Startup Weekend Prague

    Friday, March 3 - 5, 2017


  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
  7. Blog
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Startup Weekend Prague

Friday, March 3 - 5, 2017



Friday, March 3 - 5, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Node5
Radlická 180/50
Prague, Czech Republic 150 00

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After 4 years is Startup Weekend back in Prague

What is Startup Weekend Prague?

Startup Weekend Prague is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, and business development folks come together to form teams, validate their ideas, build new products and launch startups, all in one weekend. It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Prague and launch your next startup! Don't miss out to be part of it! 

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 +2000 past events in over 135 countries around the world with over 13k startups created with the help of over 123k entrepreneurs.
 

How does it work?

Startup Weekend is an event designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night, participants get 60 seconds to pitch their ideas to the crowd and try to recruit the best talent in the room. Continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, the Startup Weekend culminates in Sunday night demos and presentations, where teams present their minimum viable product (MVP) to a panel of expert judges, fellow participants, and other guests. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs and mentors. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. 

Why should you join?

  1. You will experience what it's like in the startup world, and learn first hand about every step of building a business. At the very least it'll be a memorable weekend away from your usual daily routine.
  2. You might find your perfect co-founder soulmate with whom you'll go on to launch a successful startup, be it this weekend or down the road.
  3. We take good care of you during the weekend. All you need to bring is yourself and your laptop. We’ll provide you with:
  • Plenty of food to keep your energy levels up
  • Unlimited coffee
  • Startup Weekend Prague T-shirt
  • Fantastic working space of Node5
  • Access to the best startup tools
  • Advice and coaching from some of the area's best startup mentors
  • Global community of entrepreneurs
Startup Weekend attracts each community’s best makers and doers, and by spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, our participants build long-lasting relationships and may even walk away with a job or an investor. Plus, if your team wins, you will get loads of additional resources and coaching to help you get your startup off the ground. 

Check out the Startup Weekend FAQ for answers to the questions you might have about the event. 






EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday March 3rd


6:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:00 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


7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:45 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 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 March 4th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:45 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:30 pm
Lunch


2:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


2:30 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:00 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday March 5th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:30 pm
Presentation Practice
Get ready to present your idea and receive a valuable feedback from our coaches


4:00 pm
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:00 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!


Event Judges


Guillaume Fournier
Associate at Credo Ventures

Guillaume joined Credo Ventures after obtaining his MBA from INSEAD. He first started his career with an internship at Goldman Sachs in the US, and then worked as a strategy consultant in Kaiser Associates' London office. Prior to obtaining his MBA, Guillaume also spent a year gaining experience in VC as an associate in newly established fund Athene Capital. Guillaume enjoys bouldering, kite surf, squash and board games. 


Petr Koubský
Managing Director at iCollege

Managing Director at iCollege Petr, born 1961, is older than the Internet. After obtaining his PhD in cybernetics, he co-founded the first Czech computer magazine Softwarové noviny, where he served as editor-in-chief for many years. He is currently responsible for iCollege, a company providing entrepreneurial education. Besides, he is a publisher of the magazine 067.cz; he teaches at the University of Economics in Prague; and enjoys jazz, running, climbing & his family.


Alexander Hafner
Managing Director at METRO Accelerator

Alexander is Techstars Managing director at the METRO Accelerator for RETAIL in Berlin. He was the GM @MakerBot Europe a division of 3D Printing market leader Stratasys. As a long time entrepreneur in software implementation and consulting @HAFNER’S BÜRO he was first to bring MakerBot to Europe and worked with 3D printing Professionals and Startups on ideas to provide this ecosystem to new fields in engineering, healthcare, education and consumers with establishing a reseller, retail and service network for the brand. He was invited to Stanford University to lecture about European Market Entry Strategies for Tech Startups in 2015. He is enthused about entrepreneurial environments, sales, marketing, lead generation and business development. Alexander stands for building businesses and teams from scratch and foster profitable growth. He lives in Berlin and calls Florida his second home.


Cedric Maloux
Managing Director at StartupYard

Cedric has been founding and managing internet startups since 1996 and is currently the CEO of StartupYard, a Prague-based tech startups accelerator. Initially an IT engineer specialised in Artificial Intelligence, Cedric spent all his career turning technologies into businesses.


Hubert Palán
CEO of ProductBoard

Hubert is the founder and CEO of ProductBoard, Inc., an enterprise software service for strategic product design and management, headquartered in San Francisco, California. proudctboard is proud to be backed by some of the world’s best investors at Index Ventures, Credo Capital, and Spread Capital.

Passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience, Hubert mentors and advises startups, judges teams at many entrepreneurship competitions and he also frequently speaks at his two alma maters, the University of California Berkeley, where he got his MBA and certificate in Entrepreneurship (and was a student of the father of lean startup Steve Blank) and the Czech Technical University where he received a MSc. in Computer Science. Hubert also presented at numerous industry conferences and events and was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal.
Hubert lives with his wife Jenna and their baby boy Hubert V. in Oakland, CA.





Coaches and Mentors


Juraj Masár
VP of Engineering at Represent

Juraj grew the Prague office of Represent.com (acquired by CustomInk in early 2016) from 3 to 20 people and lead the development of the web-based e-commerce platform. Juraj founded Appivia.com  (acquired by Prizeo in 2014), Rulecar.com  and Customer.guru. A software engineer by heart, he also helps startups with the development of minimum viable products and their market validations, as well as hiring, operations, and performance marketing.


Vladimír Mokrý
Service Designer and Entrepreneur

Experienced versatile service designer – from pencil to Sketch, user research and discussions with customers to app prototyping and execution. He used to be a pixel-perfect pedant. Then, last years while delivering products in startups, He realised that done is better than perfect. Now, He focuses on details that matters.


