Invest Sofia to Join BIOTECH ATELIER – the International Forum without Analogue in the Bulgarian BioTech Ecosystem


Sofia Investment Agency is pleased to announce that CEO Mr. Vladimir Danailov was invited to speak at BIOTECH ATELIER – the one-of-a-kind event in the biotechnology field in Bulgaria that will be held on the 25th of September 2019 at the John Atanasov Innovation Forum, Sofia Tech Park. Vladimir Danailov will join the panel discussion “Access to Funding for Startups and Mature BioTech Companies in Bulgaria”.  

BIOTECH ATELIER 2.0 will bring together international experts with experience in the areas of: advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), artificial Intelligence and machine learning in medicine, the MEGA project, personalized medicine, biomarkers and biobanking, medical practice data (RWD / RWE), clinical trials, patient advocacy, access to funding and more.

The purpose of the initiative, organised by Prescriptia and the Bulgarian Association for Personalized Medicine (BAPEMED), is to once again bring together leading Bulgarian and international experts focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, catalyzing the growth and development of the Bulgarian and Southeastern European biotechnological ecosystem. The founders of BIOTECH ATELIER are convinced in the potential of life sciences and biotechnology, and believe that the key to successful development of the environment is in the international collaboration between science and industry. Both sides will have the opportunity for a direct dialogue on the day of the event.

This year, the Biotech Atelier will also organize 2 additional events – Intellectual Property and Technological Transfer on September 24th, organised with the British Embassy, and Computer Validation in the GMP Regulatory Standard, organised by Pharmalex Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Association of Qualified Persons on October 2nd  and 3rd.


You are welcome to become part of this ambitious event, dedicated to the biotechnological business and science innovation in the region.

To register for the event, please visit its website: biotech-atelier.com

To stay up-to-date with the event you can follow the official  LinkedIn page or Facebook page.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mr Miladin Ivanov, e-mail: miladin.ivanov@simbula.eu, mob.: +359 896 51 02 63.


Invitation to the PropTech Conference in Vienna for Bulgarian Startups


Bulgarian companies are invited to join PropTech Vienna with a 10% discount premium entry fee. The event is one of the largest international proptech events in Europe and this year will take place on November 07 in Vienna.

PropTech Vienna will be the venue of well-established companies in the construction industry, real property sector, Facility Management, Asset Management, information technologies, proptech startups and scale-ups,  venture capital funds, university representatives in such industries and areas, plus, organizations as vendors to the proptech business.

The event is:

  • a forum for the top-notch proptech innovations, watching global and regional trends; 
  • a one-of-a-kind environment for networking of startups, scale-ups, and investors; 
  • the right spot and time to bring established businesses in quest of innovations together with up-and-coming companies supplying break-through solutions.

Bulgarian companies and organisations may join the forum taking advantage of a premium entry fee to the event accessible through PrEXCELerator Bulgaria – the exclusive communication partner for the event in Bulgaria.

To get your premium code, please fill in the form here.

PropTech Vienna ranks amidst the foremost international proptech conferences in Europe. A single day is just as long for you to enjoy the delivery of over 50 leading lectors presenting in parallel tracks.  Speaking of which, some of the tracks on this year edition come as follows: 

  • PropTech it is – Current progress and trends in CEE countries
  • Disruptive Innovation – How technology is disrupting the city development
  • Venture Capital – How to invest in PropTech
  • Architecture & Construction – Performance optimization with technology
  • Investments – How PropTech influences real estate investments
  • Asset Management – Technology of better portfolio management
  • Facility Management – How to simplify processes with technology

In need of further details, contact directly PrEXCELerator Bulgaria: Sylvia Pavlova, Managing Partner, mob. + 359 887 16 18 00, e-mail: sylviapavlova@spbusinesslab.com



12 Tech Start-ups in the First Edition of PrEXCELerator Bulgaria


PrEXCELerator Bulgaria admitted 12 participants with technology start-up ideas in its first edition for 2019 which launched on June 24. All but one of the selected participants are from Sofia. 

This is the first pre-acceleration environment in Bulgaria targeting three groups of start-up companies:

 (1)  Start-ups in the stages proof-of-concept & minimum viable product (MVP);

 (2) Distressed start-ups looking for a way to pivot in a protected environment;

 (3) Start-ups who want to move from the validation phase to the fully operational phase as an independent legal entity.

The ideas approved for the June edition of PrEXCELerator Bulgaria are in the following areas: PropTech, HRTech, EduTech, Creative Industries, Social Digital. The start-up solutions involve the use of virtual and added reality (VR & AR), match-making platforms, machine learning & data science, artificial intelligence (AI), etc. A large number of projects combine at least two digital technologies to implement the envisioned solution.

Only one of the start-ups has a solution that will be limited to development in Bulgaria. The other projects have international potential and imply global application.

The first pitching session, part of the pre-accelerator programme, has already taken place. The event was held on July 8 at Puzl CowOrKing in Sofia and the start-ups could meet with industry experts and innovative entrepreneurs – members of the Advisory Boards of PrEXCELerator. 

Upon ending its participation in PrEXCELerator Bulgaria, each start-up will:

be able to make an informed choice between several funding options accessed through the pre-accelerator ;

be directed towards an international partner of PrEXCELerator for business development;

have a team (in cases where the start-up is represented by an individual participant with an idea and who is the only founder in the company);

be fully prepared to pitch its project to investors at a high level; 

As the start-ups demonstrated a great interest in the opportunities offered by PrEXCELerator Bulgaria, the pre-accelerator has just opened a second application window for the autumn session of the programme, which will start on October 31.

PrEXCELerator Bulgaria provides solutions tailored to the specifics of each individual start-up for:

– international business development in the UK, Germany and Austria for start-ups with ideas with international potential;

– the areas of PropTech & ConTech, BioTech (Life science), Social Digital, EduTech, Industrial Engineering & Manufacturing;

– access to international mentoring and start-up resources for female entrepreneurs;

More information on the pre-accelerator


New Investments in Economic Zone Sofia – Bozhurishte

National Company Industrial Zones PLC

Тhree final and one preliminary agreements with investors were signed by the National Company for Industrial Zones for the Sofia-Bozhurishte Economic Zone this summer, according to a report by National Company Industrial Zones PLC.  The total value of the investments is BGN 52 million and their realisation will create 100 new jobs in the industrial zone. 

Zora Logistics MMC OOD will invest BGN 17 million in the construction of storage facilities.

AIKO EOOD is also boosting its warehouse space requiring an investment of BGN 15 million for the construction.

RGC Invest has earmarked BGN 16 million for the construction of a logistics centre and ancillary office buildings. 

The fourth project belongs to LIM Technics OOD and is related to the expansion of the company’s activities at Sofia-Bozhurishte Zone. It will build its own production and office building for BGN 4 million. The company manufactures silicone products for the automotive industry, medical devices, household appliances, electronic devices and others. 

Another company, Multivac Bulgaria Production, that has been a part of the industrial zone since 2016, also made an investment. The Bulgarian subsidiary of the German leader in packaging solutions Multivac invested EUR 2.5 million in new machines and another 20 jobs in its manufacturing plant in Bulgaria, which is the group’s first to be located east of Germany.