It’s just like a festival.. entrepreneurial festival

hey you,

The Startup Weekend experience can be often compared to one of a festival. One that’s made with loads of creativity & ideas, being entrepreneurship oriented and all about the community => You get to validate (or invalidate) your ideas in a safe environment while giving it a go at this whole entrepreneurship thing.

Because it is a community event and because it is a educational event we’d like everyone to take part. It does not matter what skills you master and neither does your background. At Startup Weekend everybody is important, everybody can have an idea (or not, and that’s also OK) and most important everybody can be part of one of the amazing teams working for the entire weekend.

 

You can find the pricing of the tickets below. To ensure a valuable experience for everyone @SWTimisoara, we’re partnering up with amazing mentors, great partners & a global community. The event is completely led by volunteers and the costs of the tickets goes to making sure you have: mentors from all over (yes, both local & international), great food, swag (who doesn’t love goodies), prizes and so much more.

If you’ve made it this far make sure you get your ticket here.

Feel free to ping us for any questions &/ suggestions.

OverAndOut,

#SWTimisoaraTeam








Everybody is a winner!

We’re interrupting your local announcement to tell you more about what took place this weekend.

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Startup Weekend Timisoara #5 started on Friday evening with 16 pitches. All the participants went through organized chaos and figured out that they should be working together within 7 legendary teams: Thumb wars, Money, Trainerz.co, Fitzilla, Movie lingua & Smart ticket. Find them on f6s.com.

We’re all about learning at Startup Weekend and we hope that together we managed to grow. We had two workshops on Saturday that helped increase the know-how level with one talking about Business Model Canvas and the other one making sure your pitch will be out of this world.

On Sunday, the pressure started to appear whilst teams were getting ready for the final presentations. They had only 5 minutes to present how their product was validated, how they built an MVP and how they will be making money. The judges were ready, and the teams delivered their pitches with style.

At the end it all came down to figuring out how did the teams perform in relation with one-another. And thus the judges deliberated [drum roll]

Fitzilla – 3rd place

Movie lingua – 2nd place

.. and the winner of SWTimisoara #5 is…. Smart ticket!

We’re here to support all of the teams in their endeavour and to push them forward into working on their projects, learning and then pivoting some more. Make sure you join our Facebook group in order to be able to reach to anybody within the community.

We’re working on uploading all of the media files from the event and we’re really happy that our viewers were able to be present via on-line streaming. You can already find pictures on SWTimisoara Facebook page, Friday pitches on the Youtube channel here.

Stay tuned for more!








SWTimisoara thanks you!

Dear partners,

We really appreciate your support and we assure you it got noticed!

The awesome t-shirts and prizes powered by Blue Couch Digital. The participants, mentors and organizers were really proud to be wearing them & of course, the winning teams were really happy about winning the prizes!

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Thanks to Telekom Romania everybody was able to connect all over the world. The internet was super-fast and stable. The participants were able to build platforms & validate via their online access.

Telenav helped us by making sure we have everything we need to run a proper event. They were also the ones who supported us first, and it’s their 2nd time in a row partnering up with us.

We had an amazing array of partners who helped us make a great event and we’d like to thank you all: hackTM, Techsylvania, 150Sec, ABC AcceleratorThe Hub, MemoryStudio, Ambasada, Senneviile, Universitatea de Vest, Ctrl-DAIESECESN & Best Timisoara.

On behalf of the whole community in Timisoara, we’d like to thank you!








Sharing your experience

A few hours left till the big event!
Tell your friends to stay tuned – you’ll be sharing your experiences and ideas as you go full speed ahead on your project. Why? Because Telekom’s got us covered!
Our friends at Telekom have a keen interest in start-ups and technology innovation (obviously!), and so they lent a hand by offering us the best they have – internet connection.
So leave your packed data at home and buckle up – you’ll be sending your updates at 4G speed.

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Food, food and more food

Hey there,

It’s the final countdown for the announcements out there. Stay tuned for all the funky swag&prizes related announcements we’ve got installed aaand until then we interrupt your regular mentor-sponsor shouts to let you know that we’ll have plenty of food and sweets to keep you energized and up&going within the weekend.

