X-Awards powered by Microsoft - For the month of August 2020, we will be rolling out the #SGPitchBattles. The winners of the Bucharest SG Pitch Battle will receive free memberships into the Startup Grind Membership Program. They will also be selected for a Global Pitch Competition which Startup Grind HQ is organizing with startups from all around the world.
The X-Awards powered by Microsoft is the perfect occasion for local startups to participate in the SG Startups Battle as a gateway to the Startup Grind Global Pitch Competition, the winners of which will get many exciting prizes.
Top 5 selected startups will pitch for 3 minutes in front of a panel of judges who will be part of the event. Members of the jury will put questions to the startups for another 3 minutes.
19:40 - 20:00 - Panel - Corporate Programs for Startups
20:00 - 20:20 - Sports & E-Sports, Coaction or Disruption?
20:20 - 20:40 - Panel - Investments for Startups
20:40 - 21:30 - X-Awards - the Startups Battle
21:30 - 22:00 - Summer Mixer (Blending in safety Startups with Investors and Corporates to shake the perfect Cocktail)
The event is taking place outside under the shade of the "Del Pierro" Tent of Juventus Academy on 800 square meters. Participation is limited to 50 persons according to the law and providing to each participant 16 square meters, 4 times the legal distancing limit. Masks are available on-site.
In order to respect the law, the choice of other attendees and make sure it will be a safe and fun event we will adhere to the following participation rules:
At registration Startup Grind Bucharest Staff will:
• ID each attendee
• give a COVID-19 document with information regarding the rules that apply during the event (the document must be signed by the attendee)
• check the temperature of the attendee
• offer masks (mandatory) that will have to be used during the event
• offer gloves (optional)
During the Panels:
• Attendees must wear a mask
• Attendees will stay on their individual beanbag
• Attendees are not allowed to move the beanbags
• While moving on the space attendees must wear a mask
• While discussing with other attendees, the mask must be worn
• During the event, attendees will avoid forming crowds
• While speaking with another attendee, social distancing must be observed
During the Mixer:
• Attendees will receive individual boxes with snacks and beverages
• Attendees will receive individual bottles of drinks
Co-founder & CEO
Head of Tax & Legal at KPMG Romania, Coordinator KPMG Romania Startup Grow Pad Program
Juventus Academy Bucharest
Design Thinking Society
Partner Development Manager
Innova Human Capital
After 20 years of banking, 15 years being part of Banca Transilvania team, in 2018 I started a new life journey, willing to build new experiences, to find new perspectives and purpose by developing my skills and autonomy as an entrepreneur in the new world of business and helping for the greater good.
We have co-founded first, in 2018, Human Finance, a platform that provides knowledge digital tools and aggregates the investment readiness rating for the early-stage innovative startups. In 2019 we made a spin-off and launched SeedBlink, the first equity crowdfunding platform developed in this part of Europe, that already helped more than 12 innovative startups to get total funding rounds of more than EUR 3.5 mil. Our plans are to expand SeedBlink operations to other SEE countries and to contribute to the development of a fresh and ethical business ecosystem.
René Schöb is Partner and Head of Tax & Legal at KPMG Romania. He helps companies to create value by expanding in new territories and embracing new technologies.
Adding value to the tech startup scene by enabling technology and change as well as combining solutions from Startups with the ones from Corporates, he drives growth by empowering people and making change happen. He is seen as being the Trusted Advisor within the startup ecosystem.
Luigino Pellegrini is the Impresario of Roberto Baggio, the Italian football professional player, star of Juventus Torino, and the Italian Team. Now, Luigino brought Juventus in Bucharest and founded Juventus Academy Bucharest. How to scout talent in the sports world, and how can we use these techniques in the startup world we will find from our next speaker at Startup Grind Bucharest.
Catalina has extensive experience in User Experience, Design, Experience Design, Service Design, Design Thinking, call is as you want, it’s still design language - solving problems with the design mindset and methodology. She led the creation of digital experiences in companies as Vodafone, ING Bank and Electronic Arts, where from 2017 to 2019, she lead the Romanian UX team for the world’s football game, Fifa.
At ING, until 2016, she went from coordinating innovative digital campaigns and making ING one of the most loved Romanian brands in social media, to being the person behind the experience of ING Bank’s internet banking, Home’Bank.
She left the corporate world to dedicate her full time as an entrepreneur, growing Design Thinking Society, a company she co-founded in 2017, a boutique consultancy agency, that offers consultancy and hands-on design and innovation projects to companies that realize they need to change, be it their products, services and experiences, or culture and organization.
Catalina is also a UX trainer, mentor and advocate of design thinking approach. She is a certified Google Design Sprint master and Google Developer UX expert and invests effort and time in developing and supporting the tech communities. She’s driven, curious and relentless. She makes things happen and she’s strategic in her decisions.
Sometimes she talks at conferences and podcasts.
Business Developer, specialized in software consulting.
Focused on large account management and building long term partnerships.
Banker and investor with 20+ years of experience in corporate finance, investment management, private equity and corporate & investment banking in Romania, CEE, USA and the UK.
- General Management (investment banking, corporate banking)
- Non-executive director (investment management)
- Corporate & Investment Banking (sales management)
- FinTech (advisor, investor)
- Emerging Markets (banking, advisory, investment management)
- Fixed Income and Financing (coverage & origination)
- Structured Lending Expertise (project financing, acquisition financing, mezzanine)
- Foreign Exchange (salestrading, structuring)
- Derivatives (salestrading, structuring)
- Mergers & Acquisitions (generalist, coverage & origination)
- Capital Markets (debt & equity)
- Private Equity (coverage & origination)
- Extractive industry (investor)
- Environmental services (investor)
- Agribusiness (investor)
Dani Dumitrescu is the Director of StartupGrind Bucharest. With a Ph.D. in Cybernetics and Economic Statistics, over 18 years of experience in the financial field (banks, insurance, guarantee funds, commodities and stock exchanges, money transfer, NPLs, fin-tech and European funds), Daniel Dumitrescu worked in the last years as Financial Expert of the European Commission and Chief Executive Officer of the Romanian Commodities Exchange. Currently, he is a Co-founder alongside Dr. Diana Dumitrescu of the European Center for Services Investments and Financing, based in Bucharest and offices in Brussels and London, with the mission of helping innovative SMEs to develop through European and alternative funding by understanding all the requirements and benefits associated with each type of finance. European Center for Services Investments and Financing - ECSIF Ltd. is going further to fulfill its mission by investing own or attracted funds in the development of European innovative companies. Our range of investments varies from acceleration stage Start-ups to early IPO - successful SMEs. We selectively invest in the following innovative industries: Fin Tech, Energy Tech, Health Tech.