Startup Weekend Prague

    Friday, March 2 - 4, 2018

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Prague

Friday, March 2 - 4, 2018

Friday, March 2 - 4, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Sněmovní 7
Sněmovní 174/7
Prague, Czech Republic 118 00

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Come, learn, meet, and enjoy the startupweekend in Prague again!

Technology created a lot of space for improvement. Do you have an idea what to do about do it? Attend Startup Weekend Prague and make it happened. SW is a great platform for meeting new people, building, and launching new products.

What is Startup Weekend Prague? 

Startup Weekend Prague is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, and business development folks come together to form teams, validate their ideas, build new products and launch startups, all in one weekend. It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Prague and launch your next startup! Don't miss out to be part of it! 

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 +2000 past events in over 135 countries around the world with over 13k startups created with the help of over 123k entrepreneurs.

How does it work?

Startup Weekend is an event designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night, participants get 60 seconds to pitch their ideas to the crowd and try to recruit the best talent in the room. Continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, the Startup Weekend culminates in Sunday night demos and presentations, where teams present their minimum viable product (MVP) to a panel of expert judges, fellow participants, and other guests. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs and mentors. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. 

Why should you join?

  1. You will experience what it's like in the startup world, and learn first hand about every step of building a business. At the very least it'll be a memorable weekend away from your usual daily routine.
  2. You might find your perfect co-founder soulmate with whom you'll go on to launch a successful startup, be it this weekend or down the road.
  3. We take good care of you during the weekend. All you need to bring is yourself and your laptop. We’ll provide you with:
  • Plenty of food to keep your energy levels up
  • Unlimited coffee
  • Startup Weekend Prague T-shirt
  • Fantastic working space of Sněmovní 7
  • Access to the best startup tools
  • Advice and coaching from some of the area's best startup mentors
  • Global community of entrepreneurs
Startup Weekend attracts each community’s best makers and doers, and by spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, our participants build long-lasting relationships and may even walk away with a job or an investor. Plus, if your team wins, you will get loads of additional resources and coaching to help you get your startup off the ground. 

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Facebook: @StartupWeekendPrague


Friday March 2nd

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

7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:45 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 March 3rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Kick-off & tips from Adam Hazdra
Our mentor Adam Hazdra will also give some pearls of wisdom to guide you through the day

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

1:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

5:00 pm

5:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

6:30 pm
How to get first paying customers
Step-by-step guidance how to get first customers.

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday March 4th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

10:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

12:00 pm

2:00 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!


Adam Hazdra
Business Owner at LMC

Adam's objective is to find out how the future of work will look like. He believes that we will have more control over what, when and how we do for work and that we will be able to put our talents to better use. He is mapping trends and new ideas and tests what people's real needs are. He is responsible, among others, for

Pavel Bartoš
Co-Founder and Account Director at Happyend

Pavel is marketing specialist for startups, helping them to find out who their ideal customers really are and how to build the whole startup around them. He likes to work with data and proven facts rather than assumptions and thoughts.

Event Judges

Margareta Křížová
Head of Business Advisory & Partner at CEAG

Margareta Křížová, MBA is one of the founding partners of CEAG and Head of strategic business advisory arm of CEAG, including M&A advisory. Margareta has an extensive experience in identifying potential investment opportunities for financial and strategic investors both in the Cyech Republic and internationally. Margareta works closely with private equity funds, international strategic investors and Czech business owners. Thanks to her extensive knowledge of the Czech market and M&A experience, CEAG has executed number of Czech and cross-border M&A transactions. Margareta is also responsible for the development of services for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups, namely in the area of developing business and marketing strategies and business models. Margareta is a graduate of the University of International and Public Relations (major in international relations and diplomatic services) in Prague and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the ESCEM School of Business and Management/University of New York/Prague; she is fluent in Czech and English.Margareta is one of the investors in the Czech version of Shark's Tank aired by Czech TV and is a talk show host at Radio ZET. Margareta is a frequent judge of startup competitions and a speaker at business conferences.  

Michal Nešpor
Partner for startup investments at Crowdberry

Michal has more than 10 years of experience in working with start-ups, from both the investors’ and founders’ side of the negotiation table. He prepared and accompanied tech start-ups through fundraising and negotiation with VCs and Business Angels, bringing hands-on experience from the tech VC firm GCP gamma capital partners, HQ in Vienna, Austria. At GCP Michal was dealing with appraisal, negotiation, structuring and execution of Venture Capital transactions. He advised ICT and Cleantech investments in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Hungary and was actively involved in the day-to-day management of GCP’s portfolio companies and high- level strategic decisions with the management either as Board Member or Observer. Michal also brings operational experience from his position as CFO in a VC funded tech company, Opvizor, operating in Europe and the USA. Since 2015, Michal has been participating in the Slovak Startup Awards Bootcamp as a couch, mentor and member of the jury for startups.

