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Startup Pirates is an entrepreneurial trial for aspiring entrepreneurs, creating a worldwide community of ultimate changemakers willing to share, learn and grow together.

Why join the navy... if you can be a Pirate?

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  • Info calendar

    February 08th to 15th, 2014

  • Info location

    Cluj Cowork

  • Info languages

    Presentations and work in English.

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THE ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE

Startup Pirates is not an event. It is a whole experience for life.

In this one-week program, our pirates dive in the startup world and have the opportunity and the tools to develop a business idea from scratch.

But if you think Startup Pirates is only about developing one idea, think again. This is a whole experience, the ultimate entrepreneurship trial, the entrance to a unique and exclusive worldwide community of change-makers and the boost you've been waiting for.

We gather the most promising aspiring entrepreneurs and fearless experienced guests to share and learn together in a combination of workshops, mentoring, inspirational moments and some wild surprises.

This is not the place to be taught, is the place to learn!

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

 

WHY JOIN?

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    The workshops

    Attend about 8 high quality workshops on what we call "the survival toolbox": business model, product development, pitch and more.

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    Mentoring

    Meet experienced entrepreneurs and innovators who will join us to support your team.

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    Networking

    Create connections with around 30 guests and 29 more pirates with the same flame and sense of adventure as you.

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    Prizes and perks

    Get the chance of winning valuable prizes that will help you thrive. Get access to our network of super cool perk partners.

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    Precious feedback

    You’ll have the opportunity to present your project to investors and business leaders. Their precious feedback will let you understand what these big cap’ns think of your project.

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    Pitch

    Get ready to pitch like a parrot. You’ll improve your pitch skills throughout the program.

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    Get one idea of the ground

    Even if you don’t have an idea, you’ll pass through the process of developing one. No one can ever take this knowledge and experience from you.

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    Have fun and get inspired

    You'll work hard but make no mistake, this is not just work. We promise you’ll have fun and get inspired all along the way.

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    Be part of the family

    Startup Pirates is not just a program, it is a family, a community. You’ll be a member of an exclusive and international network of fearless people who also happen to love to scream Arrr!

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    This is just the beginning

    This is just a springboard. Get yourself kick started!

Who are we looking for
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    1: Lonely buchaneers

    If you’re a solo sailor without an idea but eager to learn, you can join a team and help them develop an idea

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    2: Looking for a crew

    You have the idea but you’re looking for a team. There are pirates wanting to join you here...

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    3: One crew, one idea

    You already have the crew, you also have the idea, but you wish you could improve on that idea and accelerate it. You’re welcome!

AGENDA

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  • Startup pirates 8 102aedd63f136254adca Entrepreneur Talk
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  • Startup pirates 11 6ca0537033d680e4cd6c Lessons Learned
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Registration and Introduction

Registration and Introduction

Registration and Introduction

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Lunch
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Team Building
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Entrepreneurship 101
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Lunch
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Team Management
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Ideas Pitch
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Team Definition
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Lessons Learned
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Business Model
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Lunch
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Entrepreneur Talk
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Ask the mentor
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Customer Development / Lean Startup
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How to Pitch
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Marketing and sales
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Midterm Pitch
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Finance and Investment
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GUESTS

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Neil Patel

Speaker

Neil Patel is the co-founder of 2 Internet companies:Crazy Egg, and KISSmetrics. Through these 2 companies he has helped large corporations such as AOL, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard and Viacom make more money from the web. By the age of 21 not only was Neil named a top 100 blogger by Technorati, but he was also one of the top influencers on the web according to the Wall Street Journal.

To quote Neil:

It doesn’t matter what you do. The only thing that matters is how awesome you are to be around.”

