Virtual Creation Comes to Life at #SWTimisoara

We have recently told you about Proton, the tech savvy and entrepreneur that will be mentoring at Startup Weekend Timisoara 4th edition. His name is Calin Brandabur and he is known in the local community due to his ambitious project for home automation and many other hardware experiments.

Uniqueness has always raised interest. On this special occasion, Calin’s brand new project Symme3D has allowed us to take that trait a little bit further: we have 3D printed trophees for the most challenging projects at #SWTimisoara!

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And that’s not all. We will also exhibit the ‘maker’ at our event!

His various experiments have proven that the promising printer executes unparallelled fast and accurate designs for home use. Moreover, the purpose of the 3D printed products vary from motorcycle components to jewelry. Well, that’s what you call a useful household appliance!

Don’t miss the chance to taste a bit of the Startup Weekend Timisoara experience, get your last minute ticket here:

http://swtimisoara.eventbrite.com/

Are we there yet?

 

 

 








Facebook, PayPal, Uber, just a few names that will be at the Techsylvania conference

Peste 600 de participanti la cea de-a doua editie internationala a Techsylvania

Cluj-Napoca găzduiește pentru al doilea an consecutiv, între 6-9 Iunie, “Techsylvania”, cel mai mare eveniment internațional pe zona de tehnologie și inovație din regiune, la Casa de Cultură a Studenților.

Ediția din 2015 debutează cu un hackathon (maraton de programare) de 24 de ore (în perioada 6-7 Iunie) care se adresează unui număr de peste 130 programatori pasionați, dornici să pună bazele unor aplicații din domeniul dispozitivelor wearable (la purtător) și internet of things. Aceste dispozitive, cele mai noi din domeniu, vor fi puse la dispoziția participanților prin intermediul partenerilor evenimentului.

La finalul celor 24 de ore de programare, în urma unei sesiuni de prezentări, vor fi validate 3 echipe câștigatoare, care vor primi premii ce constau în dispozitive și invitații de a își prezenta produsul la acceleratoare de startup-uri.

A doua parte a evenimentului este conferința, care va avea loc în perioada 8-9 Iunie, unde temele de discuție vor gravita în jurul celor trei teme principale: Cod (cele mai noi soluții și teme tehnice), Produs (managementul produsului, marketing), Finanțare (modalități de finanțare și tipuri de investiții).

După un succes răsunător avut la conferința din 2014, unde pe scenă au urcat delegați ai unor companii de top precum Twitter, Zynga, Techstars și Telenav, ediția din 2015 include reprezentanți de seamă, atât români, precum Florin Talpes (CEO Bitdefender), Andrei Dunca (Co-fondator al LiveRail, companie achiziționată de Facebook în 2014),  cât și internaționali precum Jambu Palanniapan (Manager General Regional pentru Europa Centrală și de Est în cadrul gigantului Uber), Frank Meehan (Partener la Spark Global Ventures și fost membru în consiliul de administrație al Siri și Spotify) sau Charmaine Li (Senior Editor la Tech.eu). Lista întreagă a speakerilor este în curs de definitivare și o puteți găsi actualizată pe site-ul evenimentului.

Evenimentul va găzdui peste 600 de participanți, fiind un bun prilej pentru invitații din diverse medii de a împărtăși cunoștințe utile, care să contribuie la dezvoltarea ecosistemului tehnologic și al gradului de inovație din Cluj-Napoca și România.

Techsylvania” are drept scop promovarea comunităților din orașul Cluj-Napoca și din România ca centre ale tehnologiei recunoscute și confirmate la nivel internațional, dar și stimularea dezvoltării de produse locale. Evenimentul oferă atât oportunitatea de interacțiune socială cu scopul stabilirii de parteneriate, găsirii de finanțări sau obținerii de mentorat din partea experților, cât și a promovării unor idei tehnice revoluționare din rândul programatorilor români.

Doritorii își pot achiziționa bilete cu prețuri începând de la 69 euro, iar înregistrările vor putea fi efectuate online pe site-ul Techsylvania (http://techsylvania.co).

