Startup Weekend Youth Pilsen

    Friday, May 11 - 13, 2018

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Youth Pilsen

Friday, May 11 - 13, 2018

Friday, May 11 - 13, 2018
Event starts at 4:30 pm

Cukrovarská 23
Plzeň, Czech republic 301 00

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Your idea in 54 hours

Startup Weekend Youth Pilsen is dedicated to high school studentnts - 15 - 19 years old.
We expect students from Czechia, Slovakia, Poland and Germany across different field of study - information technology, 
design, electronics, transport, mechanics, health, economy, .. you name it :-)

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 from last Startup Weekend in Prague below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday May 11th

4:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitch Practice
Couches introduction and best practices for Pitch

7:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

8:00 pm
Finished for the day.

Saturday May 12th

8:45 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:15 am
Pitches Start
Pitches - Vote - Teams

11:00 am
Work time!
It's time to start work - define & assigne tasks, ...

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
How to validate your idea?

1:30 pm
Work time!
After-lunch - work time, status reports, call cauches for help

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

5:00 pm
Technical check
Share your progress, ask for help, ...

6:00 pm
Eat food, share your progress, get to know fellow participants

8:00 pm
Finished for the day.

Sunday May 13th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
How to sell your product? How to prepare final presentation?

10:00 am
Work time - Start presentations
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Pitch practice & finishing presentations
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

2:00 pm
Final Presentations

3:00 pm
Judging & Awards

3:30 pm
Wrap-Up, Go Home


Karel Hulec
co-founder and CEO of Solirax Ltd, makers of Neos

Karel is one of the Czech pioneers for virtual reality. He is co-founder and CEO at Solirax Ltd., makers of Neos - operating system for virtual and augmented reality. Their platform, enables students, lecturers and every third party in general to bring their content in virtual reality and ...

Event Judges

Marketa Havlova
Director of Startup Department at CzechInvest

Marketa is responsible for managing programs and activities for start-up ecosystem and start-ups itself both in the Czech Republic and abroad. She is very passionate about innovation, start-ups and its potential. She is trying to raise awareness about Czech start-up ecosystem. Her work is her hobby.

Evgeny Frolov
Business Development Director at ITACA Business Incubator

Evgeny is responsible for investor’s relations in ITACA Bussiness Incubator. Since 2016 he is an ambassador in Czech Republic of the international startup competition called Seedstars. He has 8 years of his own entrepreneurial experience in very different fields, organize lectures and seminars.

Coaches and Mentors

Hynek Husník
Co-Founder at Nexter

Hynek is currently engaged in the development of Nexter Company and Koreis-Brown
The biggest success so far has been the establishment, development and sell of startup Storyous last year.

Vlastimil Pěchouček
Founder of

Vlasta is founder of digital agency He focuses on client acquisition and growth-hacking.

Petr Ferschmann
CEO at Dativery s.r.o.

CEO of Dativery web based integration platform. He loves backend thats why he's involved also in He founded cloud based accounting system FlexiBee later acquired by ABRA.

Jakub Michl
Leader in branding & website agency Beneš & Michl

Jakub leads the branding and web agency Beneš & Michl. He is dealing with UX and enjoys creating marketing strategies for other clients. In addition, he is co-founder of startups and

Pavelec Josef
Business Development Manager at AIMTEC a. s.

Josef is responsible for international sales at Aimtec. 
As a short break he pursued the opportunity to study and teach at the Northern Arizona University in the US for over a year and finish his studies by Master’s in the Mathematics field. Throughout his life he is impressed by travelling, hiking, adventure, sports, motorbikes, music and good time with his friends and interesting people.

Geraldine Mukumbi
Entrepreneurial Leadership Teaching Fellow, LEAF Academy (Bratislava)

Geraldine teaches Entrepreneurial Leadership (EL) at LEAF Academy. Previously, she taught and designed EL classes at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg. Her background in community based theatre initiatives in South Bend, Indiana drives her firm emphasis on empathy as key to problem solving. geraldine graduated from University of Notre Dame and moved to Bratislava to mentor teenagers from Central Europe. 

Lubica Lutz
Entrepreneurial Leadership Teacher, Design Thinking facilitator, LEAF Academy (Bratislava)

Creating something new that can help others is the best feeling ever. Lubica realised that while working during her highschool studies, later helping young professionals to pick and get great jobs. It took her another five years in Bratislava, Abu Dhabi and Prague in HR innovations to realise that teaching was the most rewarding job for her. While teaching Design Thinking to couple of Czech educators, a light bulb came on - What if all teenagers learned how to turn an idea into a real, positive project? Since then, she has been pursuing entrepreneurial education path. 

Maxim Kozlov
Recent winner of 2 Startup Weekends, IXPRENEUR YouTube channel

Maxim is a recent winner of 2 Startup Weekends, Prague & Olomouc. He's currently developing his latest winning startup: TRIKO the life-saving t-shirt. With the job title Happy Youngster and broad education in digital marketing, he works as a marketing executive for the Happyend agency which focuses on helping startups grow in business and marketing. While also running the IXPRENEUR YouTube channel with the purpose of educating the youth about startups, entrepreneurship and marketing.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Youth Pilsen 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.




Organizing Team

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

  • Anna
  • Pavel
  • Vlaďka


Michal Kacerik
CTO at SaferPass

Michal as CTO at SaferPass (US founded startup) leads the product and distribution team. He is also co-founder of BeeSafe - personal mobile safety application, which won Startup Weekend Zilina 2013.
Active in the Slovak startup scene, regular Startup Weekend mentor and mentor at Pioneers festival.
Has experience in digital marketing, consumer software distribution, performance marketing, software engineering and digital security.
Can help you with: how to win SW, market research, customer interviews, marketing, presentation, validation.

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