Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Romania

    Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

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Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Romania

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020
Event starts at 11:55 pm

Online event, but in spirit, at KM 0
I.C. Bratianu
Bucharest, Romania 030167

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We believe in changing the world. Want to be part of it?

54 hours to shape Romania’s future.
Together, as one team.

COVID-19 created countless challenges worldwide and it’s up to all of us to come up with amazing ideas that may shape the future. Let’s see the current situation as an opportunity for innovation. Techstars Startup Weekend Romania is a 54 hours online event where you bring your friends and work on ideas, alongside top mentors, investors and experts from various fields.

This FREE event will take place ONLINE, April 24 to April 26 and it’s an opportunity for everyone to inspire and be inspired. Let us come together to make a difference and help those who need it! This edition, on Covid-19, is organized globally in 70+ countries.


Work alongside top mentors, investors, and co-founders who are ready to help you get started. 

Everyone is welcome!

Whether you are a developer, designer, marketer, nurse, doctor, student, scientist, teacher, whether you have the skills or motivation, or are simply inspired: JOIN US! You can come with, or without an idea, alone or with your friends! During the event, you will find co-founders, mentors and will have the opportunity to work on great projects.


Get your free ticket by Friday, April 23, at 11:55 pm! Once registered, should you have an idea you want to develop, SUBMIT IT HERE:

DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 22nd, 11:55 pm

Recommended verticals: Health - Vulnerable Populations - Business - Community - Education - Entertainment

Technological innovation could help solve a lot of problems. We challenge you to bring forth technologies and innovations of your choice, across any areas that you think would drive impact! All kinds of projects designed to combat the problems associated with Covid-19 can be developed during the event.


Top 20 world level: A 3-day innovation bootcamp by Techstars
Top 5 worldwide: $ 10,000 each

All the tools, mentors, jury, partners will be there to push your idea to the maximum of its potential!

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Wednesday April 22nd

11:55 pm
Submit your idea
Deadline for idea submission

Thursday April 23rd

5:00 pm
Team Work
Develop your idea!

Friday April 24th

9:30 am
Virtual coffee on Building your Team
[Discord] Speed workshop on how to build your startup team

10:30 am
Free Time
[Discord] Get to know discord platform. Feel free to connect with all the participants.

6:30 pm
SW RO COVID Kickstars
[YouTubeLive] Welcome & program presentation

6:30 pm
[Discord] The organizing team will do a briefing for any kind of post-event questions on the MorningCoffee channel. Thank you!

6:50 pm
Meet the ideas entering Startup Weekend
[YouTubeLive] Get to know the selected ideas.

7:20 pm
How does it work?
[YouTubeLive] Get to know all the tools&resources and how it's going to work.

7:40 pm
Team Formation
[Discord] Join the discord channels and make sure you either recruit or join a team!

10:00 pm
Team Check!
[Discord] Register your team and start booking your mentors.

Saturday April 25th

9:00 am
Good morning!
[Discord] Daily Updates with the organizers on MorningCoffee channel

9:15 am
[Discord] Lean Canvas Workshop on MorningCoffee channel.

10:00 am
Mentoring sessions start
[Discord] Mentoring sessions start. Only TeamLeaders of the selected ideas can ask up to 3 mentoring sessions! One slot is 30 minutes. Mentors will join your team channel!

5:00 pm
Mentoring sessions end
[Discord] Mentoring sessions end. Time to implement the feedback from the Mentors!

6:00 pm
How to pitch
[Discord] We'll have a workshop to discuss about pitching & submitting your pitch in the competition!

Sunday April 26th

9:00 am
Mentoring Sessions
You still are able to talk to mentors until 12:00. Again, only team leaders can do that either on the booking sheet or via #i-need-mentorship channel

9:30 am
Good morning
[Discord] Daily Updates with the organizers on MorningCoffee channel

12:00 pm
Pitch submissions
[Discord] Deadline for pitch submissions. You'll receive instructions on where and how to submit your pitch, Saturday during the Pitching workshop!

5:00 pm
Closing SW Romania Online
[YouTubeLive] Our facilitator will take us through what happend within the weekend. We'll be able to view the TOP10 startups developed within the weekend.

5:45 pm
Winner Announcement
[YouTubeLive] We'll be announcing the TOP3 winners of SW Romania Online! The winners will be part of a selection process for TechStars COVID-19 Acelerator program.

5:55 pm
Wrap up
[YouTubeLive] Congrats! You Did it! Thank you for being part of this amazing journey!

