Active angel investor and mentor to many startups, president of ANIS and associate professor at Politehnica University Bucharest.
Over 20 years of experience in founding and developing companies – Software, Internet, eCommerce. Successful exits include acquisition of RAV antivirus technology by Microsoft in 2003, ePayment business by Naspers in 2010 and Avangate by Francisco Partners in 2013. Board Director and Adviser to a number of start-up and mature technology companies.
Serial entrepreneur, founder of best Central and Eastern European conference in digital/online entrepreneurship – How to Web.
Ioana Petrescu is an assistant professor at University of Maryland, College Park. She teaches economics to public policy Master and PhD students and writes about entrepreneruship and taxation. She received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics from Harvard University and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Wellesley College. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, she worked as an N.R.I. Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. She was born in Bucharest, Romania, lived in Bucharest, Boston and Washington, DC. She currently serves as the economic adviser of the Prime Minister of Romania.
A driven entrepreneur and a great mentor to new startups, founder of uberVU, one of the most successful Romanian startups.
Julien joined Orange Group in 2001 and Orange Romania in 2007. In May 2009 he became Chief Commercial Officer and his responsibilities are overseeing sales, marketing, online and brand & communication teams. His area of expertise include value-based marketing and value pricing, sales, online, new technology and innovations strategy.
Experienced manager with 13+ years of experience in telecom industry covering an extensive spectrum of technology, business development and innovation management.
Silviu is M2M Proposition Manager since August 2012, in charge with developing the M2M products and services for business and corporate customers. He has a 10 years’ experience in Telecom sector, being responsible during this time with the customer relationship, sales and launch of successful M2M services on the Romanian market.
Enthusiast and technology passionate with more than 7 years of experience in Value Added Services domain, Marius was involved in a broad range of projects such as design and architecture of Short Message Service platform, validation of SIM cards electrical profiles and launch of Multimedia services.
Robert Knapp is co-founder and CEO of CyberGhost SRL. CyberGhost is one of the most known VPN suppliers worldwide. The company consists of 20 employees, who established in an extremely short time an extraordinary service with more than 2.5 million users!As a CEO, he sets the short, mid, and long term milestones for the company and leads the people in the right direction. He always keeps his office door open and his eyes on the revenue.He started his own company when he was 18, and since then he was self-employed, first in music and event-business, later in IT and internet. Since then, he learned everything from his own mistakes and managed to cultivate a love-hate relationship with attorneys and accountants. He’s a sucker for excel sheets with numbers, conversion rates, St. Pauli soccer team, tattoos and Italian coffee.
Lucian has 10+ years of experience in IT field and 7+ years experience in training. Over the past years he’s been involved in multiple local and international software development projects (automated hosting), as well as in personal and professional mentorship projects.
Iasi Faculty of Informatics gradute, he is in charge with education, marketing and business development programs of Microsoft Romania.
Cristi is a self motivated, passion driven CEO with expertise in technology and services for private large customers and SMB market using on-line, B2B and SaaS channels. He has 13 years of high-end information technology sales, management, marketing and business development experience in the IT&C industry.
Mihnea is Convergent Marketing Manager at Orange Romania since September 2012, in charge with developing innovative products for business customers. He has a wide experience in the telecom sector, being responsible for the launch of several successful services on the Romanian market.
Diana joined MediaCafe in 2014 and has since dedicated to the development of ChargeAds, a bold marketing automation company operating in the world’s most dynamic ad trading space – programmatic & RTB. Diana brings 10+ years of international experience in digital marketing and strategy, is a frequent speaker at industry events and involved for over 7 years in technology-driven NGO and entrepreneurship initiatives.
Serial innovator, he sets-up creative business units and innovation hubs, at executive committee level. Graduate from Engineering School Supélec and from HEC Business School, he develops Rapid Innovation platform (open innovation, API), and crowdsourcing platform (Imagine With Orange). Tweeting at @nicobry, and mentoring start-ups projects with HEC Business School and Stanford Ignite.
