Bucharest Entrepreneurship Forum
The key event of 2017 for the entrepreneurs
MORNING NETWORKING SESSION
Join us and our speakers for a cup of coffee before the madness begins!
Lucian Anghel, President, Bucharest Stock Exchange
Entrepreneurship Made in Romania: Where are we now? What are the challenges? How can we boost entrepreneurship and innovation?
Ludwik Sobolewski, CEO, Bucharest Stock Exchange Cristian Logofatu, CFO & Co-founder, Bittnet Systems Elisabeta Moraru, Country Business Development Manager, Google Vlad Craioveanu, CEO, Impact Hub, Vlad Andriescu, Editor-in-Chief, Start-up.ro Andrei Dudoiu, Deputy CEO, Banca Transilvania Andrei Burghelia, Student Entrepreneur, The Entrepreneurship Academy
KEYNOTE 1 - International perspective
Details to be announced
Candace Johnson, President, European Business Angels Network & Serial Entrepreneur
KEYNOTE 2 - local perspective
The 1337 Playbook - A framework for creating new industries
Mihai Pohontu, CEO, Amber
From 3 to 300: how to grow your business organically
Tudor Postolache, Head of Operations, Amber
From idea to a listed company - path of success of Bittnet Systems
Cristian Logofatu, Co-founder and CFO, Bittnet Systems
Banca Transilvania: success written on the stock exchange
Radu Hanga, Executive Director - Head of Group Management, Banca Transilvania
What investments are business angels looking for?
Radu Atanasiu, Business Angel
How do capital markets function and how can they transform your business?
Daniela Secara, Deputy CEO, BT Capital Partners
Key takes from the biggest private IPO on BVB
Diana Ispas, Managing Counsel, Bondoc & Asociatii
Plan for success from Day 0
Cosmin Malureanu, Co-founder & CEO, Ascendia SA
Brand: Romanian. How to present your story to the world
Dochita Zenoveiov, Brand Innovator, INOVEO
When is the time to take corporate governance seriously?
Razvan Butucaru, Partner, Mazars
When should start-ups consider listing on the stock exchange?
Piotr Bialowas, Vice President, INC SA
Google Digital Marketing Session
Ana Sipciu, Industry Manager, Google
Understanding the real value added of listing on the Bucharest Stock Exchange
Zuzanna Kurek, Deputy Director, Business Development and Marketing, Bucharest Stock Exchange
Google Digital Marketing Session for Start-ups
Rares Rusu, Marketing Manager, Google
What can you gain from listing on AeRO?
Piotr Bialowas, Vice President, INC SA Zuzanna Kurek, Deputy Director, Business Development and Marketing, Bucharest Stock Exchange
Business Diplomacy: the way to develop trustful and sustainable business relationships
Valentin Preda, CEO, Romanian Business Exchange
Understanding consumer trends behind successful innovations
Magda Ropotan, Innovation Consultant
Ways to further grow your business
Razvan Butucaru, Partner, Mazars
How to grow your business even further? Google digital marketing session
Ana Sipciu, Industry Manager, Google
How a VC investment can bridge your start-up to a capital market exit?
Iulian Circiumaru, Founding Partner, V7 Capital
Leading with a story
Cosmin Alexandru, Partner @Wanted Transformation
Your brand: listed
Dochita Zenoveiov, Brand Innovator, INOVEO
AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK
Do you want to participate in the pitching session, let your story be heard by top experts and business angels and on top of that have a chance to win some awards? Register for the event using the form below and we will email you with details!
Rares Rusu, Marketing Director, Google (Judge) Vlad Craioveanu, CEO & Co-founder, Impact Hub (Judge) Iulian Circiumaru, Founding Partner, V7 Capital (Judge)
EVENING NETWORKING SESSION
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President of the Board
Bucharest Stock Exchange
Maastricht School of Management
Radu Atanasiu teaches Critical Thinking at Maastricht School of Management and has several angel investments.
The Entrepreneurship Academy
Student at The Entrepreneurship Academy, former president of the Constanta School Students' Association, he launched the first bicycle courier company in Constanta at 16 years old.
7 years of strategy consulting in CEE; co-founded a company in 2011, sold part of it in 2015, but still very much involved; co-founded a start-up studio (a "meta-venture capital" firm) in 2016. Currently looking for investments opportunities, cool business ideas, smart business models and the likes of it.