Jerguš Slota
Strategic communications consultant at Publicis One

A brand strategist to his core, Jergus has worked on comms for brands spanning across the industryspectrum. He handles new business development for creative and media agencies (Zenith, Starcom, Leo Burnett, Saatchi&Saatchi, Publicis) both locally and across the CEE region. He’s well versed in all things related to comms and media, brand building, consumer data mining, online and standard ATL marketing.

Besides, his strengths include pitch storytelling and presentation design.


Michal Vojta
Co-founder at SALESDOCk

Michal knows how to build a sales strategy and turn it into actual sell. He gained his experience in an American corporation. Then he switched to a Dutch startup serving software products to the Scandinavian markets. Upon his return back to Prague he co-founded SALESDOCk an outsourcing sales provider for the hi-tech startups. He strives to make sales as structured and data driven as possible.

Michal can help to define and find customers, set up sales strategy, channels, infrastructure and hopefully making sales fun.


Katarina Agustini
CEO at Trivi

Katarína likes to implement unusual ideas on the pristine field. One example, back in the times, people were afraid of buying holiday trips on the Internet. Katka was part of the team which had changed this perspective, that lead to sucessfull company invia.cz. Back then Katka established and led invia in Slovakia. Today, she supplies a lot of startups by her energy. She has experienced to lead various projects: from technical ones - location intelligence CleverMaps, through her advices in financial segment for Ecocapsule to mentoring teams in Impact Hub 100-Day Challenge. Katka currently leads fintech company TRIVI.


Michal Kačerik
CTO at SaferPass

Michal as CTO at SaferPass (US founded startup) leads the product and distribution team. He is also co-founder of BeeSafe - personal mobile safety application, which won Startup Weekend Zilina 2013.
Active in the Slovak startup scene, regular Startup Weekend mentor and mentor at Pioneers festival.
Has experience in digital marketing, consumer software distribution, performance marketing, software engineering and digital security.
Can help you with: how to win SW, market research, customer interviews, marketing, presentation, validation.


Michael Repetný
CEO at Zeerat

Michael Repetný got a chance to pitch Silicon Valley investors in Y Combinator accelerator back in 2014. Getting grilled many times while pitching, he's going to share his ideas on how to get better at it. Michael is in charge of the company ZEERAT where he's responsible for product strategy and execution. „We work in web analytics. Put simply, Zeerat is like a camera for your websites, it shows who your visitors are and what they're doing on your website. Currently used by Slevomat, Rohlik.cz, Tutor, Hotel.cz, Bonami and many more.” These days, Michael is closing $0.5M seed investment round for Zeerat following initial angel investment.


Olda Neuberger
CEO at Ilikeyou.com

Technologist and entrepreneur. Founder of Libimseti.cz, Czech social network before Facebook, one of the largest sites in the Czech republic back in 2008. Founder of Ilikeyou.com, social network for meeting new people with 5 mil.+ members from all around the world. Cofounder of Icollege.cz, an educational program for prospective internet entrepreneurs. Adjunct lecturer at UNYP and AAU universities.


Petr Bela
Co-founder & CTO at Flex TV

Petr is an experienced software engineer, entrepreneur, investor and advisor. He currently serves as CTO of Flex TV, the first live social home fitness workout platform. Prior to starting Flex TV, he worked at Chute, a San Francisco-based YC W12 alumni, for almost four years, helping scale the platform from seed stage to becoming a global player in the visual marketing automation space. Before joining Chute, he co-founded two startups in the Czech Republic: one fail and one exit. Petr can help you with identifying your customer, scaling your application, and focusing on building the right thing.


Sebastian Campos Groth
Program Manager at Techstars

A German and Mexican citizen, Sebastian has worked in academia, business consulting and startups. In Mexico City he studied business and politics before working at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Security and Trade research. In Berlin, Sebastian obtained a Masters degree at the Hertie School of Governance with a focus on the economic determinants of the startup ecosystem in Berlin. After a year in consulting, he worked with the executive board of Zanox, the largest affiliate marketing network in Europe, before moving on to a BD position at Jospotting and developing large corporate client accounts.


Jakub Balada
Co-founder at Apifier

Software engineer and agile evangelist. Went through Y Combinator Fellowship with Apifier in late 2015 and recently raised seed round in Czech Republic.
Apifier is a web crawler that extracts structured data from any website using a few simple lines of JavaScript. It has customers all over the world, mainly startups using it as a data source, especially at early stage.
If you need structured data from any website for your startup, Jakub is the person you should ask for help.


Petr Brzek
Co-founder & Head of Product at Avocode

Petr is a co-founder and head of product at Avocode. He won the last StartupWeekend in Prague with a project called CSS Hat. CSS Hat is a Photoshop plugin that earns over $200k till today. Petr was also part of StartupYard 2012 batch and 500 Startups Batch 17. 


Bojan Jovanovic
Senior Architect at Kiwi.com

Bojan with skilled developer with more than 11 years of experience. He currently works as a Senior Architect at Kiwi.com.


Jozef Képesi
CTO at Kiwi.com

Jozef is a CTO at Kiwi.com. 


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Prague team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Startup Weekend Prague is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Martin
    Andrle
  • Lukas
    Hudecek
  • Jan Antonin
    Kolar
  • Zuzana
    Maderová
  • Ricardo
    Monagas

Facilitators


Tetiana Siianko

Love making things happen #artstech #foodtech

Event Staff


Petra Pikartová
Team leader at Node5

Petra works as a Team Leader at co-working space Node5. 


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