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Dear entrepreneurs, we have decided to schedule Startup Weekend Sarajevo for late August because of the Ramadan month. SWS Team!

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? You want to share and work on your business idea in an innovative environment?


This is your chance to pitch an idea, work in multidiscplinary teams and present your work not only to the judges but possibly to the whole world in just 54-hours!

Designers, developers, marketeers, business enthusiasts and just enthusiasts should register now for a weekend filled business model creation, coding, designing and market validation.

Whether you launch a startup, find a cofounder, meet like-minded people, learn a new skill, you will have a head-start in the startup world.

Join us for a weekend you'll never forget. And just a reminder - Startup Weekend Sarajevo is held completely in English. So be ready to share your business ideas, innovative new tech creations and impressive designs in English.

Schedule

Friday

Nov 16
  • 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

Nov 17
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • 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

Nov 18
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Partners
Speakers

Edin Mehic

Posao.ba General director

Edin have set up his own company at the age of 19 as a student on Faculty of Mathematics, Edin has built his career at the intersection of the technology, consumer Internet and entertainment sectors. With 14+ years building emerging technology start ups and working with Fortune 500 companies, Edin is passionate about growing ideas, people and money to build companies and projects. He is a serial entrepreneur, proven business executive, angel investor / advisor, and also active motivational speaker and guest lecturer on several international universities.

Lejla Zukic – Krivdic

Microsoft General Manager

Lejla was appointed General Manager of Microsoft Bosnia and Herzegovina in January 2006. She is responsible for the overall Microsoft business development in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In this role Ms. Zukić-Krivdić closely cooperates with the governments in BiH, industry partners and customers. Before joining Microsoft, Ms. Zukić-Krivdić spent ten years working in IT sector on different position. She joined Microsoft from the position of general manager of S&T in BiH. Ms. Zukić-Krivdić holds B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Sarajevo. She is married and has 2 sons.

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Mentors

Ceco Gakovic - Serial Entrepreneur

As a founder, CTO, BoD member and Advisor, Ceco has been part of many succesful San Francisco Internet and mobile startups. Ceco and his teams have specialized on social networks and built web and mobile platforms for some of the world's largest brands like: U2.com, Madonna.com, NFL, NHL, NBA, Weather.com, Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Harley Davidson, HBO, Budget Travel, GNC, Dell, History Channel, Travel Channel, GoreTex, BET, NBC Universal, National Geographic, Guinness World Records and numerous professional sports teams around the world.

Prior to the social network era, Ceco architected and consulted on portals and collaborative environments for clients such as Yahoo, HP, ATT, Microsoft, AMD, Cisco and Intel and developed touch-screen driven automation and media systems for large vessels, including the largest sailing boat in the world, Jim Clark's cyber-yacht project, the Hyperior.

During his 20 year career, Ceco has lived and worked in 10 countries on 4 continents. He is also a helicopter pilot, skipper, rock-climber, skier, jiu-jitsu veteran and a father of two - his biggest challenge yet. He retired at the age of 35 and has since been dedicating his time to helping kick-off small Internet and mobile businesses around the world.

Katica Poljo - Finance Expert

Katica has over 30 years of professional experience in financial management as well as business and strategic planning. Katica specializes in financial planning, lending and monitoring for small and medium size businesses. She has a wide range of expertise, having worked in the banking sector for many years and afterwards for international organizations on projects funded by the United States Agency for International Development and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Katica managed a large lending portfolio from 1998 to 2003 in different business sectors within BiH. Also, she has an intimate knowledge of the agricultural sector having worked for the USAID funded LAMP Projectbetween 2003 and 2008 .

Katica is currently working as a Business Development Manager for the Agricultural Export Promotion Center Project, assisting a local startup to increase BiH exports of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Bruno Omerovic - Web Designer

With 9+ years experience working in the creative and non-creative web industry, Bruno has worked with a diverse selection of clients and a variety of projects ranging from micro sites to the large scale portals.
Bruno's career so far has covered various areas including design, user experience, client coding (front-end) and back-end programming. Bruno won plenty of web awards on various Web Galleries and Festivals.

Bruno started to work at Personal because he thinks that the company will succeed in Small Data World. Bruno's is responsible for Client Development, and all UI that happens at Personal.

Jasminka Hasic Telalovic - IT professor

Jasminka Hasic Telalovic has been involved in the IT professionally since 1995, when she started working as a programmer during her university education in the United States. This way, she managed to pay for her education tuition and living expenses during her studies. She finished her education with the Master's degree in Computer Science from the Brown University and returned to Europe.