CEO & Co-Founder
Executive Director, Head of Group Management
Bondoc & Asociatii
Diana Ispas has over 12 years of professional experience focusing on banking and capital markets, financial services, insurance, public & private M&A, corporate and corporate governance. Diana is recognized by independent reviews as a "key figure in the capital markets" (IFLR 1000, 2016), and a Leading Lawyer in Banking, Capital Markets and M&A (IFLR 1000, 2015 & 2016). Highlights of her recent work in capital markets include advice to: ■ the private equity fund, Value4Capital, in the IPO of its entire stake in Med Life, the largest private medical operator in Romania – the largest IPO of a Romanian private company to date; ■ the issuer, in the € 500 million bonds issue of the City of Bucharest, the largest capital market financing transaction on the Romanian market; ■ the investment bank, Citigroup Global Markets Ltd., in the € 185 million HY bonds offering of Glasstank B.V., secured by a Romanian glass container producer. Diana holds an LL.M. in International Economic Law from Paris 1 - Sorbonne University (2005) and contributes regularly to speaking events and publications in the finance area.
European Business Angels Network
Candace Johnson is a serial entrepreneur and a global infrastructure, network and innovation expert. She is a founder of SES, the world’s pre-eminent satellite group and initiated, conceived and architected SES Global for which she was bestowed the Commander of Merit by the Government of Luxembourg. She is also founding President of Europe Online Investments S.A., the world’s first internet-based online service and satellite broadband network, and founder of Loral Cyberstar-Teleport Europe, Europe’s first independent private trans-border satellite communications network. Ms. Johnson is also founding President of the VATM, the Association of Private Telecom Operators in Germany and founding President of the Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN). Ms. Johnson is a shareholder and Board Member of Kacific, the high throughput satellite system for the Pacific Islands. Recently, she was elected to the Presidency of EBAN, the European Business Angel and Early-Stage Investment Network for a two-year period of office. Ms. Johnson is President of Johnson Paradigm Ventures (JPV) which is a principal founding shareholder with AXA, Caisse des Depots, Bayerische Landesbank, and the SPEF of Sophia Euro Lab, Europe’s first trans-border early-stage investment company based in Sophia Antipolis. JPV is also a principal founding shareholder in London-based Ariadne Capital, “Architecting Europe.net”, one of the earliest supporters and promoters of Skype, the global VoIP phenomenon. Ms. Johnson has served as Founding Member of the Boards of both companies. Ms. Johnson is founding Member and was President of the Board of the Sophia Business Angels in Sophia Antipolis, France from 2006 – 2008 as well as founding president of three multi-million Euro early stage investment vehicles, Succès Europe, Croissance Europe and Innovation Europe funding TMT, Med-Tech and Clean-Tech. Ms. Johnson is a Non –Executive Director of SES-ESL, a publicly quoted corporation on the French Stock Exchange as well as a member of the Advisory Board of numerous European and US ventures. Ms. Johnson has been decorated as Commander of the Luxembourg Order of Merit and Officer of the Couronne de la Chene as well as Officer of the Bundesverdienst Kreuz 1. Klasse (Germany) for her work in de-regulation, innovation, privatization, and globalization. Further, Ms. Johnson is the second recipient ever of the UN-sponsored World Teleport Associations’ “Founders Award”. Ms. Johnson has also received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” along with Vinton Cerf and Tim Berners Lee from the World Communication Awards, the prestigious global telecoms organization in 2002. Ms. Johnson holds Masters Degrees with Honors from the Sorbonne and Stanford Universities, a Bachelors Degree from Vassar College and her high-school degree from Punahou, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Deputy Director, Business Development and Marketing
Bursa de Valori Bucuresti
CFO & Co-founder
Bittnet Systems SA
Country Business Development Manager
Mihai Pohontu is currently the CEO of Amber, a development services agency for creative industries, headquartered in Bucharest, Romania. Previously Mihai was Vice President of Emerging Platforms at Samsung Electronics, working to build a strong developer ecosystem for the company’s product line. Prior to joining Samsung, he oversaw Product Operations at Disney Interactive, an organization comprised of over 600 staff distributed in 9 locations around the world. While at Disney, Mihai founded the Partners group, who produced gaming co-development and licensing projects, leveraging Disney properties and franchises to deliver high quality entertainment created by external studios and publishers, such as the top 50 grossing game “Frozen Free Fall”. Prior to Disney, Mihai was the VP and General Manager of Central Development Services at Electronic Arts, overseeing operational teams supporting 18 development studios on 3 continents. He founded and was the General Manager of EA Romania, one of the largest game development studios in Eastern Europe.
