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Strada Turnului 5, Brașov 500152, Romania

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Schedule

Friday

Oct 25
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & 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

Oct 26
  • 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 will allow

Sunday

Oct 27
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Gold Sponsors
Speakers

David Szabo

Intrapreneur (Microsoft Windows Azure Evangelism team)   |  

David is a Cloud Strategy Advisor and an Intrapreneur in Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud business in Central & Eastern Europe. He is advisor to several startup businesses and a change agent using LEGO SERIOUSPLAY to rejuvenate old tech firms in quest of new business models. Fellow member of the European Entrepreneurship Foundation. Prior to his current role, he has been a managing consultant in Microsoft Consulting Services in Ireland and in the UK. David is also a husband, dad, barefoot runner, hobby drummer and blogger at http://cloudstrategyblog.com. Follow him on twitter at http://twitter.com/saasincloud

Adelina Peltea

Co-founder of splinter.me, author of Customer Seduction   |   LinkedIn

Adelina is a second time entrepreneur, tech blogger and book author. She loves technologies and startups. Originally from Romania, she started working on international projects 5 years ago and currently collaborates with an Egyptian co-founder on a truly global business. More info at: http://adelinapeltea.com/

Cosmin Mihaiu

Co-Founder and CEO of MIRA Rehab

Cosmin has a passion for technology and how it can be creatively used to improve day-to-day activities. He enjoys playing video-games, which some may say is a trivial hobby, but it taught him to think about how to use what is fun, engaging and addictive in new ways. He is also passionate about improving health and well-being. Combining his fascination with the video-game industry, personal experience and interest in health, as well as being part of a great team led to the creation of MIRA Rehab
MIRA Rehab was part of the Healthbox Europe Accelerator (Oct '12 - Jan '13), winning the Innovation Award (Jan '13).
At Healthbox Innovation Day, MIRA Rehab introduced the MIRA product to over 250 medical leaders and investors which voted the company out of the 7 participating, as the most innovative solution to a challenge of the medical industry.
In Feb '13, MIRA Rehab was selected by the Kairos Society in the Kairos 50, representing "the 50 most innovative student-run businesses in the world" and in Mar '13, Cosmin was featured in Forbes Romania Special Edition "30 under 30".

Mru Patel

CEO of EPIS and Founding CEO of EPSG Fund

Mru Patel is an experienced entrepreneur as well as a best-selling author, motivational speaker, workshop leader and life coach. The CEO of EPIS and Founding CEO of EPSG Fund, he has over 20years’ experience with several Blue Chip organizations such as IBM, Sun Microsystems (Oracle) and Siemens as well as founding companies and investment funds in a variety of different industries. He also has a successful track record investing in various real estate projects. He has personally invested in, developed and portfolio managed projects in Europe, UK, USA & India, and after detailed research into the EU emerging markets, Mru established a real estate investment fund for Romania in June 2004. Mru Patel is active on the stock markets as well as investing in start-up businesses that align with his passion from health and wellness to authoring.

Silver sponsors
Judges

Catalina Rusu

COO/Co-founder at GEEKCELERATOR   |   LinkedIn

GEEKCELERATOR acts as an investing studio, creating tools for founders and investing in startups that build tech tools for other founders.
Catalina has previously worked with early stage startups on defining their roadmap from point zero to Problem/Solution Fit, on practical implementation of Customer Development principles and on employing customer centered design methods in building their product.

Maria Sandor

Member of the Consultative Board at GRASP Society   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Maria Sandor is an economist and public policy expert, NGOs leader and project manager who served for over 10 years as consultant to the main international institutions present in Romania: the World Bank (WB), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the EC delegation to Romania (EC). Currently she is leading the Foundation PACT as president of the Board and advises the EximBank president as a counselor.
She is co-founder of the public policy think tank “Center for Political Studies and Comparative Analysis”

Daniel Tiganila

Co-founder at startups.ro

Daniel Tiganila is all about passion. Passion for entrepreneurs, for startups, for investments, for traveling, tennis, golf and more.
He is co-founder at startups.ro (online business resource for entrepreneurs), being very active in the online and offline community of Romanian entrepreneurs.
He is currently involved in 3 startups. With a solid background (over 11 years) in investments, setting-up companies, events, agriculture and real-estate, he would be more than happy to actively assist online startups and entrepreneurs with advice on various fields such as:
- Financing your company
- Starting-up
- Business strategy
- Leadership and vision
- The power of networking
- Business generating coffee conversation

Frederic LASNIER

CEO Pentalog, Serial Entrepreneur, Start up investor , Associate and Board member at PeopleCentric, a recruitment office, spin off of Pentalog, based in Bucarest and Paris, dedicated to the high-tech sector

As an entrepreneur passionate about the development of emerging markets and a relentless globetrotter, Frédéric has always shown great creativity, which helped Pentalog become the European leader in its business sector. He is endowed with a proven ability for strong business development and a sustained track record of exploring new business ways, revenue and profit growth. Strategically-focused with exceptional leadership skills. Effective at building high-performance teams in offshore environments and leading change in competitive business environments.

