The Next Edition of Startup Weekend Cluj Has Been Announced for March 13-15, 2020

The 9th edition of the event is organized under the Techstars Startup Weekend umbrella. During 54 hours, people working in the most diverse fields such as IT, marketing, business, design and many more, will have the opportunity to learn from experienced mentors. The SWCluj 2020 edition will take place at the Telenav Romania headquarters in Cluj-Napoca.

The event welcomes everyone who is passionate about entrepreneurship, regardless of their industry, or professional path. From almost 800 participants in the previous editions, over 200 have pitched a business idea, and 89 of them were turned into products, or services, over a weekend.

Among the 80+ mentors from previous editions we can mention Jag Singh (Techstars Berlin), Philipp Kandal (Telenav), Anca Bundaru (Bitdefender), David Trayford (WOW Media), Cristian Dascălu (Gapminder), Rumen Iliev (Launch Hub) and many others.

Startup Weekend Cluj  is about people, about creating connections and sharing experiences. One of the most important aspects of the event is the learning process through practice. In less than 54 hours the participants have the opportunity to learn at an accelerated pace the first most important steps in developing a business: validating an idea, building a prototype, or an MVP, as well as defining a business model. In addition to that, a selection of mentors and trainers – experts in the industries they operate, are present throughout the weekend to provide participants with real-time guidance and feedback.

Winter Holidays pre-early bird tickets, designed to be offered as gifts to loved ones during the winter holiday season, can be purchased until the end of December, from Eventbrite, at: swcluj2020-tickets.eventbrite.com. More details and information about the event can be found on the Facebook page of Startup Weekend Cluj 2020.

About Startup Weekend:

The Startup Weekend concept appeared in the US in 2007. At first this was only a handful of people who shared their experiences and helped each other, and has later evolved into a global community of entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs. Hundreds of cities in 150+ countries have adopted the concept, and tens of thousands of people have started their business during a Startup Weekend event.

The first Startup Weekend Cluj edition happened in 2012, being one of the first events dedicated to startups in Cluj. Along with the other initiatives in the city, SWCluj has contributed over the years to the definition and development of the local startups’ ecosystem. The 2020 edition of Startup Weekend Cluj is organized in partnership with Cluj Startups – the local community dedicated to startups.








Techstars Startup Weekend Timisoara #7’s location: Vox Technology Park

Techstars Startup Weekend Timisoara #7 has found it’s home!

Vox Technology Park will be hosting our event this year and we can’t wait to start the arrangements in this awesome, welcoming location.

15-17th of November, you are very much expected!

Don’t forget to register for the event, right here: http://bit.ly/2NgwYe2


Have we mentioned we’ll be on the 7th floor of this building? #viewalert 👀


See you there! 😉








Let’s all GROW together

Good morning!

Wondered what is the right mix for a Startup Weekend?

We’ll share our [notsosecret] recipe:

  • attendees with various backgrounds (as diverse as possible)
  • entrepreneurs with national & international businesses, from various industries, as mentors
  • angel investors with an appetite for early-stage startups

Our friends at Growceanu are joining Startup Weekend Timisoara with the purpose to support the local startup scene. Being part of the mentoring sessions, the feedback is meant to support teams in understanding what it takes to be an investable early-stage startup. ‘Great ideas deserve to grow’ is one of their tag-lines and damn, they are right!

 

Meet them at #SWTimisoara.

Snatch your ticket here.

 








Questions, anybody?

,,To ask may be but a moment’s shame, not to ask and remain ignorant is a lifelong shame. “ – Jigoro Kano

Do you have any questions about SW #7? We can’t wait to hear them! Do not consider your curiosity less important and don’t hesitate to ask. We searched for the most useful, interesting questions and we gathered them together to make sure that you’ll be prepared for the adventure that is coming. 🤩 Techstars Startup Weekend Timișoara lies just around the corner! 🔜 Make sure you are ready by taking a look at the FAQ section below! 👀

1.Do I have to participate all three days?

