Sofia in Talks to Join the Start Alliance Platform

Sofia in Talks to Join the Start Alliance Platform

New opportunities for partnership initiatives between Sofia and Berlin were discussed during the two-day visit of Vladimir Danailov, CEO of Sofia Investment Agency, and Stefan Yonkov, head of the Trade and Economic Office at the Embassy of Bulgaria in Berlin. The discussions were focused on startup collaborations and traditional and technological industries in the two capitals. The talks with Dr. Christian Herzog, founder of the …

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BUSINESS

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Sofia and Vienna Calling Creatives

Sofia and Vienna Calling Creatives

Sofia Investment Agency is pleased to invite creative companies based in Sofia to the network meeting CREATE & GROW: Creative Sofia Meets Creative Vienna. Part of the agenda is the presentation of the Vienna Calling: Creatives funding programme and the opportunities for Bulgarian creative companies to expand in Austria and other German-speaking markets. The event is organised by Sofia …

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Sofia Enters the Final Stage of the Digital Cities Challenge Initiative

Sofia Enters the Final Stage of the Digital Cities Challenge Initiative

The last Academy Seminar of the Digital Cities Challenge project took place on January 29-30 in Algeciras, Spain. Sofia along with forty other European cities participating in the initiative by the European Commission got together to share their strategies and key actions towards digital transformation to be implemented in the next few years. Sofia worked on the development of its …

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fDi Intelligence Interviews Mayor Fandakova about Sofia’s Rapidly Improving Business Environment

fDi Intelligence Interviews Mayor Fandakova about Sofia’s Rapidly Improving Business Environment

fDi Intelligence, a Financial Times publication with world leading authority on foreign investment, just published an interview with the Mayor of Sofia Mrs.Yordanka Fandakova about the city’s rapidly improved business environment. Investments require three key things: knowledge, security and opportunities. This autumn almost every week a new company opens a new office in Sofia or expands its current operations. More …

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Official Launch of the Swedish-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce

Official Launch of the Swedish-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce

The Swedish-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce (SweCham Bulgaria) was established in Sofia. The official opening ceremony was held on January 17 with the presence of the Swedish Ambassador to Bulgaria, H.E Louise Bergholm and the Bulgarian Deputy Economy Minister Liliya Ivanova.   SweCham Bulgaria will focus on the Swedish-related business in Bulgaria and the culture of Sweden. Sweden’s ambassador …

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Why Sofia with the Austrian Innovation Magazine Trending Topics

Why Sofia with the Austrian Innovation Magazine Trending Topics

New year, new launch. In early January, the Austrian Trending Topics, the first journopreneurial platform in CEE, officially launched operations in Sofia as the first step of its strategy to expand in Eastern Europe. The local team aims at building a new generation community-based media for the new economy in Bulgaria.   Trending Topics Story: Trending Topics started in 2016 …

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The Bulgarian Fintech Payhawk Won the Opportunity to Present Its Product at the Paris Fintech Forum

The Bulgarian Fintech Payhawk Won the Opportunity to Present Its Product at the Paris Fintech Forum

Payhawk is among the five finalists in the international Pitch and Power Competition of Visa and Wirecard. Being among the Top 5 Best Quests gives the Bulgarian company the right to present its product to the start-up competition at the Paris Fintech Forum 2019. Payhawk creates a new generation of virtual and physical Mastercard and Visa corporate cards with …

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American AtScale Opens the Company's First Destination Outside the USA

American AtScale Opens the Company's First Destination Outside the USA

The US IT company AtScale, focused on big data management, has formed its own team in Sofia - the first for the company outside the USA. АtЅсаlе is based in California and its clients include organizations like JPMorgan Chase, Toyota, Visa, Groupon, GlaxoSmithKline, CNN, Bloomberg. The company was established in 2013 by experts from Yahoo!, Google, Netezza, IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce, …

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Vienna-based Startup Consultant i5invest Launches Operations in Sofia

