#SWCluj2018 – The Winners

And it’s a wrap up! During the weekend of March 2-4, 2018, Startup Weekend Cluj has reached the 7th edition. The energy and enthusiasm shared in the last 3 days by young entrepreneurs and innovators, was truly inspiring.

From 87 participants that have joined us, 26 have pitched their ideas and, after the voting process, 11 ideas were selected to the next stage. Meet them all below (in no particular order).

NeedIN’Mars – a mechanism for data aggregation, which will be used to generate a set of needs for living on Mars. The B2C component is a mobile app game, that aims to help people prepare for their journey.

Team: Simina Dinca, Mihai Costiug, Andrea Aczel, Valentin Geanta; team lead: Adrian Bona.

Reshare – a platform for tech companies to collaborate with content creators and influencers in order to generate entire marketing campaigns. It will help measure feedback & ROI..

Team: Cosmin Pruteanu, Christian Lang, Roxana Eftene, Sonia Baglio, Elisabetta Trovato; team lead: Victor Motogna.

Muffi – an educational app for kids and their parents, with quality interactive content, that has the purpose to teach children about different topics, through games and other .

Team: Paul Buciuman, Marius Ardelean, Andrei Vasilescu, Cosmin Harangus, Alexandra Pop, Teodora Ciont, Darius Cupse; team lead: Silvia Sanda Oprea.

Engage – have teambuildings everyday through a mobile application. Employees receive diverse challenges from fitness to cooking, in order to increase their engagement towards the work environment.

Team: Andrei Rat, Calin Tamas, Daniel Irimie, Farcas Bianca, Despina Maria Donca, Robert Miklas; team lead: Paul Chirila.

True Self – a “guided thought diary” mobile app that helps students who are about to finish university find a fulfilling career and create meaningful personal and professional relationships by supporting them to discover their true self through difficult questions, created by professional therapists.

Team: Diana Boca, Andreea Popa, Valentin Radulescu, Marius Ilie, Ludovica Bella Monica, Paolo Piana; team lead: Madalin Craciun.

Biop A.I. – an AI based automated cancer identification software.

Team: Hao Wang, Mihaela Raulea, Elimelec Burghelea, Cristina Vadana; team lead: Benyamin Matei-Dediu.

PlayTime – a platform that connects early & middle aged artists with event organizers, promoters and talent scouters, in order to generate gigs & other types of collaborations.

Team: Marius Cocis, Horia Gruita, Sebastian Muresan, Sorin Tufa, Claudiu Ignat; team lead: Cristian-Daniel Rusu.

People like me – helps cancer patients’ families find shelter near the hospitals and offers them opportunities to get away (for a little period at least) from their problems.

Team: Florin Ionita, Cristina Poputea, Adela Morosan, Stefania Isaila, Andreea Porumb; team lead: Alex Pausan.

Haystack – a matchmaking platform that connects lost pets with their owners.

Team: Sergiu Marcus, Alexandru Bodea, ; team lead: Anca Ungureanu.

Out Kat – a platform to discover crazy and interesting activities do to in the free time, nearby. Random, one at a time suggestions, with the possibility to rate & review each one.

Team: Ovidiu Stupariu, Adam Kiss, Ciprian Anton, Nicu Timofte; team lead: Tudor Stupariu.

Virtual Spaces – an aggregator for event locations, aimed at event organizers, which will offer virtually guided tours and have

Team: Demirel Ali, Monica Zara, Alex Balas, Cosmin Morarescu, Alexandru Comaniciu, Iulian Iancu; team lead: Alexandru Molnar.

The Winners of Startup Weekend Cluj 2018 are:

1st place: Engage

2nd place: Out Kat

3rd place: BIOP-AI

Some very special people have joined this edition as mentors. Our teams have learned from Sebastian Campos Groth – Program Manager @ Techstars, Bogdan Iordache – Partner @ Gecad Ventures, Mihai Rotaru – Founder & CEO @ Clever Taxi, Gabriel Dombri – CEO @ Tapptitude, Agata Kukwa – Communications Director @ Saule Technologies, Cristian Dascalu – Partner @ GapMinder.VC, David Trayford – CEO @ Wow Media, Rumen Iliev – Partner @ Launch Hub, Botond Székely – CEO @ Halcyon Mobile, Vlad Gliga – CEO @ Rubik Hub, Lidia Betoaea – Program Manager @ Rubik Hub and Florin Muresan, CEO @ Squirly. The event was facilitated by the amazing Tetiana Siianko.

This year’s edition is possible with the support of our sponsors: Telenav, Halcyon Mobile, Life Is Hard and partners: Clever Taxi, Hosterion, Cluj Hub, Cluj Cowork, Techsylvania, Creative Tim, Cluj Startups, Fresh Blood, Aries Transilvania & Daisler Print House, whom we are extremely grateful to.

