Global Partner

Pictet

Pictet

Founded in 1805 in Geneva, Pictet & Cie is today one of Switzerland’s largest private banks, and the leading independent asset management specialist in Europe, with CHF 492 billion (EUR 430 billion) in assets under management and custody at September 2017. Pictet & Cie is a partnership owned and managed by eight general partners with unlimited liability for the bank’s commitments. The Pictet Group, based in Geneva, employs more than 4100 staff. The group has offices in the following financial centres: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Dubai, Florence, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lausanne, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Montreal, Nassau, Osaka, Paris, Rome, Singapore, Stuttgart, Taipei, Turin, Tokyo and Zurich.

Gold Partner

Almaz Capital

Almaz Capital

Almaz Capital is an international Venture Capital firm investing in early stage, capital efficient technology companies. Being a unique bridge-model fund with the main office in Silicon Valley, US, Almaz Capital connects entrepreneurs and engineering talent in USA and Eastern European /CIS countries and bring the prominent startups to the global market. Fund invests in high-growth sectors such as artificial intelligence and blockchain applications, data engineering, cybersecurity, industrial IoT, networking architecture and infrastructure. The fund's investors include Cisco, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. Founded in 2008, Almaz Capital has 9 exits and over 30 portfolio companies.

Partners

Bulgarian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA)

Bulgarian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA)

The Bulgarian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) is a focal point of private investors, venture capital funds and the entrepreneurial community in Bulgaria. The association works alongside its members to improve the business environment and to drive innovation and growth in the country and the CEE region. BVCA is committed to popularising the role of private investment as a reliable and sustainable source of funding for growing and established companies. The association represents its members’ interests on a national and international level, actively communicates with institutional and private stakeholders as well as the general public. BVCA collects data on member activities in private equity and venture capital, and identifies industry players in the ecosystem. Giving voice to the community it represents, BVCA advocates on behalf of the industry to ensure sound public policy that encourages a favourable investment environment in Bulgaria.

Bulgarian Entrepreneurship & Startup Community

Bulgarian Entrepreneurship & Startup Community

The Bulgarian Entrepreneurship & Startup Community was founded in September 2017 with the aim to make Bulgaria “The European Startup Incubator”. Its primary goal is for Bulgaria to become a friendlier environment for both startups and SMEs, as well as larger organizations. Bulgaria has a great potential but modernisation is needed to unleash it. BESCO has focused on working with public institutions to make better laws, policies, and programs fostering entrepreneurship. The organization is also devoted to attracting greater interest from foreign investors, entrepreneurs and professionals towards the country and the Balkan region as a whole. BESCO works closely with the most relevant stakeholders from the Bulgarian startup ecosystem. Its members include entrepreneurs, startup organizations, co-working spaces, and investors. In its goal to connect startups with settled businesses and create a better network between them, BESCO collaborates with some of the larger trade and industry organizations, among other non-profits.

Bronze Partners

Fund Manager of Financial Instruments in Bulgaria

Fund Manager of Financial Instruments in Bulgaria

The Fund Manager of Financial Instruments in Bulgaria EAD was established by Bulgaria’s Council of Ministers as a special-purpose vehicle fully owned by the State to manage the financial instruments designed to support the implementation of programmes co-financed from the European Structural and Investment Funds, i.e. OP Human Resource Development 2014-2020, OP Innovations and Competitiveness 2014-2020, OP Regions in Growth 2014-2020 and OP Environment 2014-2020, the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and the Maritime and Fisheries Programme 2014-2020. To ensure professional management, coordination and consistency in the implementation of financial instruments, all resources budgeted for the financial instruments under the said programmes have been pooled into a joint Fund of Funds, with the FMFIB as its managing body. The Fund of Funds managed by FMFIB EAD enables a more efficient and effective implementation of financial instruments through specialisation and economies of scale. Being an important part of the system for managing EU financing, FMFIB EAD complies with the special requirements laid out in EU legislation in terms of economic and financial stability, adequate capacity to implement the financial instruments, including appropriate organisational structure and human resources, good corporate governance systems, efficient and effective internal control systems, reliable accounting systems providing timely, comprehensive and accurate reporting. The FMFIB is subject to audits by the competent national and the European audit authorities, and by the European Commission.

Industry Support Partners

Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association

Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association

UVCA shapes the future direction of the venture capital and private equity industry in Ukraine by promoting its investment opportunities, advocating the interests of private equity investors to policymakers, and improving the local investment and business climate.

