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STARTUP MACEDONIA MANIFESTO
  • Strengthening the startup & innovation eco-system;
  • Influence mindset change by raising awareness and creating opportunities;
  • Facilitate collaboration and synergies among eco-system factors;
  • Encourage local and international investments;
  • Bridge the gap between the startup community and policy makers;
  • Create a data-driven eco-system in order to grow;
  • Support startups scale their business globally;
  • Provide promotion and media coverage to success stories;
  • Support events, hackathons, demo days, conferences, bootcamps;
  • Warmly welcome international founders and Entrepreneurs-In-Residence;
  • Working on positioning the country as THE startup hub in New Europe.

Meet the team

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Dejan Aleksov

President
- Startup Attorney

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Igor Madzov

Program Director
- Startup Scout

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Nina Nikolikj

Strategy-Innovation
-Partnerships

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Viktor Dano

Marketing Hero

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Natasha Lazarovska -Trajcheski

Foreign Ecosystems Liason
- Connector

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Marija Dimovska

Project Manager - Ecosystem Catalyst

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Dijana Despodov

Program Coordinator
- TechPack Evangelist

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Ivana Stankovic

Program Coordinator
- Mentoring

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Jakov Pavlovic

Social Media Marketing Intern
- PR Yoda

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Irina Chabukovska

Creative Specialist Intern

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Artan Memishi

Administrative Intern

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Snezana Madzova

Financial Coordinаtor

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Dejan Aleksov

Not only a co-founder but as President he steers the wheel of Startup Macedonia undertaking various challenges while developing an investments' oriented startup policy giving broader scope access to finances for innovative businesses.

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Igor Madzov

This Startup Macedonia co-founder speaks the investors language fluently and not only can sniff out dimonds in the rough and proactivly shares his business mindset and sales tricks with startup huslters across the Balkans. Always ready to connect founders to his wide network of experts, investors and key ecosystem actor wtih a service provider, all with the vision to bring together all resources and tools for a startup success story. 100% responsible for the future exit in the Macedonian startup ecosystem

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Natasha Lazarovska-Trajcheski

Co-founder of Startup Macedonia who has been active and contributing to the growth of the startup ecosystem from 2016, now serving as Foreign Ecosystem Liasion building bridges with representatives from the Dutch ecosystem and opening doors for Macedonian startups in the Benelux region. She is also national representative of World Summit Awards ( WSA-Global) which are a unique awards system, selecting and promoting local digital innovation supporting the achievement of the UN SDGs.

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Viktor Dano

Co-founder of Startup Macedonia and Marketing hero, forging visibility strategies for activities and policies developed by Startup Macedonia founders, aimed at further growth of the Macedonian startup ecosystem. This innovation enthusiast, as a back-end digital marketing ninja, delivers concise and clear digital marketing hacks, promoting the ecosystem both in Macedonia and Denmark.

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Marija Dimovska

With acumen for agile project management Marija supervises the construction of the 1st digital data-driven ecosystem platform. She joined Startup Macedonia team a year and a-half-ago, driven by passion for digital transformation as a methodology for further unification and strengthening of the Macedonian startup ecosystem as well as the democratization of innovation in all parts of the country.

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Ivana Stankovic

Ivana has brought her rich experience in startup funding, taking the helm of the Mentoring Platform Project that aims to facilitate the mentoring process for founders that want to achieve high growth, mentors that want to give something back and accelerators/organizations that provide services to startups. Her background as an investment manager has made her all the more aware of the key role a mentor can play in the startup journey from having an idea to building an established business and she believes that the upcoming Mentoring Platform can set the standard for high quality mentorship in the country and wider region.

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Dijana Despodov

Dijana has not only launched TechPack, a project that digitally revolutionizes the traditional business sector by linking it with innovative startup solutions, she has also taken TechPack to the next level by positioning it as a platform for encouraging a rapid digitalization of the economy and fostering corporate innovation. Her background in private sector development and focus on creating a better business climate have made her a strong advocate for digitalization and innovation.

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Nina Nikolikj

Nina's mission is to develop and strengthen the startup and innovation ecosystem in MKD and the Balkan region. She has been doing that from 2014 through the #MKstartups community and as an executive advisory board member and co-founder of the association Startup Macedonia. Strategically fostering collaboration and synergies among startups, partner organizations, policy makers, local and regional/international eco-system actors.

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Snezana Madzova

Recently joined Startup Macedonia to share her financial capacity and prowess in projects implementation contributing to innovation growth and stronger startup ecosystem.

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Artan Memishi

Artan is the man who you go to for legal procedures and devising MoUs. Thanks to his input, Startup Macedonia has enlarged its network of official innovation-driven partners and collaborators.

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Jakov Pavlovich

Jakov's operational pursuit is to promote and call attention to Startup Macedonia's projects and activities. Starting as an Intern at the beginning of 2020, he has developed innovative strategies, thus increased social media awareness for the growth and success of the Macedonian startup ecosystem.

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Irina Chabukovska

Irina Chabukovska is a Creative specialist intern at Startup Macedonia, turning our ideas and visions into creative reality. Irina is currently a student, volunteer and an extroverted introvert. Majoring in computer engineering and a huge graphic design enthusiast. Detail-oriented, goal-driven and passionate towards her work.

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