Startup Weekend Youth Tbilisi

    Friday, June 15 - 17, 2018

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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 Youth Tbilisi

Friday, June 15 - 17, 2018

Friday, June 15 - 17, 2018
Event starts at 4:00 pm

School XXI Century
University Str. 7
Tbilisi, Georgia

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Your idea in 54 hours

NOTICE: All registered participants are encouraged to attend the pre-event workshop (boot camp) from 3pm to 5pm on Friday, June 8, at School XXI Century.

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?

  • Organized by School XXI Century ( and the US-based Global Youth Entrepreneurs organization (, Startup Weekend Youth Tbilisi 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. Register here:
  • Tickets (25 GEL each) are sold in-person at School XXI Century. Contact Nata at to arrange a time to purchase a ticket!

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.

Your ticket to Startup Weekend Tbilisi Youth includes:
  • 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 below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired, contact Nata at to arrange a time to purchase a ticket!

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Friday June 15th

4:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

4:15 pm
Speed Networking
Share ideas, talk about skills, goals for weekend, get to know fellow participants

4:45 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

5:15 pm
Keynote Speaker
Speaker TBD

5:45 pm
Ideation/Pitch Practice
Generate ideas with fellow participants and/or practice pitching

6:30 pm

7:15 pm
Student Pitches
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:45 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 June 16th

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 June 17th

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!


Nino Lagvilava
Chief of Party of YES-Georgia

YES-Georgia is a USAID Funded program implemented by Crystal Fund working in the field of youth entrepreneurship and youth employment through business training and youth startup co-financing, internship program development, career placement, HR capacity building etc..

Avtandil Kasradze
Acting Chairman of Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency

Avtandil Kasradze is an acting Chairman of Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency

Iason Oniani
Co-founder at “Freeuni Startup Challenge”

Co-founder at “Freeuni Startup Challenge”; Co-founder at “Young Entrepreneurs’ Club “
CBO at “Book AR” Augmented reality based startup

Event Judges

Iva Chkonia
The Founder of the distribution company “Grand”. The President of Business Association

Iva Chkonia, economist/finance specialist has worked in the field of distribution since 1996. Iva worked in "Coca-Cola Bottle Georgia" during 1996-2000. Since 2005 he has managed the company “Grand” of which he is the founder. Iva is also the President of Business Association of Georgia, including 56 distribution companies countrywide.

Avtandil Kasradze
Acting Chairman of Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency

Avtandil Kasradze is an acting Chairman of Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency

Tamaz Daushvili
Executive Director, PartnerLTD DIO

Executive Director and Partner, DIO Ltd Tamaz Daushvili is co-founder, partner and Executive Director of a leading Georgian company DIO in the field of windows, doors and window accessories. Established in 1996, DIO grew from a zero founding capital and 3 people to a highly reputable company with 150 employees, offices and dealership network all across the country and a well-equipped factory producing wide range of high quality products. Mr. Daushvili’s academic background is Economy. He is a graduate of Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University. At different times, Tamaz Daushvili participated in business exchange and strategic management programs in the United States of America and in Western Europe. He has also hosted teams of international representatives from business to discuss the best practices of the company. Under Tamaz Daushvili’s leadership, innovations in the organizational structure and management of the company were constantly introduced and successfully implemented at DIO Ltd, creating better products and services for the customers and a more enabling and comfortable working environment for the employees. DIO Ltd demonstrates sound practices of corporate social responsibility by regularly supporting the actions for environmental protection, providing assistance to children in need, and supporting involvement of business in education sector development.  At numerous occasions, Tamaz Daushvili participated as a guest speaker with youth on the topic of business start-up opportunities and economic development of Georgia.

Coaches and Mentors

Rusudan Chachanidze
Head of Startup Accelerator C10 at Caucasus University

I started my studies and career as a marketing specialist, but as my interests were broader, I did my MBA in management and still working on my PhD in financial frauds. I decided to share my knowledge and 10 years of experience with others and contribute to development of entrepreneurial ecosystem in Georgia, so I consult startups and help them to succeed. I also teach students in Georgia and other countries, trying to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in Higher education institutions.

Giorgi Khachidze
Co-Founder and COO at Future Laboratory

Giorgi has more than 3 years of experience in developing startup supporting programs.

His career started from Government sector at Georgia's Innovation and Technology Agency where  he was lead of Fabrication laboratory (FABLAB) project and participated in developing of startup projects, there were more than 100 startups in creative industry which were supported by FabLab project.
1 year ago Giorgi moved to private sector and became Co-Founder and COO of Future Laboratory and participates in management and developing innovative infrastructure (School Innovation Labs, University based Innovation center and Startup Accelerator: Startup Factory).

