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Alliance Francaise / Ginta Latina, #18, Sfatul Tarii str.

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!

Our event will be a part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, competing with over 130 events like it 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!

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Schedule

Friday

Nov 16
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Sponsors
  • Hacking the pitch: the Eleven ways to pitch yourself to an investor
  • 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 you wish

Saturday

Nov 17
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • 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 you wish

Sunday

Nov 18
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Coaches arrive… Get them to help with the presentations
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Speakers

Maxim Gurvits

Associate VC, Eleven Startup Accelerator   |   LinkedIn

Maxim (Max) Gurvits is a VC with Eleven Startup Accelerator in Sofia, Bulgaria. He co-founded and exited the legal services startup Regeldit.nl in Amsterdam, and became an investment banker and a co-founding member of Eleven after that. He is a regular contributor to The Kernel Magazine, and is a mentor at Seedcamp. At Eleven, Max helps teams to focus on their metrics and demo-day readiness, and is buzzing around the Balkans to connect with startups throughout the region.

Coaches

Bogdan Iordache

How to Web   |   LinkedIn

Tech entrepreneur, geek, James Bond fan. Co-founder and organizer of the How to Web Conference, one of the biggest tech conferences in Eastern Europe. Founder of Conectoo (email marketing service), co-founder of Stagii pe Bune (IT&C student internship program). Going for the long run.

Grigore Raileanu

Noction   |   LinkedIn

Grigore Raileanu is a 8+year serial entrepreneur, founder of an infrastructure management company, managed hosting provider, and a company developing network optimization products. He enjoys the challenge of creating, building strong teams and developing business models.

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.

Daniela Nemerenco

e-Gov Center   |   LinkedIn

Strategy coordinator at the e-Government, is working on increasing the quality of public service and governance through technology. Previously, Daniela worked in the New York office of Bessemer Venture Partners, where she identified investment opportunities in software, consumer internet, and other innovative technologies. She worked with the investors in Skype, Linkedin, Verisign, Gartner to help dentify the next big idea. While earning a degree in government from Harvard University, Daniela wrote a thesis on elections and party systems in Eastern Europe. If she weren't so into government, Daniela would most likely be into the renovation of historical buildings in Chisinau.

Alexander Minza

Dimac Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Alexander is a partner and co-founder of Dimac Ventures - privately held company fueled by venture investments and focused on igniting ideas, gathering teams of passionate developers around them and building great products. Currently, the team focuses on the development of several projects in the startup phase oriented to the large Internet audiences in Russia & CIS.

Riccardo Fedeli

OFARM   |   LinkedIn

Founder at OFARM, Riccardo has more than 10 years of experience in the IT industry. He started his working experience as product manager for an Italian videogame publisher. From there it comes the passion for gaming and innovative projects, which further on Riccardo had introduced in his own company. Currently he is involved in web, mobile, gaming and social projects. For the last 5 years he runs a successful IT business based in Moldova.

Yana Wolf-Granich

Mobile Monday   |   LinkedIn

Founder of Mobile Monday Chisinau and administrator of Moldavian Technology Transfer Network, Yana has 7 years of experience in IT business worldwide. She was involved in a number of IT-projects in Ukraine, Israel and Hong Kong being an expert in developing and growing new business projects and markets, coordinating teams and leading them to the success. Currently Yana is focused and interested in marketing and monetization of mobile development projects.

Dragos Nicov

Orange Moldova   |   LinkedIn

Dragoş Nicov is Special Projects Coordinator and Deputy Multimedia Manager at Orange Moldova. Has more than 13 years of professional experience in Telecomunications and is the Product Manager for many successful innovations, including: World Premiere Launch of HD voice, Mobile Signature, etc

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.