Event Judges

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.

Bogdan Iordache
Founder @ How to Web

Chariman and Founder - How to Web Chairman and founder of the How to Web Conference, one of Europe’s leading startup events. Previously partner with Gecad Ventures, entrepreneur, founded and exited Conectoo, enterprise email marketing service. Also with MVP Academy, MVP Angels, TechHub Bucharest, 3TS Capital Partners.

Cristian Dascalu
Partner @ GapMinder.VC

CoFounder - Techcelerator | Partner - GapMinder Cristian Dascalu (36) - Gapminder VC Fund Partner actively investing & accelerating startups in Eastern Europe, open innovation expert & advisor in digital transformation. As an entrepreneur, Cristian co/founded a series of businesses and major projects aimed at the development of the tech startups and digital innovation area such as: GapMinder VC, ClujHUB, Techcelerator, Digital Transformers, TechFest, TEDxCluj, Creative Industries Cluster, NASA Space Apps Challenge Romania and others.

Diana Segarceanu
Co-founder & Executive Director Avenor College

Co-founder & Executive Director Avenor College Diana is the co-founder of Avenor College, an international bilingual school which re-invents the education to keep up with the speed the world advances. It has almost 600 students from 2 to 19 years old. She entered in education in 2007 with an entrepreneurial and corporate background. Quickly, she realised that the mentality of the education system is largest challenge and after 13 years, Avenor College is proof that it can be changed.

Oana Toiu
Co-founder - Social Innovation Solutions

Oana Toiu is a policy maker and a social innovation consultant and trainer. She served as Secretary of State in the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly in Romania for family, child protection, gender equality, disability rights, social entrepreneurship, social services and social transfers and as a consultant she worked for a series of local and international clients including The World Bank Moldova, United Nations Development Programme Romania, Erst &Young, Ashoka, Erste Foundation. She currently coordinates a community of public policy on social inclusion in Romania and her organization works yearly with more than 2000 youth to encourage and prepare them to pursue an impact driven career.

Coaches and Mentors

Calin Vaduva
CEO Fortech

MEET OUR MENTORS! As Fortech’s co-founder and CEO, Calin leads the company’s organizational and business development, successfully positioning Fortech as one of the most representative Romanian companies in software development. Before founding Fortech, Calin worked in software development, starting as a software developer and moving up the ladder to technical manager. He has been an associate professor at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca and has served as a member of the Directors’ Council of the CLUJ IT Cluster. Calin holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and an Executive MBA from the Executive Academy of Vienna University of Economics and Business. JOIN STARTUP WEEKEND HERE:

Tiberiu Iacomi
Founder of The Improbable Agency

CEO - The Improbable Agency He is a geek at heart and a creative mind, nonetheless. After 12 years of working in market research, PR, data analytics, edtech and entrepreneurship-focused companies in 4 different countries,he's gone rogue and founded The Improbable Agency - what he calls a communication and business strategy agency for disruptors and rising stars.

Cristian China-Birta
Managing partner Kooperativa 2.0

Blogger pe, antreprenor online cu agentiadigitala Kooperativa 2.0, trainer si speaker.
A organizat în cei 15 ani de consultanta peste 500 de campanii cu si pentru influnceri. Inacelasi timp, a participat ca blogger la peste 200 de campanii.
A tinutpeste 150 de cursuri de social media la solicitarea companiilor si agentiilor,fiind speaker la mai mult de 100 de evenimente in care subiectul principal afost social media si comunicarea.
A publicatpeste 13.000 de postari si articole pe blogul, pe care scrie din 2007.

Sorina Iuga
Proposal Manager & Funding Advisory for Startups - My EU Consulting, Brussels, Belgium

Proposal Manager & Funding Advisory for Startups - My EU Consulting, Brussels, Belgium Sorina Iuga is an experienced startup advisor that helped over the past years many companies to access non-equity financing sources and build their innovation strategy. She is experienced in designing market entry strategies for the adoption of innovative solutions and is currently acting also as an evaluator and project innovation reviewer for the EU Commission. She has over 5 years of experience in dealing with innovations in areas such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain Technologies, e-Health, Cybersecurity, HPC, and others. She builds on over 15 years of business development and sales experience in the IT field.

