Startup Weekend Zilina 6

    Friday, October 27 - 29, 2017

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Zilina 6

Friday, October 27 - 29, 2017

Friday, October 27 - 29, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Banka Zilina
Legionarska 221/1
Zilina, Slovakia 01001

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Friday October 27th

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

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:15 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:15 pm
Lean Canvas / MVP

Saturday October 28th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

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

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

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

Sunday October 29th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Katarína Molnárová
biznis mentor a konzultant na Slovensku a v Čechách, CEO ONLINE TORO consulting

Katka sa špecializuje sa na biznis konzultácie, navrhovanie online stratégií na mieru a budovanie interných digitálnych oddelení vo firmách. Je odborníčka na online výkonnostný marketingfinancovanie online kampaní a jej prioritou je pomôcť biznisu rásť na internete. Katka je držiteľka ocenenia Ežena roka, pôsobila aj ako Google trénerka na Slovensku a je členkou Slovenskej aliancie pre inovatívnu ekonomiku - SAPIE. Okrem toho sa angažovala v mnohých vzdelávacích projektoch, ako sú školenia pre Google, semináre pre Hospodárske noviny a Stratégie, či Pricemania Academy. 

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.

Roman Lisican
Managing Director at TECHNIA

Experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Business Process, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Partner Management, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM

Szedely David
CFO at Neulogy

After getting a degree in Entrepreneurship and Finance from the University of Liechtenstein, David has worked as a financial analyst and deputy CFO at Neulogy, where he is responsible for financial planning, forecasting and reporting for Neulogy and its clients. Since 2014, he’s been working at Neulogy Ventures, management company of a venture capital fund, where he’s taking care for the finance, reporting, and consulting the portfolio companies. He enjoys the process of turning complex data into easy to digest information, and believes in the importance of data-driven decision making.

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.

Coaches and Mentors

Steven Sudy
Entrepreneur in Residence at 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. Istvan 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.

Zabrazna Adela

Adela joined The Slovak Alliance for Innovation Economy as a Project Manager in charge of regional cooperation projects and innovation agenda. Currently she leads the 50+ member association as its Executive Manager. Previously she worked as a consultant for public sector projects in KPMG Czech Republic. She was also part of the analytical team of the Prague-based think tank European Values. She completed her MSc. studies in public policy at KU Leuven and her Master studies at University of Economics, Prague and University of Edinburgh. She was a co-organizer of Startup Weekend Leuven in 2015. 

Petr Bela
Co-Founder, CTO at Flex

Petr is an experienced software engineer, entrepreneur, investor, and advisor.
He currently serves as CTO of Flex, an awesomely addictive live-streaming fitness platform. In addition, he helps to invent the future of human interfaces at Phantom AR and of urban transport at XTND.

In his previous life, Petr worked at Chute, a San Francisco-based YC W12 alumni, for almost four years, helping scale the platform from seed stage to becoming a global player in the visual marketing automation space.

MIlan Steskal
Founder & CEO at Mentegram

It’s amazing and very motivating to meet passionate founders whose dreams don’t have any limits and who are grateful for any feedback or experience that others can share with them. That’s why I enjoy coming to Startup Weekend and help you build your dreams. As a co-founder and CEO at Mentegram, I’ve been through wins and fails. We learned a lot about how to find and validate ideas, how to build products, find and get customers as well as raise money. I’m also a huge fan of lean startup and I’m ready to share all of this with you.
Startups and entrepreneurship took my heart in 2012 and I never looked back. At Mentegram, we are filling the gap between doctors and people suffering from conditions like depression, substance abuse and also other mental illnesses, to make sure doctors have efficient ways to provide care to these people. Before Mentegram and startups, I used to work for digital agencies on projects for large corporations as well as smaller agencies as startups. The most interesting ones include Samsung, Microsoft, or Facebook.
A fun fact, I was considered an extremely talented child and skipped the second grade at elementary school.

