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Founder Institute, the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is proud to announce the newest Alumni from the Eastern Europe Virtual 2021 program.

Over 200 people applied to the program, and after an intense four months of aggressive business-building sprints and constant evaluation and feedback from investors and mentors, just six companies were able to make it through. 

Each of these Founders have demonstrated a high level of perseverance and creativity, and their businesses have been thoroughly vetted and supported by a panel of Eastern Europe's top startup experts and investors.  

And now, without further ado, we present the Alumni of the Eastern Europe Virtual 2021 accelerator: 

The Eastern Europe Virtual 2021 program would not have been possible without help, because it truly takes a city to raise a startup. We would first like to thank the Local Leaders of the Eastern Europe Founder Institute: Janet TodorovaAlex M. Dascalu, Bozhidar Georgiev, and Tatyana Mitkova. Our Local Leaders play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and creating an environment and regional network that is conducive to building great companies.

In addition, the Eastern Europe Virtual 2021 program was supported by some of the region's top technology organizations, including:

Some of the region’s top startup mentors helped our founders in the program, including:

  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO
  • Adrian Stoica: Founder, Soft Galaxy
  • Adriana Iordan: VP Product Management, Microanalytics
  • Alex Mincu: CEO, Safer Work
  • Alex Cernatescu: CEO & Co-Founder, Infinit Solutions Agency
  • Alex M. Dascalu: Lead Director, Dascalu Greenfield Management Consult
  • Alexander Naydenov: Enterprise Sales Director, GraphCMS
  • Alexander Sumin: co-founder, Chief Marketing Officer, ClaimCompass
  • Ana Iorga: CEO, Buyer Brain
  • Anastasia Angelova: CSO & Co-Founder, Noble Hire
  • Andon Simeonov: VP @ SoftServe | Bulgaria Country Manager, SoftServe
  • Andrei Ostacie: Founder, Business Development Manager, OKAPI
  • Andrei Pitis: CEO, Simple Capital
  • Andrew Crawford: Head of Finance
  • Aneida Bajraktari Bicja: Co-Founder & Partner, Balkan Capital
  • Angel Angelov: CEO, GarGarage
  • Anil Pillai Dr.: Founder and CEO, Buyer Brain
  • Anita Jovic: Founder, AI Serbia
  • Anna Radulovski: Partner , Tech Family Ventures
  • Antonio Eram: Founder & CEO , NETOPIA Payments
  • Bilyana Dimitrova: Managing Partner, Dimitrova and Staykova Law office
  • Bogdan Iordache: Founder, How to Web, TechHub Bucharest, TechAngels
  • Boris Kolev: Founder and CEO, DigiMark Ltd.
  • Boris Hristov: Founder and CEO, 356labs
  • Bozhidar Georgiev : Founder and CEO , Yatrus Analytics
  • Bozhidar Georgiev: CEO & Founder
  • Charlotte Aschim: CEO and Co-Founder, TotalCtrl
  • Claudia Falkinger: Co-Founder, Women in Mobility
  • Cristian Munteanu: Partner, Early Game Ventures
  • Cristian Negrutiu: Partner, Sparking Capital
  • Cristian Onetiu: Entrepreneur, Life Care Corp
  • Dan Calugareanu: Partner, Early Game Ventures
  • Danail Koev: Co-Founder & CEO, VEDA
  • Daniel Lorer: Advisory Board Member, Quadrodynamics
  • Daniel Rogoz: Founder, Kinderpedia
  • Dilyan Dimitrov: Partner, Eleven Ventures
  • Dimitar Vouldjeff: Co-founder and CEO, Enhancv
  • Dimitar Giulev: CEO, Antipodes
  • Dimitar Savov: Founder & Head of Marketing, Startup Masters
  • Dimitris Polychronopoulos: Oslo Chapter Director, FI Mentor
  • Dora Petrova: Founder, FemGems
  • Dragos Preda: Co-Founder & CEO, PrimeRenting
