Interview with Startup Weekend facilitator Michaela Szilvasova

02/06/2017 | By Martin Andrle

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Who are you? What do you do? What’s your background?

Hey :) I’m Michaela, 26; motivated, active, ambitious girl with experience in startup community building, digital marketing, project management and events organization. I studied strategic management at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Since the beginning of my studies, I volunteered on, organized and lead a number of startup and educational initiatives. I have been working in the startup environment for the last 3 years, I recently joined a small company providing machine learning and artificial intelligence software solutions.


Could you please let us know your experience at the Startup Weekend Events?

At this point, I’ve experienced Startup Weekend from many angles; 4 times as a volunteer, 2 times as a participant and 2 times as an organizer. My first experience was more than 4 years ago when I was volunteering at Startup Weekend Bratislava in 2012. I am really grateful that I had a chance to get to know amazing people from Startup Weekend community all around the world and learned many, many skills during this time.

To our audience in Prague, why would you suggest them to join to the next Startup Weekend?

At Startup Weekend, you are surrounded by talented and hard-working startupers; business people, designers, developers, mentors, investors, startup community builders, organizers, etc. It is the best way to meet entrepreneurial-minded folks, build new relationships and grow your network. We all know it’s not just about building companies. Startup Weekend is also about learning things that can't be taught at school. It is the perfect opportunity to boost your skills such as lean approach, customer feedback, team-work, UX, pitch training and so on..

You have recently become an official facilitator of SW, congrats! What was the reason?

Being a facilitator is an amazing opportunity to travel and see how other startup communities in various countries are working together and what problems they are trying to solve. I am really happy when I can give a helping hand and support people in activities they love to do.


What advice would you give to the younger version of yourself based on your current experiences?

I think I wouldn't give my younger self any special advice. I am happy about my past life, mistakes, and fuckups. :D It has been a great learning path. One thing I regret a little is that I don't know anything about programming. I wish I could learn some basic coding when I was younger and had nothing else to think about (except school and boys) ;)

Anything you want to add (Contacts or other information)

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