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Bucharest gets the StartUp boost

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Yesterday I was greatly reassured to see that Bucharest, Romania, has shown great support for the European ICT innovation and entrepreneurship sector. The StartUp Europe Roadshow rolled through the city gates and gathered highly motivated young entrepreneurs with bright ideas and eagerness to grow.

Romania is one of the few countries in Europe with a Minister for SME's.  Florin Nicolae Jianu, an ex-entrepreneur himself, opened the event with a strong message of support for entrepreneurs by expressing his wish for Romania  to be the first country to implement the StartUp Europe Manifesto.

Also speaking at the Roadshow and acting as a role model for young Romanian entrepreneurs, Alexandra Roata, 26 years old only, is Softlead CEO, a booming online marketplace for software.

However, great ideas and strong thinkers were not only on the stage – they were also in the audience. I enjoyed meeting Leo Mart, the Chief Commercial Officer for i-Rewind, a great piece of technology that takes your footage filmed on the go and sends it straight to your social media accounts for your friends to enjoy. I-Rewind won the Grand Prix at the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva, 2013. I'll make sure I download the i-Rewind app when I hit the slopes!

Another entrepreneur I’ve spoken to was Cristian Dascalu, the founder of Cluj Hub. Taking innovation to the workplace, Cluj Hub is a popular provider of co-working space. Ideal for young entrepreneurs and IT freelance to collaborate and grow.

So far the roadshow along with the European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF) has travelled to Poznan, Paris, Berlin, Olomouc, Athens, Madrid and London hosting workshops and seminars with some of Europe's most successful entrepreneurs. Visionaries like Frédéric Mazzella of BlaBlaCar, Europe's largest car-sharing network, and Julia Bösch, Founder and Managing Partner of Europe's premier curated shopping service Outfittery, have attended the Roadshow and shared their experience and knowledge with over 300 participants.

The success of the Bucharest event shows that Romania is ready to contribute to Europe's innovation and entrepreneurship. I strongly recommend that you visit the the EYIF website where success stories are posted with interviews, videos and photos of people who have made it to the top.

Innovation and entrepreneurship are real options for young Europeans seeking to get ahead with their careers. Young people of Europe want to go digital, they want to use ICT for their business, they want to create startups! [tweet me].

As part of the Horizon 2020 programme, the European Commission and the EYIF use the StartUp Europe Roadshow workshops as a means to help startups and entrepreneurs find the financial resources they need and take their business plans to the next level. Finance aside, young innovators and entrepreneurs must also overcome their fear of failure, and joining the StartUp Europe Roadshow is a great way to achieve this.

For more information about the StartUp Europe Roadshow visit http://younginnovator.eu/startupeuroperoadshow/  Next stops will be Lisbon (July 10th), Budapest (September 12th) and the final event in Brussels in September.

Search for the hashtag #StartUpShow on Twitter to follow the conversations!