Startup Weekend Skopje

    Friday, October 19 - 21, 2018

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Startup Weekend Skopje

Friday, October 19 - 21, 2018

Friday, October 19 - 21, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Ceed Hub Skopje
Rugjer Boshkovikj 18
Skopje, Macedonia 1000

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Од идеја до бизнис за 54 часа

Стартап Викенд по неверојатен 7-ми пат повторно во Скопје! 
19 до 21 Октомври во CEED Hub Skopje #SWSkopje

Еден од најголемите настани за претприемништво што се случува во глобални рамки, оваа есен ќе се одржи во Скопје. Претставува совршен настан за поттикнување на претприемничкиот дух кај сите кои имаат бизнис идеја или желба да започнат свој бизнис. 

Стартап Викенд претставува 54 – часовен настан каде се здружуваат, ентузијасти, програмери, маркетинг експерти, студенти и претприемачи со цел да генерираат нови бизнис идеи и успешно да ги реализираат. Учесниците ќе имаат можност да учат од искусни професионалци од различни области - финансии, бизнис, маркетинг, ИТ, дизајн, кои се локални и меѓународни стартап експерти. На овој настан учесниците можат да дојдат со своја бизнис идеја која ја презентираат или пак да дојдат и да поддржат нечија идеја приклучувајќи се во тимот кој ќе работи интензивно на нејзино развивање во текот на викендот. На крај се презентираат разработените решенија пред стручно жири, кое ги одбира победниците. Победниците ќе имаат можност да добијат шанса која ќе им овозможи понатаму да работат на доразвивање на нивното решение и да го трансформираат во вистински бизнис.  

Startup Weekend глобално има повеќе од 2900 настани во повеќе од 660 градови во 150 држави. Настанот до сега имаaт учествувано повеќе од 193.000 учесници на глобално ниво со над 20.000 тимови формирани. 


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.

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “”.

Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!
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Friday October 19th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 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
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

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 October 20th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:30 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 October 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Work in teams. Finalize startup concept and create an MVP

12:30 pm

12:30 pm
Finish work
Wrap up and finalize your MVP… 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

8:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Gligor Dacevski
CEO and founder of DoXteam

Gligor Dacevski has more than 20 years of experience in the software industry. He is the founder and/or CEO of 4 start ups. He founded and co-owned the Seavus Group, the biggest IT consulting and Software Services Company from Macedonia. In 5 years he built the company from 0 to 100 developers without additional investors, funds, loans or governmental help, by only pure organic growth. He sold his share in the company in 2006 and cofounded and led the Skopje office for the Dutch company Applify until 2009. As a result of his profound interest in new technologies and the emerging of smartphones he decided to create a company that will take advantage of the new market trends. The result was CreationPal, a company that developed the first cross platform fitness app in the World - SportyPal. During the development process, the company built an immense knowledge base in cross platform app development, wide enough to start a completely new project called DoxOut. The vision behind DoxOut is to set up new standard in cross platform app development and unified user experience across platforms.

He is currently running one of the largest software development companies in Macedonia, DoXteam.

Signe Viimsalu
High Commissioner for Estonia at World Business Angels Investment Forum

Passionate about exponential technologies, resilience & sustainability. I keep my mind open and heart warm. Always curious & interested in learning new things. Venture Builder. Hands-On Influential Doer. Expert. Lawyer (mag.iur, PhD). System & Service Designer. Executive Coach. Global Executive MBA x 2.

20 years experience in management, law and finance. 
I provide my knowhow, experience and networks to the companies helping them to grow & scale.  

As legal counsel, I advise growth companies, business angel investors and venture capitalists in financing rounds, M&A and day to day legal matters, incl. cross-border insolvency law matters. 


Dimitar Kovachevski
Associate Professor and Head of the Marketing Department at the School of Business Economics and Management at University American College Skopje

Dimitar Kovachevski is Associate Professor and Head of the Marketing Department at the School of Business Economics and Management at University American College Skopje. He holds a PhD in economy sciences, has completed Executive Education in Digital Marketing at the Harvard Business School and after successfully finishing the European Entrepreneurship Colloquium at the Technical University Munich he became EFER EEC Alumni. During his professional carrier, he held executive positions in Makedonski Telekom, member of Deutsche Telekom Group and was Executive director of one.Vip, member of Telekom Austria Group. He is co-founder and member of the Board of PiKCELL Group Ltd. and member of the Board of PROTHINK Institute Skopje.

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. 

