The Enterprise 2020 project has ended

An international non-formal educational program for social entrepreneurship gathered 24 participants from 11 European countries

           The international project Enterprise 2020 has ended, gathering 24 participants from 11 countries to a training, which took place from 8th to 16th November in the Center for training of young Olympians in the capital city.

Enterprise 2020 gathered at one place students and start-up entrepreneurs from different countries who received new knowledge on how to achieve long-term and successful social initiatives managements.

Trainers from France and Austria organized intensive training course for 6 full days. At the time of the project the participants received full access to non-formal education through creative workshops, games, business education, exchange of experience and guest lecturers.

The participants shared that what they’ve learned will help them manage their NGO’s future projects (in the sphere of education, student mobility, social sustainability of the civil society).

Organizer of this event is the Association of the Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs – ABLE in partnership of 13 other non-governmental organizations from Europe. The initiative is financed by Youth in Action, Bulgarian NA, Action 4.3.

The training fully answers my hopes, because we receive not only new theoretical knowledge and information, but also because we can practice them right away in the form of case studies and real life situations“, says Yasemin Turkarslan – the participant from Turkey. „I learned we can work together despite our differences in order to make an efficient team. I would like to apply my knowledge, which I have received here, by passing it to the teenagers in my country, because there is a social deficit.  I want to change that the way this program changed me”, adds Yasemin.

      The project Enterprise 2020 includes many different lectures and practical task focusing on team work and case studies. This makes it possible for participants from Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Cyprus, Lithuania, Romania, Turkey, Hungary, France and Czech Republic to learn from each other.

Enterprise 2020 took place between 8th and 16th November 2012 in the Center for training of young Olympians – 21A Dragan Tsankov bul., Sofia.

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Department for Legal Culture – PravataMi.BG

        On 29th of October hall “America for Bulgaria” held the first official joint event between ABLE and the Department for Legal Culture (DLC)  entitled “Help from Lawyers”. In the very beginning DLC presented their pilot project – The project focuses on completely free of charge online platform aiming to contribute to the legal culture of its followers by providing accessible practical law information. Visitors to the event were put in few specific situations, learning more about their rights when being inspected by traffic police, rights they have when contracting a mobile operator and much more.  If you want to know more about your legal rights, you can look at There you will find useful tips presented in a clear and practical way.

The second part of the event was the time when ABLE presented its mission, vision and goals.  Two members of ABLE Board of Directors shared with DLC through an Elevator pitch their plans for further development as well as current projects.

Ivelina Hristova presents at a forum on Bulgarians’ career mobility

             On 24 November, 2012, our colleague Ivelina Hristova gave a presentation as part of an organized press conference discussing Bulgarians’ career mobility. The host of the event was Advent Group, a world leader in marketing and communications recognized for the organization of career forums under the name Access MBA and Masters Tour, which give meeting to students and young professionals with representatives of educational institutions, along with the provision of career consulting services. As part of ABLE, Ivelina talked about the attraction of bright minds back to Bulgaria, in the context of a brain gain project that she leads. She discussed such a strategy successfully realized by Ireland, and the implementation of a similar approach to the situation in Bulgaria.
The event took place in Grand Hotel Sofia, and as panellists also had Didier Stoessel, CEO of Nova Broadcasting Group; St?phane Delahaye, regional director of Havas Worldwide, Dr. Leslie Szamosi, academic director of the EMBA programme at City College -International Faculty of the University of Sheffield; Christophe Coutat, founder and CEO of Advent Group; Ani Dimitrova, director of corporate communications at; Boyko Blagoev, representing the organization of Bulgarians with international experience Tuk-Tam and the career website Back2BG.
The events Access MBA and Access Masters for Bulgaria take place on 8 November, 2012, at the Sheraton hotel in Sofia. Represented will be prestigious educational institutions such as Durham Business School and Cass Business School from the UK, Esade Business School from Spain, SDA Bocconi from Italy and others. More information about the event can be found here:,141957/

Bulgarian Entrepreneurship and Innovation Cluster

On 31th of October (2012) eight non-governmental organizations that work in the field of entrepreneurship founded the Bulgarian Entrepreneurship and Innovation Cluster (BEIC). BEIC exists to stimulate communication and collaboration, promote unity and further understanding of the Bulgarian entrepreneurship and innovation community.

Some of BEIC goals (described in the charter) are:

  • To lobby for the rights and interests of the community in front of appropriate national and international institutions
  • To provide both members and the public with a periodic overview of the state, structure and development of the Bulgarian entrepreneurship and innovation community

Among BEIC founders were:

ABLE was one of the founders as well.  The event took place in betahaus and host was Boyan Benev.

We want to congratulate all BEIC members for stepping into this historical moment! Together we will promote entrepreneurship culture in Bulgaria!