Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Macedonia

    Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020


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Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Macedonia

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020



Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020
Event starts at 11:55 pm



Skopje, Macedonia

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Your idea in 54 hours

About Techstars Global Startup Weekend COVID-19 Edition: 

This series of online Techstars Startup Weekends are run at a country level, focused on developing solutions that directly tackle COVID-19-related challenges. They are 54-hour online events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs - you'll connect with amazing mentors, industry experts, founders, and partners who are ready to help you get started. 

Each country will bring together hundreds or even thousands of participants that will work on prototypes for three days. This event is not only about bringing together developers who can work on software-based solutions for the crisis. It’s an opportunity for everyone interested in the topic to inspire and be inspired and to work together on developing inclusive solutions. Here is the website for more details https://covid.startupweekend.org/

Tickets to register your place for the event are completely free but you are able to make a donation, which will go to an organization selected by the organizing team, tackling the COVID-19 crisis. If you wish to make a donation, simply add any amount you wish to donate to the ‘Donation’ ticket option. 

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Wednesday April 22nd


11:55 pm
Idea submission deadline
All participants must apply or submit their ideas no later than April 22nd - 23:59 o'clock

Thursday April 23rd


12:00 pm
Idea Selection
All the mentors will review the submitted ideas and choose the best ones which the teams will be working on during the weekend.

Friday April 24th


10:00 am
Idea announcement
Selected Ideas will be communicated and announced to all the participants.


11:00 am
Team Formation
All participants will be invited to form their teams on the Discord platform. All participants will receive maximum support from the organization team. * All participants have 24h to form the teams


6:00 pm
Event Kick Off
Online webinar where we will announce the mentors, the judges and we will explain all the details regarding Startup Weekend Skopje Online Covid-19 edition.


6:30 pm
Teams begin work
After the event kick off, the teams start working. The organization team will provide tools and support for successful team work.

Saturday April 25th


9:00 am
Breakfast at home
Get up, stench, make yourself breakfast and get ready to work on the idea with your team!


9:30 am
Begin Work
Setup your virtual workspace with your team and start working on the idea.


1:00 pm
Check-In
Before having the mentor sessions each team needs to check in for progress report with the organization team.


2:00 pm
Mentor Sessions
Mentors have virtual meetings with the teams sharing their feedback and advice. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner at home
Make sure to eat something, because we don't want you to turn into a granny.


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports with the organization team. And call for help if you are stuck.


10:00 pm
Slowly finishing
Teams decide how much they need to stay and work. Since we are all connected online we can work 54 hours!

Sunday April 26th


9:00 am
Breakfast at home
Get up, stench, make yourself breakfast and get ready to work on the idea with your team!


10:30 am
Mentor Sessions
Mentor Virtual Meeting


4:00 pm
Present Ideas
All the teams need to submit their idea with a video (pitch) via google form. *Teams don't pitch live, they record the video and upload it later.


5:00 pm
Announcing finalists
The judges review all the ideas, pick the top five and invite them to pitch their idea live.


6:00 pm
Final pitching
The top selected ideas are presented live via YouTube Live.


7:00 pm
Announcing winners & Wrap up
After the judging, we are announcing the winners and closing the event.


Event Judges


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.


Nikica Mojsoska-Blazevski
CEO at Macedonia2025

Professor Nikica Mojsoska-Blazevski is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Macedonia2025. Nikica’s prior experience was in academia, where she served two terms as Dean of the Business School at University American College-Skopje, as well as in the public administration where she worked as a Head of the Macroeconomic Policy Department at the Ministry of Finance of Republic of Macedonia. Nikica has an extensive experience of over 15 years in research, consultancy and advisory in economic policies, social systems and policy, labour markets, and education in Macedonia, as well as the Western Balkan region. She has served as an advisor to the government institutions in Macedonia and the Western Balkan region on economic, employment, education and social policy issues. Nikica is a member of several professional organizations in Macedonia, as well as of well-renowned international scientific organizations.  