Gjorgji Kushevski
CEED Macedonia COO/CEED Hub Skopje Director

Gjorgji Kushevski is a Director of HUB Skopje and CEED Macedonia COO with more than 20 years’ experience in education, entrepreneurship and workforce development. His professional career begins in 1993 as an IT engineer. In 1994 he continues with his career in technical vocational school as a teacher for technical vocational subjects and practical instruction. Since 1998, he has been working as education and workforce development specialist in several EU and USAID funded projects, designing and implementing activities focused on workforce development, entrepreneurship, career counseling and increasing employability skills in youth. Using his extensive experience in education, industry and the labor market, Gjorgji has developed several manuals and training programs for teachers, students and professional trainers and delivered numerous workshops for teachers, young entrepreneurs and business representatives. His formal education includes MA in Management and BA in Engineering.

Coaches and Mentors

Petar Lazarov
Co-owner of Macedonia Export

Petar Lazarov is the co-owner of MACEDONIA-EXPORT. It is a company founded in 2006 and composed of two interconnected units – Brand Management and Business Development. It was created with the clear vision and aim to present the Balkans’ best products on global markets, but also to help different types of companies to develop and expand their businesses all over the world. 

Saso Jadrovski
iOS Engineer at Widex A/S

Sasho is a graduated software engineer with more than 4 years of experience in native iOS applications development. He has experience working with startups, small and medium-sized agencies, up to international companies and has been involved in the development of more than 15 native iOS applications. Currently working as an iOS Engineer for Widex A/S — one of the world's largest manufacturers of hearing aids, based in Denmark. He is passionate about his work and software development in general, possesses a strong attention to detail, highly devoted, communicative, ambitious and a perfectionist. Sasho was also part of the winning team at Startup Weekend Skopje 2014 and together with his team won the 1st place at Codefest 2015 in the categories for "Best mobile application" and "Best UI/UX application".

Nikola Angelkovik
iOS Engineer at Widex A/S

Nikola holds a Bachelor's Degree at the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering - Skopje and has more than 4 years of experience in building native iOS applications. He is fluent in both Swift and Objective C and has been involved in the development of 15+ iOS applications. During his long walks, he often listens to various lectures from well-known engineers in the iOS community. He is a Startup weekend winner (2014) and was also part of the team that won the 1st place awards for "Best mobile application" and "Best UI/UX application" at CodeFest (2015).

Ryan Chatterton
Founder and Chief Editor at Coworking Insights | Marketing Director at Habu

I work at the intersection of marketing, content, and technology in the coworking industry. As a recognized leader in this sector I speak at coworking events worldwide. I founded Coworking Insights in 2015 and sold it to in 2017. I joined the Habu team in 2016 and currently lead our global marketing efforts, including advertising, content production, and marketing partnerships. I'm one of those digital nomad types and I love wine and tacos.

#SwissEP Entrepreneur in Residence

Miroslav Janeski
Principal Engineer

PDEng, Data Driven Solution Maker and .NET oriented Solution Architect (Web, Cloud, Micro-services, Serverless) with experience in: e-government, IoT, telecommunications, and finance.

Kalin Babusku
Co-owner of Macedonia Export

Kalin Babusku is the co-owner of MACEDONIA-EXPORT. It is a company founded in 2006 and composed of two interconnected units – Brand Management and Business Development. It was created with the clear vision and aim to present the Balkans’ best products on global markets, but also to help different types of companies to develop and expand their businesses all over the world. 

Ivan Zografski
Chief Envisioner @ Solveo

Co-founder of Solveo. Left handed optimist. 

Petar Ninovski
Founder & CEO of

Entrepreneur, Marketing Consultant, Growth hacker, Engineer, Problem Solver, pilot. Founder & CEO of Experience in creating categories and brands, launching companies and products, growing thought leadership, generating awareness and achieving customer acquisition goals. I do things, I try things, I build things.

Nina Nikolikj
Startup Storyteller, Superconnector, Intrapreneur

#SwissEP Eco-System Facilitator and Manager of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence initiative in Macedonia.

Startup Storyteller, Superconnector, Intrapreneur…

Nina's passion for supporting the start up community in Macedonia & the region is infectious. Her dedication to bring together eco-system actors has led her to become a super-connector of people across the country and beyond. As a member of the #SwissEP team she has an impactful job to do and for her it means so much more than earning an income. 

Mario Petkovski
UI/UX Designer and Front-end Engineer

Finished as a Web Specialist in the Semos Academy where I presently teach a variety of courses ranging from Javascript to Photoshop. At this moment I'm working in the Industry as a UI/UX Designer and Front-end Engineer where I’m always on the quest to find a way to solve a problem and have it look beautiful and usable at the same time.

Ivana Karalieva
Marketing Manager

Results-driven & passionate marketer, digital enthusiast and an entrepreneur at heart. I firmly believe that extensive research is a crucial part of every good marketing strategy. I am bringing a background of 2 years of experience in the marketing field as a Digital Marketing Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software and mobile apps industries. I love sharing my experience and knowledge with others and it is always my pleasure to encourage young entrepreneurs in their endeavors.

