Google for Startups 2020

Google for Startups 2020

It has been a busy period for the fast-growing Romanian startup ecosystem, with 3 of our partners organizing Demo Days in November and December:
StepFWD, pre-accelerator focused on diverse teams;
AdvancingAI, accelerator dedicated to AI startups;
Startup Spotlight, program and competition for ambitious founders in CEE;

I am really proud that we are able to contribute through Google for Startups initiatives and to help the next generation of founders. I am also thankful to my colleagues from Gradient Ventures, focused on AI investments, for accepting the invitation and joining one of our events.

I’ve gotten the chance to be a jury member and mentor for all these programs in the last 2-3 years, and I am really impressed by the evolution of the local startup ecosystem. There is still a very long way to go if we want to catch-up with the Western countries, but the quality of the startups has definitely increased and the founders are now aiming higher than ever.

Startups play a key role in Romania’s digitalization and economic growth, and we’re committed to being their main partner.

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