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May 16
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


May 17
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


May 18
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Party at Oxford - things happen !
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Nicu Popescu

Managing Partner RomSoft   |   LinkedIn

Managing partner of RomSoft Iasi - 12 years ago a promising start-up, today a successful company with proven track record for complex, end-to-end software development projects.

A business-tech profile emerged from over 20 years’ experience as an executive in presales in an Austrian-Romanian joint venture, as an entrepreneur building a solid stand-alone company, engineering highly cohesive teams and working side-by-side with many start-up owners in Europe and US in putting together (from a technical point of view) their own successful business stories.

Actively involved in several ICT research and development projects funded by the European Commission and the Romanian Government, he is always seeking new ideas for start-ups to potentially improve the local business environment.

Balasundaram Lavan

Founder & Director of Pace4Life   |   LinkedIn

Lavan is the Founder and Director of Pace4Life ( a Not for Profit that reuses donated pacemakers in the developing world.

Prior to Pace4Life, Lavan worked in Investment Banking as a Risk Manager and a Management Consultant, working across organisations such as JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and IBM Business Consultancy.

In his spare time Lavan has a passion for Travelling, Photography and Sports (Football (inc. Liverpool F.C. & Scuba Diving).

Dan Zaharia

Senior Leasing Manager   |   LinkedIn

Actively promoting, leasing and operating the United Business Center office premises developed by Iulius Group in Romania, in the cities of Iasi and Cluj-Napoca.

Founder of - the first blood donors search engine in Romania.

Dragoș Gavriluț


Dragoș Gavriluț was born in Birlad, Romania in 1979. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Faculty of Computer Sciences in 2004, his Master of Science degree in optimization theory from the same university in 2006 and also his PhD diploma at the same university, in 2012. He joined Bitdefender in 2005 as an anti-malware researcher. Today he is an Antimalware Research Manager and is in charge of more than 50 people in two offices. His main research concerns the theory of machine learning, malware detection, vulnerability and exploits, Android and mobile malware, compilers and operating systems.

Emanuel Martonca

With 12 years of experience in marketing (product manager, customer experience, marketing director), Emanuel is now the manager of Thinslices, a mobile development company building technology products. He is directly responsible for marketing, sales, HR and internal processes. His professional path includes 4 years at Dexia Bank in Brussels as a payment project leader and then senior customer experience expert.

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Andrei Avadanei


Andrei is President at Cyber Security Research Center from Romania - CCSIR, a NGO that has the main focus on research, development and education in the Information Security space and is also the founder and coordinator of DefCamp, one of the most important hacking & INFOSEC events for the South-East Europe. Throughout the more than seven years of experience in the INFOSEC field, Andrei has been awarded at numerous national and international competitions of web and software programming, algorithmics and security, he is also a regular speaker at different events and is Member of The Program Committee for the security panel of Topconf conference. Among other things, he owns the IT blog dedicated to Romanian audience,, and he is involved in various research projects and initiatives in cyber security field.

Razvan Girmacea


Having a technical background and 11 years of professional experience, he started his first business in 2009, an ecommerce business (EDUKID - and sold this business at the end of 2011.

In 2012, he launched Monitor Backlinks -, an online service that helps monitoring websites incoming links so they get can better keyword rankings in Google (SEO).

Worth mentioning is that, in 2013, he got a 50.000 euro investment from SOSventures and won 4th place and 10.000 euros in Lisbon Challenge accelerator.

Marius Lupu


Tags: Iasi citizen, programmer, engineer, manager, speaker, guitar player, photographer, leader, idealist, volunteer, corporatist, perfectionist, tech freak, farmer. I love being all these and I feel this urge to share.

Peter Kruger


Almost 20 years experience in startupping, managing and developing business for the media, Telco and IT industries, with special focus on Internet services. Strong editorial, scientific and technological background. Active public speaker, journalist and academic lecturer on technology transfer and new media. Very active in Internet and startups policy. Strong European footprint.

Calin Biris

Digital Director of Loopaa

Călin is the Digital Director of Loopaa, a young marketing agency from Cluj Napoca. He is also trainer and founder of Online Marketing workshop “Online – Negru pe alb” since 2012 and President of International Advertising Association Young Professionals Cluj.

Before Loopaa, Călin managed for 5 years the marketing department of two of the most popular online brands in Romania: Trilulilu and Zonga. Also, in the last 5 years he held more than 60 trainings on marketing and online advertising at business and NGO events.

Lioredana Ciofu

Senior Legal Research Analyst –PRACK Law Firm Ohio   |   LinkedIn

Lori heads the “off-site” investigative research team in the law firm’s securities practice. Lori has strong research skills and a passion for investigation. Much of her work is focused on identifying individuals and entities that assist in the perpetration of fraudulent investment schemes, in uncovering the inner workings of such schemes, and tracing the flow of funds, including transfers to offshore jurisdictions.
Outside of “business hours” she helps turn start-up ideas into viable entities from a legal point of view (organization, incorporation, basic Tax strategy, contracts). They say experience is the best teacher and, having founded her own start-up a few years back she was confronted with many of the “legal bumps” that come with turning an idea into actual work, thus deciding to specialize in Romanian Commercial Start-Up Law and helping others navigate it. She’s now practicing exclusively US Investment Fraud Law and Romanian Commercial Law.

