Young Leaders Club and Golin support technology start-ups through the Tech Leaders Lab program

Business, Marketing

From Artificial Intelligence in agriculture to smart sports trainings and real-time branding reports, from faster access to the best mortgage possible to easier booking of a hotel room, innovation is what brings concrete solutions to the daily challenges. Five Romanian start-ups have the opportunity to develop their business at the next level by graduating the Tech Leaders Lab pre-accelerator program, run in partnership by Young Leaders Club and Golin.

Our organization’s mission is to identify creative and visionary minds, with ambitious ideas, that want to make a difference through technology, to prepare and connect them with a global network of specialists who can become their mentors or who can provide them with the necessary funding for developing a successful business. The graduates of this edition of the program are now prepared to make the best decisions on how to lead their company forward and what partners to choose

Florin Grosu,

President Young Leaders Club

We have built this program with an ambitious goal: to support the development of the Romanian business environment, bringing together top companies, leaders and mentors, investors and brave start-ups. Such initiatives need more visibility in order to have a long-term impact, and Tech Leaders Lab is an excellent opportunity to build synergies between partners that have a common goal – to generate innovative solutions for solid business results

Irina Roncea,

Deputy Managing Director Golin

The 5 companies that offer hi-tech solutions for improving services and performances in sectors such as mortgages, agriculture, hospitality, sports or media & advertising have presented their business plans and objectives to potential investors and partners, during an event also attended by His Excellency Hans Klemm, US Ambassador to Bucharest, and His Excellency Isabel Rauscher, Ambassador of Austria to Bucharest, alongside representatives of the German and Swedish Embassies.

Tech Leaders Lab provides to the participating start-ups, during a 3-month program, access to mentors and know-how from top global investors by connecting them to an international network of business accelerators, as well as to possible funding sources. In the first phase, 72 business ideas from Romania and Moldova were analysed, the top 10 teams being selected to enter in the 2017-2018 edition of the pre-accelerator. They have received the necessary support to develop their product, and 5 start-ups have already graduated the program, their solution targeting at least a regional market.

Tech Leaders Lab Graduates

Serafim Technologies has developed an AI-based solution for agriculture which provides farmers with useful information on the state of crops and helps them reduce costs and maximize their performance. The solution ensures a decrease of disease- related losses by up to 70%, as well as a 40% reduction in the use of chemicals.

Front Desk offers an integrated management software solution dedicated to the hospitability industry. The entire system is Cloud based and is integrated with the major booking platforms.

StrAIke revolutionizes martial arts training through an AI-based solution that helps athletes train smarter. With wearables and Internet of Things technologies, users have access to information about their performances and can identify the areas they need to improve.

CREDIBO is an automatic digital broker that helps buyers find the right mortgage solution. Customers can manage their online mortgage application in record time.

Sport Explore offers a software solution which is very useful especially for the media & advertising market. Using machine learning, the solution generates detailed, easy-to-read and real-time reports regarding the branding during sports programs.

These 5 companies are supported by Tech Leaders Lab to join a global accelerator program and find investors and partners with whom to continue their growth. The Tech Leaders Lab program will continue to prepare the other start-ups for pitching, as well as to support young people who enroll their business ideas.

YLC is a students and entrepreneurs based organization who aims to find the most promising start-ups and to support them in order to develop their potential with the help of a global network of specialists. YLC’s network of speakers and mentors includes representatives of some of the most important banks (JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs) and financial institutions in the world (World Bank), as well as some of the best-known technology companies (Airbnb, Google, eBay ), funds and accelerators (Seedcamp, Techstars, DreamIT). Since its establishment in 2007, more than 600 people from over 36 countries have participated in the organization’s programs, going from graduating a college to creating their own business.

Golin is one of the most awarded PR agencies in Romania and is affiliated to Golin Worldwide, being the 1st office in CEE of the American company which runs more than 50 agencies across America, EMEA and APAC. In Romania, Golin is member of a communication group which also includes MullenLowe (advertising), Initiative (media), Profero (digital), Medic One (healthcare and pharma communication) and BPN (media).