The Municipal Councilor and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Sofia Municipal Privatization and Investment Agency, Mr. Nikolay Stoynev, took part in the panel “Zones with potential for development in the context of a compact city,” part of the programme of Urban Development Forum 2020 (UDF2020).
The panel discussed the future and the models for transforming the former industrial zones in Sofia, which with proper planning and a balanced mix of functions, would become modern multifunctional urban centers. As examples of good practices were recognized railway areas and abandoned industrial sites in large Western European cities such as Vienna, Eindhoven, Paris, Barcelona, which have already become successful examples of modern urban spaces built up with well-coordinated public and private sector efforts.
“Sofia Municipality is trying to partner with investors to build together a new quality of the urban environment. Investments by private investors in the social and public infrastructure increase real estate price and return on investment. We have all drawn our conclusions from the chaotic construction without the envisaged social and public infrastructure. Citizens want to have a kindergarten, school, green area, sports ground nearby, and travel comfortably to other parts of the city. Sofia Municipality is ready to be a partner of the construction of the next large terrains in Sofia, to contribute to the development of the transport infrastructure, the management of kindergartens and schools envisaged by the investors. The old and dilapidated research and production areas of Sofia have the potential to become new neighborhoods providing everything needed. This is feasible through a partnership of the municipality with the private sector, with public interests having the lead “, said Nikolay Stoynev in the discussion.
This year The City Media Group’s forum was held as a hybrid event on 2 October and was organized in partnership with the European Investment Bank. You can find highlights from the “Zones with development potential in the compact city context” panel and other topics from the forum on The City Media Group’s website.
At the invitation of the Association for Innovation, Business Excellence, Services and Technology (AIBEST), our team will attend the Annual Conference of the Association. This year, the event will be held on 2 October in Burgas.
The annual conference of AIBEST is the most significant event dedicated to the knowledge industry in Bulgaria. During the forum, the AIBEST will present its annual report on the development of the knowledge economy in the country with data on the high value-added business services sector, forecasts for the impact of the crisis, analysis of industry priorities, and more. There will also be a discussion of the factors and the necessary measures that must be taken at the local and national level to attract new investments and maintain a favorable business environment for the sector’s development.
The event will bring together representatives of the largest technology companies in Bulgaria, local authorities, and the government.
The conference will host the AIBEST Annual Award ceremony, which acknowledges companies, good practices in the sector, the proactivity of local authorities, and the contribution of participants from the ecosystem to industry development in our country. The seven award categories are: “Employer of the Year,” “IT (Outsourcing) Company of the Year” “Best Business Process Outsourcing Company,” “Innovation of the Year,” “Project of the Year,” “Most Socially Responsible Company” and “Best strategy for business sustainability in times of crisis.”
The access to the conference is free but requires pre-registration on the event website: aibest.org/annualsummit2020.
The first edition of the international business forum h. i summit will be held on 11.11.2020 online with live streaming and on-site in Inter Expo Center. Human Business Studio organizes the event in media partnership with Investor Media Group. The event marks the launch of a long-term platform for sustainable solutions for our future in the times of dynamic social, political, technological, and demographic changes.
h. i summit will present in-depth global key tendencies in:
– Change management
– Development of the human intellect and potential
– Organizational design and culture
– Forecasting and strategic planning
The event will bring together business leaders, thinkers, artists, futurists, and provocateurs of the status quo from Bulgaria and abroad.
“In the times of health, economic, and political turbulence, we feel the need to strengthen the meaningful dialogue about people. It is part of our company’s mission, and we think that now we have a great need for an authentic conversation about our future. In the first edition of h. i summit in November we put the focus on the next level of human-to-human, human-to-business, and human-to-society interaction. Our goal is to inspire participants and give them practical solutions for the new human intelligence, the innovations in people’s progress, the inclusion in the age of globalization, and the paradoxical atomization of people, the presence and the trace that we as humans would like to leave one day”, share Nina Vladimirova and Karina Karagaeva – managing partners of Human Business Studio.
h. i summit 2020 is a one-day event, with the possibility of on-site attendance and online streaming. It is aimed at senior and middle management in organizations, human capital experts, business owners, entrepreneurs, young professionals, and everyone interested in the future of humanity.
The programme is divided into five panels – iNTELLIGENCE, iNNOVATION, iNSPIRATION, iNTEGRITY, iNCLUSION, with main accents:
– What are the key skills of the human of the future?
– Can we be designers of the technological age?
– How are traditional corporations changing, and how are the different generations in the workforce adapting to the new working conditions, the challenges in developing talent? – What is the new social responsibility of corporations?
– Is there another alternative to the consumer society and the economy in its current form?
– How do we cope with loneliness, alienation, and exclusion in times of technological boom and innovation?
Sofia Development Association invites you to take part in the final InnoBridge online event ‘Streamlining Public Support for SME Innovation’ to be held on 30 September 2020.
Early evidence shows that the current COVID-19 pandemic has affected the SMEs and businesses around Europe. Now more than ever we need good policy responses to foster SME resilience, to help them grow stronger and more innovative after the crisis. What are the measures implemented in different European countries and which have proven to be effective?
