Startup Weekend Prishtina

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018


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Startup Weekend Prishtina

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018



Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Innovation Centre Kosovo
Rexhep Mala str. 28A
Prishtina, Kosovo 10000

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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 to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend 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.

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.

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.
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “prishtina@startupweekend.org”.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 16th


6:00 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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 November 17th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


10:30 am
Coach Meetings
Presenting the Coaches


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


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

Sunday November 18th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive.


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Final mentoring session


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!


Event Judges


Arian Zeka
merican Chamber of Commerce

merican Chamber of Commerce 


Igor Madzov
Associate at SC Ventures

SC Ventures


Coaches and Mentors


Jeta Zagragja
Director Of Business Operations at UCXmarket

An MBA graduate in strategic management offering more than 8 years of practical experience in successful startups, financial and tech industry, and non-profit sector is Kosovo and USA. Currently she holds the position of Chief Business Development Officer at Cacttus J.S.C. Her core competencies are sales strategy, project management, team building, marketing and pricing strategy.

She is passionate about innovation, individual and workplace development, and solving opportunities. Innate leader and poised communicator, she excels in organizing resources and processes to achieve goals and maximize outcome. She is a successful networker and a team builder, who loves to mentor and help teams, companies, and individuals grow.

Jeta graduated with a B.A. degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Applied Sciences. She also serves as Board member at Kosovo American Education Fund, Chair of Service Project at Rotary Club Prishtina, and Mentor at KryptoLabs.


Jehona Lluka
Executive Director at Business Consultants Council

Experienced Executive Director with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Jehona is result drive professional with more than 12 years of experience in private sector development, strategic management and management consulting being part of various projects since 2006 in Kosovo and in United States. Jehona is certified management consultant (CMC) of the first generation and mentored by the International Council of Management Consulting Institute. Ranked as top sales representative under regional Sales Manager in the US.
Jehona was a co-founder of Business Development Institute, a private company with focus in management consulting, banking, SME development and HR development in Kosovo, USA, Germany and Ecuador.
 It is also involved in several local and international projects to support business development. He worked in export promotion program between local and Swiss producers. She also worked for British companies wishing to do business in Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia, which are presented to potential industries for investment and doing business environment, project funded by the British government.
Jehona aims to contribute to Business Consultants Council (BCC ), a member of ICMCI -CMC Global that represents 2 million consultants globally, an important institution in the development of the private sector in Kosovo, linking management consulting companies and local institutions and foreign at the same time making sure that ethics and social responsibility remain the main priority.



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.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Prishtina 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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Facilitators


Elena Tosheva
Head of Community at City AI

Currently on a mission to enable everyone to apply artificial intelligence. I'm heading the global community of City AI - a high-profile network, providing engaging events & curating top-trending content. Our goal is to multiply the AI talent pool and allow for better application of AI globally.

Previously I've overseen the Techstars startup communities across Europe and I've lead the marketing efforts of JA Europe. Passionate about entrepreneurship education and innovation, with expertise in community building, project management, brand development, events and campaign management, partner relations and stakeholder engagement. 

Strong believer in the #givefirst mentality!

Event Staff


Guxim Thaqi
IT Officer

Guxim Thaci is the IT Officer at the Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK). His role at ICK is to maintain the computer systems of a company and providing stability for the IT related equipment; therefore, keeping day-to-day operations going for the staff that rely on functionality of technology. Guxim has a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He is also certified for networking from Cisco as a CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate).


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.


Drilon Balaj
Events

Drilon Balaj 



Emira Bakalli
Finance

Emira 


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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