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The Founder Institute (http://FI.co), the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, announced today that it is exploring a new semester launch in Bucharest this Winter 2016.

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200 cities and 90 countries, the Founder Institute has helped launch some of the fastest-rising startups across 6 continents like Udemy, Realty Mogul, iCarsClub, Itembase, goplaceit, Appota, and many more. The company's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and create sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

If you'd like to help bring a semester to Bucharest, then fill out an Interest Form, or attend a free event. If enough people complete this form by the Launch Deadline (Apr 27, 2021), then the Founder Institute will formally launch a Winter 2016 program.

The Founder Institute is the most challenging and effective step-by-step startup launch program for talented and motivated aspiring entrepreneurs. If you are serious about launching a startup, the Founder Institute can give you the structured process, constant feedback and evaluation from expert mentors, and global network of entrepreneurs you need to start an enduring company. In addition, the Founder Institute is the only program of its kind that focuses on people versus ideas, accepts founders with day jobs, and shares equity with all participants.

Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, and more.

In order to test demand for a Romania - Eastern Europe Virtual 2021 program, the Founder Institute will host several free startup events in Bucharest:

Leading the Founder Institute's efforts in Bucharest include local startup leaders Alex M. Dascalu (President, German Center for Internationalization of Small and Medium Size Enterprises) and Marius Mitroi (Innovation funds consultant).

Other successful entrepreneurs who have pledged their support to mentor founders in a Bucharest Founder Institute program include:

  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO
  • Adrian Stoica: Founder, Soft Galaxy
  • Adrian Zarnescu: CTO, SysWin
  • Adrian Stanica: Founder
  • Alex Dona: Founder , TimesNewRoman.ro
  • Alex Cernatescu: CEO & Co-Founder, Infinit Solutions Agency
  • Alex Mincu: CEO, Safer Work
  • Alex M. Dascalu: Managing Director, Founder Institute Romania
  • Ana Iorga: CEO, Buyer Brain
  • Ana Maria Udriste: Founder & CEO , Avocatoo
  • Andreea Suciu: Managing Partner, Suciu | The Employment Law Firm
  • Andrei Pitis: CEO, Simple Capital
  • Andrei Cretu: Co-founder of 7card
  • Andrei Ostacie: Founder, Business Development Manager, OKAPI
  • Anil Pillai Dr.: Founder and CEO, Buyer Brain
  • Antonio Eram: Founder & CEO , NETOPIA Payments
  • Bartosz Drapikowski: CEO, Debonair Beast
  • Bogdan Oprea: Founder, Aventurine
  • Bogdan Iordache: Founder, How to Web, TechHub Bucharest, TechAngels
  • Bozhidar Georgiev: CEO, Yatrus Analytics
  • Calin Lupsan: Founder, CEO, Intelligence
  • Catalin Grigorescu: Managing Partner, bpv GRIGORESCU STEFANICA
  • 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 Munteanu: Partner, Early Game Ventures
  • Cristian Orasanu: Co-Founder, Paybilla
  • Cristian Negrutiu: Partner, Sparking Capital
  • Cristian Onetiu: Entrepreneur, Life Care Corp
  • Cristina Daianu: Partner, Dentons
  • Cristina Bucur: Counsel, DLA Piper Global Law Firm
  • Dan Calugareanu: Partner, Early Game Ventures
  • Dan Mihaescu: Founding Partner , Gapminder Venture Partners
  • Daniel Vaduva: Founder, Kalium Labs
  • Daniel Rogoz: Founder, Kinderpedia
  • 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
  • George Petrov: Founder, Trevor Labs ltd.
  • George Dita: Founder, WiseUp
  • George Lemnaru: Founder, Green Horse Games
  • Gregoire Vigroux: Co-Founder & Vice-President, TELUS International
  • Grzegorz Grabowski: COO, Maspex Romania
  • Ioan Cocan: Managing Partner, Tremend
  • Ionut Tata: President, Cluster for Innovation and Technology
  • Iulian Circiumaru: Managing Partner
  • Ivo Radulovski: Founder, Tech Family Ventures
  • Jascha Willimek: Managing Partner, neusta group
  • Lars Wiechen: Partner in Charge, Deloitte
  • Laurentiu Balasa: Founder, Founder at BookVitals
  • Leo Mart: Founder, Sunrise VR Studio
  • Liviu Dragan: Founder, DRUID
  • Malin Iulian Stefanescu: President, TechAngels
  • Marian Dinu: Managing Partner, DLA Piper Dinu
  • Marius Mitroi: CEO , Rise
  • Marius Deak: CEO, AVANDOR & Green Pixel
  • Marius Dosinescu: Founder, FlorideLux.ro
  • Marius Costin: CEO, PayU
  • Mester Catalin: Founder, Bookups & I Love Failure
  • Mihai Rotaru: FOUNDER, CLEVER TAXI
  • Mihai Darzan: Founder, RINGHEL
  • Mihai Sfintescu: Managing Director, Abilito Capital
  • Mihai Stefanescu: Senior Advisor at Innovation Norway, innovasjonnorge.no
  • Milen Ivanov: CEO, CEO CLUB BULGARIA
  • Mircea Vadan: Founder, Cluj Startups, MVP Academy
  • Oana Petrescu: CEO, Blueair
  • Oliver Perkins: Founder, BRAINOVATE
  • Ovi Negrean: Founder, SocialBee.io
  • Ozana Giusca: CEO & Founder, Tooliers
  • 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, TailorAd
  • Razvan Dinu: Founder, RoboSelf
  • Razvan Tapu: Chief Digital Officer, Stefanini
  • Ruslan Bocancea: Owner, Bocancea Law Group
  • Ryan Riegg: Director, Aion Associates
  • Sam Olawale: Founder, DGL
  • Serban Alexandrescu: CEO, Headvertising
  • Sergiu Lujanschi: `Country Managing Director, ABC Data Romania
  • Sergiu Petre: Senior PR Consultant, Graffiti Public Relations
  • Sergiu Gîdei: Founder, Boanță, Gîdei și Asociații
  • Silvia Axinescu: Managing Associate, Reff & Associates SCA
  • Tatjana Kalezic: Founder, Serbia Start Up
  • Valentina Zaharia: Actor & Coach, The National Theater In Bucharest
  • Vasile Tamas: CEO, Beez
  • Vladimir Sijakovic: Founder, Cvik & Partners

  • And many more to be announced.


Help bring the Founder Institute to Bucharest and fill out an Interest Form today.

(Bucharest Aerial View of Parliament Palace at Sunset image by Shutterstock)

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