Startup Weekend Bratislava

    Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019

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

Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019

Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Impact Hub
Hviezdoslavovo námestie 20
Bratislava, Slovakia 811 02

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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!   If you 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!  

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Friday March 29th

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

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, and get to know fellow participants.

7:00 pm
We will review the agenda for the weekend and introduce mentors, speakers, and judges.

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch.

8:30 pm
Voting & Team formation
Attendees vote for the top pitches and slowly get into their preferred teams.

9:30 pm
Venue closes
Leave to your accommodation or any other place you wish, where you can either continue with your work or get some rest.

Saturday March 30th

9:00 am

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, and calls for help.

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches mentor teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, and calls for help.

10:00 pm
Wrap-Up & Venue closes
Leave to your accommodation or any other place you wish, where you can either continue with your work or get some rest.

Sunday March 31st

9:00 am

9:30 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:30 am

12:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches are answering questions and giving advice.

1:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation and the tech-checks for final presentations.

3:00 pm
Final Presentations
Present your idea to the judges.

5:00 pm
Judging & Awards
Judges announce their decision and winners receive prizes.

5:30 pm
Talk to your team about the future of your startup and say goodbye.

Event Judges

Luna May Shirley
Head of Marketing at ROIHunter

My overarching aim is to ensure fast business growth with long-term profitability and sustainability in mind by building truly customer-facing organizations. As a marketer, I help SaaS and online retail businesses to acquire and retain new customers by proving them with hyper-relevant marketing, sales, and post-sales experience.

Coaches and Mentors

Lubica Lutz
Entrepreneurial Leadership Teacher, Design Thinking facilitator, LEAF Academy (Bratislava)

Creating something new that can help others is the best feeling ever. Lubica realised that while working during her highschool studies, later helping young professionals to pick and get great jobs. It took her another five years in Bratislava, Abu Dhabi and Prague in HR innovations to realise that teaching was the most rewarding job for her. While teaching Design Thinking to couple of Czech educators, a light bulb came on - What if all teenagers learned how to turn an idea into a real, positive project? Since then, she has been pursuing entrepreneurial education path. 

Pavol Hejný
Fullstack developer @ H-edu

Pavol is a participant and organizer of several Startup Weekends - Prague, Pilsen & Olomouc and lot of hackathons. He is developer currently working on interactive math textbooks. He loves and create things in new technologies like VR, crypto, etc.

Andrej Petrus
Investment Manager at ZAKA

Andrej is an investment manager in venture capital investment firm ZAKA, focusing on CEE start-ups in their early stages (pre-seed and seed). He is also a project manager of SLOVCA - Slovak Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. In the past, he worked in M&A and strategic consulting for Big4, as well as in the field of venture building.

Ján Žovin
Program for starting entrepreneurs @ Slovenská sporiteľňa

Ján is in charge of starting entrepreneurs in Žilina and Trencín regions ( Previously, he was quite active in retail shifting several managerial positions. He has worked with domestic and multinational companies to open and expand retail outlets on the Slovak market. In 2015, he started his own business with e-sales and new forms of low-cost retail networks. Jan’s main motivation is to help and support entrepreneurs who want to start and fulfill their dreams.

Nikola Gajdošová
Project Manager and Fundraiser @ Investigatívne centrum Jána Kuciaka

Nikola currently works at Investigative Center of Jan Kuciak as a project manager and fundraiser, where her role is between business strategy, marketing positioning and management. Simultaneously she works at Crafting Plastics studio that focuses on innovative material design with an ambition to replace plastics with 100% biobased and biodegradable material. Thanks to her past experience at Kolegium of A.Neuwirth, Butterfly Effect, LEAF and Prosight Slovensko, her main focus are innovative solutions and organisation building in a wide range of industries. 

Maxim Kozlov
Recent winner of 2 Startup Weekends, IXPRENEUR YouTube channel

Winner of 2 Startup Weekends, startup & marketing geek, content creator & event organizer.

Maxim is a recent winner of 2 Startup Weekends, Prague & Olomouc. He's currently working with the startup Lafluence on revolutionizing influencer marketing in Central & Eastern Europe, organizing iflix Tech Talks & the Startup Weekend in Prague. With his content, he’s focusing on bringing the topics of startups, entrepreneurship and marketing closer to the youth. He loves incredible views, doing backflips & pizza with pineapple.

Radoslav Mizera
VP & Chief Innovation Officer at Solved - The Cleantech Company Ltd.

Now I am happy for being an entrepreneur for the 5th year as Co-Founder / Chief Innovation Officer at Solved – The Cleantech Company. Before that, I worked over 8 years as a Global Industry Analyst at Finpro Vienna (Finnish Trade and Investment Promotion Organization, now Business Finland) specializing in cleantech markets. Besides consulting done for the Finnish cleantech SMEs, I was also an active member of the Cleantech Finland team from its very beginning in 2008 – bringing it to the world of social / digital media and co-creating the digital tool Solved.From the industry point of view, I actively deal with questions & topics such as green digital solutions, sustainable energy and mobility systems, smart cities, etc. Besides my home – Slovakia – I have lived in the USA, China, Austria and my “second home” – Finland. I was also an university lector, bachelor thesis supervisor and I liked it!

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Mario Di Florio
Managing Director of GozoLab

CoFounder of Bitmalta, founder and director of GozoLab, Mario is skilled in business development, networking, community management and event organisation. He has been working in the Nordics organizing C-level conferences before moving to sunny Malta and start his own consultancy business. Mario speaks surprisingly good English for an Italian person, and also Spanish and Finnish. He is learning French on Duolingo atm. In his spare time, Mario likes to watch Rick and Morty, to read about history, and to play God of War on God mode. 

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