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Innovation Center Banja Luka

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

Oct 19
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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

Oct 20
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Lunch
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Oct 21
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Dinner!
Organizers
Speakers

Erol Mujanovic

He completed his undergraduate studies in Management and Business Administration in France, where he also obtained an M.A. degree in Business Intelligence. He continued his professional development through numerous trainings and programs. We single out several weeks lasting programs in Bled Business School and in Washington DC, where he was subjected to rigorous coaching in the fields such as negotiations, strategic planning, HRM, etc.

After few years of employment with Altadis enterprise and with one regional development agency, Erol returned from France to work in BiH's Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA). He subsequently worked with the UNDP and the Economic Department of the French Embassy. He worked in Recognita team from September 2007 to July 2009.

Current assignement as a Joint UN programme Team Leader in the field of Youth employment requires very strong project management skills because the project is being implemented in a very complex and rapidly changing environment. Implementation is taking place in 17 municipalities, with 35 persons and with USD 6.5 millions to be managed. Project targets for Y3 were achieved at Y2 already, because of great teamwork.

Erol was engaged in numerous consultancy assignments and has extensive experience in training provision, predominantly to the (practicing and prospective) managers of enterprises.

Vladimir Brankovic

Vladimir was born in 1980 in Banja Luka. After a long career as a handball player he started his own company called BBPrint. In 2011 he patented “Flamestick” – waterproof sticks for lightning fire. In short period “Flamestick” become international product and it can be found in shops across the Europe.

Maxim Gurvitis

Max 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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Aleksandar Cabrilo

Aleksandar is a co-founder and president of Serbian Business Angels Network (SBAN), one of the leading venture capital/private equity organizations in Serbia that brings together investors, successful entrepreneurs and other relevant stakeholders.

Aleksandar founded engineering company HTEC, where he acts as a CEO, with a focus on business management, business & concept development and professional networking.

He graduated at the Faculty for Electrotechnical engineering at University in Belgrade. After graduation he worked for Dutch company Silicon Hive, which is semiconductor industry IP provider, a Philips research spin-off.

Next to having engagement on positions mentioned above, he co-founded and invested in few technology start ups, had several business consulting agreements and is often a guest speaker on IT and investments related conferences.

Sasa Cvetojevic

Entrepreneur working in health sector, mobile telecommunications and distribution of FCMG.
Owner and co owner in companies and healthcare institutions working on Croatian market.
Angel investor and business consultant

Emir Pilavdzic

26 years old entrepreneur with huge passion for developing, launching and improving online projects which really benefit to end users. Making money is bonus, not primary focus.

As a leader and CEO, I tend to be proactive and flexible with working hours as I really love to work late, and I can't function properly without minimum of 8 hours sleep.

Aleksandar Dodik

Area of Aleksandar professional interest is entrepreneurship. In his work, he successfully combines gained experience with theoretical knowledge.

In previous work he gained extensive experience in the field of entrepreneurship, business planning, organizational skills, and the development of the local community facilities.

He currently performs the functions of the Chairman of the Board of Association “Centre of Entrepreneurial Initiatives”, the President of Association of CEFE Trainers in Bosnia and Herzegovina and as a senior trainer he has held over 800 trainings in strategic planning.

Goran Coric

Goran started his first company when he was 19 years old. It was company for design, production and distribution of women and man clothes. When he was 22 years old he started retail chain named “Van Gogh” where he distributed brands like Gas, Miss Sixty, and Diesel. Later, he started advertising company and he team up with international group Metropolis. This company soon becomes leading company in the outdoor advertising sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They have changed their name to Metromedia. Before three years he started retail chain named Moj Market.

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Katarina Babic Jankovic
Bojan Kovacevic
Vladimir Corda
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