Startup Weekend Cluj 2019

    Friday, March 15 - 17, 2019


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Startup Weekend Cluj 2019

Friday, March 15 - 17, 2019



Friday, March 15 - 17, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Telenav
21st December 1989, no 77
The Office
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Change your life in a blink of an eye!

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, validate your idea and create a prototype to test it, and receive feedback and guidance from experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts, all during 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!

If you have any more questions, or just want to say Hi, feel free to reach us at cluj@startupweekend.org.

We're happy to welcome you to our community. Join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement & be part of the change!




EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday March 15th


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


6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, 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


7:20 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:30 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams get formed and make the plan for the weekend


10:00 pm
Networking party
Get to know each other over a beer. The venue closes at 10 PM.

Saturday March 16th


10:30 am
Breakfast
Arrive, get breakfast & coffee


11:00 am
Mentoring sessions
Mentors help teams one-on-one. Each team has 20 minutes with each mentor.


1:00 pm
Lunch


2:00 pm
Mentoring sessions
Mentors help teams one-on-one. Each team has 20 minutes with each mentor.


6:00 pm
Progress check
Teams get to fill in their progress


7:30 pm
Dinner


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Get to tackle last details and prepare for tomorrow. The venue closes at 12:00 am.

Sunday March 17th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, get breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Mentors arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


1:00 pm
Lunch


2:00 pm
Work
Final touches before the tech check.


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


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Congratulations!


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!
You've made it!


Event Judges


Jürgen Boekholt
Managing Director at METRO SYSTEMS Romania

Jüergen Boekholt has been the Managing Director of Metro Systems Romania for the past 12 years. Metro Systems Romania is a subsidiary company, part of the Metro GmbH, which offers complexe IT solutions in the retail industry, such as Design,Quality Assurance, Support, Delivery & Deployment, Application Operation and Infrastructure Operation.


Adrian Enache
CEO & Board Member Angels Den Funding / Founder @Omniperform

After launching both projects and companies in B2B & B2C (omni-channel or digital), Adrian Enache began leading one of the largest UK-based angel investors platforms after being appointed CEO of Angels Den Funding – receiving the award CEO of the Year in the UK in 2018.
With over 10 years’ experience in one of the most mature markets in terms of fund-raising and capital markets, Angels Den Funding ensures that investors only see the best pre-screened investment opportunities.
Having both corporate and start-up experience, Adrian Enache founded OmniPERFORM, a digitally-driven communication agency. By developing its proprietary technology, OmniPERFORM helps brands get a better understanding of their customers’ needs, while increasing the relevance of the advertising campaigns that are always designed with the customer in mind.


Coaches and Mentors


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.


Stefan Neagu
Co-founder Persona.im, Co-founder ARK.io

Stefan has extensive experience in the financial sector. He has been working for ABN Amro and the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was part of major projects such as migrating to a new core banking system and implementation of the internet banking application.After that,he joined the Innovation team of Societe Generale European Business Services shared service center Now, he is focused on developing Persona, a trust protocol over blockchain,where the individuals get to be in control over their personal data.


Cristian Orasanu
Co-Founder @ Paybilla; Strategy Director @ Techcelerator

Getting start-ups off the ground; taking companies, scaling and expanding them into new territories; and making deals between giants happen - are the three things he likes to do. 


Jürgen Boekholt
Managing Director at METRO SYSTEMS Romania

Jüergen Boekholt has been the Managing Director of Metro Systems Romania for the past 12 years. Metro Systems Romania is a subsidiary company, part of the Metro GmbH, which offers complexe IT solutions in the retail industry, such as Design,Quality Assurance, Support, Delivery & Deployment, Application Operation and Infrastructure Operation.


Jag Singh
Managing Director at Techstars

Jag is one of Europe's most active angel investors, and is currently the Managing Director of Techstars Berlin. Previously, he was the Managing Director for the METRO Accelerator for Retail, powered by Techstars. He's founded several companies (including two exits and a spectacular failure), and invested in over 70 startups over the last six years, including three that went through Techstars accelerators. He’s an ad-man at heart, and spent over a decade as a political strategist advising high-profile politicians, campaigns and corporations across the US and Europe. Jag is fluent in six languages, and can be found on Twitter via @JagSingh


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.


Adrian Enache
CEO & Board Member Angels Den Funding / Founder @Omniperform

After launching both projects and companies in B2B & B2C (omni-channel or digital), Adrian Enache began leading one of the largest UK-based angel investors platforms after being appointed CEO of Angels Den Funding – receiving the award CEO of the Year in the UK in 2018.
With over 10 years’ experience in one of the most mature markets in terms of fund-raising and capital markets, Angels Den Funding ensures that investors only see the best pre-screened investment opportunities.
Having both corporate and start-up experience, Adrian Enache founded OmniPERFORM, a digitally-driven communication agency. By developing its proprietary technology, OmniPERFORM helps brands get a better understanding of their customers’ needs, while increasing the relevance of the advertising campaigns that are always designed with the customer in mind.


Andrea Kurucz
Freelance Business Development Consultant

Watch out, there is a multi-award winning, freelance business development consultant who is criss-crossing the planet more than 10 years ago! 
She is developing FMCGs, franchises, SME-s, startups and freelancers to analyse their business plans, trends or become more powerful in branding. She is a big supporter of gender balance and cognitive learning. She is "mixing a cocktail of Right and Left Brain activation" during her consulting and training methods to achieve innovative results.


Mihai Frentiu
Product Owner @ Tech'n Trade HUB

After working in start-ups for more than 6 years, co-founder of two, large scale applications Product Owner, digital maverick in enterprise and full time music lover, Mihai is now coordinating the creation of an innovation playground for retail start-ups at Tech'n Trade.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Cluj 2019 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

  • Andrada
    Todea
  • Cristina
    Juc
  • Andreea
    Bercan
  • Flavia
    Tiloiu
  • Mircea
    Vadan
  • Alex
    Selejan

Facilitators


Kateryna Degtyar
networker/organizer at various events

SW organizer an Startup Grind Kyiv Chapter Director.
Got an MBA in Istanbul and decided to develop startup community in Ukraine. Works full-time as Kyiv office director at WannaBiz accelerator.

Event Staff


Alexandra Peculea
student

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Monica Zara
Business Developer

Motivated to positively impact our society, I contribute to the growth and development of the Romanian community of young entrepreneurs, connecting their unique potential to the local and global business landscape. Enthusiastic community builder with a proven history in fundraising, team leadership and events management. Passionate of the complexity level that people have, always willing to meet them and help on finding solution for their needs. Currently focused on finding new business opportunities for Under Development Office, software development company with experience in native mobile apps, web applications and blockchain products.



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