Matěj Turek
Portfolio Manager at Meridon Funds SICAV p.l.c.

Matěj is an angel investor focusing on local start-ups.
He manages global equity portfolio at Meridon Funds.
Also, he is a successful forecaster at Good Judgement Project and a beginner in philanthropy.
Matěj has 4 daughters. No flamethrowers yet.

Slavomír Hruška
Investment Manager at Investeers

Slavomir comes from a corporate background, having worked for Fortune 500 companies. He is a seasoned entrepreneur and co-founder of an innovative localization compan. His focus is on new technologies, evolving markets and business development, especially on thinking outside of the box and disruptive innovations. Currently he works in the CEE ecosystem as an investment manager of the venture capital fund - Fund of innovations and technologies.

Martin Vápeník
CFO at UP21

Experience with a startups' environment, fundraising, financial management, valuation of companies, credit risk analyses, development of valuation models used for valuation of companies especially in MS Excel but also in MS Access, financial analyses and due dilligence of historical and projected data, writing of Expert reports.

Coaches and Mentors

Darya Hvizdalova
Project Manager at GoodAI

Daria's mission in GoodAI is shaping AI ecosystem in CEE to empower the research on general-purpose AI - software that can learn, be creative, and adapt to the environment in the way a human does. This is done via various activities, lectures, events and projects both for research and businesses - such as General AI Challenge, an international citizen science project launched by GoodAI with $5mil in prizes. With background in IT management consulting and business development in Russia, Belgium and Czech Republic, Daria can offer a unique combination of business and technical expertise.

Martin Scavnicky
VP of Engineering at Represent

A software engineer by trade. Martin currently runs the engineering team at Represent, a crowdfunding platform for influencers. Here he does data-driven product development and builds software with a healthy dose of pragmatism. Prior to that, he worked in an investment bank in London, trying to apply his machine learning degree. He can help you with product validation and prototype creation.

Daniel Hejl
Founder & CTO at productboard

Daniel is a founder and CTO at productboard - a product management platform that helps discover and prioritise features people really want. He spent years talking to product managers and startup founders across the globe to learn the best practices for user research, market segmentation and how to develop a winning product strategy. Prior to that, Daniel worked at Silicon Valley startups as well as Czech corporations, including Česká spořitelna, where he led the development of an award winning enterprise social network. 

Natalie Korotaeva
User Experience Engineer at craftworks

Natalie has worked as IT project manager, UX/UI designer & marketing specialist for over 6 years in Russia & Austria.She is a part of the craftworks team as UX Engineer. Also, she is a curator of the ChatBots community & the Lead of Facebook Developer Circle in Vienna.

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.

Alexander Paal
Manager at Technology Consulting, PwC Czech Republic

Alex is a consulting professional in financial services industry helping clients across Europe and Asia to address problems and guide organizations through complex transformations. His experience in management consulting and system integration makes him a unique partner for business and technical discussions. He is a trainer, coach, mentor and is leading a learning and develoment initiative across all consulting teams within PwC.

Michael Martens
Co-Founder of Fairlanguage

Machael is a broad generalist, able to analyse and understand super fast, asking uncomfortable questions and motivate teams. He has 7+ years in consulting, digital business & service design, clients range from corporates to SMEs to startups to the cool little shop from around the corner. He used to facilitate and manage the complete process from project request to delivery (50+ projects, up to 700k€ budget responsibility). Recently he co-founded Fairlanguage. 

Pavel Bartoš
Co-Founder and Account Director at Happyend

Pavel is marketing specialist for startups, helping them to find out who their ideal customers really are and how to build the whole startup around them. He likes to work with data and proven facts rather than assumptions and thoughts.

Adam Hazdra
Business Owner at LMC

Adam's objective is to find out how the future of work will look like. He believes that we will have more control over what, when and how we do for work and that we will be able to put our talents to better use. He is mapping trends and new ideas and tests what people's real needs are. He is responsible, among others, for

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Prague team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Martin
  • Zuzana
  • Jan
  • Vendula
  • Petr
  • Jakub


Tracy Keogh
Community Manager at Bank of Ireland

Tracy is Co Founder at Lokr.

Previously Tracy has won best pitch at Startup Weekend Dublin and has also organised and been lead organiser at Startup Weekend Dublin!

She runs a number of community events, holds a board seat on the Irish Internet Assoc. and has experience in getting multiple startups off the ground.

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