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The 2nd edition of the Laser Valley Innovation Bootcamp will take place in Măgurele between June 14-16 2024

For the second consecutive year, the Laser Valley Innovation Bootcamp, an event that connects researchers with entrepreneurs and students, returns to the city of Măgurele.

More than 100 researchers, entrepreneurs and students are expected to participate in the second edition of the Laser Valley Innovation Bootcamp, an event that will take place in the city of Măgurele (Ilfov county), between June 14-16 2024, at the IFIN Festival Hall -HH and Oteteleșanu Manor.

The goal of the Laser Valley Innovation Bootcamp is to facilitate collaboration between researchers from National Research and Development Institutes, entrepreneurs, and students passionate about entrepreneurship. Participants will be divided into mixed teams, working together to initiate innovative projects or advance the development of existing research projects.

During the three days, researchers from the National Research and Development Institutes will collaborate with technological entrepreneurs, alongside students, to develop new projects, technologies and businesses. The projects will be presented to a jury on the last day of the event, and the most promising ones will be awarded.

The Laser Valley Innovation Bootcamp will also bring a range of relevant topics to participants across the three days of activities delivered by relevant industry people. Among the topics of discussion are sustainable development and project financing, the creation of minimum viable products or technology transfer.

The event takes place under the patronage of the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization, with the support of administrative-territorial units, such as the Ilfov County Council and the Măgurele City Hall. Those present will have the opportunity to join discussion panels, which will ensure their interaction with representatives from the academic environment, such as the National University of Science and Technology POLITEHNICA Bucharest, the University of Bucharest and the Academy of Economic Studies and from the National Research and Development Institutes from the physics platform in the city of Măgurele. In addition, workshops and mentoring sessions will be organized, where participants will be able to interact with representatives from leading companies such as Google, Bitdefender and UiPath.

“We were very pleased with the enthusiasm with which the first edition of this event was received. We expected the feedback to be positive, but we have to admit that our expectations were exceeded. And we say it with joy, because this is also the hallmark of MSP’s DNA – facilitating collaboration between business and research. It is fascinating to take part in a process like the one proposed by the bootcamp: from planting the seed of the idea, which is always shrouded in mystery, to reaping the fruits, i.e. presenting the final pitch. I hope that this year’s participants will have an experience that they will remember for a long time to come. The Măgurele Science Park Association supports the connection of researchers with representatives of the business environment and students in order to increase economic competitiveness by more effectively capitalizing on the results of research and innovation activities.” – Mădălin Ioniță, Executive Director, Măgurele Science Park Association.

“In the global context of technology, Romania offers solid opportunities for research, development and innovation. With qualified human resources and competitive costs, Romania attracts relevant investments in key fields such as agri & food, energy, IT, robotics or engineering. The startup ecosystem, funding programs and government innovation initiatives create a fertile ground for entrepreneurs and researchers. BCR assumes a practical role by offering financial support and consultancy for startups and innovators, thus contributing to the increase in the competitiveness of the Romanian economy” – Ionuț Stanimir, Director of Marketing and Communication, BCR.

“Laser Valley Innovation Bootcamp is a condensed experience of Launch Romania’s mission. We believe that Romania’s potential is huge and that we just have to give it the space, attention and resources necessary to flourish and grow. The solution is not in one man, whether he is an entrepreneur, CEO or president, the solution is in us, in the work we put in and our ability to work together and collaborate towards the same goal. The most productive thing we can do is join forces and see what we can build together. The technology segment is indeed one of the ramps from which we can relaunch Romania into an important player in the region, with very strong economic, socio-cultural and educational effects. Laser Valley Innovation Bootcamp 2024 aims to provide an ideal framework for developing and facilitating collaboration between business, research and academia. We are proud to be part of this initiative and contribute to it. <Uniting the next generation of groundbreakers> from Măgurele!” – Andrei Cojan, Head of Community, Launch Romania.

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About Laser Valley Innovation Bootcamp

Laser Valley Innovation Bootcamp 2024 facilitates connecting researchers from National Research and Development Institutes with startup founders and students passionate about technology entrepreneurship.

Laser Valley Innovation Bootcamp will be held under the patronage of the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitalization, being a partnership between the Măgurele Science Park Association (MSP) and the Romanian Commercial Bank (BCR), the initiative being developed with the support of Launch Romania.

The Măgurele Science Park Association is supported by CJ Ilfov, the Măgurele City Hall, the National Research-Development Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering “Horia Hulubei” (IFIN-HH), the Politehnica University of Bucharest and the University of Bucharest. Launch Romania is an initiative powered by BCR, with the support of Google and founding partner How to Web.

More information about Laser Valley Innovation Bootcamp Ed. 2, June 14-16, 2024, here: https://magurelesciencepark.ro/bootcamp-laser-valley-innovation-2024/.

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