The Chairman of the FSC Boyko Atanasov opens the Investor Finance Forum on November 7.

Financial experts, specialists in capital markets, investors, bankers, and economists are just a part of the speakers who on November 7 will present their analyses and assessments on leading and current topics relevant to Bulgaria and the world in the finance sector. The Investor Finance Forum will take place at Inter Expo Center, Vitosha hall, and will start precisely at 10:30 AM, with an official opening by the Chairman of the Financial Supervision Commission – Boyko Atanasov, the financial director of Investor Media Group – Georgi Biserinski, and the chief editor of the economic site – Desislava Popova.

The largest event for the financial and investment community in the region will provide a platform for experts across six panels on the following topics: macroeconomics, capital markets and investments, ESG, investment companies, fintech, and active investments.

Kamen Kolchev – Chairman of the Board of Directors of ELANA Financial Holding, Miroslav Marinov – Executive Director of POK “Doverie”, Iliya Karanikolov – Chairman of the Management Board and Executive Director of the Bulgarian Development Bank, Asen Stoychev – Director “Private Banking”, Fibank, and Lachezar Bogdanov – chief economist at the Institute for Market Economics, are the expert speakers in the first panel on “Macroeconomics”. The moderator of the discussion will be the chief editor of Bloomberg TV Bulgaria – Ivaylo Lakov.

The second panel on “Capital Markets and Investments” will be presented in two separate discussions. The best practices for issuing and trading government bonds for individual investors will be outlined by Adrean Tanase – Executive Director of the Bucharest Stock Exchange, Ivana Gadzic – Executive Director of the Zagreb Stock Exchange, and Ivan Steriev – Executive Director of the Macedonian Stock Exchange. In the second discussion, on the stage of the Investor Finance Forum, the Chief Executive Officer of Shelly Group – Dimitar Dimitrov, the founder and manager of Smart Organic AD – Yani Dragov, and the Deputy Chairman of the Financial Supervision Commission, in charge of the “Supervision of Investment Activity” department – Maria Filipova, will discuss the new perspectives for companies on the BSE. The moderator of the two expert discussions will be Assoc. Prof. Dr. Manu Moravenov – member of the Board of Directors and Executive Director of the Bulgarian Stock Exchange.

The focus of the business conference on November 7 will also be on the policies that are the foundation of sustainable investing and the sustainable development of modern companies. In the third panel on “ESG”, their opinions on the financial framework for business and the social aspect of ESG will be pointed out by Vesela Gladnikova – Director “Sustainable Policies and ESG Management” at Fibank, Xavier Marchenac – co-founder and CEO, Nasekomo, and Deyan Nikolov – senior manager “Strategy and Transactions” at EY Bulgaria. The moderator of the conversation will be Assoc. Prof. Marina Stefanova – Deputy Dean “Sustainable Development, Support, and Engagement” at the Faculty of Economics of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

Investment companies and the ranking of investment funds in Bulgaria will be presented by Ivaylo Penev – Executive Director and Head of Asset Management at ELANA Fund Management, Spasimir Madzharov – Regional Manager, Amundi, Doncho Donev – Head of Capital Markets at Postbank, and Nikolay Yalumov – procurator at UD “Capman Asset Management” AD. The experts will have the opportunity to discuss the structure, importance, and development of investment funds in Bulgaria, and the moderator of the discussion will be Veronika Denizova – host at Bloomberg TV Bulgaria.

Artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, investments, regulations, and open banking will be analyzed and discussed in the fifth panel on “Fintech”. Galya Dimitrova – managing partner and co-founder of IRIS Solutions, Tsvetomir Doskov – Executive Director of Sirma BC, Ivo Boyanov – Executive Director of Rabbit Solutions, and Ivan Hadzhov – Business Development Director Mastercard, are the speakers who will outline the main important highlights on the topic. Georgi Penev – Director of the Bulgarian Fintech Association (BFA), will be the moderator of the discussion.

The finale of the established conference of the financial and investment community – Investor Finance Forum, will direct the audience’s attention to active investments. Participants specialists in the sixth panel will be Biser Manolov – Chairman of the Board of Directors of RYVYL(EU), the investor and entrepreneur -Lyubomir Lekov, and Stoycho Nedev – co-founder and technical director, David Holding AD. Pavel Bandilov – Executive Director of BPD Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust, will be the moderator of the final discussion.

More information about the Investor Finance Forum, as well as the registration form for attendance, can be found HERE.

The general partners of the Investor Finance Forum are ARTEX and Fibank.

Main partners are MFG, Amundi, ELANA Financial Holding, Bulgarian Stock Exchange, Bulgarian Development Bank, Shelly Group, Sirma, Capman Asset Management AD, Concord Asset Management, and Select Asset Management.

The event is organized with the support of the Pension Insurance Company “Doverie” AD, EY Bulgaria, GOLDEN LION CAPITAL EAD, Compass Invest AD, CKB Assets Management EAD, MK Brokers, Devin Spring, Lovico Suhindol Winery, J Point +, LATE CAF? & ROASTERY, and Rila Catering.

