Techstars Startup Weekend Piatra Neamt

    Friday, November 24 - 26, 2017

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Techstars Startup Weekend Piatra Neamt

Friday, November 24 - 26, 2017

Friday, November 24 - 26, 2017
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Rubik Hub
Tineretului, nr. 1
Piatra Neamt, Romania

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No talk, all action! Launch a startup in 54 hours

***Limited number of tickets remaining***

Have an idea???
Ever wondered what it takes to be a startup founder?
Want to learn more about startups?
Then Startup Weekend is the place for you!

Why should you attend?

Create a business in one weekend
With or without an idea, come and be part of a team to create a startup over the weekend
Get mentored by experienced entrepreneurs
Get one-on-one practical support, coaching and mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs
Meet new people
Connect and share a life-changing experience with like-minded people
Zero accommodation and food costs
We cover 7 meals and 3 nights accommodation expenses for the entire weekend
Win prizes
Great opportunity to pitch in front of international judges and win prizes

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 brainstorming, ideation, business model creation, market validation, coding and designing.
The weekend culminates with pitches held in front of local and international entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for constructive feedback.
Whether you want to found a company, find co-founder(s), meet someone new or learn a skill far outside your 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 startup founder, register now for the best weekend of your life!
Startup Weekend Piatra Neamt Join us on November 24 - 26 and experience for yourself the magic of Startup Weekend. Reserve your ticket here and stay tuned for more news!    

From November 24th to 26th 2017 Startup Weekend Piatra Neamt will take you from a Wantrepreneur to an Entrepreneur – for the first time in Piatra Neamt! If you are a designer, developer, marketer, product manager or startup enthusiast, this event is for you.

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? And you want to especially join the Romanian North-East Startup movement? Join Startup Weekend Piatra Neamt in november 2017!

All teams will have the opportunity to work and pitch in English or Romanian.

Techstars Global Startup Weekend Piatra Neamt (TGSW) connects entrepreneurs, organizing teams, and startup communities around the world. As an attendee you will get access to exclusive resources to help prep for success at Techstars Startup Weekend and make connections with mentors and other startup teams. To help you keep growing after the event, the winning team of each event will receive helpful perks for building their startup as well as a showcase in our global channels.

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, 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 Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the global startup community;
  • A whole new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world;
  • Vibrant atmosphere within the fantastic co-working space at Rubik Hub (;
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend;
  • Accommodation discounts in Piatra Neamț;
  • All the internet and coffee you can handle;
  • 1 awesome #SWPN17 T-shirt;
  • Goodies, perks and discounts from our global partners (i.e.: free .co domain, 6 months free premium account, and many-many others);
  • Access to Startup Weekend advice, coaches and mentors;
  • After-party;
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (with more than 200K alumni);
  • Over 70 new awesome friends!

Learn new skills, connect with people and create a startup all in one weekend!

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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Friday November 24th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Startup Weekend begins

7:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

8:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

10:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:30 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

11:00 pm
Venue Closed

Saturday November 25th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Business Model Canvas - Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Team Work
Teams work on their ideas

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!

6:00 pm

7:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help - work in progress

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

11:00 pm
Venue Closed

Sunday November 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Work in progress
Work hard, limited time

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of work time with mentors, should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentation
Every team will have an one minute pitch in front of the judges

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards
The Judges will present the winning teams and the prises

8:00 pm
Dinner & Party

Event Judges

Oscar Kneppers
Founder @Rockstart

Oscar launched, guided, developed and successfully sold a series of media companies (like Emerce and Bright), which eventually led to founding something different from corporates: Rockstart gives the best support for startups in their first 1000 days. Apart from that, Oscar is a licensed Level-1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher and teaches 3 classes a week, also on Thursdays at Rockstart.

Traian Luca
CEO & Co-Founder

The person who 15 years ago founded Gemini Cad, which is currently one of the largest European suppliers of material cutting optimization algorithms in the textile and leather industry.

