Startup Weekend Košice 2017

    Friday, May 12 - 14, 2017

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Košice 2017

Friday, May 12 - 14, 2017

Friday, May 12 - 14, 2017
Event starts at 4:30 pm

Technical University of Košice, Faculty of Civil Engineering
Vysokoškolská 4
Košice, Slovakia 042 00

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Show your skills and introduce your world changing idea.

Startup weekend is coming back to east side of Slovakia fifth time in a row, when many of promising entrepreneurs will test their endurance and enthusiasm during 54 hours.
Startup weekend Košice 2017 has opened the doors. Whoever can join and share ideas, build the team and start real startup. No matter the age or the profession everyone is welcome. Only one thing is important - zeal for now things and desire to learn. Silicon Valley isn´t the only one place on Earth where its possible to start great business. Lets prove together to the world that Košice as the metropolis of the East harbors a huge potential.


Friday May 12th

4:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. End of registration at 6pm!!!

5:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 pm
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 May 13th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Workshop 2BCognitus

12:30 pm
Lunch in the canteen.

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

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

6:30 pm

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

Sunday May 14th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

4:30 pm
Judging & Awards

5:00 pm

5:30 pm

7:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Jaroslav Luptak
Investment manager at Neulogy Ventures

 Jaro is a co-founder and investment manager at Neulogy Ventures, Slovak largest venture capital firm. He currently serves as the member of supervisory board of several companies, including InHiro, Vectray and CropTech. He also works as an external expert employed by the European Commission, to select the most promising European high-tech startups for the Horizon 2020 program. In 2011, Jaro co-founded StartupAwards.SK, the annual competition for Slovak high-tech startups, which soon turned into the largest startup event in Slovakia. Jaro also managed the first Slovak incubation program in Silicon Valley at the Plug&Play Tech Center.

Soňa Nyitrayová

Soňa predstavuje spojenie medzi startup ekosystémom a odbornými znalosťami a skúsenosťami zo siete KPMG. Jej úlohou je zabezpečiť, aby všetky vedomosti, zručnosti a kontakty prispeli k rastu podniku najefektívnejším možným spôsobom.Sona vyrástla na Cypre a študovala Communication Studies v Belgicku. Počas štúdií stážovala a ukončila študijný program v nemeckej v automobilovej spoločnosti. Po dokončení štúdia, spolu s bratom založila startup, kde bola zodpovedná za marketingovú stratégiu, potom pôsobila ako komunikačný špecialista pre top marketingovú športovú značku.
Soňa disponuje veľa nápadmi a miluje ich prepájanie. Je neustále kreatívna a otvorená.

Juraj Girman
Head of Board at KEITVA

- absolventom Fakulte Elektrotechniky a Informatiky v Kosiciach
- prve pracovne skusenosti zbieral v Novitech, potom presiel do RWE
- V TSSK je od roku 2008, kde presiel roznymi manazerskymi poziciami
- od roku 2014 je Viceprezidentom pre Telekom IT
- od januara 2017 sefuje spravnej rade KEITVA

Coaches and Mentors

Tigran Aleksanyan
Program for Starting Entrepreneurs, Slovenská sporiteľňa

Tigran is coordinating the program of Slovenská sporiteľňa aimed to support starting businesses ( Together with regional specialists he helps starting entrepreneurs to plan their business and finances, verify customers and suppliers, as well as test ideas and products on very first clients. Since 2015 hundreds of businesses have received bank financing, while many other have been advised not to start their business at all or close it down. Previously Tigran coordinated various projects, competitions and events to support development volunteering, NGOs, and SMEs (SBA, Slovak NGDO Platform, GLEN Slovakia, European SME Week, Global Education Week, Development Day to name some).These are the topics that he could be useful with.

Radovan Ondáš

Rado is working for Elastic (, the company behind the popular open source projects Elasticsearch, Kibana, Logstash, and Beats. He is working as an Engineer supporting customers around the world with their projects and ideas. Working in an open and distributed company with employees in 32 countries can help you to understand how sucessfull opensource company can work and its software suceed. 
He can also help you with the design of your application architecture using his previous experiences in Middleware world and Development past. He is contributing to open source projects in his free time. 
Ask him anything, because he can :)

Martin Hasiček
Tatrabanka a.s.

