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    Richie Norton (Global Consulting Circle)

    Richie has been featured in Forbes, Businessweek, Young Entrepreneur, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, Inc. and more. The 2013 San Francisco Book Festival named The Power of Starting Something Stupid the winner of the business category and the grand prize winner of all book categories in its annual competition. In 2010, Pacific Business News recognized Richie as one of the Top Forty Under 40 “best and brightest young businessmen” in Hawaii.

    Richie founded an international mentor capital company - the Mark & Laura Willes Center for International Entrepreneurship, where he also serves on the Mentor Venture Capital Board at BYU-Hawaii. In 2005, Richie was published in the Journal of Microfinance and became a ChangeAid Award winner for outstanding accomplishment in international development, international relations, humanitarian aid and academic achievement.

    He founded the Empower Laie Project--educating hundreds of families on principles of self-reliance. Richie helped institute/manage the International Business Conference where executives of over 100 companies from the USA, Asia and Canada were trained over 3 years. 


    6:00 pm Networking and tasty food

    7:00 pm Fireside chat

    8:00 pm Networking. We make FRIENDS not CONTACTS.

    Hosted By Sergiu Matei, Chisinau Director

    Sergiu is serial entrepreneur and social contributor. Sergiu co-founded MoreSense Partners where he managed or was involved as advisor/angel in 10+ startups regionally and globally, some of them with success and some of spectacular failures. As a social contributor Sergiu is the regional director at StartupGrind and also is on board of Dreamups organization.

    Twitter: @MateiSergiu

    Hosted By Mihai Stipanov, Chisinau Co-Director

    Mihai is passionate about innovation, technology and startups. He is the co-founder of the tech entrepreneurial community Dreamups, where he runs the Founder Institute accelerator, as well as startup programs like Startup Grind and the Space Program. He developed and is currently involved in a series of startups, managed through the Arbo Capital company. Being a social contributor for many years, he has brought TEDx to Chisinau, the ideas worth spreading conference, founded the MediaPoint youth organization, and served as VP on the managing boards of JCI Chisinau and AIESEC Moldova.

    Twitter: @MihaiStipanov

    Hosted By Ion Arventi, Chisinau Co-Director

    enthusiastic entrepreneur. Passionate about tech start-ups, business model innovation, cutting edge technology, business transformation! Catalyzing developing of startups, growth hacking, venture capital, connecting, strategy. Now with a special interest in building products with emotion analysis.

    Global Partner

    Google for Entrepreneurs - Final

    Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products.

    Local Sponsor


    Dreamups Innovation Campus este comunitatea unde tinerii antreprenori învață, fac schimb de idei și lansează companii globale. Creăm în Republica Moldova un mediu de afaceri corect, competitiv și sustenabil.





    Orange Moldova is a subsidary of France Telecom Orange group. The company has been providing mobile service for more than 10 years in Moldova and serves more than 1,7 millions clients. Orange is considered the most extended and popular mobile service in Moldova. Orange Moldova works in respect of International, European and Orange quality standards.

    What is Startup Grind?

    Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 200 cities and 85 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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