Once in Bosnia and Herzegovina, she worked as IT developer and manager at several companies until she decided on an academic job. In the meantime, she earned her PhD degree at the Warwick University, United Kingdom with specialization in Computer Graphics. As an academic she worked on introducing modern Computer Science education in her classes.

She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Computer Sciences and Engineering program and the Head of the Engineering Department at the International University of Sarajevo. In her academic work, she is passionate about introducing high standards of programming in academic classes as well as in promotion of technical and enterprenaur culture among youth.

She is a mother of two little boys, Omar and Emir.

Emir Mulabegovic - System Architect

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Emir has spent last 13 years in IT business, from early startups to fortune 500 companies. He started as a developer working on telecommunication protocols, device drivers and Internet voice services. Over time he evolved in more technical leadership and management role. His passion is creation of new products and services from ground up and bringing them to market. He currently works as systems architect in Personal Inc, the latest venture that brings spirit of American startup straight into the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Emir hold MS degree in Computer Engineering from University of Illinois, Chicago. He lives in Sarajevo with wife and two kids.

Edin Deljkic - Scrum Master

As a sophomore student, Edin started working for Atlantbh in 2006 and has been with this company ever since. During this 6 year period in IT he has gathered experience in Development, Graphic and Web design, Testing, Automation, Continuous Integration, System and Content operations and Project Management. As he specialized in Project Management and Scrum, Edin who now serves as Director of Projects in Atlantbh, is responsible for planning, organizing, leading and managing projects for his company’s biggest clients like Nokia.


Edin lives in Sarajevo, enjoys his single life to the fullest and still nurtures his sensitivity towards design and aesthetics in his free time.

Zaharije Pasalic - Technical Specialist

Zaharije has been involved with technology since he write first rogram in Basic on Commodore 64.

Started professional career in AtlantBH as a programmer where currently serves as the Director of Software Development. His line of work includes designing, implementing and delivering strategic solutions for different clients. Experienced in different working environments, ranging from working on large corporation projects to highly dynamic startup environments.

He is passionate about Ruby on Rails and scalable cloud based solutions.

One of the last projects he has been working on includes in-house startup - Pycsell, application for delivering printed products across globe.

Lejla Hadziabdic - Sales Specialist

Lejla has very diverse professional experience of 17 years, ranging from different International Organizations and diplomatic missions, to private sector, mostly with international corporations. First years of Lejla’s career development she spent working for international community in Sarajevo, thus enabling her to engage with the highest political structures in BiH and diplomatic organizations in BiH and build strong network of contacts. These several years facilitated her business career, which was mostly in marketing and PR, as well as sales. Over the last 6.5 years, Lejla has been working for Microsoft BiH, starting her career as Marketing and PR Manager, moving through Intellectual property rights protection to sales.

Lejla is specialized in intellectual property rights protection

Haris Alisic - New Media Expert

Haris is part of a multinational that is responsible for New Media initiatives (social, mobile and interactive) across all the channels within the Al Jazeera Media Network. Their job is to ensure that Al Jazeera has a presence and is part of the conversation across social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.

Within this team, Haris is currently spearheading new media initiatives at Al Jazeera Balkans where he is responsible for integrating new media in all relevant processes on the input, as well as the output side.

Prior to joining Al Jazeera, Haris has worked with several major global companies based in Sweden, in areas such as social media monitoring and the usage of New Media in business. He has also worked as intelligence analyst at the worlds biggest energy company and has also ran his own company in PR and communications. Haris has extensive experience with startups, especially since he attended a similar event to Startup Weeked Sarajevo, during his student years and won first price for his business plan.

Dubravko Grubisic - Online Advertising Expert

Dubravko Grubisic founded Httpool, first online and mobile advertising company in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2004. He leads a team that laid foundation for online advertising in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Httpool introduced CPM and CPC model of advertising, founded first online media network and educated first clients and agencies to work in digital advertising. Now, Httpool is leading Online advertising company in Bosnia and Herzegovina, always inventing and introducing new products to our small but productive market.

Dubravko started his career as co-founder of Sayber Creative Studios in 1999 as one of the first digital creative agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He lead and still leads a team of experienced web designers and developers to create 100s of websites since than, including some of the biggest news portals, mobile apps, and social apps too. One of the things he is most proud with is that Sayber was pioneer in domain and Internet brand registration in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and that this company today plays significant role as one of the biggest web hosting companies too, always on disposal to all of its clients.

