Bucharest, 28-29 November 2017

Building and scaling tech innovation from Romania & CEE

Industry leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and experts come together to connect and discuss about the innovation opportunities and challenges of tech startups & companies from Romania, CEE and beyond.



    • Studio Stage
    • Atelier Stage

    Studio Stage

    Registration & Welcome Coffee
    08:30
    08:30
    Opening Speech
    09:45
    09:45
    How you can get ahead of Silicon Valley startups with Vitaly Golomb
    10:00

    Communities globally look up to and try to proclaim themselves as the next Silicon Valley. In his talk, Vitaly will show how this conception should be replace to one where local assets are put front and central in the race for innovation.

    10:00
    A pivot worth 1 billion users with Mădălina Seghete
    10:30

    Most startups are afraid too pivot too early or too often, although many of the biggest tech companies have done so multiple times. Mada, co-founder of Branch Metrics, will share the story of how shifting the focus of their product early on made it possible to achieve great traction in less than 18 months after that.

    10:30
    Culture as a Competitive Advantage with Noel Pullen
    11:00

    The talent market is very competitive, and it takes more than being cool as a startup to attract the best professionals in your team. Noel, in charge of Culture at Hootsuite, brings to light on the real value of the perks that we’re all dying to give away or receive.

    11:00
    Coffee Break
    11:30
    11:30
    Startup Spotlight Pitching
    12:00
    12:00
    Innovate or Die: Driving innovation by working with startups with Robert Neivert
    12:30

    The lifespan of an established company has decreased dramatically in the past half a century – nowadays, top companies are expected to live less than 20 years. Robert will provide insights into how the wave enthusiasm surrounding startups and their culture can benefit smart companies.

    12:30
    The Future of Cybersecurity with Catalin Cosoi
    12:45
    12:45
    Startup Spotlight Pitching
    13:00
    13:00
    Lunch Break
    13:30
    13:30
    Startup Spotlight Pitching
    14:30
    14:30
    The fintech landscape: established markets and emerging opportunities with Anish Mohammed, Michael Mellinghoff, Manuel Heilmann
    15:00

    There’s never been a better time to use technology in simplifying financial transactions, personal savings mechanisms or any structure which involves money – several industry-established will discuss about lessons learned, trends and opportunities currently flowing in the fintech environment.

    15:00
    Startup Spotlight Pitching
    15:30
    15:30
    Coffee Break
    16:00
    16:00
    Startup Spotlight Pitching
    16:30
    16:30
    Investment Trends around the World in 2017 - moderated by Romain Dillet (TechCrunch) with Vitaly Golomb, Hussein Kanji, Tak Lo
    17:00

    Whether you’re aiming to ride high on some industry trends, or are ready to scale your business with some external investment, we’ve gathered a group of known regional stakeholders to share their beliefs about where money will be flowing in the US, Western Europe and Asia.

    17:00
    Startup Spotlight Pitching
    17:30
    17:30
    Beyond unicorns and investment rounds: involving tech in society's biggest problems with Mike Butcher
    18:00
    18:00
    Farewell Networking
    18:15
    18:15
    How to Web Party - Interbelic Cocktail Bar
    21:00

    Calea Victoriei, no 17

    21:00

    Atelier Stage

    This event starts at 12:00
    Coffee Break
    11:30
    11:30
    Buiding Bridges for Romanian Tech Ecosystem - US with Joshua Burke, Charles Chongo, Alexandru Lapusan
    12:00
    Joshua Burke Charles Chongo Alexandru Lapusan
    12:00
    Building Bridges for Romanian Tech Ecosystem - Israel with Matan Safran, David Engel, Alexandru Lapusan
    12:20
    Matan Safran David Engel Alexandru Lapusan
    12:20
    Building Bridges for Romanian Tech Ecosystem - Canada with Bradwin Niblock, Mihai Toma, Alexandru Lapusan
    12:40
    Bradwin Niblock Mihai Toma Alexandru Lapusan
    12:40
    Why your startup's story matters with Dan Kaplan
    13:00

    European startups have a hard time understanding the intricacies of bringing emotion to the table when pitching customers, investors or other partners, as their American counterparts usually do. Dan will use his product and content marketing experience gained at Twilio and Asana to level the playing field and show that stories and numbers can get along.