Slavo Tuleya
Business Designer

Slavo mal pod palcom dizajn nových služieb v korporátoch, realitnom aj automobilovom priemysle a nové služby pre českú Škodu tvoril v inovačnom labáku Škoda Auto DigiLab. Odkiaľ ho vyslali na misiu do Číny, kde založil fungl nový labák pre Volkswagen Group. Rozbiehanie firiem na mieru ho dostalo k spojeniu biznisu a dizajnu, ktorému sa dnes naplno venuje vo vlastnom inovačnom štúdiu kiuub. Potrebujete preveriť potenciál novej služby, vymyslieť novú konkurenčnú výhodu alebo nájsť príležitosť inovovať? Slavo vám určite pomôže. 

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 

Martin Adamek
Co-founder & CEO, Inloop

In 2012, Martin attended a StartupWeekend in Zilina for the first time. That same year he has set up a development studio Inloop with 2 members of Zilina Android developer meetups. Today, it is one of the fastest growing IT companies in Central Europe. Inloop cooperates with customers such as Intel, Mercedes-Benz, Avast, Skoda Auto and Tatra banka. Martin heads the team of more than 100 experts from the field of mobile and web technologies, design and lately also virtual and augmented reality. Instead of coding he is now implementing a innovative company based on trust, open culture and with strong support remote work.

Vlastimil Kocián
Board member and guarantor of iKROS

Vlasto has been working at KROS since 1996, currently as a board member and guarantor of iKROS project. He graduated from the Faculty of Management Science and Informatics at the University of Zilina. He likes to identify hidden customer needs and look for innovations in software development. He is friendly, family-oriented person with passion to read books and to do all kind of sports. He believes that positive thinking and smile lead to success and happiness.

Katarina Klinkova

Katka helped several startups in Slovak ecosystem. She co-founded famous Staffino, helped with sales strategies to startups like Culcharge, Orderlord and many other. After her expericence with sales whe founded her company Deal factory. Deal Factory helps companies to improve their sales strategiesin order to be able to sell more. Katka was selected by Forbes 30 under 30 along with other talented people in Slovakia, 2 years in a row. Represented Slovakia in We4startups in Silicon Valley. Proud Alumni of Czech Wayra Accelerator. She is passionate about startups, technology, sales and distribution strategy, marketing, market validation, building world-class products.

Ľubimir Šimko
Director at Kreativ Gang

Lubomir Simko, creative mind and cofounder of succesfull agency Kreativ Gang. He is always bringin new creative ideas to the floor. He has 8 years of experience with original and kreative campaigns. He helped to build succesfull brands in Slovakia and organized unforgattable events. He helpes his clients to grow. Worked with clients like Red Bull, Slovnska sporitelna, Phillip Morris, Swan, Topvar.

Marián Koprda
Department leader at Scheidt & Bachmann

Marian Koprda is working in Zilina for german company Scheidt & Bachmann for 19 years, where is leading the research and development department for parking.and access systems, bringing innovative  and smart product in the worldwide market. Last two years is the president of ICT cluster Z@ict, trying promoting Zilina IT region under mark ITkraj ( and performing educative activities stimulating interest in ICT.

Miloš Šajbidor
Business Developer

Milos is a business developer, who is already 14 years in International Business. After his experience in Fortune Global 500 companies, he decided to work for Slovak small startups, where the products he developed are still in use and create substantial revenue streams. Oh yeah, he also worked in Sygic for 7 years. If you know Sygic Telekom edition or Sygic Edice Vodafone, its his work.
Or the product you can buy in all Orange stores - Sygic Voucher Edition, that’s him.

Koutny Dusan
CTO at OrderLord

Dusan is CEO of OrderLord, a leading software solution for delivery focused restaurants and chains. OrderLord changes the way food delivery is managed and is already used in 24 countries.
Dusan has over 12 years’ experience in leading projects focused on workforce management, GPS tracking and AI.

Jana Hmírová
COO @ BeeSafe

Team-orientated Biz Dev expert with a strong background in finance, B2B sales and marketing.

Highly entrepreneurial and captivated by the ways in which startup companies can unlock their potential. I have paired my banking and marketing experience with a PhD in Finance and now I focus my efforts on working with high potential startups in the technology space.

In my eight years of professional experience in banking and business, I have demonstrated competence in team leadership, strategic planning, project management, negotiation, and public speaking. Currently I work with BeeSafe as COO and I am responsible for Business development, expanding their customer network and utilising a wide array of skills in helping the company develop its platform and brand. 