Everyone who attends the event is expected to participate all three days. This is important not only to preserve the ‘vibe’ of the weekend (“no talk, all action”) but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for working teams. 

2.Do I need a team?

Everyone who attends the event as an attendee is expected to participate on a team and you can find your team at the event. This is important to preserve the mission of Techstars Startup Weekend (teamwork!). 

3.How do I prepare? 

* Do some research. Market research and background information will give you a better understanding of the problem you trying to solve.

* Practice your pitch. You’ll have 60 seconds to persuade other attendees to join your team. Make it clear, concise, and convincing!

* Get familiar with our tools for the weekend, head over to startupweekend.org/resources

* Get some rest.

* Bring a friend! Events are better with good company.

4.What should I bring?

* Power cord

* Business cards

* Camera – take pictures and video!

* Optional: A second monitor, keyboard, etc…. set yourself up to be productive!

* Lots of creative energy!

5.What types of ideas can I pitch?

Any business ideas are eligible (whether for profit, ‘social’ businesses, nonprofit organizations, etc.), however the event is strongly tech-oriented. Approximately 95% of all ideas are mobile or web focused, and given the short time-frame, we strongly recommend that even non-tech ideas focus on a tech-related deliverable (i.e., website) by Sunday.

6.Can I pitch my existing business?

No. Techstars Startup Weekend is designed to be the most effective platform for growing new businesses from the ground up over the course of a weekend. A key facet of the weekend – and a central value for participants – is the spirit of complete collaboration, buy-in, and ownership. We’ve found that having existing businesses in the mix undermines this spirit, in addition to creating an imbalance between those ideas that are truly ground-level.

7.What are we supposed to have accomplished by the end of the weekend?

While there are no specific requirements in terms of what teams should have accomplished by Sunday, it’s in your best interest to plan your execution around what you’ll be judged for on Sunday:

*Customer Validation (did you validate your business?)

*Execution and Design (what did you build?)

*Business Model (do you have a plan for the future?)

As far as presenting goes, some of the most common presentations include any combination of the following (in no particular order):

Wireframes or fully developed website;

Mobile Apps (from mock-ups to skeletons to fully functional)

Slide decks (Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi, etc.)

Videos (i.e. product demonstrations, etc.)

Live product demos

Skits

 








Why tickets, what am I paying for?

WHY?

First of all, congrats, you’ve made it here! So you found out what Startup Weekend is about and now you’re wondering WHY should you attend or why should you BUY a ticket to do so?

To answer that, we’ll need to dive into the WHAT are you getting for your money:

    • a FULL weekend’s worth of networking with co-founders, local and international mentors. Organized meeting sessions with the mentors included!
    • you’ll be working within the weekend using the Startup Weekend framework, that has kickstarted a few great startups [link]
    • everything will be ready (location, wi-fi, stationery, printed lean canvases) together with delicious meals so that you can just… WORK IT.
    • a workshop or two on How To Pitch and Lean Canvas

Now to come back to the WHY. Well, do you have an idea you’ve been itching to pitch? Or do you want to find out more about this whole startup world from ideation to validation (or pivoting)? Or just want to meet people, network and then have the proper network to work on your own thing afterward?

You can leverage all of the above and much more just by actively joining the 7th edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara, right now for the cost of two cocktails and a bag o chips 🙂

Are you in?

Tickets —> http://bit.ly/SWTimisoara7Tickets

FB Invite & share the event —>  http://bit.ly/SWTimisoara1517Nov

This will be THE product/innovation/startup/business/hackathon of the year in Timisoara. Looking forward to seeing all the geeks, geekettes, business people, designers, domain experts, people with ideas or just curious on the 15th of November!








Back in business!

