Innovations For The World

November 12 – 14th2015, Hotel Crowne Plaza Belgrade

Belgrade Venture Forum 2015 in figures

500

business participants

30

pitching companies

50

speakers

100

matchmaking meetings

70

investors

30

hours of lectures

And a special treat: 300 startups brought by Pioneers of the Balkans!

WHY

More than 400 innovative regional entrepreneurs, investors, speakers and international delegates will gather in Belgrade hotel Crowne Plaza on November 12 – 14th 2015.

Belgrade Venture Forum (BgVF) is the largest investment forum in the region, dedicated to promotion of entrepreneurship and investments in innovative companies and ideas.

Number of excellent projects and investors’ interests in Serbia is piling up, and Belgrade Venture Forum is the hot spot and critical mass event for all interested in raising capital, finding investment opportunities and creating innovative partnerships and networks.

  • Pitch your idea to investors representing few billions in funds
  • Increase your investment readiness and globalization potential
  • Develop professional network and find strategic partners
  • Get unique and valuable experience
  • Learn the latest investment, market and tech trends
  • Get to know the most innovative companies from the dozen SEE countries
  • Explore exciting new investment opportunities
  • Make yourself visible to startup community
  • Create profitable prtnerships in the region and beyond
  • Support innovative entrepreneurs of the region
  • Tell the world how to leverage opportunities you can offer
  • Get new ideas, partners, clients and investment opportunities
  • Promote new policies and initiatives for economy growth
  • Learn how to create effective models for jobs creation through fostering entrepreneurship, transfering technology and cooperating with private sector.
  • Establish contact with companies and academic institutions from more than 20 countries.

Testimonials

  • Belgrade Venture Forum is on the right track to become one of the most influential startup and venture capital events in SEE region. Important perk of BgVF is well developed system of putting together startups and investors, which is so important! Smooth matching between them accelerates financing efforts for best projects.

    Vladimir PuškašEx-CEO of Festomat (one of the winning startups)
  • BgVF was a great event for our company. We were able to approach several investors and few months later we finalized the deal with accelerator fund Eleven. We are still negotiating with few other investors for the next round of investments. Happy to attend the event in 2014!

    Ivan MojsilovićFounder and CEO of Yanado (pitching competitor)
  • Award and recognition that we received at Belgrade Venture Forum is very special and important for us, especially because it comes from investment and expert jury. It is great to have such a confirmation of our business idea and valuable feedback from top industry experts and investors. All that provided new energy to push further. I am glad that such initiative exists, because it is crucial to establish support instruments, more favorable investment climate and fully fledged startup ecosystem. With their efforts, organizers of BgVF are contributing to these goals and empowering of entrepreneurial scene in the region.

    Miloš MilisavljevićCEO @ Strawberry Energy (Winner of BgVF2013 Pitching Competition)
  • We had 10 meetings with investors at Belgrade Venture Forum. We realized how investors think, what they want and ask. The answers to these questions are crucial for founders in order to create sustainable and profitable business model. Exciting, extraordinary useful and priceless experience. Experience which made us think differently.

    Bogdan ŽigićCo-Founder of Biofor System – pitching competitor
  • You’re going to meet amazing people just by coming to conferences like this. You’re going to meet investors and other entrepreneurs you didn’t even know they exist, who are doing other amazing things and who are incredibly creative. You will expand circle of friends who are like-minded and want to do things that you want to do.

    Vladimir De FrančeskiFounders Institute

Pitching Competition

BgVF Pitching Competition is a place where the best innovative companies and ideas have a chance to present themselves directly to a large group of investors interested in investment opportunities in this region.
Out of 500+ applications to the joint call from Belgrade Venture Forum and Pioneers of the Balkans, international jury selected 30 of the best ones, who will have a chance to pitch for investments and prizes on the main stage of Belgrade Venture Forum. Those are:

Evaluation criteria for the Company Pitching Competition

Companies will be evaluated by the independent international jury, according to following criteria:

The company has identified a good market and customer base for their products and/or services, and can clearly demonstrate how they can effectively sell to their customers.

The company has clearly identified the type of partnership and/or investment that they are looking for.

The company’s team has the necessary skills and experience to grow the business.

