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Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs, be those who already have started their business, or aspiring entrepreneurs who just have ideas, will find a place to test their (crazy) ideas, find out if startup ideas are viable, talk to peers and find potential partners.

This project aims to bring in a vibe of ‘can do’ attitude, create and strengthen an entrepreneur’s community, and build a platform for communication. Participants are challenged with building functional startups and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.

Beginning with Friday afternoon pitches, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. The weekend progresses with a focus on customer development, idea validation, LEAN Startup Methodologies implementation and building a minimal viable product. Startup Weekends culminate Sunday night when participants present their demos to a panel of potential investors and local entrepreneurs. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Why attend a Startup Weekend event?

Call us biased, but we think that there are dozens of reasons why you should come to a Startup Weekend! Since we know your time is valuable, we’ll only list the top ten:

Learning Experience:
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go. It is about validating ideas and experimenting in a risk-free environment, and for many, it’s about taking the first step into entrepreneurship.

Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or a even an investor.

Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as mentors and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.

Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.

Save money & get stuff:
Your ticket covers five meals, snack, access to exclusive resources from our global sponsors and all the coffee you can drink.

Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are prefect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.

Join a global community:
Join over 30,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.

More Questions? Check out the FAQ



Jun 7
  • Registration Starts, Finger-food & 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.
  • Continue discussion in a bar


Jun 8
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Business Model Workshop
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Presentation: What to cover in your pitch?
  • 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


Jun 9
  • Day starts with coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Brunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Dinner
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Networking and drinks
Platinum Sponsors/ Partners
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors

Genc Pollo

Minister of Innovation and ICT

Mr. Genc Pollo, was reelected as a member of the Albanian Parliament after the general elections, held in June 2009 which reconfirmed a Democratic Party led coalition and was appointed Minister for Innovation and Information Communication Technology.

In the previous government Mr. Pollo had the position of Deputy Prime Minister for one year, (2008-2009) and before that the one of Minister of Education and Sciences (2005-2008).

In the current position, he is charge of the Information Society and Telecommunications, Digital Albania being a clear priority the Government.

Mr. Pollo has participated actively in the founding of the Democratic Party 20 years ago the political force that ended Communism and introduced democratic and market economy reforms. He has held various parliamentary and executive senior positions.
Mr. Genc Pollo was born in 1963 in Tirana. After graduating in Historical Studies from the University of Tirana, in 1986, he worked as researcher at the Academy of Sciences for two years and than followed post graduate studies in the Vienna University, thanks to a scholarship awarded by the Austrian Government.

Mr. Pollo is fluent in English, German, French and Italian.

Jon Hansen

Jon Hansen is Counselor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Norwegian Embassy in Prishtina. Previously, he has been Counselor at the Embassy in Sarajevo and Consul in the General Consulate in Hamburg. As Fisheries Attache he was also responsible for the promotion of Norwegian seafood in several European countries.

Mr. Hansen has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Administration from Norway. From Germany, he has a Bachelor’s degree in international marketing and economics. He has twelve years of management experience in Norwegian and international businesses. Among other, he has worked in internationally renowned corporations such as O. Mustad & Søn ASA, Widerøe’s Flyveselskap ASA and ABB (Asea Brown Boveri). Furthermore, Mr. Hansen held the position as Vice President Sales and Marketing in many of the firms. He has working experience in tourism and airlines, engineering, infrastructure and IT, along with Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG). He has broad experience in both B2B and B2C activities.

Enkelejd Zotaj

Enkelejd is the Head of IT in Raiffeisen Bank with 11 years of experience in technology and banking. Enkelejd has established a solid track record of achievements in a wide range of areas, including IT governance, process re-engineering, demand management, enterprise system integration, data warehousing and quality management.Enkelejd started his career in software development, and then moved to demand and project management until he was promoted to Head of IT. In this role, he leads a team of 75 experts that support the organization in all of its technology and innovative aspects. He believes technology is a key pillar of competitiveness for every modern company and that people are at the heart of its effectiveness.

Kushtrim Shala

ICTS Media Country Manager

Kushtrim Shala is co-founder of ICTSmedia Ltd., who currently holds the position of a country manager in Albania. He has over 7 years of experience in the telecommunication industry, mainly in IT and new products development and recently in project management.
He holds a master of Sciences degree from University of Tirana, Albania in Computer Sciences since 2006.
He is qualified from EBRD - Business Advisory Services Programme in Albania as a Business Consultant. Prior to move to Vodafone Albania, Kushtrim spent two years working in the greatest media in Albania, which was newly established – Top Channel.
He is an ICT activist and enthusiastic, with a solid background in IT consulting and customised web and server-based projects.
As a member of the editorial management at Computerworld Albania magazine, as-well PCworld, CIO, he has recently successfully completed organization of first nationwide competition of its kind, called Albanian ICT Awards 2012. This event has the objective on itself the recognition of prominent professionals and up-and-coming leaders whose work has had significant positive impact on the contributions of information technology to an organization coming from private, public and broader sector nominations.

