HORECA
BUSINESS
ACCELERATOR

Led by Innovation

An educational program by

HORECA
BUSINESS
ACCELERATOR

Led by Innovation

An educational program by

MISSION

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Find, mentor and scale-up the genius in hospitality entrepreneurs

Stimulate IT companies to develop apps and technologies for hospitality sector

Help Start-up Hospitality Companies in Romania sharpen their competitive edge

Finance innovative businesses and help them overcome themselves

MISSION

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Find, mentor and scale-up the genius in hospitality entrepreneurs

Stimulate IT companies to develop apps and technologies for hospitality sector

Help Start-up Hospitality Companies in Romania sharpen their competitive edge

Finance innovative businesses and help them overcome themselves

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VISION

Increase the percentage of sustainable businesses in HoReCa by 10% in 3 years
(YTD 60% are going bankrupt within the first 9 months)

Help 5 hospitality businesses to develop outside Romanian market within 2 years 

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VISION

Increase the percentage of sustainable businesses in HoReCa by 10% in 3 years
(YTD 60% are going bankrupt within the first 9 months)

Help 5 hospitality businesses to develop outside Romanian market within 2 years 

We search for innovative ideas and startups in the following areas:

serving

Food&drinks serving concepts

products

Food&drinks products

technology

Technology for hospitality industry

We search for innovative ideas and startups in the following areas:

serving

Food&drinks serving concepts

products

Food&drinks products

technology

Technology for hospitality industry

HOW WE DO IT

1

We receive applications from march, 5th  to may, 15th.

From Idea and Early stage start-up’s through Recruiting Events, referrals or Direct Application.

1. Application

2

2. Selection

We will accept 30 businesses.

3

3. Acceleration

6 weeks mentorship, research and capacity building, IP & Regulation, revenue and Business model.

1

4. Demo Day

Presenting the best startups in
front of partner companies and investors.

HOW WE DO IT

1

1. Application

We receive applications from march, 5th  to may, 15th.

From Idea and Early stage start-up’s through Recruiting Events, referrals or Direct Application.

2

2. Selection

We will accept 30 businesses.

3

3. Acceleration

Six weeks mentorship, research and capacity building, IP & Regulation, revenue and Business model.

1

4. Demo Day

Presenting the best startups in
front of partner companies and investors.

Curricula

3

Business Concept
Business Model
Systemic Coaching
PR & Corporate Communication
Digital Transformation
Marketing 7PS
Hospitality Trends

2

Legal
HR
Kitchen & Operational Bar
Operational Management
Engineering Menu
Street Food
Client Service Attitude

1

Fiscality
Fiscal Opportunities
Funding Opportunities
Scaling Session
Investment Case
Intellectual Property and Competition Law
Corporate Governance

6 WEEKS incubation PROGRAM

Mentorship sessions every week
DEMO Day
Post-graduation support

Curricula

3

Business Concept
Business Model
Systemic coaching
PR & Corporate
Digital Transformation
Marketing 7PS
Hospitality Trends

2

Legal
HR
Kitchen & Operational Bar
Operational Management
Engineering Menu
Street Food
Client Service Attitude

1

Fiscality
Fiscal Opportunities
Funding Opportunities
Scaling Session
Investment Case
Intellectual Property and Competition Law
Corporate Governance

6 weeks incubation PROGRAM

Mentorship sessions every week
DEMO Day
Post-graduation support

mentor & trainer

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Tinu Sebeșanu

CEO of Trend Hospitality

Tinu Sebeșanu is CEO of Trend Hospitality, a leader in consultancy and management  in the hospitality industry, as well as regional representative of some of the most powerful international brands. He is the man that imposed Howard Johnson Hotel ( now Sheraton) in the tourism market of Bucharest and brought the Ramada chain to Romania. 

mentor

Utku-Ogrendil

Utku Ogrendil

CEO Wirecard Romania

Utku Ogrendil – CEO Wirecard Romania, Moldova, Serbia and Kosovo. He has an experience of more than 20 years in the banking financial field. Since 2000, Utku Ogrendil has held several management positions in local banks: Finansbank (Credit Europe Bank), Banca Transilvania, Libra Internet Bank and Garantibank. Since 2011 he has switched to the technology providers area, becoming CEO of Provus Romania. Later the company was integrated into the international group Wirecard

mentor & trainer

Gabriel-Iovu

Gabriel Iovu

Owner Expressoft

Gabriel Iovu – Owner Expressoft. He is a serial entrepreneur, investor and CEO/founder of Expressoft Technology, dedicating his professional career to developing innovative products and services for different industries. Gabriel Iovu has been extensively involved in the development of the Romanian software industry, being also an active member of different associations supporting Romanian Entrepreneurs: Romanian Business Leaders, Tech Angels and AmCham Association.