Razvan Chereches
University Professor

- Head of the Department of Public Health - College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences - Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
- Professor of Public Health, Babes-Bolyai University
- Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, USA
- Speakers Curator & Public Speaking Trainer, TEDx Cluj, Romania

Ioan Istrate
Strategy Consultan

CEO - Genuine AI Ioan founded Genuine AI in 2019, a team of seasoned AI and R&D engineers delivering advanced AI in partnership with top universities and private partners. Before, Ioan co-founded Genuine AI, an AI cybersecurity company. Ioan advises 2 startups creating ultra-low cost testing and AI-diagnosis tech in Singapore and EU. In 2016, Ioan won the XPRIZE Visioneers Program, leading to the $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE, and then received a fellowship at the Brain Mapping Foundation. Before, Ioan worked at Deutsche Telekom, after several years as management consultant at PwC and Kearney. Ioan holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Daniel Nicolescu
CEO & Co-Founder Symphopay

Experienced executive with solid track record of managing fast growing businesses in international markets requiring product management, leadership, team development and engagement. In 2015 Daniel founded Symphopay, a cloud based payment platform designed to integrate consumer payments with value added business applications such as loyalty or CRM platforms. Key roles ========== PayU (owned by Naspers) – CEO SE Europe ePayment (acquired by Naspers in 2010) - CTO Avangate (acquired by Francisco Partners) - CPO RAV Antivirus (acquired by Microsoft in 2003) JOIN STARTUP WEEKEND HERE: #Save2020 #SWRomania #COVID19StartupWeekend

Cristina Țoncu
Co-founder Techcelerator

MEET OUR MENTORS! Economist by education, Startup supporter by profession. She is part of the local startups ecosystem for about 5 years. Started with management consulting, then leading / member of projects dedicated to startups, such as RICAP, Global Entrepreneurship Network, SEA Startup Ecosystem Accelerator, EIT Digital ARISE, and Techcelerator. JOIN STARTUP WEEKEND HERE: #Save2020 #SWRomania #COVID19StartupWeekend

Lucian Butnaru
CEO Cegeka Romania

MEET OUR MENTORS! Lucian is the co-founder and chairman of Selfpay, a leading company processing instant payments through self-service kiosks. Since 2013, he serves as General Manager of Cegeka Romania, leading an entrepreneurial IT service business on an accelerated growth path, contributing to the growth of Cegeka group to revenues of over 600 million Euro. Lucian is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and co-founder of the Romanian Business Leaders Association (RBL). He continues to pursue other business ventures in the technology space and real-estate, as investor and/or board advisor. JOIN STARTUP WEEKEND HERE: #Save2020 #SWRomania #COVID19StartupWeekend

Diana Certan
Executive Director CONCORDIA Humanitarian Organization

MEET OUR MENTORS! Diana has 17 years experience in working in non-governmental organizations (NGO`s); her expertise is in NGO management, experiential (learning by doing) education model and programs, fundraising, training delivery, program evaluation. She is a member in national and international juries of NGOs and social businesses competitions. She is the Executive Director - Communication and Fundraising for CONCORDIA Humanitarian Organization. During 2004 – 2015 she was a key driver of IMPACT program (New Horizons Foundation), one of the largest youth social movements in Romania and the only Romanian educational model replicated in 10 other countries. JOIN STARTUP WEEKEND HERE: #Save2020 #SWRomania #COVID19StartupWeekend

Razvan Craciunescu
Assistant Professor UPB; Director StartpGrind Politehnica

MEET OUR MENTORS! Răzvan is an active member of the startup comunity in Bucharest. His bio includes: Lecturer @UPB, Mentor for Startup accelerators, EBRD consultant, Founder of 2x education NGOs, Product @UiPath Romania's first Unicorn, Founder & CTO @FATHER EQUIPMENT, University Researcher (IoT, Mobile Comm) JOIN STARTUP WEEKEND HERE: #Save2020 #SWRomania #COVID19StartupWeekend

Sebastian Gabor
CEO @Digitail

MEET OUR MENTORS! Sebastian is the founder of, focused on sustainability & positive impact. <3 Habit-forming & human behavior. Ironman & Spartan JOIN STARTUP WEEKEND HERE: #Save2020 #SWRomania #COVID19StartupWeekend

Raluca Negulescu-Balaci
Executive Diector

MEET OUR MENTORS! Raluca Negulescu-Balaci - the Executive Director of UiPath Foundation - has extensive experience in non-profit management, with over 10 years experience of developing and running comprehensive educational programs tailored to needs of children from disadvantaged communities from Romania, Europe and India. JOIN STARTUP WEEKEND HERE: #Save2020 #SWRomania #COVID19StartupWeekend

Corina Forascu

Professor - UAIC Iași Professor at the Faculty of Computer Science of Iasi, teaching, among other matters, Entrepreneurship. She loves supporting and helping people (especially the students:))

Dan Burlacu

Consultant, Ascendis He has a business experience of over 25 years, in the country or abroad. He has been an UNICEF member for over 20 years. Ffrom the inexperienced entrepreneur to C level, he knows how the road can look like :) Only one thing matters to him, namely the people. Then two verbs: want and can. And he's just interested only on to want!

