Startup Weekend Sofia

    Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Sofia

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 5:30 pm

4 Gurko Str
Sofia, Bulgaria 1000

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Friday November 21st

5:30 pm
Registration starts
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 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
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

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 22nd

9:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:30 am
Telerik Platform Presentation
10 min presentation on Telerik Platform and possibilities to use it to develop your projects

10:40 am
BizSpark Presentation
10 min Microsoft BizSpark for Startups presentation

12:30 pm

1:30 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!

7:00 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 November 23rd

9:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:30 am
Pitch Training
Not sure how to pitch, we have you covered. 20 min workshop in how to do Steve Jobs like presentation.

12:30 pm

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

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Florian Grossmann
Program Manager - Entrepreneurs in Residence EMEAR, Cisco

Florian Grossmann graduated from Vienna University of Economics and Business in Vienna and University of Illinois in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He has held various leadership positions in the world’s largest student run organization AIESEC, the last one being Local Committee President in Vienna. Currently he is Program Manager for Cisco’s Entrepreneurs in Residence Program for the EMEAR region, connecting the global IT player Cisco with the vibrant tech-startup scene.

Atanas Raykov
Manager Consumer Mobile Products and Services, VIVACOM

Atanas Raykov is a founding member of the mobile business unit of VIVACOM. He is responsible for the product strategy in terms of individual customers and value added services.

Vesselina Tasheva
Director of Strategy, | Founder of | Serendipity Evangelist

With 7+ years of business and marketing strategy experience, Vessy has worked in an established corporation, a creative agency, a nimble startup and a buzzing accelerator. Each of those has been in as varying industries as software technology, digital health, venture capital, and digital advertising. Yet as diverse as they are, there has always been something she has stood true to that has helped her stay sane and be successful - building personal business relationships and communities while playing with serendipity.

Spartak Kabakchiev
Business Development Director, Vplus

Spartak is a seasoned entrepreneur, experienced in business development, growth and strategic leadership of early-stage startups. He is currently running Vplus, an innovative mobile VOD service. 

Todor Breshkov
Managing Partner, LAUNCHub Ventures

Former Investment Banker and angel investor, now a VC.

Todor Breshkov is a co-founder and managing partner at LAUNCHub Ventures, focused on investing in tech startups from South Eastern Europe.

Todor has a substantial banking experience and his professional expertise varies within the areas of Management, Finance, Business Development, VC and entrepreneurship. Todor is a founder of Bulgarian Real Estate Fund (BREF), one of the largest listed REITs in Bulgaria. He has been a MD of one of the local investment banking boutiques in Bulgaria – First Financial Brokerage House and also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian Stock Exchange – Sofia. Todor was a Member of Supervisory Board of First Investment Bank EUR 5 bln in assets.

Coaches and Mentors

Ivica Penic
New Man Accelerator, Macedonia

Founder of Mariviam Success Academy and creator of several professional training programs in Sales Product developing (startups), Personal Development, Development of vendors and sales teams. 

Ivelina Manova
founder, AdAcademy

Ivelina is professionally training individuals as Google certified trainer and she is absolutely passionate about it. She always tries to optimize every aspect of the daily tasks and believes that everything can be done better and more effective. Ivelina is Co-founder and General manager of Ad Academy – data-driven Google AdWords agency

Martin Bonov
Co-founder, Kickflip

Martin is a co-founder & interactive art director in design studio Kickflip. Skilled at finding new ways to simplify web workflow and casting interaction spells, he held various web/UI design job titles for the last 7 years and brought to life the entire experience of more than 100 web sites and mobile apps. An adrenaline junkie, he can usually be found with his skateboard or snowboard.

Pavel Ivanov
UX/UI Engineer, Mozilla

Pavel is a front-end UX/UI engineer for many years now and currently employed by Mozilla. In the latter Pavel is focused on the mobile Firefox OS. Pavel could talk for weeks about his work and is one of the few geeks that love their work more than they love beer.

Ilia Markov

Ilia is a digital marketer, working for SiteGround, and a Michigan MBA. When not doing marketing magic, he loves to play with new products, help others, and watch his beloved Southampton FC on TV.

Ivaylo Hristov
Co-founder, Lab08

Ivo Hristov is entrepreneur and active member of the Sofia startup community. In 2014 he cofounded the growth hacking laboratory - Lab08 and in 2008 co-founded the successful social media startup Komfo. For his help and dedication to the startup ecosystem he is awarded the "Young entrepreneur of the year" award and the "Next Generation Entrepreneur" award. He likes lean startups, bootstrapping and growth hacking.

Vladimir Aleksiev
Co-founder, CTO, Perpetto

Vlad is a full stack Ruby programmer and software architect. He has more than 7 years experience with different types of programming languages and is deeply in love with Ruby. Vlad is Co-founder and CTO of Perpetto, a ready to use recommendation engine for e-commerce.

Ivan Jelušić
Business and Production manager, u:Plug

Business and Production manager at u:Plug, specialized in business development, negotiation, financial modeling and startups in general. Assistant to professor at Communications skills course at Faculty of Engineering Osijek. Experienced in banking, consulting and sales. 

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.

Jordan Ilchev
Team Lead, Telerik AppBuilder Web Client Team

 Jordan is part of the team that is behind Telerik PlatformSM solution. He is focused on Telerik AppBuilder mobile development tools, built on top of the most-used open-source hybrid mobile platform today—Apache Cordova. Jordan is passionate about HTML and CSS and loves JavaScript. 

Martin Grozdanov
Senior Developer eCommerce, Stenik

Marto is a senior developer in Stenik group. He is super passionate about programming and knows a lot about web development.

Zornitsa Meshkova
VP Marketing

I am currently Marketing Director at Kratos Technology (a company, helping citizens in the EU interact with their city administrations online in a smarter way). My specialty lies in digital marketing, where I have 4 years of experience. Fan of design thinking. Excited about helping startups with their biz dev strategy.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Sofia team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

Signature Sponsors

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Organizing Team

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

  • Martin
  • Blagomir
  • Georgi
  • Tony
  • Marian
  • Danail
  • Eva
  • Chris


Andy Stoll
Co-Founder Seed Here Studio & Iowa Startup Accelerator

Andy Stoll is a social entrepreneur and media producer. He co-founded Seed Here Studio, Vault Coworking and Collaboration Space and The Iowa Startup Accelerator, three organizations dedicated to building a stronger community of entrepreneurs and creatives in the Creative Corridor.

Stoll is a global facilitator for Startup Weekend and recently facilitated events in Kiev, Ukraine and Anchorage, Alaska.

Andy previously co-founded The James Gang, a community-building, social entrepreneurial-incubator that was named the Iowa City Press Citizen ‘Person of the Year’, as the individual or group that had the largest impact on the community. 

Stoll was named one of the top 25 most influential leaders in the Corridor and is a member of the Corridor Business Journal 2006 class of 40 Under 40. Andy holds a BA in film production and a BBA in Business Management from The University of Iowa, as well as a Masters Degree in Media Cultures from The City University of Hong Kong.

Andy recently completed a 4-year, 40-country solo trip-around-the-world, and moonlights as a photographer, sometimes chef and occasional cooking class instructor. 

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