Startup Weekend UNI Blagoevgrad

    Friday, February 6 - 8, 2015


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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend UNI Blagoevgrad

Friday, February 6 - 8, 2015



Friday, February 6 - 8, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

ABF Student Center at American University in Bulgaria

Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

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StartUP Weekend is coming to Blagoevgrad

This is Blagoevgrad’s first Startup Weekend, but we are very enthusiastic about it and expect huge success. Startup Weekend is a non-profit, community-building event that brings together entrepreneurs with different backgrounds, including software developers, marketers, designers and other enthusiasts. They gather to pitch ideas, form teams and start companies in just 54 hours. As of April 2013, 1068 events had been held, involving over 100,000 entrepreneurs across more than 400 cities in over 100 countries and over 8190 startups have been created. The Kauffman Foundation, Google and Microsoft are sponsors. The event is supposed to gather 78 enthusiasts in business and IT spheres on one place so they share their ideas and experience with each other. It is going to take place on 6th to 8th February 2015 in ABF Center in AUBG. Besides our attendees, we expect a lot of established and successful entrepreneurs as judges, mentors and guests.





EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday February 6th


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 February 7th


9:00 am
Morning Coffee
Arrive, and refresh with coffee for the day


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 February 8th


9:00 am
Morning Coffee
Arrive, and refresh with coffee for the day


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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


6:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!


Event Judges


Raya Yunakova

Raya is Startup Marketing Manager at Microsoft where she drives the company’s startup initiatives in a number of countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She works with local organizations, investors and entrepreneurs to support the growth of the startup ecosystem in the region and help young companies create innovative products with Microsoft’s latest technologies. Before joining Microsoft Raya pursued a career in software development and graduated in computer science from the University of Leicester, UK. In her early years as a developer she worked on several large scale web products based on the .NET stack. She then co-founded the startup Nimero, where she developed the company’s main product and was responsible for working with the company’s first clients.




Stoyan Angelov

Serial entrepreneur that started his first business when he was only 18 years old, Stoyan is currently involved in a couple of businesses offering web and mobile solutions. He is the Co-Founder of Infozone, application for mobile and local search, as well as of Start It Smart, 10 week pre-acceleration program for early stage startups with an educational focus. Besides this, he is also running Silicon Drinkabout Sofia and he’s always open for chat and say cheers!


Hristo Chernev
CEO, TaxiMe

Hristo is a senior executive with solid commercial experience. He is co-founder and CEO of TaxiMe and an Eleven alum. TaxiMe is his second start-up. Hristo is keen on building profitable sales channels and great teams. He has held senior commercial positions at Vivatel and Xerox.


Coaches and Mentors


Veneta Andonova

Professor Andonova teaches Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship at AUBG. She is an active supporter of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Bulgaria and a startup mentor. She is an active researcher with scientific contributions on the topics of entrepreneurship, institutional analysis and internationalization.


Nikola Valchanov

Nikola is a software engineer with 10+ years in the IT business and a strong passion for teaching. He is the CTO of Programista; Ltd and co-founder and lecturer in Pragmatic IT Academy. While still a student he starts teaching programming courses. At the age of 29 he graduates the Computer Science PhD programme of the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics at Plovdiv University and is currently an assistant professor there.
He loves algorithms, data structures, design patterns, software architectures and playing the piano.



Stoyan Angelov

Serial entrepreneur that started his first business when he was only 18 years old, Stoyan is currently involved in a couple of businesses offering web and mobile solutions. He is the Co-Founder of Infozone, application for mobile and local search, as well as of Start It Smart, 10 week pre-acceleration program for early stage startups with an educational focus. Besides this, he is also running Silicon Drinkabout Sofia and he’s always open for chat and say cheers!


Spasimir Dinev

Spasimir is an international creative director at ilyan.com - a digital advertising agency operating in the Bulgarian, Romanian, Serbian, Croatian, and British markets. He is an AUBG ‘08 Journalism and Mass Communication alumnus with experience in several advertising agencies. He is curious and passionate about design, technology, UX and everything newsworthy.


Hristo Chernev
CEO, TaxiMe

Hristo is a senior executive with solid commercial experience. He is co-founder and CEO of TaxiMe and an Eleven alum. TaxiMe is his second start-up. Hristo is keen on building profitable sales channels and great teams. He has held senior commercial positions at Vivatel and Xerox.


Teodora Toneva

Founder of a Marketing Outsourcing Cluster and a strategist by heart, Teodora’s international experience as a marketing consultant gives her an interesting twist on the Bulgarian entrepreneurial ecosystem. With her company and partners, she often consults local and European SMEs on expansions strategies and marketing channels. She is also a Community Manager of a Pan-European venture capitalist platform, in constant search for the best start-ups and businesses for secondary international investments.


Avgustina Pasheeva

Avi is an experienced business professional and early stage investor plugged into both Silicon Valley and European startup ecosystems.  VoiVoda Ventures is an early stage B2B investment fund, based in California with 20+ portfolio companies, focused on investments in the enterprise software, mobile, security, cloud computing space, IoT. 

At VoiVoda, Avi is focused on evaluating the potential investment opportunities and preparing the companies for fund raising. She is also engaged with an early stage startup LeadSecure which is trying to disrupt the real estate industry. Avi is a graduate of Draper University and the American University in Bulgaria. 


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The Startup Weekend UNI Blagoevgrad team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Blagoevgrad is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Deyan
    Slanchev
  • Chris
    Georgiev
  • Mirela
    Dineva
  • Lyuba
    Popova
  • Villy
    Trendafilova
  • Elena
    Zlatanova
  • Boryana
    Petrova

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Chris Georgiev



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