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All of the above means that the drinks are on you 🙂

This year has been a little harder in terms of the budget and we’ll be looking into improving this for next editions.

Also, let us know if there’s anything we can help with before the event. An e-mail will go your way soon with all the details, locations for non-loco attendees and things you can browse before the event.

SWeeTM Team over and out!








I.N.T.E.R.N.E.T

We consider good internet as one of the most important factors of a successful event. And so we’d like to introduce and thank our internet partner for bringing yet again an awesome connection at the 5th edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara.

We welcome Telekom onboard our Startup Weekend journey and would like to thank them for partnering up with us yet again and helping out so that we can rely on a powerful internet connection.

If we scroll down memory lane, last year’s speedtest looked like this:

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We’re curious on how it will all work this year and there’s only one way to find out: be there!








Our first partner

We’re always grateful for the support offered by the community and by it’s members. We’re even more overwhelmed when the support comes from outside the community. This is why we proudly announce Telenav as the first partner for this year’s edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara.

Telenav’s mission is to help reduce stress, improve productivity, and make life more fun for people on the go. They develop personalized navigation services that help people make smarter decisions about where to go, what to do, when to leave, and how to get there.

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You can always be up-to-date with their work by following them on facebook.

Partners help make Startup Weekend Timisoara what it is today and help us have a continuously developing and growing community. Read more about partnering and supporting #SWTimisoara here








Why your idea won’t succeed at Startup Weekend

We had a go at the 5 why’s to attend a Startup Weekend event here. We are asked a lot about what ideas, projects and teams succeed to “graduate” from Startup Weekend. Here are some, and what we’d like to add to this that Startup Weekend is more than an event where you can start your next Facebook. Startup Weekend is an educational event that will actually teach you how to transform an idea into a business any time in the future.

That’s why we thought about coming up with some reasons about why your idea won’t succeed at Startup Weekend and why that’s quite OK. 

  1. You’ll learn how to pivot, and thus your idea will change.

The learning experience is off the charts. The best way to learn something is to actually do it. And this is what we focus at Startup Weekend. We’ll teach you how to identify your customers and then go to ask for real feedback to see if your product really is useful to them. Many times, it will turn out that what you thought is not what your clients want. And that’s quite ok, based on what you learned, you can pivot – keep parts of your initial idea that work, change and adapt what’s not ok.

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  1. There will be The Team you’ll want to join and drop your idea

At the end of the day it’s all about the team. We strongly think that if you’ve got the proper team you can pretty much accomplish anything. You’ll be working in teams (no less the 3) and you are also going to understand how startup life is. And it won’t be about one being a CEO and the others doing the work 🙂

If you manage to find the people with whom you clicked from the first minute you’ve met, the idea don’t matter that much – with the perfect cofounder you can move mountains, so don’t let them go.

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  1. It’s only a nice dream but not a business

It might be the case you’d notice that there’s no way you can monetize your idea. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. It’s just that you can make a business out if it in that state. And is a lot better to realize that early so you won’t spend your energy, time and money on something with little chances to succeed. Better to get over it and focus on the next big idea.
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  1. You’ll be talking to all those awesome people and won’t have time to work.

    Being a community is all about interaction and meeting everyone. There’s a pretty cool line-up of mentors at Startup Weekend that are there to help and guide you. All of them have really great stories to tell. Make sure you balance your time in order to talk to the mentors and organizers. More important, mingle with the other participants outside your team.

Tip: before the event starts & lunch times are usually the best for networking.

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  1. Don’t just have an idea.. And keep it for yourself. Share it with the world!

You’ll miss the chance to pitch your idea, thinking it’s not good enough or somebody else will steal it.

Usually ⅓ of the participants at a Startup Weekend pitch an idea. We encourage you to help increase that ratio. No matter how crazy your idea is, no matter what it is about, pitch it! You’ll learn a lot more if you do and you won’t have to wonder what would have happened if you’d have pitched 🙂

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This is not a blogpost that wants to make you not believe in yourself, but to help you realize there are a lot many other opportunities out there and it’s up to you if you want to take the value out of them. Remember, we’re all about entrepreneurship and education at Startup Weekend Timisoara. We will encourage you and we’re here to help.