Startup Weekend Varna The Laboratory

    Friday, November 25 - 27, 2016

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Startup Weekend Varna The Laboratory

Friday, November 25 - 27, 2016

Friday, November 25 - 27, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Palace of Culture and Sports Hall 20 (Varna)
Varna, Bulgaria 9000

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Friday November 25th

6:30 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

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 November 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 November 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

Nikolay Petkanov

Experienced Regional Operations Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the retail, sales, insurance and government administration industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Customer Service, Sales, and Strategic Planning. Strong operations professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in Leadeship in Global Enviroment from VFU.

Vladimir Vasilev

Vladimir is an expert with more than 15 years experience in the field of information technology. As an IT Director more than 10 years was part of the team of the largest trading company in the Baltics and one of the 100 largest trading companies in Europe. As a member of the board of directors of Maxima Bulgaria is guided strategic projects and activities in areas such as IT operations, corporate internal audit, Technical Operations, Corporate Security. His broad expertise in the field of information technology managed to develop by being part of a team of some of the leading companies in the pharmaceutical business -Production, distribution and sale of drugs; in the field of distribution of goods within the exclusive representation of Procter & Gamble in Bulgaria, as well as in the field of trade in FMCG.
Vladimir drove many millions strategic and operational financial resources in the provision of corporate services and solutions. As a professional in the field of information technology has participated in teams integrated SAP's one of the first companies in Bulgaria. He has managed projects on creation and development of corporate network architectures and systems management and monitoring. He managed the team for developing algorithms and software solutions for automated management of stocks, Intranet platforms for document management and processes. He has managed development teams and integration of head, front and back office solutions in the field of trade in FMCG .. Vladimir was part of the consulting team performed Due Diligence analysis in acquiring and managing a number of commercial companies in areas such as IT, Utilities, synchronization and adaptation of processes, security audit. Expert in the creation and management of teams. Preparation is the strategies, standards and procedures in the field of management structures, processes and teams. He liked Eastern philosophy, interesting books and people with ideas 

Galina Momcheva

Head of Department of Computer Science, Varna Free University 'Chernorizets Hrabar'
Co-founder of Inovacii i Konsultirane  Ltd
Assoc. Prof. Galina Momcheva has the following areas of interest:
- Programming
- Data Structures and Algorithms
During her 20 years' experience she was a mentor of outstanding projects of  superior students. She is the founder of 'Computer Games and Animations' master degree program at VFU and ScratchBG group of volunteers that develop activities with visual programming.

Antoaneta Tsvetkova

Coaches and Mentors

Temelko Dechev

Temelko has 10+ years experience in various business sectors and industries some of which include Real Estate, IT, Tourism & Hospitality, Event Management, International Commerce, NGO, Management Consulting and others. Previously he worked as Branch Manager for one of the biggest real estate companies in UK, Martin & Co Group. For 2 years the stock portfolio of the London Bridge office he managed increased to circa £35m. He was also a Senior Sales & Business Development Manager at a SaaS StartUp that has recently raised circa $500k worth of investment. Before that Temelko ran various business projects as Sales & Marketing Manager at an IT company with operations in Europe, USA and Australia. He was also involved in Business & Strategic Development projects with OSM International Group at LatAm and EMEA markets, been a delegate at the 15th World Business Dialogue,TEDx speaker, Founding & Board member of JCI - Worldwide Federation of Young Leaders & Entrepreneurs. Temelko has delivered various business trainings in Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria, UK, Turkey and Austria. He likes to spend his spare time swimming, playing tennis, reaching a new destination or enjoying refreshing mojitos with friends.

Nikolay Milanov, Jo

The artist with an interest in any modern media. Highly experienced in the field of graphic design, digital arts and their use conceptual projects of the foundation of the studio AffectMedia. Nikolay a.k.a. Joking jumped via his skateboard into business so young and of course was a star because of his diverse talents and responsible attitude to work which surprised his parents and most of his friends the same way his slang confused many of his cleints but his extraordinary sense of humor can make your day better and ultimatelly everyone falls in love with him or his business manner.

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.

Danail Naydenov

Danail Naydenov is 26 years old, studying Marketing at the New Bulgarian University. He's worked in Glasgow Scotland, online sales for Nike. Aviemore Scotland, Supervisor Hilton. Event Manager Foundation StartUP. Currently working as a marketing manager for Foundation StartUP. He has two startups.

Veselina Spasova
Assistant professor at Varna Free University

Assist. Prof. Veselina Spasova, PhD Scientific Secretary Faculty IEA @ VFU, Head of Master Programm "Digital Marketing & Web design", expert in EU Project Management
Areas of research interests: 
Certified Data Protection Officer, Databases modeling and processing, Business Intelligence, Software Architectures. Certified in CMMI, TSP, Software Architectures

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Varna is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Boyan
  • Tsvetelina
  • Mariya
  • Galin
  • Mihail
  • Dimitar
  • Lyubomir


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