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Startup ideas with the potential to disrupt an entire industry? Projects eager to make a lasting impact in our world? Introducing our Startup Live Programs, the place to boost business project with the know-how and network of leading experts! We support visionaries in building startups within a weekend.

This is your chance to get in contact with the who-is-who of the startup-scene, land your dream job at one of the startups or just have a great time!

The right people at the right moment can make or a break a startup! 

Our vision is to create a global community of entrepreneurial minds and startup influencers to support each other and grow together. No matter if high-profile team members, potential investors, experienced mentors or relevant media representatives: Our Startup Live programs always make sure you’ll meet the right people.

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Chose your favorite business idea, join a team and get to work!
No matter if a business guy, marketing guru, design enthusiast or programmer – Join us in a unique atmosphere, meet people from various backgrounds and develop tomorrow’s businesses.

Top-notch mentors with proven experience in start-ups will guide you with first-hand tips on how to make a successful business.

On Sunday you’ll have the chance to meet investors, media representatives and the who-is-who of the startup scene.
Mingle with an amazing crowd & watch the most promising startups on stage! Ready to be part of one of them?

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16:00 - 17:00

🤝 Registration & Mingle
Get some coffee, make yourself comfortable

17:00 - 17:20

👋 Opening

17:20 - 17:30

🔥 Greeting
by Sonila Qato | Minister of the State for the Protection of Entrepreneurship, Republic of Albania

17:30 - 18:00

🎤 Pitch Storm
60-seconds initial pitches

18:00 - 19:00

🙌 Team Exploration
Get to know the projects

19:00 - 19:30

🙏 Team Building
Complete team setup

19:30 - 20:30

💻 Working Time
Get to know your team and project, set goals for the weekend

09:00 - 09:30

👋 Day Opening

09:30 - 10:30

👨‍🏫 Business Model Intro
Think big, start small, act bold!
by Georg Kuttner

10:30 - 11:00

🔥 Keynote
by Gerion Treska | Entrepreneurship Community Facilitator, Yunus Social Business

11:00 - 13:00

💻 Working TimeUse your toolbox provided by the organizers to work on your business concept

13:00 - 13:30

🌯 Working Lunch

13:30 - 15:00

💻 Working TimeUse your toolbox provided by the organizers to work on your business concept

15:00 - 15:15

🙋‍♂️ Meet the Mentors

15:15 - 18:30

👨‍💻 Mentoring sessions
Get input and feedback from successful entrepreneurs and various industry experts

18:30 - 20:30

💻 Working Time
Process the feedback from your mentors, maybe pivot a little or put the finishing touches on your business concept

09:00 - 09:30

👋 Day Opening

09:30 - 10:30

🎙️ Pitch Training
The Art of Pitching
by Georg Kuttner

10:30 - 13:00

💻 Working Time
Refine your pitch and get your slides ready

13:00 - 13:30

🥪 Working Lunch

13:30 - 15:00

💻 Working Time
Refine your pitch and get your slides ready

15:00 - 16:45

🗨️ Pitch Rehearsal
Prepare yourself for the final pitches

16:45 - 17:00

🔥 Inspirational Talk
by Drita Ivanaj | Founder, M&M Ivanaj Foundation

17:00 - 18:30

🎤 The Final Pitches
The Big Moment!