Head of Ops
Romanian Business Exchange
Valentin Preda is the CEO of the Romanian Business Exchange, a private organization involved in mergers and acquisitions, joint-ventures and international business matchmaking. He mediates international partnerships between private companies but also facilitating contacts with governmental, non-governmental & other business stakeholders involved in international business. Valentin started his business career with the National Association of Romanian Exporters and Importers – Foreign Trade Centre, as a chief of Business Relations Department. A solid background has been built in real estate investment, development and asset management as Valentin acted for 7 years as a General Manager of different real estate development companies, including Upground - a RREEF/ Deutsche Bank Asset Management company. He is also the founding president of the Social Economy Development Foundation and National Association of Romanian Business Brokers. Apart from other ongoing projects, Valentin is currently leading the development of the Business Diplomacy concept in Romania.
Bucharest Stock Exchange
Born in Wrocław, Poland, studied in Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland and Pantheon-Assas University (Paris II). Ph.D. in Law from Jagiellonian University. Executive Vice President of the National Depository of Securities in Poland (1994-2006) and President and CEO of the Management Board of the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE, 2006-2013). At this time, WSE took the position of the leading capital market operator in the CEE region, broadening the network of intermediaries, attracting numerous foreign and domestic companies to listing and launching a market for SMEs (NewConnect), as well as for issuers of corporate and municipal bonds (Catalyst). In 2010 WSE was floated through global IPO. Ludwik Sobolewski since 2013 serves as the CEO of the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB), a company listed on its own floor. Charged with the mission to implement a deep reform of the Romanian capital market, so as to gain by it the status of the Emerging Market and in view to transform Bucharest into the capital market hub of South-Eastern Europe. Since 2013 local capital market absorbed several major IPOs and important secondary market block trades. At the end of 2014 European Bank for Reconstruction and Development became a significant shareholder of BVB. In 2015 a market for early-stage and growth companies (AeRO) was set up, giving access to that platform for issuers of equity and corporate debt. As a result of the ongoing reform, in 2016 Romanian capital market was placed by FTSE Russell on the Emerging Markets Watchlist. BVB conducts the most extensive and diverse program in Eastern Europe aimed at building up the equities culture, strengthening corporate governance compliance and enhancing financial education among investors and entrepreneurs.
Thanks to our partners you can enjoy this event free of charge. Find out below whom to thank for that!
Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) is the central institution of the Romanian capital market being the system and market operator authorized by the Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority. BVB facilitates the flux of money between investors – those in possession of capital – and entrepreneurs in need of capital for development. BVB offers a financing alternative to mature companies, which can raise capital through the Main Market, as well as start-ups and SMEs for which the AeRO market was created. Both of the markets are able to accommodate shares and bonds issuances. Only in 2016, new offerings of shares and bonds of a total value of RON 2bn were absorbed by the Bucharest Stock Exchange investors, both institutional and retail and most of the offers were oversubscribed. For more information about Bucharest Stock Exchange, go to: www.bvb.ro.
Banca Transilvania Financial Group supports Romanian entrepreneurship. BT offer includes banking services, investment and financing options, asset management, securities trading, financial and operational leasing as well as direct financing. Banca Transilvania, the centerpiece of BT Financial Group, is a second biggest bank in Romania in terms of assets. European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is BT’s significant shareholder. It is the first banking institution in Romania listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange and one of the blue chips listed on BVB. BT Asset Management, the division specialized in investment management, part of BT Financial Group, manages 7 open-end funds and 2 closed-end investment funds, with assets of RON 3.3bn and over 47,000 customers. BT Capital Partners, the exclusive member of OakLins in Romania, is the specialized division of the group in brokerage services, assistance for listing on the capital market and attracting investors, consulting for mergers and acquisitions, attracting and structuring complex financing, market research and strategic consulting. To find out more about BT Financial Group, go to: www.bancatransilvania.ro.
Supporting SMEs and helping them succeed in the digital world sits at the core of Google activities in Romania. Since we launched “Atelierul Digital” in May 2016, we worked together with more than 70 NGOs in 30 universities and trained over 45,000 people across the country on digital skills: 80% of them want to open a business in the near future, and we’re here to help them make it a success.
Mazars has more than 20 years of experience in providing specialized support to large international groups, Small and Medium sized Enterprises, private investors and public bodies, at every stage of their development, consolidating in the recent years its market position among the top 5 companies specialized in audit and financial consulting, tax consulting, accounting, payroll and personnel administration. Find out more about Mazars at: www.mazars.ro.
