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Youth Innovation Week in Cluj-Napoca

9gvg2qIn Romania, and Cluj in particular, the startup environment has witnessed an important growth in the last few years. However, we might ask ourselves how does this growth compare to the rest of the Central & Eastern Europe or with Europe in general? Are we ahead or lagging behind? Is there more space for growth, will we have access to more resources, or only to more competition? If you’re working on a startup or inteding to start one, we are sure you want to find this out.

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This event is part of Youth Innovation Week organised by EYIF in cooperation with 5 of its European Hubs. This consists of 5 events in 5 European cities over the course of 5 days, as follows: Warsaw, Cluj, London, Barcelona and Athens. The events are focusing on developments and trends in youth innovation relevant to the local ecosystem.

Thus, here in Cluj-Napoca, we are celebrating the Youth Innovation Week with an event in which experts, startup owners and succesful entrepreneurs will discuss the issue of Romanian startups in an international context. This event is organized by EYIF in collaboration with Cluj HUB and will take place on Saturday, 27 June, starting from 17.00, at The Office building.

The agenda for the day will be the following:

  • 5.00 – 5.30 Welcome & Registration
  • 5.30 – 5.45 Introduction to Youth Innovation Week and EuroMentors:

              Jana Vecerkova, Director of International Programmes, EYIF

  • 5.45 – 6.00 Keynote address: “Insights from a Successful Entrepreneur”

              Andrei Barabas, CEO, Barandi Solutions

  • 6.00 – 6.15 Coffee Break
  • 6.15 – 7.15 “Scalling Up in CEE: The Status of Romania” Open Panel Discussion with Q&A moderated by Andrei Barabas

              Florin Muresan, CEO, Squirrly

              Szabolcs Szekely, CEO, Halcyon Mobile

              Alexandra Roata, Managing partner, Softlead

              Jana Vecerkova, Director of International Programmes, EYIF

  • 7.15 – 8.00 Speed Mentoring Session: Startups mentored by the speakers
  • 8.00 – 9.00 Mix & Mingle Cocktails

The event will be free, courtesy of the European Youth Innovation Forum. EYIF is the leading Foundation for Youth Innovation in Europe. An independent, non-profit, pan-European, bottom-up association reaching over 500,000 young people across Europe.

Each event during the Youth Innovation Week represents an insight into a local startup ecosystem around Europe, building up to our pan-European event focusing on the European ecosystem as a whole — UnConvention 2015. The aim of the programme is to draw attention to what is needed on both a local and European level to encourage the development of European startups and foster growth and youth innovation.

About the speakers:

  • Jana Vecerkova is the Director for EU and International Programmes at EYIF. Her current and past projects include Euromentors Association for stimulating digital entrepreneurship, Startup Europe Roadshow 2014; Europioneers Web Entrepreneur Award; InnoApps Hackathon 2014; InnoPitch 2013 & 14: start-up competition as well as many others. Prior to working with EYIF she was an Analyst at EPPA where she focused on, among other things, high level group on innovation management and research on financing innovation, R&D policy design and regulatory impact analysis. Jana completed a BSc in Business Studies at Cass Business School before completing her MSc in European Political Economy at London School of Economics.
  • Florin Muresan is a co-founder and CEO at Squirrly Limited UK, a company offering a search engine optimization (SEO) plug-in. He is also a seasoned entrepreneur, advisor, and organizer of entrepreneurial meetings.
  • Andrei Barabas is specialised in entrepreneurship, business modeling and strategies due to his 8+ years of being a serial tech entrepreneur.
  • Szabi Szekely is the co-founder of Halcyon Mobile, one of the top East-European mobile app studios. He wrote his first software application at the age of 13 and joined his partner in this business in 2005 at only 19. One of Forbes’ ‘30 under 30’, he has managed multiple mobile projects over the past 9 years, having a good understanding of what a mobile app should bring to people’s lives. He is currently focused on MimeChat, and making mobile messaging more fun.
  • Alexandra Roata is the founder of Softlead, an online dealer of software products in Romania. A hardworking person with good interpersonal skills, Roata plays the role of an active communicator at Softlead, and manages projects from planning to execution.

This is a must attend event for all young local entrepreneurs that want to get some insights into other markets and advice for top mentors from the national and international environment.

We’re waiting for you on 27th of June, at The Office!

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