Startup Weekend Zilina 7

    Friday, October 26 - 28, 2018

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Zilina 7

Friday, October 26 - 28, 2018

Friday, October 26 - 28, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Fakulta riadenia a informatiky
Univerzitná 8215/1
Zilina, Slovakia 010 01

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Most important 54 hours this year

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!

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Friday October 26th

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 27th

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 28th

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
Final Presentations

6:00 pm

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

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.

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.

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.

David Szedely
CFO @ Neulogy Ventures

David has been in charge of finance, reporting, operations at Neulogy Ventures, ensuring compliance with the fund statutes and Luxembourg regulations. In addition to his CFO role, David serves as investment manager and board member of multiple investments, and consults the portfolio companies on issues related to finance and accounting-related issues. He enjoys the process of turning data into easy to digest information, and believes in the importance of data-driven decision making.

Coaches and Mentors

Petr Joachim
Leadership mentor

Minimalist coach and developer Petr works currently for Engineering. He specialises himself in making simple solutions to complicated problems. He does it making solutions concrete rather than vague, pure rather than complex and last but not least actionable.

Petr's career skyrocketed from Netdevelo - now rebranded to Shopsys e-commerce developer. Going through, he gained experience from a big company culture in leadership, engineering and software architecture. From a position of Lead developer of content division in, Petr switched to At he finally hung on his engineering career and started pursuing new goals as an individual coach.

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.

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 

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.

Martin Andrle
Product Designer & Co-Founder

Martin works as a digital product designer at Status Quack which he co-founded and you can blame him for startupweekend movement in Czechia - He has his own non-profit program for young talents, impacttravelers, who are sent to developing countries to make an impact. 

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.

Michal Sleziak
Head of Design at GoodRequest

Michal is a designer with a passion for technology and products that bring value to people. He specializes in user-oriented UI/UX design. He is a graduate of Informatics from the Faculty of Management Science and Informatics in Žilina. He’s currently leading a creative team in a digital studio GoodRequest. Michal has founded community zaDesign, where he organizes discussions focused on technology and design. He has worked on projects for clients such as Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, ZSE, Azet, Tipsport, KROS and Ringier Axel Springer

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Zilina 7 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

Signature Sponsors

365.fintech is an CEE – based investment platform focused on providing financing and support to early to scale-up stage technology startups mainly but not only in areas of innovative Fintech, InsurTech and Big Data areas.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Veronika
  • Anna
  • Nikolas
  • Daniel
  • Martina


Kateryna Degtyar
networker/organizer at various events

SW organizer an Startup Grind Kyiv Chapter Director.
Got an MBA in Istanbul and decided to develop startup community in Ukraine. Works full-time as Kyiv office director at WannaBiz accelerator.

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