Bridgeway Europe Startup Accelerator

Bridgeway Europe Startup Accelerator

Bridgeway Accelerator is a Southeast European initiative empowering entrepreneurs on their journey to build great companies. Our accelerator programs are tailored to fit the needs of each startup, yet, none is deprived from valuable sessions and informal chats with industry experts. Our participants enjoy working with other smart and talented founders at our great office space in Belgrade.

Silicon Valley Open Doors

Silicon Valley Open Doors

SVOD (Silicon Valley Open Doors) is a leading boutique technology investment conference that brings in an eclectic mix of 1500+ most creative, forward-thinking, and insightful people in the entrepreneurial and investment world to the Silicon Valley.

Startup Hub Poland

Startup Hub Poland

Startup Hub Poland is a not-for-profit foundation based in Warsaw with the mission of making Poland as the hub for Hi-Tech startups from the entire CEE region. In the past six years, we have been successful in creating a robust startup ecosystem with 300+ local and CEE partners, a network of 80+ Polish VCs and Angel Investors and a support system of shared office spaces, tax and law consultants and 150+ international mentors and market experts

Dev.by

Dev.by

dev.by is a source of information on IT-idustry in Belarus and globally. Besides latest news, exclusive interviews, analytics, corporate blogs and expert columns it provides insights on Belarusian IT-companies, salaries, vacancies and events.

The Emerging Europe Alliance

The Emerging Europe Alliance

The Emerging Europe Alliance for Business Services, Innovation and Technology is a membership organisation whose ultimate aim is to foster innovation and creativity across emerging Europe. We seek to promote the collective strength of talent, technology and service capability of the wider region whilst at the same time facilitating each country in showcasing their unique value proposition. We see the region amongst the most developed parts of the world and we strive to build prosperous and progressive economies. However, we also recognise that the region cannot achieve this considerable landmark if the individual countries continue to work in silos. In our experience, buyers and investors will typically look at the capabilities of a broader region first before drilling down into country, city and then vendor selection. It is our sincere belief that by harnessing the many skills and talents, innovation and ambitions of the countries comprising the region, and giving them a unified voice to the world, we will significantly strengthen the value proposition of the broader region, and catapult it to the front and centre of the global stage.

MOVE

MOVE

MOVE.BG is a platform for value creators and a think-and-do tank for innovative solutions. We are looking for workable ideas for social transformation, forging pathways into sustainable development and enabling a culture of constructive dialogue and participatory leadership.

EDIT

EDIT

EDIT was created to address the needs of the information technology micro, small and startup businesses forming the fastest growing and most innovative economic sector of Bulgaria. EDIT is a network open to everyone who wants to work for sustainable economic development.

 
Media Partners
Emerging Europe

Emerging Europe

Emerging Europe is a London-based think tank committed to boosting the social and economic development of 23 countries of Central and South Eastern Europe and the Caucasus and raising awareness about the region. We provide market intelligence and make connections between organisations located outside the region with their counterparts in emerging Europe. We showcase opportunities for international businesses interested in the region and advise potential investors where to locate their business in emerging Europe. Emerging Europe's readers consist of decision makers, influencers and operational staff from global corporations, SMEs, international financial institutions, governments, universities, international media outlets and NGOs.With a monthly audience of 50,000, the publication is firmly established as the world's leading source of business information about the region

East-West Digital News

East-West Digital News

East-West Digital News is a leading news and research agency about innovation in Central and Eastern Europe

SeeNews

SeeNews

SeeNews is Southeast Europe’s premier independent business intelligence provider, delivering a 360-degree perspective on the region to help businesses make informed decisions. With more than 15 years on the market, we are a one-stop shop for all your business intelligence needs. Our coverage spans an unrivalled 123 industries and sectors, 11 countries, and 800,000+ companies, offering breaking news, insightful commentary and in-depth market research and analysis via our integrated online platform. And because we consider ourselves a strategic partner to businesses, we tailor our offering to our clients’ individual needs via our premium research-on-demand reports. SeeNews is also the publisher of TOP 100 SEE – Southeast Europe’s first and only annual business ranking of the biggest companies in the region, which marked its tenth edition in 2017. Our clients include IBM, Uniqa, HypoNoe Group, Lexis Nexis, and Buraeu van Dijk, among others.

 
Data Partners
PitchBook

PitchBook

PitchBook is the premier provider of data on the public and private equity markets. We arm our clients with unprecedented insight into the flow of capital across the entire venture capital, private equity and M&A landscape to help them capitalize on opportunities in the private markets.