Startup Weekend Mobile Plovdiv

    Friday, February 27 - March 1, 2015

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Startup Weekend Mobile Plovdiv

Friday, February 27 - March 1, 2015

Friday, February 27 - March 1, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Plovdiv University Sports Hall
Спортна зала на ПУ
4027 Пловдив
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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Have you ever wanted to build your own business?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Friday February 27th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

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

8:30 pm
Dinner and Networking

9:30 pm
Voting Results
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and register to participate as teams

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 28th

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

1:10 pm
Mentor Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

8:00 pm

9:00 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 March 1st

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

8:00 pm

9:00 pm
Judging & Awards

9:35 pm
Wrap up and Go Home!

Event Judges

Georgi Grozdev

Georgi has a strong technical background in the IT industry and holds a degree in IT from Georg-Simon-Ohm University in Nuremberg, Germany. He is a proud Co-Founder and has been managing director of Viscomp Ltd for 7 years, which is a Bulgarian outsourcing company, servicing customers in numerous markets worldwide. Georgi is a former Head of software development department at Euroweb Internet GmbH, one of the biggest service-oriented IT organizations in Germany. He is passionate about start-up events, cooperation with educational institutions and development of global Wi-Fi networks.

Kasper Pihl Tornoe
CEO @ Swipes

Kasper is an entrepreneur and has been building startups since age 18. His background is in Interaction Design and he loves prototyping new cool ideas. He’s the CEO of Swipes, on a mission to build the happiest and most inspiring place in Bulgaria to work.

Irina Dimitrova
CFO @ Launchub

Irina serves as the CFO of LAUNCHub, responsible for reporting, monitoring and evaluation, and participating in the investment decision-making. Irina has considerable experience in corporate finance and financial advisory, including acquisitions, VC financing, disposals and exits, valuations, research and due diligence, gained during her 10- year career in investment banking both in London and in Bulgaria. 

Nikolai Nedelchev
Chairman @ Publicis Groupe Bulgaria

Nikolai started his professional career in 1992 as a Marketing Communications Manager in BBS the representative office of Apple Computer in Bulgaria. In 1995 he set his feet on the entrepreneurship path founding the advertising agency M.A.R.C. with the vision to provide integrated marketing communications. Currently he is the Chairman of Publicis Groupe Bulgaria – the largest marketing communications company on the Bulgarian market.
Currently he is the Chairman of Publicis Groupe Bulgaria – the largest marketing communications company on the Bulgarian market.

Dimitar Manolov

Co-founder of Wr1st and Eleven ambassador, Dimitar is a mastermind technological beast. Highly experienced in Android Development, Java, Java script, Web applications, HTML 5. His sharp mind defines the outcome of many projects. Be warned, in his spare time Dimitar leads a team of vicious paintball maniacs. He is armed and dangerous!

Coaches and Mentors

Georgi Stoeff
Managing Partner, Industry Watch Bulgaria

Georgi Stoeff is co-founder and managing partner of Industry Watch - a think tank focused on macroeconomic dynamics and economic policy. He is the creator of the educational program The entrepreneur as a discoverer and is also the initiator of the Education-Industry Board, which develops solutions for quick adaptation of vocational education that suit the employers’ needs.
Some of the important analytical products developed by Stoeff and the Industry Watch team are the Regular report on cost of labor, Wealth of households in Bulgaria and the Investment Destination Guide.

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.

Ivan Manolov
Co-Founder at College Swimming

Ivan is an experienced software engineer and entrepreneur who has been living in the Silicon Valley for the past 6 years. His professional career started at Yahoo! where his team was responsible for developing Yahoo! Profiles and Yahoo! Application Platform. He then proceeded to become the first employee at a recruiting company TalentBin where he played a crucial role establishing an engineering team and helping the company raise Venture Capital. Ivan is currently running his own startup - CollegeSwimming, building software for the swimming community.

Janet Todorova
Program Manager, Founder's Institute Berlin

Janet is the program manager at the Founder Institute in Berlin and is starting the program in Bulgaria in 2015.
Janet has expertise in marketing and product development in tech startups. She can tell you what are the criteria and expectations of investors or the jury.
Janet participated in 2 Startup Weekends in Sofia and 1 in Berlin.

Petar Sharkov
President & Co-founder @ Start It Smart

Petar is a co-founder and president at Start It Smart, Bulgarian entrepreneurship organisation created to inspire, accelerate, and connect people to build great companies. Also he is а co-founder and trainer at Mind Mapping, аn innovative company for accelerated learning. His preferred topics are: customer development process, prototyping, innovative business models.

Stefan Vladimirov
Chief Designer @ Swipes

Stefan is a creative who loves good design. He is a self taught designer and photographer who is dedicated to creating beautiful and useful experiences for people.

Yana Vlatchkova
PR @ Swipes

Yana works with Business Development and Marketing. She's the co-founder of Swipes ( where she does tons of PR and Partnerships to  grow their app worldwide. Yana can help you with planning the big launch of your product, hacking your way to exposure and reaching the right audience. 

Steve Stavrev
Ceo, TRI Soft

Stefan is the acting C.E.O. of TRI Soft. He holds a Master's degree in Artificial Intelligence. Stefan is a man with a vision for the new technologies, tendencies and business opportunities. He is actively participating in various scientific conferences, lightning talks, lectures and seminars. He also teaches several courses at the Plovdiv University, thus looking for new ideas and potential among the young IT students.

Angel Georgiev

Angel has the highly unlikely mixture of 8 years experience in consumer electronics product marketing and 1 year experience in back-end programming. Currently he is living his dream as a training manager in Software University Bulgaria. Additionally he is conducting product trainings for Sony Mobile Communications Bulgaria and organizing technical workshops for kids and teenagers for Hackidemia Bulgaria.

Stoyan Dipchikov
CTO @ Despark

Stoyan, better known as Dippi, is one of Despark's pioneers and has been with the company since it was well a startup! He is also sort of a genius - he started working as a developer at age 16. An engineer by degree he has over 10 years of experience in professional web development and is fluent in PHP, HTML, JavaScript, Ruby, and MySQL. His new passion is Laravel. 

As Despark's CTO Dippi is involved in essentially everything - from project and resource management to recruitment, customer satisfaction, all technical matters and Despark school.

Alexander Papratilov

With more than 10 years experience in Bulgarian IT industry he has been able to acquire priceless experience.
As web developer he has worked on and completed more than 50 small and middle sized projects using different open source web development 
Specialties: PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, Zend Framework, CodeIgniter, jQuery, Database design, Software development, Software architecture, Source control, System administration

Julian Borislavov

Since 2005 he is the CEO and co-founder of Internet Corporated Networks which works under the brand name ICN.Bg. The business is involved in providing domain and web hosting services as well as cloud solutions. During the years he co-founds a few more companies working in the field of hosting services.

Julian is a strong believer in the potential of young people and vigorously supports initiatives concerned with talent development.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Mobile Plovdiv 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 Plovdiv is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Stoyan
  • Georgi
  • Ivan
  • Georgi


Galin Zhelyazkov

True Serial Technical Entrepreneur with passion for developing new start ups, building their structure and internal operational processes and employing a professional management in the stages of growth and maturity of the business.

Event Staff

Lyubomir Stoyanov
Founder @ EventsBakery

Passionate about events, tech, snow sports, chicks and delicious food. Founder of - startup for online presentations, docs and e-books. Former member of Start it Smart and volunteer over 6 SW editions.

Margaret Dobreva

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