“Techsylvania” este un proiect organizat cu sprijinul partenerilor: Accenture, Fortech, iMedicare, Telenav, GetYourGuide, Paypal, Laurențiu, Laurențiu și asociații, Garmin, Creatix Media, Squirrly, Eloquentix, Yopeso, Imprezzio, SDL, Life is Hard, Pitech+Plus și Learning Connexions.








Albedo Sets Light on Beauty and Mentors

Albedo: The albedo of an object is how much light it reflects. A perfect reflector such as a mirror would have an albedo of 100, the moon has an albedo of 7, and the Earth has an albedo of 36.

It’s said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Yet, it takes talent to enhance looks and create unicity using just some clicks and lots of imagination.

Silviu Runceanu is an experienced UI/UX designer who has spent his last 12 years on learning and actually doing appealing design for various purposes.

His latest goal was to become an expert in building sites. If it is to evaluate his accomplishments, we would give him a 100 in an albedo scale.

As a Startup Weekend Timisoara mentor, our precious Albedo will help you put the spotlight on your idea. He’s also a startup mentor and a serial entrepreneur, so he’s just doubled up his skills: designing for business. Oh, and he likes sweets. Make it triple!

Wait no more, meet him at Startup Weekend!

Just in case you haven’t booked your seat yet:

http://swtimisoara.eventbrite.com/

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We are Giving Away Great Prizes

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FIRST PLACE

1. 1 ticket at Plug&Start, 10-12 JUNE 2014-19th edition, Troyes, France [access to the event and meals are included]

Being a successful entrepreneur…

No longer depends on just having a “good idea”. Nowadays it requires skills in various fields such as law, business, finance and marketing. Entrepreneurs often feel trapped in a maze of constraints. Thus, it is natural to want to assist them by accompanying them during the development of their project and to evaluate their growth. This is why the Plug & Start Days were created.

Depending on the stage you have reached in your project, we offer you the appropriate course and specific personalised advice. This is how we guarantee 100% effectiveness at the end of three days.

The main goal of the Plug & Start Days is to prevent innovative entrepreneurs from giving up before their project has even begun by helping them accomplish the 2 major steps in setting up a business: transitioning from a good idea to a complete and credible project and convincing enough sponsors (especially investors) to increase its chances of success. Twice a year (in May-June and November), Plug & Start Days offers selected candidates a personalised training program depending on the stage they have reached in their project (two courses are offered: Emergence or Creation-Development) so that every entrepreneur has the best possible chance to “Come with an idea and leave with a company”.

2. 2 tickets at Pioneer Festival, 29th & 30th of May, Vienna

  • access to the event
  • access to all after parties
  • access to all workshops

Connect: Expand your network in the international tech & startup scene
Deep dive: Gain know-how to boost your startup and learn from top notch founders
Move forward: Get inspired by the brightest minds of our days about the trends and technologies of tomorrow
Cash in: Meet the leading Business Angels, Accelerators and VCs
Boost: present your startup & technology to the targeted Pioneers audience
Synergize: Extend your collaborations with corporates and startups

3. 3 joker tickets at Techsylvania: Choose to go to the Hackathon or to the Conference on technology and innovation, 6-9th of June, Cluj Napoca

Techsylvania is the place where inspiration, ideas and knowledge lead to the creation of new projects and collaborations! This time it’s not about Dracula, food nor exceptional places to see, but about technology! This is because Techsylvania is the biggest tech event in Transylvania and one of the biggest in the CEE Area, tapping on the potential of the more than 4000 tech and computer science graduates living and working in the city.

In between 6th and June 9nd, the first edition of Techsylvania will bring together the region’s foremost creative minds, exceptional speakers, tech guys and innovators that will share their experience and knowledge in order to boost innovation and technological development right in the heart of Romania.

4. Mentoring sessions by Seed for Tech

Free-pass to Seed For Tech’s pre-seed program, consisting of mentoring and support on customer validation, business model and pitching.

5. Free access for 1 year by Direct Spark (in value of 200 euro)

You can think of Direct Spark as your outsourced growth hackers. The ones you call for product strategy and user growth. We work with both very early stage and established startups – companies that are in the six or seven figures in annual $ revenue. Powered by a strong data driven culture, our services range from analytics, AB testing, and CRO to adwords, email marketing or coywriting.

