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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 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!

Platinum Sponsors

Steve Blank

Exclusive Skype session on Saturday 9am.

Steve Blank is a Silicon Valley serial-entrepreneur and academician who is based in Pescadero, California.

Steve is recognized for developing the Customer Development methodology, which launched the Lean Startup movement. He is also the co-founder of E.piphany.

Blank has spent over thirty years within the high technology industry. He has founded or worked within eight startup companies, four of which have gone public.

Gold Sponsors
Women Workshop

Facebook engineers on Scaling Global Products

This is a free event.

When: 7:00 - 9:30pm, February 28.
Where: Ciklum Head Office, 12 Amosova St., Kyiv, Ukraine, 03680

Silver Sponsors
Coaches & Mentors

Goranka Bjedov

Capacity Engineer for Infrastructure at Facebook.

Focuses on performance and capacity of production services. Prior to starting at Facebook, Goranka was a Performance Engineer at Google. She previously worked as reliability engineer at NetApp, the company that specializes in network attached storage and performance engineering manager at AT&T Labs. Goranka holds a Ph.D. In Engineering Science from Clarkson University and is a tenured faculty from Purdue University.

Kari Lee

Engineering Manager for Search at Facebook.

Focuses on the product and grammar aspects of Graph Search. Prior to transitioning into management, she was a Software Engineer working on various search infrastructure and frontend projects. She previously interned at Google and Microsoft. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Mary Pimenova

Software Engineer at Facebook.

Focuses on privacy infrastructure. Prior to working on privacy, Mary worked on site performance and efficiency at Facebook. Mary holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Washington.

Nikita Lukianets

Technical Audience Manager at Microsoft.

Nikita advices technology startups on newest methods, technologies, tools to innovate their businesses. Prior to joining Microsoft, his career path travelled from fundamental research to entrepreneurship. He is currently leading Microsoft BizSpark program in Ukraine. Nikita has MBA degree in design & innovation management from MIP, Politecnico di Milano and technical education in the field of Applied Physics(M.Sc.)

Eveline Buchatskiy

Partner - Accelerator Project at EastLabs.

В прошлом - CEO ведущей на Украине медиакомпании “Экономика”, которая запустила несколько известных новостных и информационных веб-порталов, включая, наиболее цитируемый бизнес портал в Украине. До этого Эвелин была CEO хай-тек стартапа APCT, победителя второго ежегодного конкурса Silicon Valley Open Doors в 2006 году. До того как приехать в Украину, на протяжении 10 лет Эвелин работала на должности технического научного сотрудника в нескольких многомиллионных проектах ведущей компании газовой отрасли Praxair, Inc.

Эвелин получила степень бакалавра по специальности Наука и химическая инженерия в Калифорнийском Университете в Берклей, а также диплом магистра инженерии в Государственном Нью-Йоркском Университете в Буффало и executive MBA в школе INSEAD.

Max Ischenko

President and co-founder at

Founded (35K dev community in Ukraine). Bootstrapping (job site for developers). Producing ProfitShow.TV (video podcasts on startups).

Alexey Orap

Founder and CEO at YouScan.

Профессионал ИТ-рынка и серийный предприниматель с многолетним опытом выведения на рынок инновационных продуктов и сервисов. Является CEO и основателем компании YouScan - лидирующей на рынке России и Украины системы мониторинга социальных медиа. До YouScan работал директором по развитию Яндекс.Украина, ранее занимался продажами и техническим консалтингом в компаниях Nortel, Alcatel-Lucent. Ко-фаундер компании Contactis. Выпускник Киевского Государственного Университета им Т.Шевченко (ф-т Кибернетики, прикладная математика). Второе высшее образование - Executive MBA Киево-Могилянской Бизнес Школы.

Aleksey Ivankin

Co-founder of 908.VC.

Highly skilled in architecture of high load websites and audio/video processing in cloud computing. Co-founder and CTO of Audiko (the largest ringtone creation site), investor and CTO of Klumba.UA (the largest Ukraine young parent community), angel investor in JustShare Inc, Sinichki, Productor.

Hrish Lotlikar

Managing Partner at EastLabs

Hrish was formerly a Vice President at Spencer Trask Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm based in New York, where he worked to source, evaluate, and execute an array of venture capital investments.

His past investments include,,, Prescient Medical, Precyse Technologies, Prolor Biotech (PBTH), Retaligent Solutions and UFoodGrill (UFFC). In 2005, Hrish founded The Wall Street Program to help prospective finance professionals land positions in investment banking, sales and trading, and private equity through training in financial modeling and recruitment strategy.

Previously, he served as a Senior Associate for HSBC Securities in New York, and Associate at UBS Investment Bank in investment banking/M&A and in global business development at management consulting firm Aon Hewitt.

Hrish earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Med from Rice University, a Master of Public Health and MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Illinois at Chicago. A U.S. Congressional Scholar, Hrish Lotlikar served as a Board Member of the New York Executive Forum, and is a member of the New York City Venture Connection and the New York Private Equity Network.

Ivan Guzenko

Head of Marketing at Adspromotion LLC

Руководил крупными маркетинговыми проектами в различных международных и отечественных компаний. За 10 лет прошел путь от FMCG и телевидения, до руководства маркетингом в энергетической и образовательной сферах. На данный момент выбрал для себя направления Digital Marketing. Выпускник КИМО и НУК. Постоянный участник международных общественных организаций связанных с Digital Marketing и регулированием рекламы в Интернет.

Evgeniy Tsaruk

CMO at SEO-Studio

Специалист в маркетинге и менеджменте проектов. Начинал свою деятельность с того, что занимал должность CTO в студии интернет-маркетинга Netpeak. После этого в течении полтора года занимал позицию CEO в молодой, активно растущей компании Inweb. На сегодняшний день занимает должность CMO в компании SEO-Studio. Работает в отрасли интернет-маркетинга уже более 6 лет. За время своей деятельности работал с рядом крупнейших интернет-проектов и принимал активное участие в их становлении.

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