Techstars Startup

Weekend Balkans

19-21 November 2021


Learn, Network, Startup

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.

Event Organizers 

Kateryna Degtyar

Kateryna is the evaluation expert and Pitch Day judge at Ukrainian Startup Fund (USF) and also serves in a similar role for a private VC fund. When the timing is good Kateryna also acts as SG Kyiv Chapter director, SW organizer and facilitator and as an independent consultant. Regardless of the timing, Kateryna teaches 10 yoga classes a week, walks 8K steps a day and takes good care of work-life balance.

The nearest plan is to keep building good connections between Kyiv and other tech and business hubs. As an MBA student in Istanbul (2010-2012) Kateryna learned a lot about cultural adaptation as well as amazing business opportunities between the countries. The LP's of the private VC fund that she assists as analyst are located in many countries and speak not one and the same language. This is why it is soooooo goooood that SW connects so many different people through the years!


Selected by the organizing team to help you

throughout the weekend

Judges - Coming Soon


Event Schedule

Friday 19 -Sunday 21


18:30 - 19:00 Registration

19:00 - 20:00 Dinner & Networking

20:00 - 20:30 Welcome & Speakers

20:30 - 21:30 Pitches Start

21:30 - 21:45 Voting

21:45 - 22:15 Form teams

22:15 Begin Work

Saturday Learn the Fundamentals
of Entrepreneurship

09:00 Breakfast

09:30 Begin Work

13:00 Check-In

14:00 Workshops (optional)

14:00 - 18:00 Mentoring sessions

18:30 - 19:30 Dinner

19:30 - 21:30 Check-In

Demo Day

09:00 Breakfast

10:00 Team Check In

14:00 Pitch Prep & Rehearsal, Tech Check

17:00 Final Presentation

19:30 Dinner & Judging

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

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:

For more information, visit GoDaddy Registry's site or reach out to


> SW Miro Participant Board
> $1000 Miro Team Plan Credit

Each team can use the Miro SW Participant Board to access all of the resources, tools, milestones, and support that you need to help bring your idea to life in 54 hours.

The link to redeem your Miro credit will be emailed to all registered participants.


Prizes for Startup Weekend Balkans winners are valued €25,000 and they include:

1 week bootcamp in a European Startup Hub

Expenses paid in startup Conference within EU

Advisory services from EBRD Team

3 months of co-working space in any 6 Balkan countries

A custom website

Participation at the next Investor Club

Assistance with Marketing Strategy and custom website

Participation in an incubation program in a regional western Balkan hub

1 year hosting service

1000 euros coupon from Amazon

Intellectual property consultancy and many other

Supporting Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Balkans team is grateful for the support of partners without whom this event would not be possible.

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