What will you win at Startup Weekend Iași 2018

We all know that people do not participate at a Startup Weekend for the prizes, but at the end of the day after a grueling 54 hours of madness it is nice to be rewarded for your efforts. This year we have some pretty cool prizes (the list is not complete) for successful teams.

Prizes for every attendee

From us and our partners

To start, all of you will receive access for 5 days at The Grape, for your team to continue working on the idea after the final pitch, a on-sight workshop on building the Business Model Canvas with Bogdan Codreanu and one on How to Pitch with Adrian Pica. Yael Rozencwajg is also offering her unconditional remote help to any team interested in blockchains throughout the weekend.

From Techstars Startup Weekend

Google Cloud Platform is offering all Techstars Startup Weekend participants $300 in credits to help build web and mobile apps and we are proud to offer all Techstars Startup Weekend participants access to a free .CO domain.

Crowd favourite prize

  • consultancy for setting up your company covering all the paperwork & legal aspects and one month of accountancy, from our generous partners at ExpertCont;
  • Creative Tim’s big bundle package: 19 awesome products that will help you develop faster and easier.

3rd prize

2nd prize

1st prize

Let us know if you have any other prize ideas and we can try to get them for you :).

We hope that you will all enjoy the benefits of being part of Startup Weekend Iași 2018.
Feel free to invite your friends and let’s make your ideas come true. See you!








Capgemini supports Startup Weekend Iasi

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Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing Services. Present in over 40 countries with almost 145.000 employees, the Capgemini Group helps its clients transform in order to improve their performance and competitive positioning. We offer an array of integrated services that combine top-of-the-range technology with deep sector expertise and a strong command of our four key businesses.

In Iasi we specialize in IT Outsourcing Services and we provide a wide range of activities, starting from First Line, Second and 3rd level IT Help Desk Support, Project Management, Process management and technical assistance.

We nurture our employees’ potential by constantly organizing trainings in different business relevant areas (Leadership, Coaching, Time management, Customer Care, Team performance etc.), helping them certify themselves as IT professionals (ITIL, PRINCE, EM) and improve their language skills through foreign languages academies. We support our employees’ development in multiple areas starting from education sponsorship for their university and post university studies and helping them build a successful career in an international environment.

At Capgemini, we live and breathe the philosophy that people matter and results count. Therefore we take every opportunity to engage our colleagues in different fun events also: “Funny T-shirt Day”, “Tea day“, “Fruits Day”, Volleyball Championships, Christmas Party, Halloween and many others.

We have a long lasting partnership with the universities, which consists of many events dedicated to students such as Master of Business (soft skills training program), SAP Academy, Open Doors Day – all great opportunities for them to develop skills and prepare for a career in outsourcing.








cognitiveSEO supports Startup Weekend Iasi

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cognitiveSEO is an ambitious project funded, founded and based in Iasi that believes in innovation and entrepreneurship. With clients like Amazon, iCrossing, Bitdefender, Razorfish or iProspect, cognitiveSEO has evolved quickly from being just an SEO tool to a fully integrated digital marketing solution from businesses worldwide.

Back in 2010, cognitiveSEO started from one man’s passion for SEO and Digital Marketing and his desire to find a cost-efficient solution that could meet all his professional requirements.

We, at cognitiveSEO, have put the best effort to create a tool-set that will help businesses all over the world to rank and monitor their sites better. Let me tell you this, it’s been a challenging yet a great ride so far. Our enthusiastic team has been working continuously on managing and improving the software, being permanently connected to the newest updates from the digital marketing industry. Our goal is to add value to businesses by providing actionable insight and a 360 view of all marketing related data, using unique and cutting-edge systems to process it.

By 2015, the cognitiveSEO project grew, now involving a fully integrated team of software, graphic, marketing & support specialists, offering a platform used by most of the top digital agencies and SEO professionals worldwide.

If you ever thought that creating an SEO tool from scratch is easy, think again! It takes a lot of work from dedicated programmers and engineers. They are the ones who make the tool actually work (almost flawless), and pretty much bug free.

