Startup Weekend Moldova

    Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015


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Startup Weekend Moldova

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015



Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

ZIPhouse
9/19, Studentilor street
Design and Technology Excellence Center
Chisinau, Moldova

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We are excited that Startup Weekend comes to Moldova for the 7th time! Seven is a lucky number!

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups!

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

As usual, during the past several years, we are organizing this event during the Global Entrepreneurship Week and our winning team will go to Global Startup Battle. We have awesome partners and amazing crew!

If you are a developer, designer, have business or project management skills, interested to build a cool startup, want to meet great people or learn a new skill, register to our event.

We will provide meals and soft drinks (coffee, water, juices), as well as cool branded T-shirts. Students are welcome at the event, for a special discounted price.

REGISTER HERE if you prefer to buy tickets in MDL and/or don't have a Paypal account. 


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 13th


6:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
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 14th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


1:00 pm
Lunch


1:45 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


2:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


7:00 pm
Dinner


7:45 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


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

Sunday November 15th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


11:00 am
Workshop
Key moments regarding your final presentation will be presented


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Tech check
10 min for each team for the technical check and live rehearsal of the presentations in front of the mentors


4:40 pm
Final preparations for presentations
Final 20 minutes should be focused on perfecting your presentation


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:00 pm
Judging & Dinner
Judging will take place during the dinner


8:00 pm
Awarding


9:30 pm
Wrap-Up and Go home!


Event Judges


Josef Dunne
Co-Founder/CEO @ Babelverse

Josef is Founder & CEO of Babelverse (which aims to bring seamless communication between all languages) a startup that began at a Startup Weekend Athens in December 2010 and changed his life forever! Since then Startup Chile, 500 Startups and SV Angel invested in Babelverse. Today, Josef is currently based in London, which is also his hometown but has lived and visited many countries over the past 5 years including Greece, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Poland, San Francisco, New York, Japan, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, South Korea, Singapore, and recently Romania where he took his team to live and work for 1 month in a Transylvanian village, throughout this travelling he was growing the community of linguists and raising awareness of Babelverse and acquiring a lot of knowledge about starting up abroad and the differences between cultures.

Before Babelverse, he was a Web Developer working in a corporate environment for 5 years. He can assist you from business strategy, going global to web development and more.


Jennifer Austin

Director, Spherik Accelerator, working with start-ups to help them build connections to and compete in the global market.. Following her passion for building things from the ground up and general adventure, she moved to Romania after completing her MBA at UCLA Anderson. Prior to coming to Romania, she established a boutique consultancy in the Chinese market focused on business development, market entry, personal branding, and cross-cultural communication. She has worked in diverse fields and functions, including for Boston Scientific Neuromodulation, DLA Piper Law Firm, Vittana Foundation (microfinance), and others, leading projects on 4 continents.


Anca Albu
Social Architect @ CEE Changers

Anca had a crucial role in the Startup Weekend core team since 2010, and as their Central and Eastern Europe Regional Manager, she was one of the most instrumental people in setting ablaze the startup revolution that engulfed the region. As the founder of CEE Changers, she is currently working on creating and growing the global startup community, focusing on post-communist countries and the way cross-sector collaboration and shared values can create a collective impact in the East-Central European region.

http://ceechangers.org/


Vadim Zhelyaskov
Project manager of 999 Market Place

He has 10 years of experience in the field of e-commerce. His first major project was gsm.md. At the same time he actively participated in the development and promotion of the free bulletin board 999.md. Today 999.md is the most visited website in Moldova. 
 
A few years ago, Vadim launched e-lending system for online shops. He is ready to share his experience with young entrepreneurs as he has a good knowledge of the Moldovan e-commerce market.


Michael Drejer

Michael Drejer is a founder and global CEO at FFW, a digital agency with 420 people and offices in 11 countries.
Besides his time in FFW Michael spends time with startups where he coach, mentors and invests in mostly tech oriented startups. 


Didier Guy

Didier Guy has been working with Orange Group for more than 20 years, and recently joined Orange Moldova as Marketing Program Manager.
All along his career within Orange, he has been managing innovative projects touching all aspects of Information & Communication industry (IT, Networks, Services, Devices…).
Before joining Orange Moldova, he was directing Orange’s Market& Industry Intelligence activities in China and Taiwan, aiming at developing deep knowledge about Asian digital industries & markets and identify opportunities for business, innovation transfers, and partnerships. Part of the activity was also dedicated to investigating Asian digital startup ecosystems, and establishing links between French digital startup ecosystem and Asian industry.


Adrian Pica
Product Manager

Adrian is a veteran Startup Weekend Facilitator. He founded www.150sec.com, a news/media outlet that covers tech and startups in the CEE region that he later sold to an American media group.
Previously he also co-founded Oblico, a location based networking app for events and conferences, a project that came out of a Startup Weekend, was part of the TechPeaks accelerator and received a grant from Telecom Italia.
 Currently he's creating awesome stuff as Product Manager at Telenav INC. Adrian is a lean startup fan and experienced in pitch training and public speaking. You can reach him anytime on FB. He has one of the biggest collections of Startup Weekend T-shirts.