Alex Dona

Communicator Specialist in cross-platform communication with experience in TV, radio, print and online. Strategist by nature but full of creative ideas, except when has to describe himself.:) His media experience includes projects such as The Money Channel, Sanoma Hearst Romania, Times New Roman.

Vlad Voiculescu
Co-Founder MagiCAMP

Co-Founder MagiCAMP Vlad cofounded the Magic Association, which organises camps for children with ontological problems, and other programs such as MagicHOME and MagicHELP. Also, he was the Romanian Minister of Health in 2016 and acts as the Chair of the Patients Advocates Working Group at the European Society of Medical Oncology

Sergiu-Traian Vasilescu
Lawyer - New Emerging Technologies @Furtună și Asociații

Sergiu is a graduate of Paris I Pantheon - Sorbonne as well as of the University of Bucharest - Faculty of Law and an Associate within Furtună și Asociații law firm. 
A member of the “digital born” generation and educated in an entrepreneurial spirit, Sergiu provides legal assistance and advises clients with IT&C projects in areas such as fintech, e-commerce, digital media, blockchain and data protection.

Ioana Alexandra Frincu
Chief Operations Officer @ Under Development Office

COO - Creative Tim Ioana is the COO of Creative Tim. She is technology expert, with a proven track record in Product Management, Product Strategy and Business Development. Experienced in corporate and startup environments in Strategy, Operations, and Business Analysis.

Carmen Ion

Founder Boovie She is a teacher for almost 30 years, she has a PhD in Romanian literature. She has created and organizes the most important extracurricular scholar event in Romania - Boovie, the book-trailers festival, which gather yearly more than 1000 students, young readers and film-makers, authors, journalists, educational and cultural personalities.

Oana Marinescu
Managing Director, OMA Vision

Oana Marinescu is an Expert in Strategic Communication 

She considers that, whatever the project, its success depends on properly mixing together empathy, values, strategic thinking and smart communication. Her experience in managing and converting wide-scope projects into reality is rich and highly worthy.

Major Achievements:

• Secretary of State and Government’s Spokesperson, 2005 – 2007
• General Director for Public Diplomacy with Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2008 – 2010
• Communication Director of the George Enescu International Festival and Competition, 2012-2017; and since December 2019.
• Managing Director of OMA Vision, a Strategic Communication & PR Company since 2010

Anca Bundaru
Lead Product Marketing Manager @Bitdefender

Lead Product Marketing - Bitdefender Anca is a Product Marketing professional, relatively obsessed with technology. She keeps close to the entrepreneurial culture and likes to immerse herself in innovation ecosystems. So naturally she’s super excited when she's mentoring at events like Startup Weekend for... well, she’s lost track for the number of times.

Ana Maria Gergely
Entrepreneur - business consultant, trainer, cofounder

With a background in IT, degrees in Mathematics and Organizational Psychology from University of Bucharest and University of London, Ana Maria brings her extensive hands-on business experience and academic knowledge to consultancy projects, the Wizard of Words and Wizard of Sales workshops, and in coaching and mentoring startups, business and individual managers.
She co-founded, an app for contacts exchange and management that can be used in proximity but also now, in virtual settings, by people who want to share and gather contact information, enabling them to remain in touch.

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.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Romania team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Community Partners

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Romania/Italy is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Ionut
  • Cornel
  • Monica
  • Andrei
  • Anca
  • Bogdan
  • Valentin
  • Carmen
  • Vlad
  • Cristina
  • Matthew
  • Miruna
  • Ines
  • Ioana
  • Alexandru
  • Marian


Alexandru Agatinei
Community builder

I'm passionate about people and their needs. On one side this got me to the point where I evangelize about the Romanian startup ecosystem. I work with Rubik Hub to build and connect regional startup communities and more closely with a handful of startups in Bucharest to help on their growth. On the other side I'm involved within an NGO that's active in the social service's field.

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