Techstars Startup Weekend Varna
30 October - 1 November 2020
ONLINE
varna@startupweekend.org
Welcome!
Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches, the event continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, culminating in Sunday night demos and presentations.

Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.

Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.
Learn, Network, Startup
Welcome!
Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches, the event continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, culminating in Sunday night demos and presentations.

Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.

Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.
Learn, Network, Startup
Event Organisers
Galin Zhelyazkov
Ioan Gospodinov
Mentors
Selected by the organising team to help you throughout the weekend
Galin Zhelyazkov
IT serial entrepreneur
Galin Zhelyazkov is a IT serial entrepreneur. Graduated software engineering and management, global innovation management and entrepreneurship and innovation in Sweden, UK and Australia. Co-founder and founder of a total of 5 companies from different fields.
He worked on numerous projects in his hometown of Varna as drive-in cinema, summer cinema in Varna, Beehive co-working space Varna, Startup Weekend Varna, Startup Europe Week, Startup Grind and TEDxPlovdiv (in Plovdiv). He is also a co-founder at Northeast pre-accelerator and a mentor to several young entrepreneurs.
Temelko Dechev

Entrepreneur, Owner and CEO of ExpandX Marketing & Web, Partner in Goldies Media Group and Expert in Consilience Ventures
Temelko Dechev - Entrepreneur, Owner and CEO of ExpandX Marketing & Web, Partner in Goldies Media Group and Expert in Consilience Ventures. Temelko has extensive international business experience gained over the past 13 years. He studied Economics, Marketing, International Finance and Business Administration at universities in Bulgaria, Portugal, Austria and England.

He has built and developed a number of brands and projects on markets abroad and in Bulgaria. As a marketing manager at Fantastic Services Group, for several years he developed from 0 and led a large team (sales, marketing, IT) and several services sold in the UK markets. He has also participated in several technology startups, as a marketing and sales manager.

Prior to founding ExpandX Marketing & Web, he was Sales and Business Development Manager at one of the largest real estate companies in the UK, Martin & Co Group. In 2 years, the value of the portfolio of the London Bridge-based office he manages has risen to over £ 35 million. Temelko Dechev has also worked on projects as a management consultant with clients from a leading telecommunications conglomerate operating in the DACH region and international companies operating in the sectors "Manufacturing", "IoT", banking and automotive.

Temelko is a delegate to the 15th World Business Dialogue, a YTILI participant in the US State Department, a TEDx speaker, founder and board member of JCI - World Federation of Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs. He has conducted numerous trainings with teams in sales, marketing and business development, seminars and master classes in Great Britain, Portugal, USA, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Serbia, Turkey, Germany, Austria, Romania and others.
Krum Krumov
Psychologist and psychotherapist with experience in working with children from different social groups.
Krum Krumov is a psychologist and psychotherapist with experience in working with children from different social groups. He is also a doctoral student in social psychology. Beyond his professional experience, he is a loving husband and father. In the last year, these two aspects of his life have been combined (and successfully) in the project he created with his wife - Simona. At their publishing house, Carrot, they create innovative, original educational materials for early childhood development and support hundreds of parents in "giving wings" to their children. Krum believes in children's abilities and works for his son to grow up in a society that encourages him to be an adventurer.
Tsveta Tsankova
Payments Compliance Controller at Booking.com
I greatly value variety and derive energy from shaping and delivering projects in fast-paced settings. This is why I am always excited to learn about fresh ideas and render them comprehensible to different audiences.

As a Payments Compliance Controller at Booking.com, I provide quality and risk assessment on a global scale. This process and control improvement environment allows my inner Sherlock Holmes to shine when identifying weak links in the payment flow.

Owing to a multi-disciplinary background both academically as well as professionally, my expertise includes project management, branding and trade marketing, data analysis, and policy assessment.
Petar Indzhev
Digital marketing specialist and founder of a digital agency
Petar Inzhev is a graduated digital marketing specialist and founder of a digital agency in Varna. He specialises in developing long term SEO and Google Ads strategies which compilate all aspects of optimisations. This includes content writing, link building, technical seo, CMS administration and monitoring.

For him SEO strategy is not only about technical work and research, but also building valuable relations, observing the competition and targeting the right audience. He successfully worked on many projects in the industrial, health and technological niche in Bulgaria, Austria and USA, providing a significant traffic growth and interest for his clients.
Lachezar Lazarov
Practical digital marketer
Lachezar Lazarov is a practical digital marketer. Graduated as an accountant and digital marketing specialist and with a couple of years as quality assurance in the fin-tech industry, he describes himself as attention to details oriented.

Co-founder of a digital agency in Varna, he and his partner are constantly developing their skills and expertise in order to be competitive and of course help clients who entrust the digital business growth to the agency. Lachezar has been involved in many digital projects in the education, tech and industrial niche in Bulgaria, Austria and USA, providing digital brand and sales growth to his clients.
Maria Dimitrova
Maria Dimitrova currently is leading an office with 1000+ employees. She has a master degree in software engineering, followed by a degree in finance. Experienced in improving failing or poorly performing teams and in providing meaningful objectives, clarity and structure in day-to-day business.

She worked for 3 major international companies, the current one is a leader in the BPO sector having 112 offices worldwide with 90 000+ associates.

Maria is a great young generation supporter participating in TEDx talks with her topic "be prepared for the challenge: Z-generation coming to work" and mentoring young entrepreneur projects under Junior Achievement Bulgaria initiative.
Maria Marinova
Director of the Bulgarian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA)
Maria is Director of the Bulgarian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) and she is in charge of the overall organization and strategy of the association. Previously, she was part of the team at the European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association, Invest Europe, based in Brussels. She worked on industry promotion and member relations with more than 600 member firms and 600 affiliate members – from seed and venture capital funds to mid-market and large-buyout. Maria has proven professional experience in the spheres of business, finance, and education. In Brussels, she was part of the Business Confederation UNITEE and the Institute for European Studies, IES. In Bulgaria, she negotiated and executed executive programs for C-level professionals for firms such as VMware and AG Capital, during her business development work at the American University in Bulgaria. Maria holds MSc in Communication Studies, MA in Diplomacy and BА in Business Administration.
Judges
George Minchev
George is reaching his 7th year working on the improvement of the business environment in Varna, the last 2 years focused on growth and business expansions across Europe.
Ivelin Ivanov
Ivo is the founder of computer clubs "Doom". He has participated in many IT as well as non- IT projects throughout the years. He has experience in the stock market as well as the building industry.
Lyubomir Panayotov
Board of directors at "CBA" . Building, agriculture.
Event Schedule
Friday 30th - Sunday 1st
Friday
Introduction
Saturday
Learn the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
Sunday
Demo Day
Global Startup Weekend Partners
Google for Startups
Google Cloud Platform helps startups build web/mobile apps and is offering participants $300 in credit to build their apps (link can be found here). Teams can use Google Trends + Market Finder to test if there is a growing demand for their product and in which markets.

> $300 USD in cloud platform credit
> Register at cloud.google.com/free
GoDaddy Registry
GoDaddy Registry provides a domain name that many innovators and entrepreneurs all over the world use. As part of our partnership, each participant can register a free domain name with GoDaddy Registry (.co, .us, .biz). Read more here. Redemption codes will be given to participants by the organizing team.

> 1 x free GoDaddy Registry domain, per person
> Participants can redeem the code from: startup.co

For more information, visit GoDaddy Registry's site or reach out to support@porkbun.com.
Our partners
If you are interested in becoming a partner or sponsor, please feel free to write us at varna@startupweekend.org
Contact
Questions? We are here to help!
E-mail: help@techstars.com



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