Widely regarded as one of the leading lawyers in Romania when it comes to IT and online matters, she is the driving force behind VentureConnect, the leading investment platform for IT and online entrepreneurs in Romania.
Passionate about development: after 6 years of Corporate Banking Product Development and 4 years of Business Development, Andreea became a certified PCM Trainer, focusing on People Development, Communication, Motivation and Team- Synergy.
Experienced online business strategy and management professional having run large Romanian internet companies specialising in e-commerce, classifieds and digital publishing. Raluca has also been involved for over 5 years in the development and mentoring of the Romanian startup scene.
Alex was co-founder & CTO of docTrackr. docTrackr was part of the very first batch of incubated startups at LeCamping in Paris and followed by an amazing experience as part of Techstars, Boston 2012, and has been acquired by Intralinks in April 2014.
Billy currently manages the Mac&iOS products at Bitdefender. He loves building products that are both useful and easy to use. He is also contributing to the development of the Product Managers/Start-up community in Romania. In a previous career, he was the HR Business Partner for the IT department in Vodafone and for the Adobe Romania campus.
Lecturer at Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, UBB, specialized in databases and object oriented modeling. Very passionate about animated movies and video games.
Always cooking up something, Bogdan is managing the business relationships for ANIS, and has been involved in a couple of startups like StreamON TV, Tattooit.ro or his latest project Simbio – featuring the Wild Media guys. He is skilled in Sales + Marketing, and reads sociology for fun.
Pushing the boundaries with new technologies and thus creating new challenges every day to solve, is what Adrian did in the approximately 7 years of web and server technologies experience. Passionate about programming as an art, he believes that software is a true craftsmanship.
Currently working on scaling the new Hootsuite Analytics to millions of users. Interested in Open Source and programming languages.
System Administrator in an Open Source / Linux environment. Interested in large-scale network administration and people-aware approaches to system and network design and operation. Building and maintaining infrastructure.
Ciprian Gavriliu is a consultant for Product Design and User Experience. Currently, he coordinates and develops the international agency Triple Magic where he predominately works with US and UK clients.
With more than 6 years of experience in software development, Radu is specialized in web development, and is responsible for finding solutions to performance problems keeping the highest possible quality.
UX Design driven entrepreneur with a passion for photography and film, founder of Lifebox – Innovation Labs 2014, MVP Academy 2014 and Ignite 100 Alumni.
Carmen went from architecture to the User Experience Design field, guided by the passion to create products that people value. She is currently organizing the first User Experience conference in Romania and is part of the team focused on building the UX community in Bucharest.
Alex is a passionate web developer with an entrepreneurial attitude, whose main focus areas are FOSS and Education. He is currently a Team Leader at a Romanian consultancy agency in Bucharest, Eau de Web, and has a 3 startups, 8 years experience.
Experienced teacher and mentor with the Computer Science & Engineering Department of Politehnica University.
Daniel is the coordinator of the InGeAr laboratory, inside University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest – the core of a community of passionate robotics, electronics and embedded systems young enthusiasts. Daniel has extensive experience in robotics and hardware design, with focus on electronics design.
Ilinca has over 3 years of experience in Digital Marketing and PR. She has worked for one of the most awarded Romanian PR agencies, for clients ranging from consumer electronics to FMCG, tech and retail. She is currently pursuing her passion for entrepreneurship, leading the Innovation Labs communications team.
Startup and technology enthusiast, with a rich history of entrepreneurship. Co-founder of Momly, UseTogether and ZenQ, as well as an active member of the startup community in Cluj-Napoca.
10+ years of experience in financial audit with 2 years of IT audit exposure, currently coordinating the KPMG Cluj audit team.
FOUNDER of PITECH+PLUS group of businesses, Bogdan Herea was born in Bucharest, Romania. Starting with April 2014, two teams are working on two digital start-ups: SONIC+PLUS, a B2B2C product offering an innovative solution for invoice dematerialization and PARKING+PLUS, B2B2C, with C focus for easing drivers’ lives in a crowded towns.
