Startup Weekend Women Chisinau

    Friday, May 18 - 20, 2018

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Startup Weekend Women Chisinau

Friday, May 18 - 20, 2018

Friday, May 18 - 20, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Generator Hub
bd.Ștefan cel Mare 202 bl.B
Chișinău , Moldova MD-2012

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A weekend of empowering women entrepreneurs!

This is a call for you to get your idea off the ground surrounded by like-minded women. Startup Weekend Women is your chance to collaborate and get involved with a group of motivated individuals who are hell-bent on disrupting their industry of choice. The event is aimed at female participants, however, men are welcome to participate.

What is a Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. This global grassroots movement of active and empowered community leaders and entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Participants with varying specialities come together to share ideas, form teams and launch startups from the bottom up.

What’s different about this event?
This Startup Weekend is designed to engage more female entrepreneurs and provide them with the necessary resources for long-term success. The weekend will be a focused on empowering women within our community to lend their voice to innovation. It will be first Women's Startup Weekend happening in Moldova.

The innovation ecosystem has never been more exciting than it is right now.
We understand it takes a community of creative thinkers to help build an idea from concept through to execution, this event will be supporting women pitches only. In doing so, we ensure women are able to hone their creative and entrepreneurial talent in a safe environment that inspires risk-taking and innovation with the help of the broader community of men and women ready to share their expertise to champion change and fuel new ideas. 

How does it work?
The concept is simple: women pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas followed by a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders providing another opportunity for critical feedback before a final winning team is chosen.

Why should I participate?
Whether entrepreneurs find co-founders, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside your usual 9-to-5 job, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. 

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Friday May 18th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
"The importance of finding a co-founder"
sustained by

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
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

Saturday May 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday May 20th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Ludmila Andronic
Corporate Affairs

Corporate Affairs Director at Efes Vitanta Moldova Brewery

Olesea Fortuna
President of GEN Moldova

President of GEN Moldova (Global Entrepreneurship Network Moldova) at Global Entrepreneurship Network

Xenia Muntean
CEO and Co-Founder of Planable

Born in a family of hustlers, Xenia never had the chance to escape the fate of being an entrepreneur. At 20 y.o. she started her first company, a social media agency. While working with clients such as Coca-Cola, Xenia saw that people are what makes amazing brands possible. In 2016 she started Planable to discover better ways of bringing people together to work on social brand storytelling. 

Xenia was invited to attend Tim Draper’s prestigious academy in Silicon Valley and she graduated it top in class. She and her co-founders are the first Moldovan team to ever be backed by Techstars, moving Planable to London to continue building their vision of a collaboration layer for the entire content marketing industry.

Coaches and Mentors

Otilia Dragutan
Executive Director at Berlizzo Group

Founder and CEO at Berlizzo Group

Angela Gladei
Business Administration, Global Management

Managing Partner – Business Development Capital

Artur Gurau
Founder at Rockit Conference, CEO at Granat

Digital communication strategist. From 2011 CEO of Granat. Launched ROCKIT in 2014 and co-founded Rockit Academy in 2015. Interested in startups, social entrepreneurship, tech, media, politics and football.)

Olga Radu
Founder Casa Imago

Founder Casa Imago

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Chisinau is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Dona
  • Doina
  • Nicoleta
  • Nina


Maria Calafatis
Co - Founder Cube

Co - Founder at The Cube Athens, Athens’ largest co-working community, which hosts some of Greece’s best experts in technology. The Cube is also home to most of Athens’ technology events, hackathons, innovation sessions and training events. Maria has been involved with Startup Weekend since 2009, having facilitated over 20 events around the world in cities such as Torino, Athens, Volos, Larissa, Thessaloniki, Patra, Vlasic, Copenhagen, Limerick. Her first business was founded at a Startup Weekend. Maria was invited to join as a fellow to the RSA community in 2016 which provides a platform for the world's leading thinkers, sharing their ideas online, while their Action and Research Centre searches for new and innovative ways to solve society’s greatest challenges.
She loves challenges and connecting with people with the same mindset as her own and turning nothing into something huge & impactful.

A mother to two young boys Panos 12 & Georgie 10, loves to travel and staying fit & active, and loves trying out extreme sports.

Maria's Moto: "It's suppose to be Hard. If it wasn't hard everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it Great"

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