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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

The 6th edition of Startup Weekend Moldova will be organized on November 14-16, 2014 at Ginta Latina/French Alliance.

Our event will again be a part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, competing with over 200 similar events worldwide, and our winning team will go to Global Startup Battle.

We will have some great international coaches helping our startuppers in their journey to success; and motivating prizes to reward the hard work!

If you are a developer, designer, have business or project management skills, interested to build a cool startup, want to meet great people or learn a new skill, register to our event.

We will provide meals and soft drinks (coffee, water, juices), as well as cool branded T-shirts.

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Schedule

Friday

Nov 14
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome. Sponsors & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday

Nov 15
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue allows

Sunday

Nov 16
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS. Get them to help with the presentations
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Dinner
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Speakers

Daniel Ray

S2   |   LinkedIn

Daniel is an entrepreneur developing ideas into products, concepts into companies, with an emphasis on emerging technologies and emerging markets.

Daniel joined S2, first as an Associate and later became an Associate Partner. Daniel is currently a Partner in the 5th generation of S2. This generation includes S2 Baltic, focused on early stage companies in Eastern Europe. As a serial entrepreneur, he has founded several successful technology companies and is currently the CEO/Co-founder of Seriously Inc, a full-service agency headquartered in New York City.

He is also a co-founder of Start Karma, a nonprofit organization focused on strengthening startup ecosystem in emerging markets and Artspark a not-for-profit youth arts organization.

Judges

Mickael Faure

Orange Moldova   |   LinkedIn

Mickael Faure is Marketing and Communication Director at Orange Moldova and President of Orange Moldova Foundation. He is working for Orange Group since 1998, has more than 15 years of professional experience in Marketing, Brand & Telecommunications. He held various operational and Management positions based in Orange France, Orange Madagascar, Personal Argentina, Orange Botswana and currently Orange Moldova.

Roman Stirbu

Simpals   |   LinkedIn

Director of Internet Development Department at Simpals. Roman is an expert in the field of project management in IT projects - he created and developed high-load Internet projects using the following technologies – ASP.NET, Memcached, Hadoop/Hive/Hbase, Mongodb, Sphinx, Nginx. Roman also is the initiator creator of Agile Moldova Community. Can explain to startupers which technologies to use to implement their projects.

Marius Ursache

Grapefruit   |   LinkedIn

Marius studied to be a plastic surgeon, but instead he became a designer. In 1999 he founded Grapefruit, a Romanian digital product development agency. Today, Marius works closely with Bill Aulet, Managing Director of MIT Entrepreneurship Center on the "Disciplined Entrepreneurship" book and framework, and develops DEToolbox.com, a set of online checklists and tools for disciplined entrepreneurs.

Daniel Ray

S2   |   LinkedIn

Daniel is an entrepreneur developing ideas into products, concepts into companies, with an emphasis on emerging technologies and emerging markets.

Daniel joined S2, first as an Associate and later became an Associate Partner. Daniel is currently a Partner in the 5th generation of S2. This generation includes S2 Baltic, focused on early stage companies in Eastern Europe. As a serial entrepreneur, he has founded several successful technology companies and is currently the CEO/Co-founder of Seriously Inc, a full-service agency headquartered in New York City.

He is also a co-founder of Start Karma, a nonprofit organization focused on strengthening startup ecosystem in emerging markets and Artspark a not-for-profit youth arts organization.

Ross Tanner

Flosites   |   LinkedIn

Ross is the Founder, and CEO of FloAgency, a digital brand agency moving businesses forward through creative solutions. Having started Flo when he was 19 after moving from the UK to Moldova. Since those early beginnings Ross has founded 2 other successful companies, and developed strong relationships branding and creating strategies for internationally known clients from NYC times best selling authors, startups and many of the worlds finest media professionals and companies.

Dumitru Ciubatii

TenerLab   |  

Dumitru is founder of TenerLab, a Chisinau based company that is focused on building complex multinational products, two of them being quite successful on Moldovan market and expanding into other countries too: Fest.md and AllPrices.md. He has also been involved in some promising startups around the world. A few years ago, Dumitru did his internship at Google, California, after which he decided to try something more challenging. Nowadays, he's also enjoying being adjunct professor at Technical University of Moldova, teaching Distributed Systems master course.

Evgeny Ginzburg

Lebrand/Metabeta   |   LinkedIn

Marketing & strategy expert with background in digital marketing and branding designing more than 100 projects in Art Lebedev Studio (Moscow) and Lebrand creative agency (Moscow) for Russian banks, telcom, retailers, Yandex, MTV, etc.