Good morning! ☕️☕️☕️

While you’re sipping your morning coffee you hear the great news! Techstars Startup Weekend Timisoara is back. If you got here you might already know what Startup Weekends are, but just to double-check, let’s put a few bullet points to help out with the perspective:

    • you have an idea which you’d like to validate
    • you’re curious about the entire process behind validating or invalidating startup ideas (and then pivoting, of course)
    • networking is what you’re after – be it mentors, co-founders, potential investors and so on
    • you want to give the whole entrepreneurial journey a try. This is the safest way to do so in a controlled environment.

Basically, Startup Weekend events are the quickest & safest way to validate a startup idea. Don’t worry if you don’t have one! There’s always a balance of participants with and without ideas. You’ll be able to be part of the journey by joining an idea & team that you like so that you get to go through the entire process.

And we didn’t even talk about mentors & networking. This is by far THE place to meet entrepreneurs, potential co-founders, angel investors, representatives from accelerator programs and so on. We’ve already started the line-up with an Egyptian, a Romanian living in Prague, and a local digital expert.

SWTimisoara facebook group: http://bit.ly/SWTimisoaraFBGroup

Feel free to reach out to us and stay tuned!








The 1st Edition of Startup Weekend Women from Romania is Happening in Cluj

Between 20th-22nd of September, Startup Weekend Cluj is coming back with a new initiative: Techstars Global Startup Weekend Women Cluj.

Techstars Global Startup Weekend Women is designed to engage more female entrepreneurs and provide them with the necessary resources for long-term success. The weekend will be focused on empowering women within communities around the world to lend their voice to innovation. 

This edition is a first for the Romanian community of striving female entrepreneurs and it aims to bring together as many creative women as ideas flow within them.

What’s different about this event?

For 54 hours, Techstars Global Startup Weekend Women aims to gather in the same place women working in IT, business, marketing, design, and not only, and wanting to start a business. They are highly encouraged to participate at the event and use it as a meeting point where all of them can validate their business ideas and learn from experienced mentors.

The eight previous editions of Startup Weekend Cluj have gathered over 800 participants, who formulated 220+ business ideas, 90+ of which reached the final stage. A total of more than 90 mentors have been assisted by the participants, who have provided their knowledge and professional experience. With such a background behind, by organizing this Global Women Edition, Startup Weekend Cluj aims to empower women entrepreneurs and offer support to their business ideas.

Startup Weekend Cluj is the perfect environment to meet new people from different industries and with the most diverse expertise. One of the advantages of the Startup Weekend experience is learning. For 54 hours, participants have the opportunity to learn at an accelerated pace the most important steps to develop a business and receive real-time feedback from mentors – entrepreneurs and people with vast experience in various fields.

Early Bird Tickets are available until August 31st.

About Startup Weekend 

The Startup Weekend concept appeared in America in 2007. What was initially a group of people who shared their experience and helped each other evolved over time into a global community of entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs. Hundreds of cities in 135+ countries have borrowed this idea for tens of thousands of people to start their business at a Startup Weekend event.

The first edition of Startup Weekend Women Cluj will take place on September 20-22, 2019, at Cluj-Hub, 22-26 Ferdinand street, CENTRAL Commercial Center, 3rd Floor, Cluj-Napoca.

More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page, and tickets can be purchased from the Eventbrite platform.








Startup Weekend Cluj 2019 in Review

The 8th edition of Startup Weekend Cluj has just come to an end. It was a 54 hours ride, in which the 14 participating teams had the opportunity to learn at an accelerated pace the most important steps for developing a business and receive real-time feedback from mentors.