Teodora Nikolovska
founder & CEO of Vrootok

Teodora is the founder & CEO of Vrootok, a marketing and consulting company working with international clients. She is also one of the co-founders of IF When Then, a European start-up based on the blockchain technology, as well as the Startup Grind Director for Skopje. Teodora is actively involved in projects related to entrepreneurship and education and a strong believer in the potential of the Macedonian start-up ecosystem. She is active mentor in all programs at CEED Hub Skopje.

Aimee Holland
Fearlessly Me (Consultant and Speaker) at

Fascinated by why people do what they do, Aimee Holland has spent the last 18 years experimenting with what makes people act.

Honing her skills and knowledge inside the sales and marketing arena she has some strong conclusions on what makes people buy. 

Through her journey, she’s been an advisor to the House of Commons, the European Economic and Social Committee and consulted with global companies such as Castrol and Mercedes in addition to having her own start-ups and agencies.  

She's been on stage talking 'The Future of Digital' with companies like AllWeb, Microsoft and more, thousands of people have heard her 'why marketing is like dating' theory (rant!)

#SwissEP Entrepreneur in Residence

Dejan Aleksov
Owner at Law office Aleksov / co-founder at Startup Macedonia

Law office with focus on Startups, Investments, Corporate Law and Company Law. Startup Enthusiast, co-founder at Startup Macedonia. Local organizer of Skopje Legal Hackers. Hiking and MTB along the way.

Vesna Kuzmanovic
Managing Director at STRATUM R&D

An successful entrepreneur for 20 years with international experience in research, innovation and management. The first women in Macedonia witch sold her company to a international investor. 

Goran Kostovski
Art Director

One of the most famous graphic designers in Macedonia with unique, recognizable style and more than 18 years of experience. Goran is also known as Indog who is the creator of the DIY platform known as IndOg and he is the founder of CELEBRATE LIFE a unisex clothing brand.

Vladimir Trajkovik
Full professor at University Ss Cyril and Methodius in Skopje

Vladimir Trajkovik is full professor at University Ss Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, at the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering. His research interests include: Information Systems Analyses and Design, Distributed Systems, Educational Systems, ICT based Collaboration Systems and Mobile services. He has published 4 books as author or editor, has 10 chapters in different books published by international publishers, as well as more than 120 journal and conference papers. He has participated in more than 30 national and international ICT projects related to providing novel services in Macedonia or the region. He has coordinated more than 10 of those projects. He is co-founder or partner in five ICT companies (total current number of employees over 250), has done management consultancy in 5 ICT companies and has been mentor of 3 ICT companies in the last 15 years. He has organized or participated as invited lecturer, mentor or judge on more than 20 events related to promotion of ICT Entrepreneurship in the last 5 years.

Stefan Miteski
CEO of Systems for Enterprise

Experienced Business Analyst and Serial Enterpreneur with great track record in the insurtech industry. Experienced in building companies with focus on implementation of behavioural economics in the company culture.

Igor Izotov
Community manager

Igor Izotov. Hustler. Community Manager. Co-foudner of
He brings wide range of expertise mainly in the financial modelling, investment analysis and business development areas. He nurtures a special interest in the areas of commercialisation and financing of innovation and enjoys helping people develop their ideas into feasible projects and business models. Igor has BA in e-business from the University of ss Cyril and Methodius and an MBA in finance from the University of Antwerpen. Igor goes by the motto : Winning is not everything but wanting to win is.

Dimitar Popov
Founder of Reborn Studios

Dimitar is an entrepreneur and marketer - founder of Reborn Studios ( He makes videos and digital marketing campaigns that help brands tell their product stories and grow their business. He works as a content marketer, social media expert and video director. Prior to Reborn, he worked as a marketing consultant in the USA with companies including Red Bull, Nestle and GE.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Skopje is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Daniel Kyne
Fast Track Innovation Lead

- Innovation Lead at Unilever
- World Economic Forum Global Shaper
- 30 Under 30 Ireland (2017 & 2018)
- Enactus World Cup Semi-Finalist (2017 & 2018)

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Jana Andeva
Graphic Designer

An architect who fell in love with graphic design.

Tina Janeva
Business Developer

A procrastinating perfectionist. 

Stefan Despotovski

Positive and always smiling 

Hristijan Sion Nikolovski

Creative photographer with BA in marketing management. Eager to learn and explore. Technology savvy. Perfection with a touch of OCD. 

Jordan Lazov
Engineering Student

A people driven engineering student and hardware developer. Rambling about any and everything is a superpower.

Done Miladinov

Curious optimist, building myself one step at the time while overthinking. Hoping to Lead by example.

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