Techstars Startup Weekend FinTech Bucharest

    Friday, May 10 - 12, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend FinTech Bucharest

Friday, May 10 - 12, 2019

Friday, May 10 - 12, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Strada Nicolae Filipescu 39-41
Bucharest, Romania

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Your finTech idea in 54 hours

Innovator? Developer? Entrepreneur?  Designer? Positive Thinker? Doer?  Maker? FinTech enthusiast?
  • You have an idea and are looking for talented team members?
  • You've got talent and want to contribute to implementing an idea?
  • You want to learn how an idea turns into a business model in the Lean Startup way?
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.  The idea you pitch should be a fintech solution - as in using computer services and technology to support banking and financial services. Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. 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!   Still have questions, feel free to reach us at   
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Friday May 10th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

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

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

8:30 pm
Crowd Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

10:00 pm
Match Making
Looking for your co-founders and speed networking. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday May 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Lean Canvas Workshop
Our mentor will show you how to use this framework.

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
Pitch Training
Our facilitator will deliver a short pitch training in order to help you prepare for final pitch.

10:00 pm
Working progress check
We will shortly follow up with you and see where you need our input. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday May 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

2:00 pm
Pitch Practice
You can practice your pitch and get feedback from our mentors in order to be ready for the final presentation

4:00 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

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm
Networking Party

10:00 pm
Go Home!


Eduard Burghelia
Founder @Confidas

Being one of the most active teenagers in Romania made me become a very goal-oriented and professional person. I launched my first real business when I was only 16 years old, selling B2B services to corporations, public institutions and lawyers. My social involvement was also strong, being the representative of 110.000 students for two years. My team and I have fought with the members of the parliament and of the government for students’ rights. We obtained multiple law changes and financial benefits of more than 500.000 EUR per year, being featured in Financial Times and NRC Handelsblad. I'm 21 and I’m working to grow Confidas, an online platform with millions of data points on all the Romanian companies and the people who run them. We help companies get paid on time. Confidas is backed by 3 awesome investors.

Florin Grosu
Co-founder @ Traderion

Florin is the president of Young Leaders Club an organization of students and entrepreneurs dedicated
to finding the most promising graduates and startups and help them achieve their potential by
leveraging a global network of amazing people. Currently YLC runs two programs: YLC Finance,
dedicated to the best and brightest in finance & economics looking to jumpstart their international
career, and YLC Entrepreneurship, a program bridging startups in the CEE with world class accelerators.
Since 2015, he is the co-founder and COO of Traderion, a tech startup developing a learning and
development platform for the financial industry. The platform is now being used by some of the largest
banks in US, UK, Canada, Switzerland and Singapore. In Traderion, Florin is responsible for running the
company’s operations, with a focus on coordinating the business development efforts, as well as
Florin has previously worked for startups in technology, education and consulting, being responsible for
project design and implementation, as well as coordinating their business development efforts.

Event Judges

Dragos Nicolaescu
Executive Coach | Startup Advisor | Angel Investor

I use my 25+ years of experience in management, business and investment roles to provide coaching, advising and investing services. In the last 10 years I coached 200+ executives to become better leaders, I advised 250+ founders to create a successful startup, and invested in 50+ local and international startups.

Maria Micu
Finance Executive I Angel investor

Maria Micu is a finance executive with extensive experience in the financial services industry in retail, commercial, private and investment banks in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as asset management. Recently, she was in charge of setting a digital hub for an institutional investor to drive the digital strategy. She worked over the last two decades on both buy-side and sell side as well as in finance transformation and integration of businesses. As Switzerland Ambassador for Swiss Finance - Technology Association, angel investor and Board member of Fintech Circle London, Maria is interacting intensively with the startup community. She is passionate about exponential technologies, capital markets transformation and innovative ways of intertwining technology with society to support humankind in its development.

Felix Crisan
CTO @Netopia Payments

Felix is currently the Co-founder and CTO of Netopia and the Co-founder of He became a solution consultant for major projects in banking and telecom groups, and went on to working as an architect and supervising development officer for services he co-authored as entrepreneur. These services ended up being market leaders in the industries where they are operated.

Coaches and Mentors

Richard Reese
Entrepreneurship Coach @Performance Management Group

Richard Reese is a highly skilled senior manager and coach with over 15 years of experience in personal, team and organizational development. Richard has a hands-on approach, assisting teams and individuals to discover their own directions and solutions. As he is a starter and an entrepreneur himself, he enjoys working with intra-/entrepreneurs on new ventures. He has a fine nose for opportunities, as well as solid financial knowledge to challenge, encourage and drive sound decisions.

Alberto Gangarossa

Alberto Gangarossa, is an entrepreneur with a passion for beautiful product and a mixed background of tech & business. 
He started his career as freelance consultant until in September 2012 he won the Wired scholarship for MA.D.E.E., Masterlab in Digital Economics & Entrepreneurship, at Digital Accademia|H-Farm, one of the most important European startup business accelerator. 
During which he launched his first company Pathflow, real life analytics dedicated to retail to enhance the in-store shopping experience and optimize the sales volume base on CV technology.
After the Pathflow experience he joined UniquID an IAM for IoT powered by blockhain, a US startup with a distibuted team, where he currently leads the operatios.

Sorin Sfetcu
SEED Manager @Google

Passionate about technology and online marketing, I've been a Google fanboy for over 10 years. I like working with numbers and translating them into actual results. Currently Google SEED Manager, I am supporting local startups to go global.
My expertise includes multi-channel performance marketing strategies, conversion optimization for websites and mobile apps, web analytics and e-mailing strategies. I have over 2 years of experience with one of the largest B2B companies and also extensive B2C experience in banking, beauty products, e-commerce and FMGC.

Tudor Stanciu
Tech Lawyer

Tudor Stanciu is a fintech and legaltech community builder, through initiatives like Fintech Camp and Bucharest Legal Hackers. Currently, he is a co-founder of Digital 2 Law, a project focused on providing independent legal/tax experts with a sustainable and predictable path of growing their practices.

Ana Maria Gergely
Co-Founder @ Acquainted

Ana Maria Gergely is an entrepreneur, co-founder of, the contacts exchange app that enables people and businesses connect through their business cards. She also facilitates the „Wizard of Words” workshops on public speaking, presentations, influencing and persuasion.Throughout the course of her corporate career, Ana Maria held senior management roles in large technology companies such as Orange, Telekom, and Xerox. She led over 1,000 people in generating more than 500 M $, and managed B2B sales and marketing operations in 85 countries.Passionate about technology and experienced in business and management, Ana Maria mentors and coaches professional women, managers and entrepreneurs. At Startup Weekend she will help teams with their problem definition, business strategy and the sales pitch.

Sergiu-Traian Vasilescu
Lawyer - New Emerging Technologies @Furtună și Asociații

Sergiu is a graduate of Paris I Pantheon - Sorbonne as well as of the University of Bucharest - Faculty of Law and an Associate within Furtună și Asociații law firm. 
A member of the “digital born” generation and educated in an entrepreneurial spirit, Sergiu provides legal assistance and advises clients with IT&C projects in areas such as fintech, e-commerce, digital media, blockchain and data protection.

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Simone Demelas
CEO of / Product Manager of BBE SRLS

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. At the moment is focusing on Corporate Innovation.

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