Startup Weekend Bucharest

    Friday, April 20 - 22, 2018

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Bucharest

Friday, April 20 - 22, 2018

Friday, April 20 - 22, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

OK Center
Strada Traian 1, București 030571
Bucharest, Romania

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Make ideas happen!

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.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday April 20th

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

6:30 pm

7:00 pm
Welcome Celebration
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams & Begin Work
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

11:00 pm
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 April 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Workshop Business Model Canvas
Guidelines for working with the Business Model Canvas

10:00 am
Working On Your Ideas
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

1:00 pm

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

6:30 pm
Pitch Training

7:00 pm

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

Sunday April 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Working On Your Ideas

10:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm
Dinner & Networking

10:30 pm

11:00 pm
Go Home!


Mike Costache
Blockchain Investor & Advisor

Mike never liked being put in a box so he spent the last 20 years as an entrepreneur, investment banker, author, professor, speaker, angel investor and fundraiser for various charities.

Mike is the Managing Partner of KrowdMentor, a strategic investment and advisory firm. Mike is also the CEO of d10e, the leading conference on decentralization (20 events worldwide since 2014 and 25 events planned for 2018), and is the founder of the Blockchain Investors Consortium (BIC).

Event Judges

Alexandra Anghel

Alexandra Anghel is the Co-founder & CTO at, a multi-channel mobile publishing platform. She has a technical background, mostly in backend programming, and she has previously owned an outsourcing company. She's passionate about startups & entrepreneurship and likes to get involved in various activities to help women get into programming/coding. In 2012, she won the runner up award at Girls in Tech, Paris. Last year, she graduated from the Prosper Women Entrepreneurs accelerator in the US.

Ana Bulgar
Co-Founder Black Button Books

Ana (Bulgar) Murray is co-founder of Black Button Books - the first woman-owned publishing house in Romania, devoted to bringing progressive, life-changing books to local readers. Prior, Ana was part for over 9 years of the management team of the largest Southeastern integrated oil & gas company, with a focus on strategy, reputation management, digital communication and program management.  With over 10 years dedicated to public policies, civil and social engagement either through the Lions Clubs International to Aspen Institute Romania (Fellow, 2010) or The German Marshall Fund (Fellow, 2016), Ana strives to find a sustainable path to have an impact. Lately, she launched a pro bono knowledge transfer platform – Social Design Hub – aimed at connecting professionals with NGOs, students and entrepreneurs.

Marius Costin
Head of Global Partnerships & CEO PayU Romania

Experienced manager with more than 15 years in sales, marketing, coordinating personnel at local, regional and national level for both start-up and established companies.Motivational management style with a record of building and retaining highly motivated teams. Successful in identifying opportunities for accelerated growth.
Key Competencies: Business development, P&L Management, Sales and sales management within multicultural environment, in all market segments, People management, In-depth understanding of technology, Communication and presentation skills, Contract and price negotiation.

Coaches and Mentors

James Sanders
F10 Project Manager / Startup Coach

James is a Program Manager and Startup Coach for the F10 Fintech Accelerator and Incubator based out of Zurich Switzerland where he is responsible for the 6-month Accelerator program structure and coaching of the 15 startups. The F10 is a premier accelerator program in Switzerland with the backing of some of the largest Swiss Financial institutions.
Prior to joining the F10, James co-founded PBF Solutions, a Fintech startup that helps financial service providers to acquire, and on-board, new customers to raise savings and investment deposits. With more than £4 billion of new retail and business deposits and investments to date for their clients, PBF has grown to be an influential company in the European Fintech space.
James is a strong believer in the Lean Startup methodology whereby products and services are developed by validated learning in much shorter development cycles. 

Gabriel Dombri
CEO @Tapptitude, Acceleration Partner @Spherik Accelerator

Gabriel worked as Digital Marketing Strategist in London until 2015, where he also launched Startcelerate, an investment platform for startups and IT companies. Since 2016, he is CEO @Tapptitude, the Full-stack Mobile Product Agency. More than 9 years of hands-on experience in Digital Marketing Strategy and Business Performance Optimisation, during which he advised, consulted and helped grow over 25 companies in the UK, Italy, Germany, US & Romania.

Vlad Gliga
CEO @ Rubik Hub

Over 10 years of Business Development international working experience in Europe and USA. 
Driven by helping people reach the best version of themselves and drive positive impact. 
Currently, involved in developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem of NE Romania by connecting, educating and empowering people to create successful global businesses.

Anca Bundaru
Lead Product Marketing Manager @Bitdefender

Anca Bundaru leads product marketing at Bitdefender. Her job is to demonstrate how Bitdefender’s products solve the world's security, making the customer the priority, and ultimately, letting technology speak for itself. She keeps close to the entrepreneurial culture and she likes to immerse herself in innovation ecosystems.

Mircea Vadan
Managing Partner @Activize, Coordinator @ClujStartups

Mircea Vadan is managing partner at Activize.Tech and part of Cluj Startups and Fintech.Camp communities. Fintech area is in his focus while doing product management consultancy for corporates, startups, accelerator programmes. He is working with fintech products/startups teams on various topics such as idea validation, product shaping, product metrics, go-to-market strategy, business development and investments. In the past years he has collaborations in projects involving financial companies (Raiffeisen, Societe Generale BRD, Banca Transilvania, Unicredit, KPMG Romania) and startups (like ThinkOut, iFactor, TypingDNA, Paid Analytix, CreditToGo as part of various acceleration programs).

Ana Gergely
Executive Director

Ana is a management executive with extensive experience in IT&C, in international senior operational and functional Business-to-Business roles.Her expertise ranges from general management, commercial (sales, marketing, product, customer service) management, through to design and implementation of large-scale change programs in Central Eastern Europe and the Developing Markets.Always on a quest to making a difference she is passionate about people and technology, user experience, behavioural economics, education and good design.

Alexandru Paduraru
Managing Partner

Alex is a 26 years old guy who studied Mathematics and Computer Science and has a master degree in Software Engineer. He started his business 4 years ago, grew 2x each year without any external investments. He is part of a team of 10 persons. Their web design tools are used by over 400.000 developers around the world in different companies and universities like Stanford, MIT, Harvard.

Ioan Istrate
Strategy Consultan

Ioan Istrate is an entrepreneur with high expertise on tech strategy, cyber security and innovation consulting. Along the year he worked on different ideas: starting from former prize developer at Xprize where he worked on Avatar Xprize, he continued as a serial entrepreneur in a neurosurgical organization. Currently Ioan is involved in tech entrepreneurial ecosystem and he believes that technology can make the world a better place.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Serban
  • Monica
  • Ioana Alexandra
  • Stelian
  • Cretu
  • Sergiu Constantin
  • Alexandra
  • Petrovici
  • Alexandra
  • Rene
  • George
  • Martina


Simone Demelas
CEO of

Sardinian, currently based in Rome. Degree in Natural Sciences, GIS and Satellite Remote Sensing expert, after working as GIS analyst decides to begin to understand how business works and was amazed by the startup universe. It all started in 2013 with the participation at Startup Weekend Cagliari, from there he fell into the black hole, participating in a lot of startupsweekend and working on his own projects. He is currently CEO of ARMNet, a company that deals with integrating augmented reality to the management of infrastructure networks. Passionate about technology in every aspect, music, fitness, new trends. Crossfit addited but also good food addicted, house music hard listener. There is always a different way to see things and solve problems and there is a song everything.

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