5 Questions With Dan Mihaescu (GapMinder Venture Partners): “We fill in a critical investment gap”

In early January 2018, GapMinder Venture Partners announced it was open for business, targeting to invest EUR 26m in early stage technology companies in Central Eastern Europe, with an emphasis on Romania’s developing tech scene.

The fund is led by Dan Mihaescu as Founding Partner, a well-known investor in a number of high tech start-ups with a deep knowledge of the regional start-up scene. Dan has a solid investment track record, being an angel investor in companies such as Axosuits, TypingDNA or ConsultaClick. Before becoming an investor, he has fulfilled various leadership roles at large companies such as Microsoft, UPC or GTS Telecom

We caught up with Dan to tell us more about how GapMinder, which also funds the Techcelerator acceleration program, “plans to invest and support the most disruptive and bold innovations.”

5 Questions With Luciana Lixandru (Accel): Why we should expect to have a multi-billion dollar company out of Bucharest

The news broke at the end of April: Accel and other 3 previous investors were putting $30m in Bucharest-based UiPath, in what was one of the biggest Series A in Europe in 2017. The lead investor for the deal on behalf of Accel, Luciana Lixandru, had recently been promoted to partner.

Originally from Buzau, with an undergrad degree from Georgetown Unversity, Luciana started her career with Morgan-Stanely in New York before moving to London. Initially with Summit Partners, she became an associate and then a partner at Accel, one of the most notable venture capital companies in the world. With Accel, Luciana has been involved with companies like Deliveroo, Algolia and now UiPath.

A next step for the How to Web Conference


Launched in 2010, the How to Web Conference has become a permanent fixture in the CEE tech ecosystem. This year, after 7 annual editions, we’re taking a break and preparing for the 2018 edition.

Starting with 2018, the How to Web Conference will be managed and organised by ANIS (The National Association of the Software Industry in Romania). As part of this transition, I will continue to be involved as an active advisor.

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