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What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. 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.

What's next?

Startup Weekend Cluj 2015 is here!

For the fourth edition our focus will be to bring you the best advisers in startup, to offer you a great experience around enthusiastic startupers and to help you to bring your idea to life. #Change the #story in 54h at @swcluj!

So beside experienced mentors, who will help you during all weekend we promise, you’ll get great networking opportunities, you’ll have the catering covered, a great location and we’ll share lots of energy.

Beginning with open pitches on Friday, anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. That night, the teams are forming 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. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes, receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts and the best project wins.

Remember:

At each edition of Startup Weekend Cluj, the official language is English. The organizers, the pitchers, the mentors and the jury are speaking in English. Why? Because it’s the Lingua Franca of startups, because we have international mentors and jury members, because we don’t want to exclude other nationalities and we want the world outside to know and understand what the heck we’re doing.

Schedule

Friday

Apr 24
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner starts
  • Welcoming & speaker’s moment (Philipp Kandal and Salim Virani)
  • Next steps:
  • Pitches start
  • Teams start forming and discussing 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
  • The formed teams plan ahead the weekend

Saturday

Apr 25
  • Arrive,breakfast & coffee
  • Call for needs and skills:start working on your idea and schedule the one-on-one with the Mentors
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills:
  • Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help

Sunday

Apr 26
  • Arrive,breakfast & coffee
  • Speaker's moment: David Trayford - a short training for the final presentations
  • Lunch
  • Final feedback and suggestions from the Mentors
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging and dinner
  • Announcing the winners
  • Preparing for the closing party!
Platinum Sponsors
Speakers

David Trayford

Managing Director at Wow Media & Founder at TheHub.hu   |   LinkedIn

Team Project coach at Singularity University in Mountain View, California. Founder of thehub.hu in Budapest- Central Europes best connected co-working space. Entrepreneur-in residence at the European Entrepreneurship Foundation. Owner of Wow Media Ltd, a specialist advisory company which brings the creativity of entertainment to the business world. Mentor for Seedcamp, Pioneers Festival, StartUp Pirates and Startup Sauna.Advisor to MY-WAY- an EU Horizon 2020 project to connect Europes Student Entrepreneurship groups. 20+ earlier years experience in finance-banking and interdealer broking.

Salim Virani

Partner at Founder-Centric   |   LinkedIn

An entrepreneur, consultant and Lean Startup advocate.

I'm the creator of Leancamp, an event format which brings multiple industries together around entrepreneurial and design methods to help businesses find unmet needs and get to market faster.

My background is in direct & integrated marketing and Internet technology. The businesses I've founded range from technical service providers to consumer e-commerce sites, and include a digital media department for a major advertising agency.

I help business founders and strategists move quickly from vision to market traction. I help founders understand how to systematically find unmet needs, align research with impact, and reduce early-stage risks.

Specialties:Business strategy: business model design, marketing strategy, Lean Startup, Customer Development, market research.

Getting to market: product development, product launches, Agile development, user experience design.

Digital platforms: designing technical architectures, website design & development, content management and collaboration, scalable systems, Amazon Web Services, LAMP (Linux Apache PHP MySQL).

Gold Sponsors
Judges

Salim Virani

Partner at Founder-Centric   |   LinkedIn

An entrepreneur, consultant and Lean Startup advocate.

I'm the creator of Leancamp, an event format which brings multiple industries together around entrepreneurial and design methods to help businesses find unmet needs and get to market faster.

My background is in direct & integrated marketing and Internet technology. The businesses I've founded range from technical service providers to consumer e-commerce sites, and include a digital media department for a major advertising agency.

I help business founders and strategists move quickly from vision to market traction. I help founders understand how to systematically find unmet needs, align research with impact, and reduce early-stage risks.

Specialties:Business strategy: business model design, marketing strategy, Lean Startup, Customer Development, market research.

Getting to market: product development, product launches, Agile development, user experience design.

Digital platforms: designing technical architectures, website design & development, content management and collaboration, scalable systems, Amazon Web Services, LAMP (Linux Apache PHP MySQL).