Making an intuitive and easy to use SEO tool requires a team of creative minds, capable of understanding what the users really need and what would make them actually use it more and more in order to solve their marketing problems. Their endless passion and enthusiasm is what keeps cognitiveSEO on an ongoing path of improvement.

We choose to sponsor Start-Up Weekend Iasi because we think that the role played by businesses of all kind nowadays on the local economy is undoubtedly of great importance, especially in a world that has been radically changed by the parallel processes of economic globalization. We, at cognitiveSEO believe that companies from the Iasi area have a great impact on local sustainability. This is why we proudly say that we are founded and based 100% Iasi and we do our best to be one of the businesses that help the entrepreneurship area develop at its best.

Why we want to do this?

Putting it simple, local economic development offers a benefit that is quite valuable to local residents: more and better job opportunities in their home community, therefore better lives.

You might be familiar with the story of the two English salesmen who went down to Africa in the 1900s. They were sent down to find if there was any opportunity for selling shoes, and they wrote telegrams back home. And one of them wrote: “Situation hopeless. Stop. They don’t wear shoes.” And the other one wrote: “Glorious opportunity. They don’t have any shoes yet.”

Therefore, we believe that it’s not just about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.

And this is why cognitiveSEO is proudly sustaining Start-Up Weekend Iasi:

We know how to make ideas happen and we believe in the importance of local development.

Also, we believe that it is never too late to develop a great business. It’s true that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. Yet, the second best time is now.








Fly with TAROM to be sure you’ll catch Startup Weekend Iasi!

TAROM is the logistic partner of Startup Weekend Iasi, which will take place during 27-29 March 2015.

It gives us great pleasure to be part this year at the event, together with the organizers and participants.

In 2014 TAROM – the Romanian Flag Carrier Company celebrated its 60th anniversary. Throughout its existence, TAROM has gained its passengers’ trust through its reputation as safe and punctual airline, its flight schedule adapted to the needs of its passengers, good connections between destinations, quality services provided to its passengers and, last but not least, the professionalism of the people responsible for the flights.

Starting 2015 Summer Season, TAROM will operate 43 direct flights, 36 international flights departing from Bucharest, Iasi, Sibiu and Cluj – Napoca and 7 domestic flights.

TAROM will start operating the direct flight Valencia to Bucharest between 19 June – 28 September 2015.
Additional frequencies have been introduced on: Madrid to Bucharest (9 frequencies/week), Barcelona to Bucharest (9 frequencies/week from June to September 2015), Stockholm  to Bucharest (4 frequencies/week), Beirut  to Bucharest (4 frequencies/week from June to September 20) and Amman to Bucharest (3 frequencies/week)  routes.

TAROM  operates direct flights from Iasi to:

  • Bucarest
  • Londra (Luton)
  • Tel Aviv
  • Rome
  • Turin
  • Bologna

Onboard menu: TAROM will continue to offer – free of charge – special menus to its passengers. Special meal options such as Hindi, Muslim or Kosher menus are also available.
Baggage: free checked baggage allowance:

  • 1 piece up to 23kg for Economy Class
  • 3 pieces up to 23kg for Business Class

TAROM extends until October 31, 2015 the facility of offering free of charge an additional weight of 2 kg for checked baggage (25 kg instead of  23 kg) to the passengers who use Online Check-In, mobile Check-In or Self Check-In Kiosks and who travel on TAROM flights.

Hand baggage up to 10kg is also included in the fare.

Certification & Awards:

  • In 2014, TAROM certified  its activity in accordance with ISO 9001:2008 – Quality Management System and also obtained its fourth renewal of the IOSA registration.
  • TAROM won again the first place at  “ Airline of the Year 2014” , being the third year in a row.
  • At  the “APG Worldwide Airline Reward for Distribution” 2014, TAROM won the fourth place, after Emirates, Air France and Lufthansa.

The certification demonstrates TAROM’s commitment towards its passengers and partners  for providing the best services.”

Fly with TAROM to be sure you’ll catch Startup Weekend Iasi!








What's in it for the winners

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If you wonder what you will earn besides of an awesome experience and new connections? Here we have the prizes!

