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What is Startup Weekend ?

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 across 450+ cities where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to pitch ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups – all in just one weekend. 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.

What’s different about this one?

With women leading less than 7% of venture-backed startups, it’s no secret that there are fewer women founding companies than men. That’s why we have one special focus for this Startup Weekend: connecting and showcasing the talents of women and aspiring female entrepreneurs. Pitches will be women-only and mentors and judges will be female-heavy. But that doesn’t mean men aren’t welcome to participate too! We know the best teams have diverse and balanced perspectives, so men are encouraged to join teams as well.  

This time we will focus on the following topics:

– Fashion
– Beauty
– Health
– Kids
– Food
– Education
– Media
– Charity
– Art


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!

Coaches & Mentors

Kelsey Ramsden

✔Branson Centre Mentor ✔ TED Speaker ✔ Huffington Post Contributor ✔ Business Acrobat   |   LinkedIn

Canada's #1 Female Entrepreneur two years running, mentor at the Richard Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship and appear regulalry in publications such as Forbes etc. Founded and rocked multimillion-dollar companies while juggling three kids and fighting cancer.

Maria Kosenkova

CEO at Startup Women   |   LinkedIn

Graduated from Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics majoring in marketing. Maria has been working with promotion of IT projects for more than 6 years. For the last 4 years before the foundation of Startup Women, Maria was employed in the company Innova (localizer and developer of online games) on the position of PR-director.

Maria is one of our jury members.

Natasha Berezovska

CEO & Managing Partner at Detonate Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Detonate Ventures is Kiev-based Ukrainian-Israeli investment and management company acting as a seed and early-stage investor and managing in-house projects.

Natasha has almost 20 years of experience in founding and growing companies. Her personal background includes managing mass media, communication holdings, marketing and PR agencies.

She holds Master’s degree in Journalism, Executive MBA degree from Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, completed Venture Capital program at Haas Business School in California and HR and CRM at Kellog-Recanati International EMBA program at Tel Aviv University.

Natasha is one of our jury members.

Olga Gorenko

Head of Kyiv UsabilityLab office   |   LinkedIn

Ideologist and organizer of professional events on usability such as winter and summer UxCamps, UX-Mayday, World Usability Day in Ukraine, Ukrainian community of Usability Professionals UXUA organizer, that accounts today has more than 200 participants.

Olga considers an important milestone in the development of usability professionals in Ukraine customers involvement in the process of product development and thorough understanding of the industry demand.

Olga is a UI/UX mentor.

Valeriy Grabko

CEO at   |   LinkedIn

Over 8 years of internet-marketing and development. Specialties: advertising, social media, marketing automation, SaaS development.

In 2013 he launched PromoRepublic - SaaS platform for running social media campaigns and promotions. The company is leading Ukrainian market and expanding into European markets now. It demonstrates strong traction, it generated its first Revenue streams, it helped its clients reach over 200,000 thousand people, the Company clients (thus far) include blue chip clients such as Danone, Philips, Microsoft, Hell's Kitchen and many others.

Prior to that, Valeriy worked as CEO at, a CIS search engine and marketing automation software provider where he was responsible for company/product development/positioning, business development strategy and its implementation. Valeriy launched Fund Interactive, a Ukraine based digital agency.

Valery is our mentor is sales and business development.

Daria Leshchenko

CEO at   |   LinkedIn

SupportYourApp is a company that provides customer support outsourcing solutions for indie software developers and publishers. The solution has been built on the home-grown system that is called Collaborative Email 'COLIBRI' which allows multiple users to manage a thread of emails, phone calls in a comprehensive way.

Daria's strong point is orientation in customer service. That is why among her clients are numerous Apple Design Award Winners. She can turn angry customers into true loyal fans.

Daria is our customer service and loyalty mentor.

Katya Mikula

CEO at   |   LinkedIn

Co-founder and CEO of leading collective buying service, previously worked as representative of EVenture Capital Fund in Ukraine and business consulting in telecommunication, fashion, retail.

Katya is our e-commerce mentor.

Alex Anikin

President @ Global Technology Foundation   |   LinkedIn

Alex is international relations expert with more than 12 year experience in administrative and trade activities, including diplomatic missions of Ukraine in Russia and Singapore.

