Startup Weekend City

    Friday, September 25 - 27, 2015

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend City

Friday, September 25 - 27, 2015

Friday, September 25 - 27, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Palace of culture and sports
115 Kniaz Boris blv.
Varna, Bulgaria 9000

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

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 1000 past events in 150 countries around the world since 2011. 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!


Friday September 25th

6:30 pm
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
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 September 26th

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

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 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 September 27th

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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

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.

Hristian Atanasov
CTO of CSoft Ltd.

Hristian is a technology officer of CSoft with almost 10 years of experience in software industry. CSoft Ltd is a company, specialized in development of high technology Core Banking Information Systems and is one of the most recognizable names in providing banking solutions on the local market.
 Hristian has deep passion for software engineering since his mid-school years, with Master’s degree in Microsoft Technologies and long experience in number of technologies, frameworks and platforms. Agile methodologies evangelist, believing that clarity, good collaboration and organized team work are the foundations of every successful project. Fan of well-made products, timeless industrial designs and simple, clever solutions.

Valentin Enchev
Director of Maritime Administration – Varna Directorate and Harbour Master of Port of Varna

Valentin Enchev has Master degree in Navigation and specializations in International Maritime Law and International Economic Relations. Master Mariner with 7 years experience at sea. He has been working for 5 years as a Marine instructor. Since 2007 and now is Lecturer in Maritime Law in Naval Academy-Varna.

Boyan Benev
entrepreneur, CMO MammothDB

Boyan S. Benev, entrepreneur, CMO MammothDB - a next-generation analytics database. Author of three books, most recent of which is Two Generations (Janet45, 2013), television and radio host as well as a producer of the ethno-fusion band Oratnitza. One of the members of the local panel of experts for The Venture in Bulgaria.

Valentina Makni
PhD in Economics at the University of Economics -Varna

Valentina Makni is a chief assistant professor at Department of International Economic Relations at the University of Economics – Varna. Lecturer in International Marketing, Business Practices, International Markets’ Conjuncture. Since 2012 Valentina has been a coach at Junior Achievement Bulgaria Startup Program. Since 2013 she has been a facilitator at the ICE House Entrepreneurship Program. Author of two books: Intellectual emigration: brain drain, alternatives and more (2011) and Hidden Entrepreneurship (Science and economics, 2015).

Coaches and Mentors

Ivo Iliev

Ivo Iliev is an expert in the area of digital marketing and founder of the marketing agencies Interactive Age ( and METAMARK( Ivo has years of experience in planning and executing marketing campaigns for international brands like NIVEA, Eucerin, Raiffeisen, Lenovo, NOKIA, Beiersdorf and many others. In his private blog ( he shares valuable information and tips about digital marketing, SEO, social media, online reputation and branding, web design and other.

Plamen Barzev
CMO at Design Connected

Plamen Barzev is the CMO at Design Connected. He has been practicing online marketing for more than 6 years. During that time he has participated in number of conferences and lectures where he has spoken about his favorite aspects of the online marketing - SEO, conversion rate optimization, copywriting and PPC advertising. Working as an in-house marketer for an innovative company has thought him a lot about kick-starting a project from scratch.

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.

Dimitar Danailov

Dimitar has years of experience as a software programmer. He is an expert in Java, PHP, Android, Mobile Development, Ruby on Rails, Javascript, HTML 5. Currently he is exploring cloud technologies, Windows 8, Node.js, Asp.Net, Angularjs, Dart.  Dimitar teaches courses in Android and Javascript Development, which are part of his initiative for creating an  IT society based in Varna. Dimitar Danailov is one of the organizers of the previous Startup Weekend Varna events and Cloud Conf Varna. 

Ivo Radulovski
Co-Director, Founder Institute

Ivo is a serial Founder with several exits and currently CEO & Founder at Segments Accelerator, Co-Director at Founder Institute Luxembourg, Adviser & Consultant at the European Investment Bank and Investor in a Portfolio of 16 TOP Founder Institute Graduates. Ivo shares his knowledge in combining technology and business at various occasions as a jury and mentor at Investment Forums, Techstars Startup Weekend, Lean Startup Machine, Pioneers Festival and other formats, as speaker at various occasions like international conferences such as WEBIT, DrupalCon, the European Accelerator Summit and the European Conference on the Future Internet and as a guest lecturer giving workshops and seminars for the European Commission, Vienna University of Economics and many others. He has also been featured at Digital Marketing and Policy-oriented conferences like the Global Webit Congress and DIGIT.EMEA and honoured with the Audience Choice Award.

