01.08.2019

Open Call for Participation: 25 Hours in Vienna

‘25 Hours in Vienna’ creative delegation: Creative Sofia to visit Creative Vienna!


We are pleased to invite creative companies based in Sofia and involved in:

Gaming
Film
CulTech

to join

25 Hours in Creative Vienna
September 25-26 in Vienna, Austria.

‘25 Hours in Creative Vienna‘ is organised by Sofia Investment Agency and Vienna Business Agency.
Sofia and Vienna signed a ‘City-to-City’ agreement in 2018 to facilitate and
encourage the business cooperation between the two cities.

Get to know the creative ecosystem in Vienna, establish contacts, and
learn more about the opportunities for cooperation between Creative
Vienna and Creative Sofia!

Please see the preliminary agenda and funding opportunities here .

Please note that the number of participants is limited.

Vienna Business Agency will cover lunches and transfers for the participants.

Confirm your participation no later than August 30th, 2019 here.

01.08.2019

Presenting the investment environment in Sofia to a Chinese delegation from Ningbo

 

Our team presented the business environment in Sofia and current industry data to representatives of the Ningbo city administration. We discussed the priority industries of the capital city with a focus on the developed human capital of Sofia.

The many initiatives with which the agency seeks to support the city’s economy were also a focus topic of the meeting. The guests expressed interest in the City-to-City program, which helps Bulgarian companies to enter foreign markets and facilitates foreign companies to start their business in Sofia.

One of the highlights of the visit was Sofia Tech Park. The guests from the Ningbo City government gained an insight into the operation of the first technology park in Bulgaria. The tech park’s activities to promote direct cooperation between business and academia were of particular interest. The collaboration with PhD students and professors from Bulgarian universities is crucial for stimulating innovation and creating new products. The useful practices in this direction are of interest to Ningbo, as the city is the economic centre of the southern part of the Yangtze River Delta, an engine of social reform in modern China and an important centre in the automotive, creative and other industries where innovation is extremely valuable.  

After the meeting ended, the delegation left for Plovdiv to explore Bulgaria’s second largest city. 

31.07.2019

Join Us at Career Hive – the Forum for Bulgarians with International Experience Looking for Opportunities Back Home 

The event will give companies the opportunity to remotely talk to candidates who are currently not in Bulgaria

 

Over 1,500 Bulgarians with international experience who are looking for professional development opportunities back home will attend Career Hive – the biggest event targeted specifically at Bulgarians with work or educational qualifications abroad.

The event will take place on September 4, 2019 at Inter Expo Center and will be held under the patronage of the President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev.

The organizers, Tuk-Tam, are building upon their solid foundation of 11 years of experience in organizing career focused events, starting this new initiative. Career Hive is the ideological continuation to the emblematic “Career in Bulgaria. Why not?” event which the NGO co-organized from 2008 to 2018.

Over 90 leading companies will attend, seeking to engage with Bulgarian professionals who are looking for career development back home. There will also be a varied seminar program with 12 sessions and over 20 speakers and leaders from the business, NGO and the public sectors. Besides the expected (yet important) HR consultations, job offers and on-the-spot interviews, this year the Career Hive will give companies the opportunity to remotely talk to candidates who are currently not in Bulgaria.

Career Hive 2019 also marks the beginning of Tuk-Tam’s efforts to encourage both companies and candidates alike to be a part of a more sustainable ecosystem. It is on a journey to becoming a zero-waste event, already reducing its impact on the environment.

For any additional information, don’t hesitate to contact the organizers directly at partners@tuk-tam.bg

 

26.07.2019

Bulgarian Exports to France Exceed Imports

 

Representatives of Sofia Municipality, French municipal institutions and mayors from French cities discussed opportunities for cooperation in the areas of economy, ecology, mobility, culture and improvement of the urban environment. The French delegation visited Bulgaria at the initiative of the National Federation of Local public enterprises (LPEs) in France. 

“It is important for all of us to exchange good practices with colleagues from Europe. The challenges are similar, there are different solutions and ideas from which we can learn,” Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova said at the opening of the working meeting. 

In recent years, there has been a great deal of interest from investors to our city. The very good standard of living in Sofia makes it an attractive destination,” said Vladimir Danailov, CEO of the Sofia Investment Agency. “French investments in Bulgaria for the period 1996-2018 amounted to 1.68 billion euros involving sectors such as manufacturing, finance, trade, agriculture, etc. Bulgarian exports to France exceed imports, with food, machine parts and clothing taking leading positions in exports,” he added.

The French delegation was presented with the activities of the main municipal agencies and organisations, the opportunities for investment in the capital city, policies in the area of the environment and improvement of air quality, the development of public transport and the improvement of the urban environment. 

“The problems and tasks facing our cities are the same – developing the economy, culture and environmental challenges,” said Jean-Léonce Dupont, honorary president of LPEs.

The representatives of the organisation, which unites more than 1,300 entreprises and associations from all over the country, were interested in the methods of managing the municipal companies in Sofia, the development of the urban transport and the alternative ways of transport, as well as in the national policies in the area of protection of cultural monuments. 

The topic of markets and the cultural activities that have been taking place there in recent years as a part of Sofia Municipality’s policy for developing new spaces for culture attracted a great interest as well. 

The French guests who came from all major regions of the country also visited Sofia’s waste processing plant and the Sofia metro.

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