Anna Heijker

Communications Specialist   |   LinkedIn

Anna Heijker is specialized in how to create a strong message in oral and written communication. Anna delivered trainings on pitching at e.g. the Netherlands-Romanian Chamber of Commerce, The HUB Bucharest and JCI Iasi. She worked with many startups, e.g. UpsideDown, MindIt, Plantam fapte Buna and she worked with a software engineer of Twitter on his pitch. Her clients say they like her structured way of working and her enthusiasm.

Anna is passionate about public speaking and she adjudicated in public speaking competitions of the English Speaking Union Romania. Anna was a speaker at business events, e.g. the Innovation Day of ZileleBiz - where she did a talk on 'Pitching Innovative Ideas'.

Adrian Mironescu


Adrian is a brand identity designer with a computer science background. He is dedicated to create inspiring concepts and to use interdisciplinary as a powerful tool to solve problems.
He won REBRAND Merit Award, he was featured in the branding manual Designing Brand Identity and in several logo collection books.
He believes that good design is a key differentiator for startups. It makes products more usable, aesthetic, human and reach the heart of the users.

Evgenios Skitsanos


Being software developer since 1992 and establishing in four years later his first web development company, today Evgenios runs multiple software and hardware design companies that serving big names like Electrolux, DHL, BMW, Toyota and some others. Evgenios has a lot of experience in software architecture, applied programming, noSQL databases, hardware and when it comes to non technical things you can reach him regarding running multinational and multicultural development teams worldwide, product design, business modeling and business development, forming and operating companies, new venture opportunities.

Stefan Iancu


Experienced IT manager with more than 10 years in the field, with proved results in highly competitive markets. In the past few years occupied various middle and top management positions in multinational IT companies with a strong focus on product development. He is currently driving the IT strategy and product management team of Smart2Pay, a leading payment services provider specialized in Internet payments.

Passionate about start-ups, believer in innovation, change, collaboration and learning as the key tools of modern business. Supporting people in discovering and growing themselves.

Deeply and forever in love with technology businesses as grounds for imagination and progress.

Guido Giordano

I am an entrepreneur that loves entrepreneurship in all its forms. I love talking with people who are working their asses off to forge their destinies and change the world.

I was a founding member of two accelerators in the past three years.
The first was EnLabs, the first business accelerator in Rome. I was responsible for structuring and launching this new accelerator and was instrumental in its early success. While at EnLabs, I worked with some of the largest venture capital firms in Europe. I was also focused on selection and providing guidance and mentorship to startups in the program. I helped to develop and nurture the startup culture in Rome, organizing events and conferences with international speakers.

The second accelerator was Mercury Grove, the first private accelerator in Ottawa. I personally selected and mentored the startups that took part in the accelerator program. I was responsible for setting the milestones and helping the companies to achieve them. We invested in three companies that had an average of 14% week over week growth during the four-month program. Our first exit was in less than a year.
Currently I am the responsible of acceleration of Telecom Italia accelerator in Rome called Working Capital.

Balasundaram Lavan

Founder & Director of Pace4Life   |   LinkedIn

Lavan is the Founder and Director of Pace4Life ( a Not for Profit that reuses donated pacemakers in the developing world.

Prior to Pace4Life, Lavan worked in Investment Banking as a Risk Manager and a Management Consultant, working across organisations such as JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and IBM Business Consultancy.

In his spare time Lavan has a passion for Travelling, Photography and Sports (Football (inc. Liverpool F.C. & Scuba Diving).

Lorenzo Barbantini Scanni


Marketing Executive with 20 years of experience in developing and managing international marketing and sales teams. Strong ability to think outside of the box. Recognized for discovering new and innovative ways of communicating and managing corporate image and reputation through a mix of OFF and ON line media, cutting edge technologies and development of lasting and orchestrated marketing actions.
Strong ability to work with large corporations and developing high impact marketing strategies and messages on a precise budget.
Team player, eager learner, tech addict, social explorer.

Investor in Social media and big data companies, interested in eCommerce and Photography startups, researching various fields of innovation.

Key Advisor StartupBoot Camp Rome.
Mentor: LUISS ENLABS, Innovaction, Fantastartup, Wind Business Factor, Founder Institute, Mobile App Acceleration Camp.

Costi Teleman


Costi is the founder and CEO of IntelligentBee - a young tech company in Iasi, Romania. His main activity is to coordinate several technical teams for Sendgrid focusing on building and maintaining the company culture.

Before IntelligentBee, Costi founded or co-founded another 3 companies among which the first daily deals site in Romania: Zumzi. Also he acted as a director for the social division of one of the biggest online company in Eastern Europe: Neogen, managing teams spread out in 4 countries.

Passionate about technical challenges and startups, Costi is always trying to setup and grow an entrepreneurial environment in all his teams believing that failing often and fast is the best way to drive innovation.

Radu Saveanu


IT Manager with +10 years experience in managing and developing SAP applications and coordinating large project teams.

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