Startup Weekend Iasi along with our sponsors wants to help your idea to grow, so we offers you great prizes!

1st Place

The Grape: the business HUB from Iasi, is offering you an awesome reward: Unlimited Membership Plan for one month for the team, with a maximum 3 members at a time. Also, they have 1 Free Unlimited Weekend for whole team.

Publica: the publisher, will enrich your knowledge with a  useful book for your beginning: “The Lean Startup”.

Techsylvania: Which consists of two major parts: Techsylvania Hackathon and        Techsylvania Conference is giving  you 2 Tickets to the event which will take place on 6-9 of June.

ProteckMark: Is offering you a discount in value of 1500 lei for registering a three classes trademark at OSIM.

Smart2Pay :a Payment Service Provider specializing in internet payments, have a Payment package service worth about 5000 euros!

Bitdefender: Bitdefender it will reward your team effort with 7 Mobile Security licenses and goodies! (mug, pen, t-shirt, agenda).

Train2perform: Will help by improving your skills with a Consultative Selling Training of 4 hours for your entire team.

Business Angels Romania: These angels it will help you to fund your bright idea!

CognitiveSEO: a SEO tools which will increase your traffic, will give you a 1-year subscription to the Elite Packet on CognitiveSEO in value of $5988!

Sophia Romania: one of the best home decoration company, will inspire you with some very attractive offers for your future work environment. Don’t forget that you have to pitch!

2nd Place

The Grape: the business HUB from Iasi, is offering you an awesome reward: 3 Days/Week Membership Plan for one month for the team  with  a maximum 3 members at a time. Also, they have 1 Free Unlimited Weekend for whole team.

Publica: the publisher, will enrich your knowledge with a  useful book for your beginning: “The Lean Startup”.

Techsylvania: Which consists of two major parts: Techsylvania Hackathon and  Techsylvania Conference is giving  you 2 Tickets to the event which will take place on 6-9 of June.

ProteckMark: Is offering you a discount in value of 750 lei for registering a three classes trademark at OSIM.

Bitdefender: Bitdefender it will reward your team effort with 6 Mobile Security licenses and goodies! (mug, pen, t-shirt, agenda).

Business Angels Romania: These angels it will help you to fund your bright idea!

CognitiveSEO: a SEO tools which will increase your traffic, will give you a 1-year subscription to the Premium package on CognitiveSEO in value of $2388!

Sophia Romania: one of the best home decoration company, will inspire you with some very attractive offers for your future work environment. Don’t forget that you have to pitch!

3rd Place

The Grape: the business HUB from Iasi, is offering you an awesome reward: 1 Part-time Membership Plan for one month for your team, working hours: 16:00 – 19:30.

Publica: the publisher, will enrich your knowledge with a  useful book for your beginning: “The Lean Startup”.

Techsylvania: Which consists of two major parts: Techsylvania Hackathon and Techsylvania Conference is giving  you 2 Tickets to the event which will take place on 6-9 of June.

ProteckMark: Is offering you a discount in value of 500 lei for registering a three classes trademark at OSIM.

Bitdefender: Bitdefender it will reward your team effort with 6 Mobile Security licenses and goodies! (mug, pen, t-shirt, agenda).

Business Angels Romania: These angels it will help you to fund your bright idea!

CognitiveSEO: a SEO tools which will increase your traffic, will give you a 1-year subscription to Pro package on CognitiveSEO in value of $1188!

Sophia Romania: one of the best home decoration company, will inspire you with some very attractive offers for your future work environment. Don’t forget that you have to pitch!

Best Marketing Prize!

The Grape: the business HUB from Iasi, is offering you an awesome reward: 1 Part-time Membership Plan for one month for your team, working hours between 16:00 – 19:30.

Publica: the publisher, will enrich your knowledge with a  useful book for your beginning: “The Lean Startup”.

Techsylvania: Which consists of two major parts: Techsylvania Hackathon and Techsylvania Conference is giving  you 2 Tickets to the event which will take place on 6-9 of June.

ProteckMark: Is offering you a discount in value of 300 lei for registering a three classes trademark at OSIM.

