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ABOUT THE EVENT

 

INNOSTART Forum  is organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and Israel – American Chamber of Commerce and with the support of the Embassy of the United States and the Embassy of Israel in Sofia.

The one-day forum gathered high-level government officials and international businesses from Israel, USA and the region to explore best practices for building of a sustainable start-up ecosystem and innovation community. Venture and corporate representatives, investors, entrepreneurs, select startups, universities and governments shared thought-leadership to thrive on the global stage.

    Key-topics in the agenda

    • How to Become an Innovation and Start-up Nation: The Israeli and U.S. Models
    • The Organic Entrepreneur Economy – Building a Sustainable Culture of Innovation
    • Interviews with Inspiring Leaders and Entrepreneurs
    • The EU view to address its innovation competitiveness and limited scale in digitization and AI
    • Founder Stories – From Idea to a Million-Euro Startup
    • Investors & Venture Capitals Value Chain
    • Trends at Global Startup Ecosystems and the Urgency for Governments and Cities to Invest Now.

    ORGANIZERS

    Organizers

    With the support of

    With the special support of the Embassy of the Republic
    of Bulgaria in the State of Israel

    Main Partner

    PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT

    AGENDA

    Get inspired from the fastest-growing tech ecosystems in the world!

    08:30 – 09:00 a.m. Registration
    09:00 – 09:40 a.m. OPENING SESSION

    Olivier Marquette, President, American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria
    Maryia Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, EU Commission (video-address)
    H.E. Irit Lillian, Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Republic of Bulgaria
    Justin Friedman, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in Sofia
    Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Bulgaria

    09:40 – 10:30 a.m. KEY-NOTE SPEAKERS

    Yaniv Garty, Chairman, Israel-America Chamber of Commerce and Vice President, Intel
    Chemi J. Peres, Managing General Partner, Co-Founder, Pitango Venture Capital
    Lyubomir Minchev, Founder & CEO, Telelink Holding

    Moderator:

    Daniel LorerManaging Partner, BrightCap Ventures

    10:30 – 11:00 a.m. BUILDING THE INNOVATION ECOSYSTEMS IN SOUTH EAST EUROPE: POLICY, INCENTIVES, ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    Speakers:

    Rossen Jeliazkov, Minister of Transport and Communications, Republic of Bulgaria
    Nenad Popovic, Minister of Innovation and Technological Development, Republic of Serbia
    Damjan Manchevski,
    Minister of Information Society and Administration, North Macedonia

    Moderator:

    Poli Zlatareva, Journalist, Anchor, Bulgarian National Television

    11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Coffee Break
    11:30 – 12:30 p.m. HOW TO BECOME AN INNOVATION AND START-UP NATION

    Speakers: 

    Emil Karanikolov, Minister of Economy, Republic of Bulgaria
    Iliyana Tsanova, Deputy Managing Director, European Investment Bank
    Nili ShalevManaging Director, ISERD, Israel EU R&I Directorate, Israel Innovation Authority
    Bjorn-Soren Gigler, Senior Digital Policy Officer, European Commission
    Pastora Valero, Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs for EMEAR, Cisco Systems
    Gary D. Schneider, Regional Head of North America Public Sector, Capital Markets and Advisory, Citi
    Igor Pravica, Country Sales Leader, IBM Bulgaria

    Moderator:

    Bojidar Neytchev, Senior Partner, PwC

      12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch
      1:30 – 2:30 p.m. THE ORGANIC ENTREPRENEUR ECONOMY – BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE CULTURE OF INNOVATION

      Speakers:     

      Julie Ziskind, Project Lead, Digital Europe, World Economic Forum
      Ornit Shinar, Head of Ventures Investments, Citi Israel
      Adam Lazovski, Co-Founder, Quedma Innovation, The Center for Israeli Innovation by Taglit
      Gal Avidan, Cloud Business Manager, Google Cloud
      Giacomo Volpi, Head of Retail Banking, UniCredit Bulbank

      Nir Netzer
      Founding Partner at Equitech, Co-founder of FinTech-Aviv – the Israeli FinTech Association

      Moderator:   

      Philip Genov, Founder and Managing Partner, Sophia Lab

      2:30 – 3:30 p.m. SOCIETY-DRIVEN INNOVATION & EDUCATION

      Speakers:  

      Krassimir Valchev, Minister of Education of Republic of Bulgaria
      Veneta Andonova, Associate Professor of Business Strategy, Universidad de los Andes
      Mark Johnson, WU Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Professor of Materials Science, Clemson University, USA
      Maya Kotler, Head of Marketing, RAMOT, Tel Aviv University
      Jodi-Tatiana Charles, Marketing Strategist and Author, LCG Brands Consulting / MassChallenge
      Plamen Toshev, Managing Director, Acronis Bulgaria

