Startup Weekend Cluj 2017

    Friday, March 17 - 19, 2017

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Startup Weekend Cluj 2017

Friday, March 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, March 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Take the first step towards entrepreneurship

Every journey begins with the first step. Startup Weekend Cluj is the place where you can take YOUR first step towards entrepreneurship in a safe and comfortable environment.
This is where you will learn new skills, share your own experiences and transform your idea into a product. During 3 days, 10+ dedicated mentors will be right next to you, guiding and giving you their best expertise, so that by Sunday evening your idea has evolved into an outstanding project, and you know what your next steps are.
It’s a powerful experience, very intense and absolutely worth it! 

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Friday March 17th

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

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

7:15 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend, meet the speakers /coaches & the community leaders

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

9:00 pm
Vote for the best pitched ideas

9:15 pm
Set Up Teams
Form teams & further discuss the concept

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Get to know your team members 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 March 18th

9:00 am
Coffee & Breakfast

10:00 am
Start Working
Set up your workspace for the weekend & start working!

11:00 am
Mentoring Sessions
One-on-one meetings with the mentors. They are here to help you!

1:00 pm
Lunch Break

2:00 pm
Mentoring Sessions
One-on-one meetings with the mentors. They are here to help you!

7:00 pm

10:00 pm
You may finish for the day, or may choose to stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday March 19th

9:00 am
Coffee & Breakfast

10:00 am
Final opportunity to ask questions or feedback from mentors.

1:00 pm

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation & pitch, and have the tech-check for final presentations

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
Show us what you have been working on during the weekend!

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
The judges will announce #swcluj2017 winners & the prizes will be offered.

8:30 pm
It's time to congratulate the winners, take a break and just enjoy the company. The weekend is over!

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Coaches and Mentors

Sebastian Campos Groth
Program Manager @ Techstars

A German and Mexican citizen, Sebastian has worked in academia, business consulting and startups. In Mexico City he studied business and politics before working at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Security and Trade research. In Berlin, Sebastian obtained a Masters degree at the Hertie School of Governance with a focus on the economic determinants of the startup ecosystem in Berlin. After a year in consulting, he worked with the executive board of Zanox, the largest affiliate marketing network in Europe, before moving on to a BD position at Jospotting and developing large corporate client accounts.

Erik Barna
CEO & Founder @ Life is Hard

A creative thinker, strategist and technology entrepreneur, Erik is the Founder & CEO of Life Is Hard, an award winning public tech company. His 15+ years experience and a professional background and capabilities in IT, entrepreneurship, management and product development make him an Innovation and Leadership Advocate.

Florin Muresan
Founder and CEO of Squirrly Limited.

We build and promote products that help people become better marketers.
Our software products Squirrly SEO, Starbox, ContentLook have been used by Neil Patel, Brian Dean, the BBC, Microsoft and they’ve been featured in the Search Engine Journal, the Search Engine Watch and other outlets.
Our Educational Products have helped over 49,000 people to become better marketers and better understand what SEO, social media and content marketing are all about.

With the first investment round he raised, Florin and his team managed to reach break-even very fast and have turned down the further deals that have been offered to them by VCs. Up to date, the company has made 20x the amount of investment as revenue.
Florin is experienced in Product Design, User Behavior, User Experience, Email Marketing, On-boarding, SaaS, Retention and Pricing Hacks.

Alex Burciu
Tech Associate @ Spherik Accelerator

I’m a Software Development Manager specialized in leading teams to build highly technical products that offer delightful services to customers. For the last 8 years, I’ve been working at Amazon where I founded and managed Client-Side Metrics and Robot Detection which both had significant company-wide results allowing me to grow the organization to 17 software development engineers, managers and scientists with expertise in browser internals, large-scale fault-tolerant distributed systems, Big Data and Machine Learning. Together with team members, we invented “Managing page-level usage data” and have 6 other patent-pending applications at USPTO.  At Spherik I empower technical talent with a customer-centric product development approach to facilitate innovation in building lovable visionary products that scale globally.

Florian Gheorghe
Lawyer and Angel Investor

Business lawyer and entrepreneur by passion, with experience in USA and CEE. Represented venture capital funds in CEE.
Background in US Government work. Advises startups on business and contractual modeling, funding, and exit

Adrian Gheara

Adrian is a consultant and investor in tech startups. Former entrepreneur in the IT community, he developed multiple software and online businesses, with a success exit back in 2009. Nowadays, he helps other entrepreneurs grow their own businesses, and develop their intellectual property by financing new products. Among some of these are also,,,,,

Andrei Firoiu
Co-founder Cowork Timisoara

Engineer by nature, entrepreneur by choice, with over 10 years of experience in each. Right now I’m bootstrapping CoworkTimisoara, a coworking and events space started this year together with Adrian, with whom I started Oblico and Andrei Munteanu, a Startup Weekend organizer and facilitator. Also, I’m having fun organizing local startup educational programs, such as Startup Survivor or Startup Coffee.

Lucian Despoiu
Founder & CEO @ Majoritas

Lucian is currently the founder and CEO of Majoritas – a leading political tech & data company and Managing Partner of Kondiment – an international digital agency. He is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in the digital marketing industry and over 20 digital political campaigns over the world.

With a flair for bringing together data, technology, research and global mindsets, he became one of the key innovators in Political and Communication industries. Under his leadership and inspiring business vision, Majoritas Global has been influencing elections in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe through its offices all around the world.

Tsvetelina Yordanova

Master's degree in Communications and Business Development. Inspired by the ever-changing and colorful world of new media and technology, her passion is graphic design. Freelance graphic designer and leader of the groundbreaking group that gathers all creative people in one place - Raster Minds. Organizer of local and international initiatives such as TEDx, StartupGrind, StartupWeekend and more.

Madalin Craciun
Lead UX Designer @ mReady

Always looking to learn something new related to UX Design & Gamification, Madalin has 5+ years experience in Human Focused Design.
Alongside the development team and UI designers, he's had the pleasure of working on over 50 different projects, totaling well over 100 mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and Android Devices providing services that range from UX consultancy, sketching, wireframeing and prototyping to visual guide creation and UI design and general illustration.

Roxana Rugina
Program Facilitator at Spherik Accelerator

I’m a technologist and communication expert engaged in social and disruptive innovation. For several years I worked in startups, in advertising agencies, with corporations and governmental institutions. I use digital tools and design thinking to solve problems. After my experience with Simplon Romania where we turn your talent into a career in tech, I realised how many people want to start their career into entrepreneurship. Spherik gives startups the opportunities to grow and the resources to succeed and I am here to make sure you get the maximum benefit from it.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Mircea
  • Adriana
  • Cristina
  • Andrada
  • Adrian
  • Onisim
  • Francisc
  • Alex
  • Roxana
  • Luiza
  • Cristina
  • Larisa
  • Mark
  • Flavia


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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