Cosmin Ochisor, Hub:raum: “We think accelerators should be partners, not competitors”

There is a certain gap between an acceleration program and the first serious investment a team should secure after being accelerated. This is a critical interval in an early stage startup, when it still needs support to deliver a product that has achieved product/market fit.

Are European funding programs a possible gap closer? How about corporate accelerators that could support teams for longer than 3-6 months? Should they? We wanted to find out, so we spoke with Cosmin Ochisor, Business Development Manager at Hub:raum acceleration and incubation program of the telecom juggernaut Deutsche Telekom.

Cosmin is highly experienced in a wide variety of business fields within or connected to the telecom industry: Directory Services, Value Added Services and general new business development. His skillset encompasses re-organization/outsourcing processes, M&A and working with multi-skilled international teams. Moreover, he is an experienced product manager in product development, marketing communication (ATL&BTL) and rolling-out new products on the market.

5 key pieces of advice for high-growth tech companies from an experienced PR strategist

You can’t build a high-growth tech company without implementing a proper PR strategy. You may be able to do without PR in your startup’s early stages, but if you want to play with the big boys, you need to have a plan when it comes to building your reputation. The tech environment is highly competitive, extremely dynamic and requires an understanding of its inner workings and unwritten laws. So we wanted to provide the context for a meaningful talk on the matter at How to Web Conference 2014.

Colette is the founder of Ballou PR, a European communications and strategy agency that focuses on high-growth technology and internet companies. The Ballou PR team has had a string of well-documented client success stories including managing the PR strategy for the exit of Musiwave for $100M+, the entry of Facebook and Pinterest in France, the entry of Eventbrite into Europe, as well as successful campaigns for AOL Networks, Evernote, GoEuro, Lakestar, Infectious Media, Seatwave, TechCrunch Disrupt, TransferWise, WhatsApp, White Star Capital and Zendesk. Colette’s 20 years of experience allows her insight into how technology companies can approach their global audiences. She is also an active part of the European startup community, speaking at industry events and mentoring startups through various programs, such as Seedcamp, TechStars and 500 Startups.

Manuel Heilmann, Coinzone: “Romania is the most advanced country in Europe if not worldwide in terms of Bitcoin infrastructure”

Sooner this year, Radu Georgescu, founder of GECAD Group and reputed entrepreneur, having founded companies such as Avangate and ePayment, joined forces with Diwaker Singh and Manuel Heilmann to create Coinzone, a global payment gateway for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, dedicated to European and emerging markets.

The founders of Coinzone are spearheading the efforts of bringing the Bitcoin payment gateway solution to merchants across Europe and the globe. We’re thrilled to have Manuel Heilmann, Co-founder & CEO of Coinzone, at How to Web Conference this year, where he will be part of “The crypto-currencies ecosystem” panel on the main stage.

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