About that One Million Dollar Idea

There was this cloudy Saturday when we thought it would be a nice idea to get out and try to have meaningful conversations with people on the streets of Timisoara. We’ve asked 12 people to imagine what it would be like to have a 1 000 000 dollars business. When we asked them about the thing that got them there, they’ve had the same answer: AN IDEA.

The most curious thing was that almost all of the people that we came across have had a business idea. It is still a mystery to us why they haven’t done anything about it. Yet.

You see, whether you have that rocket-science idea or not, you can still get to that 1 million dollars. Attending Startup Weekend can be a good start to get you in that journey.

Well, wait no more. Startup Weekend Timisoara is just around the corner!








Get to know all about Startup Weekend :)

It’s time to make the change you always needed, but never realized you wanted.

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May 22nd, 2015

Our very own edition is getting closer and closer by the day, and to help everyone get a better idea about what we’re doing, here are some informational videos, along with what the event is all about, to introduce you to the event, the gathering, the experience, the Startup Weekend.

First of all, ideas are pitched, then they are voted, and those that won get worked on, the good thing is, you can bring a team and a great idea, so you know that your idea will have a real chance of getting somewhere.

Then the work starts, the ideas are validated, a business model is created, plans are made, and the elbow grease starts pouring.

In the end, the ideas get judged, prizes are awarded, and a party takes place. 🙂

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Winning teams at third edition Startup Weekend Iasi 2015

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The third edition of Startup Weekend Iasi was held at Hall Rossini – Palas on 27-29 march 2015.
For this edition we gotten 85 participants who pitched 25 ideas and 12 teams had been created.

We had 3 prizes in the top and 4 special prizes. Each team has chosen a name, but these nicknames can or cannot be the official ones. From each team we had a short description.

1st place – SeeMe!

SeeMe! is a smartphone traceable device reassuring parents they will never lose their child (again) in an open, crowded place. Team SeeMe! includes Raluca Lucaci (Android developer), Aurelian Ursache (iOS developer), Catalin Pomirleanu (iOS developer) and Iulia Weingold (team motivator).

“Startup Weekend Iasi was an accelerated learning process for us. We came there with zero experience in terms of startups, business and management, and throughout the entire time felt like dried sponges filling up with valuable knowledge… We had no idea you can get so much done in such little time. Our sincere congrats to organizers, mentors and hard-working teams! Great job everyone 🙂 ” Iulia Weingold, team motivator @ SeeMe!

2nd placeSmartGift

Smart Gift is an app that is helping you to find a last minute memorable gift. Let’s think like this you forget about a friends birthday or it’s Valentine’s day and you need a suggestion of an awesome gift for your girlfriend/boyfriend, you go on the app put your budget, make a personal profile by check-in some tags and then select a distance in what range to find gift. After seconds lots of awesome gifts around you will come on the screen.

Gifts are bringing joy to the world, so why not to give a smart gift in order to make it memorable

„The experince at #SWIASI2015 it was intense, dramatic at some point, challenging, sent me to a rollercoster of emotions, but in the end we came second, so for sure all it paid off. I want to thank to all my team that overcome their limits by working under pressure, in order to make something big.” Mircea Serdiuc(Tzury) @CEO Smart Gifts

3rd place & Best MarketerBeerTime

Beer Time: Our idea revolves around making large groups of friends go out faster and easier. Ususally what we want to know when we go out is if there are enough available friends to go out with, along with a time and a place. Beer Time lets you define your group of friends and send them a simple question when you feel like going out: “Do you want to go out at 8, in London Pub?”. Your friends can only say yes or no. Saying yes acts like a promise, so if you get 4 positive answers, then it’s a date. This process eliminates all the negociation that takes place in a chat system and also eliminates the need for facebook or any social platform.

