Elena Toscheva – Techstars fairy living in Spain

Today, we want to present you Elena Tosheva. She is one of the awesome peeps from Techstars who helped us to lay the foundation of the 6th edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara. She is the Regional Manager for Techstars Startup Programs in Europe and works with a community of leaders from 28 countries.

Elena considers herself quite shy but she managed to start her own business when she was only seventeen years old. The business failed but she’s proud that she learned a lot with her team. She believes that the power comes from the people and that education is the most powerful tool you can use to change the world.

Currently living in Spain, Elena has a vast background in entrepreneurship, business development, leadership and business strategy. Because of her vast knowledge in entrepreneurship, she was a Co-organizer for 2 months at Startup Weekend. Since November 2016, Elena is a global facilitator, always ready for action.

We are thrilled to have her on our side, to work with her and to share the same ideas: #NoTalkAllAction

Elena, we want to thank you for what you do!

Don’t forget to get a ticket and reserve your seat for this amazing edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara. You can buy a ticket from here.








Awesome facilitator in the hood!

We have prepared an awesome surprize for you: our facilitator at the 6th edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara is  Filippos Protogeridis.

Filippos is from Greece and he is always ready to accept new challenges. Because of his creativity, Filippos is a product designer who works for several companies in creating awesome products. His work was featured on AWWWARDS, Abduzeedo, SiteInspire and Behance. He has plenty of skills in web development and web design. When Filippos was still a student, he co-founded the first Student Entrepreneurial organization in Athens, Greece.

He will be our facilitator for this event and will be the person who will help you understand the objectives, make you work in synergy with your team and materialize your startup idea. As usual, the Startup Weekend organizers have designated a facilitator that will contribute to the event in a very active and engaging way, supporting the local movement. This means he is a superhero always saving the world and ready to boost your energy.

Come and join us on our amazing 6th edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara, starting on the 16th of June. You won’t be disappointed.
You can buy your early bird ticket from here.








Meet Wilson, our virtual colleague

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Wilson was preparing to for an important task:

To become our awesome colleague in order to help you to get all the information you needed for the next Startup Weekend Timisoara.

He was trained by the oldest masters to know all the answers to your questions. He has a vast knowledge in Startup Weekend news and he knows everything about the 6th edition of this event.

Let’s let him present himself and his knowledge.

“Hi, I’m Wilson and my main purpose is to come in handy. Here are just a few things I can do for you.
You can summon me by starting a chat with the page “Startup Weekend Timisoara” and press “Get started”. You can always get back to the main menu by typing “menu”, “go back to the menu” or a similar phrase.

I can answer various questions about this event like: is this a tech event? Let’s find out!

Quick question: do you know where this event will take place? The answer is at Cowork Timisoara. I can give you directions in order to be easier for you to get here.

I can answer many questions like:

  • Who can join?
  • Do I need a team?
  • What should I bring?

If I can’t find an answer for your questions, you can always talk with one of my masters by accessing the “Contact us” block.

So what are you waiting for? Go to the ticket section and buy your early bird ticket while is still hot.
See ya all!”








We are back and we have early tickets for you!

Summer is coming which means there are now less than 2 months until we open the doors on the 6th edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara. As you already know, each year, we come better, faster, stronger, and bring you one of the most important events from Timisoara. It will take place from 16th – 18th of June, so you should save the date.

Another awesome announcement is that the early bird tickets are available. You can purchase them until May 9. There are 3 types of tickets: one for the techie, one for the creative type and last but not least, one for the amazing non-tech. There are limited seats for each type of participants.

So, “be an early bird” and get your ticket from here: http://bit.ly/TicketsSWTimisoara6

The concept is implemented in over 100 countries. The event has an educational purpose in terms of entrepreneurship and is based on the collaboration of participants with different working areas.

We have prepared plenty of surprises which await to be discovered by you.

Stay tuned for further updates, until then… 😀

#SWTimisoara team over and out!








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.








Startup Weekend Cluj 2017

The 6th edition of Startup Weekend Cluj is set to take place during the weekend of March 17-19, 2017. Early Bird discounted tickets can be purchased until February 17. This is the place where creative ideas meet the skills & the passion to bring them to life.

Usually we tend to think about tech related products when the word startup is mentioned. While the tech component might play a more or less important part, there is a wide choice of areas to choose from, when thinking about starting your own company.

In the last few years the most amazing tech progress was made in the area of electronic & electrical devices, of course, but the new technologies have entered all human areas of activity. Take, for example, medicine, engineering, architecture, design, marketing, and also many more. A lot of great ideas have come to life and became successful stories, thanks to the founders’ courage to explore & make experiments.

Another reason we are so fond of and encourage pluridisciplinarity, is the mix of knowledge and solutions that can result in amazing discoveries, when brought together. Think of an architect’s expertise in organizing spaces, objects & activities, combined with a sociologist’s insights on human behavior. Each of them might be a great expert in their field, but when they work together, their power will increase exponentially. And this is true each time you put together two apparently unrelated disciplines: magic happens.

During previous Startup Weekend Cluj editions 520+ attendees have pitched 160+ business ideas. 68 teams have put their efforts into turning an idea to a prototype, a MVP or a detailed presentation, closely advised and encouraged by 60+ coaches.

We’ll soon start to announce this year’s edition mentors. Stay tuned to be up to date with the news. We believe in people and in their power to work together and to shape the future, which is why we strongly encourage you to Get the Early Bird Discounted ticket.

