Tirana #5

Albania

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About

Share your idea, build your team and get to work: life is short, so why wasting time? Give all you’ve got and create a new business from scratch in a weekend. In a unique atmosphere, people from various backgrounds come together and develop early business concepts.

Mentors with proven experience in start-ups will guide you with first-hand tips on how to make a successful business. By Sunday, you’ll have the foundations for a functional start-up: the projects developed during the weekend will be evaluated by a panel of judges.

Who are we looking for?

Motivated people: 

Whether your are a student or just interested in the startup scene, join a presenters team and help them develop their idea.

People with ideas: 

You have a great idea but didn’t found yet? No problem -share your idea and form a team with like minded youngsters.

Early-stage startups:

You can pitch your business, get motivated people to join your team for the weekend and bring your startup to the next level.

 

 

 

From business guy to programmer to designer – everyone is welcome!

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Schedule

15:30 - 16:00

Registration

16:00 - 16:30

Opening

16:30 - 17:30

Idea Pitching - (90-second pitches)

17:30 - 19:00

Team formation - Find your favorite project&complete team setup

19:00 - 20:45

Working time

09:00 - 09:30

Coffee

09:30 - 10:00

Inspiration talk

10:00 - 12:30

Working time - Use your toolbox provided by organizers to work on your business concept

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:00 - 15:00

Working time - Use your toolbox provided by organizers to work on your business concept

15:00 - 18:00

Mentoring session - Get input and feedback from successful entrepreneurs and experts