Murad Kasim
Technical Project Manager at 158Ltd

Murad Kasim is Technical Project Manager at 158Ltd with a solid and versatile technical background.
Working as a full stack Software Engineer, he has a hands-on experience with leading  projects, software development and testing, budget and risk management and team leadership. 
He has guided numerous startups in varios industries down the technical path on achieving their project and business goals. He is one of those rare individuals who has both taste for system and UX design while enjoying the journey with everyone else together, in order to deliver what is needed at the optimal cost, time and quality.

Petya Manolova

Petya Manolova is a lawyer in the Varna Bar Association, with more than 15 years practice. Her mission as a lawyer is to provide complete and competent legal services of the highest standard to clients from a variety of sectors of the economy.Her work experience is in the Corporate and Commercial Law; Intellectual and Industrial Property; Tax Law; Business Transactions; Administrative Procedures and Public Procurement. She is also external expert on Public Procurement; A small fraction of her clients are: CSoft Ltd - One of the biggest Hi-tech bank information systems in Bulgaria and Varna Palace of Culture and Sports.

Kris Mihailov

Kris Mihailov is an entrepreneur and gamification consultant. He is the CEO of hardware startup MyTeletouch. TEDx lector, vlogger. He worked on first business game that helps students to improve their business thinking. His skills are gamification, sales and early stage steps for startups.

Ivo Ivanov
Head of Design,

Ivo has 8 years experience as UX & UI designer. He’s currently working as a Head of design at - Irish company, building awesome SaaS products for project management, customer support and team chat. He’s been dealing with a lot of different stuff, but his first entrepreneurial experience began when he opened his own real estate agency. There he gained a lot of experience in sales. In 2008 when economic crisis struck, the business got slow, so he had to turn – 360°. For fun in the office he has been playing around with Photoshop and while waiting for a worthy client to miraculously show up, he managed to get pretty handy in it. So the crisis had pretty positive effect on him – since then he started working as an UI/UX freelance designer. He has worked on all kinds of projects from small company websites in major gateways to some of the largest online stores in Bulgaria. From 2011 onwards he worked with startups from all over the world – eg Neil Patel (Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics), Brian Moran (Get 10,000 Fans), Clay Collins (LeadPages), etc. He has learned a lot from some of the greatest minds in the online marketing and he'll be glad to share it. Ivo is a startup freak and a huge fan of Startup Weekend -  this is gonna be the 10th Startup Weekend he’s attending, so he really knows what it’s all about, what you should do and what you should focus on for the weekend. He can help you with ideas for user experience, user onboarding, usability, customer validation, monetization, project management and any kind of design advices.

Darina Pavlova
assistant professor

Darina Pavlova is part of Department of Industrial Business at University of Economics – Varna. Her main subjects are: Consumer Behavior, Integrated marketing communications and Innovation. 
Her previous experience is related with Accountant Department of Holding Varna, Risk Management Department of Imtech Marine – Imtech Marine & Offshore –Holland, EU funding consulting and Board of Directors - Varna Palace of Culture and Sports. Also she is a secretary of Rotary Club Varna.

Yordan Ivanov

Yordan Ivanov is a chief assistant professor and practitioner in the field of entrepreneur and management of small business. He is part of Department of Industrial Business at University of Economics – Varna. His main subjects are: Cost management and pricing, Price practice and decision, Business Controlling and Career Development.He has completed successfully over 15 researches about Cost Planning and analysis, pricing aspects of company competitiveness and etc.He takes a part as a lector in different project of Job Tiger, Bulgarian Industrial Association, and Business Foundation for Education and etc.  YordanIvanov is an accountant at TSKR – VARNA Ltd. He provides accounting services of over 10 companies and works like consultant and accountant in different projects. His previous experience is related with Accountant Department of University of Economics and Department of Internal Control of Petrol PLC. 

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Organizing Team

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  • Boyan
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  • Mihail
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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.

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