Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Moldova

    Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Moldova

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Chisinau, Moldova

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Your idea in 54 hours

About Techstars Global Startup Weekend COVID-19 Edition: 

This series of online Techstars Startup Weekends are run at a country level, focused on developing solutions that directly tackle COVID-19-related challenges. They are 54-hour online events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs - you'll connect with amazing mentors, industry experts, founders, and partners who are ready to help you get started. 

Each country will bring together hundreds or even thousands of participants that will work on prototypes for three days. This event is not only about bringing together developers who can work on software-based solutions for the crisis. It’s an opportunity for everyone interested in the topic to inspire and be inspired and to work together on developing inclusive solutions. Here is the website for more details

Tickets to register your place for the event are completely free but you are able to make a donation, which will go to an NGO, selected by Techstars, fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. If you wish to make a donation, simply add any amount you wish to donate to the ‘Donation’ ticket option or select a predefined amount. You don’t need to get a ‘free ticket’ in addition to your ‘donation ticket’ since making a donation will register you as a participant.

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Friday April 24th

6:00 pm
Tune in
Join us on Live Stream for the event intro. Introductions of the organising team and Startup Weekend community, explain agenda for the weekend so you know what to expect going forward and set all expectations.

7:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

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

8:00 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. This is virtual so stay and work as late as you like!

Saturday April 25th

9:00 am
Morning check-in with formed teams
Check in with your team and start planning your weekend. How are you going to tackle your objectives?

12:00 pm
Coach Meetings Start
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings Continue
Mentors will be available online...ASK QUESTIONS

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

7:00 pm
Break for Dinner
Another reminder to eat! What better way to make dinner or get one of your lovely family/ friends to make it for you while you're on a mission to save the world!

8:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. Stay and work as late as you like!

Sunday April 26th

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches are online… ASK QUESTIONS

12:00 pm
Status check, final calls for help!

1:00 pm
Get pitch-ready!
Make sure your pitch is well underway and get ready to submit

2:00 pm
Pitch submission!
This is it! What you've been working towards. Submit your pitch and demo and wait to find out if you make it to the final 10

2:30 pm
Judging starts!

5:00 pm
Live pitching from the final 10
Your team has made it to the finals. Hurrah! Be ready to pitch to our panel of judges!

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Who will be the winners? Join us on YouTube Live to find out

8:30 pm
Final Word & #StayHome
You did it! Time to celebrate, recharge and remember to stay safe.

Event Judges

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.

Nikolay Manolov
Chairman at

Nik is a former rocket scientist turned artificial intelligence expert who built XOR's first platform and oversees product development today. He is passionate about creating a labor market where the needs of employers and people are both met more efficiently. Nik famously competed in an AI competition (and won) to convince Aida to start XOR with him. When he's not working he is seeking out new adventures with his family. 

Grigore Raileanu
Founder at Retently

Serial entrepreneur - product management, enterprise sales, growth, and marketing.

Coaches and Mentors

Vitalie Esanu

I’ve been programming in some form since I was 12 years old and I love it.

Roman Gluck
Product Owner

Roman Gluck has been active as a project manager for 5 years in the ICT sector. Currently working as a Product Owner at Pentalog and studying UX domain. Among his other occupations is working as Public Speaking mentor with focus on the IT domain, Startup Pitching and Conferences. Has been training for 5 years speakers for the Moldova Developer Conference that gathers up to 400 people each year. Also active participant in multiple workshops and seminars for students, teachers.

Anton Perkin
CEO at FusionWorks

Anton has 15 years of eхperience as a developer and 9 years as company manager and community builder. In 2011 he founded FusionWorks (IT outsourcing company) and DeveloperMD Community (the biggest one in Moldova) and since then is passionate about developing his business and organizing various IT-related events, the biggest one being the Moldove Developer Conference

Constantin Sarcov
Founder at Piko

Founder & Creative Director at Piko, a creative agency based in Chisinau and Amsterdam.
Work experience in Cohn & Jansen JWT, McCann Bucharest & Carioca Studio (top. 3 global still production houses worldwide).
Client experience: Call of Duty, Pizza Hut, EA Games, Ducati, Danube Footwear, Purcari, College of Wizardry.

Mihai Stipanov
Founder at Dreamups

Mihai Stipanov a fost implicat în lansarea mai multor afaceri tehnologice și afaceri tech-enabled. A coordonat un accelerator internațional de startup-uri și a organizat evenimente pentru comunitatea de antreprenori. S-a implicat și în societatea civilă fiind în board-ul mai multor organizații neguvernamentale internaționale. Mihai locuiește în New York, continuă să investească în startup-uri cât și în companii publice.

Lisa Gutu
Head of Business Development

Fintech & Startup addicted. Co-founded a PFM app - Fentury, helping users to get better with their money. For the past 5 years Lisa is working at Salt Edge Open Banking Platform, as Head of Business Development. Specialities: business model, market analysis, go to market strategy, presentations & pitch sessions.

Elena Putina
UX/UI Designer, Enspire Dev

I call myself a creative who likes to get stuff done!
I'm currently a UI/UX Designer at Enspire, a position that allows me to use the diverse skills that I picked up from her various adventures, around the world.

Teaching leadership at LCCl University in Lithuania, co-hosting a weekly radio show in Seoul, South Korea; doing Drama during my school years in the UK, or starting my own creative business for bookworms, in Moldova (Gribook Accessories) - I've always experimented with ways to be efficient and productive in my creative endeavors.

UI/UX Design keeps me on my creative toes: I need to draw from my experience in marketing, copywriting, communications, as well as expanding my understanding of business and the newest in tech. I'm happy to share what I know, and help make the world a better place, one pixel at a time.

Sergiu Negara
Tech Entrepreneur

Tech entrepreneur, full stack developer, engineer, maker, trainer, *nix power user, amateur photographer, BMW sectarian, electronics enthusiast, passionate perfectionist.

Igor Putina
Full Stack Developer, Mixbook

Seasoned UX/UI designer turned software engineer. Worked for multiple product companies focusing on design and technology, worked with globally renowned clients like Amnesty International, Maersk and Stanford University. Currently, part of the Full Stack Engineering team at Mixbook.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Moldova 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.


Organizing Team

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

  • Doina
  • Mary
  • Irina
  • Aliona
  • Stefan
  • Vlad
  • Vera
  • Sergiu


Tetiana Siianko
Sweden Foodtech Program Manager

überpassionate about making things happen, smart people, music, art, skiing and dance. Working on saving the world via foodtech and bridging the gap between arts & technology. Love doing silly movies in my free time.

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