GEM Bulgaria organised its second annual conference for entrepreneurship in cooperation with Capital newspaper. The event took place in Sofia at the House of Europe on October 20th. The conference gathered entrepreneurs, state and municipality administration representatives, investors, non-government organisations, academic and financial institutions, embassies, funds and media.
The participants discussed entrepreneurship-relevant topics and gained an insight about the factors that hinder or support the development of the entrepreneurship ecosystem. During the conference prof. Veneta Andonova and Mira Krusteff presented the new GEM National report on entrepreneurship in Bulgaria 2016/17.
Georg Raab from DG Growth of the European commission delivered a presentation about funding opportunities through the instruments of the commission. Ylva Skoogberg from Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and Public affairs consultant revealed why policies should be based on data evidence and how Sweden is applying good practices, based on the expertise of GEM Sweden in its work with the stakeholders.
On a separate panel, moderated by Diana Nikolaeva from EY Bulgaria, representatives of successful Bulgarian start-ups from various sectors focused on strategies for sustainable growth and internationalisation.
The event was closed by Iskren Krusteff, Chairman of GEM Bulgaria, and his speech on entrepreneurial values.
The guests of the conference had a chance to learn about various novel good practices, applied worldwide. We followed at each step the path to positive change and provoked ideas, viable in practice and applicable in different areas and sectors.
GEM Bulgaria annual conference was co-organised with Capital newspaper and with the institutional support of the European commission representation in Bulgaria. Partners of the event were EY Bulgaria and Superhosting.
Video recording of the conference can be found on our Facebook page.