Startup Weekend Cluj 2020

    Friday, March 13 - 15, 2020

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Startup Weekend Cluj 2020

Friday, March 13 - 15, 2020

Friday, March 13 - 15, 2020
Event starts at 6:00 pm

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

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Learn, Experiment, Connect

You have an idea to pursue or a problem to solve and don't know where to start from 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 just 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
  • 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!  

No talk, all action!


Friday March 13th

6:00 pm
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
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Networking party
Get to assign tasks for tomorrow over a beer. The venue closes at 10:00PM.

Saturday March 14th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Start work
Get to assign tasks for the day and start working on them!

10:00 am
Mentoring sessions
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

1:00 pm

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

7:30 pm

8:00 pm
Status check
Review your daily work.

10:00 pm
Finish the last details and make sure to have a list of tasks prepared for tomorrow.

Sunday March 15th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask 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
Dinner & Networking

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Coaches and Mentors

Sergiu Negut
Co-founder @ FintechOS

Co-founder - FintechOS Sergiu is an executive co-founder of FintechOS, one of the most visible Romanian Startups. He teaches Strategy and Entrepreneurial Growth with Maastricht School of Management and other graduate programs and is a well known speaker. He is an active business angel with a diverse portfolio and acts as a board advisers in a number of fast growing companies. Previously, Sergiu has helped grow other businesses as executive, adviser or mentor. [He is a graduate of Computer Science, International Business and proudly holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Georgina Lupu Florian
CEO & Founder @ Wolfpack Digital

With a multidisciplinary background in Engineering, Business Management, Psychology, and PR, Gina founded the Wolfpack Digital agency 5 years ago and grew the team to 50 people. The company builds start-to-end web and mobile apps, and works with startups as well as scaleups while offering business and product strategy consulting services. So far Gina has advised more than 40 international startups. She is also the founder of the award-winning healthtech startup Pamble.

Sebastien Toupy
Head of Startup Relations @ The Next Web

Entrepreneur, community builder & people-connector. Sebastien has a real passion for startups, innovation, and social impact. He currently dedicates his time organizing events and running programs that help startup founders to build successful & sustainable ventures.

Horia Botos
UX Researcher @ Global App Testing

Hardworking, motivated and creative individual experienced in Competitive Intelligence and research. Horia is an experienced startup mentor, with business administration background. He strives to first understand the problem in order to find the best solution possible. His motto is “If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.” (Albert Einstein)

Ferdinand von Götzen
Director of Marketing & Growth @ 3D Hubs

Ferdinand Goetzen is the Director of Marketing & Growth at 3D Hubs, a leading European tech company in the field of on-demand manufacturing. He was previously the Chief Growth Officer at Recruitee, one of the fastest growing SaaS companies in Europe (ranked #21 in the SaaS1000). Over the past years, he has worked with a number of companies including Pipedrive, ING, Philips and KLM, helping them implement mindset, processes and tactics for Growth. He writes about Marketing & Growth on his blog and was previously the Lead Trainer & Growth Marketer at the Growth Tribe Academy.

Andra Bagdonaitė
Program Manager and Associate @ Startup Wise Guys

Andra is passionate about helping founders become entrepreneurs and build great tech companies. Currently, she is running the Startup Wise Guys accelerator in Lithuania, being the Program Manager of the first B2B SaaS and Fintech batches in Lithuania, while also taking the role of Associate at Startup Wise Guys Lithuania Fund. 

Sebastian Cochinescu
Founder & CEO @ TailPath

Sebastian is a tech entrepreneur with extended experience in the media industry and the CEO and founder of (SupplyBlockchain, Inc.)
He has more than 20 years of business executive-level experience working with Apple, Hubert Burda Media and Avandor. In 2018 he was awarded with the Honor Emblem of the Romanian Army High Command.
He is also a Ph.D. candidate in Blockchain Studies and an Associate Professor at the University of Bucharest, graduating the Executive Blockchain Academy at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2017.

Tiberiu Protopopescu
Romania Head of IP @ Digital 2 Law

Tiberiu is the go-to person in Digital 2 Law's team when it comes to complex aspects related to companies' intellectual property and how it's best protected. Acting both as a lawyer and an industrial property adviser, he brings to the table his 10 years of experience working with some of the best local IP firms in the IP sector.

Ciprian Sorlea
CTO @ Nordlogic

Passionate about technology and people, Ciprian Sorlea spends a great deal of time getting the two play nice together through building great Software Products. As an employee, consultant and business owner he had the great opportunity to work with and for companies ranging from Startups to Enterprises. For over 20 years he wrote software, recruited/ coached and managed several hundred talented engineers, designers, and managers.

Thomas Burbidge
Independent Branding & Storytelling Consultant

After experiences in some of the best worldwide consulting and branding agencies, Thomas has been helping startups and founders build their brand around what he considers to be the core of all companies : their story. His work is based on building a deep understanding of client needs and psychology and a startups purpose to build a brand that creates a lasting bond with its audience and stakeholders.

Ioana Adriana Teleanu
UX Designer @ UiPath

Ioana is driven by her ambition to craft products that people love. For over a year now she’s been working at UiPath on building RPA-enabling products that are easy to use, all the while striving to set good standards for the RPA industry. In the past, alongside years of working for ING Bank, she took on long-term design and consultancy roles at Health Vector, a Boston-based healthcare startup, and MindNow, a Swiss design agency. On the side, as a personal project, she’s been building UX Goodies, an Instagram design community that now has over 130,000 followers.

Claudiu Sofonea
Head of Digital Product @ Raiffeisen Bank

Having worked for Oracle, Electronic Arts, ING, Altex and now Raiffeisen, Claudiu is a Product leader with software development experience in different key industries, but experience aside he considers himself to be just a guy who wants to build great products. 

Emmett King
Co-Founder @ Transylvania Angels Network

An American entrepreneur with decades of international experience in Europe, US, Australia and Asia. Has over 16 years of experience in various business domains in Romania: 9 years in IT with Wirtek and other firms, 4+ years as an angel investor, including almost 2 years with Transylvania Angels Network. Passionate about supporting the Romanian business ecosystem and promising early stage startups with financing and knowledge.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Cluj 2020 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
  • Andreea
  • Adriana
  • Alex
  • Matthew
  • Paula
  • Andra
  • Mădălina
  • Diana
  • Calin
  • Alexandru-Claudiu


Mircea Vadan
Managing Partner @Activize, Board Member @ClujStartups

Mircea Vadan is managing partner at Activize.Tech and his focus is on acceleration programs and product management consultancy for corporates, startups, accelerators and VC funds. He is working with startup teams on various topics such as idea validation, product shaping, product metrics, go-to-market strategy, business development and investment. Since 2012 he is also involved in the ecosystem as founder of startup-related communities, like Cluj Startups, FreshBlood.Health, Fintech Camp Cluj, Cluj.AI.

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