Startup Weekend Moldova

    Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016


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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Moldova

Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016



Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

iHUB Chisinau
31 August 1989 St nr. 78.
Chisinau, Moldova MD-2035

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We're happy to announce the 8th edition of Startup Weekend Moldova!

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 teams will go to Global Startup Weekend. 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 11th


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


6:10 pm
Snacks & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


8:45 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 12th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


1:00 pm
Lunch


2:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


6:00 pm
Dinner


7:00 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 13th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 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
Final Presentations


6:00 pm
Judging & Awards


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking


9:00 pm
Wrap-Up


Event Judges


Dragos Nicov
Products & Services Manager at Orange Moldova

Dragos now heads a small and agile team of product managers and digital marketing experts at Orange Moldova. He has a 16+ years’ experience in Telco industry, out of which a decade within Orange. Along his career Dragos has been taking different positions based in Romania and Moldova and has led numerous projects dealing with new and exciting telco technologies.


Val Bejenuta
Head of Startup Portfolio at Startup Europe Partnership

Val is managing the startup portfolio at SEP, a London based firm that connects corporations and startups (with offices also in Barcelona, Milan and San Francisco). SEP acts as an external innovation and investment department for large corporations such as BBVA, Orange, Telefonica, Unipol, Telecom Italia, Sky and Enel. Val is also an advisor (focusing on European deals) for MTS Venture Fund, an early stage venture capital fund based in San Francisco.
Val is actively involved as a mentor and coach with early and late stage startups through Bluebriks, a firm that he founded in 2014. Also, he is a mentor with Eleven Accelerator and previously with Seedcamp.
From 2008 to 2011 Val was responsible for a specially designed coaching program for the European Space Agency’s incubated startups across Europe.
Currently Val is sharing his time between London and Bucharest, with a specific interest in the startup scene in Eastern Europe.


Grigore Raileanu
Founder at Retently

Grigore Raileanu is a 12+ year serial entrepreneur, founder of REMSYS and Noction. He recently started Retently, a SaaS customer satisfaction tracking service. He is mostly involved in product management and growth.


Kfir Nissan
Co-Founder and CEO at Distribyte

Specializing with deep technology startups in the fields of medical devices and enterprise software, Kfir brings two decades of experience both as entrepreneur and as enterprise architect while mentoring early stage startups with lean methodology and fundraising. Kfir is the co-founder and CEO of Distribyte Ltd a disruptive Serverless Datacenter Platform.   


Zvika Kezurer
President at Partner4Value

Zvika Kezurer is CEO/President of Partner4value, and the Chairman of ILTH, and a Partner with AfterDox, an Angel investment organization.


Victor Ciobanu
IBM Territory Representative for Republic of Moldova

Victor Ciobanu is the IBM Territory Representative for Republic of Moldova. He is in charge of IBM business development in Moldova, promoting IBM solutions to local authorities and commercial companies. Victor is enhancing the IBM Academic Initiative program to local universities and leveraging IBM Global Entrepreneur program to local startups.
He is consistently sharing IBM high-end technologies to help local business partners enhance their competences.
Victor Ciobanu has an extensive IT background, working for about 20 years in HW and SW development companies.


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.


Coaches and Mentors


Cristi Barladeanu
Co-Founder / CEO ThinkOut

Tackling cash flow management at ThinkOut, digital product artisan at
Think NON, cheerleader at Digital Product Group Iași.

Cristi has dreamed about creating digital products since his
high-school years. For more than 12 years he has explored the digital
world by working with well-known agencies and clients worldwide,
mixing business consultancy, technology and creative services.
Promoter of entrepreneurial culture, he has dedicated the past years
to growing local tech start-ups.


Polina Ceastuhina
Creative Producer, FloAgency

Polina is a communication specialist with undergraduate degree in marketing and business communication, and with extensive experience developing brand identities and brand communication for creative professionals from around the world since 2012. Polina is also a Master in Philosophy, completing her master degree at University of Cambridge, focusing on embodiment, political theory, cultural theory, and identity politics.



Mircea Vadan
Startups Program Manager at How to Web and MVP Academy; Facilitator at Cluj Startups

Keen on customer development and user acquisition, Mircea, co-founded 2 startups with which he participated in accelerators and raised investment. He is driven to help startups and is active in the tech startups community (Cluj Startups)


Val Bejenuta
Head of Startup Portfolio at Startup Europe Partnership

Val is managing the startup portfolio at SEP, a London based firm that connects corporations and startups (with offices also in Barcelona, Milan and San Francisco). SEP acts as an external innovation and investment department for large corporations such as BBVA, Orange, Telefonica, Unipol, Telecom Italia, Sky and Enel. Val is also an advisor (focusing on European deals) for MTS Venture Fund, an early stage venture capital fund based in San Francisco.
Val is actively involved as a mentor and coach with early and late stage startups through Bluebriks, a firm that he founded in 2014. Also, he is a mentor with Eleven Accelerator and previously with Seedcamp.
From 2008 to 2011 Val was responsible for a specially designed coaching program for the European Space Agency’s incubated startups across Europe.
Currently Val is sharing his time between London and Bucharest, with a specific interest in the startup scene in Eastern Europe.


Andrii Vasylchenko
Technical Sales, Mobile API Economy l Europe. Redbooks thought leader, IBM Czech Republic

Working as a Technical Sales specialist for IBM MobileFirst Foundation in European region and Technical Sales Leader for Central and Eastern Europe. Specialized on mobile development and integration. Has 11 IBM certifications within integration and mobile area. Name as Thought Leader for IBM Redbooks and nowadays creating mobile education labs. Previously worked as integration developer and architect.


Moshe Porat
Co-Founder & CEO at MESH

Moshe Porat is a serial entrepreneur with more than 22 years in high tech sector, in different executive positions (R&D and CEO) 
Before establishing MESH, Moshe established four startup companies in medical, clean tech, video and consumer product.
Moshe has established and managing director of tech Acclerator called Modiin Ventures and board member in Presentese social & tech innovation Acclerator and with IAF alumni organization.
Moshe is the Founder & CEO of MESH Tech co working space with tech innovation lab from the beginning of Jan 2014.
MESH holds 2 branches in Modiin & Rehovot, holds more than 50 startup companies.


Kfir Nissan
Co-Founder and CEO at Distribyte

Specializing with deep technology startups in the fields of medical devices and enterprise software, Kfir brings two decades of experience both as entrepreneur and as enterprise architect while mentoring early stage startups with lean methodology and fundraising. Kfir is the co-founder and CEO of Distribyte Ltd a disruptive Serverless Datacenter Platform.   


Zvika Kezurer
President at Partner4Value

Zvika Kezurer is CEO/President of Partner4value, and the Chairman of ILTH, and a Partner with AfterDox, an Angel investment organization.


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.)


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.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

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.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Ana
    Chirita
  • Natalia
    Crivoliubic
  • Ionela
    Titirez
  • Mary
    Nemciuc
  • Viorica
    Bordei
  • Vasile
    Schidu
  • Corina
    Buga
  • Ilie
    Raducan
  • Veronica
    Hajdeu

Facilitators


Galin Zhelyazkov

True Serial Technical Entrepreneur with passion for developing new start ups, building their structure and internal operational processes and employing a professional management in the stages of growth and maturity of the business.


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