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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. 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.

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Startup Weekend Cluj 2015 is here!

Platinum Sponsors
Speakers

Thomas Bachem

Member of the Board at Bundesverband Deutsche Startups

Thomas “Tom” Bachem is a passionate entrepreneur and founder of several startups. Starting his entrepreneurial career in his very youth, the list of companies he founded includes sevenload, Fliplife, Scaling Technologies, United Prototype and Lebenslauf.com. Though he studied International Business at Cologne Business School, his true passion lies in tech, and he spends a lot of his time designing, coding and building products himself. He currently spends most of the remaining time as Member of the Board at Bundesverband Deutsche Startups, the startups association he co-founded in 2012 to strengthen Germany's startup ecosystem and is an active business angel and frequent speaker.

Bogdan Iordache

CEO, co-founder at How to Web

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

Todor Breshkov

Managing Partner, LAUNCHub, Bulgaria   |   LinkedIn

Todor Breshkov is one of the Managing Partners of LAUNCHub LAUNCHub, a seed fund supporting the most promising entrepreneurs and digital startups in South and Eastern Europe.
Todor has a substantial experience and his professional expertise varies within the areas of Management, Finance, Business Development, VC and entrepreneurship. Todor’s background is in Investment banking achieved as Managing Partner of one of the largest brokerage and corporate finance boutiques in Bulgaria - FFBH and also Member of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian Stock Exchange - Sofia (2003 - 2009). Todor was a Member of the Supervisory Board (2003 - 2011) of First Investment Bank, EUR 3 BLN in assets. He is also Partner in the largest real estate fund in Bulgaria.
In his free time, Todor likes all types of outdoor activities, especially with family and friends.

Ibrahim Evsan

Serial Entrepreneur and Web Evangelist   |   LinkedIn

Ibrahim is one of the most known German entrepreneurs, who has more than 15 years of startup management experience and was voted in 2008 by Deutsche Startups as #2 Most important German Web Founder. He is currently Co-Founder and Managing Director of fliplife.com, a United Prototype company, after launching and successfully developed startups as sevenload.
Ranked among Top 5 Social Media Highflyers by Internet World Business, Ibrahim is a keynote speaker and panelist at various conferences (CeBIT, InternetWorld, Deutscher Online Marketing Kongress, CMO Summit, gamescom, and others).
Ibrahim is a member of German UNICEF committee, meber of Medienbeirat NRW, Medienkommission NRW and Deutschlandstiftung Integration. He is a well known blogger http://ibrahimevsan.ro) and top-ranked twitterer (@ibo).

Simon Obstbaum

Owner and Founder of YOPESO, Business Angel   |   LinkedIn

Simon founded his IT-Outsourcing company in 2003 with offices in Germany, Romania, Republic of Moldova and Malaysia, and currently employs more than 100 people. Main focus is on e-commerce and social networking industries, but capable to provide customer tailored solutions for other clients too.

While growing his own company, Simon was constantly and actively looking to partner on different other companies too. Within his network of strategic partners he can now find solutions to most of the challenges within the IT industry.

Christoph Raethke

Founder at BSA Berlin Startup Academy UG   |   LinkedIn

BSA Founder Christoph Räthke moved to Berlin in 1990, started his career in a digital agency in 1996, tried and failed to build his first startup in 1999/2000 and has been working with the Berlin digital industry ever since.

In 2006, he began freelancing as innovation advisor and interim manager for big and small companies. From 2008 to 2012, he co-founded and hosted Mobile Monday Berlin, running quarterly events for the Mobile Internet community. In 2010/11, Christoph ran two semesters of The Founder Institute, graduating a list of companies that have meanwhile been seed-funded and are on their way to the stars, like ondango, oteeto, itembase and keyrocket.

In 2011 and 2012, he hosted the Startup Day at webinale conference, and helped organizing and implementing startup community events like Tech Open Air, This Week in Startups (TWiST) Berlin and Pitchslam. In 2012, he started mentoring at Startupbootcamp Berlin and Deutsche Telekom’s “Hubraum” incubator and accelerator – with a goal to equip founders with what they need to build digital companies that have a chance to grow and last.

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.

Calin Fusu

Online entrepreneur and CEO Neogen.ro & BestJobs.ro   |   LinkedIn

Graduate of the Academy of Economic Studies, at 21 years old becomes director of two companies in Tg. Mures. Here he meets the people that will be his future partners and sets up Rogenerator (later Neogen). After a year in which several online projects are being launched , success is assured by BestJobs.ro, an online recruitment site that earns the title “Best Recruitment Website” 3 times consecutively.
After RoGenerator becomes Neogen, Calin Fusu serves as General Manager (currently,Neogen is present in 7 countries in South Eastern Europe).

Mircea Patachi

Perl Department Manager at Evozon Systems   |   LinkedIn

Mircea Patachi is a passionate and experienced entrepreneur with a heavy innovative tech background in both public and private sector companies.

He has a strong attraction towards startups and disruptive innovation and has co-founded several startups to date. He believes that new business & media trends demand new and creative strategies and innovative approaches, that’s why his way of doing IT is rather unconventional.

He is currently the Perl Department Manager at Evozon, a software development and consulting services agency. His role as a department manager suits his personality like a glove, as he is amazing at building relationships with people-what defines these bonds is Trust and Respect.

Patrik Jansson

Investment and business development manager MTG CEE

Several years’ experience for MTG working in the operations and business development for MTG in Baltic, Ukraine and CEE region

Currently, Patrik is responsible for MTG in CEE region for sourcing, investing and growing new online ventures.

