The first edition of the “Innoteque” conference was held in October of 2016 in Bucharest and Cluj, Romania. It was focused on the Romanian innovation ecosystem and benefited from top-level guests and speakers from the US, Israel, the Netherlands, and Romania. Building on the success, but also on the lessons learned, the organizers decided to transform Innoteque into a recurring event and also to extend the scope of the conference at the regional level. The goal of the scope extension is three-folded: to help other countries benefit from the expertise of the invited speakers, to leverage each country’s specific experience and to spur regional cooperation by facilitating business and research partnerships across the participating countries.

Targeted Audience

The event is intended for:

  • innovators, researchers
  • entrepreneurs
  • policymakers, educators
  • acceleration program and innovation hub managers, entrepreneurs
  • innovation managers in corporations

Preliminary Agenda

Day 1 – 27th of March
Day 2 – 28th of March
08:30 AM
Check in

Impact Hub Bucharest

Splaiul Unirii 165
Timpuri Noi Square, building no. 2, 1st floor
Bucharest, 030133


Impact Hub Bucharest is the organization that supports the development of entrepreneurial initiatives with positive impact through a coworking area, growth and incubation programs, conferences and events and a crowdfunding platform. Impact Hub Bucharest is part of the global Impact Hub network that has over 100 locations on 5 continents.


09:15 AM
Welcome & Opening Address

Co-initiator Innoteque – Oana Craioveanu, Co-founder Impact Hub Bucharest

Co-initiator Innoteque – Andrei Roth, Manager Cluj Office UiPath


Special Intros

Hans Klemm – Ambassador of the United States in Romania

Stella Ronner-Grubacic – Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Romania

10:00 AM
Keynote Addresses

T. Todd Morrill Faculty Director, NSF I-Corps Bay Area node

Felipe PastranaVP EMEA, AbbVie

Harry Gatterer Trend researcher, managing director of the Zukunftsinstitut &  expert on “New Living”

10:45 AM
Coffee Break and Refreshments
11:15 AM
Panel 1 – Parallel Tracks
Track A

Co-creation in Research Institutes – The Challenge of Sharing Infrastructure and Knowledge



Marius Mitroi – CEO & Co-founder, RideSafe



Michiel Pols – Sr. Business Developer Water, InnovationQuarter, The Hague

Ciprian Comsa – Academic Liaison & Innovation Manager, Continental Automotive Romania

Radu Gheorghiu ERRIS.GOV.RO

Mihai Raneti Founder & CEO, CyberSwarm Inc.

Dan Ghita – Technical Division Director,  ELI-NP

Dragos Seuleanu – CEO Magurele High Tech Cluster


Track B

From prototype to mass production – key challenges from start-up to scale-up



Monica Obogeanu – Startup Programs Manager, Orange Romania



Bogdan Ceobanu – Policy Officer, Startup Europe, European Commission,

Mihai RotaruEntrepreneur, Clever Taxi

Ioan Iacob  Co-founder & CEO, QUALITANCE

Stefan Kanya Sales Manager, Central and Eastern Europe, AVL List GmbH

12:30 PM
Lunch Break
01:45 PM
Panel 2 – Parallel Tracks
Track A

The Administrative and Regulatory Conundrum –
National or Regional? Support or Hindrance?



Ramona Jurubita Country Managing Partner, KPMG Romania



Christian Frey European and International Programmes division (EIP)

Dan Lazarescu PAR, Bosch

David GelbGlobal Head of R&D Incentives KPMG

T. Todd MorrillFaculty Director, NSF I-Corps Bay Area node 

Track B

Protecting IP and getting financing – Finding the right framework.



Victor Iancu Director, KPMG Romania



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

Diana Murea Legal Advisor for the ICHIP program, U.S. Embassy Romania

Bogdan Iordache – Partner at Gecad Ventures, Chairman at How to Web

Whitney Hischier – Lecturer, University of California, Haas School of Business

03:00 PM
Coffee Break and Refreshments
03:30 PM
Panel 3 – Parallel Tracks
Track A

Financing Research – Optimizing Mechanisms and the Balance of Fundamental Research and Fast Transfer to Market



Ana Bobirca Associate Professor, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE), The Coalition for Romania’s Development



Viorel Peca European Commission,  Head of Unit Future Emerging Technologies, DG Connect

Adrian Curaj  Chair Holder/UNESCO Chair on Science and Innovation Policies, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration

Gerfried Stocker Managing and Artistic Director, Ars Electronica

Costin Raiciu Associate Professor, University Politehnica of Bucharest,  co-founder Correct Networks

Track B

Education for Innovation. Innovation for Education.



Razvan Rughinis Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest, and Co-founder of the Innovation Labs pre-acceleration program for tech startups



Günter Krasser – Managing Director and Head of Development Center Bucharest, Infineon Technologies Romania

Daniela Popescu Professor, Vice-rector, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

Paul Andre Baran  – Technology and Innovation Consultant, Romanian American Foundation

Cristian PatachiaDevelopment & Innovation Manager, Orange Romania

Silvia Stegaru  – Co-founder, Codette, Software Engineer@Bitdefender

04:45 PM
Closing remarks & sharing

A quick overview of the day’s main points and preparation for Day 2. For people interested in policy, we will have a small session for drafting policy proposals based on the day’s discussions.