“What happenned at Startup Weekend was a roller coaster from start to finish. Meeting so many people devoted to becoming better at what they do in one single place is inspiring; having so many great mentors walk around the room is just such a great opportunity. I personally came to Startup Weekend to meet good people and this is exactly what happened. My team had a lot of energy, ideas and worked really hard; I am proud of them and I’m sure they are proud of me. Anyone looking for special people should consider participating in the future.”   Andrei Tudor Diaconu founder @BeerTime

Crowd Favorite – PeerWorkout

For everybody that enjoys team sports and can’t find a team or lacks motivation and needs a push, PeerWorkout is THE app that helps you locate sports buddies with similar interests in your area. We bring together people through sports and give already existing sports communities a tool to interact through in a fun and easy way. With a true understanding of our users’ needs and an adaptive platform that grows as they provide input, PeerWorkout aims to cover everything from scheduling sports get-togethers to measuring your metrics and providing you health tips to finding the coolest places and peoplwn town to work out with.  Elisa-Letitia Stefan founder @PeerWorkout

Startup spirit award – Music Land

Music Land is a music software for piano players. It will assist users to read music notation and get feedback while they are playing, using a friendly interface. The product is meant both for home use and for classrooms, too. The later versions will be extended to other instruments as well. Team Music Land includes Natalia Klus (3D artist), Alin Salaru-Placinta (Javascript developer, web designer), Eduard Iacob  (C++ developer) and Mihaela Chirnoaga (music teacher and developer).

“A competition is useful to startups in order to check how do they rank comparing to other businesses and to verify the product is viable. The time we invested in these 3 days was worth it all the way.

The most valuable resource of this particular competition was the incredible line of mentors. We didn’t expect to meet them in Iasi, at least not all at once. They re-opened roads we thought were completely shut down and gave us much more confidence to take our dream further. ” – Mihaela Chirnoaga founder @Music Land

Judges special prize – HandOut

Our original idea is to connect disabled people in need with volunteers willing to help. We plan to connect them using an online platform and a mobile app. The flow is simple: A person with a physical disability will post a message on the platform informing briefly about the need he has (“I need someone to buy me a bread – Alexandru cel Bun, Iasi, 3rd floor”). The ones that are willing to help (we call them “helping hands”) will see the request based on their location and person with a disability location. For the example given, if I am in Alexandru cel Bun and I want to help, I will see this message on my phone using the App. If I am available and willing to help, I will respond to the request by pressing a button. On the other side, the person with a disability will have a list of people willing to help and he will choose his “Helping Hand” based on a profile we provide (personal details, eventually verified by and NGO, Facebook link etc). Once the disabled person is accepting the “hand” the phone numbers will be shared and they both can communicate about the next step, in this case, bringing a bread on 3rd floor. The disabled person will pay for the bread and the “helping hand” will offer his time to bring the bread to the 3rd floor. We have tested our idea and discussed a lot with disabled people about it and at this moment we feel that we have a great responsibility to implement it because the disabled people reaction was very positive, encouraging us to finish the implementation and release this product.

“We had a wonderful team formed by 5 members, from which 3 were for the first time on SW. The experience was very interesting for both of us especially because it was the place to meet and to know that we share some common values. It did not mater that we were missing some more resources in our team: we did our best with what we had, it was funny to have backend developers doing front end stuff or have them replace words on presentation with Maps and other graphical content. On the other hand, we had the great opportunity to find mentors that were willing to offer from their “know how” with so much pleasure and enthusiasm that you were really really impressed and happy to be in the same room with them. If before the event I was not sure I have something in common with entrepreneurship, after SW I realized that I may re-consider this option for the future.” Mihaela Ciobanu founder @Hand Out

Thank you all for participating and see you next time in 2016!








Capgemini supports Startup Weekend Iasi

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Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing Services. Present in over 40 countries with almost 145.000 employees, the Capgemini Group helps its clients transform in order to improve their performance and competitive positioning. We offer an array of integrated services that combine top-of-the-range technology with deep sector expertise and a strong command of our four key businesses.

In Iasi we specialize in IT Outsourcing Services and we provide a wide range of activities, starting from First Line, Second and 3rd level IT Help Desk Support, Project Management, Process management and technical assistance.

We nurture our employees’ potential by constantly organizing trainings in different business relevant areas (Leadership, Coaching, Time management, Customer Care, Team performance etc.), helping them certify themselves as IT professionals (ITIL, PRINCE, EM) and improve their language skills through foreign languages academies. We support our employees’ development in multiple areas starting from education sponsorship for their university and post university studies and helping them build a successful career in an international environment.

At Capgemini, we live and breathe the philosophy that people matter and results count. Therefore we take every opportunity to engage our colleagues in different fun events also: “Funny T-shirt Day”, “Tea day“, “Fruits Day”, Volleyball Championships, Christmas Party, Halloween and many others.