6. Co-working space by Startup Lab Mures

A place or thing that forms the effective center of an activity, region, or network. Create. Work. Collaborate. Learn. Share. Enjoy. Refresh. Get inspired. Play. It’s not a home, nor an office. it’s not a lounge… but a little bit of all.

  • 3 months usage of Startup Lab Mures co-working space for 5 team members (Piata Republicii, Nr. 28, SALA B14, Targu Mures).

7. Business Package by zooku.ro 

Hosting: Traffic: Unlimited, Space: 10 GB Domain Extension: “.com” or “.eu”, Validity: 1 year Mailling package: 50,000 emails, unlimited/day

8. 3 months free trial of the Business Phone Service from Round Assist

Put your business on the map with a tollfree number!
Customers and investors from the US and Canada will always be a call away!

This includes:

  • 1 toll free number (reachable from the US and Canada)
  • 5 virtual extensions
  • VoIP accounts
  • advanced call routing
  • call scheduling
  • customizable Call attendant and voice mail greetings
  • voice mail – to – email delivery
  • and many more business features

9. Two group coaching sessions (80 minutes each) by PentruCariera.ro 

The coaching sessions will take place in Tg. Mures or online via Skype, until 1st July.

PentruCariera.ro is a group of certified career consultants, internationally recognized with more than 12 years of practice in this area. You don’t know what career suits you…? Or you have problems at work and you cannot solve them? PentruCariera.ro supports you to define your professional profile and to find solutions to different aspects regarding your professional life. PentruCariera.ro is the only website where you can find a large variety of tools with instructions – for free, a guided process to define your professional profile, confidential space and direct access to specialists – career consultants – easy to reach to, ready to apply, wherever you are. Download for free – solve problems, make the best decisions about your career – clarify your professional profile, talk with your career consultant. Access PentruCariera.ro! 

SECOND PLACE

1.  Co-working space by Startup Lab Mures

A place or thing that forms the effective center of an activity, region, or network. Create. Work. Collaborate. Learn. Share. Enjoy. Refresh. Get inspired. Play. It’s not a home, nor an office. it’s not a lounge… but a little bit of all.

  • 3 months usage of Startup Lab Mures co-working space for 5 team members (Piata Republicii, Nr. 28, SALA B14, Targu Mures).

2. 2 joker tickets at Techsylvania: Choose to go to the Hackathon or to the Conference on technology and innovation, 6-9th of June, Cluj Napoca

Techsylvania is the place where inspiration, ideas and knowledge lead to the creation of new projects and collaborations! This time it’s not about Dracula, food nor exceptional places to see, but about technology! This is because Techsylvania is the biggest tech event in Transylvania and one of the biggest in the CEE Area, tapping on the potential of the more than 4000 tech and computer science graduates living and working in the city.

In between 6th and June 9nd, the first edition of Techsylvania will bring together the region’s foremost creative minds, exceptional speakers, tech guys and innovators that will share their experience and knowledge in order to boost innovation and technological development right in the heart of Romania.

3. Advanced Package by zooku.ro  Hosting: Traffic: Unlimited, Space: 5 GB Domain Extension: “.com” or “.eu”, Validity: 1 year Mailling package: 50,000 emails, unlimited/day

4. Free access for 6 months by Direct Spark 

You can think of Direct Spark as your outsourced growth hackers. The ones you call for product strategy and user growth. We work with both very early stage and established startups – companies that are in the six or seven figures in annual $ revenue. Powered by a strong data driven culture, our services range from analytics, AB testing, and CRO to adwords, email marketing or coywriting.

5. 1 month free trial of the Business Phone Service from Round Assist

Put your business on the map with a tollfree number!
Customers and investors from the US and Canada will always be a call away!

This includes:

  • 1 toll free number (reachable from the US and Canada)
  • 5 virtual extensions
  • VoIP accounts
  • advanced call routing
  • call scheduling
  • customizable Call attendant and voice mail greetings
  • voice mail – to – email delivery
  • and many more business features

6. Two group coaching sessions (80 minutes each) by PentruCariera.ro 

The coaching sessions will take place in Tg. Mures or online via Skype, until 1 July.

