10-16 SEPTEMBER 2017

Building the next generation of Tech Entrepreneurs in Romania

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WHAT IS #defineSchool?

With #defineSchool we want to help create the next generation of tech entrepreneurs for Romania! Therefore, this is a 6 day program dedicated to students and young professionals with ages between 20 and 26 years who are interested in launching a startup. Hence they will have the opportunity to learn directly from the experience of well known IT leaders and successful entrepreneurs.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
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Trainings

Each day will have a training session focused on different themes: Market Research, Marketing, Financing, Human Resources or Pitching.

Guest talks

The participants will have the chance to talk and learn directly from well known IT leaders and successful entrepreneurs

Team work

Throughout the program, the participants will have sessions of teamwork where they will apply the lessons learned from trainings

Social evenings

Each day will end with a social event that will help participants get to know each other and also to relax and have fun
WHY ATTEND?

Learning experience

Learn from the best trainers everything you need to know about launching a successful startup

Networking

Network and share your ideas with other creative and ambitious young people
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Open talks

Engage in open discussions with well known IT leaders and successful antrepreneurs

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SPEAKERS
Ciprian Pasca

Ciprian Pasca

Managing Partner @ Zoniz


Having over 15 years experience in business strategy, management, and entrepreneurship, Ciprian is passionate about technology and start-ups and he’s bringing this passion to us, at #defineSchool 2017.

Lucian Cramba

Lucian Cramba

CEO @ Fastorder


Lucian has experience with startups and mature businesses. Together with his team, they managed to create an application that is used in restaurants around the world: Dubai, USA, United Kingdom and Spain.

Ovi Negrean

Ovi Negrean

Chief Executive Bee, Entrepreneur & Startup Advisor.


After 10+ years of experience working in various firms, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, having also some entrepreneurial ventures in between, Ovi jumped full time into the startup world with nugget (acquired) and is now focused on SocialBee. He is passionate about helping start-ups succeed in finding the appropriate lunch sequence and the best levers to grow.

Antonio Eram

Antonio Eram

CEO @ NETOPIA mobilPay


Starting with 1996 I am actively involved in the Romanian Internet and Telecom business. With focus on mobile technologies, mobile payments and marketing services. In 2003 have co-founded NETOPIA. Located in Bucharest and with a branch in Silicon Valley, is Romania’s premier mobile marketing and payments provider.

Erik Barna

Erik Barna

CEO, Founder @ Life is Hard


We started our company 10 years ago, with the dream of doing something big. And different. At the beginning it was e-ImmoPlus , a web platform that manages the activities of real estate agencies. In 2006 we became partner with Microsoft ISV Empower. Then we become a member of a leading software provider for the romanian insurance market. We were even more determined than ever to do amazing things… as a result, we became LIFE IS HARD.

Adrian Pica

Adrian Pica

‎Founder and editor at 150sec.com, Product Manager at Telenav


Passionate about internet start-ups, product focused, social media, digital advertising, sales, on-line and off-line marketing, experienced manager and with great event organizing skills. I have dedicated many years of my professional career to the development of my expertise in these areas. Experienced entrepreneur and marketer.

Mircea Vădan

Mircea Vădan

Cofounder Cluj Startups & Startups Program Manager at How to Web


Keen on customer development and user acquisition, Mircea, co-founded 3 startups with which he participated in accelerators and raised investment. He is driven to help startups and is active in the local tech startups community (Cluj Startups). Nowadays he works as consultant for companies building tech products and he is organizing programs for startups (like MVP Academy, Startup Spotlight).

Dragos Andronic

Dragos Andronic

Engineer. Entrepreneur. Product Manager at 8x8


Having built software products all my professional career I’ve come to realize (the hard way) that there is more to (successful) software products than just the software so I’ve been focusing on improving my business acumen, product discovery & product validation techniques, roadmap management and go-to-market strategy. Business centric – software enabled

LAST EDITION
Speakers & Trainers
Philipp Kandal

Philipp Kandal

Engineering VP @ Telenav


He is in charge of the 250+ engineering team in Silicon Valley, Romania and China and spending most of his time in airplanes between Europe and the US. Before skobbler was acquired by Telenav in 2014 he was co-founder and CTO of skobbler, a pioneering navigation company. Philipp is deeply passionate about how autonomous vehicles will transform transportation and save millions of lives. He is an expert in emerging markets and offering regular coachings and trainings there.

Iulian Pădurariu

Iulian Pădurariu

Co-Founder and CEO at PONY Car Sharing


he is one of the most outstanding strategy consultants in Romania and the Co-Founder of the first Car-Sharing service in Romania, based on a trust exercise – PONY Car Sharing. In his vision, Iulian thinks that only using these exercises we are able to get out from the vicious cycle of the „in our country it is not possible” thinking model. By this vision, Cluj-Napoca has been chosen as the FIRST CITY IN ROMANIA to try this exercise.

Steve Jackson

Steve Jackson

Co-Founder, Group COO and Chairman Technology Outsourcing Xoomworks


Steve is an entrepreneur and business strategist, and has over 16 years experience starting, building and selling companies. His businesses have spanned consulting, outsourcing, recruitment technology and on-line games. He is currently Co-Founder and Group COO of Xoomworks – a niche technology consulting and outsourcing business based in the UK, France, Romania and Bulgaria.

