Tag: Founders Only

Office Hours – Elevator Lab Partnership Program

If you are a later-stage startup developing advanced analytics or loyalty solutions, then the Elevator Lab Partnership Program can be a great fit for you. Apply now for a 1-to-1 session with Andreea Porojan, Fintech Partnership Manager at Raiffeisen Romania Bank, taking place on Thursday, June 25, between 10:00 – 12:30.


About the program

The Elevator Lab Partnership Program is a 4-month program organized by local Raiffeisen Romania and Raiffeisen Bulgaria, where you can develop your product further to test it in a real-life banking environment (access to the RBI API Marketplace & real clients!) in the course of a pilot project.

At the end of the POC, the winner together with the Raiffeisen Partner will present the results of the POC in Vienna in front of other promising Fintechs and relevant investors having the chance to also receive investment from Elevator Ventures. There you will have the opportunity to sign a partnership with Raiffeisen Group to scale the solution at the Raiffeisen Group level.


About the office hours

With more than 15 years experience in Product and Development for both Consumer and Corporate Banking and broad knowledge in all aspects of Lean Processes improvement and Project Management, Andreea joined the Digital team with the purpose to help digitize the products and processes and bring Fintechs as Partners in order to achieve this scope. In her role of Fintech Partnership Manager, Andreea coordinates locally the Fintech dedicated Partnership Program developed by RBI – Elevator Lab and also Innovation Garden – which is an Intrapreneurship Program dedicated to employees, spreading the digital and innovation within Raiffeisen Romania Bank.  


During the 30 minutes slot, Andreea will be able to help you with: 

  • More details about the Elevator Lab Partnership Program
  • Valuable feedback for your startup
  • Decide if you are a great fit for the program


Applications are opened by June 24 at 14:00.

After the registration, a selection will be made based on the best compatibility with the program and you will receive a final confirmation of your reservation 1 day before the event with the logistical details of how to join the call.

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Office Hours with Investors

Are you looking for early-stage funding for your startup? Apply now for a 1-to-1 session with Cristian Munteanu and Dan Calugareanu, Partners at Early Game Ventures.

About the guest

Cristian Munteanu is the Founder and Managing Partner of Early Game Ventures, a tech entrepreneur with a marketing and creative background, a Certified Professional Scrum Master I, a PhocusWright scholar, a skydiver, wingsuit flyer, BASE jumper, Porsche fan, anime lover, Starcraft player.

Dan Calugareanu is a Managing Partner at Early Game Ventures. Humble, curious, open-minded, enthusiastic. Ask for hard work and respect. Always happy to work in a team, as a team. Skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, E-commerce, Business Development, and Entrepreneurship.

The Schedule

Our guests will be around on Tuesday, October 29, between 10 AM and 2 PM. 

There are 5 slots available (40 minutes each) that you can apply to. After the registration, a selection will be made based on the best compatibility with the investor and you will receive a final confirmation of your reservation by email.

We recommend these 3 steps to make the most out of this meeting:

  1. Check out all the details about Cristian & Dan and Early Game Ventures.
  2. Have your elevator pitch ready so you can tell your company’s story in maximum 5 minutes
  3. Prepare to talk about why you are looking for an investment right now and why you are a suitable candidate for an angel investment! 

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Founders meeting – Financial audit

TechHub Bucharest and EY are inviting tech startup founders for a discussion about how to improve the financial department of the business. Apply here to join other founders for this invite-only event on July 23, starting at 18:45!


About the event

Being a startup founder means that you have to wear many hats and take care of all aspects of the business, some of which might not be that fun, but are vital for the success of your company. We know it’s tough at times to be a founder, so that’s why we want to give a helping hand to all startups from our community. 

We have invited Gelu Gherghescu, Partner, FAAS Leader Central and Southeast Europe at EY and Calin Stan, Legal Manager at EY, to share with us what startups can and should do in order to have a tight management of the financial and accountancy aspects of the business. 

In order to make the discussions as valuable as possible, we will be able to invite only founders that are currently running a tech startup.


What’s in it for you?

  1. See what solutions a startup you can employ to do your financial audit
  2. Get up to date with best practices for your accountancy and what instruments you can use to make sure your account is doing a great job
  3. Know how to interact with the Romanian financial authorities on a day-to-day basis and during checks



  • 18:45 – 19:00 – Gathering up
  • 19:00 – 20:30 – Founders Meeting
  • 20:30 – 21:00 – Networking



Apply here by July 22 to be part of the Founders meeting. If selected to take part, you will receive an invitation by email to the event.