  • Elena Nikolova: Co-Founder & CMO, ESCREO
  • Elena Mlotok: General Manager, Head of EU Newsstand, Amazon
  • Eli Zhabevska: Senior Associate, South Central Ventures
  • Elina Halatcheva: Managing Director, BirghtCap Ventures
  • Elitza Stoilova: Founder & CEO, Umni.co
  • Erik Barna: CEO and Founder, LIFE IS HARD SA
  • Evelina Necula: Co-Founder, kinderpedia.co
  • Florin Cioaca: Founder, Traderion
  • Florin Grosu: Co -founder, Traderion
  • Gabriel Paunescu: CEO, Naologic
  • Gabriel Alin Zainescu: Founder & CEO, Zainescu Consulting
  • Galia Jordanova: CEO, Gaida.ai
  • George Brashnarov: General Manager, Nemetschek OOD Bulgaria
  • George Sidjimkov: General Partner , Sofia Angels Ventures
  • Georgi Malchev: Managing Partner, XploraBG
  • Georgi Milenchev: CEO, Fonio
  • Georgi Ivanov: Founder & CEO, Noble Hire
  • Georgi Kadrev: Co-Founder & CEO, Imagga
  • Hristo Hristov: CEO, Netinfo
  • Hristo Neychev: Founder & CEO, Tryad Games
  • Hristo Chernev: Founder and CEO, TaxiMe
  • Hristo Tenchev: Co-Founder, Softuni
  • Inga Driksne: Operations Lead & Advisor, Early stage SaaS startups
  • Ioan Cocan: Managing Partner, Tremend
  • Iskren Mitev: Co-Founder & Wizard of Light-bulb moments, ESCREO
  • Ivan Rasic: CEO, LegalTrek
  • Ivan Dzheferov: Community Manager & GM for Bulgaria, Vereign AG
  • Ivan Bjelajac: CEO, MVP Workshop
  • Ivaylo Simov: Founder, Eleven Ventures
  • Ivaylo Ivanov: CEO & Co-Founder, SoftConsultGroup
  • Ivaylo Hristov: Founder, DEV.BG
  • Ivaylo Slavov: CEO, Bulpros
  • Ivelin Ivanov: founder, ambianic.ai
  • Ivo Radulovski: Partner, Tech Family Ventures
  • Ivo Vasilev: Founder and CEO, Reloyalty
  • Janet Todorova: Head of Expansion, Founder Institute
  • Janet Mentor: Mentor, Martr Ventures, r.ai and FI Director
  • Janet Todorova: Co-Director, Founder Institute Sofia
  • Jivko Ivanov: Managing Partner, Simbula Ltd.
  • Krasimir Nikolov: CEO & Co-founder, Quark VR
  • Laurentiu Balasa: Founder, Founder at BookVitals
  • Leona Aslanova: Founder and CEO, Innovation Starter Box
  • Liviu Dragan: Founder, DRUID
  • Lubomila Jordanova: CEO, PlanA.Earth
  • Lyubomir Yanchev: Founder and CEO, MClimate
  • Malin Iulian Stefanescu: President, TechAngels
  • Mara Rada: CEO & Chief Naming Strategist, Citronade
  • Marius Deak: CEO, AVANDOR & Green Pixel
  • Marius Dosinescu: CEO, FlorideLux.ro
  • Mark Rogers: CEO, Futurist Labs
  • Marvin Liao: Partner & Board Member, GAMEGROOVE Capital
  • Max Gurvits: Managing Partner, Vitosha Venture Partners
  • Maya Zlatanova: Co-Founder & CEO, FindMeCure
  • Mercedes Bankston: Founder, Jump Start Venture Capital
  • Mihai Darzan: Founder, RINGHEL
  • Mihai Sfintescu: Managing Director, Abilito Capital
  • Mihai Rotaru: FOUNDER, CLEVER TAXI
  • Mike Suprovici: Head of Acceleration, VC Lab
  • Milen Ivanov: CEO, CEO CLUB BULGARIA
  • Mirela Yordanova: Portfolio Manager, Launchub Ventures
  • Miroslav Nedyalkov: Co-founder & CTO, OfficeR&D
  • Miroslav Miroslavov: Co-Founder and CEO, OfficeRnD
  • Miroslav Nedyalkov: Software Architect & Co-founder, OfficeRnD
  • Monica Georgieff: CMO, School Space
  • Myrto Papathanou: Partner, Metavallon VC
  • Natanail Stefanov: Executive Director
  • Nathan Evans: Co-Founder, fulfin (isarlend GmbH)
  • Nick Todorov: Founder & CEO, LimeChain
  • Nikolai Nedelchev: CEO, Publicis Groupe Bulgaria
  • Nikolay Yarmov: Founder and CEO, CEED
  • Nina Nikolikj: SwissEP Program Officer, Swisscontact
  • Ovi Negrean: Chief Executive Bee, SocialBee.io
  • Pavel Kaminsky: Founder & CEO, 7Security Ltd
  • Pavlina Dzhartova: COO, HyperAspect
  • Petar Zaharinov: CTO, DiFOLD