Martin works as enterprise architect in Tatrabanka. During his carrier Martin took several leading technical positions in ICT and software development area in Europe, US and Asia.
Martin will be able to support you in consult your initial idea, trough design and development of your application, up to topics of deployment, security and sizing of your production environment.

Michal Kacerik
CTO at SaferPass

Michal as CTO at SaferPass (US founded startup) leads the product and distribution team. He is also co-founder of BeeSafe - personal mobile safety application, which won Startup Weekend Zilina 2013.
Active in the Slovak startup scene, regular Startup Weekend mentor and mentor at Pioneers festival.
Has experience in digital marketing, consumer software distribution, performance marketing, software engineering and digital security.
Can help you with: how to win SW, market research, customer interviews, marketing, presentation, validation.

Lenka Strmeňová

Lenka worked as a project manager and coordinator in several private companies, but also as a project manager and head of marketing department at Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency. She is skilled in the Project Cycle Management, planning, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluating of the projects as well as in networking, consortia negotiation and coordination of EU projects.

Can help you with: idea validation, networking, project development

Peter Šoltés

Peter Soltes started his on-line start-up when he was 18 and was working on on-line marketing even sooner. He combines on-line marketing knowledge with entrepreneurialism. He is now CEO of on-line marketing agency Promiseo, that delivers services to wide range of companies from small start-ups in their beginnings to large stock-listed companies.

Can help you with: Communication, presentation, marketing, acquisition and retention, attracting the masses or just getting the first customers on board.

Michal Hladký
Creative Industry Kosice

Was born in Košice, Slovakia in 1981, graduated architecture in 2007 at the Technical University of Košice, Faculty of Arts. Where he now teaches as well.  He is concept author of the Interface 2013 project and he also collaborated on the winning bid document of Košice 2013 European Capital of Culture. From 2008 he works for Košice 2013, NGO where he was responsible for investment projects and creative industries development projects. Since 2014 he is director of the Kosice 2013, NGO which now is concidered as legacy project of ECoC 2013.  He is executive board member of European Creative Business Network and founding partner of the Insitute for Creative Economy. He represented Slovakia in OMC groupe for export and internationalistion of culture and creative sectors. In 2009 he has co-founded and became Minister of panic in civic association Východné Pobrežie,  which operates in the field of culture, urban life and development. It organizes such events like Pecha Kucha Night Košice, public debates, lectures and also published alternative guide for Košice KSC Code.

Matej Loncko
Senior UX Designer & owner at UP

Matej is making small and big ideas alive for clients from all around the world. In the last 10 years he finished many of contract projects and several of his own. 
He loves his family, taking pictures, good music and, of course, playing with Lego 

Daniel Harcek
CTO @ Azet

Daniel acts as a CTO for Ringier Axel Springer Slovakia. In the past, he built and led the development team of the German company Adlodge / Novosense, which developed online advertising solutions and sophisticated user targeting. He also participated in the launch of the Bratislava branch of the British company VisualDNA. He believes in the agile way of managing - designing and implementing Internet systems and services. He is fascinated by people and technology - they bring unseen opportunities, their equality and thus the possibility to improve people's lives. In addition to software development, he is interested in data sciences, behavioral economics, and psychology. He likes good books and skiing. In his free time he is co-organizer of SWZA and organizer of the community meetings WebUP in Žilina.

Barbora Ruščin
Deutsche Telekom

Barbora works as a Employer Branding Senior Consultant @ Deutsche Telekom for Slovakia & Czech Republic.  Having spend most of her professional life in PR/mark-comms and project management, she has experience in crafting communication strategies, doing market research & leading projects. Having been also extensively exposed to the world of the IP rights, competitive forensic debate, political science & diplomacy, highly diverse markets and communities, as well as the entertainment industry, she claims to be able to help you dig to the very bottom of your capabilities and assist with creating all forms of disruptive strategies for pitching, shall the quality of your business endeavour create a shadow of a doubt over your entrepreneurial self.

On a less crazy side, she can help with: presentation, target group identification and segmentation, market research, customer / user experience review, business case & logic, shaping your narrative, stakeholder management, strategy.

