Startup Weekend Iasi

    Friday, October 28 - 30, 2016


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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Iasi

Friday, October 28 - 30, 2016



Friday, October 28 - 30, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Optymyze Iasi
Palas Street No. 7D – 7E
United Business Center 3, 5th Floor
Iasi, Romania

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 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;

  • The Grape is offering 3 free days to all Startup Weekend Iasi participants in their coworking space.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday October 28th


6:30 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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 October 29th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


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


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

Sunday October 30th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Vince Meens
CEO of Jet Wise

An internationally experienced entrepreneur with over 15 years of dedication to developing internet platforms serving millions of people. Specialised in software architecture for marketplaces, search engines and internationalisation. Passionate about cryptocurrencies.
Currently the CEO of Jet Wise, offering Private Jet & Helicopter charter, acquisition & sales services through a proprietary booking platform both online and via an app.
High-school dropout who was self-taught by trial & error. He works by making the most complex problems as simple as possible by breaking them down in small iterative steps to create the solution. Great team-builder and motivator because of having done most roles within an organisation at least once. He has a very strong network in the technology industry.Besides his daily occupation, also a passionate public speaker and trusted advisor at industry related events and universities, on subjects related to entrepreneurship, start-ups, technology and cryptocurrencies.



Marius Ursache
Founder & CEO at Eternime

Marius received his MD degree but quit the medical field after graduation. He founded Grapefruit, one of Romania’s first digital agencies that has won over 25 international design awards. After leaving Grapefruit in 2014, he founded Eternime, a startup that collects and preserves the thoughts, stories and memories of people through intelligent avatars for eternity. He has also built the Digital Entrepreneurship Toolbox, an online tool used by over 3,000 startups and investors, based on the book Disciplined Entrepreneurship by Bill Aulet, a 24 step framework to product-market fit. He has mentored entrepreneurs at the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamps, Singularity University and at startup accelerators around the world.

Event Judges


Felicia Stoica

I'm working with people & organizations since 2001, in the framework of changes, transitions, conflicts or growth and I have a nice feeling of contribution.

I’ve gained experiences as: Entrepreneur, Life&Business Coach, Senior trainer at an international level, HR Consultant&Strategic developer, Project Manager, Adlerian Psychotherapist, Professional competencies Assessor I believe in values based education, in people and their success, in changing perspective, positive thinking and self discipline.
I’m passionate about neuroscience and learning processes. motivation, organizational "games" and coaching.
I accompany people to achieve objectives and to be proud of their achievements.


Razvan Gavrilas
Founder & Chief Architect @ cognitiveSEO.com

Razvan Gavrilas is the Founder & Chief Architect of cognitiveSEO, a Digital Marketing Toolset focused on in-depth analysis of ranking signals. With over 15 years experience in affiliate marketing, search engine optimization and digital marketing in general and 17 years in programming and web development, he has advanced from Web Developer to Super Affiliate and Entrepreneur.With a strong focus on everything that is Start-up and Digital related, he developed strategies to boost the awareness of various online ventures. His passion for Digital Marketing led him to create his own Toolset, trying to solve the issues that he is facing in the Digital Marketing Field.He wrote some interesting start-up related articles on how to demystify the successful strategies of various startups.He is also actively contributing on cognitiveSEOSearch Engine Journal and Search Engine Watch.

Google+: https://plus.google.com/112559964459617472340/posts


Catalin Neagu

Fondator, manager si asociat in mai multe companii din domeniile media, comunicare si consultanta in proprietate intelectuala, Catalin NEAGU conduce acum doua companii proprii,
Kartezian - o companie care ofera spatii outdoor in Iasi si judetele din regiunea Moldova si ProtectMARK - o companie care ofera servicii de consultanta in domeniul proprietatii intelectuale.

Absolvent al Universtatii Tehnice Gh Asachi din Iasi in 1994 devine manager si asociat la doi ani dupa absolvire in 1996 la Romanian Billboard Network SA - companie 
specializata in servicii de publicitate outdoor, achizitionata in 2006, dupa 10 ani de la infiintare, de elvetienii de la Affichage Holding - numarul 2 in Europa in acelasi domeniu. 
In perioada 2000-2012 a ocupat pozitia de managing director si asociat la Oameni si Companii - companie lider in comunicare business-to-business si business-to-professionals in Romania. 

Este membru al Camerei Nationale a Consilierilor in Proprietate Industriala din 2006, membru al ECTA - European Communities Trade Mark Association din 2015,  membru Rotary International in Clubul Rotary Iasi Curtea Domneasca din 2003 si Presedinte al aceluiasi club in perioada 2014-2015.

Pasionat de tehnologie, calatorii si mountain-biking.



Sebastian Dumitrescu

Software development maven @ RomSoft

With over 18 years’ experience as project manager, team leader and software developer, Sebastian values Agile principles and has deep and solid understanding of many different technologies. His analytical thinking, problem solving abilities, and project management skills are harvested every day in projects of € millions/year, inspiring people and facilitating communication across project teams.



Florin Sirghea

Experienced manager and seasoned entrepreneur, Florin is passionate about building products and teams. He now works at TiVo Romania Engineering Center where he’s trying to bring some Sillicon Valley culture to the Iasi software scene.


Coaches and Mentors


Ionut Tata
Founder at Hub Onezero, Co-founder at Arkhive and QUIB

Ionut is President, Senior Consultant, Head of R&D - Iceberg - experts in strategic management, EU Funding, innovation, former Vice President - Junior Chamber International, President at the Cluster for Innovation and Technology Brasov and President at the Association for Promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility.

