The Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Regional Business Summit


How can CEE-born companies expand internationally?


Date: October 4th 2022
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Bucharest & Online streaming



EVENT OVERVIEW: The Business Summit honours Eastern Europe, its entrepreneurs and especially those who after 30 years of challenging post-communist transition, dream big and grow across Europe and the globe to become tomorrow's multinationals. With a goal of assisting those future multinationals in currency risk management, cross border transactions and cash management, iBanFirst turns currency into an opportunity and a region that is geopolitically fragile and vulnerable, into one that is becoming economically successful.

The event was attended by entrepreneurs and managers from Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary who work in companies that have successfully expanded in the region and can now share the challenges and beauty of the process.

As a company whose mission is to help other companies expand their businesses internationally, iBanFirst provided an overview of the main macroeconomic indicators in the region, the risks and challenges brought by local currencies when expanding abroad, and what international payments look like in the 21st century. In fact, international payments have never been as fast, easy and transparent as nowadays.



- Romania

- Bulgaria

- Hungary

The agenda includes the following topics:

  • FROM A FRAGILE REGION TO AN AGILE BUSINESS (the stories of visionary founders, their innovative ideas and expansion challenges);
  • THE BUSINESS OF BUILDING BUSINESSES (venture capital, private equity companies active in the region and region experts);
  • BUILDING THE MULTINATIONALS OF TOMORROW (HR abilities & skills, business challenges & opportunities).


Cristian Hostiuc, the Editorial Director of Ziarul Financiar moderated the event, alongside:

Pi2 PR is the regional communication partner of the event, making sure as many entrepreneurs as possible feel inspired and incentivised to expand their businesses regionally.



  1. Iulian Stanciu - Executive President EMAG
  2. Pierre Antoine Dusoulier - Founder & CEO iBanFirst
  3. Carmen Sebe – CEO SeedBlink, Romania
  4. Kalin Radev - Co-founder & CEO Software Group
  5. Jean Valvis - Founder Aqua Carpatica
  6. Momchil Vassilev - Managing Director Endeavor
  7. Adela Jansen - Board member CCIFER
  8. Domonkos Tikk - CEO Gravity Research and Development Kft
  9. Kaloyan Kumanov - Co-Founder NIK & CEO Vantage
  10. Willy Dicu - CEO Teilor
  11. Simona Gemeneanu – Co-Founder Morphosis
  12. Péter Parragh - Associate Oktogon Ventures
  13. Voicu Oprean - Founder & CEO Arobs
  14. Adela Clara Wiener - Founder & CEO Aurachain
  15. Daniela Iliescu - Executive Director ROPEA




iBanFirst is a global financial service provider delivering solutions across banking borders. As an alternative to the traditional bank offer, iBanFirst helps international SMEs to thrive while simplifying their daily operations. To do so, iBanFirst has developed a cutting-edge core banking platform enabling fast, secure and cost-effective multicurrency transactions. Thanks to iBanFirst, financial teams can make and receive payments in over 30 currencies and hedge foreign exchange risks.

Founded in Paris in 2016, iBanFirst is a French company headquartered in Belgium. It is regulated as a payment institution, passported throughout the European Union, and serves thousands of customers all over Europe. Member of the SWIFT network and SEPA certified, iBanFirst holds AISP and PISP accreditations under PSD2. The company has raised €46m from Xavier Niel and leading European venture capital funds, such as Elaia and Bpifrance Large Venture, among others. In May 2021, iBanFirst completed a growth equity funding round with Los Angeles-based private equity firm Marlin Equity Partners for €200m.

Ziarul Financiar:

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ZIARUL FINANCIAR is the leading business media group in Romania.
For 21 years on the Romanian market, ZF provides readers with the significance of recent events and anticipates developments in business and economy, through news, analysis and opinion editorials.

ZF journalists also collect and analyse complex information in the yearbooks Top Transactions, Romania's Business Yearbook - The Biggest Players in the Economy, Who's Who in Business - The 1,000 Most Important People in Business, Top 100 Most Valuable Companies - a complete set of working tools for any manager and entrepreneur.

They are also addressed by the business events organised by the ZIARUL FINANCIAR, where in-vestments are announced, strategies are revealed and developments in economic phenomena are predicted.



Pi2 PR is a regional Eastern European communication agency. The agency was founded in 2008, in Bucharest, and expanded over the years through local offices and affiliates in other countries in the CEE region: Bulgaria, Moldova, Hungary and Greece. The agency offers integrated communication and consulting services: from branding, media relations, social media & influencer endorsement, content & digital marketing, to crisis management and employer branding. The agency has a solid portfolio in technology, healthcare, banking & finance, retail & real estate.

Over the years the agency managed to build a strongly positive reputation. Pi2 is known for delivering successful ideas & campaigns to its clients, while also winning the industry’s national and international awards: European Excellence Awards, Digital Communication Awards, WebIT, SABRE and Romanian PR Awards.