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Grand Mall

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 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

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!

The guests of Startup Weekend Varna can take advantage of preferential prices at Hotel "Orbita" .
The prices are:
Single Room - 40 lv (accommodation one person in a double room)
Double Room -45 lv (accommodation two people in a double room, the price is per room)
The prices are including VAT and Insurance.
The prices are not including breakfast.

When you are booking please note that these are special prices and they are valid only for the participants and organizers associated with the event Startup Weekend Varna.

Startup Weekend e интензивно, 54-часово събитие, на което програмисти, дизайнери, маркетинг специалисти и стартъп ентусиасти се събират, споделят идеи, сформират екип, изграждат продукти и стартират нов бизнес.
По време на събитието презентираш своята идея, събираш екип и я разработваш. Освен страхотна идея, която е хубаво да се доведе до демо версия в рамките на един уикенд, ти трябва як екип – някой, който може да направи дизайн, да програмира или да формира бизнес модел. Защо не и да направиш някоя продажба и да валидираш целия бизнес?

Участниците и организаторите на Startup Weekend Varna могат да се възползват от услугите на Хотел "Орбита", на преференциални цени:
Единична стая - 40 лв. (настаняване на един човек в двойна стая);
Двойна стая - 45 лв. (настаняване на двама души в двойна стая, цената е за стаята);
Цените са с включен ДДС, туристическа застраховка, без закуска;

При резервация, молим да уточните присъствието си като участник в Startup Weekend Varna.

За повече информация: Хотел "Орбита"

Събитието ще се проведе от 30 май до 1 Юни в Grand Mall Varna (ул. Андрей Сахаров 2).
Моля посетете следния адрес за информация как да стигнете до Grand Mall.



May 31
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Dinner & Networking
  • 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
  • Finished for the day, but you may stay late. Event is open 24 hours


Jun 1
  • Arrive
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Breakfast
  • 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, but you may stay late. Event is open 24 hours


Jun 2
  • Arrive
  • Breakfast
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Dinner
  • Beach Party starts
Platinum Sponsors

Food Scanner

Mobile application   |  

A mobile application that uses phone’s camera to find all preservatives in a food taking a picture of its ingredients


Shopping app   |  

Social shopping app that connects people with their favorite fashion brands. Find the best discounts and nearest store loctions based on your personal taste and needs.

Website   |  

A website which will connect people with problems with their cars and workshops that can help them by professional advice. The site will give customers discounts for some services.


Social network   |  

The pet owners social network which helps you reunite with your beloved being


Mobile App   |  

Promo finder is a mobile web application which helps you find promotions and dicounted services around your current location based on your preferences.


Platform   |  

A platform which helps every parent to find the talents of his kids


Platform   |  

We all want to develop, we all strive for improvement! is a platform where speakers receive a proper feeback, analysis and tips & tricks in order to improve their skills.

Scrap Trade Challenge

Mobile App   |  

A startup aimed at creating a mobile app that :
1. connects users to the nearest recycling spots
2. creates fun competitions where the individuals and organizations that recycled the most win.


E-commerce platform   |  

E-commerce platform for rental of designer dresses & accessories

Wonder Mailbox

Mobile App   |  

Wonder Mail Box is a mail client for iOS which analise your mail box and sort the mails per projects and topics. Your mail will not be mess again.


Social interactive tool   |  

Social interactive tool to understand what people’s first impression of you is. Man up and face what people see in your face!


Shopping platform   |  

A shopping platform that collects products from numerous online shops to present to the user an ubiquitous experience throughout the site.
All in one solution


Mobile App   |  

Card linked mobile application which help you choose which credit or loyalty card in your wallet to use to make the purchase in order to maximize the rewards and cash back.

Photo Quests

PhotoQuests is a photo challenge game community.   |  

We are creating a website where people can challenge each other to complete photography related quests in different categories.

E-commerce platform

E-commerce platform to sell only nationally made products and produce.

Gold Sponsors

Julian Borislavov

Owner, ICN.Bg   |   LinkedIn

Julian Borislavov is the co-founder and CEO of the most innovative Bulgarian hosting company ICN.Bg. With his over 8 years experience in the IT business, he has gained unbeatable knowledge and expertise in the field of management and business development. Although he has obtained a degree in Economics, he strongly believes that there is nothing more valuable than the practical experience and carefully monitoring the latest technologies and trends in the global world.

Julian Borislavov is sharing his formula for success: he turned his passion for IT technologies and different types of gadgets to his job. He is a person who can fully understand the concerns of the young entrepreneurs as he has personally been such!

