Our mentors and partners

Our mentors and partners

Our mentors and partners offer you their know-how and expertise so that you get the best available feedback for your product.


Cristian Pațachia
Development & Innovation Manager
@Orange Romania

Manager with more than 17 years’ experience in the telecom industry, with expertise in a broad range of technologies, product development and innovation management. At the moment he is the Development and Innovation team manager from the engineering department, coordinating multiple research projects in various fields such as: cyber security, smart cities, , APIs exposure and monetizing, cloud technologies & IoT/M2M.

Bogdan Iordache
@How to Web

Entrepreneur and tech investor, co-founder of Conectoo, bought by Conversion Media, he is the founder of How to Web, TechHub Bucharest, Tech Angels and Innovation Labs. At present, Bogdan is part of the How to Web team, which helps implement the Orange Fab program in Romania.

Nicolaie Moldovan
City Manager
@Primaria Alba Iulia

With an honor degree in external funds community development, he has been working for over 15 years in the local public administration. He has a vast knowledge in irredeemable funds projects for both private and public sector, especially non-governmental and offers project management trainings.

He coordinates the Alba Iulia Smart City 2018 project implementation and is preoccupied by the city brand strategy and growing the reputation of Alba Iulia as a tourist attraction on global scale.

Andrei Son
Country Innovation Manager
@Continental Romania

Andrei Son is the National Innovation Manager of Continental R&D Romania and the leader of Advanced Engineering Romania group(ADAS AE-RO).
He started his career from university as a software developer in a Timisoara startup oriented to custom software solutions for business production and processes.

He has experience in project management, information systems architecture, consultative technical sales, online marketing, telemarketing, corporate auctions and public financing projects.

Andrei Avadanei
@Centrul de Cercetare in Securitate Informatica din Romania

Andrei Avădănei is the president of the organization that presents DefCamp – the biggest information security&hacking event from Central and Eastern Europe.

He is the CEO of Bit Sentinel, a startup who provides informatics security services, meant to protect companies from cyberattacks. He has more than 10 years of experience in IT and over 60 prizes from competitions, in tracks such as web&app development, algorithms or cybersecurity.

Ioan Constantin
Cyber Security Expert
@Orange Romania

Ioan is a Cyber Security professional with more than 10 years of experience in the development, implementation and audit of cyber security systems. He joined Orange Romania’s Development and Innovation team in 2018, with active roles in multiple research and implementation projects in areas like Machine Learning, Threat Intelligence or Resillience.

Corporate partners


Continental Automotive Group is one of the main suppliers of the automotive industry, with more 87,000 employees in over 170 locations. They all work in different areas, but have a common vision: a more safe, sustainable and interconnected mobility – and are on the lookout for these elements from the Orange Fab startups.


Alba Iulia Municipality –The Other Capital – is implementing Alba Iulia Smart City 2018, a project launched at the request of Communication Ministry and for the Information Society, in partnership with Alba Iulia Town Hall. The project is based on partnerships with associations, companies, clusters, research institutes, universities and volunteers, with the sole purpose of transforming Alba Iulia in a smart city before 2018, when it will be the center of the events celebrating100 years since the Great Unity, which was signed in this city, in 1918.

Tech partner


Cyber Security Research Center Romania (CSRCR) is a non-governmental association which organizes DefCamp - the biggest information security&hacking event from Central and Eastern Europe. Every year, the even hosts more than 1000 participants and over 30 speakers.

The CCSIR team also specializes in cybersecurity workshops and trainings and security app&solutions development. The team will offer startups who choose the security track the opportunity to present their product and back-end technology on the DefCamp stage.

Coworking space partner

Tech Hub

TechHub is a unique environment where technology startups can start up faster. We nurture an international network of like-minded and focused tech entrepreneurs, providing places where they can work, meet, collaborate, network, learn and have fun. By getting the right people together in a physical space, good things happen.

Rubik Hub

Rubik Hub is a community of communities, of startups and co-founders, mentors, investors, freelancers and nomads.
Our mission is to inspire, educate, connect and support founders to create successful global startups.

Nod Maker Space

Nod is a dynamic ecosystem that welcomes designers, artists, engineers, inventors, freelancers and entrepreneurs. Any creative mind, anyone who thinks business in a creative way, anyone who has an idea, an invention or a prototype and aims to develop it can find the right space, community and the manufacturing equipment to make any project come to life in a proper environment. Nod works both as a fab lab/makerspace, a co-working space, allowing any type of project to be developed here.

The Grape

The Grape begun its journey almost 5 years ago, when the first Business HUB of Iasi was launched, a hub especially designed at that time for freelancers, startups and small businesses, from different industries, such as IT, Marketing, Training, Design, Architecture, Recruiting etc. In the same time, they were developing entrepreneurial workshops for their members and for the external community, with an educational purpose.

Throughout the years, the hub grew and transformed itself into a coworking space, because the local market has taught them that the startups, the local IT communities and the freelancers working there, they all just needed a neutral and safe space for building their businesses and initiatives in. They are all experienced professionals, trained in corporations or abroad, who aim at building their own path, with revolutionary ideas and lots of courage.

**What is The Grape now? **
The Grape seeks to provide a shared, community-driven workspace for independent workers, entrepreneurs, startups, founders, NGOs and anyone who wants to be part of the local entrepreneurial community.
It exists because of you and for YOU.

Connected by Orange Fab

Fab Lab Iași

Fab Lab Iași is a coworking space opened in 2017 with a 700 sq.m surface that offers flexible scenarios for use of the space (competition areas, co-working, makerspace, training rooms). The space functions as an independent platform which will bring together innovation and the tech community from Iasi.

More details on fablabiasi.ro or on facebook.com/fablabiasi


MATER is a Materials Library – an extended, constantly-renewed collection of material samples.
It is the ideal space for any material lover - architects, interior designers, industrial designers, fashion and jewelry designers, illustrators, artists, constructors and advertising professionals. The whole idea of having a Materials Library as close as possible to Nod Makerspace came from the needs of makers’ to be able to choose from a wider range of materials to use in their projects and to determine different properties of these materials through the manufacturing process itself.