The Women in Entrepreneurship Roadshow is a project conceived by the European Young Innovators Forum, one of the leading organisation for youth innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe. WER is a non-profit project powered by the United States Mission to the European Union, Startup Europe, the European Commission and Amazon and its aim is to support and empower women entrepreneurs. The Roadshow consists of a series of 10 events across Europe with the goal of connecting 300 women entrepreneurs with 30 VCs and top players in the European and the US ecosystem in order to facilitate access to finance. The short term goal is to connect entrepreneurs with VCs and ecosystem builders and business angels and identify the main challenges women entrepreneurs face when accessing finance through workshops. The long term goal is to produce a report with our findings to present to the European Union with policy recommendations.
The aim of the workshops is to connect women entrepreneurs with VCs and business angels. During the workshops, VCs will have a chance to share some insights into the venture capital world, share advice and create connections with the WER entrepreneurs. For the WER entrepreneurs, this is a chance to meet the local, European and US entrepreneurial ecosystem, an opportunity to network with mentors, pose questions about your challenges and present your projects. For more information please see the agenda below.
This is an invitation only event
19:00 – 21:00 Reception (U.S Ambassador’s residence)
9.30-10:00 | Welcome and overview of the agenda.
10:00-11:00 | VC Panel on Women Entrepreneurship.
Alina Georgescu // Investment Analyst, Catalyst Romania
Cristina Toncu // Program Director, Techcelerator
Radu Stoicoviciu // Partner, Early Game Ventures
Matei Dumitrescu // Vice president, TechAngels
Moderated by: Nicholas Zylberglajt // President, EYIF
11:00- 11:30 | Coffee Break
11.30-12:30 | Conversation between entrepreneurs and VCs
12.30- 13:00 | Transatlantic collaboration: YTILI & GES
Cristina Chiriac // President, CONAF
Ana Maria Stancu // Bucharest Robots, CEO
13.00- 14.00 | Lunch
14.00- 16.00 | Speed Mentoring Sessions/ Networking.
Bianca Tudor // Founder & CEO, Elite Business Women & Elite Business Women Investment Fund
Cristina Chiriac // President, National Confederation for Female Entrepreneurship (CONAF)
Jorge Muñoz // Marketing Specialist
Oana Craioveanu // Co-Founder, Impact Hub
Ciprian Negura // Senior Manager, KPMG
Andreea Suciu // Managing Partner, Suciu – The Employment Law Firm
Mihai Draghici // Mentor, Techventures
Dragos Nicolaescu // Founder, Visionary Business Consultants SRL
Cristiana Dutca // StarITup Program Manager, GWIT
Virginia Oțel // President, PWN
Simona Sandru // Founder, GWIT
Cristiana Dutca // StarITup Program Manager, GWIT
Matei Dimitrescu // Vice president, TechAngels
16.00 | Closing Remarks.
The #WER events in Bucharest is organized with the support of the US Embassy and in collaboration with the local partners.
As a main parner in the project, Amazon will offer to each confirmed participant:
$10.000 of AWS promotional credits valid for 2 years
$5.000 of AWS Business Support
$1.600 of AWS Training
Application deadline: 16th June
Abigail Rupp // Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S Embassy in Romania
Abigail (Abby) Rupp joined the Foreign Service in 1997. A consular-coned officer, she has served overseas in Moldova, Ghana, Russia and Ethiopia, and in Washington in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, the Foreign Service Institute, and the Office of the Deputy Secretary of State. She served as the U.S. Consul General in Florence, Italy from July 2014 to June 2017. Ms Rupp arrived in Bucharest in August 2017, to begin her position of Deputy Chief of Mission.
