Startup Weekend Prishtina

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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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.
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Friday November 16th

6:00 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 November 17th

9:00 am
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

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 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive.

12:00 pm

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

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

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.

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. 

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.

Dorjan Berishaj
Co-Founder & CEO of Zombie Soup

Dorjan is the CEO and Co-Founder of Zombie Soup. During his years at Zombie Soup, he has been involved in operations, growth and client relations, but also hands on with the engineering teams working in different industries, such as Health Tech, Virtual Reality, Machine Learning and Blockchain. 

Dorjan has seen a number of diverse projects through, and made sure that the teams he led were leveraging the best practices and technologies, as a result, ensuring the products were future proof. With a cloud philosophy at the core, the products delivered have constantly demonstrated innovation, yet brilliant simplicity. 

Dorjan has attended the University of Prishtina, Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science.

Valon Canhasi
Owner at Hallakate - Social Media Agency

Social Media Strategist, Trainer and Consultant. Owner at Hallakate - Social Media Agency

Valon has more than:
+5 years of experience in the Social Media ecosystem
+2.5 years on News Media organizations
+9 years of experience in the Business ICT sector
+200 people trained on Social Media topics

Valon helps organizations and individuals build their audience and presence online through:
- Internet and social media marketing strategies for businesses,organizations and individuals to increase their overall reach,
- Content strategy and content distribution
- Social media coaching and training
- Social media analytics
- Strategic Consulting
- and Web analytics

Ermal Sadiku
Managing Director at LinkPlus IT

Ermal was one of the team members that laid the foundations for LinkPlus IT back in 2013, and is currently involved in managing LinkPlus as its CEO. Ermal is also an entrepreneur by day and an engineer by heart. He founded companies like ZagApps, Datalab Kosovo and EVAcc. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Applied Sciences Offenburg, Germany. Ermal is passionate about technology and helping new generations of young engineers to achieve success in the technology realm with a primary focus in software. He is a lecturer in "Universum" College teaching two programming courses and also a board member at STIKK. With more than 10 years of professional experience, in companies like Assecco, TIG and Datalab, he brings a lot of know-how in fields of IT, business analysis and project management. During four years of managing LinkPlus, the company has grown from a small startup to one of the biggest software development companies in Kosovo. Projects have been developed for airline companies in USA, telecom companies in Canada and automotive companies in Germany. He has interviewed, tested, trained or prepared more than 500 developers and engineers in Kosovo and the region with more than 100 of them getting employed in different companies. Ermal speaks fluently English, Serbian and Macedonian besides the native Albanian language. Can communicate in German also.

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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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 Thaci
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

Drilon Balaj 

Emira Bakalli


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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