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Elevator Lab Challenge Meetup: Successful Startup – What’s next?

May 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+3

After years of hard work you might end up turning your startup into a full-fledged company. But what comes next? Join us on Monday, May 14, at TechHub Bucharest as we’ll discuss life after exit with our special guests: Mihai Rotaru (Founder & CEO, Clever Tech) and Robert Knapp (serial entrepreneur & angel investor).

Save your front row seat to find out more about the Elevator Lab Challenge and discover how you can enter the race for EUR 7,000 cash prizes, unique mentorship opportunities, pitch training and a wild card to the final selection round of the RBI Group’s Accelerator.

Join the first Elevator Lab Challenge Meetup that we proudly co-organize in partnership with Raiffeisen Bank Romania!

Event agenda

  • 18:30 – 19:00 Participants’ registration
  • 19:00 – 19:05 Welcoming note by Daniel Dragomir, Co-Founder & CEO of TechHub Bucharest
  • 19:05 – 19:25 Elevator Lab Challenge: A world of fintech opportunities by Florin Boldescu, Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Raiffeisen Bank
  • 19:25 – 19:50 Fireside chat with Mihai Rotaru (Founder & CEO, Clever Tech), moderated by Andra Zaharia (Marketing & Communications Manager, CyberGhost VPN)
  • 19:50 – 20:15 Fireside chat with Robert Knapp (serial entrepreneur & angel investor), moderated by Andra Zaharia (Marketing & Communications Manager, CyberGhost VPN)
  • 20:15 – 21:15 Networking

About the guests

Florin Boldescu, Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Raiffeisen Bank. Florin is the digital driver in Raiffeisen Bank Romania. He has an extensive experience in banking & telecom industries and he’s been with Raiffeisen Bank for the past 10 years. Working on digital transformation projects throughout the Raiffeisen Bank International Group, he has a 360 view over the CEE markets in terms of business & innovation. Florin is an innovation seeker & he always enjoys a good chat on the latest trends & news from the always changing and effervescent environment of startups.

Mihai Rotaru, Founder & CEO, Clever Tech. For the past 7 years, Mihai has been the mastermind behind Clever Taxi, a Romanian startup who pushed the quality benchmarks for taxi services around the country, introducing new options for his product. Clever Taxi remains the market leader with the highest number of taxi companies subscribed in the app, millions of processed orders and hundreds of thousands of customers all across the country. Back in 2017, Clever Taxi was acquired by MyTaxi (part of Daimler) for an undisclosed amount and Mihai kept leading the company as CEO.

Robert Knapp, serial entrepreneur & angel investor. Robert started his first company when he was 18 and was self-employed ever since, first in the music & events business and then, later in tech & security. Robert has built CyberGhost VPN from scratch and ran the company as a CEO until its acquisition in 2017 by Crossrider for 9.2 million EURs. He’s a sucker for excel sheets with numbers, conversion rates, St. Pauli soccer team, tattoos and Italian coffee.

Andra Zaharia, Marketing & Communications Manager, CyberGhost VPN. Hands-on, all-around marketing & communications expert with a soft soft for cybersecurity and startups, Andra likes to combine her tech knowledge with her communication experience to create better relationships between users of the www and beyond. Having 10+ years of experience in digital marketing, she is currently a part of the CyberGhost VPN team, working to help people realize the importance of data privacy and security and giving a hand to making the Internet a safer place for all of us.

About Elevator Lab Challenge

Elevator Lab Challenge is a local fintech selection program organized by Raifeissen Bank Romania in partnership with TechHub Bucharest. The program is open to international, later-stage startups, with existing fintech solutions and products in the fields of advanced analytics, regtech, corporate banking, investing & trading tech, new branch experience or open banking. The winners of the local challenge will receive 7,000 EUR cash prizes, a trip to Vienna for pitch training and a wild card to the last selection round of the Elevator Lab accelerator program.

Elevator Lab is Raiffeisen Bank International’s (RBI) group-wide accelerator program,  first launched in June 2017. With a potential access to 14 different markets, Elevator Lab is already the largest corporate fintech accelerator in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). This year, RBI Group puts a special focus on the fintech ecosystem in CEE.


Date: May 14, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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