Techstars Startup Weekend Blagoevgrad 2017

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017


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Techstars Startup Weekend Blagoevgrad 2017

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017



Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

American University in Bulgaria Campus
8 ulitsa
America for Bulgaria Foundation Center
Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

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Prepare for the Global Startup Celebration

The time has come for StartUP@Blagoevgrad to fire its first and biggest event this autumn - the StartUP Weekend. The entrepreneurial event will turn into a three-day long competition, in which bright participants from all over the country will gather in teams to develop promising business ideas with the help of our experienced mentors. The winners will receive special prizes, support and advice from our carefully selected jury and advisers. Our goal is to incite your creativity and give you the opportunity to get involved in the biggest collision of ideas!

The battle for innovation will be held from 10 November to 12 November and will take place in the ABF Sports Hall!

Take the chance and #StartUpRoar!

BUY YOUR TICKETS AT: http://bit.ly/2h1H82O or from one of our team members.

Be one of over 15,000 entrepreneurs who will come together for hundreds of events during November 10-19, 2017 for Techstars Global Startup Weekend!

Techstars Global Startup Weekend Blagoevgrad (TGSW) connects entrepreneurs, organizing teams, and startup communities around the world. As an attendee you will get access to exclusive resources to help prep for success at Techstars Startup Weekend and make connections with mentors and other startup teams. To help you keep growing after the event, the winning team of each event will receive helpful perks for building their startup as well as a showcase in our global channels.

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:
  • 4 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 inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFHVNofKa9I&t=113s

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “
blagoevgrad@startupweekend.org”.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 10th


6:30 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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 November 11th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


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


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

Sunday November 12th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Snack time


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


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Organizing Team

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

  • Kalina
    Dushkova
  • Viktoria
    Pesheva
  • Milena
    Kuyumdzhieva

Facilitators


Ali Sohail
Co-founder at deskOteque

Ali is an active startup community organizer, speaker and entrepreneur.

He is a co-founder in deskOteque, a platform that helps flex workers find the working space around them and pay-per-use for access. It has verified venues like coworking spaces, bars, cafés and restaurants available. 

Ali is also an experienced trainer, public relations professional and a certified peak performance coach. His passion lies in connecting people and helping them realize their (entrepreneurial) vision.


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