StartupCities Initiative: New EU Innovation Ecosystems
Cluj-Varna Pilot Project

Opening Session highlights include introductory remarks from Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Education and Youth, Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj – Napoca and Ivan Portnih, Mayor of Varna, who will bring forth the joined strategic partnership between the two local startup ecosystems. Joining the session are Isidro Laso,  European Commission, Deputy Head of Innovation Ecosystem Unit, Arturo Villar Menendez, coordinator of StartupCities initiative, Bianca Muntean, Transilvania IT Cluster manager and Innovation Camp facilitator, Dimitar Vasilev, president of Bulgarian Business Forum and Ovidiu Cîmpean, who will be presenting the challenges.

With the intention to strengthen cooperation and synergy between regional ecosystems, as well as foster innovative solutions that improve citizen wellbeing, Cluj Napoca Municipality, together with Transilvania IT Cluster and local and European stakeholders are jointly organising SCEP StartupCities Cluj-Varna Pilot Project (March 5th – 7th 2020).

This event series marks the third stage of the Cluj – Varna strategic partnership, a pilot project dedicated to strengthening startups’ cooperation between the two cities held under StartupCity Europe Partnership, “SCEP StartupCities”, a worldwide pioneer bottom-up initiative powered by the European Commission.

Mr. Emil Boc

Mayor of Cluj-Napoca

Ms. Mariya Gabriel

European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

Mr. Ivan Portnih

Mayor of Varna

Mr. Ricardo Rio

Mayor of Braga

Mr. Arturo Villar Menendez

Coordinator of Startup Cities Initiative

Mr. Isidro Laso

Deputy Head of Innovation Ecosystem Unit

Mr. Alexi Kesiakov

Mayor of Chelopech

Ms. Bianca Muntean

Transilvania IT Cluster Manager, Coordinator of the Innovation Camp

Mr. Dimitar Vasilev Ivanov

President of Bulgarian Business Forum

Schedule

08.00 – 10.00

Ecosystem Cafe Plaza, networking moment with startups and participants

10.00 – 11.00

Official opening

Speakers:

  • Mr. Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca
  • Ms. Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  • Mr. Ivan Portnih, Mayor of Varna
  • Mr. Ricardo Rio, Mayor of Braga

Introducing panel on stage:

Moderator Mr.Arturo Villar Menendez, Coordinator of StartupCities Initiative

  • Mr. Isidro Laso,  European Commission, Deputy Head of Innovation Ecosystem Unit
  • Mr. Alexi Kesiakov, Mayor of Chelopech
  • Ms. Bianca Muntean, Transilvania IT Cluster Manager, Coordinator of the Innovation Camp
  • Mr. Dimitar Vasilev Ivanov, President of Bulgarian Business Forum

11.30-13.00

Informative session on the future European funding & strategies for cities and startups. Connecting Innovation Ecosystems

Mr. Isidro Laso, European Commission, Deputy Head of Innovation Ecosystem Unit

Engage activate and innovate in your city:

European initiatives in support of urban transitions organised by EIC Ms. Sara Jud & Ms. Laura Hetel, from the European Commission and Mr. Ovidiu Cîmpean, Development Director Cluj-Napoca City Hall

13.00 – 14.30

What about Cluj? Latest news and launching of ecosystem initiatives for boosting the innovation in Cluj

Mircea Vădan, Founder Cluj Startups  – announcing the StartupCity Cluj ”Manifesto” – the startup community common vision for the Future of Cluj – Napoca.

Official launch of Cluj InterUniversity Group for Innovation and
Entrepreneurship – a local initiative on boosting the Education ecosystem to address the brain drain and future of talents in Cluj, in the framework of the first Cluster of Education in Romania.

Fondation Botnar’s commitment for the Future of Education and AI 4 Good.

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