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EY Startup Advantage – M&A workshop for startups

Is your startup ready to impress investors and successfully go through an M&A process? Apply here to join other founders and community managers for this invite-only event on September 12, starting at 18:30!


About the event

A team of EY specialists (finance, tax and legal) will share with our members the mechanics and key aspects of a successful M&A process, starting with due diligence and ending with the closing of the transaction. We wish to keep the event informal and practical. The takeaway for you should be a better understanding of an M&A process, a practical overview of its phases (due diligence, signing, CPs, closing) and a list of do’s and don’ts based on our experience with investment in tech companies.


The EY specialists that will be with us are:



  • 18:30 – 19:00 – Gathering up
  • 19:00 – 20:00 – M&A Workshop
  • 20:00 – 21:00 – Networking



Apply here by September 10 to be part of the EY Startup Advantage – M&A workshop for startups. If selected to take part, you will receive an invitation by email to the workshop.

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Investor Coffee Morning with Samaipata Ventures


Join us for an informal chat over coffee and cake where we will be welcoming Carmen Alfonso Rico, Principle at Samaipata Ventures.

Samaipata is a European founders fund investing in pre-seed/seed-stage next generation marketplace solutions and digital brands, with offices in Madrid, London and Paris. In only 2 years since the launch of its first fund, Samaipata has built a portfolio of leading UK, French, Spanish and Italian startups leveraging on powerful tech, network effects and a strong brand to disrupt social commerce (21Buttons), the job market (CornerJob), the logistics space (OnTruck) and the medium-term rental market (Spotahome), to name a few. It recently announced its first exit, the acquisition of Paris-based FoodChéri by Sodexo S.A, with food-tech being one of the areas of expertise of the fund.

Firm believer of the power of network effects and brands, at Samaipata, Carmen covers the UK market and invests in early-stage disruptive marketplaces and digital brands. An entrepreneur herself, she is also the co-founder of a D2C brand for pregnant women. Prior to joining Samaipata, Carmen was an investor at Felix Capital, Series A and B thematic VC focused on digital lifestyle. Before joining Felix Capital, she worked for three years as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. Carmen moved to London in 2013, after having co-founded a citizen journalism start-up in Spain. She started her career in politics. One day she’ll buy a round-the-world-ticket and will take-off to see the world equipped only with her camera and a backpack filled with books and sea salt chocolate.

This event will run as a roundtable discussion. To book your slot, please use the eventbrite widget below.

Founders Only, Investor coffee morning, Members Only

TechHub Founder Stories with Oliver Auerbach & Stefan Neculai

Join the night to discuss and learn from 2 tech founders about their entrepreneurial journeys! RSVP here to save your front row place on March 29, starting 6:30 PM!

About the event

TechHub Founder Stories is the event where experienced tech founders share their experiences in order to help you with your entrepreneurial journey. Oliver Auerbach, Founder & CEO at GloriaFood will talk to you about the creation and growth of the first free online ordering system for restaurants, while Stefan Neculai, Co-founder at Froala will present how the Froala Editor has come to life.

During the fireside chat, you will hear about their success and their struggles, how to find a market and build a great product, bootstrapping tips & tricks and what does it take to run a sustainable startup. Be prepared with your questions in order to make the most of the experiences of these 2 amazing entrepreneurs.

Meet the founders

Oliver is the Founder & CEO of GloriaFood, a B2B SaaS ordering system for restaurants used in 80+ countries. He is a first-time founder after a long career in the security industry where he helped scale a product to 100 million users.

Stefan has co-founded Froala, that builds editing software for fast development with better developer and user experience in mind. Our products power thousands of websites and mobile applications every month, from over 100 countries on 6 continents. He is a tech savvy, passionate about web and mobile startups.

Event agenda


RSVP here to confirm your attendance to TechHub Founder Stories with Oliver Auerbach & Stefan Neculai.


This event is hosted through TechSociety, an initiative that aims to grow the local tech community stronger by providing free event space, as well as logistical and communication support, to all people that organize free tech-related events.

Thinking about organizing a meetup or an event for the tech community out there? Join TechSociety and we’ll help you out! All you have to do is submit the registration form available on our website, and we’ll get back to you to set all the details straight!

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Investor Coffee Morning with Accelerated Digital Ventures


oin us for an informal chat over coffee and cake where we will be welcoming David Fogel from Accelerated Digital Ventures (ADV).

