Is this event for you?

Startup Weekends are organized around the world hundreds of times every year. If Startup Weekend Porto is your first time attending one, you might have some questions in mind.

Is this event for me? artup Weekend attendees’ backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). You do not need previous experience of startups. What unites all attendees is a common interest in entrepreneurship: whether a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, every attendee is interested in working with a like-minded, motivated and skilled team to develop a product or business in one weekend. If this sounds like you, this is the event for you!

What does the ticket include? Participation costs 55 euros. With this ticket you can join a team, listen to the pitches, work a startup with new people, learn from the mentors and finally take part in the Sunday pitching contest. The ticket also includes facilities for the entire weekend as well as 8 meals (two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, two evening snacks). Remember to take advantage of discount codes, if you have been provided with one! You can sign up here.

Should I have a business idea in mind for the Friday pitching? No, this is optional. On Friday everyone who wants to pitch can do so, but no one is required to. You can also just listen to other people pitching and then pick the ideas that seem the best to you.

How should I prepare for Startup Weekend? You might want to take a look at different resources that we have collected for you. This way you will have plenty of ideas on how to start working when you have your team! If you have an idea you want to introduce on Friday, practice your 60 second pitch. On the actual weekend, you will need the following with you:

  • Laptop
  • Power cord
  • Business cards
  • Camera – take pictures and video!
  • Lots of creative energy!

Where can I find more information? Event website has schedule, mentor profiles and other details about the event.

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Rapid Fire Questions With UP Community Leader Thiago Diniz

Thiago Diniz is from Serra Talhada, a country town, in northeast of Brazil.

“I moved to Recife for college and before finishing I started my first business. As many entrepreneurs, I failed at my first attempt, mainly because of lack of experience and terrible community support. I decided to help to build a better environment for young entrepreneurs. I started hosting meetups for developers and entrepreneurs, then co-organized the first Startup Weekend in Recife and biggest conference called”

Diniz is an entrepreneur and developer particularly interested in early-stage startups and entrepreneurship. In 2009, he co-founded Code Media while still in college and ran it for almost three years. In 2011 he founded Eventick – an event management platform in Brazil where event owners can sell their tickets within minutes and attendees can use their mobile tickets to check-in on the events. Currently, Diniz is the Web Product Manager at PSafe Technologies.

UP Global Involvement: Organized and brought the first Startup Weekend to Recife in 2011, and has organized 3 others since then; Facilitated his first Startup Weekend in 2012 in Brazilia and has Facilitated over a dozen Startup Weekend’s in total.


Three words that define your community?
Resilient, Pioneer, Manguebeat 

Most interesting person you follow on twitter?
Elon Musk

startup weekend, up global, elon musk


Whats the last thing you searched for on Google?


Favorite Mobile App?

What TV show should everyone be watching?
Mad Men

What is the one food you cannot resist?
Shrimp – all kinds

What music are you currently listing too?
Sugar Minott – Dub music, ya man!


Who would you say was an important influencer or mentor in your journey as a Community Leader?
Leo Zeba – Great mind, crazy guy

What is your favorite Startup Weekend or summit moment?
Hanging out at sky bar during Malaysia GEC

What is UP Global good at?
Giving people meaning to work and hope

How can we at UP Global improve in helping you and your community?
Telling more stories about communities

Local Government: Friend or Foe?
Foe – Dilma is not helping at all

What drives you absolutely crazy?
When I hear someone say they are going to be millionaire on the first day of Startup Weekend

Pick one: kittens or puppies?

Whiteboard or Post It?
Post it – all sizes, do you guys still have that A4 ones?

First celebrity pick for your Startup Weekend team?
Ashton Kutcher


And finally, tell us a secret!
I did’t organize two events before becoming an facilitator! =P

Startup Weekend Skopje F.A.Q Part 3

Ok so you are almost convinced that you will definitely join Startup Weekend Skopje this year! Well here are some more answers to your concerns regarding the event!

Do you know what team are being formed at the event?

We allow the teams to form themselves. Once the pitches are done we allow everyone to gravitate to the idea they would like to pursue for the weekend. Generally teams of approximately 6-7 members work best. Feel free to get your friends and colleagues together to put some pieces of the team together in advance, but don’t shy away from adding new people who you meet for the first time.

How will I know what someone else’s speciality is?

Every specialist will have different colour. For ex. marketing experts will be with blue, programmers will wear yellow ect.

Do I need to bring a computer?

Yes, make sure to bring a computer – laptops are preferred of course but whatever you need to get the job done.

Anything else I should bring?

Business cards. This event will be the best place for you to do some networking as well.

How much does it cost?

Cost to participate is €29.99 and you have to buy a ticket to officially become registered. Students can grab a ticket for €14.99. The cost includes food/drinks to be provided throughout the weekend. If you register early, you can take advantage of early bird prices of €19.99. Please register here.

Why do you need to pay so you can attend the event?