Join the conference to discuss related issues and approaches with representatives of regions from Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain. See the full program of the InnoBridge project event here.
Political figures, practitioners, researchers, policy makers, representatives of the business community and civil society will share experience and ideas on a wide range of topics: “Cities as innovation hubs,” “Connecting Danube Region SME challenges with local goals in place-based innovation policy,” “Making a difference through partnerships,” “How to foster innovation in SMEs.” We invite you to take this opportunity and to engage in a fruitful exchange with our panelists!
The working language of the event is English. It is free and open to the public, but you must register to gain access to the meeting. If you would like to participate, please register here.
InnoBridge is funded by the INTERREG EUROPE programme, cofunded by EU’s ERDF.
The Municipal Councilor and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Sofia Municipal Privatization and Investment Agency, Mr. Nikolay Stoynev, will participate in the Zones with development potential in the compact city context panel, part of the programme of the Urban Development Forum 2020 (UDF2020).
UDF2020 is a hybrid event of the City Media Group, organized in cooperation with the European Investment Bank. It will take place on 2 October and will be broadcasted live. The event will focus on the solutions that the public and private sectors are looking for to create a sustainable urban environment with good living, business, social and cultural activities.
Nikolay Stoynev is a Municipal councilor, Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Standing Committee on Economic and Property at the Sofia Municipal Council, and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Sofia Municipal Privatization & Investment Agency. He will join the discussion on the rapid development of the area Hladilnika – Sofia’s increasingly hot investment zone. It has earned this status not only due to its attractive location (close to the city center, two city parks, and metro station) but also because of the constructive dialogue between the public and private sectors. Another success factor is the investors’ understanding that mutual efforts and coordination will create a modern multifunctional environment with high value of the project in the area.
The panel will present the point of view of the municipality, experts, and investors involved in the progress of the urban planning processes and strategic projects of ‘Hladilnika’, what are the main challenges for the second half of 2020, and what lies ahead.
UDF2020 aims to provide a platform to urban leaders, leading investors, urban planners, designers, builders, experts, and other participants in large-scale public and private projects that shape the image of Bulgarian cities to discuss and summarize good models and practices in the development of urban areas and the creation of a vibrant and functional city environment.
The topics in the program include:
For more information and free registration, please visit:2020en.udf.bg
Biotech Atelier 2020 will be held virtually on 24 – 25 September, via Cisco Webex.
2 Days | 30+ topics | 120+ speakers from around the Globe | 200+ organizations |1.000+ attendees
Biotech Atelier 2020 is the largest and the most intriguing edition of the series. The two days of the conference will cover relevant topics from Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Pharma Industry and Digitalization:
ATMPs | Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence | RWE | COVID-19: the new reality |Personalized Medicine | Patient centricity | Digital Therapeutics | Clinical Trials | Innovation and Investment | Plant Biotechnologies | Water and Biotechnologies
Over 120 speakers, tuning in from various points of the Globe, will authentically present their personal views on the topics of interest, enabling exciting discussions and giving ground to entirely new perspectives. Over 200 regional and global organizations will represent the science and business perspective and will join the discussions to give additional depth to the discussed topics. This year the conference is expecting over 1.000 attendees from around the Globe.
Biotech Atelier 2020 will be live-streamed on the website of the event. Attendees, joining via Cisco Webex, are invited to participate actively and send questions during the sessions via the Chat function. The most interesting ones will be discussed at the end of each panel.
Register now (free of charge) and claim your spot at the European Annual Biotech Conference!
If you are open to career opportunities and you want to meet professionals from all walks of life, join us at Tuk-Tam Hive 2020 – the event you don’t want to miss this September. During the event, you will meet more than 50 companies that hire, hear over 30 speakers and take a look at the products crafted by local Bulgarian startups, as well as to attend various career-related workshops and broaden your professional network.
The event will take place at Inter Expo Center on September 17, and online between 10 am and 17 pm. Find out more about Hive 2020 and register on the website of the event.
At the initiative of the International Economic Relations Center at BIA, our team will join the online B2B event FOOD CONNECTIONS 2020. FOOD CONNECTIONS is organized annually by the Belgian Food Industry Competitiveness Cluster Wagralim and aims to celebrate the innovation in the sector and create a network of companies, experts, universities, and research centers in Europe and worldwide.
This year the event will take place on 17th, 22nd, and 24th September. On behalf of Sofia Investment Agency, Maria Hristova, Head of the Investment Analysis Department, will participate in the webinar and the discussion session on 17 September.
The first day of the B2B event will focus on sustainability and best business practices during COVID-19. We will join the discussions on two main topics:
– The urgent digitalization – with examples of the successful adaptation and accelerated digitalization of startups and large companies in the time of crisis; the characteristics of the different participants in the sector; the transition from B2B to B2C model as a survival tool;
– Getting off to a good start in food E-commerce – what happened in the direct sales from producer/wholesaler to the consumer, distribution chain, competition, and the operational activities such as payments, logistics, and more.
The seminar will present an alternative perspective on e-commerce – that of the “seller.” It will focus on the success factors, the challenges, and the risks (particularly in the food industry), the critical steps in creating and launching an online store in the short-, medium- and long-run.