The Entrepreneurship Academy is managed by the EntrepreNation Foundation, built by the Alternative University, MSM Romania and the Educativa Group. The mission of the foundation is to grow Romanian entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneurship Academy is the main project of the foundation. The first Entrepreneurship University in Southern Eastern Europe. Launched in September 2016 in Bucharest, with 15 students and dedicated to exceptional high school graduates with entrepreneurial spirit. In the medium and long term, we believe that EA will have a long lasting impact in Romania by: empowering young people, creating economic opportunities, developing the future business leaders of Romania and growing the entrepreneurship culture in Romania.
Located in the buzzing Unirii Square in Bucharest, we offer you a space with all the tools and trimmings needed to grow and develop innovative ventures for the world. But above all, we invite you in a space for meaningful encounters, exchange and inspiration, full of diverse people doing amazing things. Impact Hub‘s members’ projects cover all industries and professions, from ecology to urbanism, from social advertising products to fun learning, from innovative online platforms to social integration, from corporate intrapreneurship to consultants and much, much more. We help create scalable business models so that ventures developed at Impact Hub Bucharest become financially sustainable and create real impact. We are part of a global network of connected communities that enable collaborative ventures. Impact Hubs unite people from every profession, background and culture with imagination and drive to pursue enterprising ideas for the world. These are the people who see and do things differently and have entrepreneurial passion to create sustainable impact.
INOVEO is the only branding agency that combines 60 years of global expertise with local practice. INOVEO was always supporting entrepreneurs who understand that the brand is an important insight for the benefit of their business. With 17 years of experience in marketing and branding, IVOVEO has completed over 200 projects in the B2B and B2C industries such as FMCG, textiles, agriculture, professional services, construction, petroleum, heavy industry, retail, conferences, online. INOVEO’s portfolio of services includes: brand research, brand strategy, innovation, brand architecture, naming, visual identity, experiences and environmental design, brand engagement, web design and online communication.
Romanian Business Leaders Foundation is an apolitical, non-governmental and non-profit organization which provides a platform for action and social involvement for the leaders from the private sector. RBL mission is Romania to become a better country for responsible businesses and, thus, for all Romanians. The Foundation has three draconians as visual symbol (Dacian flags), that pass the message of strong roots, individual capacity, but especially about the strength of the group. People in the RBL community are guided by the common values. At the base is the trust in Romania. Then altruism comes, from the belief that we can get welfare of society only if we work together and help each other. Integrity is the honesty filter and good faith in RBL. Finally, the action is the one that materialized all the energy and our good intentions.
Startarium is the most resourceful online platform dedicated to educate and support early stage start-ups, launched in 2016. Its content is structured in multiple functional modules – business instruments, online courses, interviews with Romanian entrepreneurs, a crowdfunding platform, mentorship, networking and pitching.
Start-up.ro is a source of information for those who want to become entrepreneurs or have already opened a business and want to find the latest market opportunities. The platform is dedicated to information about entrepreneurship, funds, opportunities, but differentiates itself by providing entrepreneurial stories in an attractive way. We want to find the first Romanian unicorn, as well as the most interesting local business, in equal measure.
StartupCafe.ro is a communication platform created to serve as the place for the exchange of information and ideas for entrepreneurs. A useful guide for those who want to follow their career as entrepreneurs as well as investors willing to discover new opportunities. A meeting spot for potential investors and entrepreneurs. A club where passions and hobbies can become business projects. How to set up a company? How to invest in marketing? How to pay taxes and follow sometimes incomprehensible rules? How to find financing? Or partners for business development? StartupCafe.ro is a place where entrepreneurs can find answers to these questions. Where you will also find success stories and lessons learnt from failed businesses, so that mistakes are not repeated. StartupCafe.ro is a project of HotNews.ro, developed in partnership with Google.
V7 Capital either founds new companies based on own ideas or collaborates with founders of early-stage companies whose overall vision and strategy we feel aligned with. We are not an incubator, nor a pure venture capital firm. We are simply a company that creates and grows companies. We focus on just a few projects at a time; we are hands-on co-founders that care about the details, but always with a desire to challenge and shape the industry and business models. We don’t invest if we don’t believe we’ll add value, and we only invest in companies that we can be proud of.
EconomicZoom.ro is a web portal on economics, personal finance and entrepreneurship, offering the essential information for entrepreneurs. When you follow EconomicZoom, you will be updated with all the relevant news, business events and trends. We are supporting a number of entrepreneurial projects.