Valentin Oreshkov

Launchub scout   |   LinkedIn

Startup ninja, sailing dreamer, marathon runner, travel and jazz lover, wine and food amateur. So lucky to play with great friends and amazing folks @everbread

Avgustina Pasheeva

Director European Business Development VoiVoda Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Avgustina is part of the VoiVoda Ventures team, an angel investment fund located in California that focuses on early stage investments in B2B startups. VoiVoda combines the resources of their fund with those of a broad network of angel investors, early stage VCs and Super Angels to assist startups raising their first institutional round in the range of $500k-$1.5M.

At VoiVoda Ventures Avgustina is actively seeking out for potential startups from Europe, the US, Canada, Latin America, Israel, assisting, preparing and advising the portfolio companies, analyzing business models, sales and marketing, due diligence and investor relations. Avgustina has been a panelist at WebIt '13, member of the jury of iHub Demo Day '13, coach at Sofia Startup Weekend '12, panelist at the Startup Conference'12. Avgustina graduated AUBG in 2010 with double major in Business Administration and Journalism and Mass Communications.

Dilyan Dimitrov

Founder at Eleven Startup Accelerator   |   LinkedIn

Hristo Neychev

Director of Business Development at Telerik   |   LinkedIn

Global Business Leader. Passionate trainer. Expert at taking new ideas to market. Successful entrepreneur who lived and worked in USA and Europe. Eleven years of cross-industry experience in Business Management, Strategic Sales & Partnerships, Digital & Traditional Marketing. Interested in cloud and mobile technologies, architectural design and services. Outstanding communicator and team leader. Experienced salesman, marketer, and cross-continent business manager.

Rune Sovndahl

Co-owner and CEO of international SEO agency First Online Solutions   |   LinkedIn

Summary - Rune Sovndahl is a Danish-born entrepreneur with over fifteen years’ experience in the the IT, dot-com and telecommunications industries. He is the founder of, Polish portal and Victor Connect Ltd. He is currently the co-owner and CEO of international SEO agency First Online Solutions.

Pavel Penchev

CEO of Econt Express Ltd.   |   LinkedIn

Pavel Penchev has been a CEO of Econt Express Ltd. since 2000. The company is a licensed provider of postal and courier services and money transfers, with 14 years of experience in the market. Econt Express maintains a branch network of over 350 offices in Bulgaria with a team of almost 2000 highly qualified professionals. Over the last years the company opened offices in Romania, England and Greece.
Pavel is part of the groundwork of developing and launching specified services, needed in e-trade companies. His active work regarding the conditions of free and independent movement of money, merchandise and documents, pushes on-line sales numbers up, currently over 1700 electronic shops use the services of Econt Express.
Pavel Penchev has a Master’s degree in Transport Management, and is also certified in company management, project management and owns a IATA-certificate.

Timo Railo

Co-founder at Alkuvoima East   |   LinkedIn

With over 20 years of varied digital experience under his belt, Timo has delivered or helped to deliver few hundred projects which some have been awarded, many have been successful and some complete failures. Hopefully from this, Timo has grasped at least a little something along the way about what makes a successful venture.

At the moment, he is a chairman of the board for Alkuvoima East, a strategic digital marketing company operating in Finland, Bulgaria and Italy and intimately involved with a couple of startup ventures.

Media Partners

Georgi Christov

IT manager   |  

An entrepreneur and a project manager. I am working in the WEB industry for 8 years. I have passed through all incarnations and have solid knowledge in SEO, social networking, IT security, project management. At this moment I am an IT manager in two companies - IGCBG and Akristo, both offering a full range of IT services - from planning and development to analysis and monetization. I am the creator of the IT seminars E-manager.

Ivelina Atanasova

Digital Marketing & New Business Development, founder of   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Entrepreneur by heart, Ivelina Atanasova is a nationally recognized marketing speaker, author, and marketing strategist experienced in digital marketing, sells, advertising and IT.
Her profound insights into the world of digital marketing are in high demand everywhere. Through her common sense approach, Ivelina provides strategic direction to various multi-national companies, Digital Marketing Director of the career website and HR agency in Bulgaria – Blogger.

Pascal Duffy

Marketing & Sales   |   LinkedIn

Pascal Duffy is half French and half Irish, he has been living in Bulgaria since 2004 and has been witnessing the rapid development & change of Bulgaria’s business & entrepreneurial community.
Having an entrepreneurial spirit himself, he has been involved in the launch of several companies here in Bulgaria as well as in Beijing, China where he spent 2 years launching a franchise.
Pascal mentioned: “I am looking forward to feel the spirit of this week end & witness the strength, motivation & willingness for change in business practices which seems to inhabit the upcoming generation of Bulgarian entrepreneurs”.