18:00 - 20:00

Working time

09:00 - 09:30

Coffee

09:30 - 10:00

Inspiration talk

10:00 - 13:00

Working time - Refine your Pitch and get your Slides ready

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 18:00

Preparing for the presentations - Pitch Rehearsals&hamd in presentations

18:00 - 20:00

Final pitches & feedbacks - Rock the stage

20:00 - 20:30

The moment of truth - award ceremony & networking

Participants

Global Partners

Conda
pioneers

City Partners

Partners

Network Partners

Madi Sharma
Founder, Madi Group Madi is an Entrepreneur who founded and runs the Madi Group, a group of International private sector & not for profit companies and NGOs. She has received the honours of Asian Woman of Achievement and UK’s Best Boss, along with the fastest company to pass Investors in People. Madi is a public speaker internationally, particularly in the field of entrepreneurship, female entrepreneurship, diversity, gender balance and her passion for corporate social responsibility CSR.
Erton Graceni
Executive Director, Protik Innovation Center Erton holds a master's degree in Business Management & Technology from the Sheffield University, UK and a bachelor degree in Information Technology from University of Tirana. Recently, he completed an Executive MBA in General Management & Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School. During his professional experience he worked as a consultant for several governmental and international organizations such as the World Bank, the World Health Organization, UNDP, the Prime Minister of Albania, etc. He is very much involved in activities which aim to improve the business performance of young entrepreneurs in Albania. Currently, he holds the position of Executive Director of Protik Innovation Center.
Edona Bilali
Lecturer, Department of Management, Faculty of Economics Since 2010, Edona is an assistant in the Department of Management in the Faculty of Economy, lecturing Innovation and Human Resources. She has a lot of international trainings and qualifications in Human Resources, Planning, Negotiations, Business Consistency, Quality Management etc. Miss Bilali has experience in consulting with Albanian and Foreign companies and since December 2013, she is administrator of AZ consulting, the lead consulting company in the quality certification field.
Georg Kuttner
Managing Partner Georg is fascinated with startups, entrepreneurship and the tech industry. He loves supporting and shaping startup ecosystems and is helping fellow entrepreneurs to succeed with their businesses. His passion is public speaking, moderating and pitching in any way possible.
Ervis Bregu
Information Technology Expert, Consultant and Manager, Intracom Telecom Ervis Bregu has a Msc. Degree in Computer Science from University of Tirana and has more than 15 years of experience in ICT sector in Albania. He has worked for several multinational companies in different managerial positions. He is the founder and the publisher of Zero Computer magazine and was actively involved in several startups in the ICT field. He is an Information Technology Expert, Consultant and Manager, with strong expertise in multivendor ICT Integration, IT Management, Information Systems, Information Security, IT Project Management, ICT Sales and E-Health. He is certified as ITIL® Foundations, Microsoft Trainer, MCSE: Business Intelligence, MCSE Server Infrastructure, CompTIA Project +, Network+ Security+, ISO 20000-1 Auditor, etc.
Kamela Kondili
Art Director & Digital Specialist Kamela Kondili is an Art Director & Digital Specialist. She has studied Computer Science but her passion for design made her start working in Advertising Industry and for more than 8 years now she combines design with programming. She has been responsible for the online image of some of the biggest telecommunications & banks brands. Her work involves social media, responsible websites & online campaigns.
Besmir Kthupi
Art Director, Le Spot Group Besmir Kthupi holds a MFA in Graphic Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Albanian University of Arts. Having an experience of 7 years in in editorial design, corporate identity and retail marketing he is specialized in the fields of corporate identity (logo) design, print design, web design and branding with the majority of time spent designing and implementing financial/annual report communications, consumer promotion/advertising, exhibit graphics, and public/media relations, marketing promotions for businesses such as logos, websites, letterhead, business cards, packaging and more. Currently he is working as Art Director at Le Spot Group. Besmir brings a sense of pride and immense work ethic to every design project. He always tries to find an outlet for creativity, whether it be on plain paper or on the computer. Apart from his work experience he has continued to peruse his goals as a graphic artist through more graphic research along with developing his artistic skills as well, rejuvenating periodically the ability to quickly translate ideas into attractive printed materials.
Gerti Boshnjaku
CEO and Founder, New Media Communications Gerti Boshnjaku is CEO and Founder of New Media Communications; Marketing Communications Company specialized in Design & Development of Online Solutions, Websites, Applications and Digital Media. Over the years of work at New Media Communications, Gerti has been in charge of all the projects developed which supplied powerful marketing and PR solutions for clients in the fields of automotive, consumer goods, financial, higher education, manufacturing, medical, real estate and property management, retail, recreation and tourism & travel. The latest challenge was the launch of a startup project in the Digital Media called the Business Magazine Albania - www.BusinessMag.al Being marketing oriented as a person, Gerti is always in search of connecting with people and networking opportunities.
Igli Hakrama
Lecturer Computer Engineering, Epoka University Igli Hakrama has a degree in Business Informatics from the University of Tirana and holds two master degrees, one in Computer Engineering and the other another in European Economic Studies. He has more than six years of professional and academic experience in the Computer Science field. He has got a vast experience on different problems of Information Systems and Software Engineering. Currently he works as a lecturer in the Computer Engineering Department at Epoka University. His teaching activity has been focused on courses of Programming, Web and Software Engineering. His research focus is on Applying Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Information Systems, Data and Process Mining and their implementation in the Economics field.
Julijana Prchkovska
Brand Communicator, MADI Group Julijana works as Brand Communicator of MADI Group, since 2014. She is an exceptional combination of skills developed as a result of years long engagements in the IT publishing and marketing and promotion industries on executive and managerial positions. The passion for entrepreneurship and her willingness to share her experience lead her to use mentoring as a great way to help all learners to improve their skills and achieve their full potential.
Erkens Gjini
Business Developer Manager, OFICINA Erkens Gjini has 10 years of experience working in Wealth Management and Financial Planning. He holds a degree in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada. He is currently the Business Developer Manager of OFICINA, a non-for profit business accelerator located in Tirana. In his role, Erkens's duties include, project management, financial management, sales, client relationship and he is also responsible for the strategic growth of the organization. Prior to joining OFICINA, Erkens worked as a Financial Planning Associate and as an Equity trader for TD Waterhouse Direct Investing, in Toronto Canada. He is very much involved in the start-up ecosystem and has also written various business plans for different companies in North America.
Erjon Saraci
Audit and advisory services Erjon is a certified chartered accountant with a versatile experience in audit and financial industry combined with project management experience for advisory projects, developing strategic aspects of Albanian companies. He has lectured many years in the University of Tirana, Faculty of Economy in different subjects such as Taxation, Bank Management, International Financial Management, Internal Audit and IFRS. He has established his private professional practice in offering audit and advisory services to many different companies and Projects. Through the years, he has always been there as a mentor of Startup Live Tirana, helping students and orienting them into achieving their business objectives.
Besjan Xhuglini
Marketing Manager, ikubINFO Besjan Xhuglini currently holds the position of Marketing Manager at ikubINFO. He joined the company in 2014 after, successfully graduating in 2012 from the Academy of Economic Studies at the University of Cybernetics, Statistics and Informatics in Bucharest. Currently Besjan is part of ikubINFO international team, focused in different projects outside Albania. He also has the special quality of thinking outside the box, by bringing brand new ideas for the company or even not considering the box at all, and by doing so raising up the standard of management thinking.
Ferid Shijaku
