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Moldova National Finalists

Diversity Role Model of the Year

Olesea Fortuna

A leader with an extensive experience in executive management of various community building and leadership projects and private enterprises, entrepreneurship ecosystem and development programs, large events, acceleration programs, with business and institutional development training and consulting experience of over 17 years. She has a leading role in the education of startups in Moldova, being the President of GEN Moldova (Global Entrepreneurship Network). https://www.genglobal.org/user/olesea-fortuna

Mary Nemciuc

Mary is a tech-savvy professional with six years of experience in developing a startup ecosystem in Moldova. She is a well-connected person, who has built many bridges between entrepreneurs, universities, corporates, mentors, and opportunities, managing in this period +600 initiatives. Brings in Moldova over 10 international movements as membership of Startup Genome, Seedstars Competition, Techstars Startup Week and Weekend, Silicon Drinkabout, Ignite Talks, Rockstart, Global Startup Awards, Venture Cup, TechVillage, Traction Camp. Currently, Mary is the Ecosystem Enabler in Moldova, being involved in such initiatives as Startup Academy Moldova, AgTech Innovation Lab, Demo Days, FinTech Program, Digital IMPACT and Digital UPGRADE.

Startup of the Year


Fagura is the first lending crowdfunding platform from Moldova, aiming to democratize alternative investments for Millennials. We target to expand in Romania and become a digital bank. In the last 1,5 years, about 225 000 Euro have been invested in loans through Fagura.

Founder of the Year

Dmitri Albot

Dumitru earned a bachelor degree in Environment & Energy engineering in Germany; graduated from Fab Academy 6 months Rapid Prototyping course by MIT in Boston; acquired New Venture Leadership certificate by completing the MIT Innovation and Entrepreneurship bootcamp in Brazil; successfully completed the Startup Academy by Tekwill; featured as best startup at the acceleration program by Dreamups; recently became a certified Startup Tracker.

Vlad Calus

Vlad founded two non-profits at the age of 16, then dropped out of college, moved to another country with two 2 his friends, built Planable (Techstars London 17) at 19 y.o and became an honoree Forbes 30 Under 30 at 22 y.o.

Andrei Țăruș

I have worked with data analysis in various experience during the last 8 years in both local and international companies in 2 different countries. I have a passion to dig into a complex data and make it simple to understand for any person. Curiousity is what drives me to explore and learn every day.

Best Co-working Space

iHub Chisinau

iHUB is the most centrally located co-working space in Chisinau, the Republic of Moldova, created for entrepreneurship and innovation that provides education, access to investors, professional orientation for Startups and IT specialists, and the most affordable workspace pricing.

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