Gold Partner

Almaz Capital

Almaz Capital

Almaz Capital is an international VC firm investing in early stage, capital efficient technology companies. Being a unique bridge-model fund with the main office in Silicon Valley, US, Almaz Capital connects entrepreneurs and engineering talent in USA and CEE countries and bring the prominent startups to the global market. Fund invests in high-growth sectors such as artificial intelligence and blockchain applications, data engineering, cybersecurity, edge computing, networking architecture and infrastructure. The fund's investors include Cisco, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. Founded in 2008, Almaz Capital has 12 exits and over 30 portfolio companies.

 

Silver Partner

Fund of Funds in Bulgaria

Fund of Funds in Bulgaria

The Fund of Funds in Bulgaria (FMFIB) was established by the Council of Ministers as a special-purpose vehicle fully owned by the State to manage the financial instruments designed to support the implementation of programmes co-financed from the European Structural and Investment Funds, i.e. OP Human Resource Development 2014-2020, OP Innovations and Competitiveness 2014-2020, OP Regions in Growth 2014-2020 and OP Environment 2014-2020, the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and the Maritime and Fisheries Programme 2014-2020. To ensure professional management, coordination and consistency in the implementation of financial instruments, all resources budgeted for the financial instruments under the said programmes have been pooled into a joint Fund of Funds, with the FMFIB as its managing body. The Fund of Funds enables a more efficient and effective implementation of financial instruments through specialisation and economies of scale. Being an important part of the system for managing EU financing, FMFIB complies with the special requirements laid out in EU legislation in terms of economic and financial stability, adequate capacity to implement the financial instruments, including appropriate organisational structure and human resources, good corporate governance systems, efficient and effective internal control systems, reliable accounting systems providing timely, comprehensive and accurate reporting.

 

Bronze Partner

BDO

BDO

BDO Bulgaria Ltd. is a company registered in Bulgaria for auditing purposes. Its registration is promulgated in State Gazette issue No. 73/ June 26, 1998, page 50. According to the Accountancy Act and the Independent Financial Audit Act the company has the right to carry out auditing and accounting in compliance with the Bulgarian legislation. The company renders international auditing and consulting services.

 

Support Partners

LAUNCHub Ventures

LAUNCHub Ventures

LAUNCHub is a seed & acceleration fund, focused on investing in startups from CEE region. Our investments range from EUR 25K to 200K per company and we also provide guiding mentorship. The EUR 9M fund is focused on investing in the "digital domain": consumer internet, e-commerce, digital media, mobile. We love cloud, SAAS, and social. We aim at helping young and upcoming entrepreneurs to disrupt industries. The ones that we want to see revolutionized are banking, entertainment, education and others. We look for teams and ideas that are capable to grow and be the next big thing! On a strategic level, LAUNCHub is partnering with the largest early-stage micro seed investment fund and mentoring programme in Europe – Seedcamp and with the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute Bulgaria. It has also attracted as partners WebFWD - Mozilla's Open Innovation program and DreamIt Ventures, a US venture capital firm specializing in incubation and seed investments.

DigitalK

DigitalK

DigitalK is one of the leading European events on technology and digital transformation. It is a growing and powerful community of some of the most curious digital minds in the CEE region: business leaders, corporate representatives, entrepreneurs, investors and digital professionals. Since 2011 DigitalK has become one of the most influential digital technology events in Southeast Europe. Hosted in Sofia, Bulgaria, the conference lineup consists of global business leaders, founders, investors and digital marketing professionals from the wold’s leading companies. DigitalK attracts more than 2500 attendees - decision-makers, digital professionals and entrepreneurs from the region.

 

 

Industry Support Partners
 

Bulgarian Entrepreneurship & Startup Community

Bulgarian Entrepreneurship & Startup Community

The Bulgarian Entrepreneurship & Startup Community was founded in September 2017 with the aim to make Bulgaria “The European Startup Incubator”. Its primary goal is for Bulgaria to become a friendlier environment for both startups and SMEs, as well as larger organizations. Bulgaria has a great potential but modernisation is needed to unleash it. BESCO has focused on working with public institutions to make better laws, policies, and programs fostering entrepreneurship. The organization is also devoted to attracting greater interest from foreign investors, entrepreneurs and professionals towards the country and the Balkan region as a whole. BESCO works closely with the most relevant stakeholders from the Bulgarian startup ecosystem. Its members include entrepreneurs, startup organizations, co-working spaces, and investors. In its goal to connect startups with settled businesses and create a better network between them, BESCO collaborates with some of the larger trade and industry organizations, among other non-profits.

Association of the Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE)

Association of the Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE)

The Association of the Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE) is an active community of entrepreneurial young people, who contribute to the development of the environment around them, wherever they are. We met during our participation in the Bulgarian Young Leaders Program (BYLP) and in 2011 we decided to found a nonprofit to serve as a platform for our ideas and for positive change in Bulgaria.

Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association

Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association

UVCA shapes the future direction of the venture capital and private equity industry in Ukraine by promoting its investment opportunities, advocating the interests of private equity investors to policymakers, and improving the local investment and business climate.

MOVE.BG

MOVE.BG

MOVE.BG is a platform for value creators and a think-and-do tank for innovative solutions. We are looking for workable ideas for social transformation, forging pathways into sustainable development and enabling a culture of constructive dialogue and participatory leadership.

Bulgarian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA)

Bulgarian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA)

The Bulgarian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) is a focal point of private investors, venture capital funds and the entrepreneurial community in Bulgaria. The association works alongside its members to improve the business environment and to drive innovation and growth in the country and the CEE region. BVCA is committed to popularising the role of private investment as a reliable and sustainable source of funding for growing and established companies. The association represents its members’ interests on a national and international level, actively communicates with institutional and private stakeholders as well as the general public. BVCA collects data on member activities in private equity and venture capital, and identifies industry players in the ecosystem. Giving voice to the community it represents, BVCA advocates on behalf of the industry to ensure sound public policy that encourages a favourable investment environment in Bulgaria.

EDIT

EDIT

EDIT was created to address the needs of the information technology micro, small and startup businesses forming the fastest growing and most innovative economic sector of Bulgaria. EDIT is a network open to everyone who wants to work for sustainable economic development.

Silicon Valley Open Doors

Silicon Valley Open Doors

SVOD (Silicon Valley Open Doors) is a leading boutique technology investment conference that brings in an eclectic mix of 1500+ most creative, forward-thinking, and insightful people in the entrepreneurial and investment world to the Silicon Valley. This year, SVOD is presenting a set of topics and innovative companies that allows us to move towards the sustainable future with a great purpose and focus on and around the Human. Impact starts with a Human and ends with a Human. In 2019, SVOD Conference opens its doors to 2K+ attendees, including over 800 startup founders from all over the world, over 300+ top venture capitalists, angel investors and investor judges, and over 900 professionals working in the technology area. A major part of the conference is a startup PITCH for the pre-selected and coached 40 seed and early stage (up to Series B) companies. If you are interested, please use -50% discount code TECHTOUR@SVOD19 upon your registration.

Risky Business Ventures

Risky Business Ventures

Risky Business Ventures is a 100% private investment fund operating their own startup programs, as well as providing innovation and strategy consulting helping corporates create and run internal and external innovation initiatives and programs.

ANIS

ANIS

ANIS (Romanian Software and Services Industry Association) supports the development of the Romanian software and services industry, the engine of local IT industry, with great impact on the national economy. Through its projects and activity, ANIS contributes to Romania’s recognition as one of the regional leaders in software production and as a world-renowned exporter of high-quality international software products and services. Founded back in 1998, ANIS is a point of reference for any information about the Romanian software industry, and its members community include not only top companies with local or international capital and large corporations, but also small and innovative startups. Yearly, its members generate together more than 2.5 bln euro in revenue.

 
 
Media Partners
East-West Digital News

East-West Digital News

East-West Digital News (EWDN) is a publication of International Digital News (IDN), a technology news and research agency covering the emerging innovation markets of Central and Eastern Europe. The agency has offices or representatives in Moscow, Kiev, and Sarajevo as well as in Paris, Brussels and Silicon Valley. IDN publishes news sites: East-West Digital News (Russia) and Ukraine Digital News (Ukraine) as well as industry reports. The agency also offers PR, research and other business services for international companies interested in Central and Eastern European markets as well as for local companies seeking to expand internationally. IDN enjoys fully transparent relations with partnering media, contributors and companies. The editorial independence of its publications is a non-negotiable condition in all matters pertaining to editorial or business relations.

SeeNews

SeeNews

SeeNews is the leading business intelligence platform for Southeast Europe. As a one-stop-shop, SeeNews combines business and financial news, interviews and feature stories, company data, analyses and reports, traditional and social media monitoring and analyses for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

Softlead

Softlead

Softlead is an integrated B2B software marketplace, which generates qualified leads for corporate end-users. With over 300 business accounts in the platform, Softlead provides a dedicated content section, where IT&C specialists or people from related fields can read case studies, articles or information about the most important events in Europe and Romania.

The Diplomat – Bucharest

The Diplomat – Bucharest

'The Diplomat – Bucharest’ aims to bring a fair and balanced analysis and comprehensive coverage of the political and business scene in Romania.

Curierul National

Curierul National

Curierul National is one of the first newspapers printed in Romania after the fall of dictatorship in 1989. With topics ranging from social, tech, political and education, Curierul National represents an independent media platform focused on reflecting trends and opportunities for its readers.

Banii.net

Banii.net

Banii.net is a fresh independent business publication with a experienced team of journalists. Banii.net cover topics from economy, business, investments and markets trends.

Piatapresei.ro

Piatapresei.ro

Piatapresei.ro is a new independent Romanian news website, which covers news from all areas of activity, mainly from the central and local administration, as well as from European funds. The website also pays special attention to the economic field, with a special focus on business news.