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Innovation Centre Kosovo, Prishtina, Kosovo


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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Schedule

Friday

Nov 9
  • Regjistrimi
  • Hapja zyrtare
  • Fillimi i prezantimeve
  • Ushqim i lehtë
  • Pjesëmarrësit votojnë
  • Formohen ekipet dhe diskutohen idetë
  • Formohen ekipet dhe fillon puna derisa të lejojë vendi
  • Mund të rrini sa të doni por mund edhe ta përmbyllni

Saturday

Nov 10
  • Arritja - Mëngjes & Kafe
  • Arrijnë ekipet dhe fillon puna
  • Kërkohet ndihma e mentorëve
  • Dreka
  • Mentorët ndihmojnë ekipet në punët e tyre
  • Prezantim - Guest Speaker
  • Darka
  • Raportimet dhe shfaqja e nevojës për ndihmë
  • Mbaron puna, por mund të qëndroni sa të doni.

Sunday

Nov 11
  • Arritja - Mëngjes & Kafe
  • Arrijnë ekipet dhe fillon puna
  • Kërkohet ndihma e mentorëve
  • Dreka
  • Maxim Gurvits - Eleven Accelerator
  • Fillojnë përgaditjet për prezantime
  • Prezantimet finale
  • Darka
  • Vlerësimi dhe ndarja e shpërblimeve
  • Përmbyllje
  • PARTY!... vend sekret!
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Speakers

Maxim Gurvits

Associate, Eleven Startup Accelerator (Bulgaria)   |   LinkedIn

Maxim (Max) Gurvits is a VC with Eleven Startup Accelerator in Sofia, Bulgaria. He co-founded and exited the legal services startup Regeldit.nl in Amsterdam, and became an investment banker and a co-founding member of Eleven after that. He is a regular contributor to The Kernel Magazine, and is a mentor at Seedcamp. At Eleven, Max helps teams to focus on their metrics and demo-day readiness, and is buzzing around the Balkans to connect with startups throughout the region.

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Maxim Gurvits

Associate, Eleven Startup Accelerator (Bulgaria)   |   LinkedIn

Maxim (Max) Gurvits is a VC with Eleven Startup Accelerator in Sofia, Bulgaria. He co-founded and exited the legal services startup Regeldit.nl in Amsterdam, and became an investment banker and a co-founding member of Eleven after that. He is a regular contributor to The Kernel Magazine, and is a mentor at Seedcamp. At Eleven, Max helps teams to focus on their metrics and demo-day readiness, and is buzzing around the Balkans to connect with startups throughout the region.

Blaz Umek

Consultant / IPKO   |   LinkedIn

Technical consultant on strategies and innovations, with certified technical background in network engineering. Over 8 years of experience in Telecom industry, with 2 years international experience. Led major, strategic projects of cross-functional teams and external vendors. Target oriented, flexible and creative, good team player and motivator.Very tech savvy oriented, usually early adopter of interesting gadgets for different purposes.
Always on the look for new and interesting novelties, trying to combine innovation with business.

Mentor Sahiti

Adaptivit

Founder and executive director of Adaptivit IT Engineering, responsible for strategic development and expansion in western markets. With background in computer science, which he studied in Germany, and worked there in different IT companies for 8 years, he now has more than 17 years experience in IT business. He started with programming as 15 year old. In 2011-2012 lectured “Starting a Business” for the Learning for Growth project which helped young people in Kosova to start and manage a successful business.

Enver Doko

Comtrade

Enver Doko is an experienced professional from the ICT Sector in Kosovo and Macedonia, working as Managing Director of Comtrade Computers since 1992. He has been involved in many projects and has been in charge of the project and realization of the transfer of the equipment of the Dispatching Centre of Electrical Power Industry of Kosovo from the Power Substation Kosovo B, Obiliq to Prishtina. Doko is an engineer and has also experience from the ICT sector of Macedonia.