18:30 - 19:00

⏳ Jury Consultation & Community Award Voting

19:00 - 19:30

🎉 Throw around Confetti aka Winner Announcement

19:30 - 20:30

🥂 Networking & Dinner
The F-U-N Part


Global Partners


City Partners

Network Partners

Blerina Goga
Country Manager | Albanian Innovation Accelerator Ms. Blerina Goga is a Broadcaster, blogger, Media Advisor, and Communication Coach and Trainer. Ms. Goga's broadcast experience comes form over 15 years work and intensive journalistic training at the BBC on radio, television and online. She is a presentation trainer, voice coach and media advisor. From 2013-16 Blerina led the Project Management team for a governmental agency responsible for managing and coordinating projects financed by gorvernment and international doners. She is currently the country manager of Albanian Innovation Accelerator helping companies grow through creating competences in innovation, communication and network building.
Edona Bilali
Co-Owner | AZ Consulting Mrs. Bilali has graduated at the Faculty of Economics, Management profile. She has a Master degree in Marketing. She holds the “Audit” title. She worked at InfoSoft Group, with European and Asian partners, where she took the experience and expertise of adaptation, negotiation and the flexibility in a business relations. Mrs. Bilali has given consultancy and has collaborated with several companies as a business consultant. From December 2013 she is the General Manager and Co-owner of AZ Consulting ltd.
Tomi Kallanxhi
Founder | Big Media Expert Tomi Kallanxhi is the founder of Big Media Expert (A Creative Digital Agency). He has successfully completed many startups like ship.al, punotani.al, studentisot.al etc. He is also the founder of “Garazh” , the Community of Startup and IT in Albania. He graduated with honors from Tirana University (Faculty of Natural Sciences) with a degree in Mathematical Computer Engineering and has a Scientific Master. Tom is most fulfilled when helping people to grow professionally. His vision and ability to nurture relationships lead to long-term solutions and success.
Igli Hakrama
Lecturer | Epoka University Igli has more than ten years of professional and academic experience in the Computer Science field. He has got a vast knowledge and experience on different problems of Information Systems and Software Engineering. He works as a lecturer in the Computer Engineering Department at Epoka University. He holds a degree in Business Informatics from the University of Tirana and two master degrees, one in Computer Engineering and the other another in European Economic Studies. He has been mentoring for several years in many startup events.
Xhulio Mitre
Director | ikubINFO Academy Xhulio Mitre is the Director of ikubINFO Academy, Business Developer at ikub.al, Lecture Assistant at Faculty of Economy, UT, teaching System Analysis & Design and Mobile Applications.He has a bachelor degree in Business Informatics and Master Degree in Information System in Economy. Lately, he has started a blog [xhuliomitre.com] to share his thoughts on the ways technology affects us and how to use it in enhancing creativity, in building new business models and getting the best of it in our daily life.
Juliana Nela
Co-Owner | RE/MAX Albania Juliana Nela is the Co-founder of Remax Albania. She has graduated at the Faculty of Economics, Business Administration. She is experienced in the legal services industry, skilled in Negotiation, Budgeting, Business Planning, Analytical Skills, and Banking.
Entela Bodinaku
Executive Assistant | The Ivanaj Foundation Entela Bodinaku is the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of the Ivanaj Foundation Institut where she is currently engaged in various programs and projects in support of the Ivanaj Foundation’s mission in advancing knowledge and education in Albania and supporting young entrepreneurs and their business ideas. She holds a Bachelor’s in Law and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tirana.She has more than 12 years’ experience in the private sector in the United States where shedirected A to Z large scale production. Her previous experiences are a combination of Project Management and Legal Expertise for Government Institutions.
Eno Barjami
Co-Founder & Creative Director | AKZ Creative Studio Eno Barjami is an Entrepreneur, Creative Professional and Training Instructor at The Creative Management, a Professional Education Program for Personal & Professional Development. He is the Founding Director and Training Instructor at ADAPT Pro-Creative Courses in Graphic Design, Web Design, Visual Arts and Management.Mr. Barjami is the Founder & Multimedia Designer at 3DwebTour, Visual Technology for Interactive and Virtual Reality Tours. He is the Co-Founder & Creative Director at AKZ Creative Studio, Design & Advertising Agency.
Aneida Bajraktari
Co-Founder & Managing Partner | Balkans Capital Aneida Bajraktari comes from the finance world but she has a great passion for startups and community development. She is the co-founder and managing partner of "Balkans Capital" a financial consulting company based in Tirana but she is involved in several other initiatives: co-director of Startup Grind Tirana, lead organizer of Startup Weekend Tirana, curator at Startup Digest, a media company that publishes curated email newsletters on startup events and educational content in more than 300 cities.
Ana Zacharian
Co-Founder | Albanian Skills Ana Zacharian is the initiator and Co-Founder of "Albanian Skills", an initiative which promotes and support skills development of Albanian young people. Engineer and Freelance Consultant in Vocational Education and Training, Management and Private Sector Development. She has studied Business Administration with a post graduate in Urban Development and Management Theory.She is aspiring, mentoring and supporting different startups and new entrepreneurs in related aspects of initial organization setups which turn youngsters and women into drivers of positive change in society.
Adion Gorani
FOunder & CEO | Webhost.al Mr. Adion Gorani is the founder and manager of Webhost.al company, the leading company in the market for Domain and Hosting. He has studied in Università Iuav di Venezia. Mr. Gorani has 17 years of experience in the Web Development sector and Web Design, specifically in creating and managing Web Pages/Applications for Hosting and Domain but also as a designer in many projects.