THIRD PLACE

1. 1 joker ticket at Techsylvania: Choose to go to the Hackathon or to the Conference on technology and innovation, 6-9th of June, Cluj Napoca

Techsylvania is the place where inspiration, ideas and knowledge lead to the creation of new projects and collaborations! This time it’s not about Dracula, food nor exceptional places to see, but about technology! This is because Techsylvania is the biggest tech event in Transylvania and one of the biggest in the CEE Area, tapping on the potential of the more than 4000 tech and computer science graduates living and working in the city.

In between 6th and June 9nd, the first edition of Techsylvania will bring together the region’s foremost creative minds, exceptional speakers, tech guys and innovators that will share their experience and knowledge in order to boost innovation and technological development right in the heart of Romania.

2. Co-working space by Startup Lab Mures 

A place or thing that forms the effective center of an activity, region, or network. Create. Work. Collaborate. Learn. Share. Enjoy. Refresh. Get inspired. Play. It’s not a home, nor an office. it’s not a lounge… but a little bit of all.

  • 3 months usage of Startup Lab Mures co-working space for 5 team members (Piata Republicii, Nr. 28, SALA B14, Targu Mures).

3. Advanced Package by zooku.ro  Hosting: Traffic: Unlimited, Space: 2 GB Domain Extension: “.com” or “.eu”, Validity: 1 year Mailling package: 50,000 emails, unlimited/day

4. Free access for 3 months by Direct Spark  

You can think of Direct Spark as your outsourced growth hackers. The ones you call for product strategy and user growth. We work with both very early stage and established startups – companies that are in the six or seven figures in annual $ revenue. Powered by a strong data driven culture, our services range from analytics, AB testing, and CRO to adwords, email marketing or coywriting.

4. 1 month free trial of the Business Phone Service from Round Assist

Put your business on the map with a tollfree number!
Customers and investors from the US and Canada will always be a call away!

This includes:

  • 1 toll free number (reachable from the US and Canada)
  • 5 virtual extensions
  • VoIP accounts
  • advanced call routing
  • call scheduling
  • customizable Call attendant and voice mail greetings
  • voice mail – to – email delivery
  • and many more business features

5. Two group coaching sessions (80 minutes each) by PentruCariera.ro 

The coaching sessions will take place in Tg. Mures or online via Skype, until 1 July.

Special prizes

  • Best Technical Achievement 
  • Best Design   
  • Most fun

Each place is awarded with 1 joker ticket at Techsylvania: Choose to go to the Hackathon or to the Conference on technology and innovation, 6-9th of June, Cluj Napoca

Techsylvania is the place where inspiration, ideas and knowledge lead to the creation of new projects and collaborations! This time it’s not about Dracula, food nor exceptional places to see, but about technology! This is because Techsylvania is the biggest tech event in Transylvania and one of the biggest in the CEE Area, tapping on the potential of the more than 4000 tech and computer science graduates living and working in the city.

In between 6th and June 9nd, the first edition of Techsylvania will bring together the region’s foremost creative minds, exceptional speakers, tech guys and innovators that will share their experience and knowledge in order to boost innovation and technological development right in the heart of Romania.

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40 RON discount to all of you for paragliding from Mures Fly!!!!!!

And everyone is eligible to join the Startup Weekend group www.startupweekend.rewardli.com to get freebies and perks like:

  • One individual coaching session (50 minutes each) by PentruCariera.ro  for the first 20 participants that are part of the teams and attend the whole event (this is valid only for the first 20 applicants who register for this session).The coaching sessions will take place in Tg. Mures, Bucharest or Ploiesti or online via Skype, until 15 July. PentruCariera.ro will consult the mentors and the organizers before providing the coaching sessions to the applicants. To benefit from these services, contact Iulia Sara, GCDF Career consultant – 0745 603 278 or iulia.sara@pentrucariera.ro
  • Free .co domain name and 3 months of hosting from Domain.com
  • 100 free MiniCards or 50 free business cards from moo.com
  • 12 months free from Zendesk
  • 6 months free from MailChimp
  • BizSpark program Access to Microsoft software for developing and testing. Three years of free software, support, and visibility for startups. Microsoft Corporation created the BizSpark program to support entrepreneurship and help startups grow their business. By providing founders with access to leading technology products, business and technical support, and market visibility, Microsoft is assisting young companies in their early years, when they need it most.