 

Meet the teams

During the weekend, 14 teams were formed, all aiming to a startup idea with a business potential. Meet the teams, in no particular order:

  • First Kid – an SaaS app aimed at pediatric clinics;
  • VibesMap – an app that wants to make reviewnig fun, engaging and rewarding,
  • UniCars – all the local rental cars brought together in one place;
  • listabit – helps people create shopping lists and get notification on price drops;
  • Meritera – a merit-based  platform for finding independent professionals;
  • Mating Call – a dating app based on voice calls, a sort of a Tinder with voice;
  • codemark – a market place for written code, aimed at developers,
  • ShapeUp Cluj-Napoca – a fitness app that teaches its users how to correctly perform exercises, in order to avoid pain;
  • Go NGO – a match-making and project management tool for NGOs and volunteers in tech;
  • Startup Bunnies – a tinder style feedback & connection platform for startups
  • TimeTravel – the easy solution to plan a trip, it sets the entire itinerary + food, within only 5 cliks;
  • Plantr – a web platform that brings together people interested to fight air pollution;
  • ARKKA – a centre for leisure and self-development;
  • Wave+ – helps people to meet sport buddies based on their location.

 

Meet the winners

The 3 winning teams of the 8th edition of Startup Weekend Cluj are:  

1st place: ShapeUp Cluj-Napoca;

2nd place: ARKKA;

3rd place: Meritera.

We are profoundly honoured to have had an amazing crew of mentors join us & giving their valuable input into the developing of startups ideas:

Anca Bundaru, Product Marketing Manager @Bitdefender, Stefan Neagu, Co-founder Persona.im & ARK.io, Cristian Orasanu, Co-Founder @ Paybilla & Strategy Director @ Techcelerator, Jürgen Boekholt, Managing Director at METRO SYSTEMS Romania, Jag Singh, Managing Director @Techstars Berlin, Gabriel Dombri, CEO @Tapptitude & Acceleration Partner @Spherik Accelerator, Adrian Enache, CEO & Board Member Angels Den Funding / Founder @Omniperform, Andrea Kurucz, Freelance Business Development Consultant, Mihai Frentiu, Product Owner @ Tech’n Trade HUB, Mircea Capatina, Co-Founder & Biz Dev Manager @Smart Bill, Bogdan Gavrilescu, Senior Product Manager @Tapptitude, Lorena Macnaughtan, Health Innovation Advisor, iCEE.health Director.

 

The event was facilitated by Kateryna Degtyar, office director @WannaBiz accelerator and Chapter Director @Startup Grind Kyiv.

 

This year’s edition was possible with the support of our sponsors: Telenav, Metro Systems, Tapptitude and partners: Tech’n’Trade, Betfair Romania, Activize, Spherik Accelerator, Smart Bill, Techstars Berlin, The Next Web, Pioneers, How To Web, Techsylvania, IT Days, Silicon Forest, Cluj Cowork, ClujHub, that dev space, Creative Tim, Squirrly, Daisler,  whom we are extremely grateful to.

The #SWCluj2019 organizing team was: Cristina Juc, Mircea Vadan, Andreea Bercan, Larisa Pop, Flavia Tiloiu, Andrada Todea, Alex Salajan.

Thank you & see you next year!

 








Startup Weekend Cluj: 15th-17th March 2019

 

Between 15th to 17th of March, the 8th edition of Startup Weekend Cluj is taking place. For 54 hours, people working in IT, business, marketing, design, and not only, and wanting to start a business, meet to validate their business ideas and learn from experienced mentors.

The seven previous editions gathered over 700 participants, who formulated 220+ business ideas, 90+ of which reached the final stage. A total of more than 80 mentors have been assisted by the participants, who have provided their knowledge and professional experience.


Entrepreneurs and new technologies are expected and encouraged to participate. Startup Weekend Cluj is the perfect environment to meet new people from different industries and with the most diverse expertise. One of the advantages of the Startup Weekend experience is learning. For 54 hours, participants have the opportunity to learn at an accelerated pace the most important steps to develop a business and receive real-time feedback from mentors – entrepreneurs and people with vast experience in various fields.