  • Peter Lozanov: Co-founder and CEO, BattlePass Studio
  • Petko Karamotchev: Director
  • Radoslav Stankov: Head of engineering, Product Hunt
  • Radoslav Nikolov: Managing Director, SAP Labs Bulgaria
  • Radostina Tsenova: Lead Manager of Tech Tour Investors Club, Tech Tour
  • Radoy Stoyanov: Business Development Manager, BULPROS
  • Radu Ionicioiu: National Quantum Coordinator, Romanian Quantum Network
  • Razvan Dinu: Founder, RoboSelf
  • Ricardo Monagas: CTO, TotalCtrl
  • Rina Onur: General Partner, 500 Istanbul
  • Ruben Seoane: CEO, Damocles Analytics
  • Rumen Iliev: Partner, LAUNCHub
  • Ryan Riegg: Director, Aion Associates
  • Salim Virani: Founder, Source Institute
  • Sam Olawale: Founder, DGL
  • Sasha Bezuhanova: Founder and Chairperson, MoveBG
  • Sergiu Gîdei: Founder, Boanță, Gîdei și Asociații
  • Stanislav Sirakov: Partner, LAUNCHub
  • Stefan Vladimirov: Creative Director, monolig.
  • Stefano Glauser: Founder, Startup Jam
  • Svetla Simidchieva: Founder and CEO, Placement Feed
  • Svetlin Nakov: Co-founder, Software University Ltd.
  • Svetozar Georgiev: Co-Founder, Telerik, Telerik Academy, Campus X
  • Tatyana Mitkova: Co-Founder and CEO, ClaimCompass
  • Teodor Panayotov: CEO, CourseDot
  • Teodora Donkin: Founder & Attorney-at-Law, "Donkin & Partners"​ Law Firm
  • Thibaut Taittinger: Founder & CEO, Puzl CowOrKing
  • Till Kaestner: COO, Found & Hunter GmbH
  • Todor Kolev: Founder and CEO, Farstar
  • Valentin Mihov: CTO, Santiment
  • Vasile Tamas: CEO, Beez
  • Vassil Popovski: CEO & Co-founder, Connecto.ai (Acquired by Leanplum)
  • Victor Schiller: President, R Cubed Group
  • Viktor Bilyanski: Chief Technology Officer, ScaleFocus
  • Viktor Petrov: Co-Founder & COO, Crypto APIs
  • Vladimir Rusev: Regional Manager Eastern Europe, Turkey and Israel, Leanplum
  • Volen Vulkov: Co-Founder, Enhancv
  • Xenia Muntean: Founder, Planable
  • Zoya Todorova: Partner, Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. Law Firm

In the Founder Institute's pre-seed accelerator program, early-stage entrepreneurs and teams build their business alongside a critical support network of local startup experts that share equity in their success, and through a structured and challenging business-building process that has helped alumni raise over $1 billion. 

After Graduation, the new Eastern Europe Founder Institute Portfolio Companies now have a fast-growing company that has been fully validated by experienced startup founders, with access to the Founder Institute's global network and post-graduate support programs to continue building their business. 

Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to raise funding, building a co-founding team, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200+ cities and 90+ countries, the Founder Institute’s mission is to Globalize Silicon Valley and empower talented and motivated entrepreneurs to build companies that will create one million new jobs.

The next Eastern Europe Virtual Fall 2021 Founder Institute program will open applications shortly. If you are interested in applying when enrollment opens in the coming days, visit FI.co/apply/sofia.


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Alumni of the Founder Institute are creating some of the world's fastest growing startups, having raised over $1 billion in funding, and building products people love across over 200 cities worldwide.

See the most recent news from our Grads at FI.co/news, or learn more about their stories at FI.co/journey

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