13 years of entrepreneurship, 13 years in EU affairs in the central public administration and international projects, 13 years of voluntary social work and more than 60 million euros gained from EU funds for customers and partners.

Rodica Lupu founded and is currently running Loop Operations, a consultancy company specialized in strategic management and funding, and also the Ingenius Hub, with central co-working spaces, as well as support and funding programs for entrepreneurs, with more than 80 start-ups funded during the past 3 years.

She is an expert of the European Commission (TAIEX) in the field of the internal market, particularly the non-financial services market.

I believe in numbers, because we don’t yet have better tools to measure results and impact. However, for those who want to play the global business game, now it is the time for ideas, rather than numbers. I am therefore interested in people who look at the world as it will be 20 years from now, and thus contribute to shaping it. These are the ones we intend to fund this year, with more than 6 million euros which we will distribute to 160 start-ups. I am counting on co-creation and innovation at all costs, because the life-cycle of products and even business models shortens exponentially, with each year that goes by.’