Tag: idea validation

Office Hours – Customer Development

Are you looking for help in how to validate your startup assumptions? Apply now for a 1-to-1 private session with Letitia Stefan CEO at Nifty Learning & Raluca Apostol CPO at Nestor.


What’s it about?

Letitia & Raluca will each have 3 slots of 30 minutes where you can ask questions about:

  • How to talk to users and identify pain points
  • What success means for validation
  • Customer interviews


Who are Letitia & Raluca?

Since October 2016 Letitia has been part of the Nifty Learning family and it’s been the most rewarding professional and personal growth experience so far. She’s happy to offer her support to founders and teams that want to know more about the journey of founding a startup, how to pitch their business idea, how to validate it, and what to look for when speaking to potential customers or investors.

Raluca Apostol is Co-founder & Chief Product Officer at Nestor – a smart cloud assistant that helps managers to find the right way to coach their people. It automatically helps organizations to drive behavioral change through people science, AI technology and coaching practices. Raluca is Y Combinator Alumni S18, Machine Learning Ph.D., Co-founder of Marionette Studio, Co-founder of Girls Who Code Iasi community, Certified Professional Scrum Master, Software Developer, Career Coach and Customer Success manager.




Applications are opened by April 7 at 14:00.

After the registration, a selection will be made based on the best compatibility with the guest and you will receive a final confirmation of your reservation 1 day before the event with the logistical details of how to join the Zoom call.

1-on-1 Private Sessions, community, customer development, customer interviews, founders, hands-on, idea validation, startup, StepFWD, TechHub, techhub bucharest

Startup Weekend Bucharest I Fintech Edition

Be part of Startup Weekend to learn how you can validate your fintech startup idea. Grab your ticket here to save your place on May 10, starting 18:30!


What is Startup Weekend?

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 3000 past events in 135 countries around the world.

This is the fifth edition of Startup Weekend Bucharest and the first specialized edition – we are working on Fintech solutions.


Who can participate?

Anybody who is interested in Fintech. If you have an idea on how Blockchain, Big Data, AI and other technologies can be used to solve financial sectors issues, come and pitch! Both industry experts and people with less experience, but a lot of enthusiasm can join and form teams around an idea.


How does it work?

Participants that have an idea, get 1 minute to pitch. 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. Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, 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.




This event is hosted through TechSociety, an initiative that aims to grow the local tech community stronger by providing free event space, as well as logistical and communication support, to all people that organize free tech-related events.

Thinking about organizing a meetup or an event for the tech community out there? Join TechSociety, and we’ll help you out! All you have to do is submit the registration form available on our website, and we’ll get back to you to set all the details straight!

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Can you be the founder of the next big fintech startup?

This event is for all professionals in the financial sector with an interest in technology, aspiring entrepreneurs that are looking for opportunities in fintech and founders of fintech startups. RSVP here to confirm your seat for April 17, starting at 18:30!


About the event

The purpose of this meetup is to help you:

  1. Discover how to come up with great ideas that can change the financial world
  2. See the opportunities that will help you validate your fintech idea and turn it into a startup
  3. Network with like-minded people from the fintech community


Event agenda  

  • 18:30 – 19:00 –  Registration
  • 19:00 – 19:40 –  How to come up with fintech startup ideas investors are looking for today Cristian Munteanu Managing Partner at Early Game Ventures

The financial industry is ripe for disruption but not every startup founder comes with a background in banking, payments or trading. However, don’t let this fact be discouraging! Your experience from other industries can bring a fresh perspective to the table.

This year Early Game Ventures led a 650k Euro investment round in Romanian fintech startup SymphoPay, the middleware platform that adds marketing capabilities and analytics to all existing POS devices turning them into actual computers.

  • 19:40 – 20:00 – How can Elevator Lab Bootcamp help you validate and develop you fintech startup ideaVlad Stanilescu Chief Digital Officer at Raiffeisen Bank

Elevator Lab Bootcamp is an educational program aimed at helping aspiring entrepreneurs understand what it takes to build a fintech startup and how they can turn their fintech startup idea into an MVP. Vlad will address any questions regarding the program.

  • 20:00 – 21:00 – Drinks and networking


About our speakers

Cristian Munteanu is the Founder and Managing Partner of Early Game Ventures. He is a tech entrepreneur with a marketing and creative background, a Certified Professional Scrum Master I, a PhocusWright scholar, a skydiver, wingsuit flyer, BASE jumper, Porsche fan, anime lover, Starcraft player.

Vlad Stanilescu is Chief Digital Officer (CDO) at Raiffeisen Bank Romania. Vlad is part of digital transformation initiatives in banking and leader in Product Management, IT and Telecom Engineering/Operations and Customer Experience areas. At all times he is looking to generate meaningful improvements and to challenge the status quo.

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