The event will take place at Exclusive Catering & Events, during the weekend of March 17-19, 2017.








Under Development Office Joins Up As A Platinum Sponsor

Startup Weekend is held thanks to our partners and sponsors. This year we are glad to welcome Under Development Office as a Platinum sponsor.

Under Development Office may not sound familiar, but they are a growing business right now, on the Romanian software market, and are interested in making Romanian startups shine. They are starting this by supporting our event.

UDO started as a small software company in 2011 and grew bigger and bigger by the year, offering competitive software solutions to medium and large organisations. Right now they have gathered a complex portfolio that holds some of the greater companies on the European market such as PwC, Deloitte, Volkswagen and others.

Right now UDO is focusing on supporting smaller companies, with great focus on startups. Their strategy implies empowering entrepreneurs in developing companies that bring change and innovation to various industry sectors.

This year UDO is offering a special prize to one of the participating teams at SWB. They will support the MVP development of a selected idea and will support this team in bringing their idea into reality by teaming up with them in creating a great product.

We are glad to be the first event that benefits of Under Development Office’s new development strategy and hope to become long time partners in supporting innovative businesses.








We’ve got a special prize: YOUR MVP development

Startup Weekend is held thanks to our partners and sponsors. This year we are glad to welcome Under Development Office as a Platinum sponsor.

Under Development Office may not sound familiar, but they are a growing business right now, on the Romanian software market, and are interested in making Romanian startups shine. They are starting this by supporting our event.

UDO started as a small software company in 2011 and grew bigger and bigger by the year, offering competitive software solutions to medium and large organisations. Right now they have gathered a complex portfolio that holds some of the greater companies on the European market such as PwC, Deloitte, Volkswagen and others.

Right now UDO is focusing on supporting smaller companies, with great focus on startups. Their strategy implies empowering entrepreneurs in developing companies that bring change and innovation to various industry sectors.

This year Under Development Office is offering a special prize to one of the participating teams at SWB. They will support the MVP development of a selected idea and will support its founders in bringing their idea into reality by teaming up with them in creating a great product. We are glad to be the first event that benefits of Under Development Office’s new development strategy and hope to become long time partners in supporting innovative businesses.








What’s in it for you at Startup Weekend 2016?

Got your ticket to Startup Weekend? Are you thinking of attending, but you’d like to know what the incentives are? Look no further, we’re disclosing our awards for the Startup Weekend competition 2016. Are you ready to rumble?

1prize

1st Place

  • From our partners at The Grape, 1 Unlimited Membership Plan for one month for the team – maximum 3 members at a time. Also, they have 1 Free Unlimited Weekend for whole team, just so you can take your business from idea to reality.
  • ProteckMark will offer a 1500 lei discount for registering three classes of marks at OSIM, so your business is up, running and legal.
  • Train2perform, our human resources management partner, will offer you a 4 hours Teamwork training, so your team will be well formed and ready to embrace the entrepreneurial adventure.
  • As we all know paperwork is a hustle for those without experience, so Avisso jumps in with 100% discount for consultancy services offered for setting up your company.
  • Marius Ursache, our mentor at the event and at  MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, Singularity University and startup accelerators around the world, will offer you 3 hours of tailored mentorship.
  • Adrian Pica, mentor at Startupbootcamp, Founders Institute, Spherik Accelerator, Sprint Point accelerator and master of workshops on Lean Startup, MVP creation and early stage startup at several universities (Maastricht University, Bolzano University, Trento University, Timisoara University, Cluj University) will upgrade you with 3 hours of mentorship.
  • 2 sessions of individual coaching for each member of the team will be provided by Felicia Stoica, a Professional Systemic Coach, trained by Alain Cardon, MCC within an intensive Coaching program. As in she really know what she does.
2prize

2nd Place

  • From our partners at The Grape, one 3 Days/Week Membership Plan for one month for the team – maximum 3 members at a time. Also, one Free Unlimited Weekend for whole team.
  • ProteckMark will offer a 750 lei discount for registering three classes of marks at OSIM, so your business is up, running and legal.
  • Avisso jumps in with 75% discount for consultancy services offered for setting up your company.
  • Marius Ursache will offer you 2 hours of tailored mentorship.
  • Adrian Pica will upgrade you with 2 hours of mentorship.
  • 2 sessions of individual coaching for each member of the team will be provided by Felicia Stoica.
3prize

3rd Place

  • From our partners at The Grape, one part-time Membership Plan for one month for the team – working hours: 16:00 – 19:30.
  • ProteckMark will offer a 500 lei discount for registering three classes of marks at OSIM, so your business is up, running and legal.
  • Avisso jumps in with 50% discount for consultancy services offered for setting up your company.
  • Marius Ursache will offer you 1 hours of tailored mentorship.
  • Adrian Pica will upgrade you with 1 hours of mentorship.
  • 2 sessions of individual coaching for each member of the team will be provided by Felicia Stoica.
romsoftprize

Romsoft award

  • Romsoft will give to any of the teams a special award, consisting of 1 year subscription to Lynda, LinkedIn’s learning tool that offers over 4,000 courses on Microsoft, Adobe, and Apple products, as well as business skills, computer programming and web design, audio and video tools, and more, all taught by industry experts.

Gather your team, set up your goal and come get our ‘shiny’ prizes. What are you waiting for?