Marius Mitroi

Head of Innovation Funding Department at UEFISCDI

UEFISCDI fosters quality and leadership for higher education, research, development and innovation.
Marius is in charge with the implementation of Romanian Innovation funding program and development of new SMEs oriented programs.

Contributing Sponsors
Coaches

Mircea Vadan

Co-founder of UseTogether   |   LinkedIn

Mircea is a startup founder (UseTogether) and organiser of Open Connect meetings in Cluj-Napoca. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and education. In the past, he was involved in many community volunteering projects, but now he is focused on startups (more on www.mirceavadan.ro).

Emanuele Musa

Founder & CEO at Babele   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Electronic engineer, and MBA in International Management (Paris, London, Rio de Janeiro)

Marius Ursache

Founder at Grapefruit

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.

Mukul Pal

Founder at Orpheus CAPITALS   |   LinkedIn

Mukul is a Chartered Market Technician and MBA Finance. He has more than a decade of Capital Market experience dealing with derivatives and global assets. He has worked for Bombay Stock Exchange, multinational Banks and brokerage houses in leading research positions before starting Orpheus in 2005. He has actively researched on ‘Time’ and has written seminal papers on the mathematical hierarchy of time. He is in the top 10% authors on Social Science Research Network (SSRN). Mukul has presented at various platforms for the Bombay Stock Exchange, Prague Stock Exchange, Bucharest Stock Exchange, Canadian Society of Technical Analysts, Saxo Bank, Thomson Reuters, Princeton University and University of Chicago etc.

David Szabo

Intrapreneur (Microsoft Windows Azure Evangelism team)   |  

David is a Cloud Strategy Advisor and an Intrapreneur in Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud business in Central & Eastern Europe. He is advisor to several startup businesses and a change agent using LEGO SERIOUSPLAY to rejuvenate old tech firms in quest of new business models. Fellow member of the European Entrepreneurship Foundation. Prior to his current role, he has been a managing consultant in Microsoft Consulting Services in Ireland and in the UK. David is also a husband, dad, barefoot runner, hobby drummer and blogger at http://cloudstrategyblog.com. Follow him on twitter at http://twitter.com/saasincloud

Andrei Roth

Project Manager la Spherik Accelerator

Andrei graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also founded the first Romanian student organization. After working as a financial analyst for Microsoft in Silicon Valley, in 2008, Andrei had a great opportunity to return to Romania and apply his experience in the telecommunications industry as a business development director and then CFO for several major telecoms. He now runs a software development company while being involved in several NGOs dealing with entrepreneurship and also part of the team starting the first startup accelerator in Cluj.
Andrei is passionate about entrepreneurship, aviation, political economy and tourism, and he is keen on helping Romania realize its potential by nurturing its human assets – he sees the country’s multicultural landscape as key to its growth – as well as by protecting and promoting its natural beauty. Andi is an Aspen Institute Fellow

Bogdan Colceriu

Bogdan Colceriu has been a marketing consultant for over 10 years for emerging companies on the Romanian market. He has also been involved with some successful startup projects as co-founder or partner. Those projects include trilulilu.ro, okian.ro or Heidi Kindergarten in Brasov. Passionate about restaurant marketing, his marketing expertise goes across various industries like automotive, digital, cosmetics, retail or e-commerce, where most of his clients activate.

Razvan Patrascu

Founder at Firestarter

Fourteen years ago, when the communication industry took of in Romania, Razvan was trying to figure out why the theories he grasped from western marketing books did not quite met the business reality on the ground.
A few years later, having worked his way up through the various positions of an advertising agency, such as Junior Graphic Designer, Senior Art Director and Creative Director, he decided that the market needed a different breed of branding agency. One that could implement a branding program without having to compromise, whatever the size of the client’s business. Therefore, in 2007 he leaves Bucharest for Brasov, in order to establish Firestarter, the first agency of its kind from the region.
Six years on, the agency has already developed scores of succesful identity programs for various romanian and international companies

Andrea Adamo

Entrepreneur and UEFA football coach

Founder of Work Support Agency - temporary work agency based in Brasov which reached over half a million euros turnover in its first 9 months after startup. Italian born, Andrea has gained an international experience as entrepreneur and sales expert in the fields of HR, fashion and horeca. He is an entrepreneur not only in business but also in sports, currently managing and coaching FC Sacele in the 2nd division.
He believes every dream is possible if you believe in it and if you work for it.

Gregory Rondin

Director PentaLabbs, Delivery Center Manager Bucharest, PENTALOG Romania

Within a few years, Gregory has made the difference in many fields of activities of Pentalog’s clients, and in various functions including that of project manager and branch office manager in Romania. His “geek” side makes him a partner at the cutting edge of technology who is always eager to work on new products and ready to adjust to any type of context in order to be a real solution-oriented and proactive team player in each project.

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