About the program

Innovation Labs supports tech innovation and entrepreneurship by selecting and consolidating startup teams formed by students and young tech enthusiasts, and incubating them into an entrepreneurial learning program focused on experiential, hands-on development, strong mentorship and social networking, and media presence.

Innovation Labs is being ran between March 2015 and May 2015, in 2 locations – Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, with four main components: Hackathons, tech talks, workshops, and pitching events.

The focus areas are:


Boost & Demo Day

Boost Day
Up to the challenge? In their second public event, each team gets a 3-minute pitch in front of media, peers, and a panel of judges. This is a chance for meaningful feedback and media traction.

Demo Day
It’s show time! Pitch your team and product for a panel of top managers, entrepreneurs, tech angels and investors, in front of a cheering audience. Find finance, users, friends, and strong media traction.


Teams meet their mentors in weekly coaching sessions, for feedback and insights. Groups of 4 teams share their progress, setbacks, and challenges, and get guidance from tech entrepreneurs and business experts. Discussion checkpoints include product vision, business models, technology choice, team management, user and customer discovery, product lifecycle, branding, finance, and pitching. Learn from shared experiences and move forward with confidence.

  • 9 / 13 March
    • Managing your team and product
  • 16 / 21 March
    • Product Vision
  • 23 / 28 March
    • Product value (user experience, user profiling)
  • 30 / 4 April
    • Design & evaluate features; Product metrics
  • 6 / 11 April
    • User testing & Product validation
  • 13 / 17 April
    • Storytelling
  • 27 / 01 May
    • Business Models
  • 4 / 8 May
    • Tech Scaling
  • 11 / 15 May
    • Distribution
  • 18 / 22 May
    • Preparation for final pitch

Tech Talks

Meet top entrepreneurs and business professionals in weekly interactive lectures.  Find out what they have to say on high-tech careers, product vision, leadership, product and team management, lean startups, mobile experiences, startup finance, and reinventing oneself through trial and error. Get to know like-minded people and chart the Romanian startup ecosystem.

When & where: Join Tech Talks from the 4th of March to the 13th of May, each Tuesday  between 19:00 and 21:00 in EC004 Amphitheater, inside the Automatic Control and Computer Science Faculty, University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest.

  • 24 February
    • Career Orientation / A career in Hi Tech
  • 3 March
    • Lean Startup
  • 10 March
    • Managing Start-up teams
  • 17 March
    • Building products. Leveraging the Crowd for innovation.
  • 24 March
    • Product management
  • 31 March
    • Business Models
  • 7 April
    • Digital Marketing by Orange
  • 14 April
    • Start-up war stories
  • 21 April
    • Disruptive Retail by Carrefour
  • 28 April
    • Lean Startup & MVP
  • 5 May
    • Building a global startup
  • 12 May
    • Financing a tech startup
  • 19 May
    • Marketing your product & Go To Market strategy


Welcome to the largest tech startup competition in Romania!
Pitch your idea in 1 minute in front of the public. Inspire the audience, find team members, and go on to build your prototype with mentorship and, well, coffee. Pitch your prototype for the jury – and we’ll keep our fingers crossed for the selection. The best teams will go on in the 3-month training program to conquer the world. Or, at least, to nudge it.