Neil Patel

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David Trayford

Mentor

David is owner of Wow Media Ltd, a specialist advisory company which brings the creativity of entertainment to the business world. He is Team Project coach at Singularity University in Mountain View, California; Speech coach for several TED and TedX speakers; Mentor for Seedcamp, Start-up Live and Pioneers’ Festival. He organises and hosts teambuilding events for multinational companies across Europe and has diplomas in Radio production, TV presenting and Voice Over. He started his working life in London in finance -banking and then derivatives broking- before taking early “retirement” to start a property company in Hungary. He has taken on several corporate advisory roles including CEO of an international trading company. He recently founded thehub.hu – Central Europe’s newest, best connected co-working space.

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Daniel Bartel

Speaker

As a Design Thinker and Entrepreneur, Daniel Bartel (@danbar87) provides talks and trainings in these topics as well as in Lean Startup and Business Innovation. He joint Alexander Osterwalders’ Strategyzer-Team – an online tool for the best-selling book ‘Business Model Generation’. After leaving his p2p-Carsharing-Startup where he worked on the pirate metrics that lead to success, he founded the ‘Institute for Business Innovation’ in order to help companies to innovate like a Startup. Daniel Bartel is Organizer of Events like Business Innovation Hackathon, UX-Pizza & Leancamp. His voluntary work for Startup Weekend worldwide & StartupDigest is perfect for fostering his local Startup Community in Stuttgart, Germany.

Daniel Bartel

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Roman Rackwitz

Speaker

Gamification Pioneer from Germany.
As the founder of Engaginglab he leads the first established Gamification Agency within the german speaking countries (D-A-CH).
He is rated a Top 15 Gamification Guru in the World by Leaderboarded, and is a Partner at the Enterprise Gamification Consultancy. Roman also is the Chair at GamifyCon, Germany’s first Gamification Conference and co-founded GamFed, the worlds first Gamification Association.
“Gamification is the usage of human-focused-design within reality, to drive engagement & motivation in a non-game context. The amazing thing about human motivation is that if you can tap into it properly, there’s a never-ending supply of it.

Roman Rackwitz

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Philipp Kandal

Mentor

Philipp Kandal is co-founder and CTO of skobbler, one of Europe’s leading mobile and app development companies focusing on location based services. Skobbler is one of the few profitable consumer app companies and has won various prices such as the Navteq LBS challenge 2009 as the most innovative European LBS start-up and currently has over 4 million users. The company’s headquarter is in Berlin but has the majority of the team in Cluj, with more than 60 people. Philipp is in charge of the Romanian development team, the German product management and is also a board member at skobbler. You can follow Philipp on Twitter (http://twitter.com/apphil ) or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Philipp Kandal

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Robert Masic

Judge

Co-owner and co-founder of Evozon Systems SRL

Robert bought and programmed his first computer in 1982 at the age of 14 with Microsoft Basic and assembly. He was hooked! He then studied computer science at QUT university in Australia, where he was born, and then went on to work for himself in IT for the next 20 years until now. Three of those years while living in Japan where he was one of the first to import computers from China in 1992. In those 20 years been an owner or an integral part of a dozen or so ventures. For the past eight years he has lived in Cluj with his French wife and two children. Owns or is part of several technology based start-ups and is co-founder of Evozon Systems which employs over 275 IT professionals.

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Istvan Hoka

Mentor

Istvan is a craftsman and entrepreneur who loves solving problems and creating value with software. Istvan cofounded and developed a local business directory (publico.ro), an online apparel store (garderoba.ro), a brand analysis and management tool (brandpulse.com), and co-produced a series of programming instructional screencasts (bddcasts.com). Istvan was the lead developer and CTO of Blinksale and is currently serving as the CTO and is one of the founders of ZenCash.

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Andrei Barabas

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4 tech products. 2 grew into companies. 1 recently sold, chairman for the other. Growth Hacker.
Before starting ShareYourCart, Andrei Barabas built two tech projects and ran one company. He says that he learned from the first two and the third one actually succeeded, now being a Non-Executive Chairman. He built Barandi Solutions, company that specializes in creating hardcore Javascript SaaS (Software as a Service) projects, and up until now raised it organically from a college dorm “business” to an 13 employee one.

