Startup Weekend Prague

    Friday, March 1 - 3, 2019

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

Friday, March 1 - 3, 2019

Friday, March 1 - 3, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Na Příkopě 14
2 Panská
Prague, Czech Republic 11000

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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 HubHub
  • Access to the best startup tools
  • Advice and coaching from some of the area's best startup mentors
  • A 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. 
Tickets: Buy it here Facebook: @swprague

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Friday March 1st

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 March 2nd

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 March 3rd

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!


Alena Huberova
Communications Strategist, Trainer and Speaker

Fifteen years in the corporate arena with roles in marketing, sales and communication, living in 5 different countries across Europe and Asia. Alena helps business leaders develop a powerful personal presence on and off stage and deliver presentations that capture the hearts and minds of their audiences and inspire action.

She works with individual and corporate clients in all parts of Europe. She also acts as a mentor for startups, helping them design and deliver winning business pitches. In collaboration with, she coached X.GLU, a team from the Czech Technical University to win the world title at the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017.

Event Judges

Aleš Ducháč
Associate at Credo Ventures

Having gained experience in the financial audit department at PwC, Ales initially joined Credo Ventures in 2013 for an internship. Afterwards, he spent a year working as an industry analyst at Google Czech Republic. In 2015, Ales returned to Credo as an analyst on a full-time basis and from 2017 works at Credo as an associate. Ales graduated from Charles University in Prague where he studied international relations.

Michal Koran
Founder of Global Arena Research Institute

Michal Kořan is the President of the Board of the Global Arena Research Institute and the former Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute Central Europe. Until June 2017, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations based in Prague (Czech Republic) where he previously acted as a Deputy Director (2013 – 2016) and a Head of Research (2009 – 2013). He is also an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Masaryk University in Brno, where he received his Ph.D. in 2008. In 2012 he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at the Harvard University. He focuses on foreign policy analysis of the Central European countries, Central European sub-regional cooperation and Central Europe in European and World Affairs and in Trans-Atlantic Relations. He is the lead-author of an annual book analysing Czech foreign policy and founder and programme chair of an annual International Symposium Czech Foreign Policy. In 2013 – 2014 he was a vice-chairman of the Programme Council of the Czech-Polish Forum. He was a main coordinator of the Strategic Grant of the International Visegrad Fund

Coaches and Mentors

John Roose
Product Designer

In the past, John led design teams to create the first AI-powered satellite imagery analysis platform in a space startup based in SF, SpaceKnow. Being accepted to Toptal, the top 3% of the world's designers, at 21 made him one of their youngest members ever. His clients include Coca-Cola, Foxconn, Beng & Olufsen, and projects he worked on were featured in TechCrunch, CNN, The Washington Post, and Bloomberg among others. He had won three hackathons in 2018. Currently, he is working on his own gaming startup.

Michal Šimon
CEO & Founder at

Michal fresh out of school bought a flight ticket to Silicon Valley to find a job in a startup. After he spent almost a year there, he decided to pursue his own dream and established a company to start his own startup journey. Now he helps developers to write clean code and fight technical depth at Codeac.

Eva Knirschová
CEO of Reshoper

Eva set up her first enterprise when she was only 15 years old. Studying law at Masaryk University, she runned a company manufacturing goods for horses and exported products to Slovakia, Poland or Sweden. In 2017 she co-founded and later organised conference and exhibition for online store owners - Ecommerce Expo Prague, this year known as Reshoper. Now she's working on a conference in New York and preparing Reshoper 2020. Moreover she's passionate about reconstructing and renting apartments and writing articles about e-commerce and law. 

Peter Chrenko
Partner at PwC

Peter is a Partner at PwC focusing on People & Organisation Services of the Future. One of his current projects is "Digital Upskilling" which is improving organisational performance through enhancing motivation and engagement of employees through organisational culture, user experience and technology. Before joining PwC he was a Deputy minister of Finance who introduced the concept of Single revenue agency (JIM) new Income tax code (customised for individual taxpayers) and Large taxpayers office.

Andrej Greguš
Co-Founder of Nettle

Over 10 years of marketing sciences experience with special focus on digital marketing & data driven innovation. Andrej formed and marketed brands like mBank and ZUNO in the Czech Republic & Slovakia. He led marketing and promoted innovation at Poštová banka, setting a strategy for At ESET, he started marketing automation and was responsible for online sales within the EMEA region.

Andrej is a Co-founder of nettle AI, a startup specializing in advanced Conversational Artificial Intelligence technologies. nettle AI develops multi language chatbots and content classification toolsets coupled with unique feature sets that include digital onboarding, payment processing and speech to text capabilities available for on premise deployment making nettle AI a perfect choice to tackle the complicated data privacy challenges found in the highly regulated IT environment within Banks, Telcos or Insurance companies. Just ask their strategic partners, Genesys, Mazars, Nvidia.

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. 

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
  • Kristina
  • Pavol
  • Maxim


Jernej Dekleva
Program Manager @ 360 Innovation Lab

Jernej (aka Jay) is an accelerator program manager at 360 Innovation Lab and currently based in Graz, Austria. Together with the team they help entrepreneurs scale future generation of tech companies.

He is from Slovenia and spend 7 years living in Copenhagen. After working at Y Combinator backed startup, he joined a healthcare and insurance accelerator as Program Manager in Switzerland.

He attended his first Startup Weekend in 2012 and he is an organizer and facilitator of Startup Weekend since 2014.

Jay was a lead organizer at Europe's first ever Startup Weekend Mega. A Startup Weekend with 4 tracks: Smart City&IoT, Healthcare, Media and Services running simultaneously at same venue over a weekend. By this date it's Europe's biggest Startup Weekend with 300+ attendees. 

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