Coaches and Mentors


Anca Albu
Social Architect @ CEE Changers

Anca had a crucial role in the Startup Weekend core team since 2010, and as their Central and Eastern Europe Regional Manager, she was one of the most instrumental people in setting ablaze the startup revolution that engulfed the region. As the founder of CEE Changers, she is currently working on creating and growing the global startup community, focusing on post-communist countries and the way cross-sector collaboration and shared values can create a collective impact in the East-Central European region.

http://ceechangers.org/


Marcel Sobieski
IT Product & Business Development

MarceI Sobieski is the founder of Teslathemes.com and WPMatic.io. Already 9 years in the IT ecosystem; he creates, elaborates and manages IT products, startups, and groups. Drafting the product and business development, planning and executing.

His specialities are the creation and business development of medium and large IT startups and projects with 5-14 and 15+ people teams and project run time over 12-48 months, from idea to profitability and later exit. Strong M&A knowledge. Marcel is able to simplify complex issues to benefit from everyone's contribution.

He built 4 successful startups starting with 2010 to this day. Made 2 exists in 2017, his startups being acquired by US and UK companies. Has an MBA and is passionate about travelling.


Sergiu Nagailic

Sergiu Nagailic (also known as Nikro) is a Drupal Developer that plays an active role in our local IT Community. Co-founded Drupal Moldova Association - an NGO which brings together both local and international Drupal developers, organizes Drupal events such as DrupalCamps (known as Moldcamps) and other projects such as Drupal Global Training Days and Drupal School. Also co-founded Bisonly - a small digital agency focusing on Drupal-based Products, Consultancy and Optimization. Besides these, Sergiu participated in couple of local Startup Weekends (1st and 3rd place) and also at Startup Weekend in Romania (1st place) - so he is definitely not new to the concept of Startups.


Dumitru Ciubatii

Dumitru is founder of TenerLab, a Chisinau based company that is focused on building multinational products. Fest.md, AllPrices.md and DocsPal.com are some of the company’s successful products. Dumitru and his team are also handling the development of DietBet.com - a popular US startup.

Dumitru got especially motivated about creating his own company and products after he did an internship for Google (California). In the last years he has been actively involved in IT development of Moldova and has been also enjoying being adjunct professor at Technical University of Moldova, teaching Distributed Systems master course.


Adrian Pica
Product Manager

Adrian is a veteran Startup Weekend Facilitator. He founded www.150sec.com, a news/media outlet that covers tech and startups in the CEE region that he later sold to an American media group.
Previously he also co-founded Oblico, a location based networking app for events and conferences, a project that came out of a Startup Weekend, was part of the TechPeaks accelerator and received a grant from Telecom Italia.
 Currently he's creating awesome stuff as Product Manager at Telenav INC. Adrian is a lean startup fan and experienced in pitch training and public speaking. You can reach him anytime on FB. He has one of the biggest collections of Startup Weekend T-shirts.


Josef Dunne
Co-Founder/CEO @ Babelverse

Josef is Founder & CEO of Babelverse (which aims to bring seamless communication between all languages) a startup that began at a Startup Weekend Athens in December 2010 and changed his life forever! Since then Startup Chile, 500 Startups and SV Angel invested in Babelverse. Today, Josef is currently based in London, which is also his hometown but has lived and visited many countries over the past 5 years including Greece, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Poland, San Francisco, New York, Japan, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, South Korea, Singapore, and recently Romania where he took his team to live and work for 1 month in a Transylvanian village, throughout this travelling he was growing the community of linguists and raising awareness of Babelverse and acquiring a lot of knowledge about starting up abroad and the differences between cultures.

Before Babelverse, he was a Web Developer working in a corporate environment for 5 years. He can assist you from business strategy, going global to web development and more.


Jennifer Austin

Director, Spherik Accelerator, working with start-ups to help them build connections to and compete in the global market.. Following her passion for building things from the ground up and general adventure, she moved to Romania after completing her MBA at UCLA Anderson. Prior to coming to Romania, she established a boutique consultancy in the Chinese market focused on business development, market entry, personal branding, and cross-cultural communication. She has worked in diverse fields and functions, including for Boston Scientific Neuromodulation, DLA Piper Law Firm, Vittana Foundation (microfinance), and others, leading projects on 4 continents.


Radu Iuhas
Co-founder, Chief Product Officer at PANGEA; Product Director at Spherik Accelerator



Michael Drejer

Michael Drejer is a founder and global CEO at FFW, a digital agency with 420 people and offices in 11 countries.
Besides his time in FFW Michael spends time with startups where he coach, mentors and invests in mostly tech oriented startups. 


Eugen Boico

After managing the Voxtel, Tempo and then Orange brands, Eugen Boico has founded Publicis Moldova, a leading creative agency behind the success of some of the most important brands in the country including Orange, MobiasBanca, Rogob and many others. Publicis is also known for the creation and launch of numerous new brands in Moldova and abroad. One of the most visible brands developed by Publicis Moldova is the Moldovan Tourism Brand - the now very famous "tree of life".

With almost 20 years of marketing and branding experience on the Moldovan market and beyond, Eugen has the unique competence to shape the key element of a modern startup - its brand and communications.


Alexandru Pitel

Alexandru Pitel is Products and Services Coordinator at Orange Moldova, managing content services, Orange branded and non-branded apps and is responsible for the latest products from the IoT segment. Having 6 years of experience in marketing he developed and managed dedicated offers for European and World football competitions, also for phones, tablets and smart accessories.  


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The Startup Weekend Moldova team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Chisinau is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Ana
    Chirita
  • Ionela
    Titirez
  • Mary
    Nemciuc
  • Natalia
    Crivoliubic
  • Viorica
    Bordei
  • Chris
    Georgiev

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