Vienna-based Startup Consultant i5invest Launches Operations in Sofia

Austrian-based i5invest is expanding its corporate development services to Bulgaria, now reaching 5 locations across Europe and the US. Following 4 years of rapid development and multiple cross-border success stories, establishing presence Bulgaria is a strategic step for solidifying exposure to IT and Tech companies from the region. “Bulgaria is a market we have been watching already for some years …

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UK and Bulgarian Biotech Companies Gather in Sofia for Biotechnology Business Workshop

UK and Bulgarian Biotech Companies Gather in Sofia for Biotechnology Business Workshop

The British Embassy in Sofia and the Biotech Atelier invite you to take part in Biotechnology Business (2B) Workshop “Shaping the UK-Bulgarian Biotech Future”. The workshop aims at creating a sustainable business network and fostering a successful collaboration between the UK and Bulgaria in the field of biotechnology. The event will showcase the British excellence and innovation, and will develop commercial …

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McKinsey Examines Bulgaria’s Digital Potential in the New Report on Digitalisation and Growth in Central and Eastern Europe

McKinsey Examines Bulgaria’s Digital Potential in the New Report on Digitalisation and Growth in CEE

Digitisation can be the next big engine for sustainable growth for Bulgaria, adding 1% extra growth per year to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country by 2025. This is stated in McKinsey consulting company’s report The rise of Digital Challengers: How digitalisation can become the new growth engine for Bulgaria and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), published at …

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New Online Platform to Help IT Specialists to Choose the Right Company

New Online Platform to Help IT Specialists to Choose the Right Company

Bulgaria’s largest IT community DEV.BG launched its new project - the HireHeroes platform, which helps IT specialists to choose the most suitable company for their career development. Following direct recommendations from sector professionals, candidates can connect with the organizations that suit best their profile and career goals. The search for information, advice and recommendation from experienced IT specialists is turning …

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StudyHub – The first Co-Studying Space in Sofia

StudyHub – The first Co-Studying Space in Sofia

This year, the first co-studying space might open in Sofia. It will be named StudyHub and is initiated by the Students in Action Association, which is currently looking for partners and investors for the realisation of the project. StudyHub will be a co-studying space following the model of the co-working spaces. It will be equipped with rooms for individual studying …

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The Mayor of Sofia Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova Met with the Association of Commercial Building Owners in Bulgaria

The Mayor of Sofia Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova Met with the Association of Commercial Building Owners in Bulgaria

‘Building green and low-emission buildings, while taking into consideration the public interest and impact on the urban environment’ – recommended Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia, during the meeting with the Association of Commercial Building Owners in Bulgaria (ACBO). ‘Investments you make in business buildings have impact on the environment, which is why the focus on landscaping and the …

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The Proposals from the Sofia Common City Plan Public Discussion

The Proposals from the Sofia Common City Plan Public Discussion

A wide public discussion about the options for amendment of the Common City Plan of the Sofia Municipality took place on January, 17th. The forum was organized by Vision Sofia 2050 and FOR Urban Development, and gathered over 300 citizens and experts. The goal of the forum was to discuss the process and the content of a future amendment …

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Sofia Development Association Published the Audit Report on the Presence and Participation of Third-Country Nationals in the Life of Sofia

Sofia Development Association Published the Audit Report on the Presence and Participation of Third-Country Nationals in the Life of Sofia

Sofia Development Association just published Sofia City Integration Agenda developed in the framework of the INTEGRA project, funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. The City Integration Agenda document contains an audit report for the presence and participation of third-country nationals (TCN) in the life of Sofia. It also outlines the three most likely scenarios for …

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Sofia’s Urban Environment – News in Brief

Sofia’s Urban Environment – News in Brief

The green tram rails in the area of Ruski Pametnik Square will be extended to Macedonia Square and a new small city park will be constructed along the stretch. The alley will be enriched with 467 new trees and 3720 square meters of green areas, recreation areas and cross-connections for crossings of the tramway. A convenient pedestrian and bicycle …

