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“Innovation Cafe” workshop
March 28 @ 15:30 - 20:00
“Cafeneaua de Inovare” (Innovation Cafe) is an initiative of the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) which aims to facilitate framework for venture capital funding and developing public-private financing instruments in Romania. The event is dedicated to innovative entrepreneurs, investors, venture capital and other actors supporting the business environment in Romania.
The Innovation Cafe is implemented twice per year since July 2013. Starting with the edition in June 2015, the Innovation Cafe hosts a pitch competition for research based entrepreneurs, named “Researchpreneurs wanted”, made out of three components: TRAINING (where the applicant researchers learn how to write a business plan to commercialize the prototype they are applying with in the competition), Live PITCHING competition (selected future researchpreneurs compete with a pitch in front of a jury of experts in different fields, 3 prizes being awarded for the best pitches), MENTORSHIP (the three winners in each Innovation Cafe benefit from meetings and support of mentors according to each winner’s needs.
All in all, the Innovation Cafe represents a flexible tool to exchange practices on setup and management of facilities to support innovative entrepreneurship development and to create new partnerships between business, public and research organizations.