Startup Weekend Iasi

    Friday, February 16 - 18, 2018

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Startup Weekend Iasi

Friday, February 16 - 18, 2018

Friday, February 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Endava New Office Iași
E5 building, str. Palat nr. 3B
Iasi, Romania

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Startup Weekend Iasi 16 - 18 February 2018

 Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 3000 past events in 135 countries around the world. 
The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 800 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies. 

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. 
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. 

If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Whatever you are building, our sponsors and community have put together some fantastic resources to help you build your idea: 

  • Google is teaming up with Startup Weekend to help developers and entrepreneurs launch new startups. Google Cloud Platform is offering all Startup Weekend participants $300 in credits to help build web and mobile apps!
  • .CO is the domain name of choice for innovators and entrepreneurs all over the world. From startups and small businesses to big brands and multinational corporations, .CO is where big ideas belong on the Web. We are proud to offer all Startup Weekend participants access to a free .CO domain;
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Friday February 16th

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
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
"The importance of finding a co-founder"
sustained by Andrei Postolache

7:40 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 February 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Business Model Canvas Workshop
supported by Bogdan Codreanu

11:00 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 February 18th

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!

Event Judges

Andrei Postolache

I’m a co-founder and trainer at Introspecials with a focus on modern organizations, leadership, agility, lean, learning, culture and communication.My previous experience is that of a business leader with P&L responsibilities for Endava’s 300 people strong Iasi business unit, of which I was the first employee.I have also taken a keen interest in the local communities, having been a speaker at various local, national and international conferences, on various leadership topics.See more about my company at You can find a summary of my public speaking on my slideshare page. I am a cofounder of the local communities and “the art of writing for casual writers”.My original background is in software development and architecture.

Razvan Girmacea
Serial Entrepreneur

Founder of multiple startups, with two successful exits, Razvan ventures again with a new startup, Competitive Business (, to take on another global challenge.
I had venture capital investment, I’ve won an accelerator with my previous startup, and I love remote work.
My background is technical, and lately, I focused more on the business side of projects.

Andrei Spitelnicu
Country Manager Centric IT Solutions Romania

I’m currently responsible for managing the Iasi office of Centric, a Dutch company with offices in most Western Europe countries.I’ve been working for Centric ever since they started in Iasi in 2011. My ambition at the time was to begin a career in management and to be able to help the company grow.During these seven wonderful years, I can say that my ambition has been more than fulfilled. I played my role in developing the company from a local start-up into a mature organization which currently employs 260 people. My main focus areas have been around creating a good culture and a positive image in the local community, while also focusing on maturing and developing our internal structure and processes.I’m passionate about topics like business development, continuous learning, human behavior and interaction. 

Costina Mitrofan

Costina is one of the 5 co-founders of The Grape - the first coworking space in Iasi, launched 4 years ago. She has a background in Communication and PR, IT Recruiting and Account Management in Advertisin and she's passionate about bringing communities together.Besides still being involved in The Grape's operations, she is also Communication Officer for NETBEARS - a DevOps-as-a-Service startup - Google Cloud, AWS and Microsoft certified - that targets small to medium companies from Romania, USA and EMEA.

Ionut Remus Rusu
Senior Test Engineer at TiVo

I am a Software Test Engineer with an interest in process improvement. My past experiences include various roles in IT for the last 12 years, ranging from junior developer up to QA Manager in companies from small start ups to giant tech companies.   On the business side I have one great learning experience(failed start up 😊) and looking and preparing for the next great idea.

Coaches and Mentors

Adrian Pica
Product Manager

Adrian is a veteran Startup Weekend Facilitator. He founded, a news/media outlet that covers tech and startups in the CEE region that he later sold to an American media group.
Previously he also co-founded Oblico, a location based networking app for events and conferences, a project that came out of a Startup Weekend, was part of the TechPeaks accelerator and received a grant from Telecom Italia.
 Currently he's creating awesome stuff as Product Manager at Telenav INC. Adrian is a lean startup fan and experienced in pitch training and public speaking. You can reach him anytime on FB. He has one of the biggest collections of Startup Weekend T-shirts.

Andrei Ursachi
Serial entrepreneur

Andrei Ursachi is a serial entrepreneur and Business Angel. By the age of 26 he founded numerous businesses. Some of them failed, whilst others thrived and became sucessful companies worth several millions of euro. 9 distinct companies are part of his current portfolio and his latest success story is raising $1 million through crowdfunding, in just a year. 
Are you ready to learn how?

Enzo Notaristefano
Entrepreneur, Innovation and Marketing Strategist

Radical about the meaning of "startup", Crazy about innovation and the importance of building a Startup Ecosystem around Region. 
I love to spend time working with great people who show passion about them work. 
I love great people, good food and amazing wines ;-) 

I can help with: 
- Building Hypothesis;
- Validate VP/Market/Pricing
- Build customer oriented MVP
- Startup-Corporate Partnerships deals
- Agile Business development

Bernhard Welzel

Bernhard founded multiple start-ups for web based Software as a Service products. He worked on countess start-up projects as a consultant. He is currently working on – a service that recommends business events and business contacts. Technical topics he is currently very interested in are machine learning, big data and microservice applications.  
He can answer almost any technical question about software development (how can this be build? How complicated is this?) in Web & App Development and IT-Infrastructure as well as helping you with questions regarding your business model (canvas) or how to quickly build a successful MVP. 

