Techstars Startup Weekend Prishtina 2017

    Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

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Techstars Startup Weekend Prishtina 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Innovation Centre Kosovo
Rexhep Mala 28A
Prishtina, Kosovo 10000

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Startup Weekend Prishtina 2017

About Startup Weekend: 
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. 

The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.Terms of Participation Agreement: It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning opportunity. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might actually start a company with, build relationships with coaches, and learn from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you as a participant are worried about someone stealing your ideas, please reconsider your participation in the event itself or simply refrain from sharing specifics about your idea.  

As a member of your startup community, you agree to to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold Startup Weekend, your local volunteer team, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident. By Participating at the event, you grant Startup Weekend permission to capture photo/video of the event. You can find the exact legal terms on our FAQ Page but to summarize, we want to share your success with the world.

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Friday November 17th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in and meet your fellow participants and other guests.

7:15 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

8:30 pm
Voting & Team Forming
Attendees vote for the top pitches. Teams start forming and discussing ideas.

9:00 pm

9:30 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 November 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

11:00 am
Lecture: Betim Deva from Apple

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 November 19th

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!

Event Judges

Uranik Begu
Executive Director at ICK

Uranik Begu is a highly experienced management and marketing executive, who currently is serving as an Executive Director at Innovation Center Kosovo (ICK). Prior to his work at ICK, Uranik has served as Head of Marketing and part of a management at Post Telecom Kosovo for four years.

Uranik is currently close to completion of his Doctorate degree in Management, at Swiss Management Center. He is also a renowned lecturer and has taught at several private universities, and the public university of Prizren. He also serves as a Board Member for the largest European Marketing Conference held in Zurich, the CMO Conference, also known as Davos of Marketing.

Leonora Kusari
Principle Manager at EBRD

Leonora Kusari joined EBRD in March 2005. She is working as National Programme Manager at EBRD Small Business Support Team, responsible for delivery of SBS activities in Kosovo, including developing annual business plans and leading the local team to achieve them.

Previously, she worked for international companies such as: British American Tobacco, Nestle, Coca-Cola etc. as well as at local projects of international agencies. Leonora is graduated economist in Management and Informatics from University of Prishtina.

Ilir Rexha
Project Coordinator at GIZ

Engineer of Electronics with more than ten years experience in chief executive/general manager positions in large private sector companies as well as Development Aid Organizations. Currently serving as project coordinator at Deutsche Gesellschaft Fur Technische Zusammenar (GIZ).

Arben Avdiu
Founder of Arizona Partners

Arben Avdiu is an entrepreneur and an experienced business consultant. Born in Mitrovica, Arben received his bachelor’s degree from the American University in Kosovo (AUK) in 2008, and master degree on accountancy from Arizona State University (ASU) in 2009. Arbeni is a cofounder and leader of Trosha bakery & café, founded in 2014, which today has six points of sale and a central kitchen. Additionally, in 2010, Arben founded and led Arizona Partners, a tax, accounting and consulting firm which also exports its services in the United States. His interest continues to be wellbeing of the society through continues education and sustainable economic development, creating added value for all humankind.

Visar Dobroshi
Managing Partner in Recura

Mr. Visar Dobroshi is a Managing Partner in RECURA Financials, in charge of sales, HR and Corporate Governance. Visar has over 20 years of relevant professional experience in project management in infrastructure development, management consultancy and executive and oversight roles in senior positions and boards of directors. Visar has experience as a long-term expert in managing teams and in project management gained in the public or private sector or in donor funded projects in multiple long-term projects.

Agon Gashi
CEO of Meridian Express

Agon is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Meridian Express, a convenience chain of stores he founded in 2012. His previous work experience includes being the Development Director for Meridian Corporation, a food and beverage Distribution Company and a co-founder of BUKA, a chain of bakery and café shops. Mr. Gashi serves on multiple boards. He has served on the Board of Directors at Meridian Corporation since 2011, serves as the Treasure of the AmCham Kosovo Board of Governors, and was a founding member in 2011 and President of the Board of Directors of the Kosovo CSR Network. Recently, Agon is appointed as a member of the Financial Advisory Committee at the University of Prishtina. Agon holds a degree on Economics from Bard College, New York.

