Coursedot is the Bulgarian “Startup of the Year”. The prize was awarded on September 25 at the official ceremony of the Central European Startup Awards (CESAwards) in Bulgaria, organized by the Association of Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE). Another 11 companies received awards in the national round of the competition. The winners of all 12 categories will compete at the regional round for Central and Eastern Europe, which will also be held in Sofia on November 23, gathering a number of entrepreneurs and investors from all 10 countries in the CEE region.
Here are the winners by category:
Startup of the Year – Coursedot
The startup offers an online platform that connects corporate and individual customers looking for IT training for their employees, provided by training companies and instructors.
The award was received by Teodor Panayotov, and the certificate was presented by the special guest of the event – Mr. Alexander Manolev, Deputy Minister of the Economy.
Best Newcomer – Claimcompass
The category distinguishes companies with up to two-year history that have shown biggest progress in terms of growth, innovation and impact over the past year in the business sector they operate in. The awarded Claimcompass provides legal assistance to help passengers get compensation for delayed, overbooked or cancelled flights.
Best Social Impact Startup – EuroPATC
EuroPATC was awarded for an innovative, high-tech solution that provides more reliable protection for children with autism.
The Internet of Things – Bee Smart Technologies
The company is developing a radically new and entirely digital approach to beekeeping
with embedded devices inside an apiary.
Best Biotech Startup – Micar Innovation
The awarded product is an innovation in the pharmacy field as it shortens the time and resources needed to identify market and consumer needs and thus reducing the time and cost needed to develop prescriptive and medical cosmetics until they enter the market.
Best AI Startup – Maj.io
The team of the company won for its development of a technological revolution in the selection of personnel for the business.
Best FinTec Startup – Klear Lending
The product of the company offers lending and investment competing directly with bank services. The team has created an environment that directly connects people in need of credit with those looking for better returns on their savings.
Best Smart City Solution – Narcine
The company was the only nominee in this category. The award is for the electric tricycle Narcine.
Founder of the Year –Clippings.com
The prize is for 30-year-old entrepreneur with Bulgarian roots Adele Zakut.
Best Coworking Space – Puzl Coworking
The co-working space is the largest in Sofia at the moment, the owners even plan to double the space.
Best Accelerator and Incubator Programme – Start It Smart | Pre-Accelerator
The prestigious Investor of the Year prize was received by LAUNCHub Ventures.
Pictures from the event are posted on ABLE’s facebook page.