Startup Weekend Cluj 2018

    Friday, March 2 - 4, 2018

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  3. Coaches and Mentors
  4. Sponsors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Cluj 2018

Friday, March 2 - 4, 2018

Friday, March 2 - 4, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

77, 21 Decembrie 1989 Bd
The Office, F Building
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Are You Ready To Start-Up?

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
  • 3 days of intense work
  • Benefits and discounts from our global & regional partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world
  • Access to the Saturday night party
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and click on the Buy Ticket button to save your spot now!

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Friday March 2nd

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

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

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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 March 3rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

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

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

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

Sunday March 4th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

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.

Bogdan Iordache
Partner @ Gecad Ventures

Investor & entrepreneur, partner at Gecad Ventures, co-founder of How to Web. Previously with MVP Academy, MVP Angels, TechHub Bucharest. Trekkie and music fan.

Mihai Cosmin Rotaru
CEO @ Clever Taxi

Tech entrepreneur with a business and tech background who has founded 3 companies. Winner of the first SW Bucharest with Clever Taxi, which was sold to Daimler in 2017. Angel investor, with an interest in marketplace, SaaS, security & AI.

Gabriel Dombri
CEO @ Tapptitude

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.

Agata Kukwa

Communications Director at Saule Technologies, Startup Weekend Global Facilitator. Since 2011 has helped over 30 early-stage brands to enter the market or improve an online image. Former non-executive director of the Black Pearls VC, where she has gained experience in the venture capital market. In 2015 co-founded, an international information service on business and new technologies. She supported the National Centre for Research and Development as an economic expert in evaluating grant applications for innovative R&D projects. Currently Communications Director at Saule Technologies. She also serves as a Global Facilitator, Organiser & Mentor at Techstars Startup Weekend program, speaker and panelist at international startup, IT and media conferences.

Cristian Dascalu
Partner @ GapMinder.VC

Cristian is a firm believer in the power of entrepreneurship as an economic and social solution to Romania's needs, so much so that he has dedicated the last 8 years to this cause. Obtaining a Masters in Economics (specialization Management & Marketing), his professional background ranges from a consistent experience in startup acceleration, investment, business development and sales consultancy to community development and management. 

David Trayford
CEO @ Wow Media

David is the owner of Wow Media Ltd, a specialist advisory company which brings the creativity of entertainment to the business world. He is a Team Project coach at Singularity University in Mountain View, California. Speech coach for several TED and TedX speakers. Mentor for Seedcamp, Start-up Live and Pioneers’ Festival. He organises and hosts teambuilding events for multinational companies across Europe and has diplomas in Radio production, TV presenting and Voice Over. He started his working life in London in finance -banking and then derivatives broking- before taking early “retirement” to start a property company in Hungary. He has taken on several corporate advisory roles including CEO of an international trading company. He recently founded – Central Europe’s newest, best connected co-working space.   

Rumen Iliev
Partner at LAUNCHub

Rumen Iliev is a Partner at LAUNCHub (Launch hub), a EUR 9M seed fund, focused on investing in bright entrepreneurs from the SEE region. Rumen co-manages portfolio relations and selection process and he works closely with the companies involved in the LH program. Before joining LAUNCHub, Rumen had his own business consultancy practice focused on solving business issues and helping established multinationals to achieve various business goals. Now, he is fully focused on finding the best startup teams and helping them grow fast.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Cluj 2018 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 Cluj-Napoca is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Cristina
  • Andrada
  • Adriana
  • Alex
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  • Titus
  • Francisc
  • Alexandra
  • Andreia
  • Onisim
  • Mircea
  • Adrian
  • Larisa


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