Manager of Corporate Department, Société Générale Ferid is a Finance & Banking professional with more than 15 years of expertise in Corporate Banking and SME & Retail Financing. Currently, he covers the position of Deputy Business Division Manager at Societe Generale Albania Bank and previously has held positions in other banking institutions such as Head of Credit Risk and as an Investment Analyst at EBRD. Ferid holds an MBA degree from the University of Tirana, while previously he has graduated from the Polytechnic University of Tirana.
Edit Farka
Associate Key Account Manager, Société Générale Idit is a Finance professional with international experience in Finance & Control and Corporate Banking. He is currently part of the Corporate Banking team at Societe Generale Albania whereas previously he held Financial Planning & Analysis positions at Unilever Foodsolutions & Unilever North America. Idit holds BSc in International Business and a Msc in Finance & Investments from Rotterdam School of Management.
Alma Gjonaj
Senior Software Developer, IkubINFO Alma graduated in Computer Science from the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana. She has a Master in degree in Computer Science. Alma has worked from 2010 to 2015 at Plus Communication sh.a, Tirana as Vas Specialist (Software Developer). She is an expert in: reviewing current systems/applications, presenting ideas for system improvements (including cost proposals, working closely with analysts, software designers and other key staff) by producing detailed specifications and developing code based on marketing’s requirements. Actually she works for IkubINFO Software Engineering Company and she is the mentor of ikubINFO Academia. She is always willing to share skills, knowledge and expertise with the members of our academia. She helps them learn what they weren’t taught in university. During last year she demonstrated effective mentoring skills and now she is successfully leading her second ikubINFO Academia program.
Arjeta Dhima
Founder, .iACT Arjeta Dhima is the founder of .iACT - Learn to Act & Communicate offering acting lessons, diction and communication on stage, media and public. Moreover at iACT they have lessons on acting, moderating, speaking and presenting. Arjeta is a director, actress and lecturer. She has finished the Academy of Arts, Faculty of Dramatic Art, Branch: Theater Director during 2007-2011. Arjeta is a director of dozens of theatrical performances as well as performing as an actress in theater and movies. Arjeta has won several awards as: Media Prize as the best director of “Pse nuk rri per mengjes?" during the 45th festival in Ferizaj, Kosovo; and the prize "Best use of character" in Tirana 48 hour festival with the movie "Inexistence".
Shkelzen Marku
Country Director, Yunus Social Business Albania Shkelzen is the Country Director of Yunus Social Business Albania, a social business incubator providing consulting and advisory services for social businesses. Area of expertise: extensive expertise and experience in design, implementation and management of development projects and programs, economic policy formulation and advocacy. Prior to YSB, Shkelzen was Executive Director of the Mountain area Development Agency (MADA) during almost six years, managing various large rural development programs financed by mainly IFAD, OFID, DFID, EU and Government of Albania.
Mateo Spaho
Chief of the Finance Department, Luarasi University Mr.Spaho graduated in Economics and Finance in 2008 following a Master of Science in Finance and risk Managment in the University of Parma in Italy in 2010. There, he also finished the doctoral degree in Economics and Finance in “Economic Policies, Ratings and Employment during the Crisis”. From 2011 to 2014 he worked as Sector Chief of Fiscal and Macroeconomics Department at the Ministry of Finance. In 2015 he got the Associate Professor title and he is now Chief of the Finance Department at the Non-public School of Higher Education Luarasi. He is also member of the Municipality Council of Tirana.
Ilirjan Skrapi
Business Unit Manager, Marketing&Distribution His responsibility includes making this brand's increase in sales and awareness and make sure that the brand's strategy are followed as global wise. Mr.Skrapi directs the Marketing strategy and also the market research for future expansion of the portfolio. Previously, he has worked as Privat consultant at CFConsulting from March 2009 – September 2010. His work was consulting private clients on how to obtain an optimal mortgage in the base of their income’s and long term possibilities. Also, he has previously worked as a Sales Agent at City Bank in Italy.
Endri Mataj
Regional Director, Startup Grind Endri is a self-starter, young entrepreneur, technology and travel passionate, with the goal to drive creativity and innovation among his network and local community. Endri earned a MS degree in Telecommunication and Network Management from Syracuse University in New York, USA, and a BS degree in Mathematics (Computer Science) from Russian Peoples’ Friendship University in Moscow, Russia..Endri served as ICT adviser to the Prime Minister of Albania, and before joining the Prime Minister’s cabinet, he held several positions in the public administration. Currently, Endri serves as Consultant for two Silicon Valley startups, Povio Labs and Konsus (Y Combinator W16), and as elected Board Member of the Albanian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA).
Erion Cuni
Co-founder, Almotech Erion Cuni is a computer systems designer and analyst. A talented developer, coder, user interface and user experience expert, Erion has several popular apps under his belt. He started as an android and ios developer in Italy before moving to Albania, implementing innovative projects. In October 2014 in collaboration with a group of mobile developers created Almotech, a non-for profit organisation that promotes the use of technology to improve life.
Georg Kuttner
Managing Partner Georg is fascinated with startups, entrepreneurship and the tech industry. He loves supporting and shaping startup ecosystems and is helping fellow entrepreneurs to succeed with their businesses. His passion is public speaking, moderating and pitching in any way possible.
Ardian Hasa
COO, Société Générale Ardian Hasa has over 14 years of experience working on financial sector and international non-profitable organizations. He is currently working as COO in Banka Societe Generale Albania and also in charge for implementation of Innovation Strategy in the Bank. His professional experience is mainly focused on Operation management, Project management, Quality Control, Web development and GSM networks. Outside the daily business activity his personal interest includes programming and promoting new business ideas using mobile devices. Ardian holds an Executive MBA from University of Sheffield and is graduated in computer science from University of Tirana.
Madi Sharma
Founder, Madi Group Madi is an Entrepreneur who founded and runs the Madi Group, a group of International private sector & not for profit companies and NGOs. She has received the honours of Asian Woman of Achievement and UK’s Best Boss, along with the fastest company to pass Investors in People. Madi is a public speaker internationally, particularly in the field of entrepreneurship, female entrepreneurship, diversity, gender balance and her passion for corporate social responsibility CSR.
Gazmend Haxhia
President, A.S.G Group Gazmend Haxhia, President of A.S.G Group, is a parallel entrepreneur, which founded eleven companies, and currently manages six of them. A graduate of Tirana University, he obtained a master’s Degree from Columbia University in Business and International Relations, and continued with further business education at IEDC Slovenia, INSEAD Business School in France, Harvard University in the USA, London Business School in the UK. Momentarily, he is an active owner and shareholder of OPEL Noshi, Avis Rent-A Car-Albania, Budget Rent A Car Albania, Albania Experience (an events management and travel company), Polis University, and is actively pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities in Albania and the region.
Dritan Mezini
Executive Director, DM Consulting Services Dritan Mezini is the founder and the Executive Director of DM Consulting Services in Albania and in Kosovo. With over 20 years’ progressive experience, Mr.Mezini brings an extraordinary depth of expertise in IT management, project management, communication, HR and analysis of business processes. He is a long-established expert in diverse, complex, global industries and multi-million dollar business initiatives. Mr.Mezini is an active member of numerous professional associations. He also holds the position of Board Chairman of Albanian Information Communication Technology Association (AITA), Head of HR Committee at AmCham Albania, and President of Albanian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA).
Daniel Guce
Director of the Department of SME & Exports, Albanian Investment Development Agency (AIDA) Since March 2014, Mr. Guçe holds the position of the Director of the Department of SME & Exports at the Albanian Investment Development Agency (AIDA). Also, since September 2013, he is working as an Advisor to the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Entrepreneurship in Albania.Mr. Guçe is a lecturer in International Relations subject to the Department of Political Science at the Albanian University in Tirana. Also, he worked for several years as a trainer to the “Qemal Stafa” foundation. Mr. Guçe holds a Bachelor Degree in Political Science, a Master of Science in Foreign Policy & Diplomacy and Professional Master in Business Administration.