Bitdefender: Bitdefender it will reward your team effort with 6 Mobile Security licenses and goodies! (mug, pen, t-shirt, agenda).

CognitiveSEO: a SEO tools which will increase your traffic, will give you a 1-year subscription to Pro package on CognitiveSEO in value of $1188!

Sophia Romania: one of the best home decoration company, will inspire you with some very attractive offers for your future work environment. Don’t forget that you have to pitch!

Observation: the prizes that cannot be divided, are offered officially to the person who pitch the idea! To be sure that you will enjoy the full prizes be one of them!








ProtectMARK supports Startup Weekend Iasi

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With an experience of over 10 years, ProtectMARK is one of the most important Intellectual Property Company from the North-East region of Romania.

They are specialized in trademarks, community registered designs and geographical indications, looking forward to a patent division any time soon. In a world where novelty is everything, ProtectMARK represents their clients before the Romanian Office for Trademarks and Patents (OSIM), the Office for the Harmonization of the Internal Market (OHIM) and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Their consultancy services include: analyzing a company’s trademark portfolio, research and search reports, registration and renewal of trademarks, designs and geographical indications, monitoring registered trademarks, filing oppositions and cancellations against other similar trademarks, filing points of view, representation before the Offices etc.

Alongside their clients, ProtectMARK develops the trademark portfolio strategy and offers legal advice on risk management, continuous growth and market protection. For the benefits of their clients, ProtectMARK offers the best advice regarding intellectual property rights so that no infringement of rights occur. Moreover, they aid their clients in other aspects, such as transfer or licensing of trademarks.

With clients as Fitterman Pharma, Iaşi City Council, Iaşi City Hall, Oameni şi Companii, Colegiul Naţional Emil Racoviţă, EDUMANAGER, Children Academy, FIDELIA CASA, OXYGEN, Fence Construct, ELEMATIS, REGALLIA, their services target growing businesses as well as some key players from Iasi’s business world.








Smart2Pay supports Startup Weekend Iasi

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Smart2Pay is a Payment Service Provider specializing in internet payments since 2002. Our head office is based in Amsterdam area (Holland); we have offices in Spain, Brazil, USA and Romania. We have partnered with many banks and financial institutions all over the world. We are a one stop shop for leading Merchants selling goods or services over the internet globally. We help internet merchants that need to increase sales and collect funds from consumers globally, by providing a solution that gives them access to the best local alternative payment methods in the world.

One of Smart2Pay’s specialty is turning browsers into buyers: There is a demonstrated correlation between the number of localized payment methods offered and increased customer conversion rates. However, thinking global and acting local can be a challenge in such a diverse and complex industry: Multiple payment methods are key to revenue growth.

Smart2Pay is privately owned licensed financial institution. After its inception it started adding alternative payment methods to meet their initial merchants’ needs. It offers full service provisioning, including collection, reconciliation and reporting for all payment methods.

The latest Smart2Pay product is the GlobalPay platform which enabled them to offer access to over 200 payment methods in over 85 countries, through one technical integration and one contract.

Smart2Pay also helps merchants boost their revenue: Smart2Pay can help your company to increase its international market share significantly by enabling you to provide your customers and distributors with the ability to pay with their preferred payment method and local currency, which in many cases is not a credit card. Online merchants have access to many (alternative) payment options ranging from online bank transfer (real-time), local regular bank transfer (intraday reporting), ATM payments, Cash Payments, local E-wallet (real-time), Mobile payments (real-time) to Credit and Debit Card processing.

GlobalPay covers all important payment options over the world in one go and is simple to integrate and maintain, while providing maximum security and scalability.
GlobalPay’s offers three integration flavors through just one API:

  • The first one is a simple hosted payment page to which the merchant simply redirects the customer to make the purchase.
  • The second flavor consists of a semi-hosted payment page, where the customer has some information pre-selected like Country/Language/Method and Smart2Pay collects the specific information required for each payment method.
  • The third integration flavor is a seamless integration, where method selection is done on the merchant’s page and the customer is redirected to the payment provider without seeing Smart2Pay’s pages.