Dritan Mezini

IT management, Project Management, HR and Business Processes

Dritan Mezini is the founder and the Executive Director of DM Consulting Services in Albania and in Kosovo.
With over 20 years’ progressive experience, Dritan brings an extraordinary depth of expertise in IT management, Project Management, HR and Business Processes analysis. He is a long-established expert in diverse, complex, global industries and multi-million dollar business initiatives.
Dritan is also active in several national and regional startup and innovation initiatives.
Dritan graduated from the University of Tirana, Albania with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Computer Sciences. He holds two Master degrees – in Business Administration with concentration in Management Information Systems from Western Illinois University in Macomb,IL, USA and in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, Devry University of Chicago, IL, USA.
Dritan is an active member of numerous professional associations. He holds the position of Board Chairman of Albanian Information Communication Technology Association (AITA), Head of HR Committee at AmCham Albania, Protik Board member, A.U.K Board member and President of Albanian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA).

Eneida Guria

CEO, Albanian Investment Development Agency

Ms. Eneida Guria is the Chief Executive Officer of the Albanian Investment Development Agency (AIDA). An agency serving as the executive arm of the Albanian Government responsible for attracting foreign direct investments, increasing exports and enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises in the country. Prior to this position she was the General Director of the National Licensing Center a Government institution serving as the one-stop-shop for business licenses and permits applications. Ms. Guria has worked as an advisor to the Minister of Economy, Trade and Energy for 4 year prior to directing the NLC. Her previous experience has been as a Training Director for Peace Corps Albania a US agency operating in various countries of the world. She holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the same institution.

Ervin Bogdani

C.E.O , BTC-Albania

He was born in 1984 in Korce, has studied Geodetic Engineering Faculty in Polytechnic University of Tirana. In 2005, along with his two friends, they started a joint business in the IT field. That time he was only 19 years old, but his desire to be successful was great. This was finalized by acquiring his first tender of a state institution. In 2006 he got his first contract as a Sales Officer for HP products in a multinational company, CT Computers part of ComTrade Group. In the same year he establishes BTC Albania sh.p.k. . He has conducted a series of trainings focused primarily in the field of IT and the business. There are a number of related contracts with well-known companies in the Information Technology field as HP, Dell, SAP, Cisco, etc., but the most fruitful collaboration is the one with Kaspersky Lab where BTC Albania is the only official partner in Albania.

Kav Latiolais


Kav Latiolais!! He facilitates Startup Weekend events all over the world, teaching best practices in pitching, agile project management, and customer development. Before forming LIFFFT, Kav was CTO of Giant Thinkwell, a TechStars company backed by Madrona Ventures. He previously worked as a Program Manager on Microsoft's Visual Studio, designing the Windows 8 developer experience. We are lucky to have him!


Ardian Alaj

Business Development

Has completed studies in economic faculty in Kosovo, bank finance and accounting management, gaining tremendous international experience and completed various advanced trainings in Vienna, Austria, among others, in various areas of planning and management, business planning, marketing, e-Commerce, professional business methods, organization and Corporate identity and human resources and professional communication. Has a long experience in companies active in the international market, such as ALBVISION, Kosovo Chamber of Commerce, K'Osoft. For more than a year in ICTSmedia, in charge of Business Development, which is publishing media for information technology, innovation, communication and social media. Has long experience in contributing at PCWorld Albania, CIO and COMPUTERWORLD Albania

Paul Neumann

Paul is a lecturer at the Canadian Institute of Technology, Tirana. He is an engineer, Master of Sciences (M.Sc.) in Electronics, and an IT professional with 25 years of experience. His qualifications include hardware and software design, Linux operating system, all major programming languages, and computer networks (Cisco CCNA). Currently his professional focus is on complex systems and security of information systems. Paul has vast industrial and academic experience in the IT in Canada and internationally, and speaks fluently several languages.

Gjergji Guri

IT & Management

Gjergji Guri, is the founder and managing director of Facilization. Facilization is the leading Albanian company in application development and software integration in the banking sector being the 1st Oracle business partner to obtain Oracle Flexcube Universal Banking System Specialization in EE&CIS, and the 3rd in EMEA. Gjergji has a previous record of successful establishment and management of IT for Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Albania (former American Bank of Albania) in Albania and Greece. He holds an MSc from the University of Liverpool and a General Management diploma from Cranfield University. Gjergji brings a unique combination of entrepreneurship, IT expertise with other knowledge and management skills in operations, security, business development, project managements and M&A.

Luca Pescatore

IT &Management

Luca works for an International Organisation in Albania, for seven years was the Regional IT Manager for the Balkan region for this Organisation. In the past he built up two startups and gave consultancy to several IT companies. His professional and personal interests include software development tools, server administration and networking, high-level languages like PHP, elegant architectures of APIs/frameworks and software architecture/design in general, software performance optimization, DEVOPS automation tools, openstreetmap, graphical user interfaces, marketing, business development, aquaponics, environment, remote sensing and lots more.

