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10-12th March '23
Oradea Fortress, F building

Startup Weekend Oradea

Startup Weekend is back in Oradea. Get your ideas ready for a memorable 3 days event! 

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About Techstars Startup Weekend Oradea

Learn how to think, work, and build like a startup in 54 thrilling hours. Techstars Startup Weekend is an exciting and immersive foray into the world of startups. Over an action-packed three days, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders and sponsors to show you how to get more done faster -- and, maybe even start that Business!

Why join?


Networking opportunities

Startup Weekend events provide a great opportunity for young people to connect with like-minded individuals, including potential mentors, collaborators, and investors.


Learn from experts

Startup Weekend events feature experienced entrepreneurs and mentors who can provide valuable insights and guidance on starting a business. By attending, you'll have access to valuable knowledge and resources that can help you take your business idea to the next level.


Validate your business idea

Pitching your business idea to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs and receiving feedback can help you determine if your idea is viable and identify any potential challenges you may need to overcome.

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Event Agenda

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM | Registration

Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Dinner | Networking

Eat food, share ideas, get to know fellow participants

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM | Welcome & Event opening

Review the agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM | Pitches Start

Line up to give your pitch in 60 seconds! No presentation allowed!

8:00 PM - 8:30 PM | Voting

Attendees vote for the top pitches.

8:30 PM - 9:00 PM | Form teams

Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 PM - XX:XX AM | Begin Work

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 want/need. PRO tip: late night working bring interesting ideas 🌙💡

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Breakfast

Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Morning Announcements

Details about today's agenda, Q&As

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Lean Canvas Workshop (optional) - I building - 1st floor (OTH)

You will get the chance to understand the basics of the Lean Canvas business model and how to fill in a Lean Canvas chart

11:30 PM - 1:00 PM | Work & Mentoring time

Validate, brainstorm, research, code, design, etc. and/or discuss your progress/blockers/ideas with a mentor

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Lunch

Don't forget to eat, please

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Mentoring sessions

We have superhero mentors ready to help! Get valuable advice from national and international mentors, in 25 min time slots, for three hours time!

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Pitching Workshop (Mandatory)

Here's when you'll learn how to deliver a good pitch, and make your idea heard and understood by the jury the next day. You don't want to miss this workshop!

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Work time

This is the time when you try to implement the feedback you've received earlier and build on your idea

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Dinner

Have dinner, continue working on your idea, or use this opportunity to create connections with fellow attendees and mentors

9:00 PM - XX:XX PM |  Work time

What's a Startup Weekend without intensive work during the night before pitching in front of the jury? So, carry on - continue working on your business plan, your demo, and your pitch!

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Breakfast

Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Morning Announcements

Details about today's agenda, Q&As

10:30 AM - 11:30 PM | Work 

Teams work to finish their MVP, and start working on their presentation

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | Mentoring sessions

Before making the final touches on your pitch & demo, you hate the opportunity to get feedback on it from our superhero mentors! 

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM | Pitch Prep & Rehearsal

Here, you'll pitch in front of a mentor and/or an organizing team member. You'll receive valuable feedback that you'll be able to implement before the final presentations later today.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM | Lunch

Don't forget to eat, please

2:00 - 4:00 PM | Get ready 

Get your pitch ready, invite friends to support you, stay calm, and get ready to make your startup shine & take off 🪩🚀

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM | Final Pitching Event (Open)

Every team has 5 minutes to pitch their business, followed by a 3-5 minute Q&A by judges. Afterward, the jury deliberates and the winners are announced

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM | Post-event networking and celebrations

Your first relaxed meal in 54 hours 😌

8:00 PM - ♾️ | Work, test, improve, pitch, repeat!

Mentors & Judges


Rishi Chattopadhyay

Board Advisor 🚀| Innovation Explorer💡


Bogdan Carlescu

VP of Marketing @ Creatopy


Gery Meleg

VP of UX @ Creatopy

Paul Harfas

Paul Harfas

Co-Founder Octavic

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Adrian Gheara

Tech Investor & Entrepreneur


Alin Merches

Serial Entrepreneur

Razvan Suta

Razvan Suta

Startups Program Manager @ Startup Wise Guys


Malina Lucia Turcut

CFO @ PrimeDash

Roland Szabo

Roland Szabo

ML&AI Expert

Catalin Rus

Catalin Rus

Co-Founder & COO @ PrimeDash

Cosmin Pirvu

Cosmin Pirvu

Startup Founder & Startup Weekend Bucharest Organizer


Dumitru Palanciuc

Product Manager @ Google


Gabriel Dombri

CEO Tapptitude


Mircea Vadan

Startup Advisor & Investor


Andrei Firoiu

Product Manager Cognizant Softvision


Ciprian Trip

Product Marketing Advisor 

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Vlad Santa

Partner & COO Mobiversal


Adrian Cucerzan

Partener Mobiversal & Product manager FieldVibe


Andrei Gadoiu

Lead Designer @ Paymo


Tudor Cutus

Product Specialist @ Tapptitude

David Achim

David Achim

Startups Program Manager @ Make IT in Oradea

The experience

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this event for me?

If you are interested in entrepreneurship the answer is most likely yes. Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, you’ll fit right in as long as you are motivated to build a product or startup and are open to new ideas. We believe that great ideas can come from anywhere.

The event is intended to be a collaborative and inclusive forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. We expect each member of the startup community to be inclusive of all people and their ideas at Techstars Startup Weekend and we welcome all, regardless of experience, industry or background.

Do I have to participate in all three days?

Apart from the organizing team, mentors, speakers, event volunteers and judges, everyone who participates in the event is expected to participate in all three days. This is important not only to preserve your own learning experience, but also to minimize distractions or disruptions for the team you choose to join. At many Techstars Startup Weekends, a “Sunday Presentation Only” registration option is available for those wishing to only view the teams’ final pitch presentations. We welcome any friends, family or colleagues you would like to invite to watch your final presentation to see all you have accomplished in just one weekend. Please check the registration page of your city’s event website for availability.

Do I need a team?

Everyone who attends the event as a participant is expected to come to the event without a team and then join and participate with a team at the event. This is important to preserve the Techstars Startup Weekend educational experience. The ideal team consists of members from diverse backgrounds and experiences who collaborate to build a great minimum viable product (MVP) using the Lean Canvas framework. The more people you have on your team to help you do market research and business model development, the quicker you’ll develop an MVP to pitch on Sunday. 

Do I have to pitch an idea to attend?

No, but we highly encourage you to. You can pitch an idea you've been thinking about for years, or something you think of at the last minute during the event. Please don’t pitch an idea that you’ve already been developing or have been working on outside of Startup Weekend. The point of the event is to learn how to go from ideation to product. 

Pitching provides invaluable practice for public speaking. You won’t regret pitching, but might regret not pitching. 


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"Startup Weekend helped me to find a path that inspires me. I love sharing my knowledge with other communities for a better, connected, collaborative future."

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Kate Kholodilina

Founder of K&K Mindshift and Techstars Community Leader

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