Agenda 2014

Under the Patronage of the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy and Energy

Sofia Grand Hall


“Innovation: Engine for Economic Growth”

30 October

09.00 – 09.30Registration

09.30 – 10.00Official Opening

Dr. Anna-Marie Vilamovska, Secretary, Healthcare, Education and Science, Bulgarian President Adminsitration
H.E. Shin Maeng-ho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Bulgaria
Prof. Grigorii Vazov, Rector, VUZF University
Mr. Valentin Marinov, Executive Director, B2B Magazine

10.00 – 11.30 – “Innovation policies”

Mr. Kamen Spassov, Deputy Minister, Bulgarian Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications, “The case of Bulgaria”
Мr. Giuseppe Gramigna, US Small Business Administration, “The case of USA”
Mr. Eiran Amos, Diplomat and Advisor to Governments, “The case of Israel”
Dr. Evgeni Evgeniev, Assoc. Prof., VUZF University, “The case of Korea”

Moderator: Ms. Elitsa Panayotova, Executive Director, Sofia Tech Park

11.30 – 13.00 – „Innovation instruments”

Mr. Anton Pavlov, Deputy Minister, Bulgarian Ministry of Economy and Energy
Dr. Salvatore Zecchini, Chairman, Working Party for SMEs and Entrepreneurship, “Effective SME Policies”
Prof. Liora Katzenstein, ISEMI President, ”Israel as a Role Model for Global Innovation”
Mr. Ivan Mihaylov, Site Manager, Visteon Electronics Bulgaria. Presentation.
Mr. Hristo Stoyanov, Mandate Relationship Manager, European Investment Fund Programs for Bulgaria. Presentation.

Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Virginia Zhelyazkova, Vice-Rector, VUZF University

13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 – „Innovations in the Private Sector”

Dr. Gabor Hunya, Senior Economist, WiiW, “FDI’s in the High Tech Industries”
Mr. Vesselin Arnaudov, VMware Sofia R&D Site, Advanced Development Lead, “A Sustainable Approach to Software Innovation”
Mr. Krassimir Stoyanov, Board Member, Bulgarian Association of Software Companies, “Innovations in the IT Industry of Bulgaria”
Dr. Eva Diedrichs, Managing Director of IMP³rove – European Innovation Management Academy, “Managing Innovation for Sustainable Growth”
Mr. Henrik Poulsen, Manager, Green Start Up House, powered by Copenhagen Tech Park, “How to Create Cleantech Innovation – Experience from Denmark”

Moderator: Dr. Julia Dobreva, Chief Assistant Prof., VUZF University

15:30 – 16:00 – Coffee break

16:00 – 17:00 – Innovative Companies in Bulgaria (D-Day)
Seven Bulgarian start-ups will present their products
Deed, majio, kanbanize, StatAce, Microna, IT Instructor, Dronamics.

Moderator: Mr. Nikola Dimitrov, VUZF University

19:00 – 20:00 – Arte Classica concert at the Russian Cultural and Information Center, Sofia, Shipka 34 Str.

31 October

09.30 – 10:00 – Registration

10:00 – 12:00 – „Incentives for Investment in Innovations via State and European Financing Instruments“

Opening: Mr. Ognian Zlatev, Representative of the European Delegation in Bulgaria

Prof. Mihaly Laki, Economic Advisor, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, “SMEs in Hungary”
Prof. Kostadin Kostadinov, GIS Transfer Center Foundation, “Networks for support of the transfer of technologies and innovations”
Dr. Georg Licht, Director for Industrial Economics and International Management, Center for European Economic Research (Germany), “Eurostars Program in Europe”
Mr. Peter Sharkov, President and Co-Founder, Start It Smart, “Development of Networks for Start Ups in Bulgaria”

Moderator: Dr. Radostin Vazov, Executive Director, VUZF University

Closing speech: Dr. Radostin Vazov, Executive Director, VUZF University