Techstars Startup Weekend

Techstars Startup Weekend Kyiv

December 17-19, 2021
IT Step School
11-A Khoryva st., Kyiv, 04071

Phone: 063 498 2358
For press inquiries, email to
[email protected]

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Learn, Network, Startup

Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches, the event continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, culminating in Sunday night demos and presentations.

Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.

Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Event Organisers

Kateryna Degtyar
Many times TSW Organizer and Facilitator. Ukrainian startup ecosystem builder since 2015. Yoga teacher and MBA holder.


John Uke
Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur who moved to Ukraine 3 years ago to bootstrap his gamer recommendation app startup, GameTree, that now has 10,000 weekly active users.
Igor Ovcharenko
Head of Programs at Global Innovation Catalyst | Consulting on Startup Ecosystem Development in Emerging Markets
Oleksandr Riabtsev
Founder of Startup.In.UA
Andrii Gulyi
Head of Analytics at INDAX
Andriy Gubinskiy
Managing Partner at Craft Innovations
Demian Slobodian
Web Solutions Architect at lifecell
Valeriya Kuzmenko
Founder and CEO, SalesTech
Arjan Ymeri
Official facilitator of Techstars Startup Weekend Kyiv Hackaton
Sergiy Shevchuk
Team & tech lead of mobile team at
Derick Manlapeg
Co-Founder, CMO - VanatgeBP
Dimitri Romanyukha
Director of Operations, VantageBP
Deborah Fairlamb
Independent consultant, investment advisor, business development specialist
Igor Shapataev
CTO in Ukrainian Startup Fund (USF)
Diana Polivko
Ex- Marketing & Design Associate at Techstars (Oslo, Lisbon)

Event Schedule

December 17-19, 2021
18:30 - 19:00
Arrive at the venue and get checked in
19:00 - 20:00
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants
20:00 - 20:30
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders
20:30 - 21:30
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch
21:30 - 21:45
Attendees vote for the top pitches.
21:45 - 22:15
Form teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
Learn the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help
Workshops (optional)
Attend optional workshop
14:00 - 18:00
Mentoring sessions
Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
18:30 - 19:30
19:30 - 21:30
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help
Demo Day
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
Team Check in
Final opportunity to ask questions
Pitch Prep & Rehearsal, Tech Check
Final hours of work time should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place
Final Presentation
Present, watch and celebrate all your hard work throughout the weekend!
Dinner & Judging

Global Startup Weekend Partners

Google for Startups

Google Cloud Platform helps startups build web/mobile apps and is offering participants $300 in credit to build their apps (link can be found here). Teams can use Google Trends + Market Finder to test if there is a growing demand for their product and in which markets.

> $300 USD in cloud platform credit
> Register at

GoDaddy Registry

GoDaddy Registry provides a domain name that many innovators and entrepreneurs all over the world use. As part of our partnership, each participant can register a free domain name with GoDaddy Registry (.co, .us, .biz). Read more here. Redemption codes will be given to participants by the organizing team.

> 1 x free GoDaddy Registry domain, per person > Participants can redeem the code from:

For more information, visit GoDaddy Registry's site or reach out to [email protected].


As a participating team you're able to apply for $1000 Miro Startup Program credit. Miro is a tool built for startup teams where you can brainstorm and validate ideas, design products, and apply product frameworks. The link to this perk will be shared by Techstars after the teams have been formed.

Here are the steps you need to take:

  1. Sign up for Miro here
  2. Access the Startup Weekend Participant Board here
  3. Use this template to build your team board for added structure, resources and tools!
  4. Apply for $1000 Miro Startup Program credit (link will be provided by Techstars during the event)
  5. Wait for the approval from Miro (this can take 5-7 days)
    You'll receive an email from Miro once your application has been approved.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]


Is this event for me?

If you are interested in entrepreneurship the answer is most likely yes. Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, you'll fit right in as long as you are motivated to build a product or startup and open to new ideas. We believe that great ideas can come from anywhere.

The event is intended to be a collaborative and inclusive forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. We expect each member of the startup community to be inclusive of all people and their ideas at Techstars Startup Weekend and we welcome all, regardless of experience, industry or background.

Do I have to participate in all three days?

Apart from the organizing team, mentors, speakers, event volunteers and judges, everyone who participates in the event is expected to participate in all three days. This is important not only to preserve your own learning experience, but also to minimize distractions or disruptions for the team you choose to join. We welcome any friends, family or colleagues you would like to invite to watch your final presentation to see all you have accomplished in just one weekend. Please check the registration page of your city's website or reach out to the event organizer for availability.

How do I register?

Every Techstars Startup Weekend event has a corresponding website with a registration page. Please see our events page at for a complete list of upcoming events. There are typically different types of tickets for different skill sets, like 'Business', 'Designer', 'Technical' or 'Enthusiast' for example. Organizing teams sometimes track this to ensure they do outreach to a diverse group with a range of participant backgrounds and skill sets in order to maximize the event's value for each participant by ensuring the team's effectiveness. You can choose the ticket type closest to what your experience is - don't worry if nothing precisely matches your background!

Do I need a team?

Everyone who attends the event as an attendee is expected to come to the event without a team and then join and participate on a team at the event. This is important to preserve the Techstars Startup Weekend educational experience. The ideal team consists of members with diverse backgrounds and experience who share knowledge to build a great minimum viable product (MVP) using the Lean Canvas. The more people you have on your team to help you do market research and business model development, the quicker you'll develop an MVP to pitch on Sunday.

What ticket type should I purchase to pitch an idea?

Pitching is open to every participant! We recommend you purchase the ticket that best represents your skill set.


Still can't find what you're looking for? Check out the our full Participant FAQ here