Startup Weekend Bucharest

    Friday, October 28 - 30, 2016

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

Friday, October 28 - 30, 2016

Friday, October 28 - 30, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

TechHub Bucharest
39-41 Nicolae Filipescu St.
Sect. 1
Bucharest, Romania

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the highs and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It's the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 3000 past events in 135 countries around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies. Teams organically form around the top ideas 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. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Why Bucharest?

The Startup environment in Bucharest is thriving and new opportunities are waiting around every corner. We've formed an organizing team of 11 very enthusiastic people and have been planning the event since Spring, all in order to create an awesome event. We'd like to offer you the opportunity to make it big with your own idea and get validation from experienced entrepreneurs. Take a look at the people involved and get your ticket for the event from our Eventbrite page.


Friday October 28th

6:00 pm
Registration | Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Have dinner, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants.

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

7:30 pm
Pitches Start | Vote Ideas
Attendees vote for the top pitches.

8:30 pm
Form Teams | Begin Work
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. 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.

11:30 pm

Saturday October 29th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee.

9:30 am
Work 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!

5:00 pm
Work together with your team on your idea.

7:00 pm

11:30 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow.

Sunday October 30th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Work on your ideas
Work together with your team to develop your idea (mentors are around if you have any 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

8:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

11:30 pm


Mihai Rotaru

Mihai Cosmin Rotaru is a technology entrepreneur with both a business and a technical background. He has founded three companies and is the CEO of Clever Taxi, the biggest taxi app in Romania right now. He's been a participant of Startup Weekend Bucharest a few years ago and this was the starting point of Clever Taxi.

Event Judges

Mada Seghete
Co-Founder @ Branch

Mada leads community and developer marketing and is a co-founder of Branch, a startup that provides deep linking technology to mobile app developers and marketers. Branch has grown an 18,000-person Mobile Growth community in 50 cities around the world and now powers deep linking for over 15,000 apps and 1.5 billion users around the world. Mada was included in Linkedin’s Next Wave, 150 top professionals in 15 industries all 35 & under and sits on the board of the App Developer’s Alliance.

Peter Barta

Peter Barta is the former CEO of PPF a VC fund jointly created by the European Commission and Romanian Government. In his capacity he oversees a portfolio of companies as well as programs implemented by PPF.Highly experienced management professional holds a BA in Economics educated at INSEAD, MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard, with over 17-years international experience, Peter has been involved in the management of numerous national and international projects. He has collaborated with various US companies such as Google, Frankfurt Business School, Development Alternative Inc., Council of Europe, or local companies. After his involvement in various international projects, he was involved in coordinating and reorganisation of SMURD one of the most important emergency services in Romania, after that he reoriented towards entrepreneurship, acting as mentor, advisor or business angel in several startups with a focus on tech or agriculture.

Robert Knapp

Passionate about privacy, freedom and security, Robert Knapp is the Co-founder and CEO of CyberGhost SRL, a Privacy as a Service company where all sorts of fancy products are created to make the internet a safer place. He started his own company when he was 18, and since then he was self-employed, covering various industries with a focus on IT and Internet products. Active in the privacy and cryptography field for more than 10 years, Robert is strongly involved in the development of new tools and breakthrough technology that enhance privacy and allow users to enjoy the Internet without the fear of being watched. In the past years, Robert was a strong member of the European tech start-up community by supporting innovation and offering mentorship for various companies. In 2015, CyberGhost VPN launched the Privacy and Security Accelerator Program to support ideas and products that address the need for privacy, security, and freedom on the internet. Robert resides in Bucharest, Romania and is a dedicated fan of F.C. St. Pauli, the 80's punk rock heroes Social Distortion or Marky Ramone and occasionally enjoys opera performances.

Coaches and Mentors

Billy Duagi
Co-Founder @ Mobile Academy

Billy currently focuses on developing Mobile Academy, a training company that offers hands-on mobile development courses in Bucharest.
He is passionate about developing the Product community in Romania, as one of the hosts at Product Tank Romania, and usually contributes to different startup programs or innovation initiatives, as a mentor or facilitator.

Adrian Pica
Product Manager

Adrian is a veteran Startup Weekend Facilitator. He founded, 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.

Agata Kukwa
Co-Founder & Communications Lead @

Multi skilled entrepreneur, talented in communications, former non-exec director, startup mentor & public speaker. Since 2011 she helped over 30 early stage brands to enter the market or improve their online performance. She gained experience on venture capital market as a non-exec. communication director in one of the biggest Polish capital funds, Black Pearls VC. She also worked as an online personal brander improving professional image of managers and scientists. Currently cofounder and Communications Leader in, an online magazine covering tech & business news.

Filip Cristian Buruiana
Software Engineer @ Wholi

Filip Buruiana is an extrovert Software Engineer. He now works at Wholi, a startup on a mission to help the right people find each other. Previously at Google for 3 years, he worked in the the Data Infrastructure team, where he wrote code running on thousands of servers, crunching terabytes of data in seconds. Computer science aside, he is also interested in discussions about economy, psychology and philosophy. He sometimes writes about these on his own blog -

Olivia Vereha
UX Designer @ Code for Romania

After working in the media for many years as a journalist, Olivia decided to switch career paths ans she is now UX lead @ Code4Romania, designing and building IT projects together with all the volunteers of the organisation, in order to help the communities gain access to useful apps and websites that improve their lives. She also works as a CX Consultant for Oracle in Bucharest and in her spare weekends she teaches basic UX workshops for non-tech people, small business owners and junior project managers.

Silvia Stegaru
Co-Founder @ Codette

Silvia is known for pioneering the cause of women in Computer Science in Romania. In 2014 she co-founded the first Romanian community for women programmers, and in April 2016 she co-founded Codette, a community for all the women interested in IT&C. In light of her involvement with the cause, she received the Google Anita Borg scholarship in 2014 and the Romanian Forbes “30 under 30” 2016 award. She is currently finishing her PhD thesis at the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers, University Politehnica of Bucharest, where she's also a Teaching and Research Assistant. Her main focus points are the field of energy efficiency, developing and optimizing mathematical models for real-world processes, and automatic differentiation.

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.

Organizing Team

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

  • David
  • Alin-Claudiu
  • Liliana
  • Ioana Alexandra
  • Mihai
  • Cristi
  • Liviu-Anton
  • Elena
  • Irina


Kathleen Fritzsche
Startup Enthusiast

Kathleen attended her first Startup Weekend in 2010 and has been co-organizing and facilitating several events since then. She co-founded StartUp Stuttgart in 2011, the main startup community in Southwest Germany, and Accelerate Stuttgart in 2012, with the vision to support early-stage startups in the region. Kathleen is also a travel and startup enthusiast, writing about her experiences on her own blog.  

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