Techstars Startup Weekend Prague

    Friday, March 6 - 8, 2020

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

Friday, March 6 - 8, 2020

Friday, March 6 - 8, 2020
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Na Příkopě 14
Panská 2
Prague 1, Czech Republic 11000

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where or how to start? 
Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to build a team, create a prototype, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one single weekend.  

What do you need? Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea, listen to others, vote on the most interesting ones and form diverse teams to develop these ideas together. You may bring a friend or two, but for the the full experience make sure to 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! We repeat: You may not pitch an idea your have previously worked on.

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.
Join Startup Weekend in Prague 🚀
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Videos from the previous SWPrague:
Video from SWPrague October 2019 (Communication vertical) 
Video from SWPrague March 2019 (General) 

We are social:
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Friday March 6th

6:00 pm
Registration and Networking Dinner
Check in, grab some food and get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:45 pm
Practice pitches and stretch your legs

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Line up to give your pitch

8:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:30 pm
Form Teams and Begin Working
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

11:30 pm
Venue closing
Latest time to the leave the venue and get some well needed rest.

Saturday March 7th

8:15 am
Breakfast & Yoga
Arrive, wake your body with beginner friendly yoga or just treat yourself to some breakfast.

9:15 am
Keynote Validation & Canvas
Pavel Bartos on validating ideas and business model canvasing

9:45 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

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

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

Sunday March 8th

8:15 am
Breakfast & Yoga
Arrive, wake your body with beginner friendly yoga or just treat yourself to some breakfast.

9:15 am
Keynote: How to pitch
Listen to Karita Kasurinen's expert advice on how to present your idea

9:45 am
Work work work
Pick up where you left off last night

12:00 pm

12:45 pm
Demo Presentations
Practice and get some final feedback on your 5 minute presentation

1:45 pm
Final presentation Prep
Focused on perfecting your presentation and make a tech-check.

4:15 pm
Deadline and Dinner
Submit your final presentation and grab some dinner with your team mates

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm


Pavel Bartoš
Co-Founder and Account Director at Happyend

Pavel is a startup expert, helping startups to find out who their ideal customers really are and how to build the whole startup around them. He is a co-founder of Happyend., startup agency, and he cooperates with various incubators, accelerators and startup programs such as Grow with Google, European Space Agency Business Incubator or CzechInvest. He likes to work with data and proven facts rather than assumptions and thoughts.

Milan Semelak
Co-founder Unicorn Attacks

Milan has held many roles ranging from chief disruption officer of Inside Ideas Group in London to chief strategy officer at UP21 and chief creative officer of O2. Having spent years to design the most primitive way to look at business models, innovations and brands Milan will talk about how you can break down your ideas and find the driving force that will help you on your journey.

Event Judges

Ales Duchac
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.

Vladimira Josefiova
Advisory Board Member at Reflex Capital SE

Vladimira Josefiova is an Advisory Board Member at Reflex Capital SE and a startup investor. After earning an MBA at Harvard, her career has included being an M&A and strategic planning analyst in PepsiCola International, consultant at McKinsey & Co., and several senior roles in the banking industry in Central and Eastern Europe and Italy for Unicredit and Intesa Sanpaolo banking groups - in HR, internal communication, corporate responsibility, executive development and lastly in business development as Chief Business Officer for Intesa Sanpaolo Card, a card processing brownfield investment. 

Lucie Hustolesova
Director of Startup Department at CzechInvest

Lucie is Director of Startup Department at CzechInvest. After experience in the banking sector working in innovations for the major bank in Amsterdam, she now helps to further develop innovation ecosystem in the Czech Republic. Lucie has a passion to help young Czech entrepreneurs and innovative companies to grow and find their way to the foreign markets, enter the international environment and succeed globally. To date, CzechInvest has supported more than 300 startups.

Filip Popovic
Principal at ENERN Venture capital

Filip is Principal with ENERN Venture capital and has lead investments into BNext, Eversports and Meetfrank. His focus in Venture capital is SAAS (SME, Enterprise) and Marketplace business models. Previously, Filip worked in Penta investments working on numerous acquisitions in Betting & Gaming and Media & Classifieds, Google and Wood & Co.

Coaches and Mentors

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. 