Asja Cengic - Independent PR Consultant

Since June 2011, Asja Cengic is Independent Communications Consultant. Previously she worked for more than five years as Communications Analyst and Spokesperson of the United Nations Development Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Before she joined UNDP, she worked as Head of PR Communications Department at the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council. Cengic has also worked as PR-Manager/Spokesperson for the Sarajevo Film Festival and as Regional PR/Information officer
at the Office of the High Representative. She holds a Bachelor in Business Administration, completed at the Anglo-American University in Prague. Presently she is finalizing her M.A. in Communications at University Singidunum, Belgrade. For several years, Asja Cengic has been a Communications Trainer at PUBLIKUM, The School of Public Relations, Mediacentar, Sarajevo and eNet Centar Sarajevo, Economic Faculty Training Center. Her professional articles were published at “Communications Director” and “Mediacentar online”. From 2011, Cengic is IABC member and Executive Director of Magacin Kabare, Theater and Foundation for Promotion and Development of Performing Arts.

Armin Talic - Entrepreneurship Adviser

Armin is involved in various advisory projects and engaged in development and implementation of distance learning systems, instruction design and creation of online academies for the largest financial and telecommunication companies in BiH. Currently, he is the Director of the Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Management Centre at School of Economics and Business in Sarajevo (SEBS). Armin is also a Senior Associate for developing distance-learning studies at the MIT Centre, SEBS. His mission is to bring creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit to all business endeavors.

Jasmin Maric - Sales Consultant

Jasmin is a project and sales manager in IT industry related services and products.

Involved in freelance webdesign and tutoring projects he gathered his first sales experiences. Since combination of IT and marketing was always his favorite topic he soon begins working in ASA Group on sales and marketing of locally developed applications on the local market. Later on he continues working in the data consolidation and business intelligence team on developing ad-hoc reports and selling BusinessObjects solutions.

Joining Valicon, regional marketing consulting agency, enabled him again to combine marketing with IT, this time through implementation of real commercial projects in analytical CRM, business and predictive analytics and marketing research. He also leads an ongoing internet research project gemius Audience, providing publishers and media agencies with practical, easy-to-use tools for online media planning.

Communicating with business companies in different industries, presenting and pitching often tailor-made solutions, he gained additional sales experience.His university degree in marketing continued with master studies at the Faculty of Economics in Sarajevo.

Kenan Tuzi - Designer entrepreneur

Kenan is a designer living in Sarajevo, BH. After studying at Academy of Fine Arts, he worked as freelance and outsource associate in various creative departments (art director, graphic designer, concept artist…), for leading agencies and companies in the BH and beyond. In 2009 he founded Knap, studio that specializes in design and production of motion design. Studio focuses on communication solutions for broadcast, advertising, events, fairs, presentation and more.

Fedja Kulenovic - Coach

Fedja is an information specialist from Sarajevo, has more than 8 years of experience in working and consulting on information and knowledge management, archiving, 2D digitization and new technologies. He is teaching presentation techniques, technology for activism and is also Intercultural Navigator. He is a project manager of Reading for Ubuntu project aimed at developing audio library for blind and visually impaired persons.

Julian Bower - Coach

Julian is UK professional army officer, living in Sarajevo, who teaches at the Center and leads on syndicate work and exercises. He is developing expertise in the Protection of Civilians, Gender in PSO and Protection of Children in post-conflict environments. He has just started his own business advising governments on how to provide forces for the United Nations and is recently back from briefing in Kyrgyzstan.

Amra Muminovic - Coach

Amra is a professional and enthusiastic English language teacher, who creates a pleasant, supportive learning environment in which every student can realise his or her true potential. She has over 12 years of teaching experience, teaching general and military English, communication skills, presentation, military briefing and writing skills

Silver Sponsors
Judges

Erol Mujanovic - Entrepreneurship Trainer

Erol 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 ( For ex:in Bled Business School or US Department of State), where he was subjected to rigorous coaching in the fields such as marketing, strategic planning, HRM, etc.

After 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 many local and foreign organizations managing different projects. From 2010 t0 2012 Erol managed the most successful youth employment project in BiH resulting with more than 3000 employed young persons. Erol was also engaged in numerous consultancy assignments and has extensive experience in training provision, predominantly to the managers of enterprises.

He is a member of "Generation BiH for Europe", an informal group of selected 200 experts from various fields around BiH. consultants. He is a marathon runner and co- founder of the NGO " Sarajevo Marathon" that organized in 2012 the 6th Sarajevo half marathon and a 4K Fun run race, the most attended international sport events in BiH.

Edin Mehic - Entrepreneur

Edin have set up his own company at the age of 19 as a student on Faculty of Mathematics, Edin has built his career at the intersection of the technology, consumer Internet and entertainment sectors. With 14+ years building emerging technology start ups and working with Fortune 500 companies, Edin is passionate about growing ideas, people and money to build companies and projects. He is a serial entrepreneur, proven business executive, angel investor / advisor, and also active motivational speaker and guest lecturer on several international universities.