With an in-house IT development team, Smart2Pay is the leading provider of alternative payment methods in the world adding on average 2-3 methods every 2 months. Smart2Pay uses the latest technologies available to be able to offer high uptime and the flexibility required for any fast paced internet business.

The hosted payment page can be shown in an iFrame and is optimized for mobile. Merchants can operate more websites under the same account and track transactions to their respective websites and also merchants can be settled to different accounts based on where the transaction came from.

A feature very helpful for merchants is the possibility to offer refunds no matter what the payment method used to make the purchase was. This Generic Refund option is unique to Smart2Pay, as some of the most popular alternative payment methods do not have native refund option.

Smart2Pay also provides extensions for Magento, Opencart and Prestashop, which are the most used ecommerce carts on the market. Merchants who use these open-source shopping carts can easily get access to over 200 payment methods by just installing their extensions and notifying Smart2Pay.

As part of its service portfolio, Smart2Pay offers currency conversion of sales volumes collected in up to 150 local currencies into a desired remittance currency. This enables you as a merchant to conduct your business worldwide with fixed, negotiated foreign exchange currency conversion fees, leading to a reduced FX risk for globally collected revenues. In short: Smart2Pay’s FX currency conversion service minimizes treasury costs, reduces currency conversion risk, and lets you benefit from economies of scale.

Merchants increase revenues and cut costs by partnering with Smart2Pay; Smart2Pay’s knowledge of the international payment landscape and local payment preferences uniquely qualifies it to advise your company on how to increase online conversion rates, expand distribution channels, and streamline back office matching and reconciliation processes.

Currently Merchants of Smart2Pay can use from over 200 real alternative payment methods in over 85 countries, through one integration and one contract and get the benefits of boosting sales, increasing profits and pleasing customers.








CREAT3D supports Startup Weekend Iasi

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Start-ups are about technology and innovation, about giving life to ideas but most of all about talented and passionate people. This year we have a lot of these people as participants, judges and organizers and we hope inspiration will be the word of the day. And going beyond words, we are bringing a new technology that we hope to give an extra kick to the mix. During SW participants will have access to a 3D printer provided by CREAT3D, a start-up that wants to bring 3D printing closer to you in a responsible and affordable way. We think 3d printing reflects the SW spirit, about bringing ideas to life and we encourage participants to try it out over the course of SW.
The 3D printer is a machine, like a CNC that uses a biodegradable plastic as raw material, and based on a computer generated/created 3D model, it makes a 3 dimensional sculpture of it. It’s not super fast, but you can make almost anything. You will soon learn and see.
Sebastian from CREAT3D will be there to give you answers and make this introduction as easy and fun as possible. He held workshops in Copenhagen, Denmark and coached more than 200 people about 3D printing and digital manufacturing and has worked with FabLab Copenhagen and other Danish institutions to bring this technology closer to people. His goal is to spread the knowledge among his peers and encourage creativity. You can find more about his work on https://www.thingiverse.com/sebastianrosca/about or https://www.facebook.com/creat3d.ro

We are damn excited about this, we hope you are too. But if not, just drop by the 3D printer and we can guarantee that is going to be a good love story.








Business Angels Romania supports Startup Weekend Iasi

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Business Angels Romania wants to raise awareness and promote business angels investments as a great choice for start-ups. The community is a source of information and expertise which helps both investors and entrepreneurs to understand the market with the new developments and key trends and facilitates the access to relevant financing sources.

Business Angels Romania, a new community established in 2014, possesses: an investors club, with 20 active full-members, 38 viable start-up ideas and a few tens of associates.

More than that, Business Angels Romania is an EBAN member (The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players) which has at the moment 141 members in 41 countries. The organization is international and nonprofit and gathers member organizations and individuals from Europe and beyond.

We support Startup Weekend entrepreneurs!

Business Angels is suitable for those who have a business idea, but don’t have the necessary funds, enough know-how or they have too few contacts in their agenda. We offer:

  • access to a large number of possible investors;
  • free consulting to help you build the business idea and develop the business plan;
  • legal advice for closing the partnership contract with the investor;
  • consulting for finding the suitable European funding;
  • consulting for implementing the project funded by a Business Angel.