Techstars Startup Weekend Skopje

    Friday, November 29 - December 1, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Skopje

Friday, November 29 - December 1, 2019

Friday, November 29 - December 1, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Skopje, Macedonia

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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       
Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!   No talk, all action!  


Friday November 29th

6:30 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 30th

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 December 1st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Pitching & Design coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 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
After Party

Event Judges

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.

Danco Dimkov
Founder & CEO at BuzzBee Solutions

I am inspired by growth. Growth in people, companies, relations, and businesses. By enabling and sharing my energy, knowledge, & curiosity to everything I put myself into, I have been given the opportunity to do just that throughout my career – making things grow. Helping organizations to grow with people and skills, entrepreneurs to build attractive places to work and help employees to develop and improve their strengths.
 As a Senior Business Consultant and a Serial Entrepreneur, it’s not just my job to guide startups and businesses on the path to prosperity. It is my duty as the proud owner of BizzBee Solutions – a full-stack solution provider from concept to market. We combine multiple services into one robust solution, smoothening out the road to success.

Filip Arsov
Owner at Synapse Aviation

Filip Arsov is a CEO and co-owner of Synapse Aviation LLC, an IT company focused on development of high quality products for the aviation industry. Filip also owns a digital agency Synapse - Digital agency and its 3D/CGI department called GizmoArts. Since 2007 he has been managing and was creatively involved in numerous projects from different digital fields such as web design & programming, software development, game development, mobile app development, social media marketing, 3D visualization and animation etc. His interest and focus areas are digital marketing, information technology, entrepreneurial and management development, self development.

Katerina Bojkov
Founder of EmbedSocial

Katerina is one of the founders of EmbedSocial - SaaS platform for generating and displaying content that users share on a company-specific social network. The platform helps companies synchronize content shared on social networks with their websites, in real time and automatically. The experience gained from agency work, including the development of large-scale digital brand applications used by thousands of users, has encouraged the team to think about making their own complete product. So with the help of an investment in 2015, the team begins to completely transform into a product company focused on developing the EmbedSocial platform. Currently, Katerina's main responsibility is to increase the number of users, and create channels to automate the process of converting and retaining users. In addition, it is working on automating the company, with the goal of setting up systems to allow for scaling up and serving an even larger number of users. This also includes activities for defining and enforcing the company culture and core values, dedicating foreign mentors to employees in order to create a EmbedSocial talent that will grow organically and acquire knowledge that does not exist in the region. 

Coaches and Mentors

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.

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.

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. 

Athanasios Antonios Leontaris

Thanos is a Lawyer-Legal Advisor in Thessaloniki, Greece. He is a holder of an
MBA from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an International Law LLM
Candidate at the same University. He is currently a legal adviser for an
international NGO, co-lecturer of an MSc course on digital currency regulation at
the University of Nicosia and runs his own legal practice “Ratio Legal Services” in
Thessaloniki. In the past he has worked for NATO, U.S federal and local
government and in the private sector. Thanos has contributed articles on
business on Huffington Post Greece and and participated as a
commentator for Focus FM 103.6 on business subjects. He is passionate about
providing startuppers with solutions to achieve their dreams and is a fanatical
media content binger.

Ema Ristovska
Digital Account Manager

Ema is a digital marketer working as a Digital Account Manager at Piksel. Her career started in a local tech startup which piqued her interest in technology and entrepreneurship. After completing her studies, Ema continued working in the tech industry as the co-editor of Macedonia’s largest IT portal where she actively worked with the Macedonian tech and startup scene. Currently she focuses on bringing awesome digital marketing ideas come to life.

Nenad Molerovic
Co-Founder at LeanSEM

I love digital growth challenges! Currently founder & CEO @ LeanSEM. Previously build and lead growth hacking teams for companies like Upwork and LendingTree in the Bay Area.

Ilija Bojchovikj
CX/UX & Front-End Consultant

User Experience Architect with more than 9 years of experience in optimization, growth and expansion of user experience in mobile applications. Front-end developer with the skill to create and implement solutions connected with problematic interfaces, design and interaction, SEO and visual optimization. Years of experience as a consultant and mentor with clients like Disney, Heineken, Coca Cola, Intel,The Intercept, Lenovo.

Dane Todorovski
General Manager at KFC Macedonia

Serial Entrepreneur, ex startup owner & consultant focusing on growth in B2C companies. I am an expert in the field of business, strategic & financial planning for startups, small and medium enterprises. My current position is, general manager of KFC in Macedonia.

Viktorija Nikolovska
Social Media Specialist

Specialist for digital communications with more than 5 years of experience in the public and private sector. Viktorija is passionate about social media and graphic design, she is using her passion in order to create digital content, social media campaigns and branding campaigns. Viktorija used to organize Startup Weekend Skopje, Digital Summit and many other tech events.

Anita Stamenkovska
Business Consultant at Marand Consultants

"You are the best version of yourself, the time you bring the best out of others" is Anita's life motto. Anita is a master graduate at the university of Ljubljana and currently she is working as a business consultant at Marand Consultants. Anita is a specialist in the field of finances, opening companies and recruiting the right people. 

Viktor Ilijev
Digital Strategies and Communications Consultant

Viktor is a owner of a small agency which is helping the business to create and execute digital strategies and find new clients (lead generation and sales).
 Viktor is an expert when it comes to creating sales pitch presentations and reaching out and selling to new clients. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and giving consultations in order to create successful business stories. 

Ivan Veselinovski
Operations Manager & Full-stack developer at Office Plus

Several years of experience in the field of trade with focus on process optimization. At the same time Ivan is a Full-Stack Javascript developer and has developed several business web applications. He has knowledge in CRM and ERP systems.

Biljana Dimovska
Founder & CEO at Bi Digital

Biljana is a Digital Marketing professional with more than 10 years of experience in the field. Biljana gained her knowledge by attending and working on international projects and now she is a professor at Brainster and mentor to several Macedonian startups, helping them in the launching process. Biljana is passionate about sharing her knowledge and know how with others, in order to help them create successful strategies and gain great results.

Igor Trajkovski
Founder and CEO at

Research and Development career in environments working on real-life problems using Artificial Intelligence techniques.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Ivona
  • Mila
  • Ivan
  • Dragana
  • Jana
  • Tina
  • Martin


Jernej Dekleva
Program Manager @ InnoPeaks

Jernej is originally from Slovenia and has recently relocated from Denmark to Switzerland. After working at Y Combinator backed startup, he joined an accelerator as Program Manager at InnoPeaks, where he is helping entrepreneurs scale the next generation of healthtech and insurtech companies. He attended his first Startup Weekend in 2012 and he is an organizer and facilitator of Startup Weekend since 2014.

Jernej was a lead organizer at Europe's first ever Startup Weekend Mega. A Startup Weekend with 4 tracks: Smart City&IoT, Healthcare, Media and Services running simultaneously at same venue over a weekend. By this date it's Europe's biggest Startup Weekend with 300+ attendees. 

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