Techstars Startup Weekend Varna

    Friday, May 31 - June 2, 2019


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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Varna

Friday, May 31 - June 2, 2019



Friday, May 31 - June 2, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm



Varna, Bulgaria 9010

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Your idea in 54 hours

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:  
  • 7 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!   Still have questions, feel free to reach us at tswvarna@startupweekend.org       
Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!   No talk, all action!




EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday May 31st


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 June 1st


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 June 2nd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


4:00 pm
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Мaria Zasheva
Communication Lead

Communications and Marketing enthusiast with a double degree in Business Administration and Journalism and Mass Communications from the American University in Bulgaria. Mariya is a Communication Lead at ScaleFocus, a leading European IT solutions provider. She is the Shiva of both Internal and External Communication. One of Mariya’s superpowers is her ability to transform a 1 hour meeting into a 1 short paragraph email with clear next steps and action items. She is constantly typing on the laptop, while hosting meetings, talking to someone and at the same time writing this description. Multitasking is another superpower of hers. Her secret success formula is: Great Talent + Hard Work = Excellent Results.

Event Judges


Silvia Stumpf
Chairwoman MB BAA

Senior expert in corporate and project management - 20+ years of expertise in initiating, developing and implementing large projects in the field of SME's management, support and consultancy, research and innovation in education, social services, clustering, start-ups and digitalisation. Chairwoman of Business Agency Association - public-private entity (since 2000), one-stop shop (R) for start-ups, organisational excellence and digital transformation.


Dilian Popov
Education Manager at Bulgaria Entrepreneurship Center

Founder of IT companies in cloud infrastructure, cloud integration and migration, telecom, internet marketing, BPO and consulting sectors.

Financial exec with broad experience in all aspects of financial management. Direct experience with Cloud, VoIP, SIP, real estate, derivatives, financial consulting and alternative forms of funding.

Specialties: cloud, telecom, internet marketing, alternative funding, new financial structures.


Plamen Popov
Social Entrepreneur / CEO

Plamen Popov is a bulgarian entrepreneur, Sales master, Author, Co-founder of "The University for Personal Development & Entrepreneurship" and "I Awake Bulgaria" - a national information-education campaign in the field of social entrepreneurship. Plamen has over 15 years of experience and more than 13 business projects under his belt. He make his first BGN 1,000,000 sale at the age of 25 years. During the last three years he has been developing a successful company for trainings in personal development, entrepreneurship and sales, as for that period, he achieved an economic growth of nearly 40000%. Has written the first practical entrepreneurship manual for Bulgaria - "The Entrepreneur" where he reveals his practical business experience of the last 15 years, with the success and the challenges on his way. "I'm not a man who likes to discuss theoretical things that I have not tried myself, or through which I have not gone directly. I am here to pass on the experience, both successful and unsuccessful, in the businesses I have developed. The most valuable lessons in business are taught by the mistakes we have made.


Coaches and Mentors


Galin Zhelyazkov



Tsvetelina Yordanova

Master's degree in Communications and Business Development. Inspired by the ever-changing and colorful world of new media and technology, her passion is graphic design. Leader of the groundbreaking group that gathers all creative people in one place - Raster Minds. Organizer of local and international initiatives such as TEDx, StartupGrind, StartupWeekend and more. Mentor for startups and events like Startup Weekend Cluj.


Radostin Slavov
Software Engineer Developer

Програмист с над 5 години професионален опит в областта информационните технологии. Специалист в изграждане и интегриране на Backend и API-та.


Petar Petrov
Bussines Development

Компанията ми започна от Startup Weekend'17! Сега ще помогна на други като мен да реализират своята предприемаческа идея.


Yavor Arnaudov
Project Manager

Д-р Явор Арнаудов е локален президент на JCI Varna. В момента той работи в сферата на облачните услуги за корабната индустрия. Завършил е докторантура по физика в университета Уорик. Работил е върху проекти за IoT, Acoustic Inspection, Non-destructive testing и assistive technology.


Maria Zasheva
Communication Lead at ScaleFocus

Communications and Marketing enthusiast with a double degree in Business Administration and Journalism and Mass Communications from the American University in Bulgaria. Mariya is a Communication Lead at ScaleFocus, a leading European IT solutions provider. She is the Shiva of both Internal and External Communication. One of Mariya’s superpowers is her ability to transform a 1 hour meeting into a 1 short paragraph email with clear next steps and action items. She is constantly typing on the laptop, while hosting meetings, talking to someone and at the same time writing this description. Multitasking is another superpower of hers. Her secret success formula is: Great Talent + Hard Work = Excellent Results.


Organizing Team

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

  • Kristiyan
    Popov
  • Vasil
    Dimitrov
  • Ivaylo
    Georgiev
  • Kaloyan
    Ganev
  • Dimitar
    Georgiev
  • Mladen
    Nikolov
  • Rosen
    Gevshekov

Facilitators


Alexandru Agatinei
Community builder

I'm passionate about people and their needs. On one side this got me to the point where I evangelize about the Romanian startup ecosystem. I work with Rubik Hub to build and connect regional startup communities and more closely with a handful of startups in Bucharest to help on their growth. On the other side I'm involved within an NGO that's active in the social service's field.


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