The products and/or services offered are innovative, technologically advanced, of better quality, or lower price, or otherwise have distinct competitive advantages.

The company can demonstrate a solid competitive advantage through intellectual property (existing or potential trade secret, copyright, trademark, patent, etc.) and/or potential market channels, strong partners, etc.

The information presented is well defined, clear, concise and attractive for potential investors/partners.

PROGRAM

DAY I – 12th November 2015
09.00 10.00 Registration and Check-in
10.00 11.00 Opening Ceremony
11.00 11.30 YOU ARE PAID TO THINK! David Goldsmith – Serial Entrepreneur and Author
11.30 12.15 DIGITAL AND SMART CITIES PANEL Milutin Folic – Chief City Planner @ City of Belgrade
Adam Kočik – Member of Investment Committee @ J&T Ventures
Dejan Roljić – CEO @ ABC Accelerator
Moderator: Andrea Di Anselmo – Vice President @ Meta Group
12:15 12:30 Networking break
12:30 12:45 Winning with the best : BlueMix Story Bernard, Igor & Ana @ IBM
12:45 14:00 Pitching Session
14:00 14.45 Networking Break and Lunch
14.45 15.15 THE IMPORTANCE OF IDENTIFYING YOUR MOST IMPORTANT CUSTOMER Dick Lee – CEO @ Value Innovation
15.15 15:35 TALKING TO INVESTOR: TERM SHEET AND SKILLS YOU’LL NEED Werner Zahnt – Partner @ SpeedInvest
15:35 16:00 Networking Break
16:00 16:45 BELGRADE VENTURE FORUM WINNERS AND SUCCESS STORIES
16:45 17:15 EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY Martyn Wallace – Technology Evangelist
17:15 18:30 Pitching Session
DAY I – 12th November 2015
09.0010.00
Registration and Check-in
10.0011.00
Opening Ceremony
11.0011.30
YOU ARE PAID TO THINK!
David Goldsmith – Serial Entrepreneur and Author
11.3012.15
DIGITAL AND SMART CITIES PANEL
Milutin Folic – Chief City Planner @ City of Belgrade
Adam Kočik – Member of Investment Committee @ J&T Ventures
Dejan Roljić – CEO @ ABC Accelerator
Moderator: Andrea Di Anselmo – Vice President @ Meta Group
12:1512:30
Networking break
12:3012:45
Winning with the best : BlueMix Story
Bernard, Igor & Ana @ IBM
12:4514:00
Pitching Session
14:0014.45
Networking Break and Lunch
14.4515.15
THE IMPORTANCE OF IDENTIFYING YOUR MOST IMPORTANT CUSTOMER
Dick Lee – CEO @ Value Innovation
15.1515:35
TALKING TO INVESTOR: TERM SHEET AND SKILLS YOU’LL NEED
Werner Zahnt – Partner @ SpeedInvest
15:3516:00
Networking Break
16:0016:45
BELGRADE VENTURE FORUM WINNERS AND SUCCESS STORIES
16:4517:15
EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY
Martyn Wallace – Technology Evangelist
17:1518:30
Pitching Session
DAY II – 13th November 2015
09.30 10.00 Registration and Check-in
10.00 11.15 Pitching Session
11.15 11:30 GROWING WITH COMMUNITY SUPPORT Siniša Perović – Evangelist @ Microsoft
11:30 12:00 HARDWARE STARTUPS: THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION John Biggs – TechCrunh
12.00 12.45 MAKERS’ SPACE PANEL Milan Milenković – Principal Engineer @ Intel Internet of Things Group
Philipp Sonnleitner – CEO @ Mikme
Aleksandar Božić – Engeener @ U-TX (NASA SpaceApps Challenge Winners)
Moderator: John Biggs – TechCrunch
12.45 13.45 Networking Break and Lunch
13:45 14.30 Entrepreneur’s Experience: BOOTSTRAPPING BY BUYING RUNWAYS Ilija Studen – Founder @ ActiveCollab
14.30 15.30 Break-out Session New Institutional Instruments For SME’s Support
14.30 15.30 Break-out Session New Technologies in Education – Powered by British Council
15.30 16.00 Networking Break
16.00 16.15 SCALE11 – INTERNATIONAL PLATFORM FOR THE STARTUP ECOSYSTEM Dagmar Wolf – Project Manager Strategic Formats @ CeBit
16.15 16.45 INTERNET OF THINGS IS COMING: NOW WHAT? Milan Milenković – Principal Engineer @ Intel Internet of Things Group, Systems Architect
16.45 18.15 Pitching Session
DAY II – 13th November 2015
09.3010.00
Registration and Check-in
10.0011.15
Pitching Session
11.1511:30
GROWING WITH COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Siniša Perović – Evangelist @ Microsoft
11:3012:00
HARDWARE STARTUPS: THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
John Biggs – TechCrunh
12.0012.45
MAKERS’ SPACE PANEL
Milan Milenković – Principal Engineer @ Intel Internet of Things Group
Philipp Sonnleitner – CEO @ Mikme
Aleksandar Božić – Engeener @ U-TX (NASA SpaceApps Challenge Winners)
