Consulting Team

Consulting team

Doru-Cristian CoretchiDoru-Cristian Coretchi – CEO & Founder
PhD in Management, Economist, Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest, MBA Steinbeis University Berlin – 7 years management consulting on international markets, 4 years experience in construction industry in Germany and Romania, funding advisory, business development & growth, innovation management, public-private partnership, EU grants, state aid schemes, EEA & Norway grants, UK innovation funding.

Ágústa Ýr ThorbergsdóttirÁgústa Ýr Thorbergsdóttir – Senior Consultant
Over 15 years of international work experience with the EU and International Finance Institutions. Focus on the interface between business and government, whether Icelandic, European or International. Global activities on government and EU relations, innovation, market research, and project management. Experience in leading diverse and international teams with the ability to drive performance through encouragement and motivation. Passionate and skilled at establishing new relationships and realising opportunities Internationally, through an extensive global contact network. From 2003 to 2011 she was a Senior Country Officer at the Financial Mechanism Office in Brussels, the administrative body for EEA & Norway grants.

Ankit GuptaAnkit Gupta – Senior Consultant, Finance Expert
A qualified chartered accountant, MBA from Kingston Business School, 3 years experience in auditing in various multinational private and public companies, 4 years experience in financial management including compliances, taxation & grant claims. Expertise in Research & Development tax credits on the UK market. Financial advisory expertise for crowdfunding, private funding and grants-based funding on international markets.

Astrid Green<Astrid Green – Senior Consultant
25 years+ in business development, innovation & growth support, cluster management and expansion strategies across sectors and industries. Project delivery for Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Innovation Norway, board member in the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise. Funding advisory and bilateral cooperation in the context of the EEA & Norway grants, on international markets incl. Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia & Hercegovina. Successful experience with EU funding, EEA & Norway grants, State Aid/Government Schemes and Horizon 2020. Executive Master of Management in Energy at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo and IFP School in Paris.

Cristian DimaCristian Dima – Senior Consultant, State Aid Expert
FCCA, CMC, BA in finance & audit, Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest – over 10 years management consulting on the Romanian market for local and international clients, funding advisory, financial management and project management expertise; specialized in state aid schemes for large scale investment projects

Gabriela SoareGabriela Soare – Senior Consultant
Master in European Affairs and international Law, Bachelor degree in Law. Over 8 years experience in funding advisory, focus EU-funding and State Aid. 4 years an expert negotiator in the National Delegation for Romania’s EU – accession focus in the field of free movement of persons and company law.

Maria Kristin GylfadóttirMaria Kristin Gylfadóttir – Senior Consultant
Master’s degree in European Studies from Georgetown University (Washington DC), MBA from the University of Iceland. 15 years of funding advisory experience for companies, NGOs, education and research institutions across European and Nordic funding schemes (H2020, Erasmus+, Creative Europe, Nordplus, EEA & Norway Grants). Manager of the Erasmus+ Programme in Iceland 2013-2016, National Expert for the European Commission in Brussels 2009-2013 focusing on innovation and higher education. MBA programme manager at Reykjavik University, Cultural Counsellor for the Icelandic Embassy in Washington DC. Currently focusing on business development and strategy building in different business sectors, project management and internationalisation strategies

Adi HristovaAdi Hristova – Consultant, International Business Development
Master of Arts in Strategic Management and Marketing in London, UK. 5 year+ experience in management consulting specializing in marketing, innovation management and international business development. Expertise with grants-based funding programmes across Europe (especially UK, Bulgaria and EC funding). Background in the sports and entertainment industry. Currently working on projects in entrepreneurship, innovation management and smart cities.

Demmis NeculaDemmis Necula – Senior Consultant
MSc in Project Management, BA in Management, Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. 5 years in management consulting, specializing in proposal development and project management in EU funding, EEA & Norway grants, State Aid schemes, supporting SMEs and Large Enterprises across various industries.

News & Updates


Blended funding in the UK

Blended Funding in the UK – Healthy Ageing Investor Partnership programme. 2020 competition open. £12M offered by Innovate UK.

Private investors have a new funding opportunity to partner with Innovate UK for the healthy ageing investor partnership programme that is looking to invest in high growth potential small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that aspire to find solution addressing … Read more


EEA & Norway grants in Romania – Submission statistics of the SMEs Growth Programme 2020

98 project proposals submitted under the SMEs Growth Programme of the EEA & Norway grants in Romania.  EUR 18.5 million was the budget made available to SMEs and large enterprises via the 2nd call for project proposals under the SMEs Growth Programme in Romania, operated by Innovation Norway. The call for proposals opened in January 2020, … Read more

SMEs Growth Programme

EEA & Norway Grants in Romania – 3rd Call for Proposals under the SMEs Growth Scheme for business development and innovation – expected 2021

Up to EUR 12-18 million is expected to be made available to SMEs and large enterprises during the next call (2021) for project proposals via the SMEs Growth Programme in Romania, operated by Innovation Norway. The budget estimation is based on the official data on budget allocation level for this programme as … Read more


EEA&Norway grants statistics – SMEGrowth programme in Romania (2018)

At, Winnovart, it is part of our mission to bring transparency in the grants-based market space. We do this in the funding areas and for the funding mechanisms we are working with. This is why we are introducing a very … Read more

Allevo & WInnovart

Winnovart Explore introducing Allevo. Open software for financial flow information. Funding ready with EEA & Norway grants.

At Winnovart, we regularly promote European innovation champions, game-changing organisations in their sectors, as well as established industrial players looking to work with innovative technology companies. We are proud to contribute to their stories, by doing what we know best – accelerate their access to … Read more


Winnovart Explore introducing Mindstream AI. Thoughts about the blended funding schemes in the UK and Europe.

Public-Private funding schemes or blended schemes combining private funding and grants have the potential to change the grants-funding market space in the UK (and Europe). At Winnovart, we believe this is the most interesting thing happening in this marketspace for … Read more

business development and innovation croatia

Winnovart Explainer – EEA & Norway grants for business innovation projects in Croatia

EUR 22 million funding is available for business innovation projects on the Croatian market under the EEA & Norway grants. The focus areas of the funding programme are Green Industry Innovation and Blue Growth, under 2 project schemes: – Individual … Read more


EEA&Norway grants in Romania – Business Funding programmes 2020-2021

31.25 mil eur in grants-funding available for business development and innovation in Romania during 2020-2021, under the EEA&Norway grants. June 2020 updated timeline of funding competitions under the SMEs Growth programme in Romania. Competitions Open / expected to Open:   … Read more

BriteSolar & Winnovart

Winnovart Explore introducing BriteSolar. Unique Solar Panel Technology for Energy Autonomous Greenhouses. Funding ready with EEA & Norway grants.

At Winnovart, we regularly promote European innovation champions, game-changing organisations in their sectors, as well as established industrial players looking to work with innovative technology companies. We are proud to contribute to their stories, by doing what we know best – … Read more

BoldTech Winnovart

Winnovart Explore introducing Bold Technologies. Gamification of digital training for the finance sector. Funding ready with EEA & Norway grants.

At Winnovart, we regularly promote European innovation champions, game-changing organisations in their sectors, as well as established industrial players looking to work with innovative technology companies. We are proud to contribute to their stories, by doing what we know best – accelerate their access to … Read more