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Startup Pirates is an entrepreneurial trial for aspiring entrepreneurs, creating a worldwide community of ultimate changemakers willing to share, learn and grow together.

Why join the navy... if you can be a Pirate?

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THE ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE

Startup Pirates is not an event. It is a whole experience for life.

In this one-week program, our pirates dive in the startup world and have the opportunity and the tools to develop a business idea from scratch.

But if you think Startup Pirates is only about developing one idea, think again. This is a whole experience, the ultimate entrepreneurship trial, the entrance to a unique and exclusive worldwide community of change-makers and the boost you've been waiting for.

We gather the most promising aspiring entrepreneurs and fearless experienced guests to share and learn together in a combination of workshops, mentoring, inspirational moments and some wild surprises.

This is not the place to be taught, is the place to learn!

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

 

WHY JOIN?

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    The workshops

    Attend about 8 high quality workshops on what we call "the survival toolbox": business model, product development, pitch and more.

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    Mentoring

    Meet experienced entrepreneurs and innovators who will join us to support your team.

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    Networking

    Create connections with around 30 guests and 29 more pirates with the same flame and sense of adventure as you.

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    Prizes and perks

    Get the chance of winning valuable prizes that will help you thrive. Get access to our network of super cool perk partners.

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    Precious feedback

    You’ll have the opportunity to present your project to investors and business leaders. Their precious feedback will let you understand what these big cap’ns think of your project.

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    Pitch

    Get ready to pitch like a parrot. You’ll improve your pitch skills throughout the program.

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    Get one idea of the ground

    Even if you don’t have an idea, you’ll pass through the process of developing one. No one can ever take this knowledge and experience from you.

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    Have fun and get inspired

    You'll work hard but make no mistake, this is not just work. We promise you’ll have fun and get inspired all along the way.

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    Be part of the family

    Startup Pirates is not just a program, it is a family, a community. You’ll be a member of an exclusive and international network of fearless people who also happen to love to scream Arrr!

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    This is just the beginning

    This is just a springboard. Get yourself kick started!

Who are we looking for
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    1: Lonely buchaneers

    If you’re a solo sailor without an idea but eager to learn, you can join a team and help them develop an idea

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    2: Looking for a crew

    You have the idea but you’re looking for a team. There are pirates wanting to join you here...

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    3: One crew, one idea

    You already have the crew, you also have the idea, but you wish you could improve on that idea and accelerate it. You’re welcome!

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Registration and Introduction

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Lunch
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Team Building
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Entrepreneurship 101
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Team Management
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Ideas Pitch
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Lessons Learned
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Business Model
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Customer Development / Lean Startup
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How to Pitch
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GUESTS

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Moritz Plassnig

Speaker

Entrepreneur from Austria. Cofounder of STARTeurope, the fastest growing entrepreneurial community in Europe (Pioneers Festival / STARTUP WEEK, Startup Live, Startup Lounge) and cofounder of Railsonfire, a saas-startup which offers a hosted testing solution for Ruby on Rails applications.

Moritz Plassnig

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PEDRO JANELA

Judge

PEDRO JANELA

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RASTISLAV TUREK

Mentor

RASTISLAV TUREK

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Michal Nespor

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Michal joined INITS in 2011 with the goal to provide INiTS start-ups and alumni with Venture Capital and Business Angel know-how and accompany them through the whole fundraising process, incl. investors introductions and negotiations. He brings more than five years of hands-on experience from the technology Venture Capital firm GCP gamma capital partners, headquartered in Vienna, Austria where he started as a Research Analyst in 2005. A Slovak national, Michal was dealing with appraisal, negotiation, structuring and execution of Venture Capital transactions, and GCP ’s expansion to CEE, most notably through the establishment of GCP ’s CEE Office in Bratislava (SK). He advised ICT and Cleantech investments in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Hungary and was actively involved in the day-to-day management of GCP’s portfolio companies and high-level strategic decisions with the management teams either as Board Member or Board Observer.

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LADISLAV KOSSAR

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LADISLAV KOSSAR

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Thijl Klerkx

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Thijl (18) founded his first internet company at age twelve. After half a year he sold the company. Three years later he convinced investor and entrepreneur Annemarie van Gaal to invest in his present company. This young entrepreneur established an online shop which delivers organic groceries to homes and offices by cargobike. Next to his activities at Thijl.nl which he runs with two other workers, he provides advice to Dutch organizations on marketing and strategy in the field of internet such as Corio, KLM and Randstad.

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RASTISLAV KULICH

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RASTISLAV KULICH

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Charanya Chidambaram

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Charanya was born and raised in New Delhi, India. Currently she is living between The Netherlands, India and Germany. Armed with international and multi-cultural work experience, she is creating an impact by facilitating meaningful dialogues and new ways of working. Her expertise lies in marketing & communications, service science and business ideation. She loves connecting dots; when you meet her, you’ll know what that means!

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Radovan Andrej Grežo

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Radovan Andrej Grezo lives a double life. During the day he is a creative director of awarded add agency MUW;Digital. During the night he turns to an organizer and a founding moron of StartupCampu, the only one regular event of the Slovak startup community. Even though he himself organizes only the camps in Bratislava, the concept he has created has spread out to Košice, Piešťany,Ostrava and it is heading to the Prague.