Mihai Dumitrache is the mobile lead and co-founder of Work in Progress (wip.ro). With more than 10 years background in web and mobile applications, companies like Sony, Stanford, GE and Staples turn to Mihai for help on their critical mobile projects.
Mihai’s main expertise is with iOS development, but regardless of platform the passion for mobile native applications and his high delivery standards assisted startups like Headspace and Qollector in successfully begin their journey.
I am a Manager & Software Architect at Telenav Europe, with an extensive technical background. My current focus is research and development of new technologies related to navigation on OpenStreetMap. I am proud to stand behind the Skobbler NGx Map Engine. In the past I’ve been working with technologies ranging from databases, C++ to Web. I value an organizational culture that encourages innovation.
Vlad has 9 years of IT expertise and management in large multinationals. He joined PITECH+PLUS in 2011 to rapidly grow a strong multi technology mobile team. Vlad is focused on building a high end added value business with recurrent revenues.
I am ‘Adela from Where’s What’, the third product I’ve managed as an official Product Manager. But you most likely know me as ‘Adela from ShareYourCart’, the first product I co-founded and made an exit from.
Vlad is a Specification Engineer at Skobbler (acq. by Telenav), working on creating map based applications for mobile devices. He is also the Executive Producer at Techsylvania, Organizer and Facilitator at Startup Weekend and Ambassador at How To Web Startup Spotlight. Prior to the above, Vlad was an Operation Supervisor at UPS and Ceva Logistics and managed a 70 person team, starting from a 4 person team. Also, he was the Co-Founder of one of the biggest online and offline communities of managers and entrepreneurs in Transylvania, Romanian Managers CLUJ, with almost 900 members. In 2011, Vlad was named a Technology and Entrepreneurship Expert in the “Young Romania Forum”, a project organized by the League of Romanian Students Abroad, with the aim of getting the younger generation involved in the future of Romania. In 2012, he was a Mentor at the Imaginarium Cluj event, part of Restart Edu.
Oana is an experienced manager with over 7 years experience in retail, business development, telecommunications and event organizing. She holds a Bachelor and Masters degree from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca (Faculty of Letters), a Certificate in Leadership, Communication and Customer Service, is a Certified Translator for the Romanian Ministry of Justice, and has completed a training course held by Jim Bagnola. Oana is currently Managing Partner at Alegria Travel, a local tour operator where she is providing top travel solutions for her clients. She previously was a Store Manager in the fashion industry, managing brands such as Orsay, Motivi, s.Oliver and Terranova. Also, Oana was PR Executive at Romanian Managers CLUJ, one of the biggest online and offline communities of managers and entrepreneurs in Transylvania, with almost 900 members.
Engineer interested and involved in several IT activities, from development to management, education and journalism.Works at Epistemio, co-organisesOpen Open Coffee Meetups, editor at Today Software Magazine. Teaching at Technical University.
Marius Mocian is strongly commited to entrepreneurship, he organises meet-ups and other startup events. He is an ambassador of Pioneers Festival in Romaia and has mentored several teams of young entrepreneurs. For the moment, Marius is Head of Sales at HipMenu..
Founder at Oblico, Startup Weekend Global Facilitator, Communications Manager at CES Awards. Experienced entrepreneur and marketer.
Philipp Kandal is General Manager EU of Telenav / skobbler. Before that he was co-founder and CTO of skobbler, which was successfully sold to Telenav in 2014. 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 and the German product team. You can follow Philipp on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn.
ACCA, MBA. Finance-accounting professional with more than 10 years’ experience in both professional services and industry. Proven track record of success in maximizing business opportunities and developing and maintaining strong shareholder and employee relations.
Founder and Mobile App Architect at Work in Progress, the award winning
mobile development agency, with more than 10 years of experience in both
mobile and web development. Tech enthusiast with a particular weakness for
well built and designed apps.
Throughout his 10 years of Work in Progress, Alex has built a reputation for
developing apps for great clients like Sony, General Electric, OMV/Petrom,
Staples, Stanford University, Déesse AG, Zaptravel, Electric Castle but also
he’s one of the persons behind the well known Headpspace app, that being the most popular app of the studio.