Alina Georgescu // Investment Analyst at Catalyst Romania
She was a partner in consortium for a €2m European Funded Project (Operational Program for Developing Human Resources), where she was in charge of specific instructions in implementing an European Funded Project, technical and financial reports, activities management, analysis of the short-term and long-term results of the communication activities for the project
Radu Stoicoviciu // Partner with Early Game Ventures
Radu Stoicoviciu is a Partner of Early Game Ventures (an early stage venture capital fund). In his career, Radu worked 25 years for PricewaterhouseCoopers, out of which 10 years as a Partner coordinating the M&A department, being involved in over 200 transactions with a value exceeding 1 billion EUR and with a vast experience in assisting entrepreneurs and financiers (private equity houses, venture capitalists, family offices, financial institutions) interested to invest, capitalise their business or divest. Radu had acted as Lead Advisor for some of the most complex deals made in Romania (e.g. the acquisition of A&D Pharma Group by Dr Max, the sale of Caroli to Sigma Alimentos/Campofrio, the acquisition of Ponderas Hospital by Regina Maria, the partial sale of Energobit to Innova Capital and EBRD, the acquisition of Profi by Enterprise Investors, the investment made by AIG Private Equity in Astral Telecom, the acquisition of Electrica Muntenia Sud by ENEL, the divestment of Artima to Carrefour).
Nicholas Zylberglajt // President of EYIF
Nicholas is the Co-Founder of the European Young Innovators Forum, the leading foundation for Youth Innovation in Europe. He also co-founded EU Startup Services, EYIF’s consulting company aimed at supporting European startups to secure EU funding having supported more than 1350 Startups in more than 20 EU countries.
Matei Dumitrescu // Vice president of TechAngels
Acceleration expert and international angel investor, awarded “Investor of the Year in Romania” in 2018 by Central European Startup Awards. He coached over 100 startups from all over the world and invested in over 20 projects in Europe and United States, in various stages or verticals. He’s in the team of Investment Ready Program in Viena, the largest acceleration program for CEE impact entrepreneurs and also vice president of TechAngels, the Romanian Business Angel Investors Association.
Cristina Țoncu // Techcelerator Program Director
Cristina is the Program Director of Techcelerator, the 1st technology startup acceleration program in Romania that helps founders get early stage investment rounds offered by GapMinder VC Investment Fund and program strategic partner. She has 12+ years of experience in management consulting, training and, lately, mentoring teams in verticals like RD&I, entrepreneurship, tech startups, creative and cultural industries.
Cristina led RICAP Accelerator, the Romanian Innovation Commercialization Assistant Program built with & supported by US partners. She supports initiatives that close the gaps between local academic, research & innovation & startups aiming to increase the number of valuable products for meeting today & future societal needs.
Jorge Muñoz // Marketing Specialist
He has a strong background in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations having worked in different European countries such as the UK, France, Belgium and Spain. He is the current Director for Marketing and Communications at Unmanned Life, Jorge was a Key Account Manager at one of the world leading advertising agencies, Saatchi & Saatchi, from Publicis Media Group, where he was responsible for key accounts across different B2C and B2B fields coordinating the work of different departments such as Art Direction, Design, Finance and Executive. He has managed multi-million euro and international campaigns for top Brands such as Nestlé, Nespresso, Perrier, San Pellegrino, Lexus, among others.
Bianca Tudor // Founder & CEO Elite Business Women & Elite Business Women Investment Fund
I started my career at 19, working for a multinational company. My interest in leadership, young leaders, and female leadership started to shape around the age of 22, when I joined the Global Organization – Junior Chamber International. My drive and commitment have allowed me to become the Training and Personal Development Manager/Director of the organization and later on, one of its board members. JCI also helped widen my horizons and in 2012 I joined the Equality Pays Off initiative – a programme developed and implemented by/under the guidance of the European Commision, with activities taking place both in Bucharest and Vienna. When opportunity arised I accepted the challenge of becoming the Regional Director of The Alpha Group International, where I contributed at the growth and expansion of Bucharest-based businesses ¡ and deepened my understanding of the entrepreneurial sector / enriched my experience in the entrepreneurial sector.
Cristina Chiriac // President of the National Confederation for Female Entrepreneurship (CONAF)
The need for an entrepreneurial culture adapted to the new trends in business and not just for female entrepreneurship, but also for the entire entrepreneurial environment drove Cristina Chiriac to found the first National Confederation for Female Entrepreneurship in Romania. Besides that, Cristina is an experienced entrepreneur, with experience as a General Manager at the Wolrd Trade Center, and a Mentor for STARTUP NOW!, where she allows the future entrepreneur to access information, answers questions and helps them to stimulate critical thinking, analytical capability and problem solving ability. Cristina is also a Lecturer at the School of Entrepreneurship.