 More than 50,000 startups from over 100 countries are enrolled in the program. The program was founded in November 2008.
 The three-year program provides startups with access to a global community of advisors, investors and partners as well as Microsoft software and services.
 More than 1500 BizSpark Network Partners assist startups through financial and legal assistance, mentoring, networking and business advice.
 Thirty-five percent of these members are in the U.S., with the remainder based internationally.

… and much more listed at http://startupweekend.rewardli.com/offers

Hope to see you there!








3rd edition, great partners!

We just wanted to say thank you to confirmed sponsors that make this event happen.

Neogen builds and invests in companies that democratize the world of work. With emphasis on mobile, we cover full time jobs,temporary work, tasks and deliveries, and specific verticals. We also invest in inspirational e-commerce.

  • BestJobs.ro – Job Board – BestJobs is the leading recruitment tool on the Romanian job market. With a powerful database of more than two and a half million resumes, BestJobs.ro is able to match in no time the best candidates with the newest job openings in every field of activity.
  • Kolektiva.com – Travel&Outdoor – Explore the world with Kolektiva! Search the hottest accomodation deals in your country or abroad and choose your next destination. Get the mobile app and book the best travel deals on the go!
  • Zumzi.com – Booking paltform – Zumzi is an online appointment booking service. Browse beauty salons, spas, health or other local services deals, check the pricing and availability, and book online appointments in a matter of seconds.

Telekom – Telekom Romania actively supports innovation, simplicity and competence according to the brand’s core values, thus its involvement in fully supporting start-ups comes natural. Telekom Romania has developed various platforms for start-up businesses and supports them through commercial offers which help them significantly reduce costs and provide access to online and consulting services. Moreover, the company supports entrepreneurship and start-ups through various partnerships for dedicated events and initiatives rolled out by the main tech hubs in Romania, as well as through various programs within the Deutsche Telekom Group.  Also, Telekom Romania is actively promoting start-ups’ access to programs developed through Deutsche Telekom’s incubator, hub:raum.

Fortech – Repeatedly included in Deloitte rankings of the fastest growing technology companies in Central Europe and EMEA, Fortech is one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing software services companies in Romania. Fortech team currently numbers about 450 software development and QA engineers, experienced in essentially all major technology areas (.NET, Java, C/C++, PHP, Mobile etc.), several niche technologies (Cobol, Teamcenter etc.), manual and automated testing. The value we add results from a proven experience in building dedicated partnerships, strong internal processes and highly skilled IT professionals with quality-driven mindset.

Reea – We’ re an Interactive agency with over 15 years experience. #branding #PR # #2Danimation #smm #magento #drupal #mobileapps #UX #ruby #iOS

Products

IntegraSoft is a software and hardware design company specialized in Internet communication technologies, client-server and distributed systems and microprocessor-based systems used in power line and wireless communications.

Lateral. We create bridges between people and technology. Services: Design, Software Development Software, R&D, Mobile, Hardware, Games, Prototyping. Think Lateral Innovation. Innovation. Lateral Thinking is where we feel at home.

Zooku is one of the top website hosting companies from Romania. Beside hosting services, Zooku offers professional email, domain registration and a newsletter sending service through Sendmachine.com

Sponsors








Fortech as Platinum Sponsor @swmures

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1. Why have you decided to support Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is “home” to many talented people with an entrepreneurial mind. We are happy to support both internal and external such programs that foster innovation, exchange of ideas and co-creation of tech products and startups.
It’s a path we have ourselves walked. Moving from the clean sheet of paper to the forefront of IT services and now expanding our business to include software product development has been a journey with many key lessons. Hence our decision to support Statup Weekend and other similar initiatives.