Rania Svoronou
Lead Visual Designer IBM

Rania is a Lead Visual Interaction Designer based in London at IBM Interactive Experience (iX) - a new division within IBM, which has been named the largest digital-agency network in the world. Rania is an active speaker, guest lecturer, industry mentor and has been invited to judge and mentor at multiple hackathons and design events across Europe. With the aim of empowering more women in her industry, she has appeared at London Business School, UCL, UAL, King's College London, Royal College of Art and at events such as UX Crunch, MobileUX London, UAL Graduate Futures Week, Techstars Startupboost, and Google's Startup Weekend. Rania who is a selected Forbes fellow Under 30, made it to The Drum’s prestigious list Top 50 under 30, showcasing the highest achieving women making their mark in digital. She is a winner at ‘We are the City Awards’ Rising Star 2018 / Digital Category powered by The Times, which represent the best of the next generation of female leaders across British industry and has been shortlisted as a ‘Rising Star’ by TargetJobs National UK Awards 2018. She is also a proud member of Founders of the Future, launched by Founders Forum, which is an invite-only private community of the most promising entrepreneurial talent in technology in Europe.

Christoph Plamper
Brand Consultant & Founder Plamper Consulting

Christoph is a strategic brand consultant with a deep knowledge in digital marketing strategies and experience of working with agencies, consultancies, startups and growth companies in several industries (B2B / B2C). He has a fondness for innovative education and communication products, particularly online learning, gamification and new working spaces. He is a mentor in several business plan competitions and accelerators and likes to work with startups. He has participated at Startup Weekends several times as a member.

Bogdan Codreanu
Founder & CEO

Bogdan Codreanu, MBA - Being a serial entrepreneur, mentor, trainer, personal development adviser and life-long learner, Bogdan have a rare combination of formal and non-formal education, mixed with being successful in multiple business environments: developing multiple companies from scratch or leading various teams and departments in top local established businesses of all sizes; which gives him an unique perspective over both people and business.
After graduating the Executive MBA at Cotrugli Business School he decided to devote his life to helping entrepreneurs and startup founders to succeed in business and improve their lives through top training and mentoring programs. To accomplish his goals he founded Startup Mastery - a hybrid School for entrepreneurs and startups.

Dan Nicola

Dan is an Agile consultant and coach focused on product development. This is one of the reasons he co-founded Strongbytes (, a consultancy business where he guides companies towards delivering completed work at a regular pace, based on clear business priorities and having a process of continuous improvement. Last year he also co-founded TBNR, a start-up accelerator aimed at technology startups with potential for exponential growth. 

Alexandru Roznovat

Remember we told you that "someone" had the vision? From his bedroom, in Romania, by the end of 2013.
Well, let us introduce you to Alex, the founder and CEO of PixTeller.
Besides sharing his vision, he drives PixTeller's overall business strategy. Being a Technology lover, he started coding in high school and now he is one of the best designers and web developers out there.Along the years, he experienced both success and failures.Alex first designed PixTeller to create Picture Quotes & Posters. Then, he realised that people need a better, faster and easier tool to create graphic designs - not just for fun, but for business or commercial purposes also. This is how one of the best online design tool was born.When he is not working on building the next generation of design tools, he is most probably riding his bike in the deepest forests around, exploring the unknown (space, aliens) or spending time with his family and friends. Interesting guy, isn't he?

Ronny Bremer
Development Director

As Development Director my primary task is to design and oversee all aspects of our software products, from development standards, quality and risk management to usability and performance. Especially for clients with controlled environments like airlines, hospitals or pharmaceutical companies, maintaining the balance between long term stability and agility is crucial to the success of enterprise grade software. For my projects I focus on Identity and Access Management, Infrastructure Architecture and IT as a Factory. Using both Prince2 and Agile methods makes for an interesting daily challenge.

Since we are small teams working in various countries, building and maintaining virtual teams spanning multiple time zones, cultural differences and being comprised of distinct mentalities is crucial to our success. Choosing the right tools for communication, collaboration and establishing clearly defined processes and standards to give team members the ability to be creative at their own schedule has proven invaluable.

I love to work with people, to communicate, listen, learn, adopt. Finding an opportunity in every challenge defines me as a person. A relaxed but focused atmosphere at work is my main principle, to allow for long term success under high work loads.

Alexandru Paduraru
Managing Partner

CEO - Creative Tim 28 years old entrepreneur with a master's degree in software engineering. Alexandru is the co-founder of, a platform that provides fully coded web design tools for over 1 million web developers and companies around the world. In the past years, the company generated over 3.5 million $ in revenue while it was growing year over year. The company is bootstrapped, started with 0$, and never had investors. Alexandru is best known for web design, growth, and go-to-market strategies.

Andrei Ursache
IT Project Manager

Andrei Ursache is an IT project manager with an extensive experience in IT service management and Agile delivery. He’s been leading teams of various sizes in the past years to deliver successful engagements with western-Europe clients. He is a technology and innovation enthusiast with an academic background in marketing. Thinks of himself as an entrepreneurial spirit with good grasp of both business and the technology world.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Iasi is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Catalin
  • Alina
  • Adrian
  • Vlad
  • Alexandra


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.

Event Staff

Doina Iatisin
Project manager

Project manager at Generator Hub

Nina Breahnă

Generator Hub

Alex Marcu

Alex is involved in ASII and volunteers for community projects

Laura Velicescu

Laura is involved in ASII and volunteers for community projects

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