Startup Weekend Plovdiv

    Friday, March 17 - 19, 2017


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Startup Weekend Plovdiv

Friday, March 17 - 19, 2017



Friday, March 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Arcadia center
48 Sankt Peterburg street
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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Start the next Facebook right here, under the hills of Plovdiv

Have you ever wanted to start your own business? One in the likes of Facebook, Twitter and maybe Google?

Startup Weekend is where you can make it, together with like-minded people. Working together with teams, mentors and fellow entrepreneurs to find your business model, idea validation and prototyping in 54 hours, you are not only learning to build a startup, but also get yourself ready to launch your products. 

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product.

We will have a special lecture during the afternoon on Sunday by Toptal's community manager - Asia Lindsay (@AsiaLindsay).
Born in Hong Kong, schooled at Oxford and now living everywhere and nowhere as a digital nomad, Asia leads the Europe community for Toptal, a network of the top 3% of developers and designers. Prior to Toptal she worked on growing the community at TED and Thousand Network.

On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

What are you waiting for? Go and build the next big thing!




EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday March 17th


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 March 18th


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


12:00 pm
Mentor Intros
Introduction of our mentors


2:00 pm
Calls for help
Calls for help - designers, developers, non-tech.


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


8:30 pm
Dinner


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

Sunday March 19th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Presentation session
How to structure your presentation, what to do


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
Dinner


5:30 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



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