Moderator: John Biggs – TechCrunch
12.4513.45
Networking Break and Lunch
13:4514.30
Entrepreneur’s Experience: BOOTSTRAPPING BY BUYING RUNWAYS
Ilija Studen – Founder @ ActiveCollab
14.3015.30
Break-out Session
New Institutional Instruments For SME’s Support
14.3015.30
Break-out Session
New Technologies in Education – Powered by British Council
15.3016.00
Networking Break
16.0016.15
SCALE11 – INTERNATIONAL PLATFORM FOR THE STARTUP ECOSYSTEM
Dagmar Wolf – Project Manager Strategic Formats @ CeBit
16.1516.45
INTERNET OF THINGS IS COMING: NOW WHAT?
Milan Milenković – Principal Engineer @ Intel Internet of Things Group, Systems Architect
16.4518.15
Pitching Session
DAY III – 14th November 2015
9.00 9.45 Registration and Check-in
9.45 11.30 Pitching Session
11.30 12.15 FINTECH PANEL – WHERE THE NEXT BIG THING WILL HAPPEN? Alexander Turkot – Founder& Chairman of Investment Committee @ Maxfield Capital
Aaron Koenig – Organiser @ Bitcoin Exchange Berlin (BXB)
Kamal Hassan – CEO and MD @ TURN8
Moderator: Antonio Separovic – CEO @ Oradian
12.15 12.30 EXPANDING HORIZONS WITH VIBER Atanas Raykov – General Manager CEE @ Viber
12.30 13.30 Networking Break and Lunch
13.30 14.30 Break-out Session Find out all about your users – Mobile Engagement Studio
13.30 14.30 Break-out Session Aleksandr Natanelov – Locate in Limburg
14.30 15.00 SUPPORTING DEVELOPMENT OF STARTUP ECOSYSTEMS Dane Stangler – Vice President, Research & Policy @ Kauffman Foundation
15.00 15.45 ENTREPRENEURIAL EDUCATION PANEL Marko Čadež – President @ Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Dane Stangler – Vice President, Research & Policy @ Kauffman Foundation
Efka Heder – Director @ South East Europe Center for Entrepreneurial Education (SEECEL)
Aleksandar Međedović – Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey
Sofče Jovanovska – Advisor of Executive Board @ Economic Chamber of Macedonia
Moderator: Irena Chaushevska – Founder & CEO @ NewMan’s Business Accelerator
15.45 16.15 Networking Break
16.15 17.15 Pitching Session
17.15 18.00 INVESTORS’ OPINION – FUTURE OF VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTMENTS IN CEE PANEL Marius Ghenea – Senior Adviser @ 3TS Capital
Jürgen Furian – Co-Founder @ Pioneers.io
Jan Kobler – Managing Partner @ South Central Ventures
Moshe Sarfaty – CoFounder & Fund Manager @ Krypton Ventures
Moderator: Stanislav Sirakov – Partner @ Launchub Ventures
18.00 18.30 Awards and Closing Ceremony
DAY III – 14th November 2015
9.009.45
Registration and Check-in
9.4511.30
Pitching Session
11.3012.15
FINTECH PANEL – WHERE THE NEXT BIG THING WILL HAPPEN?
Alexander Turkot – Founder& Chairman of Investment Committee @ Maxfield Capital
Aaron Koenig – Organiser @ Bitcoin Exchange Berlin (BXB)
Kamal Hassan – CEO and MD @ TURN8
Moderator: Antonio Separovic – CEO @ Oradian
12.1512.30
EXPANDING HORIZONS WITH VIBER
Atanas Raykov – General Manager CEE @ Viber
12.3013.30
Networking Break and Lunch
13.3014.30
Break-out Session
Find out all about your users – Mobile Engagement Studio
13.3014.30
Break-out Session
Aleksandr Natanelov – Locate in Limburg
14.3015.00
SUPPORTING DEVELOPMENT OF STARTUP ECOSYSTEMS
Dane Stangler – Vice President, Research & Policy @ Kauffman Foundation
15.0015.45
ENTREPRENEURIAL EDUCATION PANELMarko Čadež – President @ Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Dane Stangler – Vice President, Research & Policy @ Kauffman Foundation
Efka Heder – Director @ South East Europe Center for Entrepreneurial Education (SEECEL)
Aleksandar Međedović – Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey
Sofče Jovanovska – Advisor of Executive Board @ Economic Chamber of Macedonia
Moderator: Irena Chaushevska – Founder & CEO @ NewMan’s Business Accelerator
15.4516.15
Networking Break
16.1517.15
Pitching Session
17.1518.00
INVESTORS’ OPINION – FUTURE OF VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTMENTS IN CEE PANEL
Marius Ghenea – Senior Adviser @ 3TS Capital
Jürgen Furian – Co-Founder @ Pioneers.io
Jan Kobler – Managing Partner @ South Central Ventures
Moshe Sarfaty – CoFounder & Fund Manager @ Krypton Ventures
Moderator: Stanislav Sirakov – Partner @ Launchub Ventures
18.0018.30
Awards and Closing Ceremony
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Investors & Speakers