Since 2012 Alex is actively involved in creation of the Global Technology Foundation, the only foundation in Ukraine offering grants to promising startups in the early stages and pre-seed level.

Alex drove the GTF project from the idea stage to existing and unique mechanism of support of entrepreneurship and technological businesses in Ukraine.

GTF offers $30,000 grants to Ukrainian startups which operate in IT, cloud services, mobile, games, e-commerce, media, etc.

Alex is one of our jury members.

Andrey Horsev

Angel   |   LinkedIn

Serial entrepreneur, investor, Hackers&Founders organizer in Ukraine, CEO at «» (San-Francicso/Dnipropetrovsk)

Andrey is one of our jury members.

Daniel Tonkopiy

Eastlabs   |   LinkedIn

Serial entrepreneur:,,,,

Daniel is mentoring in technical solutions .

Eveline Buchatskiy

Managing Partner at EastLabs   |   LinkedIn

Former CEO of leading media company Ekonomika, having launched several popular websites including, the
most quoted business portal in Ukraine.

Prior to Ekonomika, Eveline was CEO of high-tech startup APCT, winner of the second annual "Silicon Valley Open Doors" contest in 2006. Before moving to Ukraine, Eveline worked for 10 years as an engineering associate on several multi-million dollar projects for top industrial gas company Praxair, Inc.

Eveline received her Bachelors of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley, her Master of Engineering degree from State University of New York, in Buffalo, and her executive MBA from INSEAD.

Eveline is one of our jury members.

Olga Belkova

Eastlabs Partner on Sabbatical, Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine   |   LinkedIn

Before joining Eastlabs, Olga Belkova was part of the executive management team for the Victor Pinchuk Foundation. As Diector of International Programs at the Foundation, she led projects for Ukraine’s integration into the global community, supervised the international grant-making activity, and worked closely with several well known international organizations such as International Crisis Group, Brookings Institute, Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Amicus Europae Foundation. Olga Belkova directly oversaw the largest privately funded Ukrainian scholarship initiative, the WorldWideStudies, designed to support young talented Ukrainians pursuing their Master’s degrees in leading universities outside Ukraine.

Olga Belkova is a Harvard Mason Fellow and holds a Master of Public Administration by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a law degree from the Kyiv Shevchenko National University and a degree in economics from the Cherkassy State Engineering University.

Olga is mentoring in business administration.

Tatiana Grinuova

Co-owner and editor-in-chief at   |   LinkedIn

Tatiana has 9 years of experience in Internet business, online marketing, business development, startups and journalism. She is regular speaker at different business, startup forums and conferences.

Tatiana graduated from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University majoring in mathematics and has a finance degree from KROK University.

Tatiana is our mentor in Marketing and PR.

Lera Borodina

CEO at Ohmylook   |  

Successful business woman and attentive mother, founder of Ohmylook - one of the first cocktail-dress rental services in Ukraine. Ohmylook solves two problems at once: there is nothing to wear and there is no more space for the clothes.

Lera is our mentor in fashion.

Daryna Kulya

Design Coordinator, Global Office of Digital Innovation at Deloitte   |   LinkedIn

Daryna works in the Digital Innovation group at Deloitte where she develops digital strategies, experiments with pre-enterprise technologies and advises practitioners and firm leadership how to benefit from them.

Outside of the firm Daryna mentors startups on business development and user acquisition. She has mentored teams at Startup Weekend Toronto since 2011.

Her areas of expertise as a Startup Weekend Mentor include business model generation, customer validation and crafting a killer pitch. Daryna will join the event via Skype.

Oksana Hoshva

CEO&Founder at HOSHVA PR (MSL Group Affiliate in Ukraine)&HOSHVA digital, UAPR Board Member   |   LinkedIn

Oksana is a successful founder and CEO of several startups specialising in communications. Her agency ‘HOSHVA Digital’, which was launched July 2012 was already recognized by a number of rewards and such top companies as Microsoft Ukraine, SONY Ukraine, L’Oreal Ukriane and Watsons Ukraine are listed among the clients of the company. Oksana has started her own company ‘HOSHVA PR’ at the age of 23 without investor or partner support. Today ‘HOSHVA PR’ is consistently ranked in Top 10 PR agencies in Ukraine.

Oksana Hoshva is Board Member at Ukrainian Public Relations Association where she oversees Digital Committee and PR Directors Club.

