Kick off meeting – Steps2Scale
Nov 2 um 13:30 – Nov 3 um 12:00

On 2-3 November Bulgarian Industrial Association will organize the first meeting within the Project Steps2Scale as a start of 2 year project funded by the Erasmus + Programme of EU. The aim of the kick off meeting is to present the objectives and the activities of the project supporting the Scale Ups companies. The project will be implement in 4 countries – Bulgaria, Austria, Spain and Slovenia.

2 November 2017ThemeSpeaker
13:30-14:00Registration and welcome coffee
14:00-14:15Welcome Speech – Kick Off Meeting
Veselin Iliev, Head of International Economic Relations Centre
14:15-14:30Steps2Scale Partners’ Presentations
Each Partner Representative (3-4 minutes from each partner)
14:30-15:00Steps2Scale Project Presentation
Teodora Sotirova
15:00-15:30Questions & Answers
15;30-15:45Coffee Break
15:45-16:30Project Administrational and Financial Requirements Teodora Sotirova, Veselin Iliev
16:30-17:00Questions & Answers in Administrational and Financial.
3 NovemberThemeSpeaker
9:30-10:00Setting up the project governance structureTeodora Sotirova
10:00-10:45Project website – ideas and recommendationsMilena Stoeva
10:45-11:00Coffee break
11:00-12:00O1: Harmonized competence framework – discussions and recommendationsTeodora Sotirova
12:00-12:30Next StepsTeodora Sotirova
Business coffee and breakfast for Start Ups and Scale Ups interested in increasing energy efficiency in the office
Nov 17 ganztägig

Join us for an afternoon business breakfast and coffee, where you can learn about easy-to-use tricks on how to improve energy efficiency in the office and how to motivate employees to save energy and resources.
You will get valuable information and advice on energy efficiency when choosing a new office and premises when you begin to grow.
This business breakfast is just the beginning of the support that you will benefit from by joining the START2ACT project. Participation is free of charge but registration is required.
And in addition, we will introduce new opportunities to accelerate the growth of your business.
The registration form should be sent to Gergana Prokopova, e-mail:
For information: +3592 932 0944.

Coordination meeting and conference in Portoroz, Slovenia
Sep 20 – Sep 21 ganztägig

First day of the meeting was dedicated to E1 event with the participation of more than 50 local entrepreneurs and stakeholders as guests. Step2Scale project was presented, a core speech by Slovenian economist, round table with three local scale-ups, and an interactive workshop on fast growing mentors.

Second day meeting  started with V.Iliev’s question “what’s happening after the project’s finalization” – possible commercialization of the outputs, or other way to implement the Qualification framework as common tool.

The next project meeting will be held in Bilbao, in March 2019.

Steps2Scale, 4th consortium meeting
Mar 28 – Mar 29 ganztägig
International conference WANNA GROW? – Steps to scale-up management will be held on 4th of July at InterExpo Center, Sofia
Jul 4 um 9:00 – 15:30

The international conference “Wanna grow? – Steps to scale up management” aims at drawing the attention to the challenges and opportunities of scaling up business and growing start-ups. The conference will give the floor for discussions, networking and knowledge sharing among successful entrepreneurs from Bulgaria and Europe. During the afternoon session of Bar camp all participants will exchange experience, ideas and share knowledge on different topics with players in the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Europe.
The participants are entrepreneurs, investors, SMEs, ecosystem builders, international experts and professionals who consult, mentor, advice, train, coach start-ups and businesses in growth, service providers, etc.
Scale Ups are high tech companies with minimum 5 years of experience on the local market, already proven and well established market niche, developed internationalization strategy and readiness to go and find new markets and partners.,
Scaleups exists on top of a solid startup ecosystem and the Commission’s Start-up and Scale-up Initiative aims to give Europe’s many innovative entrepreneurs every opportunity to become world leading companies.
The venue is Inter Expo Center, Sofia, (underground metro station Inter Expo Center).

9.00 Registration
9.30 Opening
9.45 – 11.00 Keynote speakers
Jorge Garcia del Arco, CEO & CoFounder of
Ignacio Azpiazu, Partner at HUB Advisory, start-up adviser and entrepreneurship trainer
Metodi Amov, Marketing Director, ScaleFocus
Genoveva Christova, CEO, Ligna Group
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break and networking
11.30 – 12.30 Scale-up managers and advisors
How can a start-up become a scale-up? What are the necessary skills, knowledge and competences of the Scale-up advisor? Why and how to develop them?
Qualification and competence framework, best practices, and key recommendations will be shared during this panel session.
Rupinder Nandra, Head of international programmes, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC), Enterprise Europe Network
Jose Antonio Campos, Executive MBA-DBS Director, University of Deusto
Michael Reiner, President, ECQA GmbH
Milena Koleva, Director, Knowledge, innovation and strategies management club
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch and networking
13.30 – 15.00 Bar camp
Topic “Financing for start-ups – why US and not EU”- moderator Veselin Iliev, Director General, International Economic Relations at Bulgarian Industrial Association
Topic “Start-up culture – why EU start-ups are scared to fail” – moderator Jose Antonio Campos, Executive MBA-DBS Director, University of Deusto
Topic “How to innovate and grow your business”- moderator Milena Koleva, Director, Knowledge, innovation and strategies management club
Topic “Internationalization” – moderator Boryana Mladenova, expert Enterprise Europe Network
Topic “EU framework funding programs” – moderator Christina Kasparyan, expert Enterprise Europe Network
15.00 – 15.30 Closure and wrap-up
15.30 – 16.30 Networking at Wine & Coffee

The event is organised within the project No. No. 2017-1-BG01-204-036221 Steps2Scale – EU steps to scale up management, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme. Participation is free, but registration is required:
Milena Koleva, mob: +359 887 64 82 82, e-mail: