Techstars Startup Weekend Skopje Online
16-18 April 2021

skopje@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.

If you've ever been to a Techstars Startup Weekend, you know it's one of the most thrilling 54 hours you can imagine. You experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressures that make up life at a startup. As you work, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors and sponsors — all who are ready to help you refine your idea.

A Techstars Startup Weekend Online takes the best of our in-person experience and amplifies it with the scope and reach of the best digital tools available.
Learn, Network, Startup
Ivona Zabaznovska and Jana Andeva
Facilitators
Ivona: Creative problem solver, with million ideas on her mind.

Jana: A sharp-minded designer driven by innovative solutions and creativity.
Mentors
Selected by the organising team to help you throughout the weekend
Ivan Veselinovski
Повеќегодишно менаџерско искуство во трговија, со фокус на оптимизација на процеси. Excel фанатик со пасија за CRM и ERP системи.
Olga Rajcic
Olga is working in a family-owned business, as well as is a co-founder of GREEN IT (Challenger). She strives for a socially responsible economy and is eager to solve everyday problems. Being born into an entrepreneurial family, one of her key characteristics are a strong attitude and being keen to continuously take part in new projects that have long-lasting positive impact on the society. She has been part of several pitching competitions, and is a proud member of Youth Council of US Embassy and Global Shapers Skopje. She is also a board member of Women in Tech Macedonia.
Darko Gjorgjievski
Co-founder of Zero to Users. Senior growth marketer at Solveo. Researching acquisition channels that consistently work for founders.
Vladislav Bidikov
Faculty Computer center at the Faculty for Computer Science and Engineering in Skopje. Working 15+ years with young and talented people. StartUp Weekend veteran (actually part of every StartUp Weekend in Skopje so far). Great experience with IOT, scalability od IT systems, Cloud, and technology in general.
Vlado Cekikj
Vlado Cekikj is the CEO & Founder of squareONE Marketing & Advertising, the first fully remote digital marketing agency in the Republic of North Macedonia. Also, he is a marketing consultant with extensive experience in the digital marketing field and communication design.
Believing in the consistent process of embracing new technologies, fostering innovation, and sharpening critical business and leadership skills, the company has international growth with clients from more than 20 industries.
Vlado is the recipient of the Business Elite's "Under 30" Award as one of the most influential and successful young business leaders in the South East Region, but also is awarded as 2020 Man of the Year in the category of "Young Business Manager of the Year under the age of 30".
Igor Mishevski
Entrepreneurship 🚀 Ventures Building 🔧 Market Systems Development 🌾 MSc in Economics | Certified Management Consultant®️

Working across different sectors and delivering innovative ideas, developed my career path as an entrepreneurship and ventures building specialist, market system development practitioner and green economy evangelist in the Balkan region.
Ilija Bojchovikj
UX Libertarian, nudging users to take the right direction. 10 years in the game, translating robot to human language and vice-versa. UX Strategy? Disney, Coca-Cola, Canon, SouthWest Airlines, fintech, healthcare, manufacturing, television, airline, software development conglomerates…you name it, they have it, probably with my help.
Founder of AcademyOfUX.com - The Best User Experience training centre in the Balkans.
Ivan Jankov
Nina Nikolich
Nina Nikolich - Swiss EP Program Officer

Nina's mission is to develop and strengthen the startup and innovation ecosystem in MKD and the Balkan region. She has been doing that from 2014 through the #MKstartups community and as an executive advisory board member and co-founder of the association Startup Macedonia. Strategically fostering collaboration and synergies among startups, partner organizations, policy makers, local and regional/international eco-system actors.

Specialties in the field of : storytelling, copywriting, innovative thinking, pitching, growth hacking, lean startup, A/B testing, customer discovery, business model canvas, business development...
Speakers
Kosta Petrov
Kosta Petrov is Acting Director of FITD (www.fitr.mk)

Petrov is internationally renowned entrepreneur, PR expert and a bestselling business author in North Macedonia. He is the founder of P World, one of the world's leading events agencies with operations in 40 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Asia and North America.

For two years in a row, Kosta was included in Kongres Magazine's list of Most Influential Events Professionals in Southeast Europe.

He is a contributor for the US edition of the Huffington Post and MENA's Digital Boom, former Head of Professionals Development at IABC EMENA and a regular speaker at events around the world on the topics of entrepreneurship, public relations and leadership.

Kosta is also a bestselling author in his native Macedonia and the author of the internationally acclaimed book The Fear. He is also the editor of the Little Black Book of PR, the first ever book on public relations written by PR practitioners for PR practitioners.

Fatmir Bytyqi
Fatmir Bytyqi was appointed Deputy President of the Government in charge of Economic Affairs, Coordination of Economic Sectors and Investments on August 30th 2020.

He is an international expert in the area of managing economic processes and reforms and has more than 20 years of work experience in over 100 various programs and projects aimed at developing sectors, national institutions, economic chamber and companies.

Mr. Bytyqi has conducted more than 500 trainings in the Western Balkan countries and so far, has been professionally engages as consultant and advisor in several governments, ministries and institutions in the region. As of 2008 he has been actively involved as an expert for EU funds accessing and management and is known as one of the leading professionals in this area throughout the region.

His field of expertise is strategic planning and managing development, economic and business programs and is an excellent savant of business opportunities in almost all countries in the region having many years of experience in the real sector as entrepreneur, consultant and executive manager.
Judges
Vladimir Trajkovik
Vladimir Trajkovik is a professor at the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius. He is co-founder or partner in four ICT companies, has done management consultancy in five ICT companies, and has been a mentor of nine ICT companies. His interests focus on interests focus on ICT-based Collaboration Systems, Education, and Connected Health.
Igor Madzov
Dushica Lazarova
Business & Project Manager at HASELT.

Experienced in all phases of a project management life cycle, currently focused on software product development.
Tech Tools
Here are the tech tools you will need during this online event!
Event Schedule - Coming Soon
Friday 16 - Sunday 18
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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.
Local Sponsors and Partners
The Techstars Startup Weekend Skopje team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.

Platnum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Signature Sponsors
Media Sponsors
Blog
Contact
Questions? We are here to help!
E-mail: skopje@startupweekend.org

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