Currently envolved in launching MetaBeta Seed Accelerator (Moscow) as digital marketing leader and startup couch. Co-founder and creative director of Moscow Digital marketing agency Lebrand (10 years), b2c present certificate e-commerce Smile (7 years), b2b gas cards dealer Benzindex (4 years), online media for parents Kidsters (3 years), 3D-printing e-commerce 3DPrintus (0,5 years), etc.

Coaches

Daniel Ray

S2   |   LinkedIn

Daniel is an entrepreneur developing ideas into products, concepts into companies, with an emphasis on emerging technologies and emerging markets.

Daniel joined S2, first as an Associate and later became an Associate Partner. Daniel is currently a Partner in the 5th generation of S2. This generation includes S2 Baltic, focused on early stage companies in Eastern Europe. As a serial entrepreneur, he has founded several successful technology companies and is currently the CEO/Co-founder of Seriously Inc, a full-service agency headquartered in New York City.

He is also a co-founder of Start Karma, a nonprofit organization focused on strengthening startup ecosystem in emerging markets and Artspark a not-for-profit youth arts organization.

Ross Tanner

Flosites   |   LinkedIn

Ross is the Founder, and CEO of FloAgency, a digital brand agency moving businesses forward through creative solutions. Having started Flo when he was 19 after moving from the UK to Moldova. Since those early beginnings Ross has founded 2 other successful companies, and developed strong relationships branding and creating strategies for internationally known clients from NYC times best selling authors, startups and many of the worlds finest media professionals and companies.

Constantin Ferseta

Ferseta e-Consulting Cabinet   |   LinkedIn

Constantin “Noro” Ferseta has 15 years experience in e-marketing: Coca-Cola Adriatic & Balkan Region, Neogen (Romania, Moldova, Serbia, Bulgaria) and many others. For 5 years he runs a full service online agency (Ferseta e-Consulting Cabinet), with clients from all over the world from all possible fields. In parallel he launched various projects and is the founder of the StartEvo (the NGO with the highest VIP support in Romania). Huge experience, both in business and development, he has a long track of helping people achieving their dreams.

Vitalii Rudnev

Simpals / 999   |  

Online-shop director at 999. He has spearheaded this progressive startup, and made it the most attended and the most popular on-line shop in Moldova. Vitalii has been engaged in e-commerce since 2009 and has a great experience in sales, marketing and analytics. Being a former startupper he knows how to explain what problems can occur on a young businessman's journey.

Ion Lungu

Orange Moldova   |   LinkedIn

Ion Lungu is Marketing Multimedia Coordinator at Orange Moldova. He is working for Orange Moldova since 2004, has more than 6 years of professional experience in developing multimedia products and services. He is well-acquainted with the fields of mobile TV services, mobile devices and mobile portals.

Constantin Garcev

Remsys   |   LinkedIn

ICT specialist with over 9 years of professional experience with both international and Moldovan organizations.
Currently Constantin is the General Manager of REMSYS. The company provides a wide range of solutions, including dedicated technical support, infrastructure automation, server management and monitoring, clustering, security hardening, consulting and others. REMSYS manages more than 1100 servers and has 3 dedicated teams working for US based customers.

Marius Ursache

Grapefruit   |   LinkedIn

Marius studied to be a plastic surgeon, but instead he became a designer. In 1999 he founded Grapefruit, a Romanian digital product development agency. Today, Marius works closely with Bill Aulet, Managing Director of MIT Entrepreneurship Center on the "Disciplined Entrepreneurship" book and framework, and develops DEToolbox.com, a set of online checklists and tools for disciplined entrepreneurs.

Evgeny Ginzburg

Lebrand/Metabeta   |   LinkedIn

Marketing & strategy expert with background in digital marketing and branding designing more than 100 projects in Art Lebedev Studio (Moscow) and Lebrand creative agency (Moscow) for Russian banks, telcom, retailers, Yandex, MTV, etc.

Currently envolved in launching MetaBeta Seed Accelerator (Moscow) as digital marketing leader and startup couch. Co-founder and creative director of Moscow Digital marketing agency Lebrand (10 years), b2c present certificate e-commerce Smile (7 years), b2b gas cards dealer Benzindex (4 years), online media for parents Kidsters (3 years), 3D-printing e-commerce 3DPrintus (0,5 years), etc.

Igor Putina

Propeople   |  

Igor currently works as lead experience designer for Propeople, and has the pleasure of working with clients such as Stanford University, Maersk and Amnesty International. His job is to create and prototype user interfaces for applications and websites.

He joined Propeople four years ago after graduating from Hansei University's Visual Communication School in South Korea.

In his free time he likes to tinker with frameworks such as Sinatra and Rails on Ruby, and Django on Python. Igor is an approachable guy, so feel free to talk to him anytime about anything design or development.

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