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Funding Opportunities


 Innovation Accelerator Bulgaria is collecting ideas to support with an investment. Startups in the early stages of development will be supported with between € 25 000 and € 50 000 and the more advanced – with € 50 000 to € 1 million.

This it the second fund, part of  the Fund of Funds’ program aiming to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Bulgaria. He Fund is looking for ideas in the healthcare, light industry, transportation and logistics sectors, digital projects, as well as developments in the media and corporate sectors.

All requirements and a link to the application form can be found on the fund’s website here.


The Executive Agency for Promotion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises is organising the participation of Bulgarian companies in the International Exhibition for Innovation and Technology in Education BETT 2020, which will take place on January 22-25, 2020 in London.  

The agency covers the bulk of costs for rent of exhibition space, equipment and furniture, registration, fees, services, supplies and more.

For more information, documents and contacts for assistance, see the information here.

In 2019, over 800 exhibitors and 300 presenters participated in the exhibition, and more than 34,000 specialists from 146 countries with experience and interest in technology in education visited the event. Many representatives of ministries and government organisations around the world also join in BETT. 


The European Commission’s Digital Innovation Challenge initiative invites small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups to submit ideas on a concept level for services or solutions that could be integrated into their company’s business. The approved proposals will be further developed with experts of the program and will be presented at a special ceremony with the opportunity to win a € 50,000 award.

There is a condition for the concepts to be based on the EC Portfolio for open and reusable solutions

The application period is open until February 28, 2020.

You can find all about the Digital Innovation Challenge and how to apply on the initiative’s website here.   


BrightCap Ventures partners with Rolls-Royce’s R2 Data Labs in identifying Bulgarian teams for a 6-month mentoring programme that will help them finalize their MVPs and potentially pilot with Rolls-Royce. The selected companies will receive funding up to 200K as part of BrightCap Ventures’ accelerator programme.


Until December 18, you may apply in the open call for partners from Bulgaria under Horizon 2020. The invitation is from a company in Andalusia, Spain, which is looking for partners with the following profile and experience:

–       road administration, specifically responsible for CEF corridors;

–       road maintenance and renovation contractors;

–       manufacturers of machinery and technology for high-performance inspection vehicles and for maintenance / refurbishment / upgrading road works;

–       drones;

–       software developers;

–       research partners in the field of automation / robotics, data analysis and optimisation;

You can check the areas of development involved in the project and find out everything about the Framework Program in the invitation published on the Europe Entreprise website of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce.


For its fifth cohort, Katapult Accelerator is looking for early stage startups with projects in the areas of blockchain, machine learning, IoT, and others, that use exponential technologies to solve environmental and social issues of importance to the public. The accelerator program will launch in early 2020 in Oslo, Norway, and the invitation is open to startups from all over Europe.

Norwegian Katapult Accelerator recently entered Crunchbase’s list of the 100 best accelerators globally.

The companies admitted to the program will receive investment and support to scale-up the business, as well as access to mentorship in a network of more than 200 technology leaders, impact investors, industry experts, serial entrepreneurs and others.

You can apply for the fifth edition of the accelerator here.


Innovative and Disruptive Start-up Challenge Bulgaria was announced at the AI&I Conference 2019 at Sofia Tech Park JSC. SAS, the leader in Analytics, is looking for the most disruptive and innovative startups in Bulgaria to help them take off. Submit your form no later than 20 December, 2019 on the web page of Disruptive Start-up Challenge Bulgaria.