    Dan Kaplan
    13:00
    Where will the next European unicorn come from? with Dave Haynes
    13:15

    Since the term has been coined, the “unicorn” space has been dominated by US players. Should Europe’s conservatory investment approach be changed, or are we one step ahead by not focusing on the 1-billion mark that much?

    Dave Haynes
    13:15
    Lunch Break
    13:30
    13:30
    Masterclass: What does a successful startup mindset look like? with Alan Clayton
    14:30

    Gathering all his experience in working with the startups in the past years, Alan will give a masterclass defining the various types of founders and how each of them can capitalise on their emotional and intellectual assets.

    Alan Clayton
    14:30
    Challenges in the wearables industry with Andrei Pitis, Josh Liu
    15:30

    Around the corners, everybody’s whispering that having a hardware device which enables software development will be key in the years to come for any new startups. But hardware is a whole new business – so we’ve decided to invite Andrei and Josh to share some of the obstacles you should be wary of, both on the hardware and the software side, when embarking on this ambitious journey.

    Andrei Pitis Josh Liu
    15:30
    Coffee Break
    16:00
    16:00
    Investment opportunities and trends in media & entertainment with Evan Nisselson, Dave Haynes
    16:30

    While we’re trying to predict what the best large-scale uses of new technologies such as AR or VR will be, it’s worth listening to opinions from a panel of experts that know a thing or two about how we have been consuming content in the past decades.

    Evan Nisselson Dave Haynes
    16:30
    Give first: The Ultimate Global Growth Hack with Sean Kane
    17:00

    Building an ecosystem around your startup should be a top priority for any venture. Sean will argue why “give first, ask later” values are a viable business model that uniquely drives fast growth to serve your market at global scale.

    Sean Kane
    17:00
    Insurtech, the next big playground in fintech moderated by Tudor Stanciu with Sabine VanderLinden, Ori Hanani
    17:15
    Sabine VanderLinden Ori Hanani
    17:15
    Accelerators: progress in 2016 and what to expect in 2017 with Jon Bradford, Martyn Davies, Rune Theill
    17:30

    In the past decade, getting in an accelerator has been the initial proof of concept that many startups have sought as validation. In this panel, we’ll take review the year which has passed for some of the best known accelerators, and also dive into their plans for the year to come.

    Jon Bradford Martyn Davies Rune Theill
    17:30
    Farewell Networking
    18:00
    18:00
    How to Web Party - Interbelic Cocktail Bar
    21:00

    Calea Victoriei, no 17

    21:00
    • Studio Stage
    • Atelier Stage

    Studio Stage

    Registration & Welcome Coffee
    09:00
    09:00
    A unicorn's rise through research & development with Iulian Stanciu
    10:00

    Behind the impressive growth that is channelling eMAG to become a billion-dollar player in the tech industry, lie the efforts of a team of thousands of individuals. But this is not the traditional e-commerce, Amazon-like story – Iulian will share insights into how the future, near and far, looks for one of the biggest Romanian companies currently on the market.

    10:00
    New opportunities in images & video leveraging computer vision, machine learning and AI with Evan Nisselson
    10:30

    There’s no secret that images and more recently videos have become the norm in terms of how we consume information. Evan will take us on a journey into what the future holds for us, with the advent of new immersive technologies.

    10:30
    Building lean companies in the gaming industry with George Lemnaru, Cristi Badea, Andrada Fiscutean
    11:00
    11:00
    Coffee Break
    11:30
    11:30
    Startup Spotlight Pitching
    12:00
    12:00
    The Romanian Tech Scene, a love story with Robert Knapp
    12:30

    Back in 2011, Robert adventured in the unknown by starting a tech company in Bucharest. 5 years later, the local community has grown, but there’s still a lot of work to do – how can budding foreign entrepreneurs get involved and what does the Romanian environment have to offer them?

