Welcome to the
Balkan Tech Summit
Uniting innovation, investment and idyllic scenery.
Mark your calendars for the most anticipated investment, networking and tech event in the Balkan region - the Balkan Tech Summit!
Unveiling the Balkan Tech Fund
At the heart of this unique event in the ancient adriatic pirate city of Ulcinj lies the establishment of the Balkan Tech Fund - a transformative initiative poised to be one of the key elements of the startup ecosystem in the Western Balkan states.
Why the Balkans?
The Western Balkan Six States - Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and North Macedonia - form the fastest-growing startup ecosystem in Europe today. With 17,5 million inhabitants, these nations are set to host over 900 start-ups by 2026 at a projected 10% growth rate. Montenegro's NATO membership and imminent EU inclusion offer an unparalleled gateway to untapped potential from the smallest of the West Balkan countries, already dubbed as a “springboard to western markets”. With all these milestones in place all that Montenegro lacks is- a VC fund.
The Balkan startup landscape is rapidly evolving, and the Balkan Tech Fund is uniquely positioned to capture a significant share of the market. Unparalleled model that BTF provides is getting the investors not just a great portfolio of startups, they are not only buying a share of a startup factory: they are purchasing a part of the emerging market.BTF’s strategic partnership with Digital Den startup studio- that is focusing on startups in the Balkans and opening up US markets- allows first right of refusal of all Digital Den graduates that will be 40+ in 2024, with 15 more enrolled each year through a network of regional partner accelerators.In order to bring this vision to life we invite you to engage with fellow investors, visionary entrepreneurs and prominent VCs and to network with family offices, government officials, and local changemakers who are shaping the future of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Balkans.During the dynamic three-day gathering, hosted by the Digital Den startup studio with access to markets of Phoenix, Denver, Chicago, Austin, Portland (Maine) and New York, hosts are envisioning a place where founders will showcase innovative products and the future investment potential will take center stage.
Join the Summit
We are thrilled to offer you an unparalleled experience: airfare and luxurious accommodation will be provided to investors interested in learning more about the Balkans. Reserve your spot now for this exclusive caravan arriving from the United States on October 16th. Embrace the chance to explore Montenegro Old Royal capital, magic of Boka bay and the captivating city of Ulcinj, an old pirate town brimming with charm and history.There are no strings attached, we’re just excited to share what we see in the Balkan region and we hope you’ll share it with your friends and associates as well.
Balkan Tech Summit Agenda
Monday, October 16
7:45 PM - Arrival in Podgorica and transfer to the hotel
8:30 PM - Check-in at the hotel
10:00 PM - 2:00 AM - Entertainment and cocktail night at the Hard Rock Cafe
Overnight at the hotel
Tuesday, October 17
07:00 AM - 09:00 AM Breakfast at the hotel
09:00 AM - Departure for Cetinje
09:45 AM - Visit to the King Nikola's Museum and Biljarda Museum in Cetinje
12:00 PM - Visit to Njegoš Mausoleum on Lovćen mountain
2:00 PM - Lunch at the Vidikovac restaurant
4:00 PM - BTF and Balkan startup ecosystem discussion #1
Creating a VC fund is like tour through Montenegro: challenging and tough, but rewarding
6:00 PM - Cable car experience (load, drive, download)
7:00 PM - Check-in at the Hyatt Regency Kotor Bay Resort
9:00 PM - Balkan startup ecosystem discussion #2
Open forum: “Matching Balkan need & investor feed”
10:00 PM - 1:00 AM - Cocktail reception and entertainment evening at the Hyatt Regency Kotor Bay Resort with a jazz band + gusle (traditional folk music)
Overnight at Hyatt Regency Kotor Bay Resort
Wednesday, October 18
07:00 AM - 09:00 AM Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Kotor Bay Resort
10:00 AM - Boka Bay cruise
11:00 AM - Old town Kotor excursion
12:00 PM Departure from Kotor to Ulcinj
2:00 PM - Arrival at the Palata Venezia Hotel
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Lunch at the Palata Venezia Hotel
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM - Start of the official part of the Balkan Tech Summit conference
“Historical site for historical night” Powered by EBRD
Panel #1 - How Venture capital can boost country’s economy: Local, regional international experiences
05:30 PM - 05:45 PM - Coffee break
05:45 PM - 06:45 PM
Panel #2 - Missing the opportunities:
Why isn't there enough VC money in the WB6 region?
06:45 PM - 07:00 PM - Coffee break
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Panel #3 - Improve-empower- execute:
What decision makers can do to attract investors?
08:00 PM - 08:15 PM - Closing remarks by GPs
9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - Dinner and networking/entertainment at the Old Town, Ulcinj, Overnight at Palata Venezia
Thursday, October 19
07:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Breakfast at the Palata Venezia Hotel
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
BTF open mic impressions: Voice out, ask and comment
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Time on own/explore the Old town
2:00 PM - Departure for Podgorica
4:30 PM - Free time
6:00 PM - Transfer to the airport at selected locations
8:30 PM - Departure flight to the US
Join Us on Our Journey to Success! 🚀
Ⓒ Balkan Tech Fund 2023
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