Florian Papailia
Coordinator at Raiffeisen Bank Albania

Florian Papailia - Coordinator at Raiffeisen Bank Albania and co-founder of Duff sports bar in Tirana. In the banking sector he has 10 years of experience in credit control, investigation and communication with both internal and external customers and enterprises, with the main objective to identify opportunities to gain efficiency within the credit department.
Entrepreneur with more than 5 years of experience in business including founding and running enterprises, creating and implementing business development and strategic plans, developing key strategic relationships.

Coaches and Mentors

Jeta Zagragja
Director Of Business Operations at UCXmarket

Jeta Zagragja is a technology entrepreneur, a startup mentor, and an education advocate. Jeta brings almost a decade of practical experience in successful startups, financial industry, and non-profit sector in Kosovo and USA. Currently, she’s a co-owner and Chief Operating Officer at UCX Kosovo, a global, innovative, and lean technology company. She’s formerly held positions as the former Chief Business Development Officer at Cacttus JSC and Chief Business Development Officer at

With her passion for innovation and demonstrated management skills, Jeta is a natural leader who pushes for workplace development, operational excellency, and business growth. She sets stretch goals and organizes resources to achieve the commercial, operational, and strategic initiatives. She’s a successful networker and relationship manager who leverages contacts to support business and philanthropic initiative and produces strategic execution plans that align with engagement or client objectives. Understanding that great achievements require team effort, she loves to mentor and empower teams, companies, and individuals develop.

Jeta’s education background includes a B.A. in Applied Sciences from the Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA and an M.B.A. in Strategic Management from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL, USA.

Jeta is the co-chair of the Board of the Kosovo American Education Fund, a mentor at the Innovation Center of Kosovo, and a mentor at Krypolabs in Abu Dhabi.

Agon Avdimetaj
Co-Founder at Zombie Soup and Vianova Health

Agon is the Co-Founder of Vianova Health INC and Zombie Soup, a zombie entrepreneur, very passionate about his contribution in the VR world in his homeland. He guides a bunch of very talented zombies, leading the latest technologies in the industry.

Klajdi Turlla
Product Manager at MPAY

Klajdi Turlla, Product Manager at MPAY - Klajdi has been working in enterprise and consumer startups and companies for more than 8 years focusing on product management. His latest and ongoing role for the past 5 years has been with MPAY, a fintech startup developing mobile payment products and services and as a Chapter Leader for ProductTank Tirana, a product management meetup. Klajdi has been previously a Startup Weekend Tirana organizer and has mentored startups in other similar events. He also evaluates and mentors startups in international competitions such as SWIFT Innotribe Startup Challenge.

Ejona Varangu
Customer Insight Sn. Analyst at Vodafone

Ejona Varangu, Customer Insight Sn. Analyst at Vodafone - Ejona is a Customer Insight and Brand expert , working for more than 6 years for Vodafone. In parallel, she has worked with international startups, advising them on launching new products on the International Market, is a co-organizer of ProductTank Tirana, a product management meetup, and runs her personal blog Mandarina. She’s passionate about technology and fascinated by how the young generation has embraced technology and is pushing it forward.

Ardian Jashari
Co-founder of MDA

Ardian Jashari is an experienced Project Manager and Communications Consultant.
Ardian holds an MBA, is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), certified CMC Trainer and a certified Lead Quality Auditor.  Additionally, he holds a Professional Diploma in Social Media Management from Digital Marketing Institute.
In 2001, he co-founded Management Development Associates (MDA), a leading Kosovar management consulting company.

Jehona Lluka
Executive Director at Business Consultants Council

Jehona is a result driven-professional and an advocate for business ethics, integrity and professionalism. It has more than 14 years of experience in local and international projects, for private sector development, strategic management and management consultancy, being part of various projects since 2006 in Kosovo, Macedonia and the United States. It is a Certified Management Consultant CMC® from the first generation and mentor from the International Council of Management Consulting Institute, CMC Global. She was rated and ranked as the highest representative as a sales agent in the US regional sales management sector.