05:00 PM
Reception – networking, B2B meetings and Wine Tasting

This is an opportunity to discuss with other participants and some of the speakers in an informal setting, over a glass of wine.

09:00 AM
Check in

Impact Hub Bucharest

Splaiul Unirii 165
Timpuri Noi Square, building no. 2, 1st floor
Bucharest, 030133


Impact Hub Bucharest is the organization that supports the development of entrepreneurial initiatives with positive impact through a coworking area, growth and incubation programs, conferences and events and a crowdfunding platform. Impact Hub Bucharest is part of the global Impact Hub network that has over 100 locations on 5 continents.


09:30 AM
Welcome and Opening Address

Summary of the Day 1 Findings

10:00 AM
Keynote Speakers

Marius GeantaCo-Founder & President Center for Innovation in Medicine

Marius Cristea – Senior Expert, World Bank Group

Oscar Lutenberg – Commercial Success Manager Digital Farming

11:00 AM
Coffee Break and Refreshments
11:30 AM
Panel 1 – Innovation for Healthcare

Tackling societal challenges




Marius Geanta Co-Founder & President Center for Innovation in Medicine



Jorge Ruiz Benecke – General Manager, AbbVie

Laszlo Attila Senator, President of the Commission for Public Health, Romanian Senate

Camil Moldoveanu CEO & Co-Founder reFlex

Cristian GrasuSecretary of State in the Romanian Ministry of Health

12:45 PM
Lunch Break and Networking
02:00 PM
Panel 2 – Innovation for Energy


Corina Murafa – Director Ashoka Romania



Cornel Jivan Technical Director, ICPE SA

Harald Reisinger Managing Director Service Management & Innovation, RadarServices

03:15 PM
Coffee Break and Refreshments
03:45 PM
Panel 3 – Innovation for Agriculture


Roxana Voicu-Dorobantu Associate Professor, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies



Nessi Benishti CEO Saillog

Rudy Mihaiu – Managing partner, CTO, Enten

Michiel Pols Sr. Business Developer Water, InnovationQuarter, The Hague

Oscar Lutenberg – Commercial Success Manager Digital Farming

05:00 PM
Final Thoughts and Closing

We plan on wrapping up the conference with some final thoughts and highlights of the conference, also mentioning the next steps agreed to support an innovation ecosystem in Romania.

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Track A – Research institutes & technology transfer

This track will focus the conversation on fundamental research, the needs of research institutes and the potential for their research to be transferred to the industry via technology transfer. The development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem around universities and/or research institutes, as well as the key challenges of the governance of and European innovation ecosystem to be solved by input of best practices and business models.

Track B – Bringing innovation to the world

This track will focus on the needs of innovators in order to take their innovative work to the world. The approach will be targeted on the private sector, financing and legal frameworks, as well as on the potential benefits innovators can reach by leveraging the existing networks in partner countries.

Innovation Fair

This new component of the Innoteque conference aims to showcase innovative startups ideas. The Innovation Fair will be held during second day of the conference and will have several components:

  • one open audience keynote from one of the known and appealing speakers.
  • booths where startups can show their technology and, if possible, let users demo it

The fair will focus on several industries, in order to gain exposure and be able to have a side-by-side view of several innovative businesses in the same field.

Industry focus proposals – Day 2:

  • Healthcare – powered by AbbVie
  • Agriculture
  • Energy

The Open fair will end with a private networking and wine tasting event for the conference participants.

Innovation Fair Participants:

EFdeN is one of the most significant sustainability NGOs in Romania with an experience of over seven years, after competing in the most important international competition of solar architecture and integrated technologies, Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 and Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018, Dubai.

re.flex enables innovation in healthcare targeting patients, healthcare providers and payers. Patients who are recovering after an orthopedic incident are enabled to finish their last stage of rehab at home, under the physiotherapist’s supervision. re.flex reduces uncertainty and increases patient motivation to train, thus improving the quality and quantity of training.

Designed to monitor the manufacturing process in real time and accessible everywhere by operators and decision makers, KFactory integrates the newest technologies like: Internet of Things (IoT) for data collection and Machine Learning to understand the way equipments, operators and orders uniquely impacts the production process.

Apiary Book is helping beekeepers to make better informed decision based on historical data, current conditions and best practices, by providing a complete solution for management of apiaries, monitoring of beehives and an innovative predictive beekeeping system decision based on machine learning.

AMA is an international company specializing in the development of connected device-based remote collaboration solutions that take your remote assistance, maintenance and quality control to the next level by sharing your vision and gestures with one or more geographically remote operators, whenever and wherever you want.

While being still a newcomer on the technology and innovation market, Magnasci manages production and worldwide recognition in record time with its successful uRADMonitor product. Our mission focuses on developing technology to better our lives, unleashing the potential of new hardware/software hybrid applications. helps farmers to better preserve their grains using any mobile phone, by mixing sensors, automation devices and cloud software.

KPMG operates as a global network of independent member firms offering audit, tax, and advisory services; working closely with clients, helping them to mitigate risks and grasp opportunities.

An artificial intelligence-based solution that enables farmers to identify and treat plant diseases and pests.