The meeting on 17 September, starts at 15:30 and will last until 17:00. More than 250 participants from 29 countries have confirmed their participation so far, including the USA, China, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, and others.
You can join FOOD CONNECTIONS 2020 and register for free until 15 September at the following address: https://foodconnections.b2match.io/
Sofia Investment Agency is an official partner of the leading forum Career Show 2020. The event will be held on 24 November 2020 in Arena Armeec and online on 25 November.
The organizers expect over 5,000 skilled professionals to contact 200 of the largest companies in Bulgaria. On 24 November in Arena Armeec Hall, job seekers and prospective employers will meet on an area of over four decares. The programme includes open access lecture- and workshop spaces, as well as a networking area. All activities will be carried out in compliance with all anti-epidemic measures.
Employers will have the opportunity to meet in person with pre-selected candidates, participate in the event’s programme, and position their company as an employer brand of choice in the leading expo for experts and companies.
The online event on 25 November will bring together some of the biggest companies in Sofia and Bulgaria with qualified staff from all over Bulgaria and Europe. An online matchmaking platform will allow the participants to filter the most promising candidates/employers by various criteria, and conduce pre-arranged personal video interviews.
We invite all companies in Sofia and Bulgaria to join the event and look for experts for their teams in the two days of Career Show 2020. Find out everything about the event and how to participate on the website of the forum here: https://careershow.bg/employers/
The Digitalization, Innovation and Investments Unit of Sofia Municipality presented the vibrant startup and innovation ecosystem in Sofia during the Startup Ecosystem Development webinar by StartupBlink, which took place on July 30, 2020 with the participation of entrepreneurs and ecosystem developers from different cities around the world. Ana Georgieva from Innovative Sofia presented Sofia’s development as one of the hottest entrepreneurial spots in Europe, a diversified tech hub with startups innovating across multiple industries, with a great number of stakeholders and supporting organisations on government, municipal and business level.
StartupBlink is among the world’s largest platforms for startups and research centres. The platform is working with dozens of stakeholders from the public sector on various modules including ecosystem promotion, mapping, and consulting. Two months ago, Sofia climbed two positions – tо 86th place among 1 000 cities in the 2020 edition of the Global Ecosystem Ranking Report by StartupBlink. In addition, the ranking now includes an updated profile of Sofia’s startup ecosystem and a case study about Sofia in the deep dive section of the report. Find out more about Sofia’s profile in ‘Global Ecosystem 2020’ here.
Highlights about Sofia’s startup ecosystem, presented during the webinar:
To help those who consider settling down and explore business opportunities in Sofia, Innovative Sofia, the Digitalization, Innovation and Economic Development department of Sofia Municipality published the first Sofia: Quality of Life guide.
In this step-by-step guide, you will find everything you need to know before you move: cost of living, study and work options, weather, leisure, culture and tourism opportunities, as well as how to find a home, how to register a bank account, how to travel across the city and explore Sofia as a local, and even a list of useful words and phrases.
Here are some reasons why living in Sofia sounds like a great idea!
Download Sofia: Quality of Life now!
The City of Sofia will participate in the Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC) initiative.
The ICC is the latest of the European Commission’s initiatives to build a green Europe by fostering intelligent and sustainable growth across European cities. The ICC seeks to help 100 smaller and medium-sized EU cities to support green, climate-neutral, sustainable growth, tackle the biggest urban challenges and improve the quality of life.
Innovative Sofia, the Digitalization, Innovation and Economic Development department of Sofia Municipality, on behalf of the city, will manage the participation of the city in the European Commission’s initiative. The official launch of the ICC will take place between September 28 and October 2 via a series of virtual events throughout the entire week.
All the cities that will participate in the ICC will be announced during the first two weeks of July. We invite you to check the ICC website for updates on the selected cities – https://www.intelligentcitieschallenge.eu/
ICC builds on the successful Digital Cities Challenge, which saw 41 cities create a vision, strategy and roadmap for their digital transformation. Under the Digital Cities Challenge project of the EC, the Digital Transformation Strategy for Sofia was developed. EU experts, our team, the team of Innovative Sofia and over 100 local stakeholders, including Sofia-based companies with a total turnover of over BGN 3.23 billion and over 17,000 employees, took part in the process. On June 11, 2020, the Sofia City Council unanimously approved the Document. Here is a list of everything you might want to know about the Digital Transformation Strategy for Sofia.
ICC will focus on strategy implementation, a common platform for open data, a marketplace for intelligent city solutions, joint investments, new support mechanisms and a new international dimension. It will help Europe lead the way in creating smarter cities that are more sustainable and social. Through the ICC, cities will receive tailored support – in person, online, and as a community – to implement their transformation strategies. Next to expert advice tailored to each participating city, the ICC will offer regular network support activities and gatherings of the community, training and online toolboxes and mentoring from innovative mentor cities.
The ICC programme covers a 2.5-year period and builds upon a cycle of assessment of prioritized issues and needs, vision and roadmap definition, implementation and measurement, with the objective for cities to be transformed through the use of intelligent and advanced technologies.