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Strada Nicolae Iorga No. 1 540088 Targu Mures Romania

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

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 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 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!






Schedule

Friday

May 23
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.
  • Coaches - Sign up for help! There will be sign-up sheets for you to choose a time slot that works for your team. Don’t wait. They will fill up fast!
  • Dinner is served
  • Finished for the day

Saturday

May 24
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams start working
  • Meetings with coaches
  • Lunch
  • Meetings with coaches
  • Presentations from sponsors
  • Dinner
  • Status report and planning for next day
  • Finished for the day

Sunday

May 25
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Final feedback and suggestions from the coaches
  • Final preparations
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging
  • Dinner
  • Awards
  • The Closing party begins
Platinum Sponsors
Speakers

Bogdan Iordache

CEO, Co-Founder How To Web   |   LinkedIn

Always searching for more than enough, Bogdan is definitely the engine and sometimes the bad cop of the team. Since he ended his studies, later than usual for an entrepreneur, he started a few online & educational projects (Conectoo, StagiiPeBune), part of them still being active and successful on the Romanian market. He is also founder and CEO of How to Web. He finds great pleasure in helping entrepreneurs find their way and improving their businesses, but also in cooking and watching football.

Gold Sponsors
Judges

Bogdan Iordache

CEO, co-founder How To Web   |   LinkedIn

Always searching for more than enough, Bogdan is definitely the engine and sometimes the bad cop of the team. Since he ended his studies, later than usual for an entrepreneur, he started a few online & educational projects (Conectoo, StagiiPeBune), part of them still being active and successful on the Romanian market. He is also founder and CEO of How to Web. He finds great pleasure in helping entrepreneurs find their way and improving their businesses, but also in cooking and watching football.

Max Gurvits

VC Partner @ Teres Capital   |   LinkedIn

Max is a VC partner at Teres Capital, a new venture fund for high-growth companies in Southeastern Europe, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. An entrepreneur and VC, he previously co-founded an online legal service company in the Netherlands, followed by a brief stint as an investment banker. Max was on the founding team of Eleven Startup Accelerator in Sofia, the largest acceleration program and seed fund in the Balkans region, before joining Teres.

Philipp Kandal

Co-Founder / CTO @ Skobbler   |   LinkedIn

Philipp Kandal is co-founder and CTO of skobbler, one of Europe’s leading mobile and app development companies focusing on location based services. Skobbler is one of the few profitable consumer app providers and has won the Navteq LBS challenge 2009 as the most innovative European LBS start-up and currently has over 2 million users. The company's headquarter is in Berlin but has the majority of the team in Cluj, with more than 60 people. As skobbler is a venture capital backed company, Philipp gained extensive experience in pitching and negotiating with venture capitalists in Europe and the US. Finally, he successfully closed an investment round. Philipp is in charge of the Romanian development team, the German product management and is also a board member at skobbler. Currently, he is most occupied with the expansion of the mobile development teams, further product launches and pushing the international expansion in the US market.

Dumitru Radoiu

Founder and Financier at Startup Lab, Co-Founder and President of the Board at Sysgenic   |   LinkedIn

Dumitru Radoiu is Associate Professor at Petru Maior University (PMU), Romania and the chairman of the Mathematics and Informatics Department. Professor Radoiu's research and teaching interests are in the area of scientific data visualization and semantic web.

Florin Muresan

Founder & CEO @ Squirrly   |   LinkedIn

Founder and CEO of Squirrly Limited UK. We’re building software that makes your WordPress get Excellent SEO on Your next article. All white-hat and up to date. Advisor to a few teams. Organizes entrepreneurial meetings in Cluj and helps the startup scene. Co-Founder of Entrepreneurs Cluj (antreprenoricluj.info), a mastermind club for entrepreneurs. Had a Blogging Platform startup, with over 16,000 bloggers and 60,000 articles written on it. We went from 5,000 to 10,000 in under 4 months. Had people calling me up or emailing me that they love the company and what we do for them. I was stunned. But, in the end, the company failed. Then I raised a nice investment for my current company, Squirrly Limited UK, from two amazing angel investors in Germany. With Squirrly we managed to take it from $0 monthly revenue to Break-Even in just 7 months.

Vlad Pranitchi

Managing Director - Rodeapps   |   LinkedIn

Vlad has 9 years of IT expertise and management in large multinationals. He joined PITECH+PLUS in 2011 to rapidly grow a strong multi technology mobile team. Vlad is focused on building a high end added value business with recurrent revenues.