Steven Sudy
NN Insurance Hungary

Steve is Entrepreneur in Residence at NN Insurance Hungary, in charge of fostering innovation within the company. He is head of Sparklab, an incubator that aims to find and mentor startups that can potentially be a partner for NN. Steve has 6 years experience with startups as a startup founder and mentor in many events including Pioneers Festival, WebSummit and The World Bank Investment Readiness Program, among others.

Dušan Kocurek

Head of agile consultancy unit and chief product owner at ScrumDesk.
Mentor who helps implement Agile, Scrum, Kanban and Lean practices. He designed and supported dozens of agile adaptation/transformation programs in CEE, UK and US companies. As part of such transitions He does training, (de)mentoring and coaching of agile teams, product owners, ScrumMasters and management teams.
Founder of Agile@Slovakia group, local Slovakian group that supports agile movement and community. Events manager, trainer. Active speaker.
His top projects are:
- National crises management system for Slovak Republic
- ScrumDesk, scrum management system
- Cognitive eLearning application for banks.

Ján Majoroš
Siemens Healthcare

I have 20+ years experience in software development on management position, 16+ years in healthcare domain. I'm agile/Lean coach in software development. I'm certified Scrum Master since 2008. I have experience in managing global software engineering teams. I got strong capabilities in requirement engineering and solution architecture. I have strong background in software engineering and various technologies. My main focus is healthcare domain (X-Ray Products, Radiotherapy and Particle Therapy) and document management domain. I own TUV Certification for ISO 13485 and ISO 9001. I got international work experience in Germany and USA. I participated on numerous professional trainings in SW Engineering and Project Management.

Slavomír Hruška
Investment Manager at Investeers

Slavomir comes from a corporate background, having worked for Fortune 500 companies. He is a seasoned entrepreneur and co-founder of an innovative localization compan. His focus is on new technologies, evolving markets and business development, especially on thinking outside of the box and disruptive innovations. Currently he works in the CEE ecosystem as an investment manager of the venture capital fund - Fund of innovations and technologies.

Ľubomír Lukič

Expert on intellectual property law, software law, protection of personal data, computer crime, law related on electronic data transmission, telecommunications, e-commerce and cyber security, human rights and freedoms, protection of personality. Has rich experiences with legal advice for startups, entrepreneurs as well as analyzing various business opportunities or potential business partners. Founder, consultant and lecturer at the European Information Society Institute, o.z. (EISi) - a non-governmental organization dealing with the penetration of technology, law and the information society. Actively strives to protect the rights and freedoms of Internet users, consumers and service providers. Former judge of Arbitration Center for Intellectual Property and Information Technology (ACIPiT). Expert and Coordinator of the Arbitration Center for Alternative Domain Dispute Resolution.

Peter Múčka
M&A Analyst

Peťo has joined KPMG in 2016 as Trainee at Valuation services team while still attending on City University of Seattle, in Bratislava. He was COO in Virtual Enterprise class while studying in USA winning best promotional strategy and during his studies, he co-founded event company, co-founded Klub Investorov club and attend to various business competitions.  Peťo as part of the KPMG has been involved in preparing financial models, management presentations for several companies in various industries. Recently, he works mostly in M&A and Valuation team as direct support on transactions and deals.  

Oto Karas
M&A Analyst

Oto has joined KPMG in 2016 as an Assistant at Audit for various industries and since 2017 is at M&A services as member of Selling side team. Oto as part of the KPMG has been involved in preparing financial models and pitch-decks. Before KPMG, Oto has been working as Key Account Manager at Procter & Gamble where was responsible for fulfilling revenues targets.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Kosice is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Viliam
  • Ladislav
  • Marek
  • Anna
  • Paula
  • Karol
  • Martin
  • Michal


Marek Lavčák
Marketing COnsultant

Marek is young and enthusiastic startup lover. He 's been working with startup community at the eastern part of Slovakia since 2013 as a co-founder of startup incubator in Košice and organizer of startup weekend Košice. As a mentor he is skilled at areas of marketing and business development. Currently is working as a communications projects manager with focus on employer branding and CEO of startup Floppy.

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Diana Urbanová

Diana is student of Media Studies at University of Prešov.
She loves to learn new things and have many various plans for the future.
That’s why she likes to volunteer on varied events to enjoy meeting
new people who can offer many valuable know-hows to her life.

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