Startup Weekend Zilina 7

    Friday, October 26 - 28, 2018

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  3. Coaches and Mentors
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  5. 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

Rektorat Zilinskej Univerzity
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!

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.

Ales Mlatilik
CEO @ Zlavomat

 Aleš vyštudoval Vysokú školu ekonomickú v Prahe. Svoju kariéru začal v korporácii General Electric (GE), kde nastúpil ihneď po ukončení štúdia. Manažérske skúsenosti prevažne v oblasti financií získaval v rámci skupiny GE v Severnej Amerike, EMEA a v juhovýchodnej Ázii, kde pôsobil celkovo osem rokov. V roku 2013 sa pripojil k akcionárom Slevomat Group, kde mal na starosti investičný manažment skupiny v Česku, na Slovensku, v Maďarsku, Litve, Estónsku a Lotyšsku. V roku 2014 prevzal vedenie portálu Zľ na Slovensku a provedl firmu kompletnou transformáciou a repositioningem brandu.

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
Head of Strategy Department @ Poštová banka

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 Postova Banka, to work on strategy and innovation, to become head of strategy and innovations. 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.

Jan Buza
CEE Business Development @ HubHub

Jan is responsible for CEE Business Development in HubHub, an international innovation platform and screening of investment opportunities for LRJ Capital, a VC fund. In the past, he served as Head of BD at Exponea, one of world’s fastest growing SaaS firms, where he led set up of marketing and operations. Prior to that, he worked for A.T. Kearney, a strategy consulting firm on projects for telco and utility companies.

Jozef Kovac
Cofounder & CTO

Jozef founded Exponea with aim to create the best marketing cloud. Currently, Exponea is is the #1 Fastest Growing SaaS Company in Europe. After several years of experience with data-mining and business analytics he decided to start a company, since he saw how hard is to access business analytics for companies. Not to forget, he is well-up in AI, and learned a bit as a CTO :).  

Martin Andrle
Product Designer

I work as a digital product designer at Status Quack which I co-founded and you can blame me for startupweekend movement in Czechia - I have my own non-profit program for young talents, impacttravelers, which are sent to developing countries to make an impact. 

Peter Soltes
CEO @ Promiseo

Peter started his first business in 2009. Today he is CEO of Promiseo, agency that combines marketing expertise with IT professionals to create an award winning solutions. Promiseo holds certifications like Google Premier Partner, ranked in Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA and is the yet the only Slovak agency to get shortlisted on Google Premier Partner Awards EMEA twice. Peter also started his own IT outsourcing company, is experienced in digital marketing, customer behavior and also can share his insights from the experience he has with building his own business from scratch to managing a team of 55 people. 

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

  • Michal
  • Veronika
  • Anna
  • Nikolas
  • Daniel
  • Michal
  • 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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