Ana Maria Andronic
Partner Biris Goran and Co-Founder Venture Connect
Mary, as her friends call her, developed and co-founded Venture Connect. A seasoned attorney who firmly believes that action — and not chance — determines progress, she is an achiever with an unswerving desire to rise up to any challenge and to make things happen.
She stands out among her peers due to her unique blend of continental and US legal experience: after serving as a judge in Romania, she was recruited by the American Bar Association (ABA/CEELI) branch office in Bucharest, then earned an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Internet Law in the US, and was recently admitted to practice in the state of New York. People who work with her often say that she is a lot more than they bargained for.
Likewise, she loves to work with “those on the move“, and that is why she matched strides with the Biris Goran law firm where she regulary advises foreign investors interested in Romanian IT entrepreneurship. Her vision is to make Venture Connect the ultimate point of entry for venture and growth capital in the Romanian IT/on-line market sector.
Radu Georgescu is currently Founding Partner at Gecad Ventures. With over 20 years experience in founding and developing companies, his primary focus is on Software, Internet, eCommerce. Some of the most successful exits that Radu Georgescu managed include acquisition of Vector Watch technology by Fitbit in 2016, Avangate by Francisco Partners in 2013, ePayment business by Naspers in 2010 and RAV antivirus technology by Microsoft in 2003.
He is also Board Director and Adviser to a number of start-up and mature technology companies.
Alexandre is the co-Founder of www.VoyagerMoinsCher.com, which has been sold in 2007 to www.PriceMinister.com and then sold to the Japanese group Rakuten. Since then Alexandre has invested in more than 20 start-ups (France, Canada, USA, China, Netherlands, Romania, Belgium), and co-founded new companies such as lelegaliste.fr.
Alexandre is teaching a course of “Business-Plan Workshop” at the Incubator of Sciences Po (Paris).
Valentin Radu is a serial entrepreneur and visionary involved in tech and digital marketing. Married with two children, he learned entrepreneurship starting 4 companies from scratch: successfully made his first exit when he was 25 years old, got wiser thanks to his 2nd company and co-founded the market leader in online car insurance in Romania.
Currently, he is the founder of Omniconvert, an awarded conversion optimization software, used by 16k websites worldwide and backed by 3TS & European Investment Fund.
Valentin is known for his unyielding positive energy, creativity, and knowledge about marketing and business. He participated as an international keynote speaker on 4 continents, at more than 50 conferences. His focus is on business strategy, customer experience, eCommerce, optimization, and growth.
Partner at BAC Romania & Co-Founder Venture Connect
Although primarily a lawyer by training, Dan has been doing his best to bring out the entrepreneur in him. Instead of choosing a safe path to law firm partnership in sunny and peaceful Florida, Dan decided in the mid-1990s to return to his country of birth and partake in Romania’s transition (still ongoing) to a fully functional free market economy.
Since then he has been involved in a couple of successful start-ups, including the Biris Goran law firm, and has recently returned to investment banking with BAC Romania. In the IT/online sectors, he has advised and assisted various multinationals, institutional investors and entrepreneurs since 2000 in the Central and East European region including Romania.
And speaking of Romania, he is firmly convinced that Venture Connect will launch a few millionaires, in fact billionaires in the next few years.
Marius Ghenea is a renowned Romanian entrepreneur, the business man to go to when you have a golden idea, and the person to trust for guidance in case of business challenges.
His entrepreneurial efforts have shown off in a series of successful businesses, being present in the Forbes and Capital Entrepreneurial Count Down in the past years. Marius Ghenea was included in the 2004 Classification provided by Ziarul Financiar for the Best 10 Romanian Business Man. He also enjoyed a leading position in the Top Romanian Entrepreneurs count-down by Revista Biz in 2010.
Some of his day to day professional responsibilities include being President for the Romanian Association of E-Shopping; Board Advisor Maastricht School of Management Romania; and Board Member in the Community Foundations Program. Always a member of the business TV show Arena Leilor, co-organizer and lector of the entrepreneurial School for StartUps, he still finds time for writing his first book dedicated to the entrepreneurial field and the Romanian business market: “Antreprenoriat, drumul de la idei catre oportunitati si succes in afaceri”.
Co-Founder at WeLoveDigital
Orlando entered the Romanian online market in 1996, when internet connectivity in Bucharest was reduced to a handful of users. In this newly emerging sector, his business-oriented attitude made an enormous difference when it came to building a stable team in an unstable environment.
In 1998, Orlando started his work for Ad.ro – an online advertising agency – which was the first one to hit the Romanian market, thus having a salient role in actually creating the advertising field. In 2001, after joining Netbridge, Orlando became the leading figure in creating Boom Advertising. His approach in handing Project Management activities, recommended him for Managing Director. Soon to come, in 2006, he joined Mediapro Interactiv/Apropo Media, the online division of Mediapro, and from 2011 he was in charge of Mediafax Group (Apropo Media, Mediafax and Publimedia) as General Manager.
Presently, Orlando Nicoara in involved in several online businesses such as: WeLoveDigital and 1616.ro.
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Business-angel and Executive Director, Fundatia Post-Privatizare
Péter Barta is a man with entrepreneurial spirit and a can-and-will-do attitude. He is highly experienced in both the private and public sectors, serving companies, institutions and NGOs.
Péter’s work has been focused on management and consultancy, being involved in numerous national and international programs for both US organizations (“Academy for Educational Development” Foundation and Development Alternative Inc., within a local program financed through USAID) and European ones (Council of Europe). Péter joined SMURD Târgu Mureş (the best provider of emergency medical services) as manager, where he as in charge, among others, of the 2% fundraising campaign, recognized as the most successful one in the country at that time. Afterward, Péter chose to bring a change in the public sector, through his position as advisor for the Secretary of State for SMEs.
Péter is currently the Executive Director of the Post-Privatisation Foundation (FPP), the only organization in Romania focused solely on entrepreneurship and on the promotion of entrepreneurial skills among Romanians.
An experienced online entrepreneur
Dragos Roua started a network of websites in 1999, thus being a true representative of the online Romanian field. In 2009, he boldly went where no other online entrepreneur has gone before – personal development. Presently, his blog is one of the most cited ones in the field of personal growth and life seeking journeys.
From national entrepreneur, Dragos broke the rules once more and started a successful international business in New Zeeland, while still maintaining his blog active – an online journal of the experiences which form him as a business man, mentor, father, and indeed as a person.
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