MENTORS &
TRAINErS’ TEAM

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mentor & trainer

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Răzvan Gheorghiu-Testa

Partner at Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații

Răzvan Gheorghiu-Testa – Partner at Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații. He has built up significant experience in corporate/M&A, real estate, taxation and has been directly involved in many of the most important projects taking place in Romania, including acquisitions and disposal of real estate, investment and development real estate projects, and real estate finance.

trainer

mentor4

Dan Isai

CEO Salad Box

Eight years ago Dan Isai bet his money on healthy food, a market that was looked upon reluctantly in Romania. Today, Salad Box is the third biggest fast-food chain in the country. Internationally, Salad Box reached three continents, 12 countries and developed over 70 restaurants. Dan Isai is also shareholder in more than 15 other HoReCa businesses.

MENTORS & TRAINErS’ TEAM

1/4

mentor & trainer

mentor5

Tinu Sebeșanu

CEO of Trend Hospitality

Tinu Sebeșanu is CEO of Trend Hospitality, a leader in consultancy and management  in the hospitality industry, as well as regional representative of some of the most powerful international brands. He is the man that imposed Howard Johnson Hotel ( now Sheraton) in the tourism market of Bucharest and brought the Ramada chain to Romania. 

mentor

Utku-Ogrendil

Utku Ogrendil

CEO Wirecard Romania

Utku Ogrendil – CEO Wirecard Romania, Moldova, Serbia and Kosovo. He has an experience of more than 20 years in the banking financial field. Since 2000, Utku Ogrendil has held several management positions in local banks: Finansbank (Credit Europe Bank), Banca Transilvania, Libra Internet Bank and Garantibank. Since 2011 he has switched to the technology providers area, becoming CEO of Provus Romania. Later the company was integrated into the international group Wirecard

mentor & trainer

Gabriel-Iovu

Gabriel Iovu

Owner Expressoft

Gabriel Iovu – Owner Expressoft. He is a serial entrepreneur, investor and CEO/founder of Expressoft Technology, dedicating his professional career to developing innovative products and services for different industries. Gabriel Iovu has been extensively involved in the development of the Romanian software industry, being also an active member of different associations supporting Romanian Entrepreneurs: Romanian Business Leaders, Tech Angels and AmCham Association.

mentor & trainer

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Răzvan Gheorghiu-Testa

Partner at Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații

Răzvan Gheorghiu-Testa – Partner at Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații. He has built up significant experience in corporate/M&A, real estate, taxation and has been directly involved in many of the most important projects taking place in Romania, including acquisitions and disposal of real estate, investment and development real estate projects, and real estate finance.

trainer

mentor4

Dan Isai

CEO Salad Box

Eight years ago Dan Isai bet his money on healthy food, a market that was looked upon reluctantly in Romania. Today, Salad Box is the third biggest fast-food chain in the country. Internationally, Salad Box reached three continents, 12 countries and developed over 70 restaurants. Dan Isai is also shareholder in more than 15 other HoReCa businesses.

trainer

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Mihai Bârsan

Founder at Brandelier.biz

In 2009 Mihai Bârsan became head of marketing of SABMiller’s subsidiay in Slovakia, and in April of 2012 became in charge of the marketing department at Ursus Breweries. He started his antrepreneurial adventure with  Brandelier.biz in January of 2019

trainer

mentor3

Claudiu Vrînceanu

Communication Specialist

Ambassador and connector of the business sector in Romania, Claudiu Vrânceanu plays the part of a „Bridge Builder” between entrepreneurs, investors, multinationals, media and the public sector (government authorities and European institutions)

trainer

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Ray Iunius

CEO Winsedswiss

CEO of Winsedswiss, Ray Iunius is seen by the experts în the industry as a true visionary in HoReCa. In the past, he was the director of development of  EHL Adivosory Services, from École hôtelière de Lausanne. And the graduates put his teachings into practice în their careers at the top of the hotel, banking or health fields

trainer

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Radu Savopol

Founder 5 to go

Radu Savapol developed the 5toGo coffe shop chain în 2015, having a prior 14 year experience as pub and club owner. Today 5toGo is the biggest coffe shop chain în Romania and one of the biggest în Europe.

