Startup Weekend Banská Bystrica 2018

    Friday, February 23 - 25, 2018

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Banská Bystrica 2018

Friday, February 23 - 25, 2018

Friday, February 23 - 25, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations, Matej Bel University
Kuzmányho 1
Banská Bystrica, Slovakia 97401

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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 February 23rd

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

7:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

8:30 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 February 24th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend.

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Success story (Andrea Ivaničová, ESET)

1:00 pm
How to build a brand. (Aleš Mlátilík, Zľavomat)

1:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm
How to make a final presentation.

6:30 pm

9:00 pm
VIP party
For mentors and judges.

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

Sunday February 25th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:00 am
365 Fintech (Rudolf Vrábeľ, Poštová banka,

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
GDPR (Andrea Ivaničová, ESET)

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

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards

6:15 pm


Andrea Ivaničová

Channel Marketing and Event Manager

Aleš Mlátilík


Rudolf Vrábeľ
Managing Director of 365.fintech

After completing his studies in international political economy and international finance, Rudolf followed to refine his critical and analytical thinking as a financial analyst for J&T Banka Slovensko. His job included working on analysing the financial markets as well as working on M&A activities of J&T Finance, quantitative analyses and modelling. Later he moved to create a modern system of financial services as a head of strategy and innovations with 365 products. Besides, he manages 365.fintech and he is also taking part in a new mobile bank - the In his free time, he is passionate about tennis and is active as chair umpire and supervisor at various international tennis tournaments.

Event Judges

Ján Šebo
Matej Bel University, Banská Bystrica

Na univerzitnej pôde predstavujem ničiteľa mýtov o potrebnosti teoretického poznania bez praktických skúseností. Vo výskume sa venujem najmä dizajnu komplexnejších dôchodkových systémov na báze sporenia a investovania. S kolegami z Inštitútu sporenia a investovania staviame viacero fintech riešení pre investičné a sporivé stratégie a mimo akademickej pôdy sa snažím dostať k životu nové súkromné sporivé dôchodkové schémy. Vo Frankfurte som členom odbornej skupiny nadnárodného regulátora EIOPA so zameraním na reguláciu poistných a dôchodkových systémov. Sem-tam si musím obuť aj lobistické topánky a snažiť sa presadzovať rozumné riešenia. Vo voľnom čase rád… Moment, ja nemám voľný čas.

Peter Ohrajter
Marketing & e-Commerce Manager in ESET Company

Peter Ohrajter works as Marketing & e-Commerce Manager in ESET Company. He is responsible for whole marketing activities on Slovak market.

Aleš Mlátilík


Marek Šándor


Katarína Molnárová


Coaches and Mentors

Matej Brečka
Junior designer

Man, marketer, junior designer, senior coffee drinker, hair icon and your local startupist.

Jana Hrachová
Corporate Event Manager

I carry responsibility for all internal events and making sure everything runs smoothly. Among my other work competence also belong various tasks regarding CSR and partnership projects.

Milan Steskal
Product owner at mySugr

Milan is a product owner at mySugr in Vienna where he is leading the coaching solution for educating and supporting people with diabetes. Before mySugr, Milan had spent 5 years with his own startup Mentegram - he found the investors, launched the product, got the first customers. And then in 2018 he passed the company to a new CEO who is now successfully growing Mentegram in Australia. You can find Milan's experience in a book "How To Launch a Startup" on Amazon. Look for him especially if you want to understand how to make sure that your users will like your idea. Keywords "innovation = problem + solution + business model".

Kristína Katreniaková
CSR Manager

I care responsibilitty for all CSR activities in our company. A manage some really interesting projects, grant programs , for example Grant program to support slovak folklore or some eco projects supporting water sources in our country.

Daniel Harcek

Terezia Jarošová
Investment Analyst at Neulogy Ventures

Terezia joined the Neulogy Ventures team in 2014, assessing business plans and later managing Neulogy Ventures' investment portfolio, specifically companies in the healthtech industry as well as enterprise productivity softwares. Terezia gained her professional experience as an Institutional Relations intern at Sustainalytics in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where she worked on development of both internal and external strategies. She honed her analytical skills at a reinsurance company in Bratislava. Terezia holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Hague University and a Master's degree in International Business from the Krems University.

Peter Ohrajter
Marketing & e-Commerce Manager in ESET Company

Peter Ohrajter works as Marketing & e-Commerce Manager in ESET Company. He is responsible for whole marketing activities on Slovak market.

Roman Studený

Product Manager

Nina Valičková

HR Manager

Róbert Komžík

Sales Manager

Ján Viselka

Manager of International Activities

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Banská Bystrica 2018 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 Banska Bystrica is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Veronika
  • Martin
  • Alexandra
  • Matej
  • Eva
  • Sebastián
  • Peter
  • Martina


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