He's the Founder of Hub Onezero, Quib and Co-Founder at Arkhive.


Marius Ursache
Founder & CEO at Eternime

Marius received his MD degree but quit the medical field after graduation. He founded Grapefruit, one of Romania’s first digital agencies that has won over 25 international design awards. After leaving Grapefruit in 2014, he founded Eternime, a startup that collects and preserves the thoughts, stories and memories of people through intelligent avatars for eternity. He has also built the Digital Entrepreneurship Toolbox, an online tool used by over 3,000 startups and investors, based on the book Disciplined Entrepreneurship by Bill Aulet, a 24 step framework to product-market fit. He has mentored entrepreneurs at the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamps, Singularity University and at startup accelerators around the world.


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 introspecials.com. You can find a summary of my public speaking on my slideshare page. I am a cofounder of the local communities thehumansidegroup.com and “the art of writing for casual writers”.My original background is in software development and architecture.



Mattia Di Stasi
Co-founder & Head of Sales at Solenica

Co-founder at Solenica, robotics startup backed by Techstars and Qualcomm in San Diego, receiving $120.000 as pre-seed.
1st Prize Winner of PIAF European Marketing Contest.
2nd Prize Winner of StartupWeekend Rome November 2014, with Winkme. 
Business Dev. Intern at TIM Wcap Rome, 2014-15 class.
Strategic Mentor at RED: innovative entrepreneurship master at la Sapienza.
Marketing & CRM Consultant at YourMusic srl: musical instrumental reseller in Rome.

Creativity guides me and stimulates me to explore new fields. This drive also brings me to write rap songs, skate, and play the drums. One of the coolest things I’ve done so far was hiking on the active volcano in Sicily called Stromboli and seeing the lava boil at its core.


Alex Negru

Alex has a marketing background and as a CEO he covers partnerships and strategic biz development at Minutizer - Skype Pay-Per-Minute. Minutizer  is a billing system, a tool that experts/service providers use to generate revenue. Before Minutizer, he did affiliate marketing and worked in branding, SEO, communication. Now his focus is on Fintech from SEPA and PSD2 to blockchain and smart contracts. Follow Alex at twitter.com/negru



Mihai Pintilie

Mihai is a passionate, committed and highly focused Product Consultant with over 13 years experience in the industry and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of product development process. Currently wearing multiple hats at Thinslices, from Product Consultant to Product Owner / Manager is responsible for planning and execution throughout the entire solution lifecycle, from gathering and prioritising product and business requirements, defining the product vision, to ensuring the delivery of outstanding products. By bringing to the table an innovative process and tool that supports analysis, analytical thinking and planning of software products he hopes to greatly increase the chances of success of early stage startups.


Sinica Alboaie

Sânică is the main initiator of the open source SwarmESB project, founder of Axiologic Research and co-founder or technical leader in four other software oriented startups. He is always passionate about new technologies and innovations, embracing technical entrepreneurship as a lifestyle on its own and never ceasing to pass on his knowledge to others. Currently, Sînică is leading a Horizon 2020 privacy oriented research project named OPERANDO and is technical manager of the PrivateSky project (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University) aimed to bring new software products and new business models around cloud integration and privacy.



Vince Meens
CEO of Jet Wise

An internationally experienced entrepreneur with over 15 years of dedication to developing internet platforms serving millions of people. Specialised in software architecture for marketplaces, search engines and internationalisation. Passionate about cryptocurrencies.
Currently the CEO of Jet Wise, offering Private Jet & Helicopter charter, acquisition & sales services through a proprietary booking platform both online and via an app.
High-school dropout who was self-taught by trial & error. He works by making the most complex problems as simple as possible by breaking them down in small iterative steps to create the solution. Great team-builder and motivator because of having done most roles within an organisation at least once. He has a very strong network in the technology industry.Besides his daily occupation, also a passionate public speaker and trusted advisor at industry related events and universities, on subjects related to entrepreneurship, start-ups, technology and cryptocurrencies.



Cristina Poncu

Cristina has over 10 years’ experience in prestigious national and international design agencies. She has a strong focus on delivering flawless, beautiful user experiences over the web and digital devices, sourcing her inspiration from her travels around the world, people she meets, photographs she takes and pretty much everything that surrounds her.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Iasi 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 Iasi is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Catalin
    Scripcariu
  • Iulia
    Vasilescu
  • Vlad
    Hilitanu
  • Ciprian
    Aiacoboaie
  • Anamaria
    Mocanu
  • Lucian
    Mercas
  • Adrian
    Agafitei
  • Mihalache
    Karina
  • Alina
    Luchian
  • Alexandra
    Rosca
  • Andreea
    Farcas
  • Tudor
    Amariei
  • Gabriela
    Buftea

Facilitators


Wout Laban

My name is Wout, I am very passionate about creating new opportunities in and around education, for people, companies and communities. Always keeping an eye out to share knowledge and create valuable connections along the way. Over the past two years I’ve done so for our Startup Gibbon a platform that helps companies share knowledge, educate employees and create a culture of learning.
I’m very engaged in the the startup scene in Amsterdam where I organise different meetups around community management, host workshops about customer development and organise Startup Weekend. Next to that I facilitate Startup Weekends around Europe as often as I can. A great way to learn and connect with the different entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world.


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