Bulgaria Economic Forum 2018

Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth

6 - 6 December 2018

Sofia Hotel Balkan








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 9:00 – 9:30       Registration

Serdika Hall

 9:30 – 11:30     Discussion

Macroeconomic snapshot of Bulgaria at the end of 2018

Keynote speaker:

  • Ms Kerstin Jorna, Deputy Director-General, DG Economic and Financial Affairs

  The discussion will begin with Ms. Jorna’s presentation of the results of the European Semester including:

  - the annual overview of the economic growth in the EU;

  - for Bulgaria: overview of the Country Report; Assessment of the Draft budgetary plan, overview of the Country Specific Recommendations;

  - the benefits for the Bulgarian entrepreneurs resulting from the deepening of the monetary union.

Main Participants (TBC):

  • Mr. Emil Karanikolov, Minister of Economy
  • Mrs. Marinela Petrova, Deputy Minister of Finance
  • Mr. Lachezar Bogdanov, Industry Watch
  • Mr. Ognian Shentov, PhD, Chairman of the Board, Center for the Study of Democracy
  • Mr. Kamen Kolev, Vice President of Bulgarian Industrial Association  (BIA)
  • Mrs. Violina Marinova, CEO, DSK Bank
  • Mr. Tsvetan Simeonov, President, Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Evgeniy Ivanov,Executive Director, Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria (KRIB)
  • Mr. Vasil Velev, Chairman of the Governing Board, Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association

Moderator: George Tabakov, Chairman of Bulgaria Economic Forum



11:30 – 11:45     Coffee Break


11:45 - 13:00     From Idea to Business

Presentation of an on-line education platform for young entrepreneurs

  •  George Tabakov, Chairman of Bulgaria Economic Forum
  • Christina Zlatanova, ICT for new Entrepreneurs Project Manager


 Serdika Hall

13:00 – 14:30     Lunch


14:30 – 15:30     Workshop

Entrepreneur or Intrapreneur– corporate social innovations (CISs) as a factor for sustainable growth

The realisation of CSIs from large companies is linked to the change in their corporate behaviour and practices through the introduction of socially inclusive and, at the same time, financially attractive strategies to improve their competitiveness in the long run. CSIs enable the involvement of employees in entrepreneurial activities (so called intrapreneurs) in order to find motivation for their professional development and to implement their ideas in the social or environmental sphere.


  • Mr. Eugeniy Ivanov, General Manager of “Euroconsultants Bulgaria SA” AD – “Entrepreneur or Intrapreneur – how to implement corporate social innovations”
  • Mr. Yuriy Vulkovski, Executive Director of “Reach for Change” Foundation – “Social entrepreneurs and their role for the development of society”
  • Ms. Milena Stoycheva, Executive Director of JA Bulgaria - “From enterprising people to a happy nation”


Serdika Hall

 15:30 – 17:00     Workshop

Opportunities for support of start-up entrepreneurs in Bulgaria

Presentations of investment and venture capital funds; programmes to promote entrepreneurship, incl. social entrepreneurship; incubation, acceleration and pre-acceleration programmes; co-working spaces; trainings and counseling to help start-up entrepreneurs.


  • Ms. Yanichka Trueva, Manager “Strategic planning and relations with science”, Cleantech Bulgaria – “Acceleration of entrepreneurs to improve their success”
  • Mr. Pavel Ezekiev, Founder of NEVEQ Capital Partners – “Investments of venture capital funds in start-up entrepreneurs”
  • Mr. Viktor Manev, Founder of IMPETUS Capital – “Investments in the growth of companies”
  • Ms. Milena Koleva, Manager of Innovation Management Academy – “Innovations to support entrepreneurship”
  • Ms. Lyuba Hristova, Founder of SOHO - Sofia Holistic Coworking Company – “The role of co-working space for the development of start-up entrepreneurship”
Serdika Hall

17:00 – 17:30     Ideas sharing and networking

Serdika Hall

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