tell their impact by creating human centred communiation strategies for internal and external use. Throughout her career Christina has worked in the fashion, sports, music but also media and IT industry with companies such as Red Bull, Nivea, Labello, Boden or Cisco Austria. She acts as a cofounder to Heartbeats Innovation & Communication and is also an expert for Digital Marketing in the Impact Hub Vienna. Christina is currently based as an EiR (Entrepreneur in Residence) in Belgrade, Serbia. 

Milan Rodic

Started his first official business during high school. By the end of the high school that bussines failed. Until now he gained more than 10 years of CEO-experience in companies that do business internationally. Master scuba diver, mountaineer. Deeply despises conformism, consumerism, formalism and many other –isms, but tries not to be a hater...semi-successfuly.

Branko Vasiljevic
Business Developer

Working for more than 5 years in IT. Currently employed as a business developer at DVC Solutions, co-founder of Meerkiddo startup and co-founder of HUBL – educational institution focused on IT. Have Bachelor degrees both in Economics (Management and Entrepreneruship) and also IT (Business IT). Awarded many times for innovation and entrepreneurial accomplishments where some of the most valuable awards are the first prize on „Imam ideju 2014“ for the best student's enterpreneurship idea in Bosnia&Herzegovina in 2014, the first prize on PODIM conference 2018 for the best app in Balkans (Meerkiddo app – parental control), the first prize on Western Balkans Digital Summit 2018 for the best app in WB countries (Meerkiddo app – parental control), and much more. My best skilss are related to the following activities/working positions: business analysis, business development, SME management, entrepreneurship, project management in software development. Playing basketball for more than 13 years, played for the U19 national basketball team of Bosnia.

Srdjan Ivankovic

Born in Banja Luka. Grew up working in family owned printing company. Studied in Novi Sad, Belgrade and Banja Luka. Married, father of three. Member of Pajperov Smijeh. Founder of independent magazine Talas. Graphic editor of numerus scientific journals, scientific and literary books. Volunteer, as a mentor, works with individuals and teams in developing their business ideas.

Ognjen Stankovic

Over five years of experience in sales, finance and economy, advertising and developing android apps and other softwares. Over 15+ android apps done with over 150k+ downloads, tons of web sites and a lot of graphic solutions.

Vedrana Ajanovic
Senior staff member

Vedrana Ajanović has finished Faculty of Economics at University in Tuzla, worked in commercial company from Sarajevo. Since February 2005 engaged in BIT Center on project development and implementation of formal and operational structure development of innovation infrastructure from business incubator to technology park. During last 11 years gain practical competence and experience in development and running innovation activities and development of ICT SMEs. Assistant of Project manager on all BIT projects. Speaker on conferences about entrepreneurship, innovation and SMEs

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Banja Luka is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Drago
  • Dragana
  • Jovana


Petar Maslesa
Marketing assitant @ Business incubator Novi Sad

Petar is a young and ambitious post grad student at the Faculty of Technical Sciences. He is working as a marketing assistant at Business incubator Novi Sad, and has shown great marketing and organisational skills. He spends his free time playing guitar, and participating in pub quiz. He is also teaching assistant at the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad.

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