Balkan Venture Forum
November 14, 2013
The Balkan Venture Forum
The Balkan Venture Forum is a leading regional investment and innovation forum. It showcases innovative companies to active investors and promotes innovation, entrepreneurship, investment readiness and access to finance in the Balkans.
Boyan S. Benev. Chairman, Bulgarian Entrepreneurship & Innovation Cluster (BEIC)
Local Organiser, Balkan Venture Forum Sofia
Seeing a community come together is an uplifting sight. Bringing over two-dozen organisations from six countries together for a common cause is a challenging but extremely rewarding task.
The Balkan Venture Forum Sofia on the 21st and 22nd of May isn’t about the organisation and execution of a great conference – it’s a test case for the local community. I firmly believe in the idea that open communication and collaboration is the only way a fledgling community can build sustainability and strength.
There’re some great things going on in the Balkans and it’s my hope that the Balkan Venture Forum Sofia will be able to showcase some of this to a wider audience, bringing people from around the world to our bright city.
But the funky thing is that the Forum doesn’t exist in isolation. In fact, May and June will see a string of world-class entrepreneurship and innovation events hosted in Sofia. Hosted by the Balkan Venture Forum, the progressive accelerator fund LAUNCHub will be organising a mini-Seedcamp within the BkVF venue.
On the following day (May 23rd) the entrepreneurship club Start It Smart will be organising aLeancamp bringing together entrepreneurs, developers and business leaders for a day of focused learning and knowledge transfer.
One of the true success stories in the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Bulgaria have been the co-working space Betahaus. Then on the 3rd of June we will have Digitalk 2013 organised by Economedia with the help of the venture capital fund Neveq. Digitalk will be an impressive showcase event with top-notch speakers from Silicon Valley and Europe.
So, quite a lot going on in our little corner of the world. The Balkan Venture Forum is a community effort – that was the aim from the beginning – . Looking at this remarkable list of events, 2013 is a test for doing something event larger next year.
Over the coming days and weeks more thoughts and details on the upcoming forum will be shared, as well as the other events. Looking forward to seeing the community together on the 21st and 22nd as well as the great host of guests we have coming from far and wide.