Startup Weekend Moldova 10th edition

    Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

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Startup Weekend Moldova 10th edition

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

9/11 Studentilor Street
Chisinau, Moldova MD2048

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Learn. Network. Startup.

We’re back with the 10th edition of Startup Weekend Moldova! Join us on November 9, 10, and 11, 2018 at Tekwill.

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
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IMPORTANT! Early Bird prices end on the October 15th.

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Friday November 9th

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
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

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 November 10th

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 November 11th

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!

Coaches and Mentors

Vlad Voiculescu
Former banker, social entrepreneur and a former Romanian Minister of Health

A former banker, social entrepreneur and a former Romanian Minister of Health in a technocratic government, Vlad has announced his intention to run for mayor of Bucharest in 2020.

Over the last 10 years, Vlad initiated and coordinated several internationally acclaimed community projects. In 2008, he initiated and coordinated “The Cytostatics Network” where over 500 volunteers from all over Europe provided essential cytostatics that were not available in Romania to over 2.500 patients. The success of the community organizing initiative caught the attention of HBO who turned it into a documentary called “The Network”.

Starting from 2014, Vlad has initiated and coordinated MagiCAMP - the first residential special summer camps for children with cancer in Romania, an organization that has since developed to support over 1000 families of children with severe conditions with services such as accomodation near hospitals for families accompanying their children to treatment, material and financial aid and special vacations. 

In 2017 Vlad was one of the 70 leaders to be granted the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, in 2018 he was selected as one of the 25 global leaders who were  awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship, a leadership program set up over 70 years ago in honor of President Dwight D. Eisenhower (USA).

Ligia Adam
Co-Founder at CivicTech Romania

Co-Founder at CivicTech Romania

Inna Stelmakh
Head of Innovations & Academy at Coworking Platforma

Head of Innovations & Academy at Coworking Platforma

Cornel Amariei
Head of Innovation at Continental

Head of Innovation at Continental Automotive Systems. Featured in 30 Under 30 in Europe by Forbes.

Mikita Mikado
CEO of PandaDoc

Mikita Mikado is an entrepreneur, executive, and former engineer. He is the CEO of PandaDoc,  makers of all-in-one software that helps organizations to accelerate the way they transact with electronic quotes, proposals, contracts, signatures, and workflows around them. Mikita works on, speaks, and writes about running self-sustaining companies doing innovative things in technology and business. His interests: SaaS, sales automation, documents, metrics, startups, surfing, programming, new technologies.

Martin Zlámal
Full-stack Javascript Tech Lead la

Martin’s first task after joining was to create GraphQL server in Node.js for all our front-end clients and applications. He loves to create declarative React components for web and mobile devices using React Native, this way he can use these technologies together on a daily basis. On top of that, he likes to test their limitations and bring up new, controversial ideas. Martin’s great passion is traveling and he is also trying to learn Elixir programming language in his free time.

Michal Sanger
Principal Engineer at

Michal works as a Principal Engineer at and is passionate about solving all Javascript issues. He dreams about web apps written in ReactJS, mobile apps in React Native, a serverless backend and APIs implemented with GraphQL.

Ramona Ziemann
Senior Product Designer at Ellation

Ramona Ziemann is a German Product Designer, with a focus on digital interaction and user-centered experience design. With over 9 years of expe­ri­ence designing websites, mobile applications and building out brands, she worked for global creative design agencies as BBDO and international IT Companies as Ellation.
She started UX mentorship programs at Tekwill, to help people to learn how to build usable and accessible products, by following a data-driven iterative process.
Ramona's skills can help you, to build a valuable product from scratch.

Uliana Sidorenko
Digital Marketing Executive at Philip Morris International

Digital Marketing Executive at Philip Morris International

Vasile Seul
Art Director at Moldcell

Hi! / Hello! / Howdy! / Cheers! I am Seul Vasile, Art director and Graphic designer at Moldcell. I adore the unconventional ideas, charming smiles and real emotions. I believe the old conservative world is extremely tiring and our greatest enemy. Focused on: #Strategy - Why Your Brand? #Identity - How does a million dollars look like? #Story – To whom, where and when?

Constantin Sarcov
Founder at Piko

<!--td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}-->Constantin Sarcov is founder of Piko, which is one of the most awarded creative agency from Moldova.
His work experience includes agencies like Cohn & Jansen JWT & McCann Bucharest.
His portfolio includes projects with clients and brands like Purcari Wines, EA Sports, Parliament of Moldova, Scrambler Ducati, Workfor Switzerland, Bitfury, Swiss Development Cooperation, Danube Footwear, Dutch Embassy Office, Huawei Shanghai and many more.
In 2018 Constantin was selected by Forbes Romania in 30 under 30 / 2018 list.

Organizing Team

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

  • Ana
  • Mary
  • Viorica
  • Stefan
  • Traian
  • Pavel


Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of Startup Weekend Lexington, Kentucky 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, Kentucky, United States; currently residing in Longreach, Queensland, Australia.
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
SW/UP: Been part of 30+ (?) Startup Weekends as: Sunday night observer x4; team lead x2; organizer x4; facilitator x1; judge x1; only KY rep for 2014 Vegas Summit; Startup Next participant x3 (I think I hold some type of non-verifiable record for as many ideas as I've taken through); Startup Next mentor x1

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