Proznanie Foundation is looking for sponsors and mentors for its Teenovator project – a programme focused on creating and facilitating start-up clubs at Bulgarian high schools.
The initiative is part of the international U School network, which is represented by 200 start-up clubs at schools around the world. The programme has all the licenses and permissions from the Ministry of Education and the Regional Inspectorate.
In school year 2019/2020, Teenovator will expand the programme into more than 20 schools in Sofia, Varna and Vratsa. You can check who the mentors for the next year are here.
How to support
The project is looking for more passionate associates who share the vision that the startup culture should be nourished and encouraged. If you are a founder or an entrepreneur who would gladly share business insights and know-how with talented young people, follow the Application form on the website of the initiative.
If interested to support the programme financially, please follow the link.
More about Teenovator
At Teenovator, start-up companies, founders, and entrepreneurs from different business fields mentor students who are in the 10th and 11th grades. The mentors help the students find their passion and turn it into a successful start-up project. Teenovator is implementing successful practices from Stanford University. The programme is focused on developing the students’ creative thinking skills and boosting their confidence. The programme runs during the school year and at the end of each year, there is a national and international pitching competition.
Teenovator aims at teaching soft skills, creative skills, teamwork, as well as helping students develop a business idea, design a business model, build an execution plan, pitch in front of investors.
In 2018/2019, Teenovator started in four elite Bulgarian high schools: Sofia High School of Mathematics, High School 19 “Elin Pelin, High School 105 “Atanas Dalchev” and High School 32 “St. Kliment Ohridski”. The teaching began in October 2018. Eighty people in total started the education, fifty of whom continued and graduated.
In January 2019, Teenovator organized a mid-term event called Startup Weekend. It took place at Sofia Tech Park and was opened by EU Commissioner Maria Gabrielle. Kids from all 4 schools had to form teams and pitch their ideas in front of judges in competition with Slovenian teams. Team Headstarter from Sofia High School of Mathematics won the prize for its training and practice platform connecting students and business and traveled to Slovenia for an Accelerator Programme. In September, Headstarter team will attend an international competition under the patronage of the president of Slovenia.