We have a long lasting partnership with the universities, which consists of many events dedicated to students such as Master of Business (soft skills training program), SAP Academy, Open Doors Day – all great opportunities for them to develop skills and prepare for a career in outsourcing.








cognitiveSEO supports Startup Weekend Iasi

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cognitiveSEO is an ambitious project funded, founded and based in Iasi that believes in innovation and entrepreneurship. With clients like Amazon, iCrossing, Bitdefender, Razorfish or iProspect, cognitiveSEO has evolved quickly from being just an SEO tool to a fully integrated digital marketing solution from businesses worldwide.

Back in 2010, cognitiveSEO started from one man’s passion for SEO and Digital Marketing and his desire to find a cost-efficient solution that could meet all his professional requirements.

We, at cognitiveSEO, have put the best effort to create a tool-set that will help businesses all over the world to rank and monitor their sites better. Let me tell you this, it’s been a challenging yet a great ride so far. Our enthusiastic team has been working continuously on managing and improving the software, being permanently connected to the newest updates from the digital marketing industry. Our goal is to add value to businesses by providing actionable insight and a 360 view of all marketing related data, using unique and cutting-edge systems to process it.

By 2015, the cognitiveSEO project grew, now involving a fully integrated team of software, graphic, marketing & support specialists, offering a platform used by most of the top digital agencies and SEO professionals worldwide.

If you ever thought that creating an SEO tool from scratch is easy, think again! It takes a lot of work from dedicated programmers and engineers. They are the ones who make the tool actually work (almost flawless), and pretty much bug free.

Making an intuitive and easy to use SEO tool requires a team of creative minds, capable of understanding what the users really need and what would make them actually use it more and more in order to solve their marketing problems. Their endless passion and enthusiasm is what keeps cognitiveSEO on an ongoing path of improvement.

We choose to sponsor Start-Up Weekend Iasi because we think that the role played by businesses of all kind nowadays on the local economy is undoubtedly of great importance, especially in a world that has been radically changed by the parallel processes of economic globalization. We, at cognitiveSEO believe that companies from the Iasi area have a great impact on local sustainability. This is why we proudly say that we are founded and based 100% Iasi and we do our best to be one of the businesses that help the entrepreneurship area develop at its best.

Why we want to do this?

Putting it simple, local economic development offers a benefit that is quite valuable to local residents: more and better job opportunities in their home community, therefore better lives.

You might be familiar with the story of the two English salesmen who went down to Africa in the 1900s. They were sent down to find if there was any opportunity for selling shoes, and they wrote telegrams back home. And one of them wrote: “Situation hopeless. Stop. They don’t wear shoes.” And the other one wrote: “Glorious opportunity. They don’t have any shoes yet.”

Therefore, we believe that it’s not just about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.

And this is why cognitiveSEO is proudly sustaining Start-Up Weekend Iasi:

We know how to make ideas happen and we believe in the importance of local development.

Also, we believe that it is never too late to develop a great business. It’s true that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. Yet, the second best time is now.








Fly with TAROM to be sure you’ll catch Startup Weekend Iasi!

TAROM is the logistic partner of Startup Weekend Iasi, which will take place during 27-29 March 2015.

It gives us great pleasure to be part this year at the event, together with the organizers and participants.

In 2014 TAROM – the Romanian Flag Carrier Company celebrated its 60th anniversary. Throughout its existence, TAROM has gained its passengers’ trust through its reputation as safe and punctual airline, its flight schedule adapted to the needs of its passengers, good connections between destinations, quality services provided to its passengers and, last but not least, the professionalism of the people responsible for the flights.

Starting 2015 Summer Season, TAROM will operate 43 direct flights, 36 international flights departing from Bucharest, Iasi, Sibiu and Cluj – Napoca and 7 domestic flights.

TAROM will start operating the direct flight Valencia to Bucharest between 19 June – 28 September 2015.
Additional frequencies have been introduced on: Madrid to Bucharest (9 frequencies/week), Barcelona to Bucharest (9 frequencies/week from June to September 2015), Stockholm  to Bucharest (4 frequencies/week), Beirut  to Bucharest (4 frequencies/week from June to September 20) and Amman to Bucharest (3 frequencies/week)  routes.

