Paul Brie

Spherik President

I have spent the past 20 years in the digital industry as a coder, manager, investor, and partner for various European start-ups and corporate innovation initiatives. The main focus of my work is to design comprehensive innovation strategies, to implement them into the core activities of private and public actors.
I am currently the Founder and CEO of teleportHQ, an AI-powered code-generation platform, and Co-Founder of the JSHeroes community and JSHeroes international conference.
My role at Spherik is to lead think-and-do programs, to create innovation process transfer opportunities, to build strategic private and public partnerships, and to support the creation of public policies that leverage the potential of deep and social technologies.

Cristina Juc

Executive Director

With a background in architecture & arts, I took a step towards the tech world a few years ago, staying on the creative side of things. I believe in collaboration & partnership, which is why I strongly encourage people & communities to work & evolve together.

What I like about working with the Spherik team is the extent to which everyone is involved in every step of the program, making it an outstanding experience for all the startups involved.

Mircea Vadan

Program Manager

Along the years I’ve worked in startups as business developer, marketing or product manager. In the last four years, as Managing Partner at Activize, my focus was on working with companies and startups on product management, on creating acceleration programs for startups and on delivering workshops on topics like customer validation, product definition, product metrics, user acquisition, user engagement and investment. Moreover, my drive to help startups made me active in several tech startups communities (Cluj Startups, FreshBlood, Fintech Camp, Cluj.AI). At Spherik I help startups with product management & product marketing and get involved in the customization of acceleration programs.

Ecaterina Silova

Project Manager

I have a background in music and economics – seemingly unrelated, but definitely generating a blend of pragmatic approach and creativity. This has taken me into management consulting, where the diversity of engagements has led me to pursue innovation ecosystem projects. Over the past 5+ years, I’ve organized several startup community events of various scope and size, from small thematic meet-ups to large regional conferences, co-founded an NGO aimed at informal education on digital communication subjects, and helped multiple CEE startups raise EU funding.

At Spherik, my role contributes to bringing private and public sector representatives together and helping them learn practical concepts that can transform their organisations, making them prepared for the future.

Flavia Tiloiu

PR & Media Manager

During the last 3+ years, I have learned how to grow into a professional, engage with the right people, and create and adapt content of interest to a specific community.

My role in the Spherik Accelerator’s team is to find the right ways to deliver important news and opportunities in the industry towards our community, in accordance with our brand mission, which is to connect startups with strategic resources and support the growth of the local & regional startup ecosystems.

Mădălina Sumedrea

Operations Manager

During the last 3 years being a financial and operational coordinator for various projects, I have discovered that the recipe for outstanding and successful start-ups it’s a mix of an enthusiastic team, their understanding of the problem they want to solve and commitment to implement the best version of the idea into a competitive product.

Currently, I am studying International Business with Major in Finance and Accounting and along with this, my professional involvement and interests triangulate three areas: entrepreneurship, education and non-profit organizations. 

My key role at Spherik Accelerator is to regulate processes and legal issues, budgets and cost management practices with the responsibility to maintain and increase the efficiency of the organization.

Valentin Maior

Senior Business Developer

Full-time human being, with a background in software development and a huge passion for education and business development. I am now focused on helping the tech ecosystem thrive and grow by connecting the dots between entrepreneurs with a vision and focus for innovation, and the necessary resources, to transform their ideas into real projects.

Paul Stefanut

French Liaison Associate

During the last 10 years, I have used the scientific and technological expertise, as well as the methodologies discovered during the preparation of my PhD, to support companies in leveraging innovation to accelerate their business.

While working with a few hundred SMEs and start-ups, I have seen that having the best technology is not necessarily a guarantee of success, but on the other end of the spectrum, having a highly motivated team, open minded and eager to explore and learn and fully investing its energy to contribute to the achievement of a common goal, is always one of the key success factors of companies who succeed.

This is the main reason for joining forces with Spherik: I have discovered an ambitious and skilled team, having chosen the mission to contribute to the growth of high-potential Eastern European start-ups. My role here is to support the building of a pan-European network of acceleration partners and to collaborate with stakeholders from the French start-up ecosystem.