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Security Espresso 0x16 – Two-year anniversary!

December is the time of year when we celebrate Security Espresso’s anniversary. RSVP here to save your celebratory spot on December 5, starting 18:30!


About the event

In December, Security Espresso will mark its two-year anniversary. We’re celebrating in style, with a panel discussion that will take us through the highs and lows of 2018, all the way to what we expect to see in 2019 and how to prepare for it. Next up, we have a presentation on the history of disinformation, how it works and why it is a force to be reckoned with.



  • 18:30 – 19:00 Registration
  • 19:00 – 19:45 Dan Demeter – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Disinformation, Public Opinion Swinging and False Flags
  • 19:45 – 20:00 Break
  • 20:00 20:45 Panel with Dumitra Dragoș, Nate Lee and Alexandru “Jay” Bălan, moderated by Andrada Fiscutean
  • 20:45 – 21:30 Networking, pizza and beer!



RSVP here to confirm your attendance to Security Espresso 0x16 – Two-year anniversary!.



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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Startup stories with no happy end

The second evening about startup failure & lessons is here! Meet the founders that had to close their startup and find out what mistakes you should avoid in your entrepreneurial journey. RSVP now to save your front row place on November 8th, starting 6:30 PM!


About the event

TechHub Bucharest wants to dig deeper in the “fail fast -> learn quick” culture, by inviting a few entrepreneurs that had a first-hand experience with building a startup that had to be closed at one point.

We are aware that anyone can discuss (and brag) about success, but it takes something special to talk about failure. Learning from those that have the strength to share the struggles of an unsuccessful startup, and listening to the lessons they learned during the process is of incredible value to anybody that is currently working on or planning to have their own startup.

About the speakers

Sebastian Maraloiu is an experienced marketing professional, a growth hacker and the co-founder of Blushr, a mobile app that aimed to help teens find out if their high school crush had a crush on them in a Tinder-style. Sebastian will share the story of how he:

  • grew Blushr from 0 to 200k downloads with no marketing budget
  • got into the biggest business accelerator in the UK
  • got 50k in funding
  • managed a PR scandal the company was involved in alongside Tinder

Tudor Iliescu is a resilient tech entrepreneur growing startups that empower the individual. Among other things, in 2015 he co-founded EasyRide (App store & more info), Mongolia’s first ride-hailing platform. He spent almost a year on the ground, researching the market, raising investment, setting up the company, recruiting and managing the local team, developing partnerships etc. The experience was valuable in learning how to identify opportunities, start from scratch, find and deal with investors, localise a product and the marketing, manage compliance and legal in a difficult environment a.o. In the end, due to immense pressure from the Taxi Association, the venture was shut down by the Supreme Court for “operating an unlicensed taxi service”.

Alexander Stoica-Marcu is a 21 years old, banger business developer and part of the founding team of ProductLead.me. At  16 years old (2014) he founded together with this brother, Serve Hotel, a virtual concierge software platform for HORECA industry, where they wanted to replace all the personal with a mobile app.  Got investment, hired 2 more programmers, major hotels from sea-side enrolled into the platform, after this they faced difficulties in controlling the team, scaling, traction and getting tourists from an old mentality of calling the concierge of the hotel for every request where instead of that they can use the mobile app/platform. Everything went down, when the brothers got into a fight, split up, stopped the development of the product due to lack of money and Alexander paid the first investment in full 2 years later. Alexander learned to strengthen the team, focus on sales from day 0, launch first an MVP and how to become a modern entrepreneur.

Event agenda

  • 18:30 – 19:00 Welcome
  • 19:00 – 19:05 Event Intro
  • 19:05 – 20:00 Panel with our brave entrepreneurs
  • 20:00  – 20:30 Q&A session
  • 20:30 – 21:30 Networking



RSVP here to confirm your attendance to Startup stories with no happy end.



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!


entrepreneurship, failure, lessons, panel, startups, techhub bucharest

The Ins & Outs of working in a startup

Curious to find out what is like to work for some of the most promising startups in Bucharest? RSVP now to see what real startup employees have to say about what their day-to-day job looks like.


About the event

We will have 3 amazing people tell you what is like to be part of the tech startup scene and to build products which are used by a global audience. They will share both from the amazing moments and everyday challenges that they experienced during their startup career, and why is it worthwhile to be part of this challenging environment.

At the end of the day, you can figure out for yourself if making the leap to a career change is the right thing to for you.


Liviu Matei is a PHP Developer at Green Horse Games, a game studio focused on creating social and gamified worlds for football fans. He started playing around with PHP and MySQL some years ago, in his free time, and quickly decided this is the coolest thing and he should do it full time. Previously, he worked as a marine engineer, mechanical design engineer, and shipyard repair manager but there’s nothing as rewarding (and challenging) as shaping a concept and turning it into fun experiences that are enjoyed by people all over the world. So, nowadays he spends his time making and breaking things, and loving it.

Ioana Nistorescu is a Project Manager at Minutizer. She has been working on developing new projects in the startups’ environment for more than 4 years. For the last 2 years, her work in the fintech industry brought on new challenges but also exciting opportunities that technology created. She has previous experience in corporate environment, summing up to over 8 years within multinational and multicultural teams/organizations.