Adrian Pica

Adrian Pica

‎Founder and editor at 150sec.com, Product Manager at Telenav


Passionate about internet start-ups, product focused, social media, digital advertising, sales, on-line and off-line marketing, experienced manager and with great event organizing skills. I have dedicated many years of my professional career to the development of my expertise in these areas. Experienced entrepreneur and marketer.

Gabriel Dombri

Gabriel Dombri

Founder at GROWTH MARKETING Academy & CEO tapptitude


He is now CEO at tapptitude, a full-stack mobile product studio. Last year he founded GROWTH MARKETING Academy as a private school in growth marketing. Previously: Co-founder @Startcelerate, Digital Marketing Manager @Palgrave Macmillan in London. Highly passionate about products and innovation, Gabriel is focused on helping smart entrepreneurs create value and grow their businesses using a growth mindset & tools.

Mircea Vădan

Mircea Vădan

Cofounder Cluj Startups & Startups Program Manager at How to Web


Keen on customer development and user acquisition, Mircea, co-founded 3 startups with which he participated in accelerators and raised investment. He is driven to help startups and is active in the local tech startups community (Cluj Startups). Nowadays he works as consultant for companies building tech products and he is organizing programs for startups (like MVP Academy, Startup Spotlight).

Roxana Rugină

Roxana Rugină

Founder Simplon Romania & Cluj Makers


Technologist and communication expert engaged in social and disruptive innovation. She is passionate about creative technologies and innovation in education.  Her entrepreneurial drive determined her to move from Paris to Cluj, where she co-founded Simplon Romania and Cluj Makers.  Today she is managing various web projects and mobile applications like Skin Vision. With 10 years of experience in project management, marketing and education, she wants to help more people to learn how to code, develop digital & entrepreneurial skills to solve real problems

Florin Șomodi

Florin Șomodi

Owner SDI Network


Florin has more than 12 years’ experience in B2B consultatives sales of products & services for industries, horeca, or retail networks. Also, more than 12 years of voluntary work in civic organizations in leadership positions, training and projects coordinator.
Over 7 years’ experience in sales, leadership and teamwork training , for more than 1000 participants.
Licensed in the LIFO Method, with implementation in sales & negotiation, leadership, teamwork, personal development. He is an independent sales trainer, mentor & coach.

Cornelius Brody

Cornelius Brody

Founder, Chairman of the Board iQuest Group


As founder and long-time CEO of iQuest, Cornelius has had a central role in shaping the company´s vision and direction for the first 16 years of its existence. During this period, he has built iQuest into a robust player in the software solutions and services market with a strong international client portfolio and an exceptional talent pool of 600 people. Along the way he helped establish a powerful company culture based on excellence, commitment and trust.

Peter Barta

Peter Barta

CEO of the Post Privatisation Foundation


Highly experienced management professional, with over 17-years international experience. Mr. Barta has been involved in different management positions within national and international organizations. Currently is CEO of the Post Privatisation Foundation (FPP), a VC Fund jointly managed by the European Commission and the Government of Romania.

Bogdan Herea

Bogdan Herea

Owner of PITECH+PLUS


Bogdan Herea has over ten years of experience leading his own group of digital consultancy companies. PITECH+PLUS. Recently he started mentoring young generations in the area of tech innovation by launching ACADEMY+PLUS.

Bogdan Oros

Bogdan Oros

CEO of Onyx Beacon


Bogdan is the CEO of Onyx Beacon, one of the leading ibeacon technology providers with customers and partners in more than 70 countries. He is working right now at his 2nd startup, having failed the first one, a mobile customer feedback solution for retailers called TxtFeedback.

Tudor Rad

Tudor Rad

Owner of Transylgamia


Tudor is a serial digital entrepreneur being involved in online marketing since 2002. In 2007 he co-founded IDEA Studios, one of the largest independent game development and publishing studios in Romania. He currently leads his second gaming start-up. Transylgamia.

Testimonials

The energy of the team behind #defineSchool was one of the reasons that the event was an amazing “playground”. Both the trainers and the speakers contributed to our development in entrepreneurship, listening and giving advice molded to our ideas. I managed to discovered myself, but I was also free to share my ideas with other people. New skills, new friendships and fun would be the keywords that shape what #defineSchool2016 meant to me.

Diana Stănilă

participant

#defineSchool represented an opening towards the entrepreneur community in Cluj-Napoca, maybe even Romania. Trainings helped me learn a lot of new things, but more than that, I interacted with people sharing the same mindset, which aided me in broadening my networking skills. Thanks to DefineSchool I am now a part of ClujStartups and I have met people with the same passions as mine and I have attended numerous events in the entrepreneurship domain. I’d recommend anyone to spend their time in this program.
Victor Motogna

participant

I’m a student and I joined #defineSchool because I want to be an entrepreneur. The trainers and guests were inspirational and a great help. The exercises designed for team work were well designed and bonded us in the short week that we spent together. I highly recommend it to those who want to build a startup or are passionate about entrepreneurship. Antoniu Vulpe

participant

#defineSchool helped me refresh my knowledge about the steps a startup takes from prototype to product. During the event I had the chance to get to know valuable people that I made long lasting friendships with and I got involved in the tech entrepreneur community of Cluj. I recommend #defineSchool for anyone who is starting on this road and is thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.

Alexandru Crijman

participant

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