Members of the jury

The UA made in RO project consists of members with business experience who will choose 11 ideas that will receive 4,000 euros each, and gain access to a series of workshops designed specially for the winners.

The jury members also offer informal support and guidance to the winners, alongside the experts selected to teach the seminars. They give advice on translating the business ideas into concrete plans and tactics aimed to facilitate their access to the Romanian market. With their acquired skills and experience, they can offer perspectives from the field of entrepreneurship in various fields such as journalism and media, marketing and communication, fashion and decoration, finance, law and technology. The jury members can also enhance contacting key people from the Romanian business environment, potential business partners, clients or investors for the entrepreneurs of the UA made in RO project.

The agreed selection criteria for the 11 winners is accessible here.

Jury members


Mirela Dogaru

Commercial Director and Executive Member of the MedLife Group, the largest private healthcare provider in Romania. Mirela owns a master’s degree in Business Administration and over 15 years of experience in Strategic Consulting, including business planning and sales strategy development.


Ioana Căbuz

Client Service Director at NEXT Advertising and owner of SOLLUNA sleepwear brand.
As a representative of NEXT Advertising who is the creator of the UA made in RO project, Ioana is a strong believer in the value of relationships, community, entrepreneurship and ideas that can bring us all together.


Valentina Vesler

Communication & PR Director of Valvis Holding, with an experience of 18 years in leadership, branding, strategic planning and product placement.


Veronica Soare

Communication and Actor Art graduate, storyteller, coach, winner of JCI TOYP 2016 – Ten Outstanding Young People, founder of KaleidoLove and creator of inimaOglinda.


Oana Botezatu

Journalist, entrepreneur, founder of the Cup & Candle company producing eco-friendly vegan candles.


Bogdan Iliescu

Managing Partner of BICF Corporate Finance. Extraordinary leadership qualities. Board Practice and Directorship certificates from Henley Business School.


Dragoș Vîlcu

CEO of Multi Media Est, the media company he founded. Co-founder of ZYX Publishing, investor of Apollo 111 – Theatre, Brand Minds and Talent Garden.


Sorel Radu

25 years of experience in top management, 15 years in coaching leaders and 15 years of entrepreneurial experience. Start-up coach for Guerrilla Camp Accelerator.


Gabriel Crețu

Managing Partner of Adwisers, a company specializing in management training and sales. Financial consultant for small and medium-sized companies, as well as for individuals.


Mihai Chișu

Romanian and international capital markets specialist, with more than 20 years of experience in financial markets. He holds a doctorate in economics with a specialization in behavioral finance.


Bogdan Axinia

Managing Director eMag Ventures, senior leader cu 20 de ani experiență în companii tech cu creștere acccelerată


Radu Savopol

Founder of 5 to go, the largest cafe chain in Romania, 100% Romanian history. Unique concept of quality, fair price, products «with yourself», development of street consumption