Oksana has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from International Christian University, Diploma in PR from Chartered Institute of Public Relations and is currently a student of EMBA + Digital Marketing Program at IE Business School.

Oksana is our mentor in PR and communications.

Yana Buchko

Ideologist and stockholder @SOVA jewelry   |  

Experienced in marketing communications, specialized in luxury goods market, crisis management, business strategy development/business redesign and project management.

Among others Yana have been working with such companies as Louis Vuitton, Helen Marlen Group, Hermes. She also started quite a few projects such as Drive Dance Project with London choreographers as general producer in Ukraine and Ukrainian fashion women ready-to-wear brand BEVZA as investor and business-partner.

At the same time Yana was a strategic partner of Le Roi jewelry house and now presenting a new jewelry concept on the market - 'jewelry wardrobe' with brand SOVA and providing services of business consulting to a number of fashion brands.

Yana is our mentor in Fashion.

Alexandr Gudkov

Co-Founder & CEO at GUDBAGEL   |   LinkedIn

Alexandr founded his first business at his 20. Since then, six years later, Gudkov has two profitable food delivery businesses such as TakiBox and GudBagel.

Moreover, a young businessman is actively involved in the development of offline part of his business - GUD FOOD BARs.

Alexandr is our mentor in Food.

Anna Degtereva

CEO at Happy Farm   |   LinkedIn

Being CEO at Happy Farm, the first American-Ukrainian full-service tech startup accelerator based in Kyiv, Anna Degtereva is also a producer of Europe Venture Summit (Startup AddVenture), General Director of “Global Management Challenge Ukraine” company (international competition on strategic management), the founder and the organizer of the all-Ukrainian contest “Innovation Breakthrough”, and other projects. Anna has a wide range of professional contacts in Ukraine, CIS countries, Europe and the United States, and she is an active speaker at many conferences.

Anna is one of our jury members.

Alexey Oleynikov

CEO & Founder at InVenture Investment Group   |   LinkedIn

Alexey Oleynikov is a Managing Partner at InVenture Investment Group – that supports investment and business opportunities in Ukraine and has several directions of activity: business sales, investment brokerage and investment relations, strategic consulting, investment & venture media.
Alexey also holds a position of Investment Director at INEKO Investment Group – is a licensed investment market player, which has 20 years of successful experience in Ukraine and proves it by holding top position in direct investments, widely known management, wide client and partner network, member of international business associations and organization. Total assets under management USD 60 mln (commercial real-estate, hotel business, retail).

Alexey is our mentor in private equity and venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, media.

Lyubomyr Ostapiv

CFO, Partner at Stanfy and CFO at Petcube   |   LinkedIn

Lyubomyr started his financial career as an auditor in Deloitte & Touche in 2005. Since then, he has worked in different positions related to corporate financial management. Currently, he is CFO/Partner of the mobile software company Stanfy and CFO of promising Ukrainian startup Petcube. He also consults small businesses on managerial finance.

Lyubomyr got the bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kyiv-Mohyla University (Ukraine) in 2003, and finished his self-financed MBA in 2011. Also, he passed all exams given by the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), a global body for professional accountants, and qualified for their membership in 2009.

Lyubomyr is the author of book “Home Finances for Couples” and blogs and

Lyubomyr is our mentor in managerial finance and startup monetization models.

Dmitry Spodarets

Founder & CEO at RootUA Media, FlyElephant and GeeksLab   |   LinkedIn

Physicist. Сhief of HPC & FOSS Center at Mechnikov Odessa National University. Active participant of IT and StartUP community in Ukraine. Organizer of the first in Odessa hackerspace GeeksSpace.

Olha Klipkova

Project Director at UMH DIGITAL (   |   LinkedIn

Olha is one of our mentors and presents a special prize from to one chosen project.

Leonora Yanko

GM @Manufactura & Yakov Greter Art centers   |  

Volodymyr Ivanov

Google Developer Groups

Volodymyr is the leader of one of the world’s most active Google Developer Groups – GDG Kyiv Center. He is one of the most influential personalities at Google Developer Community, connector and communicator inside the community.
Volodymyr is one of our mentors.

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Mar 28
  • 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


Mar 29
  • 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


Mar 30
  • 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
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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