Vesna Ivanoska
CEO - Seavus Education and Development Center

Dedicated professional, passionate innovator of educational models and training programs, manager, trainer and mentor with 15 years of experience in non-formal education, IT education, entrepreneurship and acceleration programs. Ms. Ivanoska is also a passionate motivational speaker, “women in tech  and business initiatives” supporter, career facilitator and consultant with main focus in Talent management in ICT and Tech Startups.


Jovan Petrov
Senior Business and Product Manager at HASELT

ICT Engineer and Economist in Education, co-author of national strategies for information society and electronic communications, former NGO activist, more than 22 years of experience in the ICT sector in Macedonia and the world, has worked on managing several complex projects and products in the country (CRM). telecommunications operator systems) and the world (Sweden, USA, UK, Switzerland, Netherlands). Part of the HASELT business team with a focus on product development, cloud technologies and innovative projects.


Coaches and Mentors


Ivan Zografski
Chief Envisioner @ Solveo

Co-founder of Solveo. Left handed optimist. 


Angelina Blazeska
Co-founder of FitKit

Communicative, ambitious, at the age of 27 already accomplished business woman, Angelina comes from a wealthy background and is a risk taker.
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and founder of FitKit, the first ever fitness mobile app in North Macedonia, she launched in 2017, at the age of 24.
At FitKit, Angelina is responsible for executive management, business analysis, as well as client management and relations.


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.


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. 


Emrah Dzavche
Operation Manager at Slice

I'm a young, highly motivated and data-driven individual who builds his career in the IT industry and believes that the IT industry is the engine of 21-century society. While studying software development I learned a lot about the industry and the global trends that are changing our way of living. Since my college years, I developed great communication, organization, presentation management, and leadership skills. Last 4 years I actively work in IT companies in a couple of working positions where I developed a lot of skills. The variety of working positions that I was part of bringing different kinds and levels of challenges. While finding solutions and executing the challenges I learned how to work with a team, how to lead team, how to do strategic planning, long and short term problem solving, how to deal with time pressure and manage the time more efficient, how to deal with clients in different circumstances and how to manage projects from small and simple to big and complicated.


Laze Janev
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Technical Solution Architect at Rexel

I am a person who has a passion for new technology. I help them and I have a strong belief that companies in various fields / industries should make a significant effort to digitize their business. I am open to consulting, advising and / or BI challenges. 


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. 


Biljana Dimovska
Founder & CEO of 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.


Vladislav Bidikov
IT expert

Vladislav Bidikov is an experienced system administrator, network engineer and security specialist. His fields of research and interest include: cyber security, cloud services, large scale computer networks, emerging server technologies, internet of things and 3D printing technologies. His passion for robotics and his hobby electronics inspires youngsters especially when building robots and flying machines. His active involvement and work with talented people while building interesting projects, inspiring social events and providing wisdom and experience.


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. 


Monika Kocareva Ergič
Owner & CEO of Atelier Kocareva, Co-founder of 4BM

It started with one goal - raising the awareness among citizens about how the look can say so much about the person and personality.  
Atelier Kocareva is located in two cities in Macedonia, Ohrid and Skopje. The concept of the work covers the entire process from design represented by sketch, tailoring, construction and finally getting the final product.
4BM is international brand that features best quality products and unique designs available on the e-shop only.


Ryan Milnes
Owner of Cosmic Development; Rumble

Ryan Milnes is CEO and Co-Founder at Cosmic Development, Co-owner of Rumble.com, Social Entrepreneur and an Investor. He is a holistic creative thinker, with a drive to co-create scalable and sustainable growth with a proven track record in the IT business. He’s a Social Entrepreneur, a father of 3 kids and a husband of a badass businesswoman.


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.


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.


Thanos Leontaris

Thanos is a Lawyer in Thessaloniki, Greece. He is a holder of an MBA from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and International Law LLM Candidate at the same University. Before starting his own practice he has worked for a boutique law firm in Thessaloniki and for NATO’s Allied Land Command based in Izmir, Turkey at the Office of the Legal Advisor. He has contributed articles on business on Huffington Post Greece and Startup.gr. Before becoming a lawyer he has worked as a telecommunications consultant, marketing officer and communications staffer in political campaigns. He is passionate about providing startuppers with counsel and solutions to achieve their dreams and is a fanatical media content binger.