Institutional partners are the Bulgarian Startup Association (BESCO), the Association of Industrial Capital in Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Fintech Association, the French-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Higher School of Insurance and Finance (VUZF), the Association of Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE), and Betahaus Sofia.

Media partners are Bloomberg TV Bulgaria,, BGLOBAL, and Banker.

Entrepregirl 2018 – Application is Open

The application for the fifth edition of the Entrepregirl contest is now on. The competition is organized by the Bulgarian Centre of Women in Technology (BCWT) and is aimed at developing entrepreneurship among young girls. For the last four years, Entrepregirl has inspired more than 200 Bulgarian girls to dare and share their ideas with the world.

In 2018, the competition is expanding its scope and for the first time ever it’s open for international contestants. The final pitching session will be hosted online using latest virtual communication technology.

The Entrepregirl award is open for candidates aged 16 to 25. Any girl who has an idea and is not afraid to share it can do so by November 15, 2018 through the platform: There is no limitation on the field of the entrepreneurial idea – it may be related to social, culture, business, digital or any other matters.

On December 12, the top 10 candidates will present their ideas during an virtual live pitching session before an international jury. How to build an entrepreneurial attitude, how to effectively present ideas, what are the golden rules of the entrepreneurial world – all of this will be debated in a webinar led by a top expert in the field.

Share this opportunity with your young friends, colleagues, daughters and granddaughters. Let’s help the girls build entrepreneurial skills, motivate them to achieve their goals from a young age and connect them with international top-level professionals.


The competition is organized with the financial support of DELL EMC and SAP, and our partners from 8+ European countries: JA Bulgaria, Founder Institute, ABLE, Coding Girls, Women TechMakers Sofia, Women Who Code, Rails Girls, PWN Sofia, PWN Global, PWN Bucharest, Women in Tech Macedonia, Consulio, VEDOMA, INTERA, Innovation Center Banja Luka, Tehnopolis – Innovations and Entrepreneurship Center.

CEE Fintech Challenge has just launched

Vestbee, online platform that connects global business angels, VC funds and corporates with startups and scaleups from Central & Eastern Europe in cooperation with CEE Business Angels Network has just launched the first online fintech competition in the region, CEE Fintech Challenge. Application is open till August 31st at

Who should apply? All startups from Central & Eastern Europe who are looking for investors, corporate partners or plan on fundraising in the near future from the following verticals: Fintech, Insurtech, Regtech, Blockchain, Security & Risks, Big Data & Analytics, Business & ICT, Products & Services. The winners will get wide exposure to global investors, corporates and media partners, business development support from high-level mentors (among others from Silicon Valley), and free tickets to leading regional events.


Media Contact:

Magdalena Balcerzak


CEE Business Angels Network

+48 690 670 911

[email protected]

Applications now open for FoodForward – corporate accelerator in foodtech

Applications are open until July 29th 2018 for the new acceleration program dedicated to innovative projects and startups in the food and retail sector. The program is coordinated by Deloitte, in partnership with Amadori, Cereal Docks and Gruppo Finiper – industrial partners who will work with startups to develop new business of the future – and players in the innovation ecosystem such as Innogest, Digital Magics, Seeds & Chips and Federalimentare Giovani.

Foodforward in brief:

The call: open to Italian and foreign companies established or being set up to innovate in the field of food production and distribution. The innovative trends of reference are, among others: new foods, quality and traceability of food, healty lifestyle, circular economy, new delivery models, smart packaging and precision agriculture

Initial investment: access to €20k in cash contribution and €50k in services, directly invested by the Foodforward partners, in exchange for 6% of your equity

The acceleration program: 15 weeks between January and May 2019 of acceleration in Milan and includes an intense mix of: project development and consolidation, management training, discussion sessions with mentors and experts in the sector and networking with entrepreneurs, managers and investors from both the Deloitte network and the foodtech ecosystem.

The focus of the program will be to stimulate collaborations between corporate and startup in order to accelerate business through the synergies between innovative startups and industry.

Investments: the program ends with the presentation of the 7 startups to investors invited and selected by Deloitte and its partners. Project partners have already confirmed their willingness to make additional investments of up to 1 million euros.

How to participate: access to the application process and all information related to the acceleration program can be found on . Or write to [email protected] for further details

A new hub for tech entrepreneurs is launched in Southeast Europe

Able is proud to present our partners from (, an online platform that aims at creating digital community of startups and developers across Southeast Europe (SEE) and building sustainable ecosystem for IT professionals interested in latest integrated tech solutions, was officially launched this week. comes with useful information, know-how and product sources that help startups and developers boost their business, optimize their everyday activity, grow their business in IT sector and gain faster results.

For its start launched a campaign for tech entrepreneurs in SEE for winning free marketing or sales or HR strategy according to their business needs. Every tech entrepreneur from the region has a chance to take the strategy best suits his needs for a chance to win a custom-made strategy by leading experts in the current area. The campaign takes place between 18th September and 5th October 2015 via

The platform is to support the expanding the tech entrepreneur ecosystem in Southeast Europe through credible partnerships and collaboration between startups, developer, accelerators, business decision-makers, influencers and thought-leaders in SEE. By creating tech community can easily achieve meaningful and valuable results based on active interaction, trusted partnership and qualitative resources.

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