Finals & Conference Agenda


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Thursday, December 3rd
Venue: Hypo Centar, Ulica Trnjanska struga V, Zagreb, Croatia
Finals & Conference, Day 1
08:30 Registration opens
Main Stage Moderator Networking area
09:00 09:30 Opening ceremony
Croatian Minister of Entrepreneurship and Crafts, World Bank Group, and European Commission
Aleksandar Tasev & Marius Starcke
09:30 11:10 Pioneers of the Balkans pitching session “Business & Productivity, early stage” Janko Milunovic & Mirka Knezevic
11:10 11:45 How to partner with business angels?
Panel discussion with Davorin Stetner, Baybars Altuntas, Andreas Baresel Bofinger, Ivan Jovetic
Aleksandar Tasev How to better understand our startup industry?
Adrien Henny, EWDN
11:45 13:00 Pioneers of the Balkans pitching session “Lifestyle & Entertainment, early stage” (7 teams) Janko Milunovic & Mirka Knezevic Zero to traction in one month
Stevica Kuharski
13:00 14:00 lunch break
14:00 14:30 Why invest in the Western Balkans?
Panel discussion with StartLabs, SpeedInvest, and J&T Ventures as lead investors of Pioneers of the Balkans
Marius Starcke
14:30 14:45 Success factor international diversity in entrepreneurial teams
Key note by Armin Strbac, Co-Founder of Shpock App
Why Supporting Talent all Over the Globe is Important
Kenan Salihbegovic, Head of Community at Toptal
14:45 15:00 Topic t.b.a.
Key note by Marvin Liao, Partner 500 Startups
15:00 16:10 Pioneers of the Balkans pitching session “Life Science & Energy” (7 teams) Janko Milunovic & Mirka Knezevic
16:10 16:35 Coffee break
16:35 17:20 Balkan Venture Forum pitching session 1 (7 teams)
17:20 17:35 The European Trade Association for Business Angels
Key note by Baybars Altuntas, Vice President at EBAN
17:35 18:20 Balkan Venture Forum pitching session 2 (7 teams)
18:20 18:45 Pioneers of the Balkans Winner Ceremony of Day 1 Janko Milunovic & Mirka Knezevic
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Avenija Dubrovnik 17, Zagreb, Croatia
Evening reception
19:00 22:00 Evening reception
20:30 20:50 There Is No Reality: The Entrepreneur’s Leap
Key note by Mark Turrell, entrepreneur & author
19:30 21:30 Guided tours through the museum

Friday, December 4th
Venue: Hypo Centar, Zagreb
Finals & Conference, Day 2
08:30 Registration opens
Main Stage Moderator Networking area
09:00 09:20 Successful market entry and fundraising in the United States
Key note by Erik Bovee, Co-founder and general partner at Speedinvest
09:20 10:20 Pioneers of the Balkans pitching session “Business & Productivity, growth stage” (6 teams) Janko Milunovic & Mirka Knezevic Hidden opportunties in e-commerce and payments
Aleksandar Birovljev, Marko Jukic
10:25 10:35 Coffee break
10:35 11:25 Pioneers of the Balkans pitching session “Business & Productivity, growth stage” (5 teams) Janko Milunovic & Mirka Knezevic Creating value with the blockchain
Antonio Separovic – Oradian, Tim Mitja Zagar – Cashilla, Stefan Gantchev – Launchub
11:25 12:30 Pioneers of the Balkans pitching session “Environment” (6 teams) Janko Milunovic & Mirka Knezevic
12:30 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 13:20 FROM START-UP ENTREPRENEUR TO VENTURE INVESTOR IN THE BALKANS
Key note by Marius Ghenea, Investment Director at 3TS Capital Partners
Aleksandar Tasev
13:20 14:40 Pioneers of the Balkans pitching session “Mobility & Transportation” (8 teams) Janko Milunovic & Mirka Knezevic Advanced metrics
George Voulgaris
14:40 15:30 Pioneers of the Balkans pitching session “Lifestyle & Entertainment, growth stage” (5 teams) Janko Milunovic & Mirka Knezevic Digital mobility beyond the smart phone
Luka Sucic, George Voulgaris, Marjan Mumdziev
15:30 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 16:30 Balkan Venture Forum pitching session 3 (7 teams) Aleksandar Tasev Typical early stage VC deal terms
Jan Habermann, Partner at Credo Ventures
16:30 16:50 Western Balkan entrepreneurial ecoystem seen from abroad
Nik Pavesic, Red Brick Ventures K.K.
Marius Starcke
16:50 17:10 Pioneers of the Balkans winner ceremony of day 2 Janko Milunovic & Mirka Knezevic
17:10 17:25 Coffee break
17:25 17:40 Balkan Venture Forum winner ceremony Aleksandar Tasev
17:40 18:00 Closing remarks Aleksandar Tasev & Marius Starcke
Venue: Moon Club, Savska cesta 30 – Cibona passage, Zagreb, Croatia
22:00 open end Closing party