Innoteque was a conference about creating, nurturing and maximizing an innovation ecosystem in Romania.

The three days exposed the participants to the fundamentals of the Israeli and American startup ecosystems and leveraging successful European approaches.

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Speakers

Tamar Samash
Ambassador of Israel in Romania

Hans Klemm
Ambassador of the United States in Romania

Stella Ronner-Grubačić
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands to Romania

Costin Grigore Borc
Viceprim-ministru, Ministru al Economiei, Comerțului și Relațiilor cu Mediul de Afaceri, Guvernul României

Jaap Broersen
Program Leader International Innovation Cooperation at Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs (Netherlands)

Tal Catran
Accelerators Guru & Seasoned Start-ups Builder

Dr. Yehoshua (Shuki) Gleitman
Chairman GIBF – Guangzhuo Israel Biotech Fund; former Chief Scientist of the State of Israel

Winslow Sargeant
Managing Director of S&T, LLC; former Chief Counsel for Advocacy in the US Small Business Administration

Dean Thompson
U.S. Chargé d’Affaires ad-interim

Sorin Ducaru
Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

Cristiana Pasca Palmer
Minister of Environment, Waters and Forestry, Romania

Decebal Popescu
Counselor Minister of Communication, Romania

Uzi Bar-Sadeh
Bilateral Programs Manager at ISERD, Office of the Chief Scientist, Israel

Ana-Maria Andronic
Head of Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Practice, DLA Piper, Bucharest Office

Irina Anghel-Enescu
Managing-Director South Eastern European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

Ana Bobircă
Associate Professor – ASE București, Partner – CEFS

Vlad Craioveanu
Co-founder and CEO of Impact Hub Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca

Adrian Curaj
High Representative of the Prime Minister for ecosystem development based on science, innovation and entrepreneurship associated to ELI-NP pan-European infrastructure

Daniel David
Vice-Rector Innovation, Babes-Bolyai University

Zohar Gendler
Managing Partner and CEO, NGT

Cristian Ghinea
Ministrul Fondurilor Europene

Andrei Kelemen
Executive Director, Cluj IT Cluster

Livia Ilie
Leading the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu

Bogdan Iordache
Managing director, MVP Academy & MVP Angels

George Jiglău
Lecturer at the Political Science Department of the Babeş-Bolyai University

Dan Lupu
Partner at Early Bird Capital

Sam Mallikarjunan
Principal Marketing Strategist for HubSpot

Marius Mitroi
Co-Director at Founder Institute Bucharest, former Head of Innovation Funding Department UEFISCDI

Tiberiu Moisă
President of “BT Club” foundation

Nina Moldovan
CEO Liberty Technology Park S.A., President of the Board – Spherik Accelerator

David Monsma
Executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program

Sergiu Nedevschi
Director of the Research Center for Image Processing and Pattern Recognition, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

Ionut Alin Nistor
Professor of Corporate Finance, Public Finance and Behavioral Finance

Dr. Steve Olson
Executive Director of the Center for Innovation Excellence at Kennesaw State University, Atlanta

Andrei Pitiş
Founder Vector Watch

George Pruteanu
Adviser to the Secretary of State for Trade and Investment at InvestRomania

Răzvan Rughiniș
Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest, and Co-founder of the Innovation Labs

Matan Safran
Commercial Attache, Embassy of Israel

Gheorghe Șurubaru
City Manager, Cluj-Napoca

Eran Tirer
CEO EZSource

Mihai Tudor
Vice Chair of the Romanian-American Foundation’s Board of Trustees

Cristina Țoncu
RICAP Program Manager [Romanian Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program]

Romeo Vasilache
Senior Program Director for entrepreneurship and community development

Ruxandra Vidu
Published research scientist and university Adjunct Professor

Roxana Voicu-Dorobanțu
Ph.D., Associate Professor with the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE), Romania

Oana Craioveanu
Co-initiator Innoteque

Andrei Roth
Co-initiator Innoteque

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The Embassy of the State of Israel welcomes the initiative of Innoteque to promote Romania`s innovative spirit and fully enhance its high-tech capacities. Innovation is a major driver of economic growth and development and, for the last decades, Israel has positioned itself as a global leader for cutting-edge innovation and one of the faster growing hotspots for technology. Our country values the potential of the high-tech sector in Romania and seeks to expand its cooperation in this field. As an innovation nation, we are very proud to share our experience and technology in order to intensify the process of securing a prosperous innovation ecosystem. We are thus looking forward to the launch of this conference and to the ideas that will be shaped throughout these days, hoping that they will inspire future successful actions and strengthen the partnership between all key players, government, business and the academic environment.

Tamar Samash
Ambassador of Israel in Romania

The United States Embassy in Bucharest is proud to support the Innoteque Conference and to encourage the discussion about what it takes to create a successful innovation ecosystem.  Romania’s technological and engineering talent attracts leading IT companies from across the globe.  Now is the time to take the next step and use that talent, research capacity, and technological know-how to nurture Romania’s own innovative start-ups.  There is no single secret formula to make this leap, but the U.S. Embassy is eager to stimulate the discussion and share some initiatives that have worked in our own country, helping produce the dynamic interplay we enjoy between government, industry and academia that propels our own economy forward.

The United States Embassy in Bucharest

Romanian-American Foundation believes that enhancing Romania’s technology and innovation ecosystem has the potential to drive the economy for years to come, especially through the contributions of all the major stakeholders involved. Our programming attempts to bring to Romania new models in areas such as commercialization, the inclusion of pre-accelerator programs in technical universities, as well as by providing professors fellowships to the University of Rochester’s AIN Center for Entrepreneurship.

The Innoteque Conference is a distinctive context that will highlight some of the successes found in the US, Israel, and Romania while affording industry leaders, members of academia, as well as Romanian policy makers a focal point for dialogue and future development.

Romanian-American Foundation