Prizes

300.000 LEK for the best idea
6 months at Wannapreneurs Academy September-2016- February 2017 for 3 best ideas
2 best ideas participate in 3 mentorship progammes to grow their idea in Novisad (Serbia), Thessaloniki (Greece), Brussels (Belgium)
Free domain and host for the best 5 teams
Other prizes to come…

Organizers

UNIque is the first Junior Enterprise in Albania.

UNIque is a non profit consulting enterprise located in Tirana (Albania) whose aim is to offer students that follow higher education studies the possibility to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Students are involved in projects and in the management of the Junior Enterprise.

Contact person

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Indri Dyrmishi

Indri is the “lightning rod” of the team, when a problem came out he’s the hero. He takes control of the situation by finding a way into being positive. He is not on the roof (terrace), but you can find him at every step we take.

Alba Balla
Alba is a real hurricane: She is strong and she involves everyone in what she plans to do. With a loudly laugh or a smile and her energy, she finds the time to do anything. She can be found easily, just turn your head where the noise came.
Faola Hodaj
Faola is like a candle, when our "lights" go off, her creativity shines. She can get irritated very quickly, but after 5 minutes she's ready to give you a hug. She has a clever tongue and develops an amazing ability to enrich the facts with stimulating and imaginative chatter.
Bobi Xhaxho
Bobi is the real boss of the situation and not only in his status as students responsible chairman. In fact, in Albanian, his name means :Being the boss. And like a true boss, he merely finds the time to go to the barber: don't be afraid!

Freedom Building, University of Tirana

Rruga e Elbasanit
1000 Tirana, Albania

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