Pavla Denkova
Head Of Commercial at BizMachine

Pavla leads the Commercial team at BizMachine, a B2B data intelligence company on a mission to make company data & insights as easy to use as a walk in the park. For the past 4 years she and the team have made 150+ sales and marketing teams more successful. Before joining BizMachine, she worked at O2 for the Strategy and Innovation department.

Oskar Kořistka
COO at Supernova

Oskar is COO and Co-founder of the startup Supernova. His lifelong passions are sports and mountains, but currently he is more focused on the business side of Supernova, a tool that’s improving the design and development of mobile apps. He is responsible for running the company as smoothly as possible (for a startup!) and building processes that empower all members of the team to focus on building something perfect for their users.

Honza Siroky

Started as a web developer, became web application full stack developer and kept moving towards backend development, system architecture, cloud SaaS and also product management. Currently, at Mews, he's trying to keep up with the crazy pace of growth, managing team of 80+ developers, data scientists and testers. Together with CPO, he is driving transformation from a startup to scalable product-lead organization made of truly crossfunctional teams. 

Daria Hvizdalova
Head Of Solutions at JHV

Head Of Solutions at JHV Expanding the portfolio of the market leader in industrial automation: consulting services, internal and external product development. Initiating and supervising the corporate restructuring, R&D investment and acquisition strategy with the focus on spin-offs and joint ventures in the innovative technological fields: AR, AI.

Ondřej Krátký
Co-Founder & CEO at Liftago

Ondřej Krátký is the Co-founder and CEO of Liftago, the ride-hailing app which began with a vision to tackle urban mobility issues. Under Ondřej's leadership Liftago has showed how it's possible to build a sustainable logistics business while contributing to the urban environment

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.

Miroslav Hornak
Product designer at Pipedrive

Miroslav is Pipedrive's product design team lead focused on prospecting tools of Pipedrive - a CRM tool helping salespeople in 90,000 companies succeed. Before Pipedrive, he co-founded a game studio behind a cross-platform multiplayer title enjoyed by millions of players worldwide. Prior to transitioning to gaming, co-founded a startup ranked in WIRED's 100 Hottest Startups in Europe and Mashable’s The 20 Hottest Startups in Russia.

Kirill Juran
Business & tax law expert at SimpleTax

Kirill acts as a lawyer and specializes in technology startups with global ambitions. In addition to strategic legal and tax consulting, he oversees the operation of SimpleLaw's Prague office. Among others, he legally supported the acquisition of Beat Games company (the creator of the game called Beat Saber) by Facebook. Kirill is an executive director of SimpleStart, a company specializing in merging legal and tax consulting and investing in startups.

Marian Moravcik
Freelance Product Designer

Marian is a Product designer with a passion for creating digital experiences that delight users and help startups grow. Having been with Productboard for the past 4,5 years Marian has overseen a huge growth and managed to help shape the organisation. With a passion for giving back to the community Marian enjoys mentoring other designers in helping them achieve their dreams

Aneta Klimova

Anet has created and managed Spaceti’s marketing strategy since the foundation of the company as it grew with the ambition of becoming the world’s no. 1 property technology company. Aneta has experience successfully launching a product on the market, acquiring major clients, and building a trustworthy brand. She believes in the potential of young people to be entrepreneurial, which is why she regularly gives motivational talks at universities. Aneta has worked with cutting-edge technologies for over seven years, working at IBM before joining Spaceti.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars 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.
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Martin Andrle
Product Designer & Co-Founder

Martin works as a digital product designer at Status Quack which he co-founded and you can blame him for startupweekend movement in Czechia - He has his own non-profit program for young talents, impacttravelers, who are sent to developing countries to make an impact. 

Event Staff

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

Winner of 2 Startup Weekends, startup & marketing geek, content creator & event organizer.

Maxim is a recent winner of 2 Startup Weekends, Prague & Olomouc. He's currently working with the startup Lafluence on revolutionizing influencer marketing in Central & Eastern Europe, organizing iflix Tech Talks & the Startup Weekend in Prague. With his content, he’s focusing on bringing the topics of startups, entrepreneurship and marketing closer to the youth. He loves incredible views, doing backflips & pizza with pineapple.

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