Yesterday InnovX team came back to Google Campus Warsaw to participate in the 10th edition of the Investors Evening co-organised by Meetup.vc. The Investors Evening is a closed, invite-only networking event, for investors only, preceding the Wolves Summit. It was a good chance to gather in an informal atmosphere to discuss trends, practices, and challenges of investing with other Wolfes Summit participants.
I had the privilege to meet Terese Hougaard, Partner at CapitalG, a wonderful person and a true professional, who had an extraordinary speech about their investment strategy and plans in Europe. It was encouraging to see that Central and Eastern Europe is on the radar of the CapitalG (former Google Capital) the private equity firm under Alphabet Inc. All the audience was thrilled to hear about CapitalG investment in Romanian UiPath company, a success story for both party, that Terese mentioned throughout the evening.
The fact that all Google Campus was filled with the September edition of Forbes magazine with Daniel Dines Founder of UiPath on the cover, really made me proud of being Romanian! I am sure that with the support of such companies like Google and Capital G, the innovation and technology potential from CEE can scale-up and transform in successful global business!
About Terese Hougaard: Terese Hougaard is Partner, Growth at CapitalG. Before joining in 2015, Terese worked in Google’s SMB marketing organization in London as a marketing manager. Previously, she held roles in American Express, first as an internal strategy consultant, and then as an e-commerce business development lead in the company’s London and New York offices. Terese holds an MPhil in Business Innovation and Strategy, and a BA in English, from the University of Cambridge (UK), and a BSc in Business from Cass Business School, London City University (UK), where she majored in Finance.
About Google for Startups: Google for Startups (formerly known as Google for Entrepreneurs) is a startup program launched by Google in 2011, consisting of over 50 co-working spaces and accelerators in 125 countries, offering hands-on lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs. It partners with local startup communities as well as a network of co-working spaces popularly known as Google Campus (not to be confused with Googleplex) for tech startup entrepreneurs. It offers access to Google's devices as well as tools and workshops for the local tech community.