MENTORS &
TRAINErS’ TEAM

2/4

trainer

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Mugurel Stan

Professional Coach

Mugurel Stan is a professional Coach, graduate of Co-active coaching program at the Coaches Training Institute in USA. CTI has been a leader în the coaching industry for more than 20 years. Mugurel Stan has an extensive experience in both individual and group coaching, having worked with service providers, advertising, accountancy and financial consultancy firms, high level executives, administrative leaders, academic, business and political fields.

trainer

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Dragos Panait

FounderNext Root Management Systems

Dragos Panait has over 10 years of hospitality experience, an industry he knows very well, as a founder and operator of restaurants and hotels. To meet the needs of his industry peers, Dragos funded, in 2018, Next Root Management Systems, the 360° consulting agency dedicated to the HoReCa industry.

MENTORS & TRAINErS’ TEAM

2/4

trainer

mentor2

Mihai Bârsan

Founder at Brandelier.biz

In 2009 Mihai Bârsan became head of marketing of SABMiller’s subsidiay in Slovakia, and in April of 2012 became in charge of the marketing department at Ursus Breweries. He started his antrepreneurial adventure with  Brandelier.biz in January of 2019

trainer

mentor3

Claudiu Vrînceanu

Communication Specialist

Ambassador and connector of the business sector in Romania, Claudiu Vrânceanu plays the part of a „Bridge Builder” between entrepreneurs, investors, multinationals, media and the public sector (government authorities and European institutions)

trainer

ray-f-iunius

Ray Iunius

CEO Winsedswiss

CEO of Winsedswiss, Ray Iunius is seen by the experts în the industry as a true visionary in HoReCa. In the past, he was the director of development of  EHL Adivosory Services, from École hôtelière de Lausanne. And the graduates put his teachings into practice în their careers at the top of the hotel, banking or health fields

trainer

radu-savopol

Radu Savopol

Founder 5 to go

Radu Savapol developed the 5toGo coffe shop chain în 2015, having a prior 14 year experience as pub and club owner. Today 5toGo is the biggest coffe shop chain în Romania and one of the biggest în Europe.

trainer

mugurel-stan

Mugurel Stan

Professional Coach

Mugurel Stan is a professional Coach, graduate of Co-active coaching program at the Coaches Training Institute in USA. CTI has been a leader în the coaching industry for more than 20 years. Mugurel Stan has an extensive experience in both individual and group coaching, having worked with service providers, advertising, accountancy and financial consultancy firms, high level executives, administrative leaders, academic, business and political fields.

trainer

dragos-panait

Dragos Panait

FounderNext Root Management Systems

Dragos Panait has over 10 years of hospitality experience, an industry he knows very well, as a founder and operator of restaurants and hotels. To meet the needs of his industry peers, Dragos funded, in 2018, Next Root Management Systems, the 360° consulting agency dedicated to the HoReCa industry.

trainer

mentor7

Cristian Cristea

Business Development Manager Directoratat Macromex

After a ten year experience in sales at FMCG, Cristi chosed to join City Grill Group as Group Training Manager. He got to develop programs and projects for the biggest romanian group în hospitality, after which he joined MGC Group as HR Manager. He is currently with the Macromex team and continues to study at Hostalion Management School.

MENTOR

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Vlad Șeitan

Managing Partner The People Engagement Company

He worked for 13 years in key positions within the OMV Group. Currently, Vlad Șeitan is involved in three projects: consulting in the real estate area (with ongoing activities both in Romania and internationally), consulting in the area of ​​marketing, business development and strategy and The People Engagement Company.

trainer

mentor10

Steliana Moraru

Board Member Women in Tech

Steliana Moraru is Head of Marketing & Digital Transformation at OTP Bank and has a diverse professional background that combines her passion for tehnology with that for communication and corporate social responsibility. Steliana is also Board Member & Head of Marketing for Global Women in Tech. She developed or coordinated projects în the e-government field, social wellfare technology, software product launches and events dedicated to the tech field.