Peter Brodsky

Director at SoundCloud   |   LinkedIn

Peter started programming since the age of 10. He is doing his first startup right after graduating from Cornell University. In 2007 he founded Instinctiv - company in the online music space, later acquired by SoundCloud (2012). Now he is heading the Bulgarian branch and recently joined the Launchub's mentors team. He speaks 5 languages and is passionate pilot.

Krum Zahariev

Co-founder and Managing Director - Alkuvoima East Bulgaria   |   LinkedIn

Krum Zahariev is the co-founder and the Managing Director of Alkuvoima East Bulgaria, established in 2006. Alkuvoima East is a digital marketing production company dealing with web and mobile developments as well as planning and consulting. The company has offices in Bulgaria, Finland and Italy and operates mostly on the Scandinavian market. Alkuvoima East is well-recognized as a reliable and as providing high product quality partner among the industry. Its clients are Top 10 companies from Finland and the region. Krum Zahariev started as an entrepreneur back in 2002 when he established his first company dealing with web developments and serving mostly Bulgarian clients.

Nikolay Mitev

Founder at BeLean   |   LinkedIn

Nikolay Mitev is an owner of a small software development business, a passionful software developer and an agile evangelist. He started his love to programming 15 years ago and went up to the hill of this business from developer, through architect and project manager, up to a CTO of an international company. Two years ago Nikolay decides to do exactly what he most loves - developing exciting software with hands on the cutting edge technologies and he establishes his small company BeLean Ltd.
Nikolay may help you in solving general software related issues and has a good foundation of knowledge and experience in web, mobile, cloud and database development which he’ll offer to you during the startup weekend. In addition being a Certified ScrumMaster, he may be helpful in building successful, target oriented teams.

Chris KeSi-hai


Chris recently relocated to Bulgaria after spending ten years in Taiwan, one of the most dynamic economies in Asia. He is active in the startup community and has just joined Apropos Consultants as a Senior Consultant with responsibility for finding new investment opportunities in the Balkans region. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a UK-based enlightenment organisation that is supporting his own startup to develop new services for the developing world.

Justine Toms

Teacher, Manager, Writer   |   LinkedIn

Justine Toms is among the pioneers of the Bulgarian Internet. An expert in online media and marketing, founder of digital agency ABC Design & Communication since 1998, creator of a number of niche online websites, such as,, which are now part of the Group. Justine has also been the idea leader of the competition for best Bulgarian online projects - BG Site since 1999. Author of 11 books in the area of online presence and entrepreneurship, lecturer at New Bulgarian University and М3 College. More about Justine at

Çelik Nimani

Marketing Strategist and Technology Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

An engineer, currently working as a Training & Events Manager at Innovation Centre Kosovo, working directly with startups, entrepreneurs and IT professionals. With over 5 years of solid experience in media production, Çelik was the first IT journalist in Kosovo & Albania, working as Editor in Chief at CIO Albanian & PC World Albanian, while by end of 2011 he founded, an independent technology news site covering entrepreneurs, startups and innovations emerging from the region. He is also a Startup Weekend organizer and facilitator, and a startup scout for Eleven Accelerator for Kosovo and Albania, while he also serves as a point of contact for international companies, investors and VC’s interested in Kosovo. Çelik has in-depth relationships with leaders, organizations, IT companies, government institutions and freelancers all around the market.

Evgeni Yordanov

Head of Search & Social at First Online Solutions   |   LinkedIn

Evgeni is Head of Search & Social in the London-based international company First Online Solutions. One of Bulgaria's younger enterpreneurs. He has created some of the well-known resources of the online IT community:
- (online media)
- Marketing & Webmastery (Facebook & G+ groups)
- SEOptimizacia (SEO blog)
- Lecturer in Telerik Academy.

Darin Marinov

Head of IASS-department in Econt Express   |   LinkedIn

Darin is the manager of an unit, specialised in developing and supporting e-trade in Bulgaria, which was established in late 2010. For a brief period of time, the unit developed over 15 software solutions, used in on-line sales and the necessary logistic support.
“The greatest challenge in working with clients is responding to the market requirements - when new needs appear in this dynamic environment, it is a provocation for every business partner to satisfy them and develop their product”.
Darin has participated in the developing and launching of 6 projects, and in the creating of several software applications, introduced and used in the electronic market.

Rumen Iliev

Manager at LAUNCHub   |   LinkedIn

Interested in Entrepreneurship, Startups, Venture Capital, Investments and focused on building connectins with the relevant people in the startup / entrepreneurial ecosystem that can help early stage companies achieve their goals.

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Ivelin Ivanov
Zornitsa Doncheva
Stanislav Minev
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Marta Kostova
Orlin Dimitrov
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