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A new wave of entrepreneurship is changing everything, from Sydney to New York and from London to Tel Aviv. Dynamic teams that start with just an idea or a small prototype are growing into successful large companies within only a year or two. And this is happening not only in Silicon Valley, Beijing, and Berlin, but in many smaller cities and towns all over the world.

Eastern Europe is an especially interesting place for entrepreneurship. Great technical talent and an open innovative mindset are the main advantages that allowed companies like AVG, Skype, Prezi, and Viber to get started in this region or grow their offices locally, becoming global success stories.

But how do you build a modern tech business? What do you need to know? How to validate a product, get access to markets, and find an investor? And how can you become a successful angel investor by investing USD 10k or 20k into tomorrow’s multimillion dollar company?

Join us in May at #SarajevoFTW to learn everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask about startups, entrepreneurship, and angel investing. Brought to you by the veterans of the startup industry in Central and Eastern Europe, and organized by USAID-REG, Netokracija, and Teres Capital, #SarajevoFTW is coming to a city near you for a two-day unforgettable experience of pitching, talking to successful startup founders and seasoned investors.

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Schedule

Saturday May 17

Startupbootcamp Pitch Day (#SarajevoFTW Entrepreneurship Day)

Time Description
9:30 am – 10:15 am Registration and welcome coffee
10:15 am – 10:20 am Welcome and introductions by Edin Saracevic, Founder of HUB387 and Max Gurvits, Teres Capital
10:20 am – 10:30 am Word of Welcome by Fredrik Schiller, Swedish Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina
10:30 am – 10:45 am Intro to Startup Bootcamp and Pitching Competition by Andy Shannon (Startup Bootcamp)
10:45 am – 11:00 am KEYNOTE: How To Pitch Your Startup By Mike Butcher (TechCrunch)
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Startup Bootcamp Pitching session 1 (5 pitches with jury Q&A)
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Startup Bootcamp Pitching session 2 (5 pitches with jury Q&A)
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm PRESENTATION – Hustling 101, or How to Get Attention for Your Business, Ivan Brezak Brkan (Netokracija)
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Coffee break and networking
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm PANEL – Building local companies for global markets, moderated by Max Gurvits (Teres Capital)
Speakers: Tobias Stone (University of Huddersfield), Mike Butcher (TechCrunch), Edin Saracevic (HUB387), Andy Shannon (Startup Bootcamp), Ceco Gakovic (BraveStartup.com), and Ivan Brezak Brkan (Netokracija)
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm FIRESIDE CHAT – Incubators, Accelerators, and building communities, moderated by Mike Butcher (TechCrunch), with Edin Sarecevic (HUB387) and Andy Shannon (Startup Bootcamp)
5:30 pm – 5:45 pm Startup Bootcamp Sarajevo winner announcement by Andy Shannon (Startup Bootcamp)
5:45 pm – 6:30 pm Closing and Networking

Sunday May 18

#SarajevoFTW Investor Day

Time Description
9:30 am – 10:15 am Registration and welcome coffee
10:15 am – 10:30 am Welcome and introductions by FTW crew
10:30 am – 10:45 am Word of Welcome by Thomas Rojas, Director of USAID Office for Economic Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina
10:45 am – 11:05 am KEYNOTE: Strategy of Venturing in Brave Startup World and presentation of the Swedish Enterprise Challenge Awards - Nina Rawal (Swedish Industrial
11:05 am – 11:15 am PRESENTATION: Building local infrastructure for company growth, Tobias Stone (University of Huddersfield)
11:15 am – 11:30 am KEYNOTE: Growing Your Business With Market Demand, Hamdija Jusufagic (System Verification)
11:30 am – 12:30 pm INVESTOR PANEL, moderated by Mike Butcher (TechCrunch).
Speakers: Andy Shannon (Startup Bootcamp), Nina Rawal (Swedish Industrial Development Fund), Max Gurvits (Teres Capital), Edin Saracevic (HUB387), Ceco Gakovic (BraveStartup.com), Srdjan Kovacevic (Adriatic Advisors)
  • Investable business models in new markets
  • Benefits, risks, and rewards of early-stage investing
  • Success stories from the region
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm KEYNOTE: Investing in Technology in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Edin Saracevic (HUB387)
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm DISCUSSION: How to create an environment for early-stage businesses, moderated by Ivan Brezak Brkan (Netokracija)
Speakers: Speakers: Selma Sehic (Bizoo), Edin Saracevic (HUB387), Tobias Stone (University of Huddersfield), Hamdija Jusufagic, (System Verification), and Edin Mehic (Posao.ba)
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm PRESENTATION: The Life of a Venture Investor in Eastern Europe, Max Gurvits (Teres Capital)
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Coffee break and networking
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm ANGEL NETWORK PANEL, moderated by Andy Shannon, (Angel Bootcamp).
Speakers: Srdjan Kovacevic (Adriatic Advisors), Max Gurvits (Teres Capital), Tobias Stone (University of Huddersfield), Hamdija Jusufagic (System Verification), Edin Saracevic (HUB387)
  • Sourcing, validating and executing investments
  • Co-investing with other angels and VC funds
  • Monitoring the investment
  • Exiting the investment
  • Angel networks: types and differences
5:15 pm – 5:45 pm Audience Q&A, moderated by Mike Butcher (TechCrunch) and Ivan Brezak Brkan (Netokracija)
5:45 pm – 6:00 pm Closing and Networking

Registration

For entrepreneurs:

  • Learn the personal stories of building a successful startup
  • Pitch your startup idea or project to a jury of experienced investors and mentors
  • Start building your network in the international startup community
  • Improve your product, business development and leadership skills

For (aspiring) investors

  • Understand the mechanics of successful angel and venture investing
  • Meet the leading international investors that are changing the European startup and technology market
  • Discuss the dos and don’ts of selecting, checking, investing, and supporting entrepreneurs

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