Giorgi is also Accelerator running certified specialist of Silicon Valley Accelerator 500startup. 

Shota Giorgobiani
a Co-Founder and CEO of Optio.Ai,

Shota Giorgobiani  is a Co-Founder and CEO of Optio.Ai, a Georgian FinTech company, which is creating Conversational Banking platform for the banks. Optio.Ai is first ever Georgian startup, accepted by Techstars, one of the best startup accelerator in the world. So far Optio.Ai has raised around 200 000 EUR in funding. Before founding Optio.Ai Shota has worked as a software engineer, head of development and team leader for more than 12 years various industries and companies, including "Georgian Railway", "Standard Bank", "Ministry of Finance of Georgia", "UGT" and etc.

Nino Lagvilava
Chief of Party of YES-Georgia

YES-Georgia is a USAID Funded program implemented by Crystal Fund working in the field of youth entrepreneurship and youth employment through business training and youth startup co-financing, internship program development, career placement, HR capacity building etc..

Manana Akhvlediani
Founder and CEO of Madamwine

Experienced director with a demonstrated history of working in the wine and spirits industry. Skilled inwine marketing management, negotiation, food & beverage.

Irina Kapanadze
Founder of Honey Company Irinola

“Honey and Irinola Company” was established in 2017. The company produces pure honey from Samtskhe-Javakheti meadow flowers and pours it in the clay pots, having a 5500-year history of design. Foundation of the company was inspired by merging of the two oldest fields: pottery and beekeeping – in which my ancestors were working as early as 200 years ago.Thus, the natural activity and passion for it – passing from generation to generation – was enriched with one more historical fact, resulting in creation of the best brand – “Honey Irinola”

Nikoloz Shubladze
Managing Partner at METISAVSE

Nikoloz Shubladze is an experienced manager and entrepreneur, with more than 20 years of experience in the field of retailing and production. Starting with very early age of 17, his managerial career includes working in the various branded retailers such as: GPC Pharmacy, Goodwill, Jibe Cash and Carry, SPAR and Gulf Stores chain.
From late 2014 he started his own dream business, small take away street cafe in historic district of old Tbilisi. With the lowest startup capital he started his own entrepreneurship activity from 4 Sq. Meters of rented and own hand renovated commercial space with production and selling of take away Sandwiches and Coffee from window.
He becomes successful with hard work and strong believes. Currently big share of independent convenience stores, universities and hospitals cafeterias and many different small individual retailers are supplied by his company METISASVE.
In 2015 Nikoloz developed his enterprise METISAVSE and moved to a bigger production plant, which now operates in 300 Sq. Meters and employs up to 20 people. It provides daily production and distribution of fresh sandwiches and salads to his permanent and loyal clients, also own and manage 2 own branded cafe, in Vake District and food court in Free University campus. METISAVSE now serves leading retail chains and small and medium Sized individual merchants. Number of both corporate segment clients are fast growing.
Inspired and supported by double opportunity from the US Government in early 2003 and later in 2015 I as a USG programs alumnus, understand the importance of local knowledge.
The most inspiring success story:
The White House organized event to recognize emerging young global entrepreneurs at the South Court Auditorium of Eisenhower Executive Office Building in White House, Washington, DC. Remarks by the President of the United States. May 11, 2015.

Giorgi Chitadze
Head of Trade Negotiations and DCFTA (Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area between Georgia and European Union)

Coordination Division of Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia   Giorgi`s Participation in the free trade negotiations between the Georgia and the EU, the Georgia and the China, the Georgia and the EFTA countries and Georgia and Hong-Kong attributed him relatively good experience and understanding of the systems of different countries.   Participation in the processes of Regulatory Impact Analysis of the different laws and regulations was also a huge experience in his carrier.

Ellen Rtveladze
Marketing Manager

Marketing Manager at Junior Achievement Georgia.

Luka Kakabadze
Founder and co-founder of several startups, including SmartSky and Stellar. Marketing Manager of French company Hepic

Luka provides training and mentorship for start-upers on different stages of their development.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Youth Tbilisi 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 Tbilisi is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Natalia
  • Seth
  • Britton
  • Hari
  • Solomon
  • Divija


Kateryna Degtyar
networker/organizer at various events

SW organizer an Startup Grind Kyiv Chapter Director.
Got an MBA in Istanbul and decided to develop startup community in Ukraine. Works full-time as Kyiv office director at WannaBiz accelerator.

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