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Oana Călugar

Speaker

Oana worked in the IT industry for the last 4 years, from marketing, customer care to operations management. During this time she addressed both B2B and B2C communications and has been involved in a few startups, both in online, mobile and offline, both successes and failures. She helps startups to bring innovative products to market by using Lean Startups and Customer Development methodologies.

Oana is fascinated by the positive impact entrepreneurs and startups have in this world and is passionate about growing the Romanian startups communities. She will help Startup Pirates attendees define problem, solution, market and business in a compelling pitch deck.

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Florian Gheorghe

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Business lawyer and entrepreneur by passion, with experience in USA and CEE. Represented venture capital funds in CEE. Background in US Government work. Advises startups on business and contractual modeling, funding, and exit.

Florian Gheorghe

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Florin Rosoga

Speaker

Florin is the founder of the most visited personal development Romanian blog, www.florinrosoga.ro with over 100,000 visitors per month. He started the blog 3 years ago after developing a couple of niche blogs on pets care.

He focus now on developing a set of products around his blog and work to use the same strategy to develop similar projects in English.

His expertise is mainly on blogging, social media & email marketing.

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Florin Muresan

Speaker

Founder and CEO of Squirrly Limited UK. We’re building software that makes your WordPress get Excellent SEO on Your next article. All white-hat and up to date. Advisor to a few teams. Organizes entrepreneurial meetings in Cluj and helps the startup scene. Co-Founder of Entrepreneurs Cluj (antreprenoricluj.info), a mastermind club for entrepreneurs. Had a Blogging Platform startup, with over 16,000 bloggers and 60,000 articles written on it. We went from 5,000 to 10,000 in under 4 months. Had people calling me up or emailing me that they love the company and what we do for them. I was stunned. But, in the end, the company failed. Then I raised a nice investment for my current company, Squirrly Limited UK, from two amazing angel investors in Germany. With Squirrly we managed to take it from $0 monthly revenue to Break-Even in just 7 months.

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Stas Sușcov

Speaker

After years of involvement in open source I started building startups for fun and profit. I co-created Circularia in 2011 and then started Courseware in 2012. In 2013 I joined Founden as the tech lead.

Stas Sușcov

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Irina Nicoleta Scarlat

Speaker

Irina Scarlat is the Co-Founder of Akcees, organization that aims to educate new generations of young entrepreneurs, as well as Prove PR, the first communication agency in Romania that offers pay-for-performance specialized services for startups and tech events. Before that, Irina worked with other nonprofits in Romania and abroad and she worked for 3 years in SAP consultancy and human resources. Having a bachelor degree in International Economics and Business, Irina has also studied political economy and management in Oslo and Paris, as well as international project management in Bucharest. Currently she has executive positions in her company and organization and is an active promoter of the Romanian startup ecosystem.

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Antonia Onaca

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Solutionist for organizations. Organizational Psychologist with a focus on organizational learning and development.

Antonia Onaca

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Rafael Pires

Mentor

Co-founder at Startup Pirates. Curious tech guy, exploring the entrepreneurship world, with a recently found passion for design!

Rafael Pires

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PRIZES

As a Startup Pirates participant you’ll have access to a network of Global Perk partners. So, you can enjoy a list of advantages that may be very useful to keep you going with your idea after the program. Take a look!

ORGANIZERS

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Robbert Visser

Urban Nomad and lifelong independent business explorer!

I started as a Software Developer, working on ERP systems, and moved to Architect and Manager. After a few years started my own business and have been a entrepreneur ever since with different IT company’s, Startups and my own Sportscar Factory and Racecar series. Besides being a work addict I live my life with Passion and feel alive starting new Challenges and Traveling.

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Mircea Vădan

Startup founder, active in the Cluj entrepreneurial community.

In Startup Pirates, he takes care of the program and speakers.

Mircea Vădan

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Nagy Henrietta

Dynamic, passionate organizer – spent three years organizing all kinds of economist’s events in the non-profit area.