David Goldsmith

Serial Entrepreneur & Author

Dick Lee

CEO & Chief Innovation Officer @ Value Innovation

John Biggs

East Coast Editor @ TechCrunch

Alexander Turkot

Founder & Managing Partner @ Maxfield Capital

Andrea Di Anselmo 

Vice President @ Meta Group

Dane Stangler

Vice President, Research & Policy @ Kauffman Foundation

Ed Spiegel

Entrepreneur in Residence @ 500 Startups

Siniša Perović

Developer & Platform Evangelist @ Microsoft

Werner Zahnt

Partner @ SpeedInvest

Marko Čadež

President @ Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Nebojša Lazić 

Partner @ StartLabs Fund

Jan Kobler 

Managing Partner @ South Central Ventures

Goran Vesić

City Manager @ City of Belgrade

Milutin Folić

Chief City Planner @ City of Belgrade

Paweł Ciesielski

GP & co-Managing Partner @ Hardgamma Ventures

Dan Lupu

Partner @ Earlybird Venture Capital

Vuk Djukić

Principal @ South Central Ventures

Giannis Papadopoulos

Co Founder & CEO @ Attica Ventures

Ilija Studen

Co-Founder @ ActiveCollab

Rade Rakočević

Owner @ Senzal Capital

Marius Ghenea

Senior Advisor @ 3TS Capital Partners

Bernhard Thalhammer

M&A Manager @ Styria Digital Holding

Adam Kočik 

Member of Investment Committee @ J&T Ventures

David Schoch

Partner @ StartLabs Ventures

Christoph Raethke

Director of Education @ German Tech Entrepreneurship Center

Suresh Patel

European Senior Advisor @ Verdexus

Jürgen Furian

Co-Founder @ Pioneers.io

Dilyan Dimitrov

Founder @ Eleven Startup Accelerator

Aaron Koenig

Managing Director @ Bitfilm.com

Nemanja Stančić

CEO & Co-Founder @ New and Rising Studio

Mikhail Kazartsev

Managing Partner @ IT-Online Venture

Michael Callas

CEO & Founder @ East London Ventures

Martyn Wallace

Tech Consultant & Digital Evangelist

Nikola Stefanovic

General Director & Partner @ SEAF South Balkan Fund

Vladimir Koprić

Founder and CEO @ Coprix Media

Branimir Rakic

Co-founder @ OriginTrail

Tomaž Levak

Cofounder @ OriginTrail

Žiga Drev

Cofounder @ Prospeh

Vladimir Arnautović

Co-Founder & CEO @ Tender 5

Stanislav Sirakov

Partner @ Launchub Ventures

Stephane Gantchev

Partner @ Launchub Ventures

Miloš Lukačka

Managing Partner @ Delta Accelerator

Moshe Sarfaty

Co-Founder & Fund Manager @ Krypton Venture Capital

Miloš Lukić

Manager @ ENEF Serbia

Harry Helwegen

President @ Business Angels Network Nederland

Predrag Roganović

Digital Media Director @ Adria Media Group

George Sarcevich

Managing Partner @ Caelum Capital

Mihajlo Janković

Partner @ Impact Consulting

Can Saracoglu

Founding Partner @ String Ventures

Nenad Simeunovic

VP Services & General Manager @ Merit Solutions

Elena Boškov Kovacs

Senior Manager @ Accenture

Milan Milenković

Principal Engineer @ Intel Internet of Things Group, Systems Architect

Efka Heder

Director @ South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning

Philipp Sonnleitner

Founder CEO @ Mikme

Antonio Separovic

Managing Director & Founder @ Oradian