Calin Vaduva

Managing Director at Fortech   |   LinkedIn

Calin Vaduva is the General Manager and founder of Fortech, one of the largest IT outsourcing companies from Cluj-Napoca.

Previous to founding Fortech in 2003, Calin worked in the field of software development, starting with the role of software developer up to Technical Manager. He also activated as Teaching Assistant at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, teaching Java and Oracle technologies. Calin is the author of the book “Programarea în Java” (“Java Programming”) - one of the first books in Romania to address the Java programming domain - and of several journal articles and conference papers.

In the field of Business, Calin holds an Executive MBA from the Executive Academy of Vienna University of Economics and Business. He is also a member in the Directors` Council of the CLUJ IT cluster.

Calin loves what he does and with his passion for technology and his leadership skills he succeded in positioning Fortech as one of the most representative Romanian companies in the field of IT outsourcing. With a team of more than 270 people and growing, Fortech offers complete software development, quality assurance and IT support services. In both 2010 and 2011, the company was included in Deloitte Technology Fast500 EMEA and Deloitte Technology Fast50 CEE, prestigious rankings which award the fastest growing technology companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Peter Barta

CEO at Post Privatization Foundation   |   LinkedIn

Highly experienced management professional, with over 17-year international experience in both profit and non-profit sectors, Mr Barta has been involved in the management of numerous national and international programs.

He has collaborated with various US companies in implementing international aid programs financed by USAID or other international donors. After his involvement in various international projects implemented by institutions such as European Youth Forum and the Council of Europe, he was involved in coordinating and reorganization of SMURD one of the most important emergency services in Romania, after that he reoriented towards entrepreneurship currently is Executive Director of the Post Privatization Foundation (FPP), an institution jointly managed by the European Commission and the Government of Romania, aimed at supporting the development of Romanian entrepreneurial ecosystem through assuring education and financing.

Bogdan Herea

Founder & CEO of PITECH+PLUS   |   LinkedIn

FOUNDER of PITECH+PLUS group of businesses, Bogdan Herea was born in Bucharest, Romania. His results in school brought him a scholarship at INSA LYON (L’Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon) where he studied Computer Engineering. His entrepreneurial projects started at the end of 2005, when he founded his own IT services company in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, after 13 years of living and working in France.
In 2005 he founded PITECH+PLUS. After 10 years, the company acquired clients in Europe, US, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
In 2014, Bogdan expanded his entrepreneurial efforts again by changing the group operational strategy, from services to services and products.
As a founding member of CLUJ IT Cluster, PITECH+PLUS is developing an innovative solution for managing and sharing the parking spots in the city.

2012 // Bogdan Herea was awarded by GADIF with the distinction “Entrepreneur Francophone de l’Annee” and also became President of the Francophone Business Club in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
2013 // Umanlife.com was awarded by Startup Academy in France and by the Community PharmaSuccess with the distinction “Best Pharma Start-up”. Bogdan Herea is co-founder.
2014 // ACADEMY+PLUS was awarded in 2014 by the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Romania with the Prize for Innovation.

Tudor Ciuleanu

Managing Director at Imprezzio Global   |   LinkedIn

With an endless passion for his business and the vision of the new generation of leaders, Tudor Ciuleanu drives an active environment at Imprezzio Global.

After only 2 years as a Software Engineer at Digilent, Tudor accepted in 2008 the challenge to set Imprezzio’s roots in Romania. During these years, Tudor grew the business from a small development department into a trustworthy partner for customers all around the world. His key drivers are enabling the team`s potential and making sure that customer expectations are met every time.

Since the early days, Tudor got involved in encouraging students to develop creative software solutions, through the Imprezzio Software Contest and now he is looking for an idea to invest in.

For cooling down the engines, Tudor prefers the adrenaline rush given by Mountain Bike Racing, White Water Kayaking or Snowboarding.

