Past Event

November 18, 2019
Washington D.C.

Speakers

  • President Plevneliev
    President Plevneliev Former President of Republic of Bulgaria
  • Andreas Beikos
    Andreas Beikos Head of Sofia Office at European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Evgeny Angelov
    Evgeny Angelov Chairman Bulgarian Venture Capital Association
  • Nancy Schiller
    Nancy Schiller President and CEO America for Bulgaria Foundation
  • Kiril Petkov
    Kiril Petkov CEO and Co-Founder ProViotic
  • Hristo Boyadzhiev
    Hristo Boyadzhiev Founder Tuk-Tam
  • Veneta Andonova
    Veneta Andonova Author of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Unexpected Places
  • Elvin Guri
    Elvin Guri CEO Empower Capital

The event gathered
150 people

150 people attended our event in Amsterdam, gathering Bulgarian- and Dutch-based entrepreneurs, business professionals and investors. The discussion showed many synergies between the two ecosystems, such as mutual investments and successful exits. There were also common challenges for both countries, such as the problem of scaling up a company in Europe, as compared to the US where there are more success stories. Prior to the event, the panelists and organizers met Prince Constantijn van Oranje in a close meeting to exchange views on the Bulgarian and Dutch pipeline for business and talent.

Quotes

  • Six years ago there were only two funds and almost no angel investors in Bulgaria. Now, there are >€10M allocated to startups.

    Daniel Tomov Managing Partner Eleven Ventures
  • To promote Bulgaria as an investment destination and one for talent to come back is part of our job and we encourage this process.

    Andréas Beikos Head of Sofia Office European Investment Bank Group

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