On May 23rd, the Tech Startup Camp, part of the project “Tech startup school”, started in Struga. At the beginning of the first day, the project coordinator Ana Daiovska welcomed the participants and talked about the goal of the Tech Startup Camp. A video conference with the program director of the business incubator 1776 at Washington DC, Jessica Kaing, followed. The topic for the video conference was “Review of the Startup World of Washington DC”. In the first part of the conference, Jessica did a presentation how the incubator works and pointed out what are the most important elements for creating startups in the local eco system. During the second part of the video conference, Jessica Kaing answered the questions that the camp participants asked related to the process of creating startups. After the video conference, several team games were organized by the mentors which encouraged the team spirit and created a motivating and positive atmosphere. The day ended with a walk around Struga.
The second day of the camp started with team games, and the positive energy and the relaxed atmosphere of the group was present. Ivona Veljanoska, one of the mentors involved in Tech Startup School, presented the business model CANVAS, after which the participants divided in groups and presented the visual segments of the business model canvas from their startup ideas. By the end of the working sessions, the participants worked to complete their business plans guided by their mentors. In the free time during the evening there was a movie screening for the entire project group.
The third day of the capm (May 24th) started with a team game, after which the participants in the morning session, led by their mentors, had the task to complete the presentation for their startup idea. Teams that had demo sites (locally posted web sites) also worked on their improvement and content enrichment. Before the afternoon session, the teams received instructions on how to present their startup idea, watching several pitching videos. At the afternoon session, each team individually presented the startup idea to all mentors and received constructive remarks related to the changes needed to be made in order to improve the presentation. Guided by the team spirit and motivation for a more successful presentation, the free evening in Struga was replaced with team building activities and an evening dedicated on the preparations for the pitching session of the startup ideas the next day.
On May 26, all of the teams and individuals involved in the project presented their startup ideas presenting the business model, the plan, and a demo or a prototype of their startup idea. Every presentation lasted 5- 7 minutes. After the presentations were completed, the startup ideas were evaluated by the mentors and by the group of the project. The best ideas were selected and awarded with a small gift. The Tech Startup Camp ended with the certificates awarding ceremony for the participants, as well as for all of the people who supported the entire project initiative.