2. Tell us more about your initiative Seed For Tech. What is it and why now?

Our interest in software product development coupled with the level of business maturity we have now achieved in terms of stability, expertise, management and brand positioning are determinant factors which led us to build Seed For Tech.
Shortly, this is an investment structure through which we provide seed funding, product development and go to market support to early stage companies and founders. Basically we partner with them in building the new venture.
With Seed For Tech, we are looking forward to interact and partner with founders and programs like Startup Weekend. The effervescence and creative bravery that surround those 54 hours of pitching and coding is amazing and we definitely want to be part of it.

Company Profile:

Repeatedly included in Deloitte rankings of the fastest growing technology companies in Central Europe and EMEA, Fortech is one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing software services companies in Romania.
Fortech team currently numbers about 450 software development and QA engineers, experienced in essentially all major technology areas (.NET, Java, C/C++, PHP, Mobile etc.), several niche technologies (Cobol, Teamcenter etc.), manual and automated testing.
The value we add results from a proven experience in building dedicated partnerships, strong internal processes and highly skilled IT professionals with quality-driven mindset.
Hundreds of projects successfully delivered to more than 100 clients in Europe and the USA (among which T-Systems, Symantec, Pfizer Vienna eMarketing Centre and Renault Technocentre France) recommend Fortech as a reliable and trusted partner for the long term needs of our clients.








Telekom Romania​, as Platinum Sponsor at swmures!

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Startup or not for a business to reach to the  market it needs the proper communication channel. If you sell Popsicle you’ll advertise them where children are. If you are in agriculture you’ll go to local fairs where you know your customers are. But what if you want to conquer the world with your idea? What if you want everyone to know the solution you came up with? Well, then… it’s actually even simpler: you go online. You create a social media page, a web page, a blog, content, apps, you chat with your prospects, you update your product based on their needs. You connect. You evolve.

Here at Startup Weekend Mures we feel that connecting with one another is a key to a Startup success story.  Any idea has better chances to become productive when great minds…and financial powers… come together to materialize it. Even if the idea is very specific, with a sharp research, a phone and a strong internet connection, communities can be formed!

This year, for the 3rd edition of Startup Weekend Mures we network, research, learn and achieve through a Telekom internet connection.

So, we have the connection ready! You should only bring your business idea!

Telekom Romania actively supports innovation, simplicity and competence according to the brand’s core values, thus its involvement in fully supporting start-ups comes natural. Telekom Romania has developed various platforms for start-up businesses and supports them through commercial offers which help them significantly reduce costs and provide access to online and consulting services. Moreover, the company supports entrepreneurship and start-ups through various partnerships for dedicated events and initiatives rolled out by the main tech hubs in Romania, as well as through various programs within the Deutsche Telekom Group.  Also, Telekom Romania is actively promoting start-ups’ access to programs developed through Deutsche Telekom’s incubator, hub:raum. Telekom Romania offers complete, innovative, simplified and customized mobile and fixed communication services for a vast customers’ community, using approximately 10 million services.

Through the two operators, Telekom Romania Communications and Telekom Romania Mobile Communications, Telekom Romania provides a complete range of telecommunication services, for a full and rewarding customer experience: 3G and 4G mobile voice and mobile data services, traditional fixed telephony, high speed internet and television on multiple technologies, including IPTV, as well as high quality content and exclusivities in order to complete the entertainment experience. For business customers, the new brand is the promise for delivering turn-key IT&C solutions which support companies becoming more competitive and agile.

The T brand has been present on the Romanian market since 2014, after the joint rebranding of Romtelecom and COSMOTE Romania.

Telekom Romania is a brand pertaining to Deutsche Telekom, one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with around 151 million mobile customers, 30 million fixed-network lines and more than 17 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2014). The Group provides fixed network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has approximately 228,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 62.7 billion in the 2014 financial year – more than 60 percent of it outside Germany.








