VentureConnect Cluj announces its winners: SociaLook and AROBS

The first local meeting VentureConnect this autumn took place yesterday, 12 October, the Hotel City Plaza. For the edition from Cluj, we were happy to welcome Richard Douglas: entrepreneur, investor and a real business mentor for young entrepreneurs in Europe.

Two projects were selected as they have shown considerable growth potential and also managed to effectively point why their business plan is validated both by the market and by potential investors. SociaLook is a contact discovery tool that allows users to discover relevant contacts in a company by combining the social graph with employment, investment and other data. The application was shown for the first time during VentureConnect Cluj, now being in private beta. AROBS is deloping a software platform that will improve the activity of a taxi call center by processing more orders and automatically dispatching to the active cabs on the road.

VentureConnect Cluj is one of the few events oriented towards startups in Cluj-Napoca. that will improve the activity of a taxi call center by processing more orders and automatically dispatching to the active cabs on the road. I believe that the entrepreneurial market in Cluj  has a lot of work when it comes to investment stages and pitch-ing, but with VentureConnect and other initiatives of this kind, I am sure we will see significant developments in the future, “announced Sergiu Biris, CEO Trilulilu.

“During the VentureConnect event from Cluj, I have made the first public presentation of my start-up  SociaLook, having the opportunity to expose and validate my business point. The relevant and timely feedback we have received from the judges, increased value of the event, “says Horace Mocian, SociaLook.

In October 19th we will organize the second local edition in Timisoara, at Hotel Continental. All those interested in entrepreneurship and business development are welcomed in the meeting next week. More details about VentureConnect be found on the event website:

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  • Who should apply?

    Entrepreneurs with ongoing businesses and developing projects in the IT/Internet/Technology areas who are in search of more than EUR 250,000 for expansion capital.

    Together with GECAD Group, we are launching a new funding opportunity for startups in the fields of software, web, technology and ecommerce. The seed investment grated through VentureConnect starts with EUR 50.000 for each session.

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  • Application Process

    Close to Cluj? Select VentureConnect Cluj button on the homepage. Send your application form by October 2nd. VentureConnect Cluj is organized on 12th of October. Attendance is free of charge.

    Close to Timisoara? Select VentureConnect Timisoara button on the homepage. Send your application form by October 7th. VentureConnect Timisoara is organized on 19th of October. Attendance is free of charge.

    Interested in coming to Bucharest directly? Select VentureConnect Bucharest button on the homepage. Send your application form by November 15th.

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  • Testimonials

    Călin Ştefanescu, CEO TJobs, advises Romanian entrepreneurs: The first event held in June 2010 was an excellent initiative, with well selected entrepreneurs offering a balanced choice of local and international potential.

    Stefan Cordier, from Lime&Tonic believes: "I was thoroughly impressed with the organization of the event, the caliber of investors present, and the great ventures presented by the entrepreneurs. We had lots of follow-up meetings with investors & left with very positive feelings that we will close additional investment. Well worth the trip.

  • Eligibility Rules

    This autumn, VentureConnect announces two local meetings: in Cluj-Napoca on 12th of October and in Timisoara on 19th of October. The two VentureConnect local editions are a selection for the final competition in Bucharest, on 23rd November.

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  • Venture Connect is an initiative of: Biris Goran