Ruxandra Creosteanu

Founder @ Babele   |   LinkedIn

Ruxandra is co-founder of Babele, an online collaborative platform helping entrepreneurs structure their business plan in an interactive way. She is passionate about sustainability, open innovation and crowdsourcing, sharing economy and social entrepreneurship.

David Trayford

CEO at Wow Media   |   LinkedIn

David is the owner of Wow Media Ltd, a specialist advisory company which brings the creativity of entertainment to the business world. He is a Team Project coach at Singularity University in Mountain View, California. Speech coach for several TED and TedX speakers. Mentor for Seedcamp, Start-up Live and Pioneers’ Festival. He organises and hosts teambuilding events for multinational companies across Europe and has diplomas in Radio production, TV presenting and Voice Over. He started his working life in London in finance -banking and then derivatives broking- before taking early “retirement” to start a property company in Hungary. He has taken on several corporate advisory roles including CEO of an international trading company. He recently founded thehub.hu – Central Europe’s newest, best connected co-working space.

Heiko Strubel

Design Lead @ Telnav Europe

Heiko Strubel is a Berlin based UI / UX designer and currently design lead of Telenav Europe. After studying Art Direction in Munich and working in advertising agencies on customers from the automotive, food and financial industry, he decided to jump into the upcoming mobile market as freelance UI / UX designer. Being head of design at Berlin- and Cluj-based lbs-startup skobbler, which was recently sold to the "Valley", and consultant for several other companies and startups during the last years, he gained some experience that he'd like to share.

Evgenios Skitsanos

LinkedIn

Being software developer since 1992 and establishing in four years later his first web development company, today Evgenios runs multiple software and hardware design companies that serving big names like Electrolux, DHL, BMW, Toyota and some others. Evgenios has a lot of experience in software architecture, applied programming, noSQL databases, hardware and when it comes to non technical things you can reach him regarding running multinational and multicultural development teams worldwide, product design, business modeling and business development, forming and operating companies, new venture opportunities.

Silver Sponsors
Coaches

Max Gurvits

VC Partner at Teres Capital   |   LinkedIn

Max is a VC partner at Teres Capital, a new venture fund for high-growth companies in Southeastern Europe, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. An entrepreneur and VC, he previously co-founded an online legal service company in the Netherlands, followed by a brief stint as an investment banker. Max was on the founding team of Eleven Startup Accelerator in Sofia, the largest acceleration program and seed fund in the Balkans region, before joining Teres.

Bogdan Iordache

CEO, co-founder How To Web   |   LinkedIn

Always searching for more than enough, Bogdan is definitely the engine and sometimes the bad cop of the team. Since he ended his studies, later than usual for an entrepreneur, he started a few online & educational projects (Conectoo, StagiiPeBune), part of them still being active and successful on the Romanian market. He is also founder and CEO of How to Web. He finds great pleasure in helping entrepreneurs find their way and improving their businesses, but also in cooking and watching football.

Philipp Kandal

Co-founder / CTO @ Skobbler   |   LinkedIn

Philipp Kandal is co-founder and CTO of skobbler, one of Europe’s leading mobile and app development companies focusing on location based services. Skobbler is one of the few profitable consumer app providers and has won the Navteq LBS challenge 2009 as the most innovative European LBS start-up and currently has over 2 million users. The company's headquarter is in Berlin but has the majority of the team in Cluj, with more than 60 people. As skobbler is a venture capital backed company, Philipp gained extensive experience in pitching and negotiating with venture capitalists in Europe and the US. Finally, he successfully closed an investment round. Philipp is in charge of the Romanian development team, the German product management and is also a board member at skobbler. Currently, he is most occupied with the expansion of the mobile development teams, further product launches and pushing the international expansion in the US market.

Dumitru Radoiu

Founder and Financier at Startup Lab, Co-Founder and President of the Board at Sysgenic   |   LinkedIn

Dumitru Radoiu is Associate Professor at Petru Maior University (PMU), Romania and the chairman of the Mathematics and Informatics Department. Professor Radoiu's research and teaching interests are in the area of scientific data visualization and semantic web.

He is the chairman of the Mathematics and Informatics Department and the director of the Advanced Computing Systems Center at Petru Maior University.

He believes in the future, in setting free peoples' creativity. The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it. Business incubation is not about putting people into buildings but about putting "buildings" into people. Bring together the right people in one place, set free their creativity and you'll be amazed what they come up with.