      Moderator:

      Natalia Miteva, Program Director, America for Bulgaria Foundation

      3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Coffee break
      4:00 – 4:30 p.m. MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKERS

      Yaniv Garty, Chairman, Israel-America Chamber of Commerce and Vice President, Intel
      Chemi J. Peres, Managing General Partner, Co-Founder, Pitango Venture Capital

      4:30 – 5:30 p.m. INVESTING IN INNOVATION

      Speakers:     

      Iliyana Tsanova, Deputy Managing Director, European Investment Bank
      Bjorn-Soren Gigler, Senior Digital Policy Officer, European Commission
      Gabby Czertok, General Manager, The Builders
      Jodi-Tatiana Charles, Marketing Strategist and Author, LCG Brands Consulting / MassChallenge
      Ivaylo Slavov, Founder and CEO, BULPROS
      Evgeny Angelov, Partner, PostScriptum Ventures and Chairman, Bulgarian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

      Moderator:

      Alex Behar, Managing Partner, Mereo Technology Group

        5:30 – 6:30 p.m. STARTUP PITCH SESSION

        Moderator:

        Natanail StefanovChairman at BESCO and Vice Chairman at Sofia Tech Park

        THE SPEAKERS

        Olivier Marquette

        President, American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria

        Justin Friedman

        Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Sofia

        H.E. Irit Lillian

        Ambassador of  Israel to Republic of Bulgaria

        Yaniv Garty

        Chairman, Israel-America Chamber of Commerce and Vice President at Intel

        Mariya Gabriel

        European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society (video-address)

        Chemi J. Peres

        Managing General Partner, Founder, Pitango Venture Capital

        Poli Zlatareva

        Journalist, Anchor, Bulgarian National Television

        Tomislav Donchev

        Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria

        Rossen Zhelyazkov

        Minister of Transport and Communications of Republic of Bulgaria

        Damjan Manchevski

        Minister of Information Society and Administration, North Macedonia

        Iliyana Tsanova

        Deputy Managing Director, European Investment Bank

        Nenad Popovic

        Minister of Innovation and Technological Development, Republic of Serbia

        Nili Shalev

        Managing Director, ISERD, Israel EU R&I Directorate, Israel Innovation Authority

        Jodi-Tatiana Charles

        Marketing Strategist and Author, LCG Brands Consulting

        Maya Kotler

        Head of Marketing, RAMOT at Tel Aviv University

        Emil Karanikolov

        Minister of Economy, Republic of Bulgaria

        Lubomir Minchev

        Founder & CEO Telelink Holdings
        Founding BoD member of Endeavor Bulgaria

        Julie Ziskind

        Project Lead, Digital Europe, World Economic Forum

        Daniel Lorer

        Managing Partner at BrightCap Ventures

        Pastora Valero

        Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs for EMEAR at Cisco Systems

        Adam Lazovski

        Co-Founder, Quedma Innovation, The Center for Israeli Innovation by Taglit

        Ornit Shinar

        Head of Ventures Investments at Citi Israel

        Mark Johnson

        WU Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Professor of Materials Science, Clemson University, USA

        Evgeny Angelov

        Partner at PostScriptum Ventures and Chairman, Bulgarian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

        Gal Avidan

        Cloud Business Manager, Google Cloud

        Gary D. Schneider

        Regional Head of North America Public Sector, Capital Markets and Advisory, Citi

        Nir Netzer

        Founding Partner at Equitech; Co-founder of FinTech-Aviv – the Israeli FinTech Association 

        Krassimir Valchev

        Minister of Education of Republic of Bulgaria

        Alex Behar

        Managing Partner, Mereo Technology Group

        Bjorn-Soren Gigler

        Senior Digital Policy Officer at European Commission

        Igor Pravica

        Country Sales Leader, IBM Bulgaria

        Natalia Miteva

        Program Director, America for Bulgaria Foundation

        Giacomo Volpi

        Head of Retail Banking, UniCredit Bulbank

        Gabby Czertok

        General Manager, The Builders

        Filip Genov

        Founder and Managing Partner, Sophia Lab

        Natanail Stefanov

        Chairman at BESCO and Vice Chairman at Sofia Tech Park

        Veneta Andonova

        Associate Professor of Business at AUBG and Universidad de los Andes

        Bojidar Neytchev

        South East Europe Managing Partner, PwC

        Plamen Toshev

        Managing Director, Acronis Bulgaria

        THE VENUE

        SOFIA EVENT CENTER

        1407 Sofia, Bulgaria

        Address: Cherni Vrah Blvd 100,

        Paradise Center, Floor 3

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        Contact us!

        American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria
        Business Park Sofia, Bldg. 2, Fl. 6
        1766 Sofia
        https://amcham.bg 
        amcham@amcham.bg