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NIKOLA LUZAROVA

Mentor

NIKOLA LUZAROVA

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MAROŠ PETREŠ

Mentor

MAROŠ PETREŠ

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Miroslava Tomaško

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Mirka Tomasko is coachconsultant and professional friend dedicated to empowering young people to create the life they want – starting at the way of everyday living. What she likes most is changing dreams and visions into simple, challenging but joyful and healthy steps. She dedicated her life to minimalism in consumerism, maximizing the results through what is already in every one of us. Previously she worked as a general manager of Forest Financial Group in Bratislava and executive manager at Rosinter Restaurants Slovakia. After becoming a mum of her first and only child she decided to live her dream every day – discovering “The Pure and Simple” for herself and giving it to her family, friends and clients. “Barefoot and naked coaching” is how she often calls what she is doing. Mirka graduated from The Faculty of Economics at the Matej Bel University, field of Corporate Economy and Management and Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management at University of Rijeka, Croatia.

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Nadia Laurinci

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Nadia Laurinci is a Slovakia-born entrepreneur based in Germany, Spain and London and the founder of Element Global – an organization dedicated to enabling young people to building successful business on top of their deepest passions and interests. Previously, Nadia worked as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York and in quantitative research at Citigroup also in New York. After Goldman Sachs, Nadia became the founding member of Outthinker – a strategy consulting firm and private equity fund which she took off the ground with her ex-McKinsey partners. Nadia graduated with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA where she concentrated in Finance and Marketing.

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JAROSLAV MRAZ

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JAROSLAV MRAZ

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ANTON KOVALCIK

Mentor

ANTON KOVALCIK

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KATARINA KUTLANOVA KOVALCIKOVA

Mentor

KATARINA KUTLANOVA KOVALCIKOVA

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IVAN DEBNÁR

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IVAN DEBNÁR

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MILAN STESKAL

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MILAN STESKAL

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ALEXANDRA BONDAREVA

Judge

ALEXANDRA BONDAREVA

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DALIBOR JAKUS

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DALIBOR JAKUS

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JAROSLAV LUPTÁK

Mentor

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MICHAL TRUBAN

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MICHAL TRUBAN

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MICHAL KRÁL

Mentor

MICHAL KRÁL

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PRIZES

As a Startup Pirates participant you’ll have access to a network of Global Perk partners. So, you can enjoy a list of advantages that may be very useful to keep you going with your idea after the program. Take a look!

ORGANIZERS

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ANDREA BAJNOKOVÁ

ANDREA BAJNOKOVÁ

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KATKA NAGYOVÁ

KATKA NAGYOVÁ

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BIANKA ČAJOVÁ

BIANKA ČAJOVÁ

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MIŠO BEREZŇÁK

MIŠO BEREZŇÁK

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Ideas pitched!

Today we dropped the anchor at Plťka, got to know the pirates and bravely pitched the ideas!

Watch and wonder:

Airport Bed

Rent a bed with the flight ticket. Beds on airports around the world. 

W4W

A webdesign for webdesigners. Provide the webdesign for coders.

CG Academy

Educational platform for computer graphics.

Zarobte si

Connecting the people who need clients with people who needs money. To buy customers.

Apropo

Revolutionary education for kids.

Acyl

Solve the problem of the unimportant stuff in the emails.

Teleport :)

Many people go the same way, solve it by carpooling.

Greewee

People with projects will get funding and education about how to sell the project.

Služby zákazníkom

Webpage for complaints for those who would not complain.

Save the time

An online database with information about the companies.

Digital Tabletop

To connect the artificial intelligence with a table and other devices.

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Make use of historical buildings by connecting the owners with the people with ideas on how to use them.

iVote

App with a list of problems and solution with a voting system to select the best ones. #better world

Auto-hneď

Get your new car straightaway! Don´t wait few months for it.

eWents.pro

Get a social media support during your event.

 

Team formation is on the plan for today, watch us and see how the pirates do it!

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The Teams

It is about the time to announce the pirate teams, before they will fight with the first clashes!

Apropo J&J – education revolution.

Pink Mercur (eWents.pro) – online support of an event.

Molekulo (Acyl) – email optimization.

Maxi (taxi app) – localize to call a taxi.

CG Crew – educational platform for graphic design.

auto hneď – finds a store with the desired car right now.

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My experience from Startup Pirates @ Lisbon

Ahoy Pirate!

That was the first sentence I heard when I got aboard of the ship in Lisbon which started my life-changing Pirate journey. I have to say right at the beginning that I had high expectations about the Pirates@Lisboa. However, the whole week was just one splendid experience which was way beyond all my expectations. We started off with welcoming and teambuilding sessions where we got to know each other better. Honestly, I was shocked by the enthusiasm, variety and Pirate drive of all attendees.  Then, we had fewworkshops about trends, innovation or how to do a pitch, which I found extremely interesting since there was a lot of interaction which deepend the knowledge of the topics. It went on in a similar manner during the rest of the week. Extremely helpful were ask your mentor sessionssince we were able to consult our projects with experts from variaety of backgrounds.  By the end of the days, when we had almost no energy left the inspirational talks motivated us not to give up and continue working.

Besides, there was a lot of chill-out activities like traditional dances session, treasure hunt, having dinner in a very tipical portuguese restaurant or visiting famous bars. Oh, I would almost forget we always had enough good coffee (important!), redbulls, fruit and other snacks on hand so we could happily enjoy all the time and don´t care about anything.

Long story short, Pirates@Lisboa was one of my best weeks I´ve ever experienced. My aim is to bring the same (or even better) spirit to Slovakia. Making it unforgettable for you guys!

Arrrgh!

Written by Andrea Bajnoková

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