Mark Tuttle

Co-founder and CEO at Cryptografx Security Solutions   |   LinkedIn

Mark is a California-born Serial Entrepreneur. An “all-rounder” C level executive in technology and business, with 26 years of experience in a wide variety of activities and roles. He has co-founded a number startups, 1995 - Web Associates, 1999 Belgem, 2005 Surlin Remote, 2011 Placemarkone, 2013 Cryptografx.com - and has mentored over a 100 startup teams at over 30 events in the last 5 years.

Silver Sponsors
Mentors

David Trayford

Managing Director at Wow Media & Founder at TheHub.hu   |   LinkedIn

Team Project coach at Singularity University in Mountain View, California. Founder of thehub.hu in Budapest- Central Europes best connected co-working space. Entrepreneur-in residence at the European Entrepreneurship Foundation. Owner of Wow Media Ltd, a specialist advisory company which brings the creativity of entertainment to the business world. Mentor for Seedcamp, Pioneers Festival, StartUp Pirates and Startup Sauna.Advisor to MY-WAY- an EU Horizon 2020 project to connect Europes Student Entrepreneurship groups. 20+ earlier years experience in finance-banking and interdealer broking.

Robbert Visser

Urban Nomad & Entrepreneur with a passion for Startups   |   LinkedIn

Currently working on SkinVision (skin cancer detection), Tired of Cancer (learn to overcome fatique), Flobe!t (social storytelling), The FittingRoom App (fashion advice) and Autopilot (ride sharing). Founder of Ruby Tribe & Cluj cowork trying to help and change the Romanian startup community. Organizer at Startup Pirates Cluj.

Yann Girard

Entrepreneur // Author // Connector // Investor   |   LinkedIn

Yann is an Entrepreneur that has worked on both sides of the table. He has started, advised and supported several startups, accelerators and incubators throughout the world and has lived and worked in the startup ecosystem in China, New York and Germany.

Mark Tuttle

Co-founder and CEO at Cryptografx Security Solutions   |   LinkedIn

Mark is a California-born Serial Entrepreneur. An “all-rounder” C level executive in technology and business, with 26 years of experience in a wide variety of activities and roles. He has co-founded a number startups, 1995 - Web Associates, 1999 Belgem, 2005 Surlin Remote, 2011 Placemarkone, 2013 Cryptografx.com - and has mentored over a 100 startup teams at over 30 events in the last 5 years.

Margherita Kramer

Business Development & Strategies at AIT Austrian   |   LinkedIn

Margherita (Maggie) Kramer is a technical-creative-business hybrid with both academic and field-experience in each of these backgrounds. As a communications specialist she serves as a connector between technical, creative and business interests on innovative projects in Europe. In 2013 Maggie began mentoring at independent startup events in Europe and with her multidisciplinary background delivers motivating and insightful inputs to early stage startup teams.

From her first encounter with startups she has been collecting exceptional projects which she keeps providing with continuous support, fuelling both, their economic success as well as the personal growth of the teams.

She has worked for Red Bull in their Technology and Innovations group, done agency work focusing on digital strategies for regional and global companies, and now works with the Austrian Institute of Technology where she is responsible for business development in the Technology Experience business unit. Maggie studied at the University of Graz, with a Diploma in Electrical Engineering - Audio Engineering and did her business master in an international environment. With additional studies in Conducting and Acting, Maggie continues to pursue music, art, writing,....... and the removal of cognitive dissonance, to better the things it inhibits.

Bogdan Herea

CEO & Founder, PITECH+PLUS   |   LinkedIn

FOUNDER of PITECH+PLUS group of businesses, Bogdan Herea was born in Bucharest, Romania. His results in school brought him a scholarship at INSA LYON (L’Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon) where he studied Computer Engineering. His entrepreneurial projects started at the end of 2005, when he founded his own IT services company in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, after 13 years of living and working in France.
In 2005 he founded PITECH+PLUS. After 10 years, the company acquired clients in Europe, US, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
In 2014, Bogdan expanded his entrepreneurial efforts again by changing the group operational strategy, from services to services and products.
As a founding member of CLUJ IT Cluster, PITECH+PLUS is developing an innovative solution for managing and sharing the parking spots in the city.

