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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 eight Founders and six companies were able to make it through. We are also proud to share that we have 62% out of the Alumni Founders are Female Founders.

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
  • Adrian Stanica: Founder
  • Adrian Zarnescu: CTO, SysWin
  • Adriana Iordan: VP Product Management, Microanalytics
  • Ajay Naqvi: Farner & Owner
  • Alex Mincu: CEO, Safer Work
  • Alex Cernatescu: CEO & Co-Founder, Infinit Solutions Agency
  • Alex Dona: Founder , TimesNewRoman.ro
  • Alex M. Dascalu: Lead Director, Founder Institute Eastern Europe
  • Alexander Naydenov: Head of Sales, GraphCMS
  • Alexander Sumin: co-founder, Chief Marketing Officer, ClaimCompass
  • Alexandru Gheorghiu: CCO@ABC Data Distributie, Founder@IBWT
  • Alina Balan: Partner, designthinkingsociety.com
  • Ana Iorga: CEO, Buyer Brain
  • Ana Maria Udriste: Founder & CEO , Avocatoo
  • Anastasia Angelova: CSO & Co-Founder, Noble Hire
  • Andon Simeonov: VP @ SoftServe | Bulgaria Country Manager, SoftServe
  • Andreea Suciu: Managing Partner, Suciu | The Employment Law Firm
  • Andrei Ostacie: Founder, Business Development Manager, OKAPI
  • Andrei Pitis: CEO, Simple Capital
  • Andrei Cretu: co-founder
  • Andrei Roth: Commercial Pricing Director, UiPath
  • Andrei Cretu: Co-founder of 7card
  • 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
  • Assim Ishaque: Co-Director, Founder Institute Midlands, Director, The Entrepreneurs Trust
  • Atanas Atanasov: Agile Master, Bosch.IO
  • Bartosz Drapikowski: CEO, Debonair Beast
  • Bilyana Dimitrova: Managing Partner, Dimitrova and Staykova Law office
  • Bogdan Iordache: Founder, How to Web, TechHub Bucharest, TechAngels
  • Bogdan Oprea: Founder, Aventurine
  • Boris Kolev: Founder and Managing Partner, DigiMark Ventures
  • Boris Hristov: Founder and CEO, 356labs
  • Borys Musielak: Partner, SMOK Ventures
  • Boyan Pavlov: Investor, ConnectedBin Ltd.
  • Bozhidar Hristov: Founder, Streebl
  • Bozhidar Georgiev : Founder and CEO, Work & Share Coworking
  • Bozhidar Georgiev: CEO & Founder
  • Bülent Duagi: Digital Business Strategist
  • Calin Lupsan: Founder, CEO, Intelligence
  • Catalin Grigorescu: Managing Partner, bpv GRIGORESCU STEFANICA
  • Charlotte Aschim: CEO and Co-Founder, TotalCtrl
  • Chintan Oza: Founder, Anantam Ecosystems
  • Christo Peev: Co- Founder & CEO, Motion Software
  • Claudia Falkinger: Co-Founder, Women in Mobility
  • Constantino Navarro: CFO, - Jumia / Taparo / World Bank
  • Corina Toma: Founder, Hub Eleven Advertising
  • Corneliu Manescu: Principal Software Development Engineer, Microsoft
  • Cosmin Curticapean: Founder, iFactor
  • Cosmin Pasnicu: Founder, KOFITI
  • Cristi Badea: Co-founder & CEO , MavenHut Games
  • Cristian Negrutiu: Partner, Sparking Capital
  • Cristian Munteanu: Partner, Early Game Ventures
  • Cristian Onetiu: Entrepreneur, Life Care Corp
  • Cristian Orasanu: Co-Founder, Paybilla
  • Cristina Bucur: Counsel, DLA Piper Global Law Firm
  • Cristina Daianu: Partner, Dentons
  • Csanad Udvardy: VC, Day One Capital
  • Dan Huru: Co-Founder, Meetgeek
  • Dan Calugareanu: Partner, Early Game Ventures
  • Dan Mihaescu: Founding Partner , Gapminder Venture Partners
  • Danail Koev: Co-Founder & CEO, VEDA
  • Danail Hadjiatanasov: Engineering Manager, MUI
  • Daniel Lorer: Advisory Board Member, Quadrodynamics
  • Daniel Rogoz: Founder, Kinderpedia
