In 2019, BCR will cover the costs for all the scholarships allocated to the entrepreneurs in this project, the logistics courses and costs, without requiring equity in the companies selected in the program.

Mindspace Business District, Globalworth Campus A, 8A, Bd. Dimitrie Pompeiu, Bucharest, Romania

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SCALING-UP INNOVATION IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

​Announcing the brand new InnovX - BCR Business Accelerator 2020 Program

28 November 2019

How we can provide support to strategic future-oriented digital innovations and deep technology that are capital intensive, risky by nature and require longer-term financing?


We need solutions that will focus on the early stage and the scale-up of innovative startups and SMEs in Central and Eastern Europe. Such initiatives are crucial for fostering innovation and competitiveness, promoting sustainable economic development, and addressing societal challenges in the region. Innovation is happening in all corners of Europe and it is important that everyone has equal opportunities. 


The CEE region has to focus more on innovation, technology, and digitalization. In these areas, there is a clear investment gap, which needs to be filled. Such a gap calls for more cooperation in innovation in finance and new types of supporting instruments can play a more important role. 


We need to explore potential funding structures and support mechanisms to leverage resources from all the EU, international financial institutions, National Promotional Banks and the private sector in support of highly innovative startups and SMEs with higher risk profiles in the CEE region.

Increasing the competitiveness of innovative SMEs represents a strategic growth opportunity for all the countries in the region, reinforcing the move towards a knowledge-based economy, therefore the combination of finance and business advice for digital innovation SMEs and the scaling up of digital start-ups can create a sound basis for further growth in the region. 

Cooperation is key for innovators of CEE, that is why at InnovX BCR we create bridges with the other CEE countries. Join us for an event full of insights and opportunities!

Foyer:
09:00 - 10:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee

Main Stage:
10:00 - 10:15 Opening Speech InnovX BCR Business Accelerator
InnovX & BCR Representatives


10:15 - 10:30 The Strategic Partnership between Romania and Poland
Magdalena Szuber-Zasacka, Chargée d’affaires a.i., Embassy of the Republic of Poland to Romania 


10:30 - 10:45 Anca Harasim - Executive Director AmCham Romania


10:45 - 11:00 Is CEE region an Innovation hotspot?
Magdalena Jabłońska - CEO - MIT Enterprise Forum CEE

11:00 - 11:15 Connecting Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors to fuel growth

Brigitte Baumann - Founder of Go Beyond Early Stage Investing & EBAN European Investor of the Year 2015

11:15 - 11:30 How to build global communities
Luiza Draghicean Regional Community Manager EMEA - UiPath

11:30 - 11:45 US opportunities for CEE startups 

Kate Bunina - Director of European Operations - US Market Access Center


11:45 - 12:00 Where is the innovation taking place?
Aisling Hunt - Project Lead - Cambridge Innovation Center

12:00 - 12:15 Break

12:15 - 13:00 Meet the CEE Innovators - 3 minutes pitches and 1 minute Q&A

Poland and Romania Startups:

Jury:

Antonio Grginovic - Community Manager - MIT Enterprise Forum CEE

Alexandru Mihailciuc - Global Head of Pre-Sales and Vice-President @ UiPath

Grzegorz Majewski - MIT Enterprise Forum CEE & Foundation for Technology Entrepreneurship

Ioana Gheorghiade - Executive Director of Corporate Risk Underwriting - BCR

Mircea Moraru - Senior Associate - CMS 

13:00 - 13:45 Networking Lunch

13:45 - 14:00 Empower growth with game-changing innovation 

Alexandru Mihailciuc - Global Head of Pre-Sales and Vice-President @ UiPath

14:00 - 14:15 Scaling-up in Europe
Camelia Ganga - Head of Growth and Marketing Eastern Europe @ Glovo

14:15 - 14:30 Meet the Global Startups powered by Startup Grind in partnership with Google for Startups 

Raluca Bacinschi - CEO - IziBac - 2nd place Startup Grind Europe - Asia Connect

Ioana Dobroiu - CEO - MSing with Trauma - Finalist Startup Grind Europe - Asia Connect

Andrei Ene - CEO - Credo - Finalist Startup Grind Europe - Asia Connect

Sabin Rotariu - CEO - ChargeMe - Finalist Startup Grind Europe - Asia Connect
Andrei Nagy - Head of European Sales - AlphaBlock & FInalist Startup Grind Europe London


14:30 - 14:45 The European Investment Project Portal 
Michael Feith  - Policy Officer - Financing of infrastructure policies @ European Commission 

14:45 - 15:00 Meet the European Innovators powered by the European Center for Services Investments and Financing

Razvan Boldis - CEO - IndexAR - Horizon 2020 Grant Winner, InnovX Alumni
Raluca Bacinschi - CEO - Izibac - Horizon 2020 Seal of Excellence, InnovX Alumni

George Darie - Business Development Manager - Modex Tech - Horizon 2020 Seal of Excellence, InnovX Alumni

Andrei Ene - CEO - Credo - Horizon 2020 Seal of Excellence, InnovX Alumni

Leo Mart - CEO - WiseVoice - Horizon 2020 Seal of Excellence, InnovX Alumni


15:00 - 15:05 Break


15:05 - 15:20 What's the XR4ALL initiative and why it could strengthen the European XR/immersive technology industry?
Jean-Phillipe Sangare - CEO - Swiss Society for Virtual and Augmented Reality & Ambassador XR4ALL

15:20 - 15:35 Leadership lessons for startups
Daniel Ilie - Former Commander of Romanian Special Operation Forces

15:35 - 16:00 InnovX partners & mentors Ceremony

Anca Luca - Senior Brand Manager BCR - InnovX
Diana Dumitrescu - Managing Director - InnovX
Ana Maria Cretu - Head of Social Banking - BCR


16:00 - 17:00 Networking Drinks

Parallel Sessions - Foyer
10:00 - 16:00

One-to-One meetings startups - corporates
Romanian Innovators Corner
Poland Innovators Corner