Here’s what happened at #swcluj2017

This year Startup Weekend Cluj has reached its 6th edition and has become, once again, a place where young people met to exchange ideas, learn about entrepreneurship from the mentors and put the basis of their own business.

A weekend filled with energy, discussions & feedback sessions with mentors, has ended with the final presentations and awarding the winners of the 2017 edition. Out of 97 participants, 33 have pitched their ideas and, after the voting, 15 ideas were selected to get to the next stage.

StepUp – Kids gait abnormalities carefully monitored. It helps doctors keep a close eye on their patients. (Andrei Munteanu)

Psytera – A tool for psychoanalysts to better manage the interaction with their clients. It will improve time efficiency and convenience, and take psychology to a digital dimension. (Ion-Gheorghe Petrovai)

Get your garbage together – This is a project to raise awareness & make it easier for people to recycle and to get informed about ecology and the way in which humans affect nature. (Alexandru Tamas)

Restate – A platform for connecting people who are looking to buy a flat directly to the sellers, bypassing 3rd party intermediaries. (Despina Donca)

Din grădină (From the garden) – Gives the farmers the opportunity to sell their products online, being in direct contact with the buyer. (Ana Maria Seplecan)

Studmate – A platform for students where they can share info & other useful materials, depending on their field of interest. (Paul Chirila)

Hashiru – A local development platform where you can build your own app without having to learn to code. (Cosmin Hărănguș)

Jump in – Ride sharing for people living in the same neighbourhoods. (Eliza Nițoi)

Votespot – Contextual feedback made easy. A product which enables companies to get real time feedback from their customers, thus improving their services & staying ahead of the competition. (Vlad Mirel)

Venue Video – An entertainment system for a venue (bar, restaurant, etc), for people to watch livestreamed videos from other places around the world & have the opportunity to interact with people in other locations, using interactive games, advertising, etc. (David Altmayer)

PubJump – Aims to create a global platform for pub crawling to promote fun in an organized way. It would address 3 markets: the pub, the consumer and the brands. Bring new technology to the old centuries ”art” of pub crawling. (Gyula Nemeth)

Hobby Seeker – A platform for those who want to try new activities (hobbies) find other people with the same interests & do it together. (Andrei Vasilescu)

HoppaCar – A website that connects all the public transport companies in Romania with their clients. Sell & buy tickets, and plan your travel itinerary all in one place. It would address mainly people who travel between cities on a regular basis. (Adrian Buhai)

Teenera – Most people don’t know what career to choose, this is where Teenera comes to the rescue. It will provide users with their own career paths and assess what opportunities might lay ahead, in this particular direction. (Marian Alecu)

And the winners of Startup Weekend Cluj 2017 are:

  • Psytera – locul I
  • Grip App – locul II
  • Venue Video – locul III

The organizers of his edition of Startup Weekend Cluj are: Mircea Vadan, Adriana Pieptea, Andrada Todea, Cristina Juc, Roxana Rugina, Adrian Pica, Onisim Gabrian, Francisc Salamon, Flavia Tiloiu, Alexandru Selejan, Luiza Ivan, Larisa Lacatus, Cristina Tare, Mark Filipas.

We are really grateful to the lovely people who have agreed to share their own experience with the teams as mentors: Sebastian Campos Groth – Program Manager @ Techstars, Erik Barna – Founder & CEO @ Life is Hard, Florin Muresan – Founder & CEO @ Squirrly, Alex Burciu – Software Development Manager, Florian Gheorghe – Layer & Angel Investor, Adrian GhearaTech Startups Advisor & Investor, Andrei Firoiu – Co-Founder @ CoWork Timisoara, Lucian Despoiu – Founder & CEO @ Majoritas, Tsvetelina Yordanova – Graphic Designer, Madalin Craciun – Lead UX Designer @ mReady, Roxana Rugina – Program Facilitator @ Spherik Accelerator. The event was hosted by Galin Zhelyazkov – Advisory Board Member @ Beehive.

This whole weekend wouldn’t have been possible without our sponsors: Telenav, mReady, Spherik Accelerator & Life is Hard, and partners: Engager, Techsylvania, Tech Open Air, Pioneers, Login, Webit, How to Web, Wolves Summit, Cluj Cowork, Cluj Hub, Impact Hub Cluj-Napoca, Symme 3D & Cheerup, whom we are deeply grateful for.

If you want to say Hi, you can reach us at, or find & follow us on social media: SWCluj.

SW Cluj Gets An Official Mobile App

This is the first year that Startup Weekend Cluj has an official mobile app that was masterly crafted by the mReady team. We believe it will prove to be a useful tool for all our attendees and are really excited to give it a try.

It’s an easy way to get a hold of everyone who’s present at the event. You can share ideas, find the right team mates and receive feedback. Startup Weekend Cluj mobile app makes it easy to reach out to mentors, whenever you need help and it offers all the useful data you need to know at just an arm’s reach. See what’s happening and stay up to date in just a few easy steps.

  1. Set up your profile

After you have downloaded and installed the app, it’s time to share with others who are you, what are your skills and who are you looking to meet. Based on the preferences you choose, you will receive personalized profiles suggestions. The more targeted your selection, the better results you will be given.

  1. Browse profiles to see who else is there

Browsing profiles is easy and fun. The app’s internal algorithm will make sure you only get relevant suggestions, based on your selected preferences. If you already know who you’re looking for, you can always search for their names in the category lists.

  1. Reach out to people

To start a conversation with someone, you’ll have to send them a message first, to let them know you’re interested. As soon as they get back to you, the adventure begins. You’ll see that there are also people interested in meeting you. Make sure you don’t keep them waiting. The magic happens when you let it happen.

We’re really excited to meet you soon! Get your app from the App Store or Google Play and let the fun begin! The login information will be sent via email only to Startup Weekend Participants.