2012 // Bogdan Herea was awarded by GADIF with the distinction “Entrepreneur Francophone de l’Annee” and also became President of the Francophone Business Club in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
2013 // Umanlife.com was awarded by Startup Academy in France and by the Community PharmaSuccess with the distinction “Best Pharma Start-up”. Bogdan Herea is co-founder.
2014 // ACADEMY+PLUS was awarded in 2014 by the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Romania with the Prize for Innovation.

Emil Tamaș

Co-founder at Moqups (Cluj-Napoca - Romania)   |   LinkedIn

Extremely passionate IT entrepreneur wearing multiple hats. Thrives in fast paced startup environments where disruptive innovations can improve the human condition. Spent the last 9 years focusing on creating beautifully designed products. Co-founded Moqups in 2011, a very popular online prototyping product with more than 250,000 users

Salim Virani

Partner at Founder-Centric   |   LinkedIn

An entrepreneur, consultant and Lean Startup advocate.

I'm the creator of Leancamp, an event format which brings multiple industries together around entrepreneurial and design methods to help businesses find unmet needs and get to market faster.

My background is in direct & integrated marketing and Internet technology. The businesses I've founded range from technical service providers to consumer e-commerce sites, and include a digital media department for a major advertising agency.

I help business founders and strategists move quickly from vision to market traction. I help founders understand how to systematically find unmet needs, align research with impact, and reduce early-stage risks.

Specialties:Business strategy: business model design, marketing strategy, Lean Startup, Customer Development, market research.

Getting to market: product development, product launches, Agile development, user experience design.

Digital platforms: designing technical architectures, website design & development, content management and collaboration, scalable systems, Amazon Web Services, LAMP (Linux Apache PHP MySQL)

Norbert Szappanos

Tech Wizard at Imprezzio Global

Norbert is a passionate IT professional focusing on bringing the technical and business world together. Having worked as a technical advisor in conjunction with various startups from the telecom and advertising industry he strongly advocates that market opportunities and a customer centric attitude should shape the IT field, and not the other way around. Winner of various IT contests and international hackathons he is eager on bringing technical excellence and creative solutions to the business mix. When he is not glued to the keyboard he enjoys leading and mentoring tech teams, discovering talent, solving problems, playing musical instruments and keeping up a positive attitude.

Peter Barta

CEO at Post Privatization Foundation   |   LinkedIn

Highly experienced management professional, with over 17-year international experience in both profit and non-profit sectors, Mr Barta has been involved in the management of numerous national and international programs. He has collaborated with various US companies in implementing international aid programs financed by USAID or other international donors. After his involvement in various international projects implemented by institutions such as European Youth Forum and the Council of Europe, he was involved in coordinating and reorganization of SMURD one of the most important emergency services in Romania, after that he reoriented towards entrepreneurship currently is Executive Director of the Post Privatization Foundation (FPP), an institution jointly managed by the European Commission and the Government of Romania, aimed at supporting the development of Romanian entrepreneurial ecosystem through assuring education and financing.

Andrei Costescu

Mobile Entrepreneur. Founder & CEO of mReady   |   LinkedIn

As the CEO of mReady, having the goal to build a company that will be considered a model for other mobile development companies, startups or other companies in general. Providing employees the best opportunities and environment to innovate is one of his main objectives.
Understanding clients' needs and business goals is one of his top responsibilities. He believes that in order to achieve our goals we need to offer to our clients solutions that will help their businesses grow.
Area of expertise: Start-up building, business planning, customer development, marketing strategy, competitive analysis, product management, project management, forming & building great teams!

Contributing and Media Partners
Organizers
Adela Chende
Adrian Pica
Anca Suciu
Cătălina Mironescu
Cristina Juc
Cristina Tare
Fele Enikő
Irina Rotaru
Madalina Grecu
Mircea Vadan
Philipp Kandal
Roxana Oroian
Roxana Rugina
Vlad Ciurca
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