Specific areas of specialisation include: Management of Sales Teams, Strategic and Project management, Finance.

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.

Tomáš Lodňan
Chief Executive Officer in GoodRequest

Tomas is graduate of University of Zilina, Faculty of management science and informatics. During his studies he was active in student organisation AIESEC and 2 months spent on internship in Turkey. More than 2 years he was working for Science and technology park in Zilina where,  as consultant, was focusing on support of young entrepreneurs. Cofounded ecology project TrashOut. Currently he is CEO of GoodRequest - digital studio focused on development of mobile and web apps. Among GoodRequest`s clients you can find companies like Ringier Axel Springier, ZSE, PRO-HOKEJ and many others.

Andrej Mikula Founder

Andrej Mikula is founder of first Slovak startup portal - For more than four years in Slovak startup ecosystem he is helping Slovak startups with promotion and contacts. Thanks to his background he will help startups in SWZA 6 also with presentation skills and preparation.

Rudolf Glasnák
Project Manager in Strape

Always individual approach to any project is the key. Agile, Scrum, Jira or Trello are just instruments and methodologies. The main goal is to make an idea into a real business. I am not trying to see outside of the box. I’ll transfer the box into a transformer.

Marianna Mudra
SW Kids Mentor

Mariana Múdra (od narodenia) je všestranný typ ženy, ktorá miluje život, pohodové cestovanie, šport, deti, zaujímavých ľudí a hlavne svoju rodinu. Venuje sa práci s deťmi v CVČ Žirafa a navyše vedie hodiny angličtiny pre menšie a väčšie deti. s Ako hovorí jej kolega, s deťmi robí zázraky a zvládne ich ukočírovať aj 10 naraz. Kreatívnu a podnikavú stránku si realizuje pri tvorbe vlastnej značky fitness oblečenia. Vie čo chce a snaží sa naplniť sny a ciele, ktoré si vytýči. 

Iveta Sabolova Hrabovska
SW Kids Mentor

Mám 30 rokov, manžela a 30 kilového psa. Pôvodom som východniarka, študovala som v Nitre a teraz žijem v Žiline. 5 rokov som pracovala v médiách aby som si uvedomila, že chcem pracovať na svojom vlastnom sne a nie na sne niekoho iného. V priebehu posledných štyroch rokov som vytvorila dve značky, ktoré sa na trhu úžasne adaptovali a jednu networkingovú akciu pre podnikateľov. V tomto roku som získala titul Začínajúca podnikateľka Slovenska, čo ma neuveriteľne nakoplo... že to, čo robím asi robím dobre.

Zlatica Maria Stubbs, BA, PCC
SW Kids Mentor

Po Chemickej priemyslovke vo Svite, vyštudovala technologické systémy na Open University v Anglicku.

20 rokov pracovala v Anglicku ako technológ, projektový manažér, výrobný manažér a riaditeľka dvoch podnikov v Maďarsku a na Slovensku. Medzitým vyštudovala koučing a 17 rokov pracuje ako konzultant,  profesionálny kouč a mentor pre manažérov a podnikateľov. Je trénerom koučovacích zručnosti pre manažérov, cíti to ako svoje poslanie naučiť manažérov ako sa dá pracovať s ľuďmi inšpiratívne a rešpektuplne.

Jej dobrovoľná činnosť je podporovať ženy podnikateľky, pre ktoré iniciovala Akadémiu pre začínajúce podnikateľky v Žilinskom regióne, ktorá beží už 4. ročník.

Vo svojom voľnom čase sa vzdeláva a rozvíja, cestuje, lyžuje, maľuje, robí turistiku.

Gabika Belavá
SW Kids Mentor

Od strednej školy som sa ako dobrovoľníčka venovala práci s deťmi na letných táboroch, kde nekonečná únava stojí za to, pretože deti dokážu vrátiť energiu 100-násobne. Absolvovala som kurzy animátorstva, venujem sa (okrem iného) štrikovaniu, maľovaniu, aranžovaniu a tvoreniu kreatívnych vecí. Vyštudovala som geografiu so zameraním na regionálny rozvoj a pracujem ako projektová manažérka v oblasti výskumu a inovácií. Mám rada naše hory a prírodu, cestovanie, priateľských ľudí a veľké výzvy.     

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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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