The #swcluj2018 organizing team was: Andrada Todea, Alexandra Peculea, Andreia Zota, Larisa Bejan, Adriana Pieptea, Alex Selejan, Feri Salamon, Alex Burciu, Mircea Vadan, Titus Ardelean, Onisim Gabrian, Adrian Pica. Cristina Juc.

Thank you & see you next year!








SWCluj2018 – The Prizes

In less than a week we’ll meet at Startup Weekend Cluj, 2018 edition and it’s about time to let you in on the prizes. This is what we have put together for this year, so far:

1st Place Winners:

2nd Place Winners:

3rd Place Winners:

Special prize for an #ehealth startup idea:

  • 3 months FREE mentorship & consultancy from Fresh Blood

Alongside a few other surprises from Aries Transilvania & some other partners.

In order to test and validate your idea, find some amazing team mates and receive valuable feedback from a team of entrepreneurs and other industry professionals, join us at the beginning of March to the 7th edition of Startup Weekend Cluj. We provide you with the context, the resources, the food and all the coffee you can drink(!), so you can focus entirely on working towards your goal.

Some very special people have joined this edition as mentors. You’ll get to learn from Sebastian Campos Groth – Program Manager @ Techstars, Bogdan Iordache – Partner @ Gecad Ventures, Mihai Rotaru – Founder & CEO @ Clever Taxi, Gabriel Dombri – CEO @ Tapptitude, Agata Kukwa – Communications Director @ Saule Technologies, Cristian Dascalu – Partner @ GapMinder.VC, David Trayford – CEO @ Wow Media, Rumen Iliev – Partner @ Launch Hub, Botond Székely – CEO @ Halcyon MobileVlad Gliga – CEO @ Rubik Hub, Lidia Betoaea – Program Manager @ Rubik Hub and Florin Muresan, CEO @ Squirly.

This year’s edition is possible with the support of our sponsors & partners: Telenav, Halcyon MobileLife Is Hard & Daisler Print House, whom we are extremely grateful to.

Get your ticket today bit.ly/ticket-swcluj2018 and start the adventure.








The First Steps For Building A Startup

Oftentimes, the beginning can be the hardest part of an endeavor and that’s the reason why most people don’t even start. To ease things up, Startup Weekend Cluj has evolved other the years into the best place to validate, test and START building a startup.

So How Do You Start?

The Idea

It all starts with an idea, which should be a solution for a problem many people have encountered. What are some common struggles a certain category of people have? How do they solve those problems? How can you offer them a better solution? If you can find an answer to these questions, then you have an idea to begin with.

The idea itself doesn’t have to be unique. Sometimes the implementation matters even more. Before you begin, you must find ways to validate your idea and see if there is really a need on the market for what you want to offer and if your solution is something people would use. You may find an even better idea along the way. Always be ready to adjust and change your solution in response to the feedback you receive.

The Team

One of the most important factors for a startup success is the team. It’s important to make sure that you are compatible and that each one of you is 100% committed. There are going to be a lot of decisions to be made and if you’ll spend time arguing with each other rather than working on the product, you won’t go very far.  

As for the skills, you have to be ready to constantly be learning because the more skills you have, the easier it will be to understand what you’re doing. Even if you’re a great software developer or a marketing specialist, that won’t be enough. With the right vision, you’ll still have to learn whatever skill is needed to implement and then sell the product.

The Resources

In order to start, you don’t really need any money. Some of the most successful companies have started out as side projects. What you do need is time, commitment and a vision.

These are the first steps of starting startup. Choose your team thoughtfully, start with an idea that represents a solution to a problem and then work towards making it happen.


In order to test and validate your idea, find some amazing team mates and receive valuable feedback from a team of entrepreneurs and other industry professionals, join us at the beginning of March to the 7th edition of Startup Weekend Cluj. We provide you with the context, the resources and the food, so you can focus entirely on working towards your goal.

Some very special people have joined us as mentors. You’ll get to learn from Sebastian Campos Groth – Program Manager @ Techstars, Bogdan Iordache – Partner @ Gecad Ventures, Mihai Rotaru – Founder & CEO @ Clever Taxi, Gabriel Dombri – CEO @ Tapptitude, Agata Kukwa – Communications Director @ Saule Technologies, Cristian Dascalu – Partner @ GapMinder.VC, David Trayford – CEO @ Wow Media, Rumen Iliev – Partner @ Launch Hub.

A few more tickets are available @ bit.ly/ticket-swcluj2018. Get your ticket today to start the adventure.








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 cluj@startupweekend.org, 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.