TAROM  operates direct flights from Iasi to:

  • Bucarest
  • Londra (Luton)
  • Tel Aviv
  • Rome
  • Turin
  • Bologna

Onboard menu: TAROM will continue to offer – free of charge – special menus to its passengers. Special meal options such as Hindi, Muslim or Kosher menus are also available.
Baggage: free checked baggage allowance:

  • 1 piece up to 23kg for Economy Class
  • 3 pieces up to 23kg for Business Class

TAROM extends until October 31, 2015 the facility of offering free of charge an additional weight of 2 kg for checked baggage (25 kg instead of  23 kg) to the passengers who use Online Check-In, mobile Check-In or Self Check-In Kiosks and who travel on TAROM flights.

Hand baggage up to 10kg is also included in the fare.

Certification & Awards:

  • In 2014, TAROM certified  its activity in accordance with ISO 9001:2008 – Quality Management System and also obtained its fourth renewal of the IOSA registration.
  • TAROM won again the first place at  “ Airline of the Year 2014” , being the third year in a row.
  • At  the “APG Worldwide Airline Reward for Distribution” 2014, TAROM won the fourth place, after Emirates, Air France and Lufthansa.

The certification demonstrates TAROM’s commitment towards its passengers and partners  for providing the best services.”

Fly with TAROM to be sure you’ll catch Startup Weekend Iasi!








Meet Proton, the positively-charged tech entrepreneur

Proton: The center of an atom is made up of one or more protons. It has a positive charge.

Călin Brandabur is  a Senior Software development engineer which excells in software architecture and management, business analysis and project management. You see, he has the quite some the core knowledge that can help him build a startup in IT (which in this case, would be the atom). When he realised that, he became an entrepreneur. The result: he has bootstrapped several start ups all over the world, mainly United States of America.

Just like a Proton, he has a positive charge: his enthusiasm allows him to take all his know-how and build things from scratch. A home automation project and a 3D printer are his latest projects that have stirred both questions and admirations from his fellow workers.

He will join Irina, the Gamma Ray, at our pre-event tonight to tell you more about the perfect balance between knowledge and passion which can lead you to conquering the world with your startup.

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Gamma Ray, the Marketing Captain at SWTimisoara

Gamma Ray: extremely short-wavelength and energetic electromagnetic radiation.

Ladies and gents, in the well-known playful tone we introduce you another extraordinary skillful Startup Weekend Timișoara mentor, Irina Marinescu!

Rumour has it she has endless energy when it comes to her biggest passion, the ever-changing Marketing field. Her deep comprehension of the subject has been powerful enough to introduced her into several spatial dimensions: Marketing Strategy, Serial Entrepreneurship and Startup Mentorship.

When on Earth, cats and coffee lift her up to space and back. Another rumour: she turns into a cat whenever possible.

As a matter of fact, she plans to have a stopover at our pre-event to let you know what’s the deal with space & startups. On the 26th of March, at the inspiring Ambasada, of course.

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Have you booked your ticket yet?

http://swtimisoara4








What's in it for the winners

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If you wonder what you will earn besides of an awesome experience and new connections? Here we have the prizes!

Startup Weekend Iasi along with our sponsors wants to help your idea to grow, so we offers you great prizes!

1st Place

The Grape: the business HUB from Iasi, is offering you an awesome reward: Unlimited Membership Plan for one month for the team, with a maximum 3 members at a time. Also, they have 1 Free Unlimited Weekend for whole team.

Publica: the publisher, will enrich your knowledge with a  useful book for your beginning: “The Lean Startup”.

Techsylvania: Which consists of two major parts: Techsylvania Hackathon and        Techsylvania Conference is giving  you 2 Tickets to the event which will take place on 6-9 of June.

ProteckMark: Is offering you a discount in value of 1500 lei for registering a three classes trademark at OSIM.

Smart2Pay :a Payment Service Provider specializing in internet payments, have a Payment package service worth about 5000 euros!

Bitdefender: Bitdefender it will reward your team effort with 7 Mobile Security licenses and goodies! (mug, pen, t-shirt, agenda).

Train2perform: Will help by improving your skills with a Consultative Selling Training of 4 hours for your entire team.

Business Angels Romania: These angels it will help you to fund your bright idea!

CognitiveSEO: a SEO tools which will increase your traffic, will give you a 1-year subscription to the Elite Packet on CognitiveSEO in value of $5988!

Sophia Romania: one of the best home decoration company, will inspire you with some very attractive offers for your future work environment. Don’t forget that you have to pitch!

2nd Place

The Grape: the business HUB from Iasi, is offering you an awesome reward: 3 Days/Week Membership Plan for one month for the team  with  a maximum 3 members at a time. Also, they have 1 Free Unlimited Weekend for whole team.