Anton Perkin

ITA / DeveloperMD   |   LinkedIn

Anton is the President of Association of IT specialists of Moldova (ITA) which represent interests of Moldavian IT professionals. Being on this position he is focused on organizing different events (such as Hackathons and Offlines for IT specialists) and supporting IT startups. Also he is founder of the DeveloperMD Community - the fast growing group of developers, QA engineers and system architects. As a technical specialist, Anton has 7-year experience as a web-programmer and project manager. For now the projects he developed are used in health care, governmental, educational, real estate, journalistic, entertainment and sport fields in Moldova and USA. Also he took part in many Government related projects building projects and online services for Moldova Road Police and Ministry of Home Affairs.
Besides that, Anton is CEO and co-founder at FusionWorks, an IT solutions company.

Daniel Ray

S2   |   LinkedIn

Daniel Ray joined S2 in 1999, 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.

Judges

Douglas Griffith

USAID CEED II   |   LinkedIn

Doug Griffith is the chief of party of the Moldova Competitiveness Enhancement and Enterprise Development II (CEED II) Project, implemented by Chemonics International Inc. Previously, he served as Chemonics’ business development director for Europe and Eurasia, Chief of Party of the Moldova CEED project, and a project director overseeing economic development projects in Armenia, Mali, Nepal, and Romania. He has also designed competitiveness initiatives in Armenia, Kosovo, and Romania and conducted agribusiness sector assessments in Albania, Central Asia, Kosovo, Romania, and South Africa. Prior to joining Chemonics, he worked for mortgage companies in Minneapolis, Minnesota and served for two years in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Niger, in West Africa, as a food security volunteer.

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 12 years of professional experience in Marketing & International Support. Held long-term operational positions based in
Orange Affiliates (Orange Madagascar, Personal Argentina, Orange Botswana and currently Orange Moldova). In-depth knows the African, Middle Eastern and Spanish-speaking markets (46 missions in 19 countries).

Dmitri Voloshin

Simpals   |   LinkedIn

Dmitri is the founder and “flaming engine” of the company "Simpals", the initiator of the first startup incubator in "Simpals Garage". He is one of the first Moldovan startupers, author and ideologist of many successful web-projects: forum.md, 999.md, point.md, play.md and others. Expert in the area of business development, creation of new products and services, Internet producing, and monetization of innovative projects.

Andrei Gradinari

Spooky House Studios   |  

Andrei is the Lead Game Designer and Founder at Spooky House Studios, an iPhone game development startup studio with 3 mobile games on App Store/ Google Play, with over 30 million downloads worldwide. Before Spooky House Studios Andrei was deeply involved with 2 startups: Backflip Studios and Earthscape, both of which became multi million brands by now.

Maxim Gurvits

Eleven Startup Accelerator   |   LinkedIn

Maxim (Max) Gurvits is a VC with Eleven Startup Accelerator in Sofia, Bulgaria. He co-founded and exited the legal services startup Regeldit.nl in Amsterdam, and became an investment banker and a co-founding member of Eleven after that. He is a regular contributor to The Kernel Magazine, and is a mentor at Seedcamp. At Eleven, Max helps teams to focus on their metrics and demo-day readiness, and is buzzing around the Balkans to connect with startups throughout the region.

Ross Tanner

Flosites   |   LinkedIn

Ross is the CEO at Flosites, and a Co-Founder of Agency Eden, both businesses focusing into niche markets globally. His business model is based on internal motivation, growth and customer service. With several years of experience in consulting individual and small business startups to find their business model online and offline as a branded business. Over time this passion has evolved in his own businesses, which he is currently involved in creating 3 new web app products releasing in early 2012.
After moving to Moldova in 2008, he began to have a thirst for the raw talent that he discovered in Moldova, and knew that he found a place where a highly skilled team could be created, after training. He believes that with improved educational training for individuals and startups within Moldova, it can become an entity for IT globally over time.

Dumitru Ciubatii

TenerLab   |   LinkedIn

Dumitru is founder of TenerLab, a Chisinau based company that is focused on building multinational products, two of them already being successful on Moldovan market: allprices.md and fest.md. He has been involved in some startups around the world, one of which is very promissing at the moment. 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.

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Simon Kaiser
Ionela Ciuhrii
Ana Volosinovici
Nicolai Mihailiuc
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