Teresa Crawford

Director at Partners for Democratic Change

Ms. Crawford has over 13 years of experience working with civil society organizations to help them make better use of information and information technology in their work. She has worked in over 30 countries on issues as diverse as eradicating violence against women in war, disability rights and minority civic participation. From 2006 to 2009 she was the Director of the Advocacy and Leadership Center at the Institute for Sustainable Communities and built a robust training and capacity building program for CSOs with a focus on collaborative advocacy and transformational leadership. An experienced trainer, manager and researcher Teresa is also the co-founder of IPKO, the first post-war Internet service provider in Kosovo. IPKO is now a multimillion dollar company and Teresa is on the board of IPKO Foundation, the first endowed local foundation in the region. Teresa has a degree in politics and peace & justice studies from the University of San Francisco and a Master's degree in nonprofit management and policy from NYU.

Coaches

Arian Celina

LinkedIn

Arian is a software engineer, web development enthusiast, software development consultant, and computer science lecturer. He has 7+ years of experience as Software Engineer, and 4 years as a lecturer. He holds bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Prishtina, Kosovo, and Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Hertfordshire, UK. Arian currently works as a Software Engineer for Raiffeisen Bank Kosovo J.S.C., and as a lecturer for the University for Business and Technology. Besides his professional interests, Arian is highly interested in startups and business process improvements.

Fisnik Ismaili

LinkedIn

Fisnik is the Founder and Creative Director of Ogilvy Karrota in Kosova, and until 2009 he held the same role at Ogilvy Albania, since he co-founded it in 2006. He is responsible for all creative aspects of the company as well as business development.He has over seventeen years of experience, seven of which working for leading design companies in London, UK, as a Creative Lead, producing web and print creative solutions for a number of major clients, such as Cisco Systems, Apple Europe, British Airways, Barclays Bank, Mattel and Channel 4. His work appeared in major newspapers, magazines and websites worldwide.Fisnik holds a BSc(Honours) degree in Multimedia from University of Westminster, London, UK and has won a number of major international advertising awards, including Cannes Gold Lion, Silver Clio, Silver Eurobest and Golden Drum Grand Prix.

Daniel Ray

Partner - S2   |   LinkedIn

Daniel Ray joined S2 in 1999, first as an Associate and later became an Associate Partner.
Daniel is currently a Partner in the 5th generation of S2. This generation includes S2 Baltic, focused on early stage companies in Eastern Europe.
As a serial entrepreneur, he has founded several successful technology companies and is currently the CEO/Co-founder of Seriously Inc, a full-service agency headquartered in New York City.

Ilir Bekteshi

CME / Marketing Communication Specialist   |   LinkedIn

Ilir is a graphic designer and marketing communication specialist. He has an experience of more than 10 years in communication and product development. Ilir currently works as a Brand Manager for Raiffeisen Bank Kosovo J.S.c, and he prefers the challenges and changes in market and technology and also admires the brave entrepreneurs and innovators.

Nita Salihu

Art director: Paper Communications   |   LinkedIn

Art director: Paper Communications
Founder: Bllok
Co-Founder: REDO Design Conference

Arts Faculty: University of Prishtina, holds a bachelor degree in Graphic Design and a Master degree in Multimedia and Graphic design 9 years of experience as an actively employed graphic designer.

Kushtrim Xhakli

Changers.com/HackFWD   |   LinkedIn

Kushtrim Xhakli is an entrepreneur with a high passion for innovation and market disruption. He is part of the management at Changers.com, a Berlin based company that develops innovative solar device which makes eco friendly behavior measurable and rewarding. He is often seen delivering guest talks on entrepreneurship at business schools and industry conferences. Kushtrim is also a referrer at HackFwd, an early stage investment company designed to enable great people with strategic direction to launch great companies

Organizers
Çelik Nimani
Kosovare Krasniqi
Gjergj Filipaj
Safet Rama
Besarta Ajeti
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