Silver Sponsors
Mentors

Thomas Bachem

Member of the Board at Bundesverband Deutsche Startups   |   LinkedIn

Thomas “Tom” Bachem is a passionate entrepreneur and founder of several startups. Starting his entrepreneurial career in his very youth, the list of companies he founded includes sevenload, Fliplife, Scaling Technologies, United Prototype and Lebenslauf.com. Though he studied International Business at Cologne Business School, his true passion lies in tech, and he spends a lot of his time designing, coding and building products himself. He currently spends most of the remaining time as Member of the Board at Bundesverband Deutsche Startups, the startups association he co-founded in 2012 to strengthen Germany's startup ecosystem and is an active business angel and frequent speaker.

Rafael Baur

Director at wenglor sensoric Gmbh

In 2010 Rafael became General Manager of wenglor sensoric GmbH. wenglor sensoric is a manufacturer of components for the automation industry with sales subsidaries in the whole world and development and production plants in Germany and Romania. Before taking full-time responsibility in the headquarters in Germany he gained experiece as interims head of R&D of the rumanian R&D department in Sibiu. During earlier engagements and during his positions at wenglor sensoric he mostly gained experience related to R&D project management, R&D and production processes and product and corporate strategy.

Being alumni of Carnegie Mellon University and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Rafael is an Engineer of Electrical Engineering and Information technology who specialised in the fields computer vision and image processing.

Entrepreneurship is one of his hobbies. He invests time and passion in helping people to build their own businesses and developing startups. Rafael is also a member of the German organization for young entrepreneurs - BJU – Bund Junger Unternehmer.

Robin Conley

Learning Designer and Trainer for MTG Academy   |   LinkedIn

Robin is a coach and trainer in MTG (Modern Times Group) with a background in media and marketing. His role in MTG is to develop employees in the areas of presentation skills, communication, sales, as well as enhancing their media knowledge, particularly giving them the opportunity to learn about digital

Bogdan Iordache

CEO, co-founder at 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.

Patrik Jansson

Investment and business development manager MTG CEE   |   LinkedIn

Several years’ experience for MTG working in the operations and business development for MTG in Baltic, Ukraine and CEE region

Currently, Patrik is responsible for MTG in CEE region for sourcing, investing and growing new online ventures.

Marius Jumolea

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

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.

Simon Obstbaum

Owner and Founder of YOPESO, Business Angel   |   LinkedIn

Simon founded his IT-Outsourcing company in 2003 with offices in Germany, Romania, Republic of Moldova and Malaysia, and currently employs more than 100 people. Main focus is on e-commerce and social networking industries, but capable to provide customer tailored solutions for other clients too.

While growing his own company, Simon was constantly and actively looking to partner on different other companies too. Within his network of strategic partners he can now find solutions to most of the challenges within the IT industry.

Christoph Raethke

Founder at BSA Berlin Startup Academy UG   |   LinkedIn

BSA Founder Christoph Räthke moved to Berlin in 1990, started his career in a digital agency in 1996, tried and failed to build his first startup in 1999/2000 and has been working with the Berlin digital industry ever since.

In 2006, he began freelancing as innovation advisor and interim manager for big and small companies. From 2008 to 2012, he co-founded and hosted Mobile Monday Berlin, running quarterly events for the Mobile Internet community. In 2010/11, Christoph ran two semesters of The Founder Institute, graduating a list of companies that have meanwhile been seed-funded and are on their way to the stars, like ondango, oteeto, itembase and keyrocket.

In 2011 and 2012, he hosted the Startup Day at webinale conference, and helped organizing and implementing startup community events like Tech Open Air, This Week in Startups (TWiST) Berlin and Pitchslam. In 2012, he started mentoring at Startupbootcamp Berlin and Deutsche Telekom’s “Hubraum” incubator and accelerator – with a goal to equip founders with what they need to build digital companies that have a chance to grow and last.

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.

Valentin Oreshkov

Co-Founder of CloudRunner.IO and Scout at LAUNCHub Seed & Acceleration Fund   |   LinkedIn

Founder of CloudRunner, one of the high potentials in LAUNCHub portfolio, ex Everbread, Manager software development Startup junkie, love building things from scratch. I have experience in product development, project management, agile development, scaling web operations, scaling teams, web and back-end technology. Interested in business development and strategy.

Calin Fusu

Calin Fusu Online entrepreneur and CEO Neogen.ro & BestJobs.ro   |   LinkedIn

Graduate of the Academy of Economic Studies, at 21 years old becomes director of two companies in Tg. Mures. Here he meets the people that will be his future partners and sets up Rogenerator (later Neogen). After a year in which several online projects are being launched , success is assured by BestJobs.ro, an online recruitment site that earns the title “Best Recruitment Website” 3 times consecutively.
After RoGenerator becomes Neogen, Calin Fusu serves as General Manager (currently,Neogen is present in 7 countries in South Eastern Europe).

Cosmin Ochisor

Business Development Manager at Hubraum Krakow   |   LinkedIn

Experienced in a wide variety of business fields within or near Telecom industry: Directory Services, Value Added Services and general new business development. Extensive experience as well in re-organization/outsourcing processes, M&A and working with multi-skilled international teams.
Product manager experienced in product development, marketing communication (ATL&BTL), rolling-out new products on the market.

Specialties: Project management, team coordination, business development, outsourcing, strategic marketing.

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Vlad Ciurca
Philipp Kandal
Oana Petrus
Adela Chende
Irina Rotaru
Roxana Oroian
Anca Suciu
Vidar Andersen
Florin Cîrțină
Ioana Jurje
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