  • Daniel Vaduva: Founder, Kalium Labs
  • David Llorente: Founder and CEO, Narrativa (AI-Generated Content)
  • Diana Aladzhova: Founder , CFO Insights
  • Dilyan Dimitrov: Partner, Eleven Ventures
  • Dimitar Giulev: CEO, Antipodes
  • Dimitar Vouldjeff: Co-founder and CEO, Enhancv
  • Dimitar Savov: Founder & Head of Marketing, Startup Masters
  • Dimitris Polychronopoulos: Oslo Chapter Director, FI Mentor
  • Diyan Mihaylov: Co-Founder, ProductTank
  • Dora Petrova: Founder, FemGems
  • Dragos Preda: Co-Founder & CEO, PrimeRenting
  • Elena Nikolova: Community Manager, CEO Angels Club, Co-Founder, ESCREO
  • Elena Mlotok: General Manager, Head of EU Newsstand, Amazon
  • Eli Zhabevska: Senior Associate, South Central Ventures
  • Elina Halatcheva: Managing Director, BrightCap Ventures
  • Elina Zheleva: Managing Partner, launchlabs Sofia
  • Elitza Stoilova: Founder & CEO, Umni.co
  • Erik Barna: CEO and Founder, LIFE IS HARD SA
  • Evelina Necula: Co-Founder, kinderpedia.co
  • Florian Zgunea: CEO, Remantec AG
  • Florin Cioaca: Founder, Traderion
  • Florin Grosu: Co -founder, Traderion
  • Gabriel Paunescu: CEO, Naologic
  • Gabriel Alin Zainescu: Founder & CEO, Zainescu Consulting
  • Gabriela Milcev: Partner, MILCEV BURBEA Intellectual Property & Law Office
  • Galia Jordanova: CEO, Gaida.ai
  • Galina Markova: Founding Partner, Yanitra VC
  • George Cretu: ALECHMIST, AXIOBIT LIMITED
  • George Brashnarov: General Manager, Nemetschek OOD Bulgaria
  • George Sidjimkov: General Partner , Sofia Angels Ventures
  • George Dita: Founder, WiseUp
  • George Petrov: Founder, Trevor Labs ltd.
  • Georgi Malchev: Managing Partner, XploraBG
  • Georgi Ivanov: Founder & CEO, Noble Hire
  • Georgi Milenchev: CEO, Fonio
  • Georgi Kadrev: Co-Founder & CEO, Imagga
  • Gold Hood: Founder, Ads4Earth
  • Gregoire Vigroux: Co-Founder & Vice-President, TELUS International
  • Grzegorz Grabowski: CEO, Maspex Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova
  • Hristo Hristov: CEO, Darik
  • Hristo Neychev: Founder & CEO, Tryad Games
  • Hristo Chernev: Founder and CEO, TaxiMe
  • Hristo Tenchev: Co-Founder, Softuni
  • Ihar Mahaniok: Managing Partner, Geek Ventures
  • Inga Driksne: Operations Lead & Advisor, Early stage SaaS startups
  • Ioan Cocan: Managing Partner, Tremend
  • Ioan Iacob: Founder & CEO, FLOWX.AI
  • Ionut Tata: President, Cluster for Innovation and Technology
  • Irina Obushtarova: Co-founder & CEO, The Recursive
  • Iskren Mitev: Co-Founder & Wizard of Light-bulb moments, Co-Founder, ESCREO
  • Iulian Circiumaru: Managing Partner
  • Ivan Dzheferov: Community Manager & GM for Bulgaria, Vereign AG
  • Ivan Bjelajac: CEO, MVP Workshop
  • Ivan Ivanka: President & CEO, Ivanka Group
  • Ivan Osmak: CEO, gtmhub
  • Ivaylo Simov: Founder, Eleven Ventures
  • Ivaylo Ivanov: CEO & Co-Founder, SoftConsultGroup
  • Ivaylo Hristov: Founder, DEV.BG
  • Ivaylo Slavov: CEO, Bulpros
  • Ivelin Ivanov: co-founder, SporosDAO.eth
  • Ivo Radulovski: Partner, Tech Family Ventures
  • Ivo Vasilev: Founder and CEO, Reloyalty
  • Jaco Fok: Founder, equalifai
  • James Song: Co-Founder, HOTPOT NETWORK
  • Janet Todorova: Head of Expansion, Founder Institute
  • Janet Mentor: Mentor, Fourth State Ventures
  • Janet Todorova: Head of Expansion, Founder Institute
  • Janne Saarikko: Director, Food Ecosystems Accelerator, Founder Institute
  • Jascha Willimek: Managing Partner, neusta group
  • Jivko Ivanov: Managing Partner, Simbula Ltd.
  • Krasimir Nikolov: CEO & Co-founder, Quark VR
  • Lars Wiechen: Partner in Charge, Deloitte
  • Laurentiu Balasa: Founder, Founder at BookVitals
  • Lenard Adanov: CEO, Adan Media Ltd.
  • Leo Mart: Founder, Sunrise VR Studio
  • Leona Aslanova: Founder and CEO, Innovation Starter Box
  • Liviu Dragan: Founder, DRUID
  • Lucia Cerchlan: Co-Founder, Lumus Investment
  • Lyubomir Yanchev: Founder and CEO, MClimate
  • Magdalena Jabłońska: CEO, MIT Enterprise Forum CEE
  • Maher Santarissy: Managing Director, moment
  • Maksym Moneta: CEO and Founder, Startupers Online
  • Malin Iulian Stefanescu: President, TechAngels
  • Mara Rada: CEO & Chief of Strategy, Citronade Naming and Branding
  • Marian Dinu: Managing Partner, DLA Piper Dinu
  • Mariola Bitner: Director, Founder Institute Poland
  • Marius Deak: CEO, AVANDOR & Green Pixel
  • Marius Dosinescu: CEO, FlorideLux.ro
  • Marius Ursache: CEO & Co-founder, MetaBeta
  • Marius Costin: CEO, PayU
  • Marius Mitroi: CEO , Rise
  • Mark Rogers: CEO, Futurist Labs
  • Marvin Liao: Partner, GAMEGROOVE Capital & Diaspora Ventures
  • Matei Dumitrescu: Startup Advisor , VP @ TechAngels
  • Max Gurvits: Managing Partner, Vitosha Venture Partners
  • Maya Zlatanova: Co-Founder & CEO, FindMeCure
  • Mercedes Bankston: Founder, Funderstar LTD
  • Mester Catalin: Founder, Bookups & I Love Failure
  • Mihai Sfintescu: Managing Director, Abilito Capital
  • Mihai Rotaru: FOUNDER, CLEVER TAXI
  • Mihai Darzan: Founder, RINGHEL
  • Mihai Stefanescu: Senior Advisor at Innovation Norway, innovasjonnorge.no
  • Mike Hapoianu: CEO, Mindspace Romania and Poland
  • Mike Suprovici: Head of Acceleration, VC Lab
  • Milen Ivanov: Managing Partner, Sofia Angels Ventures, Co-Founder, CEO Angels Club
  • Mircea Vadan: Founder, Cluj Startups, MVP Academy
  • Mirella Yordanova: Network & Community Manager, Seedcamp
  • 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
  • Nancy Brito: Partner - Investor, Semeia Ventures
  • Natanail Stefanov: Executive Director
  • Nathan Evans: Co-Founder, fulfin - financing ecommerce
  • Nick Todorov: Founder & CEO, LimeChain
  • Nikolai Nedelchev: CEO, Publicis Groupe Bulgaria
  • Nikolas Samios: Managing Partner, PropTech1 Ventures
  • Nikolay Yarmov: Founder and CEO, CEED
  • Nina Nikolikj: SwissEP Program Officer, Swisscontact
  • Oana Petrescu: CEO, Blueair
  • Ovi Negrean: Chief Executive Bee, SocialBee.io
  • Ozana Giusca: CEO & Founder, Tooliers
  • Paloma Lecheta: LatAm Regional Director, Founder institute founder institute
  • Patritsiya Kostadinova
  • Paul Putz: Managing Partner, Danube Angels
  • Pavel Kaminsky: Founder & CEO, 7Security GmbH
  • Pavlina Dzhartova: COO, HyperAspect
  • Petar Zaharinov: CTO, DiFOLD
  • Peter Lozanov: Co-founder and CEO, BattlePass Studio
  • Peter Barta: CEO, FPP
  • Petko Karamotchev: Director
  • Piotr Boulangé: Director, Founder Institute Poland
  • 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: FSI Leader, DIGITALL
  • Radu Ticiu: Co-Founder, Growceanu Angel Investment
  • Radu Ionicioiu: National Quantum Coordinator, Romanian Quantum Network
  • Radu Savopol: CO-FOUNDER & GENERAL MANAGER, 5-To-Go
  • Radu Sebastian Amarie: CTO, Findie.me
  • Raluca Elena Rogoz: Founder, Raluca Elena Rogoz
  • Razvan Dinu: Founder, RoboSelf
  • Razvan Tapu: Chief Digital Officer, Stefanini
  • Ricardo Monagas: CTO, TotalCtrl
  • Rina Onur: General Partner, 500 Istanbul
  • Robert Wijers: Founding Partner, Value & PurposeValue
  • Ruben Seoane: CEO, Damocles Analytics
  • Rumen Iliev: Partner, LAUNCHub
  • Ruslan Bocancea: Owner, Bocancea Law Group
  • Russell Brand: CEO & Founder, Responsible Solutions Limited
  • Ryan Riegg: Director, Aion Associates
  • Salim Virani: Founder, Source Institute
  • Sam Olawale: Founder, DGL
  • Sasha Bezuhanova: Founder and Chairperson, MoveBG
  • Serban Alexandrescu: CEO, Headvertising
  • Sergiu Gîdei: Founder, Boanță, Gîdei și Asociații
  • Sergiu Petre: Senior PR Consultant, Graffiti Public Relations
  • Silvia Axinescu: Managing Associate, Reff & Associates SCA
  • Simona Irmova: FI Eastern Europe Program Manager & FI HQ Operations Associate, -
  • Simona Bali: Head of Investor Program, GoingVC
  • Sorina Conea: Co-Founder, EduMagic
  • Stanislav Sirakov: Partner, LAUNCHub
  • Stefan Vladimirov: Creative Director, monolig.
  • Stefano Glauser: Founder, Startup Jam
  • Stephane Gantchev: Co-Founder, Mobile Monday Sofia
  • Svetla Simidchieva: Founder and CEO, Placement Feed
  • Svetlin Nakov: Co-founder, Software University Ltd.
  • Svetozar Georgiev: Co-Founder, Telerik, Telerik Academy, Campus X
  • Tatjana Kalezic: Founder, Serbia Start Up
  • Tatyana Mitkova: Co-Founder and CEO, ClaimCompass
  • Teodor Panayotov: CEO, CourseDot
  • Thibaut Taittinger: Founder & CEO, Puzl CowOrKing
  • Till Kaestner: COO, Found & Hunter GmbH
  • Todor Kolev: Founder and CEO, Farstar
  • Tom Garvey: Product Strategy Lead, Google
  • Torrey Smith: Co-Founder & CEO, Endiatx
  • Valentin Mihov: CTO, Santiment
  • Valentina Zaharia: Actor & Coach, The National Theater In Bucharest
  • Vasile Tamas: CEO, Beez
  • Vassil Popovski: CEO & Co-founder, Connecto.ai (Acquired by Leanplum)
  • Veroniek Vermeulen: Founder, Silatha
  • Victor Schiller: President, R Cubed Group
  • Viktor Bilyanski: Chief Technology Officer, ScaleFocus
  • Viktor Petrov: Co-Founder & COO, Crypto APIs
  • Viktor Minchev: Seniory Portfolio Associate, Founder Institute
  • Vlad Sarca: Partner, Sparking Capital
  • Vladimir Rusev: Regional Manager Eastern Europe, Turkey and Israel, Leanplum
  • Vladimir Sijakovic: Founder, Cvik & Partners
  • Volen Vulkov: Co-Founder, Enhancv
  • Xenia Muntean: Founder, Planable
  • Yasen Rusev: Co- Founder & CEO, Escreo
  • Yavor Gochev: Investment Manager, Innovation Capital
  • Zbigniew Barwicz: Managing Partner, Freya Capital
  • 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 $1.75BN. 

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 95+ 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 $1.75BN 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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