27 Nov

GEM Bulgaria Awards 2017

For a second year in a row, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Bulgaria presented  its Annual entrepreneurship awards to people, teams or organisations which positively impacts the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country.

“GEM Bulgaria was provoked to establish its Annual entrepreneurship awards by an identified need, arising in our annual report – the lack of enough good examples”, shared Mira Krusteff, vice-chairman of GEM Bulgaria. “The change would not happen in a couple of days, the media play an important role,  however, each person is a media – each one of us is responsible to be a good role model, to share good examples, so they can become contagious”.

2017 Awards winners:

  • Comeback of the year: George Parvanov of CTeam 
  • Media product:  Start -up Show of Start-up Foundation 
  • NGO initiative: Teach for Bulgaria 
  • Partnership – public/private/ NGO: Grajdanite 
  • Social entrepreneurship: Social Tea House, Varna
  • Public sector initiative: the legal amendments, concerning entrepreneurship education in primary school, Milena Damyanova, Education and Science parliamentary committee
  • Overall contribution to the entrepreneurship ecosystem: JEREMIE Initiative, EIF

Video from the awards ceremony can be found on GEM Bulgaria Facebook page. 

The latest GEM Bulgaria annual report on entrepreneurship 2016/17 can be downloaded here.

22 Nov

GEM Bulgaria second Annual conference “Entrepreneurship: path to positive change”

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.


08 Mar

Bulgaria makes second appearance in the Global GEM report

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More Than Half of All Entrepreneurs Expect to Create Jobs in the Next Five Years

The 2016/17 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) reports that entrepreneurship is on the rise globally and that building a positive global entrepreneurial ecosystem is key for job creation.

Fifty-five percent of entrepreneurs worldwide expect to create at least one job in the next five years – this according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2016/17 Global Report released with sponsors Babson College, Universidad Del Desarrollo, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, and Tecnológico de Monterrey.

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08 Feb

GEM Bulgaria’s Management Team Grows

We would like to welcome our new team members Iskra Yovkova and Natanail Stefanov who have taken over the operational management of GEM Bulgaria as of December 2016. We are pleased that they decided to focus their energy and passion, knowledge and professional expertise in the advancement of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Bulgaria.

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