Mircea Vadan

Mircea’s focus is on digital products and acceleration programs for tech startups. Along the years he worked in 3 startups as business developer, marketing or product manager.In the last two years he focused on creating acceleration programs for startups and workshops on topics like customer validation, product definition, product metrics, user acquisition, user engagement and investment. He worked with around 50 startups and IT companies, as mentor or consultant.

He is driven to help startups and is active in the tech startups community (Cluj Startups)

Ramona Vinca

Coaches and Mentors

Cristi Graunte
Co-Founder & Product Manager

Cristian is the Co-Founder and Product Manager of Infinite Loop, an interactive web design studio, servicing Entertainment & Talent Recruitment Systems, Service Industries companies from United States.
Passionate about building solutions for the web environment with a big focus on user experience. 
With over 10 years experience in web development and digital marketing, Cristian finds great joy in managing teams of creatives and never tired of pushing the work to be better.

Magda Baciu
Growth Hacker & Founder

Growth Marketer with extensive knowledge in statistics and online marketing, I am a big believer in data, rigorously measured online marketing strategies. Just in the past 2 years, I‘ve built 3 marketing teams from the ground up. As a result of my entrepreneurial endeavours, I founded House of Progress, a growth marketing agency where we help businesses increase their revenue through advertising, optimisation and marketing automation. That’s what a lot of agencies do also, you might say, but we have some super powers. Being an entrepreneur is challenging, one of the reasons I love it and I’ll never give it up.

Bogza Stelian
Commercial Director & Co-Founder

Stelian has over ten years of experience in banking and finance in business-to-business, marketing and sales. Since 2014 he has created together with Adrian Sarbu a unique system in Romania for employee benefits - - the most benefit-oriented platform for Romanian employees with over 40,000 users and 2,000 benefits.  

Tudor Iacob
Founder at

Interested in nutrition and food innovations, looking to create a world with better eating habits. Online marketer turned in food entrepreneur, currently developing

Emanuel Martonca
Product Manager

With a background in marketing, Manu has extensive understanding of economic and market trends. He is motivated by the desire to work on products that make a difference. His main interest is creating the environment where team members can thrive, both professionally and personally, by developing the skills and expertise needed to create value for customers.

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.

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.

Ioana Onea
Shopping Center Manager

6 years of experience in various areas of real estate in an international working environment.

Janina Zarojanu

Diana Paius
Program Director

A confident communicator with substantial experience in project management, fundraising and team leading. A highly skilled professional with excellent planning, monitoring, time management and problem solving abilities, along with extensive experience in strategic planning and budgeting for not-for-profit organizations. Strong focus on details and results oriented personality.

Vlad Olaru

George Olaru

George is a web designer and the Co-Founder of the web development team PixelGrade - a young and passionate bunch of people that use the latest web technologies and seek new challenges every day. 

George is handling the design part and the user interface design and experience.

Cristi Barladeanu

Cristi is the Co-Founder of ThinkOut, the online platform that supports managers to better understand their businesses through cash flow analysis and forecast effortlessly, by automatically aggregating bank account data.

Tudor Stanciu
Tech Lawyer

Tudor Stanciu is a fintech and legaltech community builder, through initiatives like Fintech Camp and Bucharest Legal Hackers. Currently, he is a co-founder of Digital 2 Law, a project focused on providing independent legal/tax experts with a sustainable and predictable path of growing their practices.

Diana Miron

Diana is the co-founder of AP.3, a branding studio that for startups and mid companies. Diana has over 4 years experience in front-end development, UI/UX design and her main interest is to teach girls and kids the fun in programming and to grow JavaScript communities.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Piatra Neamt team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Piatra Neamt is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Adriana
  • Vlad
  • David
  • Alexandru
  • Valentin
  • Lidia


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Community builder

Self-motivated, enthusiastic and with a can-do positive attitude with a proven ability to ensure the smooth running of each event hosted. Experienced in budget management and hosting annual conferences, receptions and promotional events. Excellent communication skills and comfortable working in a fast paced, hands-on, growth orientated work environment.

Andrei Carabelea
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