Nagy Henrietta

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Dhyan Or

Dhyan is a social and tech entrepreneur, former software developer and teacher from Israel. He founded the All Nations Cafe, a cross-border ecocultural hub for Palestinians and Israelis, and coordinated Mine-Free Israel, a political-media campaign that made the country clean up its landmines. He recently moved to Cluj, where he co-founded Social ReHub, a mobile startup in the social networking, productivity and gamification space.

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Kerekes Boróka

Curious economist – accountant wannabe, loves to meet and help people, she started as a volunteer at the Hungarian Economists Society of Romania for 2 years and became interested in the startup world.

Kerekes Boróka

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Kardos Kinga

Communications, marketing and culture enthusiast. I believe in human factor. Owning a degree in arts and economics I have worked as a communications responsible for companies and a cultural institution. I am currently the PR assistant of the evoline Romania software development and IT company.

Kardos Kinga

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Mikó Gergely

I am an open-minded person, I’m learning management at Cluj Napoca’s Babes Bolyai University. During my studies I worked as a volunteer at different organizations and found out I’m the best in logistics, this is what i’ll be doing here, also. I see Startup Pirates as an opportunity for me to meet new people, share ideas, and maybe I’ll start my own startup/business in the future.

Mikó Gergely

SPONSORS

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http://rubytribe.ro/

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https://www.zencash.com/

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http://www.skobbler.ro/

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http://www.accenture.com

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http://www.promoteus.ro/

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http://ro.dallmayr.com/

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http://www.idea.ro/

PARTNERS

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http://rif.ro/rif

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http://www.azimut-teambuilding.ro/

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http://www.osut.org/

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http://www.bestcj.ro/

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https://www.facebook.com/JCIcluj

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http://definecluj.ro/

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http://penzcsinalok.transindex.ro/marketing/cikk/14377

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http://orasulcluj.ro/

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http://cluj2015.ro/romana

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http://kmdsz.ro/

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Did you hear about Teentrepreneur? It’s about time!

17 brave, crazy Pirates gathered in Cluj-Napoca, at Startup Pirates @ Cluj-Napoca, an intense and really productive week, 8 days in total!

On the first day, after the teambuilding, we  already had 7 groups, with 7 business ideas, they worked more than 90 hours during the week, consuming about 7 kg of coffee! Now that is a lot, Robbert Visser, the main organizer of the program (RubyTribe & Cluj Cowork) observed, that this amount was the biggest amount consumed in one week in that office until now!

After 17 entrepreneurs and mentors helped our Pirates to develop their business idea through trainings about customer validation, product development, marketing and gamification, and the Pirates had the chance to present their pitches in the front of the jury on the last day, 15th of February.

After this long week, the jury decided, that the winning team should be the idea an online financial educational game mainly for high school students, the Teentrepreneur!

2nd place went to the Wipe: the team developed glasses, that assist the visually impaired people, which uses sound and vibration signals to help it’s user getting around easier.

3rd place: team Evolso, a mobile application, which – by making a check in, helps us getting to know people who are in the same place as we are.

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We said: Go Pirates!

We AAARRRRRe ready! Welcome Pirates from all over!

We hope you are all as excited as we, organizers are! Be prepared for a full and energetic, productive week!

You will meet people who started like you and made it to the top! They are here for you, to help you, to give you infomation, to give you insights and to mentor you!

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Brace yourself, Startup Pirates is in town

We are happy to announce the launch of Startup Pirates @ Cluj-Napoca.

After weeks waiting and after receiving lots of emails and feedback we are now prepared to have our first event in Romania. We are excited to help spread an entrepreneurship culture in Romania. For 100 € you will have access to experienced mentors and talented entrepreneurs, you’ll receive the right tools and frameworks and we’ll guide you in the first steps of the process of creating a startup.

Join us in February 08 to 15, 2014.

Be brave, be crazy, be a Pirate!

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