Stories from past participants

Startup Weekend Targu Mures

May 22nd, 2015

This time we’re gonna listen to what last years boys and girls had to say about the event, the fun, the struggle, the accomplishments. 🙂

Adela_Beres first there’s Adela,

Cristi_Stefan followed by Cristi,

Dragos_Bogdan then Dragos gets a say in the matter,

Paula_Nasalean with Paula taking the mic soonly after,

Raul_Tamas Raul makes a statement,

Testimoniale_Carmen_Moldovan while Carmen points out a point of view,

Testimoniale_Elena_Polearus all this time Elena keep on smiling,

Testimoniale_Tudor_nou  Tudor says it as it is,

Testimoniale-V1 and in the end, a word the winner, Emanuel.








7 Questions to Ask If You're a Startup Weekend Participant

Startup Weekend is, by definition, an event based on experiential education. This0318_sb_readerquestions_630x420 means that we’re more into learning by doing. However, there are some guidelines that can help you have a better understanding on the game rules.

1. What kind of ideas can I pitch at the event?

Although Startup Weekend events are focused on building (some) tech products, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be the next Mark Zuckerberg. We welcome all the creative and out of the box ideas that can be turned into businesses. But of course, any business needs at least a website, doesn’t it?

2. How do I pitch the idea, if I don’t have enough experience in presenting?

If you are not an experienced public speaker, that is not a problem. We will offer you guidelines to make sure you transmit all the necessary information when pitching. Before the demos, Startup Weekend mentors will be there to get you through pitching, marketing and design to help you put an awesome presentation together.

3. What if they steal my idea?

Out of millions and billions of ideas, we’re pretty sure that no one would actually try to steal your idea. After all, it’s the implementation that makes an idea a total hit.

4. Is this Startup Weekend for me?

According to UP, Startup Weekend attendees’ backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). From what we’ve experienced, the one thing unites all attendees is a common interest in entrepreneurship, interested in working with like-minded, motivated and skilled people to develop a product during a weekend.

5. Why do I have to pay?

The 7 meals, snack & drinks surely attract some bills. Actually, in most of the cases, the ticket doesn’t even cover the costs. But we’re lucky to have our supporting sponsors: Everseen, Telekom Romania, Save Patatoes, Casa Automata, Symme3D, Techsylvania and Mentagram.

6. What should I bring with me?

You should bring everything that fuels your work and creativity: power cord, business cards, phone, mood for work, etc. We’ll get sure that you won’t get out of coffee!

7. How do I prepare?

We advise you to do some research before coming to SWTimisoara no.4. There are a lot of resources out there that can help you polish your idea and have a better understanding of what Startup Weekend truly means. Moreover, you should also rehearse your pitch; try to make the most of those 60 seconds to conquer both the audience and determine the best tech skilled people in the room to join your team.

If your questions are not on this list, you can also watch this video on ‘Startup Weekend First Timers’ or drop us a line at timisoara@startupweekend.org.








This New Venue Will Conquer You For Good

There is this one place in Timisoara where magic happens.

No, really.

You know that feeling when you go somewhere nice, where all the nice people go and you wake up a couple of hours later, wondering if time flies?

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Well, that’s Ambasada.

Reputed as the latest-cool-place-for-cool-people-in-town, Ambasada is the place where not only magic happens, but also creative and fun stuff, too.

Concerts, movies, crafting workshops, uber-productive meetings of Startup Weekend Timisoara organizers, yoga classes and many more interesting activities to get people together to spend quality time.

The co-working space upstairs for crafty & artsie people welcomes all the creative people, whether with artistic skills or not. We will be spending most of our time at Startup Weekend in this place.

Downstairs, a large space filled with coffee scent and chillout music makes room for friendly talks and leisure hangouts. The meeting room in the left is usually booked for more serious matters, such as debating on what colour your T-shirt should have at this edition.

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Many have asked us what’s with this new place after three editions hosted in the same welcoming co-working space of Timisoara Startup Hub. The truth is that we wanted to embrace the startup culture and be spontaneous in our approach. Their motto is #dream #create #enjoy: we consider that this is the proper attitude for the next Startup Weekend experience, too!

Not to mention that the staff at Ambasada is made out of friendly and open-minded people who really know how to make awesome coffee. And it’s for non-smokers, which makes it even cooler.

You don’t have to take our word. You can pay Ambasada a visit whenever you want, during the week. But one can truly feel this vibe we’ve been talking about at Timisoara Startup Weekend 4th edition.