Black Sea ClimAccelerator Demo Day!
December 9th 2021, 14:00, online
With climate change being the greatest challenge of our generation, there is a strong need for public institutions, private and entrepreneurial organizations to work together, join forces and build solutions that make a difference. This is why on December 9th, local and international speakers, key actors of the green ecosystem, and innovative initiatives tackling climate changes joined in @ Black Sea ClimAccelerator Demo Day!
The whole event was designed for and dedicated to people who want to understand more about eco-innovation and the local start-ups building the foundation for a better future for the next generations.
During the event we have covered the following topics:
- the frameworks through which large companies in Romania support the green ecosystem
- views from international investors on our local ecosystem
- an overview of the Black Sea ClimAccelerator program
- the ideas upon which the startups selected in stages 2 & 3 of the program base their solutions
DemoDay marked the end of the 2021 edition of Black Sea ClimAccelerator, a program organized with the support of EIT Climate-KIC by Impact Hub Bucharest and Raiffeisen Bank România as main partner, The Climate Vertical and Volta as the main partner, along with Innovation Starter in Bulgaria. Black Sea ClimAccelerator is part of an ecosystem of 7 consortiums in over 30 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South America.
For over 2 months, the startups selected in the program were offered 1 to 1 mentoring, customized consultancy sessions, business workshops and events focused on scaling & growth.
Demo Day in short
14:00 – 14:20 | Intros & Welcome
- Christian Daube – Strategic Programmes Builder ClimAccelerator Community
- Daniel Matei – Business Development Manager Impact Hub Bucharest
- Vlad Gliga – CEO Rubik Hub & Co-founder The Climate Vertical
14:20 – 14:50 | Keynote speech
Supporting the eco-innovation ecosystem in Romania with a focus on the startup area.
- Raluca Nicolescu – CFA, SME Director Raiffeisen Bank
- Cătălin Velescu – CEO Volta Grup
- Loredana Ianuș – CSR & Communication Director Graffiti PR
14:50 – 15:40 | Pitching session
15:40 – 16:00 | Fireside chat
Live feedback for startups & Investor perspectives on the impact of a startup
- Liina Laas – Founding Partner, The Better Fund & Head of Expansion Baltics, Deel
- Andrei Dudoiu – Managing Partner & President BoD, SeedBlink
16:00 – 16:20 | Closing remarks
Conclusions & ecosystem opportunities going forward
Watch the recording of the event here!
Strategic Programmes Builder, ClimAccelerator Community
CFA, SME Director Raiffeisen Bank
CEO Volta Grup
Founding Partner @ The Better Fund & Head of Expansion Baltics @ Deel
Managing Partner & President BoD @ SeedBlink
CSR & Communication Director Graffiti PR
Business Development Manager @ Impact Hub Bucharest
CEO Rubik Hub & Co-founder The Climate Vertical
These have been the start-ups presenting their pitch @ Demo Day!
EIT Climate-KIC is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon and climate-resilient society. Over the past 10 years, EIT Climate-KIC’s acceleration program has been the leading provider of climate innovation solutions, with over 1,500 accepted solutions and almost €1 billion of guaranteed capital.
Impact Hub Bucharest
Impact Hub Bucharest is the dynamic space where professionals and entrepreneurs work to develop business projects and initiatives. Since 2012, Impact Hub Bucharest is the first coworking space in Romania, with a community of about 2,000 members in 2 central locations in Bucharest, and globally the organization is present in over 100 locations in over 50 countries. Impact Hub Bucharest’s mission is to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem by offering startup acceleration programs and direct funding, as well as the largest online entrepreneurial education platform.
The Climate Vertical
The Climate Vertical is an initiative in Romania that aims to solve critical climate challenges by activating and engaging the community to help startups build sustainable solutions. We believe that every climate challenge creates the space for a great business opportunity. We build TCV on our 4+ years of experience working with startups and deliver programs designed to (A) bring people together to support each other, (B) inspire them to get started, (C) educate them to build solutions people really need, (D) accelerate the growth of teams willing to scale their solutions globally. The Climate Vertical’s values are the red thread running through the programs: Focus on impact and drive change, Aim high and start now, Innovate for a sustainable future, Respect nature and those around you.
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