Confirmed mentors for the 8th edition of Startup Weekend Cluj include Anca Bundaru – Product Marketing Manager@Bitdefender, Stefan Neagu – Co-founder of Persona.im and ARK.io, Cristian Orasanu – Strategy Officer@Techcelerator and Paybilla Founder.
Early Bird Tickets, with a 50% discount, are available until January 31st.

About Startup Weekend Cluj
The Startup Weekend concept appeared in America in 2007. What was initially a group of people who shared their experience and helped each other evolved over time into a global community of entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs. Hundreds of cities in 135+ countries have borrowed this idea for tens of thousands of people to start their business at a Startup Weekend event.

The eighth edition of Startup Weekend Cluj will take place on March 15-17, 2019, at TELENAV Romania, Bd 21 December 1918, Cluj-Napoca, The Office Building.

More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page, and tickets can be purchased from the Eventbrite platform.

 








#10 common questions and answers about Startup Weekend

What can be more important when you take a decision that being informed? Due to Techstars Startup Weekend experience with more that 2.9k events organized all around the world, we could answer to the most #10 common questions.

What should you know?

#1 IS THIS EVENT FOR ME?
If you are interested in entrepreneurship the answer is most likely yes. Techstars Startup Weekend attendee backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, if you are motivated to build a product or startup and open to new ideas you’ll fit right in.

#2 DO I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE ALL THREE DAYS?
Apart from Organizers, selected Coaches, Speakers, and press, everyone who attends the event is expected to participate all three days. This is important not only to preserve the ‘vibe’ of the weekend (“no talk, all action”) but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for working teams. However, if you feel curious about the Sunday Presentation, check the registration page for Sunday pitch ticket.

#3 HOW DO I REGISTER?

Please see our ticketing page at swbtickets.eventbrite.com for all tickets type. Please note the different ticket types: Business, Designer, Developer and Industry expert.

Business ticket: This ticket type applies to business, marketing & PR, and anyone looking to learn how to launch a product.

Designer ticket: This ticket type applies to anybody with a background in design (graphics, UX/UI, etc.) or creative in any area and is interested in learning to how work together in an interdisciplinary team.

Developer: This ticket type applies to software engineers/coders/developers – in short, anybody who can and will write code and want to learn how to build a validated product.

Industry expert: This ticket type applies to anyone who is a subject matter expert in their area. To give you an example. you can be an expert in an industry (like beverages, health, sports , entertainment), a technology, (AI/VR/AR, blockchain, biomechanics, electronics), or a theme (education, law, video games, pets, youth, etc).

#4 DO I NEED A TEAM?
Everyone who attends the event as an attendee is expected to participate on a team. This is important not only to preserve the mission of Techstars Startup Weekend (teamwork!) but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for all working teams.

#5 WHAT TICKET TYPE SHOULD I PURCHASE TO PITCH AN IDEA?
Pitching is open to every attendee! We recommend you purchase the ticket that best represents your skill set.

#6 WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE EVENT?
Attendees are responsible for booking their own transportation and lodging (if needed). If you are traveling and unfamilar with the location, reach out  team to ask for nearby recommendations.

#7 DO I HAVE TO PITCH AN IDEA TO ATTEND?
No, but we encourage you to! You can pitch an idea you’ve been thinking about for years, or something last minute you think of during the event. It’s a great experience and invaluable practice for public speaking.

#8 WHERE CAN I FIND A SCHEDULE FOR THE EVENT?
You can find the schedule on the event website.

#9 WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

  • Laptop
  • Business cards
  • Camera – take pictures and video!
  • Optional: A second monitor, keyboard, etc…. set yourself up to be productive!
  • Lots of creative energy!

#10 HOW DO I PREPARE?

  • Do some research. Market research and background information will give you a better understanding of the problem you are trying to solve.
  • Practice your pitch. You’ll have 60 seconds to persuade other attendees to join your team. Make it clear, concise, and convincing!
  • Get familiar with our tools for the weekend, head over to startupweekend.org/resources
  • Get some rest.
  • Bring a friend! Events are better with good company.