Startup Weekend Žilina

    Friday, October 18 - 20, 2019

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Startup Weekend Žilina

Friday, October 18 - 20, 2019

Friday, October 18 - 20, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Žilinská univerzita v Žiline
Univerzitná 8215/1
Žilina, Slovakia 010 26

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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       
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Friday October 18th

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

6:00 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

6:50 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:45 pm
Lean Startup
Workshop by Slavo Tuleya

9:30 pm
Begin Work
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 October 19th

8:30 am
Warm up

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 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

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 20th

8:30 am
Warm up
Yoga Time

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:30 pm

1:00 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

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

6:30 pm

7:15 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm
Go Home!


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. 

Coaches and Mentors

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 

Bohuš Pokštefl
CEO and Co-Owner at Kontentino

Bohumil studied innovation and operation management in Copenhagen and worked as marketing consultant for West Virginia University. He has recently got into the Forbes 30 under 30 list.
Within 3 years He and his team turned a small internal tool created in an advertising agency, into a leading social media tool. Kontentino is improving the relationship and trust between ad agencies and clients. It is currently used by more than 3000 agencies and brands such as IKEA, BBDO, ASAHI, or Ogilvy.

Radoslav Mizera
VP & Chief Innovation Officer at Solved - The Cleantech Company Ltd.

Now I am happy for being an entrepreneur for the 5th year as Co-Founder / Chief Innovation Officer at Solved – The Cleantech Company. Before that, I worked over 8 years as a Global Industry Analyst at Finpro Vienna (Finnish Trade and Investment Promotion Organization, now Business Finland) specializing in cleantech markets. Besides consulting done for the Finnish cleantech SMEs, I was also an active member of the Cleantech Finland team from its very beginning in 2008 – bringing it to the world of social / digital media and co-creating the digital tool Solved.From the industry point of view, I actively deal with questions & topics such as green digital solutions, sustainable energy and mobility systems, smart cities, etc. Besides my home – Slovakia – I have lived in the USA, China, Austria and my “second home” – Finland. I was also an university lector, bachelor thesis supervisor and I liked it!

Adam Brocka
Business Designer

Adam stál pri zrode startupového akcelerátora Uplift a viedol inkubačné programy pre spoločensky-prospešné firmy a sociálne inovácie. Minulý rok spoluzaložil komunitu Service Design CZSK, ktorá šíri povedomie o dizajne služieb na Slovensku. Vždy ho fascinovalo kombo inovácií a udržateľných riešení problémov v biznise aj spoločnosti. Dnes v inovačnom štúdiu kiuub pomáha firmám inovovať služby a produkty tak, aby mali viac spokojných zákazníkov. Chcete svoj projekt odlíšiť, nastaviť jeho stratégiu alebo komunikačný koncept? Adam je k dispozícii. 

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

Peter Strazovec
CEO at PayOut/ BeeSafe/ Strape

Peter is a team lead by heart. He is a security area expert with 15yrs of experience with public or private safety. Startup enthusiast, StartupWeekend and Pioneers mentor, winner of Startup Weekend Zilina six years ago with the project running public with 12k+ downloads protecting people in 100+ countries and hitting break-even last year.
In business, Peter is an analytical problem solver and project deadline hunter, harnessing the power of emerging technologies to overcome complex systems integration challenges focusing on fintech and egaming.
Feel free to talk with him about how to deliver MVP in the shortest time possible, how to prove ideas in your startups and how to sustain growth.

Karol Kocúr

Soňa Ondrejková
Business Mentor

I believe, that I can make a positive impact in the world by doing things that matter. After long experience in IT business as SAP consultant, project manager and manager of the delivery centre, I decided to start my own company and brand Rozhýb Biznis in 2016. There we help small and medium companies to define effective processes in order to deliver the maximum value for their clients. Together with our clients, we create strong, mistake free and overload free process flows. We mentor them to make meaningful business decisions by defining and measuring the right KPIs. So altogether we help to create effective and free companies that can activate their business potential into the right direction.

Milan Steskal
Product owner at mySugr

Milan is a product owner at mySugr in Vienna where he is leading the coaching solution for educating and supporting people with diabetes. Before mySugr, Milan had spent 5 years with his own startup Mentegram - he found the investors, launched the product, got the first customers. And then in 2018 he passed the company to a new CEO who is now successfully growing Mentegram in Australia. You can find Milan's experience in a book "How To Launch a Startup" on Amazon. Look for him especially if you want to understand how to make sure that your users will like your idea. Keywords "innovation = problem + solution + business model".

Eva Šugárová

Ako výtvarník, ako žena v IT, ako analytik, ako podnikateľ - tvorbe produktu Eva rozumie z mnohých strán.
Zákazníkovi na dotyk v korporáciách so zodpovednosťou za komplikované projekty strávila roky.
S vlastným kreatívnym biznisom začínala od nuly popri zamestnaní. Dnes uľahčuje štart iným, vzdeláva, konzultuje.
Vie, čo všetko dokáže dobrý vizuál zachrániť a ako si ním v podnikaní pomôcť aj s minimálnym rozpočtom.
Jej supershopnosťou je hľadanie a nachádzanie vizuálneho nápadu a kreatívny branding.

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.

Rado Hankovský
Co-founder & Business developer Young Heads s.r.o.

Rado Hankovský je sales expert, podnikateľ a jeden z 3 spoluzakladateľov inovačného štúdia kiuub. Po bohatých skúsenostiach z firiem ako ZF alebo Unilever pôsbil ako biznis development manager v iniciatíve Night of Chances, kde 3 roky pomáhal viac ako 100 korporátnym klientom s náborom mladých talentov na SK/CZ/UK trhu. Ako bývalý karatista je presvedčený, že pre úspech v salese je podstatný pohotový prístup, obratnosť a zdravá miera humoru. O túto a kopec ďalších lekcií z predaja sa s vami podelí ako mentor jesenného SWZA.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Martina
  • Daniel
  • Veronika
  • Anna
  • Oliver
  • Michal


Andrei Cosmin Munteanu
Community wizard

Tech savvy traveller. I'm a guy with a Computer Science background who found a really cool environment in Startup Weekend. I've first participated at a Startup Weekend in 2013. It was a really awesome experience and that's why I decided to be part of this great movement and the impact it has on local communities. It's a really cool experience, you get to learn a lot and meet many great people. Startup Weekend Global Facilitator with lots of energy!

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