Aleksandar Bojkovski
Designer at Symphony Solutions

‘Unicorn’ Designer at Symphony Solutions Versatile in both engineering and design, focused on solving complex problems and creating usable and visually pleasing interfaces and unique experiences. My divergent nature makes me always longing for something new and exciting. I believe that innovation happens when seemingly distant and different fields collide and is only possible if you have an open mind. Being a designer with an engineering background, I’m able to systematically see the things from different viewpoints in different states. My designs are minimal, clean and functional. I love nature art and technology.


Ilija Bojchovikj
Founder of AcademyOfUX & CaseUX

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.



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.


Igor Mishevski
Managing partner, IMPACT VENTURES, Skopje

Igor is an award-winning innovator and advanced business developer, driven by scalability and has a passion for sustainable development and green growth. He is an entrepreneur and investor, founder of the first internet marketing agency in Macedonia and several innovative ventures. Igor holds an MSc in Economics and BSc in electrical engineering and has extensive experience working with business engineering, change management and market system development.


Vlado Cekikj
Founder & CEO of squareONE Marketing & Advertising

Vlado Cekikj is Founder and CEO of squareONE Marketing & Advertising creative agency, specialized in creating advanced solutions inspired by new trends, innovations, technology, and modern aesthetics. The company collaborates internationally with clients from more than 20 industries, 3 continents, and 11 countries.   As an MSc in Monetary Economics, Finance, and Banking, Vlado begins his career in the corporate banking world, spending almost five years in different departments, from retail management division, product development & innovation of banking products to marketing and communication unit. He sees the transition in his career as a huge benefit in building his company and believes that his extensive experience was a significant advantage in sliding towards the entrepreneurial journey.


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.


Igor Madzov
Associate at SC Ventures

SC Ventures


Mitko Andonov
Sales and Marketing Manager at KEC digital marketing and strategy and at Gama Design - pallet production

Mitko Andonov is an acknowledged Business Development Manager at Kolid International, leader company in distribution of FMCG and production of confectionery products. Co- owner of Gama Dizajn, factory producing wood pallets. Founder of Eon Eden ltd, marketing and strategy. Master franchisor for Macedonia for Jumping Clay and event coordinator at Eventum team. He has almost fifteen years of experience in sales and marketing, specializing in brand management, marketing strategy, business development and market research.


Alan Castillo
Co-founder of Lynx Animation Studios

Alan has lived in over a dozen countries, and visited and worked with many more, giving him insight on how societies around the world are structured and the best business practices one can employ. This led him to develop skills crucial to his work at Indbus Macedonia. Shortly after seeing all the possibilities within Macedonia and with all his background knowledge as well as interest in entrepreneurship led him to co-found Rota Telecom Macedonia, Lynx Studios, E-Sports team Mischievous and became managing partner Indbus EU/NA.

Alan is a passionate entrepreneur that is always willing to share his knowledge and experience with the younger generations through variety of formal and informal seminars, educational institutions, business accelerators and non-governmental organizations. 


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Macedonia 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
    Zabaznovska
  • Jana
    Andeva
  • Tina
    Janeva
  • Mila
    Josifovska
  • Adrijana
    Paceska
  • Dragana
    Zografska
  • Martin
    Stoimenov
  • Stefan
    Stojanovski

Facilitators


Simone Demelas
CEO of ARMNet.co / Product Manager of BBE SRLS

Sardinian, currently based in Rome. Degree in Natural Sciences, GIS and Satellite Remote Sensing expert, after working as GIS analyst decides to begin to understand how business works and was amazed by the startup universe. It all started in 2013 with the participation at Startup Weekend Cagliari, from there he fell into the black hole, participating in a lot of startupsweekend and working on his own projects. He is currently CEO of ARMNet, a company that deals with integrating augmented reality to the management of infrastructure networks. Passionate about technology in every aspect, music, fitness, new trends. Crossfit addited but also good food addicted, house music hard listener. There is always a different way to see things and solve problems and there is a song everything. At the moment is focusing on Corporate Innovation.




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