Aleksandar Božić

Team lead @ ArachnoBeeA team – winners of 2015 NASA SpaceApps Challenge

Borko Jovanović

CEO @ Telelink

Alexander Vidiborskiy

Investment Analyst @ Runa Capital

Andrea Gaiba

Entrepreneur and Investor @ Italian Brand Factory

Irena N. Chaushevska

Founder & CEO at NewMan’s Business Accelerator

Luka Sučić

Investments & Bus Dev @ hub:raum Krakow

Aleksandar Marić

CFO @ South Central Ventures

Sergio Signoretti

Investor & Business Angel @ Italian Angels for Growth

Dagmar Wolf

Project Manager Strategic Formats @ CeBit

Aleksandr Natanelov

Business Development Manager at Locate in Limburg

Thomas Castrel

Deputy Director Inward Investments @ Flanders Investment & Trade

Ana-Maria Andronic

Co-Founder @ Venture Connect

Heissam Hartmann

Angel Investor & Startup Consultant

Domenico Laudonia

Entrepreneur & Investor @ Italian Angels for Growth

Paul Leitao

Founder and Director @ Mercurio Capital

Radoslav Pavlov

Serial entrepreneur and business angel

Sofče Jovanovska

Advisor of Executive Board @ Economic Chamber of Macedonia

Stoyan Angelov

Co Founder @ Fly Events Bulgaria

Aleksandar Kokir

General Manager @ Landmark Investments

Imre Hild

Global Managing Partner @ Global Platforms

Aleksandar Međedović

Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey

Zeljko Brajovic

Partner @ Impact Consulting Team

Ádám Horváth

Smartupper Help2Startup Incubator

Miklós Denkler

Founder @ Smartupper

Dusan Kosic

Partner @ HTEC Ventures

Ivo Radulovski

Co-Founder & Growth Hacker @ Segments Accelerator

Salvator Levis

Principal @ 7L Capital Partners

Clarisse Molad

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Scholar

Urška Jež

COO @ ABC Accelerator

PARTNERS

Organization

Organizer of Belgrade Venture Forum is Serbian Venture Network (SeVeN)

Serbian Venture Network (SeVeN) is association active in fields of entrepreneurship and business development of companies from South-East Europe. Seven aims to achieve its goals through investment attraction, by organizing conferences, trainings and matchmaking events, by fostering business networking and partnership building and by providing business advisory and consultancy services. We are the network of professionals from Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Albania.

We strive towards making SEE region a new European center of innovative and fast growing entrepreneurial companies.

We will achieve our goals by organizing great conference, training and matchmaking events, by fostering business networking and partnership building and by providing business advisory services. We are connecting professionals from Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Albania, Romania, Hungary, Greece and Turkey.

Our mission is to foster innovation and competitiveness of regional companies with high growth potential, through capacity building and access to finance support.

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