Techstars Startup Weekend Košice

    Friday, May 3 - 5, 2019

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  5. Sponsors
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Techstars Startup Weekend Košice

Friday, May 3 - 5, 2019

Friday, May 3 - 5, 2019
Event starts at 4:30 pm

Univerzitný vedecký park TECHNICOM
Němcovej 5
Košice, Slovakia 040 01

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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 May 3rd

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 4th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:30 pm

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 5th

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

Slavomir Hruska
Investment Manager

Slavomir comes from a corporate background, having worked for Fortune 500 companies. He is a seasoned entrepreneur and co-founder of an innovative localization company and recently a medical point of care device. 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.

Dalibor Cicman
CEO GymBeam

Dalibor created his first e-shop already in 2004. Since this time he has directed and owned many successful eCommerce projects with distribution within the whole Central Europe, bricks-and-mortar shops and assortment as Home Décor, sportswear, fmcg… In 2014 he founded e-shop GymBeam in which he is still CEO and this e-shop is the fastest growing fitness brand in Europe (140% YoY) and the biggest fitness B2CeCommerce in CEE (GMV 50mio€+ and 1,8mio+ customers) and has 120 team members. He made his PhD thesis with topic “proposal and implementation of Business Intelligence solutions in eCommerce”. Dalibor has great overlaps over Technological, Marketing as well as Sales departments of his company. He specializes in corporate strategy design, international expansion, goal setting, managers reporting and work flow for effective delivery of results.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

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.

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

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.

Peter Dorčák

Peter is co-owner of company. Brand EZO is on the market since 1990 and is well known for their production of wellness cosmetic products. These products are on the shelves of most retail chains in Slovakia and Czechia. He is also an associate professor at Faculty of business management Bratislava and holds the position of Full Professor at Apsley business school London. 

He has won the Global Networker award in Japan, is president of the Slovak marketing association (member of UNWTO) and member of the American marketing association, European marketing confederation and the Junior Chamber International, where he became the first slovak JCI Senator.

His current research interests includes the area of business succession, online reputation and e-commerce, its methods in theory as well as in practice. He is actively involved in several European research consortia to tackle these issues. Research is carried out either in the field of small and medium enterprises or within the tourism sector.

Can help you with: marketing strategies, branding, central Europe entrepreneurial environment, connection on the academic institution and research consortia.

Marek Varga

Marek is currently dividing his time between the biggest online adult retailer in CE and one of the biggest energy services companies in New York. He is responsible for the IT side of things, everything from designing architecture to project management. Marek is very valuable team member with his 15 years of IT and programming experience in web and data analytics. He can help with both technology and business related questions. He is co-founder of Slovak data analytics company Anovative. In past Marek worked for biggest retailers in Slovakia and is responsible for several loyalty programs. He also used to be professional sports trader trading on hundreds of soccer matches every weekend. 
Main expertise areas are: Ecommerce, Data Analytics, Energy Markets, Sports Betting.

Peter Urban
Nordlicht IT Solutions

Peter loves getting to the heart of a customer’s problem and to him, startups are the ultimate test in value creation. He is a product guy with 15 years of experience in software enterprises and few startups, and he is passionate about building software products with smart people. He is a Lean Startup enthusiast and developing brand new business ideas has been his job for a couple of years.
Peter is at the moment working as a Chief Product Officer at a software lab that specializes in startup idea incubation and custom app development. Right now, he is bringing two startups (FinTech and SportsTech) to life, his job is to help to shape an early-stage idea into a sound product and find the product-market fit for it. He is on advisory board for an early-stage MedTech startup.

Maros Zelenak
Partner, CDO Vacuumlabs

Former founder and director of branding & digital product studio Hellephant acquired by software company Vacuumlabs in 2018. Nowadays, Maroš is a partner and Chief design officer at Vacuumlabs and is responsible for management design and marketing team and of all branding and product design initiatives for clients from San Francisco to Tokio.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Ladislav
  • Martin
  • Karol
  • Marek


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.

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