StartUpNavigator.eu is the digital map of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Bulgaria and the region.
It provides greater visibility of ecosystem players, reinforces links between them and integrates entrepreneurs, talent, researchers, business partners, investors, and others.
What you can do in the StartUp Navigator is:
- Develop and maintain your profile for greater visibility;
- View the directory with the option to filter through industries, stages, and venues of 16 different types of stakeholders;
- Look for business partners, talented employees, customers and other parties that can boost your business or idea;
- Follow the one-stop shop startup event calendar, which sums up for you all the events related to the ecosystem.
The project is realized by the Association of the Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs with America for Bulgaria Foundation.
About the project
ABLE Mentor is one of the Association of the Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE)’s projects. The primary purpose of the project is to connect students and professionals with students from the upper secondary school classes and create a network where they can share knowledge and experience. Students and mentors will be assigned into teams of one mentor and one student based on common interests. Within three months they will have to develop their own case or project that can be related to entrepreneurship, personal development or social causes. The concept of individual mentoring and building a sustainable relationship of trust between the players in each team is in the essence of ABLE Mentor, while the main goal is to increase the knowledge and skills of the students.
How it started
The program started initially in the spring of 2014 in Sofia, and by summertime 2016 five seasons of the project have successfully been carried out. To date, the program has scaled to the total of six cities across the country – Sofia, Varna, Burgas, Kazanlak, Blagoevgrad, Vratsa.
How the program is carried out
The program takes place two times a year in the periods November to January and March to June.
- to work together during the 12 weeks the project lasts;
- to participate in the three full-day events, serving as ‘the backbone’ of the program;
- to devote at least eight hours a month to work on their couple’s project.
In addition, mentors and students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of trainings and other events, organized by either ABLE Mentor or ABLE.
Council Leaders by ABLE
The aim of ABLE Council Leaders is to improve sustainably the performance of student councils in Bulgaria. The purpose of the project is to transform the already existing 50 organizations throughout the country into more open and transparent structures that promote entrepreneurship, leadership and active engagement in education, civil society, the start-up ecosystem, and the NGO sector in Bulgaria. In addition, the project promotes active communication and cooperation among student councils, as well as between student councils and other ABLE projects.
The central priority of the team is the organization of an annual National Leadership Forum for student councils, where selected candidates from various student councils would receive a scholarship to participate in intensive trainings. Within three days the participants would develop leadership and managerial skills, improve organizational culture and teamwork, enhance their feeling of responsibility and commitment to the activities of the student council and their classmates. The gathering also sparks inspiration to organize new and joint initiatives. The Forum is designed for thoughtful and active people who would take the future in their own hands and in turn would help their colleagues develop the same skills.
More about the program
The program provides participants with both theoretical and practical knowledge that would significantly improve the effectiveness of the student councils, as well as their popularity among students. The program is presented through games and case studies, both of which make it accessible and easy to digest. ABLE Council Leaders facilitates easy learning through fun activities and teamwork. The networking panels included in the program allow exchange of experience, and lead to improved communication between councils from various universities, and also eventually lead to unique inter-university projects. The speakers in the forum are a selection of recognized leaders and experts from the private and NGO sector, who would share their professional and life experience, and would offer advice on all matters the students find relevant. The aforementioned information turns the program into one of the top events for student councils in the country.
All ABLE members – as BYLP-graduates, active participants in all ABLE activities, and experts in high positions in a variety of areas – have extensive professional experience and practical knowledge. Entrepreneurship, leadership, team and organizational management, and problem solving are all areas of expertise. The ABLE Council Leaders project aims to preserve this accumulated knowledge as well as share it with organizations of wide social spectrum, such as the student councils in Bulgarian universities.
Leader Talks is a series of events, which are dedicated to leadership among young people. Our main goal is to develop leadership potential in the next generation of Bulgaria. In addition, the project creates professional opportunities for students and young people by connecting them with the speakers and all the other professionals attending the events on a monthly basis.
The project creates an environment where people can find and adopt their own individual perception about leadership by giving them each month a different point of view to the topic communicated by the Leader Talks format. We believe that although people often relate it to management or a higher social status, leadership goes far beyond those frames. We know that leadership is a state of mind, way of living and it can be applied in all aspects of life. The power to motivate, inspire and lead others is a much more valuable incentive than a monthly salary or a candy. Leaders can make anyone work harder, with passion and heart.
Some of our previous guest speakers have been:
- H.E. Xavier Lapeyre de Cabanes, Ambassador of France to Bulgaria;
- Dr. Solomon Passy, former Minister of Foreign Affairs;
- Dr. Georgi Ganev, Director at the Centre for Liberal Strategies;
- Prof. Minyo Balkanski; Scientist, educator and philanthropist
- Steve Keil, CEO of Xentio;
- Prof. Ivan Hinovski, President of the Bulgarian Energy Forum;
- Evgenia Peeva, CEO of Teach For Bulgaria (Zaedno v chas);
- Tsvetelina Teneva, Co-founder of The Business Institute;
- Borislav Stefanov, CEO of the Invest Bulgaria Agency;
- Diana Stefanova, CEO of VMware Bulgaria;
- Svetlan Stanoev, Co-founder of The Business Institute;
- Sasha Bezuhanova, ex-GM of Hewlett Packard Bulgaria;
- Rumyana Trencheva, Managing Director at SAP South East Europe
Leadership Sum-IT is the largest seminar on leadership in Bulgaria, which brings together leaders, teachers and ambitious young people, all united by the subject of leadership. The project managed to attract already established and future leaders in a next-generation format that happens for the first time in the country so far. The aim of the seminar is to connect already well-known and successful leaders in the business, the public sphere, television, sports, etc., to share their experiences with people who want to acquire leadership qualities.