There are two main reasons for the associated ticket price:

• This is a way to partially cover the costs of organizing the event; it is not enough to cover all associated costs, but we try to raise the rest from sponsors

• It is also a way to ensure a positive level of commitment from the participants, while still keeping the event affordable and accessible


Startup Weekend Skopje F.A.Q Part 2

Today we are continuing to post the most frequently asked questions regarding the Startup Weekend events. You are also welcome to ask us anything else that is not clear for you, by sending us an email on

Do I need to be a team in order to participate at the event?

No, you can be a team or you can come by yourself and we will find you the best group of people that will suite your interest and needs!

Can I come to the event if I don’t have an idea to present?

Of course, you can come and join one of the teams that will be presenting at the event. Keep in mind that Startup Weekend is great for networking and learning.

Can Startup Weekend have ownership rights to ideas or products that will be presented at the event?

No! Startup Weekend is a non-profit organization and the ownership rights are completely up to the teams and participants.

Startup Weekend Skopje FAQ Part 1

Do you know what Startup Weekend is? Have you ever participated in one? Do you know how to successfully pitch your idea? Here are some of the questions that most of you ask themselves when it comes to this event.

That is why we would like to explain in details what are the benefits of being part of SW Skopje, throughout a series of questions and answers.

Feel free to contact us on for more questions.

What kind of ideas can I pitch at the event?

On most of the events, people pitch ideas regarding web-based or mobile applications. But you can be different. You can pitch ideas about specific physical product or something that has not worked in the past for you, and now you think that is a good idea to make it happened.

Overall, everything that you think is innovative, interesting and worth becoming a business, you can present it at the Startup Weekend Skopje.

How do I pitch the idea, if I don’t have enough experience in presenting?

Well Startup Weekend is here to make that part easier for you. At the event you are going to be mentored by the best specialists in the field of entrepreneurship, marketing experts, members of startup companies that have developed their presentation skills and have experience in pitching their ideas at startup events, skilled presenters, orators and entrepreneurs who will give you the best advises on how you can develop and improve their presentation skills.

A part from the event, we are also organizing boot-camps and meet-ups in different towns in Macedonia, where you will meet our mentors and start working on your idea even before the event.

Can my idea be stolen?

Startup Weekend pitches are done in an open forum and no non-disclosures will be signed. If you are really concerned about your idea being stolen, by all means keep it private. But remember, it`s not just about the idea, but about the team behind it, that counts.

6 Unwritten Laws of Employment for Startup Companies

Finding the right talent for your company is crucial. Startups need a lot of work, and you need to know that you can rely on the people you have working for you. There are several things you should look out for when you’re hiring new talent in your company. No matter what type of business you’re in, consider these points for hiring.


Understand the Difference Between Want and Need

The most important thing you need to keep in mind when your hiring is that what you want and what you need may be two completely different things. Remember, when you hire someone, you need to be able to pay for the skills they have. You may want the perfect programmer that knows ten different programming languages. But do they need to have that much experience for your company? Make a list of the qualities and experience that you absolutely need a candidate to have, as well as one for the “perfect” employee. Make sure you set realistic expectations for your needs.

Keep an Eye on Job Boards

While it’s expected that you’re going to post an ad on as many websites, newspapers, and college campuses as possible, it’s also important that you keep a lookout for those who are job hunting. Many job boards allow job hunters to post their resumes. If you keep an eye on the resumes, you’re more likely to find someone with the qualifications you need. Sometimes you need to go to them, instead of waiting for them to come to you. This also allows you to pick and choose the perfect candidates for the positions you have open. (Graph via Bright Labs)

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Interview Multiple People

Resumes are great. They give you an idea of the person you’ll be talking to. But it’s also important to make sure that you’re interviewing a number of people. If you automatically hire the first person that applies for the position, or if you jump at the highest quality resume, you may end up missing out on some great talent. It’s important that you actually meet with potential candidates to ensure that they’ll be a good fit for the company and the position.

Don’t Wait Too Long

Too many entrepreneurs are nervous about taking the leap and hiring new talent. Even if you know that you need someone to fill a position or role in the company, ti can be a difficult step to make. However, it’s important that you not wait too long. There are several repercussions of waiting too long to hire. First, if you’re a customer-based business, you could easily alienate customers because you don’t have adequate staff. In addition, if you do interviews, but take weeks or longer to get back to candidates, don’t be surprised if you find the perfect person for the job found something else.

Be Honest About the Position

It’s difficult to encompass everything that a new hire may be responsible for in a small business. However, if they are going to have many different types of responsibilities, make sure that you make this clear upfront. Some people are more comfortable in well-defined roles, while others work well taking over anything and everything that comes their way. Getting the right person for the job means that you need to make sure you offer all information necessary to allow the candidate to decide if it’s going to be a good fit for them.


Put Together Interview Questions

You want your candidates to be well-prepared for their interview, but you need to make sure that you are, as well. Put some good questions together to ensure that you get a feel for the person you’re talking with. Make sure that you’re careful though, and don’t break any employment law. You can find several great interview question ideas online.

Finding the right person for the job is never easy, and it seems to be more difficult the smaller the company is. However, with some time and effort, you’ll find someone that will fit into the company like they’ve always been there.