Madalina Neagu is working on Business Intelligence and Data Analysis at Talent Browse, the IT recruitment platform where you can find IT candidates available for interviews, all vetted by recruitment agencies. Madalina started her career in corporations and then she switched to startups where she has been working for the last 7 years. She just felt that this creative, agile, fast and challenging environment is the best place where she can have a bigger impact and where she can grow to better use her skills and passion.



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Fintechs for Financial Inclusion – Fintech Month

Could fintechs be the solution for financial inclusion? RSVP here to save your spot for September 18 starting 18:30!


About the event

Join us to discuss how untapped markets can be reached and how newcomers and innovators can begin to think way early in the development of their digital products a model that will benefit people currently with limited or no access to financial services.

During the evening we will have 3 fintech startups present how they are improving the way people learn to be more financially conscious, how students can access higher education without the need to worry about money and how we can run our house better when living together with other people.


About the speakers

Gonzalo is the CEO at OpSeeker. He studied Financial Economics (graduating with a Double Major and Magna Cum Laude), did a Master in Management at ESCP and worked as a trader on Wall Street. After a brief experience in UBS London, he realised that he was not made for the corporate world and that he needed to change the way the Financial System was treating the average investor. After he met the right people he founded OpSeeker!

Lino is the Co-founder and COO at Quotanda. Lino’s prior experience included work with the Coca-Cola Company in a Strategic Project Unit. At Coke, Lino managed key projects for the improvement of the Cold Business Unit in Spain and Portugal in the bottling companies. During his engineering degree, Lino worked in Iberdrola S.A. in the Environmental, Innovation & R&D Management Unit. His prior experience includes Sustainable Development research at the National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan.

Melania is a Product Engineer at âcasă. In 2014, Melania co-founded a startup in the fashion industry. Even though it failed, Melania won the award for Most Influential Woman Founder at the final stage of the Central European Startup Awards 2015. In 2015, she also won the prestigious Anita Borg scholarship from Google for excellency in technology and leadership. In 2016, she was accepted for an internship at Google Zurich, in the Youtube team. Since 2015, Melania leads Lean in Cluj, the only active Lean In circle in Romania, dedicated to encourage women in their professional endeavours.


About the startups

OpSeeker is the first financial coach that uses Behavioral Economics and AI in order to prepare young individuals to have money for a lifetime. The problem is clear: if we do not start investing for the long-term our society will experience a social and economic crisis as it has never seen before. Millennials can be the first generation with a worse life than their parents if we do not start changing their mentality in regards to money management. OpSeeker serves as an auto-correct for the brain, it works on those cognitive errors and emotional biases that we all have in order to prevent us to make the mistakes that we are wired to make due to our human nature. This way we can have a way better financial life without much effort!

Quontanda is a white-label lending as a service (LaaS) platform that enables organizations (schools, lenders, foundations, and government agencies) globally to quickly launch and efficiently manage student financing programs to make education more affordable. The company has multiple international awards, including Metlife Inclusion Plus Award and the European Commission (SME Instrument). Quotanda has been invested by Startupbootcamp and Access Ventures (a social impact venture fund in the US).

âcasă aims to build foundational technology that runs the home, so the world can live better, together. They put bills, people and payments into one place: a unified, frictionless and deeply integrated platform that will bring the home into the digital age. Setting up takes less than 4 minutes and with âcasă each person directly pays their share of the bills, so no one needs to front all the cash. Ultimately, we will create the ability to ‘log-in’ and ‘log-out’ of any home, anywhere in the world. With a single click.



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The right startup choices: finding your co-founder, building the product & getting investment

Come and learn from experienced entrepreneurs how to build a startup that is right for you. RSVP here to save your spot on June 19, starting 6:30 PM!


About the event

We have invited 3 entrepreneurs to share with us how they have found their co-founder, how they’ve build their team and what it takes to build a successful product and bring an investment into the company. All of our guests have participated in a startup accelerator, so this is good opportunity to learn the advantages of taking part in an accelerator and how to reach one.

You will also learn more about Elevator Lab, the largest corporate fintech accelerator in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), organised by Raiffeisen Bank International’s (RBI).




About the speakers

Ciprian Borodescu is the Co-founder & CEO at Appticles.com – a multi-channel mobile publishing platform that helps digital publishers of all sizes (professional bloggers, newspapers or magazines) to better reach and engage their mobile users.

Adrian Fako is the CEO at Accelerole, a mobile first learning management system that helps your team become better and be more engaged with your content.

Camil Moldoveanu is the CEO & Co-founder at Reflex, the company that enables the physiotherapy patients to finish recovery at home, increasing the clinic’s profit and revenue by using a wearable solution that can sense and track the exercises.

Cristian Munteanu is a tech entrepreneur turned VC. He is a Managing Partner at Interplay Venture Capital, an early-stage VC fund backed by the EIF.

Florin Boldescu is the Chief Digital Transformation Officer at Raiffeisen Bank. He 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.


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.

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