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Another success story, second International Investment Forum held in Ruse, 18 May 2022, Bulgaria

Another success story, second International Investment Forum held in Ruse, 18 May 2022, Bulgaria

The second International Investment Forum of the GAZELLE project was held in Ruse, Bulgaria, on May 18, 2022, and brought together start-ups, business angels, investors and technology transfer centers from the Balkan region. The main organizer of the forum was the Ruse Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In total, 15 innovative SMEs from Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus and North Macedonia, participating in the respective acceleration programs of the Project, presented their innovative business projects, in the framework of the “Gazelles-Ruse” Innovation Competition. Each company had a presentation time of 5 minutes, followed by 3 minutes for Q&A in front of a seven-member jury committee. Evaluation criteria included Business Idea, Validation, Business model, Market, Team, Competitors presentation.

1st pl: Foodobox (Technology, FoodObox allows businesses to sell surplus food and to avoid throwing it out, thus not wasting all the resources invested into manufacturing and preparation, addressing the problem of food waste)

2nd pl: DIGISEC S.A. (Bird Monitoring System which protects birds from the wind turbines, maximizing their operating time, almost eliminating their shut down time and minimizing noise pollution – Digisec offers also total security solutions, varying from physical security to homeland security and cyber security)

3rd pl: INTELIGG P.C./SMARTH-PROP – (Inteligg P. C. designs and develops building energy management systems (BEMS) for a variety of buildings, including hotels, offices, schools, and hospitals)

Award package included:

  • -Presentation and promotion of the winners and the business idea in the EBN European Network for Business Innovation Center
  • -Promotion in the network of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce
  • -Promotion in the network of the Federation of Danube Chambers of Commerce

Jury Members:

  • Yannis Retsas, Enterprise Greece- General Director of Strategic Trade Development
  • Theophanis Matsopoulos, Athens Chamber of Commerce and industry – Business Angel and Member of the Board of the Athens CCI
  • Fragiskos Theofylaktos , FT Prisma Consulting (Greece) – Business Angel
  • Iskren Krusteff, INCREDA ASSOCIATION (Bulgaria) – Chairman and representative of INCREDA
  • Milen Dobrev, RCCI (Bulgaria)- Executive Director
  • Rafaela Tsolaki, Exerte Partners Limited (Family Office) (Cyprus)- Business Operations Manager
  • Plamen Popov, Bulgarian Entrepreneur Magazine and Start Young Initiative (Bulgaria) – Manager


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