Join us at Startup Grind Pretoria as we Celebrate Female Founders by hosting Raluca Pauna the founder of Global Institute for Accelerating Innovation and CEO of Eriscan innovation.
Raluca’s activities in technical innovation field are in area of innovation selection, innovation due diligence & audits and innovation management from idea and IP to the market. Her portfolio of innovations contains projects from BioScience and alternative energy to Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.
Raluca Pauna is an MSc engineer (ICT), (BUCH) and Master in Innovation Studies (WITS), with a degree in Competitive Intelligence (UP) and Theory of Change Studies (Stanford Univ., CA).
Raluca activities in technical innovation field are in area of innovation selection, innovation due diligence &
audits and innovation management from idea and IP to the market. I participated as a
general mentor in GCIP program supported by Cleantech International, UNIDO and Standford University,
CA since 2013.
She is the founder of Global Institute for Accelerating Innovation since 2006 and CEO Eriscan (Pty) Ltd. that is listed as technical innovation consultant service provider for Department of Trade and Industry.
Eriscan is also a Technical Innovation Support Center (“TISC”) registered with WIPO, Geneva and Department of Science and Technology, SA.
Raluca was appointed as a trustee at EgoliBio /Innovation Hub, part of SEDA, since 2015.
Internationally, Raluca is the industrial development director for South Africa for Growth Innovators Group from UK, an international group in support of commercialization of innovation. My links in Africa are
with Universities and Governments in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique, Uganda, Congo and Kenya. She is the inovator community ambassador for InnovatorCommunity.com and one of the founders of African Inventors’ Cooperation Organisation.
* Innovation Officer, lecturer in innovation at UP Medical Department Pretoria, and part of USAID RAN project 2014
* Judge in IBM Smart Camp at San Francisco, USA, 2014
* Design Thinking for IBM Innovation Center in 2016
* Design Thinking Training provider for participants at Innovation Hub GEP 2016
* Organizer of SCCIP: Innovators’ Panel in November 2018
Raluca's motto is “Where sun shines, there too is shadow. Be illuminated by the light of knowledge, no less by its shadow” (Patton 2002:429). This gives her the enthusiasm and pushes her to learn, relearn and motivate.