Publica: the publisher, will enrich your knowledge with a  useful book for your beginning: “The Lean Startup”.

Techsylvania: Which consists of two major parts: Techsylvania Hackathon and  Techsylvania Conference is giving  you 2 Tickets to the event which will take place on 6-9 of June.

ProteckMark: Is offering you a discount in value of 750 lei for registering a three classes trademark at OSIM.

Bitdefender: Bitdefender it will reward your team effort with 6 Mobile Security licenses and goodies! (mug, pen, t-shirt, agenda).

Business Angels Romania: These angels it will help you to fund your bright idea!

CognitiveSEO: a SEO tools which will increase your traffic, will give you a 1-year subscription to the Premium package on CognitiveSEO in value of $2388!

Sophia Romania: one of the best home decoration company, will inspire you with some very attractive offers for your future work environment. Don’t forget that you have to pitch!

3rd Place

The Grape: the business HUB from Iasi, is offering you an awesome reward: 1 Part-time Membership Plan for one month for your team, working hours: 16:00 – 19:30.

Publica: the publisher, will enrich your knowledge with a  useful book for your beginning: “The Lean Startup”.

Techsylvania: Which consists of two major parts: Techsylvania Hackathon and Techsylvania Conference is giving  you 2 Tickets to the event which will take place on 6-9 of June.

ProteckMark: Is offering you a discount in value of 500 lei for registering a three classes trademark at OSIM.

Bitdefender: Bitdefender it will reward your team effort with 6 Mobile Security licenses and goodies! (mug, pen, t-shirt, agenda).

Business Angels Romania: These angels it will help you to fund your bright idea!

CognitiveSEO: a SEO tools which will increase your traffic, will give you a 1-year subscription to Pro package on CognitiveSEO in value of $1188!

Sophia Romania: one of the best home decoration company, will inspire you with some very attractive offers for your future work environment. Don’t forget that you have to pitch!

Best Marketing Prize!

The Grape: the business HUB from Iasi, is offering you an awesome reward: 1 Part-time Membership Plan for one month for your team, working hours between 16:00 – 19:30.

Publica: the publisher, will enrich your knowledge with a  useful book for your beginning: “The Lean Startup”.

Techsylvania: Which consists of two major parts: Techsylvania Hackathon and Techsylvania Conference is giving  you 2 Tickets to the event which will take place on 6-9 of June.

ProteckMark: Is offering you a discount in value of 300 lei for registering a three classes trademark at OSIM.

Bitdefender: Bitdefender it will reward your team effort with 6 Mobile Security licenses and goodies! (mug, pen, t-shirt, agenda).

CognitiveSEO: a SEO tools which will increase your traffic, will give you a 1-year subscription to Pro package on CognitiveSEO in value of $1188!

Sophia Romania: one of the best home decoration company, will inspire you with some very attractive offers for your future work environment. Don’t forget that you have to pitch!

Observation: the prizes that cannot be divided, are offered officially to the person who pitch the idea! To be sure that you will enjoy the full prizes be one of them!








ProtectMARK supports Startup Weekend Iasi

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With an experience of over 10 years, ProtectMARK is one of the most important Intellectual Property Company from the North-East region of Romania.

They are specialized in trademarks, community registered designs and geographical indications, looking forward to a patent division any time soon. In a world where novelty is everything, ProtectMARK represents their clients before the Romanian Office for Trademarks and Patents (OSIM), the Office for the Harmonization of the Internal Market (OHIM) and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Their consultancy services include: analyzing a company’s trademark portfolio, research and search reports, registration and renewal of trademarks, designs and geographical indications, monitoring registered trademarks, filing oppositions and cancellations against other similar trademarks, filing points of view, representation before the Offices etc.

Alongside their clients, ProtectMARK develops the trademark portfolio strategy and offers legal advice on risk management, continuous growth and market protection. For the benefits of their clients, ProtectMARK offers the best advice regarding intellectual property rights so that no infringement of rights occur. Moreover, they aid their clients in other aspects, such as transfer or licensing of trademarks.

With clients as Fitterman Pharma, Iaşi City Council, Iaşi City Hall, Oameni şi Companii, Colegiul Naţional Emil Racoviţă, EDUMANAGER, Children Academy, FIDELIA CASA, OXYGEN, Fence Construct, ELEMATIS, REGALLIA, their services target growing businesses as well as some key players from Iasi’s business world.