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Bright Labs Incubator

The unique part-time program designed to help first-time ambitious tech entrepreneurs from SEE take their bright ideas to market in 6 months!

Bright Labs Incubator 2021 retrospective






mentoring hours

What our alumni have to say

“Bright Labs Incubator was a gamechanger for us. We entered the program with an idea, and 4 months later we launched our first prototype.”


“We would recommend this program for anyone who wants to create a startup. They have to expose themselves to events and share their ideas, and this is the place to do it.”


Bright Labs
Incubator 2022




in funding


worth of prizes

Our Process


Selecting most ambitious founders (25 spots)


Validate the need & solution


Pitching, selecting and rewarding (10 teams receive €5k)


Building awesome product


Launch the product


< 3 months after launching on the market

Program Structure

Apply now for 2023!


How do I sign up for the Bright Labs Incubator?

If you want to join the Bright Labs Incubator program, all you have to do is fill out the form on our website. You will choose the pre-selection event that suits you, and we will contact you as soon as possible.

If it seems like you don't fit for any of the events, don't worry. Select the "other event" option, and we will choose the best option together.

What is the structure of the program?

The duration of the program is approximately 6 months, with three stages:

  • The pre-selection stage
  • Validation stage
  • Incubation stage
  • The meetings will be mixed, online and in-person in Oradea.

We highly recommend in-person attendance, but for those situations where you are not able to come, we will facilitate your online participation.
The program is surely suitable for people who have a job, but the involvement is daily, as in the case of a part-time job.

What are the eligibility criteria?

At Make IT in Oradea we are looking for technology ideas and startups, from people passionate about entrepreneurship and technology. For us, an entrepreneur is a person who wants to solve an existing problem in the market.

To enter the Bright Labs Incubator, you must be 18 years old or older. You don't need to have your product launched on the market, and you don't even need to have a registered company. You don't even have to be from Oradea. We are looking for ideas at the early stages so that, we can bring value.

Not sure if you are eligible? Contact us, and we will help you with all the necessary information.

What happens if I don't qualify?

If your idea is not selected, you’re still not leaving without anything. You’ll join the support community we have, and you can register for the next edition of Bright Labs Incubator with more knowledge and a bigger network.

Failure is part of success. If you avoid failure, you also avoid success. Entrepreneurs are among those who know this best.

What happens after the program ends?

Startups that launch products on the market and have 2-3 months of traction can receive funding up to 50.000 euros from Make IT in Oradea and our partners.

Entrepreneurship is an adventure, and even if you don't get to launch the product, participating in the Bright Labs Incubator program you learn enough to be worth the time invested. Also, you will be part of a community where you can grow a lot through the support provided.

What is an educational program for startups like Bright Labs Incubator?

The purpose of an educational program for startups is to provide you with the knowledge, connections, and support needed to develop your startup.

Bright Labs Incubator is structured to provide you with validated knowledge from remarkable startups, mentoring relationships from successful entrepreneurs, and experts in various fields. Here you also have the support of a community of tech entrepreneurs, passionate and always willing to help you.

What are the differences between an incubator, pre-accelerator, or accelerator?

As you may have heard, there are 3 types of educational programs for startups: incubators, pre-accelerators, and accelerators. Incubators are the oldest and most often address startups at an early stage, even at the idea level, with slower development. Accelerators, on the other hand, have appeared in the context of technology startups and what sets them apart from an incubator is the speed. They also target startups that already have a validated product. Last but not least, pre-accelerators are the bridge between incubators and accelerators, but much more like an accelerator, but addressing ideas in stages as early as the incubators.

Even though Bright Labs Incubator bears the title of an incubator, it is a hybrid program, designed to meet the needs of entrepreneurs in our region that are at the beginning of the road. The uniqueness of the program can be found in the way it fits the needs of the founders of startups in our region, being addressed especially to technology startups that do not yet have validation of their product in the market.

How does participating in Bright Labs Incubator help me?

Bright Labs Incubator is the gateway to the world of technology entrepreneurship. Once you enter, this entrepreneurial path will most likely become the focus of your career.

You will want to learn more, get to know more entrepreneurs, build better products and successful startups. What Bright Labs Incubator will offer you, beyond validated knowledge, relationships with great people, or financial support, is a change of mindset.

How can I get financing from Make IT in Oradea?

In addition to validated knowledge, mentoring relationships, and access to a community of experienced entrepreneurs, the Bright Labs Incubator program offers a prize of 5.000 euros to each team that qualifies in the 3rd stage of the program.

In addition to this award, Make IT in Oradea offers “equity” financing of up to 50,000 euros to technology startups that have had a product launched on the market for at least 3 months and that show a substantial increase from month to month.

Top Mentors


Co-founder & CEO

Monica Obogeanu

Startup Programs Manager @Orange

Alin Mercheș

Co-Founder & CEO @Mobiversal

Georgia Diaconescu

Product Marketing @what3words

Daniel Andor

Lead Product Designer @Durran

Cristian Tamaș

Co-Founder & CMO @TypingDNA


Co-founder & CEO

Monica Obogeanu

Startup Programs Manager @Orange

Alin Mercheș

Co-Founder & CEO @Mobiversal

Gabriel Ciordaș

Founder & CEO @Creatopy  @Flipsnack @SVGator

Georgia Diaconescu

Product Marketing @what3words

Daniel Andor

Lead Product Designer @Durran

Cristian Tamaș

Co-Founder & CMO @TypingDNA

Vlad Sarca

Investor & Partner @Sparking Capital

Why join?

Learn from experienced mentors (founders, investors, etc)

Validate your startup idea before building your product

Meet investors and receive pre-seed investment up to €50k

Our program is designed based on the trusted “lean startup” methodology

Join a likeminded community of startup founders, investors and mentors

Entrepreneurship is hard! We are here to support founders in their journey!

Enter your idea

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