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!

Agenda:

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 Keynote Speech

Representant Polish Embassy in Romania (TBD)

10:30 - 11:00 CEE Accelerators Alliance, Solution for Funding and Scaling-up?

Daniel Dumitrescu - CEO InnovX & European Commission's Risk Innovation Finance Expert

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

11:00 - 11:15 Keynote Speech - How is the innovation taking place?

Magdalena Jabłońska - CEO - MIT Enterprise Forum CEE

11:15 - 11:30 Keynote Speech - Where is the innovation taking place?

Aisling Hunt - Project Lead - Cambridge Innovation Center

11:30 - 12:00 Panel - How to build global communities

Luiza Draghicean Regional Community Manager EMEA - UiPath

Antonio Grginovic - Community Manager - MIT Enterprise Forum CEE

12:00 - 12:15 Keynote Speech - China's innovation opportunities for CEE startups

Yingzi Yuan - CEO - Europe China Foundation

12:15 - 12:30 Keynote Speech - US opportunities for CEE startups

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


12:30 - 13:00 - Meet the CEE Innovators - Pitch in 60 seconds

13:00 - 14:00 Networking Lunch


14:00 - 14:15 Keynote Speech - Empower growth with game-changing innovation

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

14:15 - 14:30 Keynote Speech - Scaling-up in Europe 

Camelia Ganga - Head of Growth and Marketing Eastern Europe @ Glovo

14:30 - 15:00 Panel - InnovX, a path to success

Razvan Boldis - CEO - IndexAR & Horizon 2020 Grant Winner InnovX Alumni

Raluca Bacinschi - CEO - Izibac &  EU Award-Winning InnovX Alumni & 2nd place Startup Grind Europe - Asia Connect

Andrei Nagy - Head of European Sales - AlphaBlock & Finalist Startup Grind London

15:00 - 15:15 Keynote Speech - 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 

15:15 - 15:30 Keynote Speech -Leadership lessons for startups

Daniel Ilie - Former Commander of Romanian Special Operation Forces

15:30 - 16:00 InnovX partners & mentors ceremony

Diana Dumitrescu - Managing Director - InnovX

Ana Maria Cretu - Head of Social Banking - BCR

16:00 - 18:00 Networking Drinks

Parallel Sessions - Foyer

10:00 - 16:00
One-to-One meetings startups - corporates
Romanian Innovators Corner
Poland Innovators Corner