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RE: TURN – The Three East Coast Events Bridging The Bulgarian Tech Ecosystem and Diaspora

RE:TURN is a joint initiative willing to bridge the Bulgarian innovation ecosystem with the diaspora ©BVCA ©BVCA
RE:TURN is a joint initiative willing to bridge the Bulgarian innovation ecosystem with the diaspora ©BVCA

As the Bulgarian startup ecosystem grows and matures the connection to the well-established ecosystem, larger VCs and attractive market in the USA is getting more and more important. RE:TURN is a joint initiative of four Bulgarian organizations that aims to facilitate this connection, and started as a roadshow on the West Coast earlier this year.  In November, RE: TURN is coming to the East Coast – Boston, Washington, and New York, as well.

The purpose – to give more visibility to the latest developments in Bulgaria and engage entrepreneurs and investors from the diaspora overseas. “Our goal is to create something meaningful in three directions: investments, giving back and building a career in Bulgaria,” stated Evgeni Angelov of Bulgarian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA). 

RE:TURN is a project of the Bulgarian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA), supported by America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF), Solutions for the Future Foundation, and the Bulgarian Entrepreneurship Center (BEC), the European Investment Bank (EIB). Trending Topics is again partnering with the initiative, and will travel alongside the group to fill the dedicated Diaspora Channel with first-hand experiences and stories.  

What, when, where

The events are an opportunity for VCs to find interesting investment opportunities, for founders to find mentors or new expansion horizons, for students to explore career paths, and not least for everyone, to find like-minded people and learn how to engage with the socio-economic processes in Bulgaria.

RE:TURN is the first institutionalized in a way initiative that aims to attract capital and mentors for Bulgarian businesses and social initiatives from overseas. In Spring RE:TURN was held in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. Prior to that BVCA went on tour and met the Bulgarian diaspora in five European cities. The second goal is to highlight Bulgaria as an attractive location for starting a business or career, in other words – to bring back talent to the country.

At the end of November, RE:TURN is visiting three cities on the East Coast and the events will feature discussion panels on the opportunities for collaboration. RE:TURN is a chance to meet and network with interesting new industry players from the US and Bulgaria. Here’s the list of the panelists who have confirmed their attendance:

Washington D.C., November 18:

Elvin Guri, CEO at Empower Capital Fund 

Kiril Petkov, Co-founder and CEO of ProViotic; Co-Founder of Center for Economic Strategy and Competitiveness

Hristo Boyadzhiev, Founder of Tuk-Tam

Andreas Beikos, European Investment Fund

 

New York City, November 20:

Kiril Petkov, Co-founder and CEO of ProViotic; Co-Founder of Center for Economic Strategy and Competitiveness

Elvin Guri, CEO at Empower Capital

Georgi Mitov, Partner at BrightCap Ventures

Hristo Boyadzhiev, Founder of Tuk-Tam

Diko Mihov, investor,  founder of American Foundation for Bulgaria

 

Boston, November 21:

Kiril Petkov, Co-founder and CEO of ProViotic; Co-Founder of Center for Economic Strategy and Competitiveness

Veneta Andonova, PhD, Author of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Unexpected Places and Professor at Universidad de Los Andes

Stephane Ganchev, Partner at LAUNCHub Ventures

Vess Bakalov, CEO at Pliant.io

Momchil Mitov, Dynamo Software

 

 

More panelists are expected to confirm their participation in the next days. 

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