Edlira Kasaj

Business and IT

Edlira Kasaj is a start-up enthusiast who started her career by setting up small businesses. She holds a degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Tirana, and an MBA from the Lancaster Management School (UK) with a focus on Strategic Management. Currently, Edlira is the CEO of Protik ICT Resource Centre which is in itself a startup. The mission of Protik is to catalyse the development of the ICT market through promotion of innovation, entrepreneurship and partnerships. Edlira and her team aim to help create a different approach to technology that will help companies and individuals innovate and grow.
Additionally, she continues to be an ICT Advisor for USAID’s Rritje Albania (Competitive Enterprise Development), a project aiming to improve the competitiveness of Albanian companies. In this role, Edlira has worked on and supported initiatives related to the creation of a PMI chapter in Albania, the implementation of industry standards with IT companies, the strengthening of institutional capacity and negotiation power for IT business associations, the establishment of Protik, and the set-up of career offices in universities. Prior to these roles, Edlira worked in high-level decision making as a Board Member of the Electronic and Postal Communication Authority, contributing to a number of interventions that helped increase competition in the telecommunication market. She also worked in central government in the early stages of e-government and GovNet initiatives. Edlira has lectured in a number of universities on several business and IT-related subjects.

Lindita Komani


Lindita Komani is an entrepreneur and manager with international experience in creating and running organizations and projects with impact in the development of enterprises and entrepreneurs and the representation of their interests. Lindita completed her studies of business economics in Austria and specialized in the fields of financial and industrial management as well as business and international management. Back in Albania, in 2011-2013, she was Executive Director of AITA (Albanian Information and Communication Technology Association). To the activities she led in this position belonged also the organization of the first edition of Startup Weekend Tirana. As a passionate writer she is active also in the literary scene in Albania. Right now Lindita is working on starting up two new ventures in Tirana which will focus in offering business support services for existing companies and in the development of enterprises/entrepreneurs and arts/artists.

Igli Hakrama

Systems and Software Engineering.

Igli HAKRAMA has a bachelor degree in Business Informatics from the University of Tirana and holds two master degrees, one in Economics and the other another in Computer Engineering. He has more than four 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 Web and Software Engineering and System Administration. His research focus is in Applying Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Software Engineering, Information Systems, Data Mining and their implementation in the Economics field.

Nuhi Peci


Nuhi Peci has a Master degree in Political Science from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). His focus has been the Balkans, especially Albania/Kosovo and the Albanian/Kosovar diaspora. He is also very interested in Innation and Technology, and is now studying Entrepreneurship at Oslo University (UiO). He is an active member of Startupweekend Norway and was part of the organizer team for Startupweekend Tirana #1.

Çelik Nimani

Startupweekend Prishtina   |  

An experienced manager with a strong entrepreneurial and marketing background in the Digital Industry. One of the key persons behind the establishment of the first business incubator in Kosovo, Innovation Centre Kosovo, working directly with startups, entrepreneurs and professionals. Çelik is currently involved with the Norwegian based company Athene Prosjektledelse (Kosovo Branch Office), working with projects in Eastern Europe, while he also serves as a point of contact for international companies, investors and VC’s interested in Kosovo. He is also a Startup Weekend Facilitator and Organizer since 2011 and a startup scout for the Eleven Startup Accelerator based in Sofia, Bulgaria, a 12 million euro acceleration & seed fund

Silvin Laze


Silvin Laze has been part of various regional project, holding key position focused on information system, system analyses and business innovation. He has developed and provided business solution, feasibility study enhancing business processes in different projects.

He is a certified lead auditor for ISO 27001:2005 information security management system, project management and IT Mark. Also he holds a number of mastery certificates in various field of software engineering, management and policy creation in different business processes.

Currently, he is manager of information and innovation service unit at DM Consulting Services. In addition he is experienced as consultant for IFC part of the World Bank Group and other international organization.

Nikolin Drabo

IT & System Networking expertise

Nikolin Drabo is System & Network Administrator at Protik ICT Center. He is a computer engineer, (M.Sc) Politechnic University of Turin and mostly focused on open source systems. His research interests also include Security in Mobile ad-Hoc Wireless, Machine Learning and Data Mining. Nikolin actually also manages the Young Innovators’ Club project which aims to identify talented kids with a keen interest in ICT and bring them together at Protik to share ideas and work on projects that feature their interests.

Petref Saraci

IT expertise

Arber Qytyku

Design & Programming

Arber became part of Protik in May 2013 as an internship
lab program manager. He has good programing skills and
has a background in physics. He has also been a freelance
designer for 3 years and has done most of the design work
for 2013’s edition of startup weekend Tirana.

Edlira Kasaj
Nikolin Drabo
Inesa Bendi
Entela Caushi
Bora Qesja
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Julia Canga
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