Florin Muresan

Founder & CEO at Squirrly   |   LinkedIn

Founder and CEO of Squirrly Limited UK. We’re building software that makes your WordPress get Excellent SEO on Your next article. All white-hat and up to date. Advisor to a few teams. Organizes entrepreneurial meetings in Cluj and helps the startup scene. Co-Founder of Entrepreneurs Cluj (antreprenoricluj.info), a mastermind club for entrepreneurs. Had a Blogging Platform startup, with over 16,000 bloggers and 60,000 articles written on it. We went from 5,000 to 10,000 in under 4 months. Had people calling me up or emailing me that they love the company and what we do for them. I was stunned. But, in the end, the company failed. Then I raised a nice investment for my current company, Squirrly Limited UK, from two amazing angel investors in Germany. With Squirrly we managed to take it from $0 monthly revenue to Break-Even in just 7 months.

Bogdan Herea

CEO PITECH+PLUS   |   LinkedIn

Bogdan strongly believes that each project is a puzzle where everybody can fit in with his best. That is why he encourages his team to think in terms of value and innovation.
He finished his studies in 1998 in France, at INSA Lyon and he has an engineering degree.
He has been practicing engineering until 2005, when he decided to become an entrepreneur and founded his own IT company, PITECH+PLUS.
He is also co-founder of Umanlife and Twakoo, two start-ups where he put a lot of know-how and energy.
If you ask Bogdan what was the key of success for his company, he will tell you that behind the hard work and attention for all the stakeholders, he always showed gratitude and care for his employees.
In 2014 Bogdan can talk about his activity as a President of the The French Business Club at Cluj, and he can also share what brought him the award for the French Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012.

Vlad Pranitchi

Managing Director - Rodeapps   |   LinkedIn

Vlad has 9 years of IT expertise and management in large multinationals. He joined PITECH+PLUS in 2011 to rapidly grow a strong multi technology mobile team. Vlad is focused on building a high end added value business with recurrent revenues.

Marius Jumolea

CEO&General Manager at Greppy Systems, General Manager at Visually Romania   |   LinkedIn

Having an important tech background , Marius started his entrepreneurial career by creating an R&D for 5minmedia/AOL Videos a few years ago. This offered him a good background to move forward and to start Visually Romania as an R&D of the most important marketplace for visual content in the world where he joined as a General Manager. Already accumulating an important experience both in video advertisement and in visual content advertisement, Marius become partner in other startups.

Heiko Strubel

Design Lead @ Telnav Europe

Heiko Strubel is a Berlin based UI / UX designer and currently design lead of Telenav Europe. After studying Art Direction in Munich and working in advertising agencies on customers from the automotive, food and financial industry, he decided to jump into the upcoming mobile market as freelance UI / UX designer. Being head of design at Berlin- and Cluj-based lbs-startup skobbler, which was recently sold to the "Valley", and consultant for several other companies and startups during the last years, he gained some experience that he'd like to share.

David Trayford

CEO @ Wow Media   |   LinkedIn

David is the owner of Wow Media Ltd, a specialist advisory company which brings the creativity of entertainment to the business world. He is a Team Project coach at Singularity University in Mountain View, California. Speech coach for several TED and TedX speakers. Mentor for Seedcamp, Start-up Live and Pioneers’ Festival. He organises and hosts teambuilding events for multinational companies across Europe and has diplomas in Radio production, TV presenting and Voice Over. He started his working life in London in finance -banking and then derivatives broking- before taking early “retirement” to start a property company in Hungary. He has taken on several corporate advisory roles including CEO of an international trading company. He recently founded thehub.hu – Central Europe’s newest, best connected co-working space.

Ruxandra Creosteanu

Founder @ Babele   |   LinkedIn

Ruxandra is co-founder of Babele, an online collaborative platform helping entrepreneurs structure their business plan in an interactive way. She is passionate about sustainability, open innovation and crowdsourcing, sharing economy and social entrepreneurship.

Evgenios Skitsanos

LinkedIn

Being software developer since 1992 and establishing in four years later his first web development company, today Evgenios runs multiple software and hardware design companies that serving big names like Electrolux, DHL, BMW, Toyota and some others. Evgenios has a lot of experience in software architecture, applied programming, noSQL databases, hardware and when it comes to non technical things you can reach him regarding running multinational and multicultural development teams worldwide, product design, business modeling and business development, forming and operating companies, new venture opportunities.

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