    12:30
    The State of Global Startup Funding moderated by Bogdan Iordache (HowtoWeb) with Andy Shannon
    12:45

    Everybody has been proclaiming the next bubble in tech for years, and, although in decrease, still significant amounts of money keep flowing towards startups. Andy, currently managing the Startupbootcamp global network, will provide some input on the current state of affairs and possible outcomes in the next period.

    12:45
    Startup Spotlight Pitching
    13:00
    13:00
    Lunch Break
    13:30
    13:30
    Startup Spotlight Pitching
    14:30
    14:30
    A billion dollar bet: Pivoting to success in the IoT market with Paul Lipman
    15:00

    Even big companies feel to need to shift trajectories sometimes, and when they’re active in industries that are experiencing constant turmoils and changes, that makes the step even more interesting. Paul, the CEO of Bullguard, will tell the story of his company’s bet on IoT and changes that are happening in the cybersecurity industry.

    15:00
    The right time to scale, the right time to exit moderated by Bogdan Iordache (HowtoWeb) with Radu Georgescu
    15:15

    It’s probably no secret anymore, for anybody that knows him, that Radu likes to build companies from scratch. In this fireside chat, he will share valuable ideas about when you should optimally decide to sell what you built and when there’s still time to scale.

    15:15
    Startup Spotlight Pitching
    15:30
    15:30
    Coffee Break
    16:00
    16:00
    Startup Spotlight Top 10 Announcement
    16:30
    16:30
    Startup Spotlight Pitching (Top 10)
    16:35
    16:35
    About Love, Happiness and quality in the world of startups with Walker Colston
    18:00
    18:00
    Startup Spotlight Prize Ceremony
    18:20
    18:20
    Goodbye Wine
    18:30
    18:30
    How to Web Party - Journey Pub
    21:00

    George Enescu Street, no. 25

    21:00

    Atelier Stage

    This event starts at 12:00
    Coffee Break
    11:30
    11:30
    Founders stories from the region: Brainient with Andrei Baragan
    12:00

    Earlier this fall, the founders of Brainient, one of the best known success stories in Romanian tech in the last decade, decided to sell the company. Andrei, ex-CTO of Brainient, will share information about the mindset behind the transaction and what will happen after the integration with Teads.

    12:00
    Founders stories from the region: HelloHungry
    12:30

    If investments for companies in Eastern Europe are newsworthy, then the story of company that is becoming a regional stakeholder and growing without thinking of exiting is definitely a feast. Vladi will take the stage in a fireside chat discussing the secrets of 3 acquisition, 4 investment rounds and other important stats of HelloHungry.

    12:30
    What's hot and not in AI with Christoph Auer-Welsbach
    13:00

    In 2016, the conversational chatbot could easily be nominated as one of TIME’s Person of the Year – it is one of the favourite analysis topics for media and investors, and has put artificial inteligence on the radar of everybody. But how much of what is done with AI at the moment is worth a listen? And, even more so, where should we actually focus our attention on?

    13:00
    Your Venture to Capital: From idea to raising money and beyond with Mike Reiner
    13:15

    In this short talk, Mike will point out some key steps of a tech startup’s evolution and how to accurately determine whether you’re on the right track or not.

    13:15
    Lunch Break
    13:30
    13:30
    Masterclass: Growth Hacking - Mindset & Methodology with Nopadon Wongpakdee
    14:30

    Growth hacking is one of the buzz terms used in startup slang – but how many of us know exactly how to use it and what tactics to employ in our projects to actually gain most from it? Nopadon will shred everything we know about it and provide the needed quietness in all the background noise, through this masterclass

    14:30
    What to expect from Eastern European startups in 2017? with Rumen Iliev, Ondrej Bartos, Dan Lupu, Lloyd Waldo
    15:30

    Where will the next regional tech success story come from? What is needed from the tech community to stay connected to the entire global ecosystem? The panel closing Atelier Stage will bring together some of the most established stakeholders in the region, discussing their expectations and beliefs regarding entrepreneurship in the region in 2017

    15:30
    Coffee Break
    16:00
    16:00
    How to Web Party - Journey Pub
    21:00

    George Enescu Street, no. 25

    21:00