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ENTREPRENEURS

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Opportunities to Expand to New Markets: Singapore

Opportunities to Expand to New Markets: Singapore

In October 2018, the EU signed the long awaited trade and investment agreements with Singapore. The new regulations will help companies benefit from easier exchange of goods and services, enhanced investment and facilitatеd labour market between Singapore and the countries from the EU. The EU-Singapore trade and investment agreements led to increased interest from Central and Eastern European countries such …

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Applications Now Open for Start Up in Vienna and Grow Programme

Applications Now Open for Start Up in Vienna and Grow Programme

Applications are now open for the Vienna Start-up Package 2019 programme. Start-up Package: Start Up in Vienna and Grow is a two- month accelerator that supports selected international start-ups that want to develop their business idea in Vienna and explore the Austrian and other German-speaking markets. The startups will not only enjoy free flight tickets, housing, office space and coaching, …

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Registration for 5th International B2B Software Days 2019 in Vienna Now Open

Registration for 5th International B2B Software Days 2019 in Vienna Now Open

Registrations for the 5th International B2B Software Days 2019 in Vienna are now open. The event is the biggest software B2B meeting in Central Europe featuring industrial keynotes, pre-arranged face-to-face business meetings (B2B), networking sessions, thematic workshops and start-up pitching. Existing companies, startups and R&D institutions from Sofia and Bulgaria with a focus on software development and new technologies …

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Join the Bulgarian Delegation Within the Framework of SENCON Dakar

Join the Bulgarian Delegation Within the Framework of SENCON Dakar

At the invitation of the Portugal-Senegal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, construction and real estate companies from Sofia and Bulgaria can join the Bulgarian delegation within the framework of the SENCON Dakar - International Building, Building Materials And Construction Machinery Fair to be held in April 2019, in Senegal. The exhibition is held for the fourth consecutive year at …

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Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

The Fund of Funds is preparing a procedure for the implementation of a new financial instrument - the Technology Transfer Fund (TTF), funded by the “Innovation and Competitiveness” 2014-2020 Operational Program (OPIC). The instrument targets investments in the development of innovation potential in the fields of  mechatronics and clean technologies, informatics and information and communication technologies, industry for healthy …

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EVENTS

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EEN Accepts Applications for the Sixth Innovation Competition 2018

EEN Accepts Applications for the Sixth Innovation Competition 2018

 Applications for the Most Innovative Company Competition and Best Innovative Project for 2018 of the Innovation Council at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) will be accepted until 22 April 2019. The sixth edition of the competition is organised by the Europe Enterprise Network at BCCI, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and with the assistance of the …

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15th South-East European Exhibitions & Conferences on Smart Cities, EE&RES and Save the Planet

15th South-East European Exhibitions & Conferences on Smart Cities, EE&RES and Save the Planet

On behalf of the organising team, we would like to invite you to take part in the forthcoming 15th South-East European Exhibitions & Conferences on Smart Cities, EE&RES and Save the Planet to be held on 16 – 18 April 2019 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event is organised by Via Expo, and Sofia Investment Agency will partner the events. …

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Mobile Application of Sofia Municipality - Candidate for the BAIT Awards

Mobile Application of Sofia Municipality - Candidate for the BAIT Awards

Sofia Municipality has applied for participation in the eighth edition of the BAIT Awards for significant contribution to the development of information and communication technologies in 2018. The Municipality plans to participate with its Call Sofia mobile application in the ‘Municipal Administration’ category. The application allows fast submission of alerts for any deviation from the normal urban environment directly …

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Upcoming Events in Sofia

Upcoming Events in Sofia

14TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON E-HEALTH The general vision of the National Healthcare Information System (NCBI), good European and national practices for the digitization of the healthcare sector, the implementation of solutions for automation of the working process in the hospital administration are some of the highlights of the 14th National Conference on e-Healthcare 2019 to be held on February …

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