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The Recursive Partners With Wolves Summit 2022 to Uncover the Secrets of Scaling in SEE

Wolves Summit 2022
Image credit: Wolves Summit 2021 archives

One of the flagship innovation and tech events in CEE, Wolves Summit, is just around the corner. Taking place in a hybrid format from 24th-27th May in Wrocław, Poland the conference will offer startups, investors, corporations, sponsors, executives, and talent, a unique opportunity to network and converge and build long-lasting connections. 

For the 12th consecutive year, Wolves Summit will gather audiences and participants from over 90 countries to engage them in curated panel discussions, keynotes, startup pitches, and 1:1 business and talent mixer meetings. This year, The Recursive is the headline media partner of the event, bringing a couple of curated panels with the goal to attract key ecosystem leaders from SEE and position the region in front of the international audience of the Wolves Summit. 

The agenda will cover a number of content themes ranging from Future of work, Impact investing, Deeptech, and Smart Cities, to Unicorns, and Emerging industries. The Recursive is bringing on stage (virtually) some of the key ecosystem leaders from SEE in three panel discussions to highlight the most relevant innovation topics that are characteristic of the region. 

Find out more about the agenda and the SEE-related topics that Wolves Summit will tackle. 

Scaling in SEE, Deeptech, and R&D

The past year has set a precedent for the region with the emergence of the first unicorns in Bulgaria and Greece. How did unicorn founders from the emerging SEE market become technological leaders and major competitors for their Western counterparts?  The Summit will explore what the unicorn path in SEE looks like in a panel discussion with Andrei Roth – Commercial Pricing Director, UiPath, Valeri Petrov – Partner at Eleven Ventures, Sofia-based VC and one of the first investors at Payhawk, and Sergiu Negut – co-founder of FintechOS. 

Another topic that is set to gain an increasing relevance for our region, especially now with the opening of INSAIT – the first AI institute in SEE, in Sofia, Bulgaria, is deeptech. The second panel brought by The Recursive team will delve into the process of deep tech value creation to investigate how scientific research can be turned into scalable startups. The panel will feature insight from Botty Dimanov – CEO of the Cambridge spin-off startup Tenyks, Demetris Gerogiannis – an AI and deeptech entrepreneur,  Alexandra Cernian – CEO of Recycllux, and Raycho Raychev – CEO of EnduroSat.

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The last panel with a regional focus will seek answers to the questions of how SEE talent brings about global success and why tech giants eye SEE as an R&D destination. From Tesla, and Google, to Amazon, Bosch, and Uber, international tech corporations have already discovered the quality and innovative mindset of regional developer communities. To present the perspectives of both a big tech giant and a scaling startup, The Recursive will engage Mergim Cahani – CEO of the biggest tech company in Kosovo, Gjirafa, Dusica Lukic – co-founder of Joberty, and Diana Stefanova – Managing Site Director VMware for Bulgaria and EMEA R&D. 

Why should I join as a startup?

Wolves Summit is not just about insightful discussions and keynotes. The Great Pitch Contest is a region-wide competition during which 100 selected startups pitch on stage in front of the audience and a jury of Investors and industry experts. So far, early-stage and scaling startups participating in the Great Pitch Contest have raised a total of EUR 2.5B at the Wolves Summit. These include the rounds of What3Words, Veriff, Skeleton Technologies, Sender, and Brainly. Participants will also have the chance to attend the Matchmaking Arena and schedule 1:1 meetings with business partners, talents, and solution providers through the Matchmaking app

Being closely connected with the CEE ecosystem and standing closely with everyone affected by the Ukrainian war, the Wolves Sumit team has made the decision to invite all startup founders from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Latvia, Poland, Albania, Romania, Czech Republic, Croatia, Lithuania, Kosovo, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Estonia, Montenegro, and Ukraine to join the Summit completely free of charge. 


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Elena is an Innovation Reporter at The Recursive, an online media dedicated to the emerging tech and startup ecosystems in Southeast Europe. She is keen on sharing the innovation stories that shape the regional ecosystem and has a great interest in fintech, IoT, and biotech startups. Elena is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Political Science at the American University in Bulgaria.