Interview with Startup Weekend facilitator Michaela Szilvasova

Who are you? What do you do? What’s your background?

Hey 🙂 I’m Michaela, 26; motivated, active, ambitious girl with experience in startup community building, digital marketing, project management and events organization. I studied strategic management at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Since the beginning of my studies, I volunteered on, organized and lead a number of startup and educational initiatives. I have been working in the startup environment for the last 3 years, I recently joined a small company providing machine learning and artificial intelligence software solutions.


Could you please let us know your experience at the Startup Weekend Events?

At this point, I’ve experienced Startup Weekend from many angles; 4 times as a volunteer, 2 times as a participant and 2 times as an organizer. My first experience was more than 4 years ago when I was volunteering at Startup Weekend Bratislava in 2012. I am really grateful that I had a chance to get to know amazing people from Startup Weekend community all around the world and learned many, many skills during this time.

To our audience in Prague, why would you suggest them to join to the next Startup Weekend?

At Startup Weekend, you are surrounded by talented and hard-working startupers; business people, designers, developers, mentors, investors, startup community builders, organizers, etc. It is the best way to meet entrepreneurial-minded folks, build new relationships and grow your network. We all know it’s not just about building companies. Startup Weekend is also about learning things that can’t be taught at school. It is the perfect opportunity to boost your skills such as lean approach, customer feedback, team-work, UX, pitch training and so on..

You have recently become an official facilitator of SW, congrats! What was the reason?

Being a facilitator is an amazing opportunity to travel and see how other startup communities in various countries are working together and what problems they are trying to solve. I am really happy when I can give a helping hand and support people in activities they love to do.


What advice would you give to the younger version of yourself based on your current experiences?

I think I wouldn’t give my younger self any special advice. I am happy about my past life, mistakes, and fuckups. 😀 It has been a great learning path. One thing I regret a little is that I don’t know anything about programming. I wish I could learn some basic coding when I was younger and had nothing else to think about (except school and boys) 😉

Anything you want to add (Contacts or other information)

Feel free to connect with me on my social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) or write me:

Interview with Marketing Strategist Pavlína Louženská

In our mini-series of mentors. It is our privilege to introduce you our next mentor who is Pavlína, who actually doesn’t need any introduction. Take a look what she has revealed about herself and get inspired by her recent trip – #roadtripjelaska.

Who are you? What do you do? What’s your background?

I am a girl, who believes in unicorns. Currently, I am delivering happiness in ZOOT. Before joining the biggest Czech fashion e-tailer, I was in a digital agency, various startups and a PR agency. A long before (the Internet was created) I was teaching English. But let’s meet in person!  

Correct me if I am wrong, but you are currently on your one-month escapism trip over the Europe – #roadtripjelaska. What have been the strongest experiences so far?

Serendipity. You happen to get out of the plane in Azores, walk into the first café, meet surf dudes, who ask you if you are hungry and when you nod, they invite you into their living room upstairs for the best brunch in your life. And there you meet a famous artist, former marine and so many people who have great stories to tell. I learned that if you stop trying, amazing things will actually start happening. Check out my Instagram to get a sneak peak.  

What kind of help could get the participants from you at the Startup Weekend Prague?

Marketing, PR, Copywriting, Pitch, Business strategy, Connections, Magic.

To our audience in Prague, why would you suggest them to join to the next Startup Weekend?

Pick your favorite: It’s fun and YOLO. // You are going to meet great people, fall in love, build the next Facebook and be happy ever after. // I will bring home made cookies and we can conquer your Tinder and GitHub together.

What advice would you give to the younger version of yourself based on your current experiences?

  1. Every person you meet has something interesting to say. Kill your ego, listen and learn. That’s how you move forward and more importantly where you’re supposed to be.
  2. It’s crucial to have a plan. Because then you can create a strategy to achieve it – you suddenly understand who you need to meet, what you need to learn and where you should apply. But life will come in your way and you will for sure come up with a new plan. And that’s great. No kid has ever said they want to be a UX designer when they grow up. Because they have no clue this job even exists. There are so many things to explore and so many roles to fill. So do not get stuck, just because you planned it.
  3. Success is not the only key to one’s happiness.

Anything you want to add (Contacts or other information)

Twitter & Instagram: @pavlina_speaks (As everybody above 30 I gave up on Snapchat, but the same handle in case it comes back into fashion). Feel free to connect on Linkedin and Facebook. Or send and email: Can’t wait!

Interview with multidisciplinary designer Vladimír Mokrý

It is a pleasure to introduce you one of our mentors. Vladimír Mokrý. He is an incredible designer, well, read it 🙂

Who are you? What do you do? What’s your background?

My name is Vladimír. I am a full-stack designer. I can think about your service from business and product perspective and also focus on designing interface or visual marks. I studied Visual Art at the Pedagogic Faculty in Brno so I am an art teacher. One day I will get enough courage to return to teaching.


You have recently finished an incredible project 366letter, what did you learn from it? What was even your motivation to draw a letter for every single day?

I was overwhelmed of my usage of social networks, Facebook particularly. So last year around Christmas I decided to delete my profile entirely. Aside from feeling empty and having FOMO for first weeks, it had some positives. People daily spend around 50 minutes on social networks so now I had plenty of free time. The drawing was a suitable idea for me, so I started and developed a habit.


What kind of help could get the participants from you at the Startup Weekend Prague?

From product strategy, user experience and interface to unproductive discussions about small visual details that do not matter at this stage of the product. Yes, I will be that guy to tell you to move to the next problem.

Why would you suggest our audience in Prague to join the next Startup Weekend?

You will meet awesome people with different backgrounds and views and you will learn by doing. Which is so far the best way to acquire new skills and knowledge.

What advice would you give to the younger version of yourself based on your current experiences?

Stop playing video games; there is so much stuff to learn. Seek more experienced peers. Travel more. Don’t post photos on the internet, open discussions with locals. They will give you new insights.

Anything you want to add 🙂

After finishing 366letter, I continue to draw random stuff on my instagram vmokry. It is not related to anything, so that’s why you should peek in.

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Startup Weekend Brno

May 14th, 2015

Start-ups, Innovation, Incubation, Entrepreneurship, Elevator Pitch, Motivation, Technology, International business, Business model, Big money, Design management, Investors, Seed funding, Startup Weekend … bla bla bla bla bla …..

Scared of all this buzzwords ????

Feeling offended by this geeks, startuppers, hipsters and similarly named folks????

Don’t worry! Come and meet normal intelligent people. Introverts, Extroverts, Idealists, Optimists, Pessimists, Realists. The only important prerequisite is to be open, ready to discuss and bring own opinion into the talks.

You have your own idea? Great, present it in a short pitch and win the people to develop it further.

You doubt if your idea is “Startup Weekend” ready? Great, just try. Any Idea has a potential to be developed here – technical and non-technical. Any competence and skill can potentially change a crazy idea to a perfect business. You never know what it can be – cooking, knitting, singing, writing, of course coding, programming, modelling …..

You have no idea to share? Great, you can join ideas of the others. Your knowledge and competence is welcome.

Come to KoPlac and join the first Startup Weekend in Brno. It’s worth to meet nice fellows and people. Enjoy 54 inspiring hours.


Finally! Startup Weekend is coming to Brno

Startup Weekend Brno

May 5th, 2015

We are happy to announce, that we received a permission to organize FIRST Startup Weekend in Brno. The whole organization is in the very beginning, but the first most important step is done. We have the Venue! Coworking centre KoPlac.