Aspiring entrepreneur?

We coach and advise aspiring people to build disruptive companies by making the right connections in the Romanian industry and beyond.

Why join?

Aspire’s pre-accelerator team distilled entrepreneurship support into a 6-month program.

Entrepreneurial education

We know that there is a lot to filter out when starting your business. We have carefully selected resources that you can readily apply.

Investor network

We can connect you to the right investors. They will have the relevant experience to guide you on scaling your business and the financial means to support you on your journey.

Aspire community

With over 800 members spread across 40 countries, our alumni have the reach and experience to help you with advice, connections and even partnerships. In the Aspire community, you are never alone!

How does it work?

Our 6-month programme includes 2 tailored training periods, as well as 2 major events. Participants get access to Aspire’s global community, help from coaches and entrepreneurship resources.

Get help from Aspire's coaches via online sessions
Prototype quickly ti learn what your users want
Learm about new technologies
Work towards an MVP
Pitch your idea in front of investors

6 week coaching program

Bootcamp

Personalized Mentorship

Pitched Weekend

Join live online sessions with expert professionals (e.g. Harvard professors)
Ask Aspire's global community when you get stuck
Connect with mentors, investors and other people
Tailored sessions with experienced mentors
Time to take off!

Learning quickly is key as you will have to use what you learn to develop your business plan.

Get help from Aspire's coaches via online sessions
Prototype quickly to learn what your users want

6 week coaching program

Join live online sessions with expert professionals (e.g. Harvard professors)
Ask Aspire's global community when you get stuck

Time to get together and share progress. You’ll get to meet everyone in person at the bootcamp.

Learm about new technologies

Bootcamp

Connect with mentors, investors and other people

Once you’ve met your mentors it’s time to start building an MVP for your idea.

Work towards an MVP

Personalised Mentorship

Tailored sessions with experienced mentors

Now comes the fun. Pitch your idea!

Pitch your idea in front of investors

Pitch Weekend

Time to take off!

Past Judges

Have a look at some of the people who judged ideas in the past

SERGIU NEGUT

Sergiu is a Business Growth Consultant and Associated Dean with Maastricht School of Management in Romania. He coaches and mentors entrepreneurs. Sergiu is an active Business Angel, with participations in a number of high growth local companies (frufru, Softelligence, 2parale, Hart, Intermedicas). Previously, Sergiu has been the Executive Director and Board Member of PE-owned REGINA MARIA, where he coordinated a growing healthcare business (12x in 6 years) and an expanding team of professionals, including acquisitions of smaller players.

DRAGOS NICOLAESCU

Dragos uses his 25+ years of experience in various management, investment and entrepreneurship roles to provide coaching, mentoring and consulting services. He has spent the last 9 years coaching over 230 managers to improve their professional and personal lifestyle, mentoring over 220 entrepreneurs in creating a first successful business, advising over 50 companies in growing their business in a sustainable and efficient way, and investing in more than 70 local and international businesses.

MIRCEA BOZGA

Mircea is Partner within PwC Romania’s Risk Assurance with background in their Audit practice, where he specialized in risk prevention for international audit standards and international accounting advisory services. Mircea has extensive experience in coordinating audits, leading both large audit missions and audits to clients who have projects funded by the World Bank, EBRD, IBRD or Phare.

IRINA ANGHEL-ENESCU

Former mergers and acquisitions lawyer & Law Professor who decided to take a shift in career and follow her passion for promoting entrepreneurship, leadership and education. Irina pioneered legal advice for private equity and VC funds financing entrepreneurial ventures in South Eastern Europe and founded the first law firm specialised in advising funds and entrepreneurs in Romania.

Past Mentors

Have a look at who has mentored past participants

DAN PASCARIU

Dan Pascariu is the President of the Board of UniCredit Tiriac Bank. He has previously been the President of the Board of Bank Austria Creditanstalt Romania for 9 years. He also cofounded the Romanian Banking Institute and has held lectures as an invited Professor at the University of Chicago, Stanford University and Georgetown University in Washington.

ANDREI CRETU

Andrei is an investor, entrepreneur and ex-consultant. He is the co-founder of V7 Capital and of Romania’s main sport benefits platform (7card.ro). As a consultant, he has 8 years of management consulting in Europe, with a focus on strategic and commercial topics (growth, market entry, commercial due diligence, pricing, impact study, scenario modeling etc.)

