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Day 01 full schedule


Opening & Welcome

Opening: Welcome, the introduction of the day and the agenda.
Moderators: Kristina Eskenazi - Chair of Health & Life Sciences Cluster, Kaloyan Ratchev - AI Cluster Bulgaria, Founder of Venrize Ltd and Vangavis.

Bulgarian Senior Government Speakers – Support the initiative

Keynote Speakers: Boyko Takov, Executive Director Bulgarian SME Promotion Agency; Bogdan Bogdanov - Director of the Bulgarian Investment Agency; Vesna Baltina - Deputy Mayor of the Burgas Municipality.

The Governmental Perspective - Governmental support for Spinoff creation

Panelists include representatives from the Bulgarian SME Promotion Agency, and experts from Burgas and Sofia Municipalities, discussing services and activities that support Spinoff companies.

The Academic Perspective - Academic Technology Transfer Insights, Challenges and Best Practices

Insights from Prof. Nikolai Zhelev, Ass. Professor dr. Costin Lianu, Dr. Tanja Sovic, and Antonio Giordano MD PhD on technology transfer in academia.

Coffee break

Lunch – Networking

Special Announcement: Bulgarian AI Report in a glance

By SEE News & AI Cluster Bulgaria.

Bulgarian Ecosystem Conditions, Ambitions and Needs

Panel Discussion with representatives of the Bulgarian ecosystem, including Stoyan Yordanov, Andreas Maier, and representatives from BRAIT and BIF.

Secret Ingredients I - Innovation Commercialisation in Academia

Discussion on innovation commercialisation with Prof. Dr. Viktoria Sarafian, Prof. DSc George Todorov, Kristina Borisova, and BBI Cambridge's Juan R. Garcia.

Secret Ingredients II – The Role of Intellectual Property

Panel Discussion on intellectual property's role in spinoff success with Jeannette Gorzala.

Coffee break

Secret Ingredients III - Investment in Spinoff Venture Funds and Early-Stage Innovation

Panel Discussion on investment in spinoff venture funds with Martin Danovsky, Viktor Manev, Vladimir Tomov, Alper Celen, and Angel Anglelov.

Closing remarks


Day 02 full schedule


Opening & Welcome - The New European Innovation Strategy, Keynotes

Keynote Speakers: Eva Maydell - MEP, European Parliament; Tsvetelina Penkova - MEP, European Parliament. Keynote speaker: Thomas Hellebrand - Health policy lead, DIGITALEUROPE.

EU Funding Programs - Presentations & Discussion

Moderator: Martin Danovsky. Panelists: Albena Kuyumdzhieva - European Innovation Council EIC; Yumer Kodjayumer - Ministry of Education and Science; Daniela Tchonkova - EEN-Bulgaria Coordinator.

Coffee break

Female Entrepreneurship in Spinoffs - Panel Discussion

Panelists: Diane Nevin - CEO of GRIT; Elena Nikolova - CEO Angels Club; Mariana Hamanova - CleanTech Bulgaria; Maria Fátima Lucas - CEO at ZYMVOL, EU Women Founders.

Community builders Digital Innovation Hubs I Part 1 - Panel Discussion

Panelists: Rumyana Grozeva - European Digital Innovation Hub Zagore; Mariana Hamanova - Director of CleanTech Bulgaria; Svetlana Boyanova - Director of AgroHub; Svetlin Iliev - Director of Trakia Digital Innovation Hub.

Community builders, Infrastructure & Resources I Part 2

Panelists: Todor Mladenov - Executive Director at Sofia Tech Park JSC; Petko Georgiev - Chairman of Southeast Digital Innovation Hub; Prof. Ilia Iliev - Director Centre of Technologies Plovdiv University; Evgeni Ivanov - Head of Technology Transfer Center QUASAR; Prof. Sotir Sotirov PhD - Prof. Assen Zlatarov University.

Lunch – Networking

Community builders, Clusters Part 3

Panelists: Daniela Tchonkova - EEN-Bulgaria Coordinator; Teodora Jilkova - Veritas Cluster; Prof. George Angelov - Chair of Cluster of Microelectronics, Technical University Sofia; Kaloyan Ratchev - AI Cluster Bulgaria.

The Role Of PanEuropean Ecosystems - Panel Discussion

Panelists: Clemens Wasner - ADRA, Member of European AI Forum; Andy Bleaden - EchAllience; Montse Daban - Biocat, BioRegion of Catalonia. INNAXE; Maria Pournari - Institute of Entrepreneurship Development.

Digitalisation, green manufacturing and change management challenges for traditional manufacturing SMEs - ReStartSMEs International Workshop

Daniel Cosnita– President of the Romanian Cluster Association, Co-chairs of EEN Thematic Group on Clusters.

Company Showcase, Venture Builder & Investor Feedback

Participants include Prevento, Hemokin Pharmaceuticals, Meteo.rock, Enova H2O, and spinoff companies supported by National Innovation Fund managed by BSMEPA. Moderator: Emil Shekerdzijsky.

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