MENTORS &
TRAINErS’ TEAM

3/4

trainer

alex-cirtu

Alex Cirtu

Chef

After becoming known as a Masterchef participant, he quit his job as an English teacher and devoted 100% to cooking. Currently, he cooks at several private events and teambuildings and is the chef behind LifeBox, the online platform through which healthy food can be ordered.

trainer

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Raluca Vasilache

Partner at Țuca-Zbârcea & Asociații

She is a competition partner with Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații and has covered a wide array of legal issues in the field of competition law, as well as intellectual property. Praised for her work on merger control, antitrust and State aid cases she has undertaken numerous procedures of reviewing mergers and acquisitions under antitrust and competition law, acting for multinational clients from various sectors, such as oil, steel, pharma, telecommunications, consumer goods retail, electricity.

MENTORS & TRAINErS’ TEAM

3/4

trainer

mentor7

Cristian Cristea

Business Development Manager Directoratat Macromex

After a ten year experience in sales at FMCG, Cristi chosed to join City Grill Group as Group Training Manager. He got to develop programs and projects for the biggest romanian group în hospitality, after which he joined MGC Group as HR Manager. He is currently with the Macromex team and continues to study at Hostalion Management School.

MENTOR

mentor1

Vlad Șeitan

Managing Partner The People Engagement Company

He worked for 13 years in key positions within the OMV Group. Currently, Vlad Șeitan is involved in three projects: consulting in the real estate area (with ongoing activities both in Romania and internationally), consulting in the area of ​​marketing, business development and strategy and The People Engagement Company.

trainer

mentor10

Steliana Moraru

Board Member Women in Tech

Steliana Moraru is Head of Marketing & Digital Transformation at OTP Bank and has a diverse professional background that combines her passion for tehnology with that for communication and corporate social responsibility. Steliana is also Board Member & Head of Marketing for Global Women in Tech. She developed or coordinated projects în the e-government field, social wellfare technology, software product launches and events dedicated to the tech field.

trainer

alex-cirtu

Alex Cirtu

Chef

After becoming known as a Masterchef participant, he quit his job as an English teacher and devoted 100% to cooking. Currently, he cooks at several private events and teambuildings and is the chef behind LifeBox, the online platform through which healthy food can be ordered.

trainer

raluca-vasilache

Raluca Vasilache

Partner at Țuca-Zbârcea & Asociații

She is a competition partner with Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații and has covered a wide array of legal issues in the field of competition law, as well as intellectual property. Praised for her work on merger control, antitrust and State aid cases she has undertaken numerous procedures of reviewing mergers and acquisitions under antitrust and competition law, acting for multinational clients from various sectors, such as oil, steel, pharma, telecommunications, consumer goods retail, electricity.

trainer

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Florin Gherghel

Member of the Chamber of Tax Consultants

He is a member of the Chamber of Tax Consultants (CCF), the Body of Experts and Authorized Accountants of Romania (CECCAR), the Chamber of Financial Auditors of Romania (CAFR) and has over 16 years experience in taxation associated with investments made in Romania by major international companies, including in state aid projects. He is also involved in the discussions regarding the modification of the tax legislation.

trainer

mentor12

Cezar Munteanu

Chef

Cezar Munteanu has been în the gastronomy field for over 27 years. He got to cook for top personalities in the world and also for the poor kids in Africa. Today he teaches culinary management, develops projects in the hospitality and food industries, teaches kids în Romania about healthy eating and inspires young cooks not just to cook, but to be responsible professionals

trainer

mentor13

Florin Itu

Owner of Meat Busters

Florin Itu is Co-owner of Gourmet Entertainment (culinary festival developer: The Carnival – largest food festival in Europe in 2018, Street Food Festival, Food Truck Festival, Gourmet Festival etc), owner of Meat Busters (food trucks & franchise; winner of Truck of The Year Award at Food Truck Society Awards; has opened two franchise restaurants since 2018 in Timisoara & Cluj)

trainer

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Bogdan Nicolae

Co-founder of Barmania

Bogdan Nicolae is the co-founder of Barmania, a company that organizes courses and educational programs for sommeliers, baristas and bartenders. Later, together with his partner, Mihai Panfil, he opened the Origo coffee shop and Steam coffee shop chain.

