International conference WANNA GROW? – Steps to scale-up management will be held on 4th of July at InterExpo Center, Sofia
Tsarigradsko shose blvd
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, www.iec.bg (underground metro station Inter Expo Center).
9.45 – 11.00 Keynote speakers
Jorge Garcia del Arco, CEO & CoFounder of ImproveChange.org
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: firstname.lastname@example.org