Abdullah Veliu
Project Coordinator | Gjirafa, Inc. Mr. Abdullah Veliu is a business development and project management specialist with extensive experience in supporting complex projects at the national and regional level. Successfully worked in and led various teams across a range of industries including logistics, construction, international development, agribusiness and media. Consultant on supporting change by increasing performance on personal and professional level by using SEI-EQ Model- Know Yourself, Choose Yourself, Give Yourself and its competences. Six Seconds EQ Network Leader.
Flori Uka
Founder & CEO | Uka Farm Flori Uka is the founder of Uka Winery and co-founder of Uka Farm & Restaurant. He is one of the most prolific enologists in Albania. Furthermore, Flori was ranked as the 2nd best Sommeliere in the country. Enthusiast and dynamic personality, Flori has been expanding his knowledge also on agriculture.
Alejtin Berisha
Executive Chairman | Finnish Schools International Mr. Alejtin Berisha is the Founder of Finnish Schools International, Founder of Kosovo Angels Network (KOSBAN), Co-Founder and CEO of Universum College, Co-Founder of Izi Survey and many other activities in the field of enterpreneurship. He has studied Business Administration, holding a master degree in Political Economy and a Phd Doctorate in Management from University of Bath. Mr. Berisha has worked as an expert/consultant for USAID, European Commission, GIZ projects and is the Founding Curator of Prishtina Hub. He has produced "The Young Manager" and "Startups Battle" TV shows.
Arjan Ymeri
Director of Oficina | Open Society Foundations Albania
Elton Belba
Branch Manager | Societe Generale Albania
Ardit Mero
Vice Director | Easypay
Lisaner Cuedari
Head of IT | Easypay
Georg Kuttner
Managing Partner - The Hustler 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.
Drita Ivanaj
Founder | The M&M Ivanaj Foundations
Gerion Treska
Entrepreneurship Community Facilitator | Yunus Social Business Balkans
Ernaso Kerbizi
Director | Community College Harry Fultz Ernaso Kerbizi is the Director of Community College Harry Fultz and also a part time lecturer in the University Aleksander Moisiu in Durres in Web Programming, Linux, Databases etc. Ernaso is passionate about informatics that is why he acts as a trainer and teacher for courses like Computer Architecture, Excel Advanced, SQL Server, Python, Java programming, Matlab, Oracle etc. Holding a bachelor degree in informatics and a master degree in Computer Science, Ernaso has been working as programmer and IT in different national and international companies.
Gjergj Buxhuku
Director | Albanian Confindustria Gjergj Buxhuku is the executive director of Albanian Confindustria. Gjergj has been an economic advisor to some of the Albanian Prime Ministers and expert of Macroeconomic Policies. He is a publicist and outstanding analyst of economic issues.He has been part of different committees in building some of the country's most important development policies. He has a Master in Economic Sciences and is graduated in Management at the University of the Republic of San Marino.
Mirlinda Karcanaj
General Director | National Agency for Information Society Dr. Mirlinda KARÇANAJ graduated from the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Computer Science, where she completed her Master of Science and PhD in Informatics. Since October 2013 she is the General Director of the National Agency for Information Society (NAIS). Its research fields include: digitalisation, systems interconnection, centralized online services, issues and solutions for information infrastructure, electronic payment and electronic governance in Albania. Her work has been presented in a number of national and international conferences, as well as Albanian and foreign scientific journals.
Arben Shkodra
Secretary General | Bashkimi i Prodhuesve Shqiptare Mr. Shkodra is an Entrepreneur, managing partner at Damiani & Partners shpk (Legal & Financial Advisory Firm), partner at Prius Solution shpk (Software house and Marketing Agency). He is the Secretary General of the Albanian Manufacturer Union, one of the most important business organization that aims to support the Albanian industry and manufacturers. He is the Member of the Board of Tirana Chamber of Commerce and Union of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Albania. Also he has been appointed by the Board of Directors as the Vice President for International Affairs at Tirana Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Jonila Janku
Marketing Department Manager | Societe Generale Albania Jonila Janku is an expert in the local market of Media, Marketing and Communication. She is currently the Marketing Department Manager at Societe Generale Albania Bank sh.a, a subsidiary of Societe Generale Group, Retail Banking. Jonila also enjoys considerable experience in Customer Experience & Satisfaction, Media Marketing, Event Management and Public Relations, alike Digital Marketing and Online Communication. She has been the establisher of local Grey World Wide marketing agency representation in Albania and the Director of the Agency.
Shkelzen Marku
Co-Founder & Managing Director | Yunus Social Business Balkans 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 and experience in design, implementation and management of development projects and programs, economic policy formulation and advocacy. He is also Co-founder and President of the Partnership for Development Foundation, a member of the Senate of Qiriazi University College and a member of the Editorial Board of the European University's Economicus Scientific Review.


Tickets for Pioneers'18, the major Tech Conference in Europe (worth € 1.500)
1 year free working space, legal and financial consulting and 8 free classes of Creative Management from Ivanaj Foundation
6 months fellowship at Albanian Innovation Accelerator
3 months acceleration program by Yunus Social Business
3 positions at iKub Academy
500 € from Societe Generale Albania
5 free domains and hosting from Webhost.al


Contact person

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.

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