Jehona is executive director of the umbrella of local consultants, the Business Consultants Council (BCC), which works and lobbies for strengthening the consulting profession and promoting various consultants expertise. Has provided a valuable contribution to full membership of the BCC at the global management consultancy ICMCI organization that embraces around 2 million consultants worldwide.

She has promoted and lobbied for the consultants digital perspective through platform and the creation of a consultancy profession standard. Jehona possesses a long expertise as mentor of start-up businesses, within the framework of global entrepreneurship and consulting organizations. Organized 2 editions of the Global Mentoring Walks for the empowerment of women entrepreneurs and those in the process of establishing businesses.
Jehona has been co-founder and director of Business Development Institute LLC, a private company focusing on management consulting, banking, SME development and human resources development in Kosovo, USA, Germany and Ecuador. 

Leart Zogjani
Founder, Art Director at Kokrra

Leart Zogjani is a graduated graphic designer, continuing his master degree studies in the same field. He has also finished his studies in visual effects at Animation Mentor under the mentorship of Hollywood professors as well as done some of his schooling in Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. 

Further on he is the founder of Kokrra, a motion graphics and animation studio in Kosovo. As a motion graphics artist he has had the chance to work on ads and videos for different national and international companies and products. So far, his work has been published in: Motion Graphics Served (part of the Behance network – Adobe), Maxon (the makers of Cinema4D) gallery, PC World (Italy), Mac World (Italy) etc.

Dren Imeraj
Co Founder & VP of Engineering at Zombie Soup

Dren is a computer engineer driven by challenges. A never-ending stream of cryptographic, AI related and embedded systems projects makes him, oddly enough, sleep well at night. He is a published scientist, obsessed with engineering. He loves building things for no apparent reason, most likely just to show off. His latest fascination is with Ethereum and its blockchain-based distributed computing capabilities.

Ivana Stankovic
Investment Manager at SC Ventures

Ivana is an Investment Manager at South Central Ventures, which, through its Enterprise Innovation Fund (ENIF), focuses on fueling the business expansion and growth of the most promising tech startups in the Balkans. She has extensive experience in consulting and corporate finance and is looking forward to put it to work in the dynamic world of tech start-ups that are tailoring our future. 

Igor Madzov
Associate at SC Ventures

SC Ventures

Labinot Bajrami
Co-founder of Synclab

Software Engineer with BSc degree in Computer Science. 3+ years experience in building mobile app’s and creating solutions for companies from EU and USA. CEO of SyncLab, a Startup which aims to reduce cost of creating Augmented Reality content, our focus is also in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Winner of “Startup Camp Rijeka” and invited in more than 5 Startup Accelerators in Europe.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Prishtina 2017 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 Prishtina is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Dwight Gunning
Software Engineer / Developer Advocate

I'm an Australian software engineer and entrepreneur, currently based in The Netherlands. After a successful career as a technology consultant I shifted focus toward consumer tech products and startups. I have both founded and worked as an early employee at several startups and experienced plenty of highs and lows along the way. My current day-job is an Engineer / Developer Advocate for Stream (TechStars NYC 2015).

On Startup Weekend: Since participating and becoming hooked for the first time in 2010, I've been involved with over twenty-five events across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. I love discussing innovative ideas, tackling business model risks, and brainstorming to overcome technical challenges. Be sure to connect any time via

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Korab Osmanaj
IT Officer

Korab has earned Bachelor degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in Management and Media & Graphics Communication. He is also certified for networking from Cisco as a CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional)

Erris Veliu
Multimedial Designer

Erris is a designer with extensive experience in multimedia, marketing, and print. He has worked on a number of high-profile projects globally, for a range of businesses. Erris has a track record of creating innovative, engaging and successful marketing strategies and campaigns.

Emira Bakalli
Finance Assistant

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Venesa Krasniqi
Training & Events Assistant

Venesa Krasniqi is the Training and Events assistant at the Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK). Her role in ICK is to assists the implementation of the training programs within the Training Department, and not only, she assist in implementation for all activities, events, conferences, product launches, social events, communication with speakers and participants, event promotion and event evaluation she also assists and maintain the communication with community, internal and external partners.Venesa, has studied for International Realotionship (Political Science) at “Iliria” University College.

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