Denis O'Reilly - Investment Banker

Denis O’Reilly, 43, is a serial entrepreneur and former banker who has worked in the USA, UK, Ireland and mainland Europe over the past 23 years. While his former years were focused on International Banking, Investment and Real Estate, his passion and focus is innovation and entrepreneurship. His entrepreneurial approach is evidenced by his involvement in such diverse activities as Real Estate Development in London (where he developed more than £100Million of prime property in central London) to filing a patent in the USA related to the music and entertainment industry (supported by U2 adviser Ossie Kilkenny) to working with Edward de Bono (the world's leading expert on creative thinking and innovation) in applying creative thinking techniques to executives in Fortune 500 companies. Denis has a Bachelor Degree in Business (B.Comm.), a Masters in Banking & Finance (M.B.S.) which he completed in 1990 and a further Masters in Real Estate Development & Surveying (M.Sc.) which he completed in 2006. He has attended the Executive Leadership program at Harvard Business School. In 2006, he published an award-winning academic paper which accurately predicted the real estate crash in 2008. He is currently completing a PhD in London.

Ensar Sehic - Entrepreneur-turned-professor

Ensar went to Simon Fraser University where he completed his undergraduate studies in economics. During his years at university he also formed two companies: Campus Tours, through which he promoted student trips and events in Vancouver, and Student Concept Media, through which he published Student Double Directory - Canada's first print and online directory magazine for student population. While working in business development for United Parcel Service (UPS), the world’s #1 package-delivery company, Ensar created EduTAP Learning Synchronized System Ltd., through which he recruited and placed 47 contractors in Greater Vancouver Regional District. Prior to coming back to academia, Ensar worked for Kaplan Education, the world’s #1 test preparation and admissions company, and as a financial analyst for Coca-Cola, the world’s #1 beverage company. Ensar completed his graduate studies at School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo, where he is an Assistant Professor in the academic unit for quantitative economics. In addition to his love for teaching and research in the field of business and social analytics, Ensar is passionate about new technologies that will transform the way we teach and learn from each other and trust in each other.

Milad Cerkic - Entrepreneur

Milad, 36, started his company Atlantbh with a friend during his studying years at Faculty of Electronics and Computer Sciences in Sarajevo, 13 years ago. From his early teens he fell in love with technology which set a course for his personal and professional interests. His work is marked with strong sense of dedication, complemented with the passion and drive to maximize the benefits of todays technologies and actively identify and participate in the developments of tomorrow's solutions.

For almost 20 years, Milad worked with some of the best startups and Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola, NAVTEQ, Nokia, European Commission, and many others aiming to turn ideas into products. He has a knack for picking the best of tech and assembling things together. His career is marked with development of BIG DATA, Cloud, open-source, Mapping and mobile creations.

Milad is active in the supporting local charities in his home town of Mostar, has a brown belt in karate and enjoys snowboarding.
As a family man, there is nothing he enjoy's more than spending spare time with his three little girls. He's is currently living in Sarajevo.

Milad is a strong believer that talent and intelligence may be spread evenly across the planet, but opportunity is not.

Adnan Budimlic - Entrepreneur

After 3 years of working at Sarajevo International Airport, Adnan decided to start his solo career as co-founder of Dernek.ba which shortly became the biggest bosnian social network at the time. Kreativni Projekti from Zagreb acquired the company and shortly after the acquisition Adnan reinvested in new start-ups like Pik.ba, PikPay.ba and eKupon.ba. Adnan's best qualities are in being a great leader, creative thinker, team player, hard worker, multi-tasker, and someone who understands that behind every great design is an important business objective and opportunity. He is always seeking new technical skills and new solutions.

Sanscho Ramhorst - Technical Expert for SME

Ramhorst is an experienced manager and technical expert in small and medium enterprise (SMEs) development with more than 18 years of experience in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is currently serving as Chief of Party of the USAID funded Partnership for Innovation (PI) project, where he is responsible for the establishment of four Business Innovation Centers that will provide IT services to BiH SMEs and youth. Prior to this position, Ramhorst managed the Excellence in Innovation Project, where he was responsible for the establishment of six Technology Centers, which are privately owned, in the wood manufacturing, machine tool, agriculture, logistics, tourism and textile sectors. For the past twelve years, Ramhorst has been working with SMEs.

Ramhorst has an undergraduate and graduate degree in engineering and an MBA.

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