Oana Craioveanu // CEO and Co-founder of Impact Hub Bucharest
Oana Craioveanu is the CEO and Co-founder of Impact Hub Bucharest, the first coworking space opened in Romania, in 2012. Impact Hub Bucharest is the organization that supports the development of entrepreneurial initiatives with positive impact through a coworking area, growth and incubation programs, conferences and events and a crowdfunding platform. She has more than 18 years of experience in Project Management, is a mentor for startups supported by Impact Hub and is the co-creator of the international conference Innoteque. She is also one of the participants of the renowned program Aspen Young Leaders 2012.
Andreea Suciu // Founder and Managing Partner of Suciu I The Employment Law Firm
Andreea Suciu is the Founder and Managing Partner of Suciu I The Employment Law Firm, a boutique multi-lingual firm (Romanian, English and German) based in Bucharest, member of the international organization of employment law firms – ELLINT. Before setting up Suciu | The Employment Law Firm, Andreea worked for one of Germany’s leading independent law firms managing its Bucharest Employment, Pensions and Data Protection team where ‘The Legal 500’ recommended her for her work advising on sensitive litigation and senior level departures.
Ciprian Negura // Senior Manager at KPMG
Ciprian is a senior professional with +20 yrs. of experience in Telecommunications, Management Consulting and Start-Ups & Innovation. For the last 9 years he has been working for the Management Consulting practice of KPMG in Romania advising the largest local telecom operators in taking strategic business decisions. In his role Ciprian acts as a business partner to senior executive leadership teams advising them on several areas: business and corporate strategy, business/operational models (re)designs, development of internal capabilities and performance assessment, product & portfolio management, customer experience & front-office processes, program & project management
Mihai Draghici // Entrepreneur
Mihai Draghici is a serial entrepreneur with over 18 years of experience turning ideas into products and launching startups in several countries including Romania, USA, Canada, Mexico and India. He has founded over 20 companies that range from sole proprietorship in smaller local markets to several limited liability partnerships and corporations doing business around the world.
Dragos Nicolaescu // Founder at Visionary Business Consultants SRL
I use my 25+ years of experience in management, business and investment roles to provide coaching, advising and investing services. In the last 10 years I coached 200+ executives to become better leaders, I advised 250+ founders to create a successful startup, and invested in 50+ local and international startups.
Simona Sandru // President and Founder @Global Women in Tech & Projects Director @Pentalog
Simona Sandru is the President and Founder of Global Women in Tech, an organisation supporting the educational and professional development of women in STEM. She joined Pentalog, the European IT engineering and consulting services leader, as Projects Director being responsible for the management of the IT projects at international level. Simona Sandru holds an MBA degree awarded by the University of Wales and an MSc in Marketing.
Virginia Otel // President PWN
Virginia Oțel is a senior executive with more then 20 years experience in the financial sector in
Romania, She has served in management boards and board of directors of financial institutions she worked for. Ms. Otel has been working since the end of 2006 within Garanti Group Romania, currently holding the positions of Deputy General Manager of Garanti Leasing and Communication Leader of Garanti Group Romania. Her professional course included Unicredit Bank Romania, Demir Securities, and Romanian-American Enterprise Fund. In 1994, she was visiting faculty member at Hamline University din St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Cristiana Dutca // Director of Operations @SelfKey and StartITup Program Manager @GWiT
Cristiana Dutca specializes in operations management for international tech startups. Over the course of 10 years she acted as COO for several global tech companies established in Europe, USA or Asia. She worked closely with founders and CEOs to build strong systems and structures which scale as well as building talent teams and developing a strong company culture. She is currently Director of Operations at SelfKey.org, a blockchain based, descentalized identity management solution. Driven by the desire to support women lead entrepreneurial initiatives in Romania, as of 2018. Cristiana joined Global Women in Tech as startup Program Manager.
To be confirmed…