MENTORS &
TRAINErS’ TEAM

4/4

trainer

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Alfred "Jerry" Dauteuil

General Manager Jerry’s Pizza

He arrived in Romania in the early 1990s and opened a business that would become one of the most successful in the segment in which he operates: Jerry’s Pizza. If today, food delivery is a must, in the 1990s Alfred Dauteuil was a pioneer of this segment.

trainer

cristian-radu

Cristian Radu

Partner at Țuca-Zbârcea & Asociații

With significant experience in restructurings and business acquisitions, including cross-border acquisitions, the disposal of non-strategic businesses, divestitures, public offerings, squeeze-out and sell-out procedures and mergers, Cristian has acted on some of Romania’s most popular transactions of recent years as reflected in mass media.

trainer

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Dragos Ungureanu

Director Adjunct Comercial IMM Banca Transilvania.

MENTORS & TRAINErS’ TEAM

4/4

trainer

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Florin Gherghel

Member of the Chamber of Tax Consultants

He is a member of the Chamber of Tax Consultants (CCF), the Body of Experts and Authorized Accountants of Romania (CECCAR), the Chamber of Financial Auditors of Romania (CAFR) and has over 16 years experience in taxation associated with investments made in Romania by major international companies, including in state aid projects. He is also involved in the discussions regarding the modification of the tax legislation.

trainer

mentor12

Cezar Munteanu

Chef

Cezar Munteanu has been în the gastronomy field for over 27 years. He got to cook for top personalities in the world and also for the poor kids in Africa. Today he teaches culinary management, develops projects in the hospitality and food industries, teaches kids în Romania about healthy eating and inspires young cooks not just to cook, but to be responsible professionals

trainer

mentor13

Florin Itu

Owner of Meat Busters

Florin Itu is Co-owner of Gourmet Entertainment (culinary festival developer: The Carnival – largest food festival in Europe in 2018, Street Food Festival, Food Truck Festival, Gourmet Festival etc), owner of Meat Busters (food trucks & franchise; winner of Truck of The Year Award at Food Truck Society Awards; has opened two franchise restaurants since 2018 in Timisoara & Cluj)

trainer

bogdan-nicolae

Bogdan Nicolae

Co-founder of Barmania

Bogdan Nicolae is the co-founder of Barmania, a company that organizes courses and educational programs for sommeliers, baristas and bartenders. Later, together with his partner, Mihai Panfil, he opened the Origo coffee shop and Steam coffee shop chain.

trainer

alfred

Alfred "Jerry" Dauteuil

General Manager Jerry’s Pizza

He arrived in Romania in the early 1990s and opened a business that would become one of the most successful in the segment in which he operates: Jerry’s Pizza. If today, food delivery is a must, in the 1990s Alfred Dauteuil was a pioneer of this segment.

trainer

cristian-radu

Cristian Radu

Partner at Țuca-Zbârcea & Asociații

With significant experience in restructurings and business acquisitions, including cross-border acquisitions, the disposal of non-strategic businesses, divestitures, public offerings, squeeze-out and sell-out procedures and mergers, Cristian has acted on some of Romania’s most popular transactions of recent years as reflected in mass media.

trainer

dragos-bt

Dragos Ungureanu

Director Adjunct Comercial IMM Banca Transilvania.

PARTICIPANTS BENEFITS

100 hours accelerator curricula

Co-working space with access to all business needs

Access to the largest network of entrepreneurs and suppliers from HoReCa industry

Mentorship

Networking events

Creative department (access upon brief and time schedule)

Pitch for finance with top investors and business angels

PARTICIPANTS BENEFITS

100 hours accelerator curricula

Co-working space with access to all business needs

Access to the largest network of entrepreneurs and suppliers from HoReCa industry

Mentorship

Networking events

Creative department (access upon brief and time schedule)

Pitch for finance with top investors and business angels

CALENDAR

March, 5th :

Launch Event

march, 5th - MAY, 15th:

Registration

may 15th -31ST:

Application Analysis

June, 4th – 2nd July:

Boot Camp

July, 10th:

Graduation Day

July, 14th:

Pitching Day

CALENDAR

March, 5th :

Launch Event

march, 5th - may 15th:

Registration

may 15th -31st:

Application Analysis

June, 4th – 2nd July:

Boot Camp

July, 10th:

Graduation Day

July, 14th:

Pitching Day