Startup Weekend Women Chisinau

    Friday, May 18 - 20, 2018

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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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 Director, Efes Moldova.

Ludmila has a 22 years carrier in communication and PR and the last 5 years is working in the field of Corporate affairs. All along her professional life she shared knowledge with university students and during trainings that she was invited to performs. Author of “Social communication in crisis situations” and “Statistics data usage in communication” books.

Olesea Fortuna
President of GEN Moldova

Olesea Fortuna is a qualified leader with an extensive experience in executive management of various community building and leadership projects and private enterprises, entrepreneurship ecosystem and development programs, large events, acceleration programs, with business and institutional development training and consulting experience of over 14 years. She has a leading role in the education of startups in Moldova, being the President of GEN Moldova (Global Entrepreneurship Network).

She has been involved as a speaker, mentor, group coach, experimental trainer in projects focused on business development at both international and national levels. Her interests revolve around assisting entrepreneurs in creating, launching, developing national and international businesses and particularly in creative industries and sustainable business models. Among projects deployed in the country she has participated in the design of the first rural entrepreneurship cup (a rural business competition deployed and acceleration program with Estonian partners and with several rural incubators), designed the first fashion acceleration program in collaboration with Fashion Technology Accelerator from Milan and a French fashion consulting agency, deployed and consulted one of the first ecological CSAs groups in Moldova (Community Supported Agriculture) With regard to women entrepreneurship: Olesea has initiated projects for young women starting with 2010 "Life and Business Skills for Girls", started women programs such as GEN WOW Program - a peer to peer women entrepreneurship development program (2014),GEN Creative Women , invited as a national country expert in an EU-funded project "Women Entrepreneurship – A Job Creation Engine for South Eastern Europe" and others.

She was nominated and accepted the role of WED World Ambassador for Moldova for 2015 and 2016.

Natalia Morari
Founder Media Sapiens

Journalist and entrepreneur.

Musteata Victoria
Manager Corporate Communications and CSR

Manager Comunicare Corporativa&CSR la Orange Moldova. Chief of Audit Bureau of Circulars, member of the Board of the Orange Foundation, with more than 20 years of experience in communication and event management.

Viorica Tudos
Head of Mobiasbanca's Communication and Quality Department

With over 15 years of experience in communication and marketing, she has contributed to the launch of a wide range of products and services on the market, being the person who creates the connections between communication and branding, marketing and strategic planning. Creativity and innovation, transformed into motivation, determination and work, are the catalyst for the success of any business, be it at start-up level or not.

Coaches and Mentors

Nicoleta Domnicu
IT Project Manager

With a comprehensive professional background: copywriting, business development, project and product management - Nicoleta has experience in both startups and bigger companies. In 2015, after the team she was a part of won Startup Weekend Moldova, she pitched their product at the Global Startup Battle, winning 2nd place at the Women's track. Currently, she is a project manager at Ellation, an entertainment tech company based in San Francisco.Besides her job, she is passionate about the development of the IT field in Moldova and contributes as a mentor and trainer to various initiatives: Technovation Challenge, GirlsGoIT, Coder Dojo and others.

Otilia Dragutan
Executive Director at Berlizzo Group

Founder and CEO at Berlizzo Group

Angela Gladei
Business Administration, Global Management

Managing Partner – Business Development Capital. 23 years experience in banking and non-banking sector, including 10 years in top management. Trainer in staff management, marketing, sales and negotiations, financial management and strategic planning.

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.)

Artiom Matusenco
JS Developer

JS Developer at Ellation. Software engineer with over five years of professional experience. Started career as full-stack .Net developer. Currently living in JavaScript world.

Erik Parsons
CEO & Co-founder, EnergySolaris

Developer of innovative solar air technology. Founding partner of with Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. 25 years in strategy, product development, design and communication. Australian citizen, permanent resident of Moldova since 2005.

Alexandru Plesca
Software Development Engineer

Software Development Engineer In Test at Ellation. He has 4 years experience in testing, 2 years - automation. Strengths: Modelling and problem solving. Proficient with: Java and Python.

Olga Radu
Founder Casa Imago

I created Imago in 2004, right after my MBA internship in a communicational marketing agency in Paris. Ever since, we do multi-platform graphic design.
We are a small team of 13 professionals that are illustrators, graphic designers, production and account managers.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Women Chisinau team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Venue Partner

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Organizing Team

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

  • Dona
  • Doina
  • Nicoleta


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, Moldova and more.
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 14 & George 12, 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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