SORANA PASCARIU

Sorana Pascariu has finished an MBA from Kellogg School of Management with exchanges at London Business School and SDA Bocconi. She is an entrepreneur with endeavours such as co-founding Conversion Network LLC and founding KINDS.tv. Sorana also serves as the Head of Partnerships for Aspire Romania.

DANIEL NICOLESCU

Daniel Nicolescu is an experienced executive with solid track record of managing businesses in electronic payments, Internet platforms, software development and electronic software distribution (ESD). He is focused on fast growing products in international markets requiring visionary leadership, team development and engagement.

MIHAI SFINTESCU

Mihai Sfintescu serves as the Managing Director at Abilito Capital and he is a Jury Member at European Innovation Council. His work is focused on Venture Capital, Private Equity, Management, and Mergers & Acquisitions. Mihai Sfintescu is specialised on motivating people, shaping strategies, interpreting financials, and developing new projects.

TUDOR JURAVLEA

Tudor facilitates collaborative problem solving with multidisciplinary teams. He coaches teams to innovate and work better together, with Lean UX, Design Sprint and Design Thinking tools and methods. Tudor has grown professionally in a few amazing teams, inside some of the most formidable companies in Romania: Orange, ING, Vodafone and E.ON.

Aspire Coaches

Our lovely team of coaches is waiting for you.

DELIA STAMATE

Delia is working for more than 2 years as an Analyst at Bank of New York Mellon, for Portofolio Services EMEA. She also spends time working on international educational programs, impacting Afghani women and Pakistani youth. She believes that we all have to fight for a better world and for the next generations.

LUCA MATEESCU

Luca has experience working in top tier strategy & operational consulting at the Boston Consulting Group and A.T. Kerney, as well as corporate law at Tuca, Zbarcea & Asociatii and sales at a start-up launched by Aspire alumni. Passionate about Aspire’s potential, Luca acted as Co-President, overseeing the partnerships & financing strategy, the global expansion and the launch of Aspire’s business incubation initiatives.

ANA VOICILA

Ana graduated from an Economics and Business program at UCL and now continues her studies in Finance at Harvard Extension School, while working in investment banking in London. Ana joined Aspire’s Mission Circle for 2 years, lead the Incubator and acted as Aspire Co-President. She is currently sitting on the Aspire Strategic Board.

LEONARD DIMA

Leo is a generalist who studied disciplines including automotive, electrical, industrial, and systems engineering in the UK and Netherlands. Additionally, he gained work experience in entrepreneurship, project management, consulting, and software development at several NGOs and companies.

FLORIN GHEORGHIU

Florin is doing his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. Part of his time is spent at a start-up in edtech, where he designs and coordinates research and data analytics, as well as being involved in video content production. His experience took him to research at Harvard, international development in Kenya and displaying work at London’s Science Museum.

CRISTIAN AVRAM

Cristian is currently doing a Masters in Computer Science at the University of St. Andrews. With a background in business management and a keen interest in design, he worked for a Fintech start-up near London, where he contributed to the product roadmap, shaped the marketing strategy and executed product launch plans.

How to apply?

Online Form
Interview
Program Kickoff

Tell is a bit about yourself and your idea by March 30th

If we like you, let's have a chat and see if you like us as well

Ready to learn?

Applications are now closed

The application period for this program will open during spring 2020!

Frquently Asked Questions

How do the drop-in sessions work?
Every week Aspire’s coaches will make themselves available to the participants to book online sessions with them and chat about what help they may need.
When is the Bootcamp?
The Bootcamp will be held towards the end of May for 3 days. More details to come soon.
Am I going to receive funding from Aspire for my project?
No.
How developed should my business be?
The program targets early stage start-ups, that did not develop a MVP or did not go through any funding round. Your business idea should reflect the basic plan: problem, solution, market research, competition, client profile, etc. We welcome applicants who are either very passionate about their business idea and want to develop it or who have minimum 3 years experience in the area they want to implement their idea. Please make sure that you clearly state in the application how developed your business is.
Where can I find a list of the mentors?
Unfortunately, Aspire Pre-Accelerator cannot disclose the mentors until the actual event takes place, because the team carefully selects them based on the needs of the participants. You can have a look at who has been a mentor in the past.
Is there an age limit for participants?
There is no age limit and anyone is welcomed to apply to the program. What matters is your mindset and your desire of solving the identified problem.
What is the selection process?
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Is there any cost to attend?
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Do I need a team? Or can I be a lone wolf?
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