Startup Weekend Women Cluj

    Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019

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Startup Weekend Women Cluj

Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019

Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Cluj Hub
Ferdinand 22-26
CENTRAL Commercial Center, 3rd Floor
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Your idea turned into a business in less than 54 hours

Startup Weekend Cluj is back!
And this time with an edition dedicated to women entrepreneurs ❤️

This is your chance to collaborate and get involved with a group of motivated like-minded women and allies, who are hell-bent on disrupting their industry of choice. The event is aimed at female participants, however, men are welcome to participate!

What’s different about this event?
Techstars Global Startup Weekend Cluj Women's Edition is designed to engage more entrepreneurs and provide them with the necessary resources for long-term success. The weekend will be focused on empowering more women within our community to lend their voice to innovation. 

The innovation ecosystem has never been more exciting than it is right now.

It is our time to RUN the world!
We would like to involve more women in the startup world. We have seen the barriers faced by women in tech. As women still don't fill enough important roles in tech industry, we aim to grow a wholly inclusive community.

👩‍💼  Women hold under a quarter (24%) of senior roles across the world and 5.2% of CEO positions at S&P 500 Companies. 
⚖️ Women account for 50% of the world’s working-age population - but are largely misrepresented. 
👩‍💼  Women hold just 5.2% of CEO positions at S&P 500 Companies.
💰 Closing the wage gap for women would add $28 trillion to global GDP.
📈 McKinsey's research shows that gender-diverse companies are 15% more likely to outperform their peers and ethnically-diverse companies are 35% more likely to do the same.

How it works
Beginning with Friday night, women pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas followed by a 54-hour of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders providing another opportunity for critical feedback before a final winning team is chosen.

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 Global Startup Weekend Women 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 Global Startup Weekend Woman 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!  
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Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!  
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Friday September 20th

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 September 21st

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 September 22nd

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

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.

Laura Calmore
European Relations Manager @ Iceberg & VP @ Digital Women's Day

With a multicultural background, Laura ties relations between the French & CEE ecosystems, hoping to bridge emerging ecosystems to developed ones, by connecting their key financial & community actors, to help startups scale, get funded & be more diverse. She has also initiated the creation of the Global AI initiative through Techstars Startup Weekend to democratize AI in emerging and developed tech. Ex-International ecosystem relations manager for Bpifrance Le Hub, the scaleup accelerator for the 2nd largest sovereign bank in the world, Head of Community & Communication at France Digitale, the French alliance of entrepreneurs & investors, she sharpened her perspective on innovation in France and of different global ecosystems. Advisor to startups on their international approach, fundraising & content creation. 

Roxana Olaru
BizDev Fairy @ CREADIV

Roxana David is the co-founder of the digital agency CREADIV. She coordinates the marketing and business growth activities, helping clients develop their digital presences and improve their web & online marketing results. 

Monica Obogeanu
Startup Programs Manager @ Orange

Monica is the Startup Programs Manager for Orange Romania. In the pas she has managed the first editions of the MVP Academy pre-accelerator, Startup Spotlight program and lead the community and operations of How to Web for several years. A Computer Science graduate with a passion for creating products, Monica previously worked a product manager for a startup.

Maria Daniela Lica
Lean-Agile coach @ Metro Systems Romania

Maria works as a Lean-Agile coach at Metro Systems Romania, guiding the product teams on their way to a performing stage.
„What’s your vision? „Which are your business hypotheses?”, „How do you validate them?”, „Did you receive any feedback?”, „Is your way of working efficient enough?” – these are the questions that she has been addressing a lot lately to the teams she is working with.
Finding the answers to these questions is essential and her role is about coaching the teams to find them and adapt their work accordingly.  

Anu Oks
Managing Director @ Estonian Business Angels Network EstBAN

CEO at Estonian Business Angels Network and startup ecosystem builder working with teams, beginner startups and building business processes across functions.
Anu has been helping to improve the relationships between industries and academics. Her target has been to develop new systems and processes to support SME’s and scientist’s entrepreneurial mindset. Formerly worked as TTÜ Mektory Startup Programme Manager and coordinated the work of the Tallinn University of Technology innovation and business center as an administrative assistant.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Women Cluj 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
  • Vlad
  • Flavia
  • Andrada
  • Adriana
  • Matthew


Agata Kukwa

Entrepreneur, communications consultant & interim manager, 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. She also serves as a Global Facilitator, Organiser & Mentor at Techstars Startup Weekend program, speaker and panelist at international startup, IT and media conferences.

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