Tirana #3


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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.

You can either pitch your own business idea or help a presenter develop their idea. From business guy to programmer to designer – everyone is welcome!



15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:30


16:30 - 17:30

Idea Pitching

17:30 - 19:00

Team formation

19:00 - 20:45

Working time

09:00 - 09:30


10:00 - 12:30

Working time

12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 15:00

Working time

15:00 - 18:00

Mentoring session

18:00 - 20:00

Working time

20:00 - 21:00

Inspiration talk

10:00 - 13:00

Working time

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 18:00

Preparing for the presentations

18:00 - 20:00

Final pitches & feedbacks

20:00 - 20:30

The moment of truth - award ceremony & networking


Global Partners


Gold Supporters


Albi Zhulali
Founder and CEO, Pinguin.al
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.
Elson Agastra
Real application to public transportation system, geo localisation of mobile ICT devices
Emanuele Musa
Founder, startup trainer for lean and peer-to-peer innovation, Babele.co
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.
Ermira Repaj
Business consultant, Yunus Social Business Albania Ermira is specialized in providing business consulting and/or “incubation” services such as business planning, financial planning, training, coaching, etc ; Analyzing specific social needs in Albania and identify opportunities for social business solutions; Identifying and developing relationships with potential partners for social business opportunities.
Etleva Bazi
Sales director, Ikub.al
Genc Alimehmeti
Managing partner, Ventures
Ilir Capuni
Assistant professor, Epoka University
Katerina Kallanxhi
Founder and director, Kennedy Center- Center for Education, Information, Culture & International Relations
Leonard Dalipi
Senior Social Business Consultant, Yunus Social Business Albania
Margherita Jammer
Technology & Innovation Consultant ZIT, The Technology Promotion Agency of the City of Vienna
Mark Tuttle
Partner, PlacemarkOne.com Mark is a California‐born „all‐rounder” C level executive in technology and business, with 25 years of experience in a wide variety of activities and roles. Mark’s startup efforts have successfully served top companies worldwide, including Hewlett‐Packard, Apple Computer, Lucent, Yahoo!, Philips, and others. Mark has served in a variety of positions, founder, CEO, CTO, CFO, board member, adviser, consultant, business developer, mentor, lecturer, and coach. "I have founded and worked with a lot of start ups in the last 25 years, most don't hit it big, but a serial entrepreneur keeps on learning, and trying!"
Redon Skikuli
Founder, Open Labs
Silvin Laze
Manager of information and innovation services unit, DM Consulting Service Mr. Silvin Laze holds extensive technical and management experience focused on information system, system development, analyses and business innovation, acquired in various regional project, developing and providing business solutions and feasibility study in enhancing business processes and systems. In addition, Silvin is manager of information and innovation services unit at DM Consulting Service and has offered consulting services for International Financial Corporation (IFC) part of the World Bank Group.
Sokol Dollani
Network and Systems Administrator, American Hospital Co-founder of iLearn Training Center, Founder of krokodili.com, Network +, Security +, CEH, MCSE: Private Cloud, Network and Systems Administrator at American Hospital, Entrepreneur, over 15 years experience in IT sector.
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.
Luca Paolo Pescatori
IT consultant and managaer, International Organisation
Dritan Mezini
Founder and executive director, DM Consulting Services
Ervin Bogdani
CEO, BTC Albania
Kushtrim Shala
Co-founder of ICTSmedia Ltd, ICTSmedia Ltd


2 tickets for the Pioneers Festival 2014
1000 euro for the best team
Intern for 2nd and 3rd place
Free host and domain for the first 5 teams


Contact person

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

Fakulteti i Ekonomisë, Qytet Studenti
1000 Tirana, ALBANIA