ADV are an investment platform, striving to provide capital and coaching to entrepreneurs and corporates. As a limited entity backed by the likes of Legal and General, they invest in seedventure and growth stage digital tech, as well as two investments in seed funds and through two early stage accelerators. With an initial fund of £150M, they plan to co-invest throughout the lifecycle of their investments, whilst also using their vast network to help accelerate the growth of their portfolio.

Their founding team all have operational experience founding, scaling and exiting global success stories such as Arm, AOL, Plusnet and TechCrunch. And by being located all over the UK, they’re uniquely positioned to help rebalance the spread of capital across the country.

As a co-founder and investment lead in ADV,  David has a large amount of experience of the European startup scene. For over 2 years, he was the Deputy Director for Wayra, Telefonica’s startup accelerator. Prior to that, he worked in mergers, acquisitions and innovation strategy, leading projects across the world for start-ups, technology and media companies. Having served as a mentor in 5 accelerators in 3 different continents, he has worked with more than 350 start-ups to help them develop their ideas and products into full.

This session will run as a roundtable. Feel free to reach out to our Programme Manager at perdie.alder@techhub.com for the access code.

Founders Only, Members Only, VC Coffee Morning

Investor Coffee Morning with ZX Ventures


Join us for an informal chat over coffee and cake where we will be welcoming ZX Ventures.

ZX is the VC arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the famous company behind the likes of Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois, and is on a mission to find the future of the drinks industry – whether that be a product, app, pub, e-commerce site, or autonomous delivery vehicle.

The company invests in and mentors a range of industry startups across the world – from Canada to Korea – and works with the likes of TechStars to locate and accelerate some of the best ideas, providing investment, resources and mentoring programmes to the finalists. In terms of the UK, ZX acquired Camden Town Brewery in 2016, and supports brewer pubs such as the Goose Island vintage ale bar in Balham.

It doesn’t just look at beer too – ZX currently has stakes in tea-based drinks, wine, snacks, event apps, waste re-cycling startups, and even brewery cleaning machines.

It also has a substantial branch of e-commerce, where the company is driving investment and support into innovative apps and websites that have the potential to change the way consumers buy. As well as the flagship Budweiser Shop, the firm is backing the likes of UK ‘beer-hunting’ site BeerHawk, and world-renowned drinks community RateBeer.

This session will run as a roundtable. Feel free to reach out to our Programme Manager at perdie.alder@techhub.com for the access code.

Founders Only, Investor coffee morning, Members Only

Founders Lunch – GDPR & what’s changing with Joelson


For this Founders Lunch, we are welcoming back Hayley Cross from Joelson who will be talking with our founders about data businesses, GDPR and what’s changing.

Over the lunch, Founders will have the opportunity to discuss their business with Hayley with a particular focus on,

  • A brief summary of what the GDPR changes will mean in practice
  • Preparation: what small businesses should be doing before May 25
  • Ongoing compliance: what will change post-May 25
  • Help: where can you find out more

Joelson is a highly-ranked London law firm with strong connections to some of the UK’s leading innovators and tech brands. Joelson specialises in advising start-ups and entrepreneurs with a wide range of practical legal matters. Hayley Cross is an Associate in Joelson’s Corporate Commercial team and regularly advises entrepreneurs on all matters from incorporation to exit. She is married to an entrepreneur (and TechHub member!) so knows all about the highs (and lows) of starting and running your own business.

Please book your slot in advance. For the access code please email perdie.alder@techhub.com

Founders Lunch, Founders Only, Members Only

Investor Coffee Morning with Hummingbird Ventures


Join us for an informal chat over coffee and cake where we will be welcoming Lola Wajskop from Hummingbird Ventures.

Hummingbird Ventures is a venture capital partner for extraordinary entrepreneurs building fast-growth technology companies. They’ve teamed up with transformative companies, including Deliveroo, Showpad, Kraken and Peak Games. With a presence in London, Belgium and the Netherlands, Hummingbird provides swift access to the operational resources and advice needed to build the tech companies of tomorrow. They invest in everything tech and everywhere in the world, typically at the late seed/series A stage. You can find out more here.

Lola is a senior analyst at Hummingbird Ventures. Originally from Belgium, she spent five years studying engineering there (specialising in telecommunications during her MSc. Electronics and IT Engineering) and one year studying at London Business School.

Connect with Lola on Twitter and LinkedIn.

This session will run as a 1:1s. Feel free to reach out to our Programme Manager at perdie.alder@techhub.com for the access code.

1-on-1 Private Sessions, Founders Only, Members Only

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