Tihomira Palova

Mrs. Palova has a Master’s Degree in “Accounting and Control” from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has also a Master’s Degree in “Finance” from the University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria. She has been Chief Accountant in German Hair Cosmetics Company, the official importer of “Wella” for Bulgaria. These 8 years of experience in SME sector are very useful for her current position in the public sector. Since 2009 until now Mrs. Palova works as an expert in the Ministry of Economy and Energy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the SME policy area, in “Entrepreneurship and Innovation” Department. Her work is related to the promotion of entrepreneurship in the country. She participated in the implementation of the three-year project “Establishment and development of centers to promote entrepreneurship in universities in Bulgaria”, which was funded by the Ministry of Economy and Energy. From 2014 she is a representative of the Republic of Bulgaria in COSME Committee in EC.

Milena Nikolova

Professor Nikolova teaches a variety of marketing-related classes at the American University in Bulgaria. During her doctoral studies at The George Washington University School of Business she was an instructor in programs with a strong experiential learning component. At AUBG Professor Nikolova continues to apply this approach through a variety of formats that engage students in solving real-world problems of businesses and start-ups from the region.

Twitter: @milena1827

Veneta Andonova

Professor Andonova teaches Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship at AUBG. She is an active supporter of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Bulgaria and a startup mentor. She is an active researcher with scientific contributions on the topics of entrepreneurship, institutional analysis and internationalization.

Rennie Popcheva

Rennie Popcheva is the founder of the Embrioo.com platform that gives a path to follow and space to grow to the ideas of innovative young minds all around the globe. In Embrioo incubator, every idea can be written down and developed with the help of virtual teams into a full-scale project that has the potential to become a successful business. Before realizing her project, Rennie has been working for big corporations in Bulgaria for 14 years, which has given her idea the time and space to grow and finally to become the amazing incubator for ideas that brings people with common goals and determination together. Rennie Popcheva has a fascinating enthusiasm for new ideas and a major goal not to let any idea be lost in the hustle and bustle of today’s world.

Teodor Panayotov

Teodor has been an open-minded entrepreneur for more than 6 years. He registered his first company, when he was twenty. Having a well-developing business in the sphere of IT education and consultations, he is one of the entrepreneurs who have what to say about success, mistakes and steps every StartUP has to go through. During StartUP@Blagoevgrad 2014, he will present what he learned at the Research Park at NASA in the Silicon Valley, California-Graduate Studies Program of Singularity University, by telling us more about StartUP tendencies.

Lyubomir Rusanov

Lyubomir Rusanov is the founder and manager of Superhosting.bg. He has a vast experience in the IT sphere, as he has held different managerial and executive positions in Bulgarian and international software companies. In Superhosting.bg he is responsible for the strategic planning and relations with key clients and partners.

Twitter: @lubolr

Lyubomir Yanchev

Lyubomir Yanchev is so young, but the abundance of his ideas is impressive. He is famous for his project -“The Modern Steward”- Melissa.  He is an example of success and he breaks the belief that age is a limit. At StartUP@Blagoevgrad 2014 Lyubo will tell us what teen entrepreneurship is really about.  He will reveal the opportunity of developing a project or business plan, while still being a high school student; what it is to have an idea and how to proceed with it in his panel: “I have an idea, what’s next?”.

“An inspiring example of success.  He is one of the many earlybirds, bringing the change on their wings.”

Twitter: @LyubomirYanchev

Maxim Gurvits

Max is a VC partner at Teres Capital, a new venture fund for
high-growth companies in Southeastern Europe, based in Sofia, Bulgaria.
An entrepreneur and VC, he previously co-founded an online legal service
company in the Netherlands, followed by a brief stint as an investment
banker. Max was on the founding team of Eleven Startup Accelerator in
Sofia, the largest acceleration program and seed fund in the Balkans
region, before joining Teres.

Twitter @MxGur

Stephane Gantchev

Stephane Gantchev is Venture Partner at LAUNCHub, a seed fund supporting the most promising entrepreneurs and digital startups in South and Eastern Europe. Prior to Launchub, Stephane started his career in France, initially in large IT integrator/service provider company, and later in Orange (France Telecom) where he was Head of Innovations for the Orange France VAS mobile entity. Stephane has been very active in the local mobile and entrepreneurial event scene. He co-founded MobileMonday Sofia in 2009 and recently co-organized the Balkan Venture Forum – one of the biggest startup-investors conference in Bulgaria and the region in 2013. Stephane is also Regional Ambassador for Wearable World (Wearable Wednesdays) and MLove. Stephane is passionate about innovation, new technologies as well as meeting new people and building new connections.
Twitter @sgantchev

Daniel Tomov

Daniel Tomov is a founding partner at Eleven Accelerator Venture Fund that is focused on early investments in some of the most promising and exciting tech startups throughout whole Southeastern Europe and is supported by Google and Springboard. Daniel has been involved in startups since 2000 as early stage investor and funded (in some cases bootstrapping) entrepreneur in diverse fields from software, mobile and consumer goods to renewable energy. Daniel has met and befriended some of the greatest tech entrepreneurs in the region and continues to support the innovative young minds.
Twitter @danieltomov

Kiril Mitov

Kiril Mitov is an Information Systems expert with never-ending passion and enthusiasm for enlightenment of the young minds. Kiril is the founder of the school of robotics “Robopartans”, where he is leading the development of the courses, activities and projects, and is an inspiring teacher as well. Along with his successful entrepreneurial project – “Robopartans”, Kiril is sharing his knowledge and experience with the students from the Technology School “Electronic Systems” – the school at which he himself gained inspiration as a student.
Twitter @thebravoman

Kristalin Chavdarov

Born on the sea coast around a quarter of a century ago in the month of Bona Dea. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Germany, he comes back to Bulgaria on January 1, 2009. Since then he manages Kiwi Design, works on numerous projects in the field of design, web, ux, creative brainstorming, education, etc. He creates, develops and finances projects with ideal purposes, the biggest one of which is “I Can – Here and Now.”


Twitter @krchavdarov

Hristo Neychev

Business Development, Sales and Marketing Strategy

Expert at taking new ideas to market. Successful entrepreneur. Thirteen years of cross-industry tech-related experience in Business Management, Strategic Sales & Partnerships, Digital & Traditional Marketing. This is just a small part of what Hristo has achieved through the years. Bringing valuable experience and solid background to our StartUP conference, he is one of the most inspirational speakers you will listen to. Recently interested in lean startup, he will tell you how to start your business and manage it efficiently.

Twitter @HristoNeychev

Borislav Stefanov

AUBG Class of 2001, Member of MENSA International, Former Executive Director at the Bulgarian Investment Agency

Borislav is one of the most successful AUBG alumni of all time. Continuing his education in Harvard Business School and working for the Boston Consulting Group, he has gained the valuable experience to return to Bulgaria and give back to the community. His impressive background is a guarantee that whatever he undertakes, he will leave a mark behind himself. We are proud to have him on AUBG grounds once again and eager to learn about the takeaways from his experience.

Georgi Malchev

Partner at ilyan.com and captnsocial.com; Professor at New Bulgarian University

Georgi is one of the most prominent figures in the marketing field in Bulgaria. He completed the EMBA program to AUBG in Sofia in 2004 and ever since has not stopped learning and teaching. He specializes in marketing, management consulting, business development, B2B, project management, turnaround management, and strategic planning. He is an extremely interesting person, and an outstanding entrepreneur, bringing the coolest trends in digital marketing and business communications to Bulgaria.

Twitter @GMalchev

Milena Stratieva

For three years Milena Stratieva has been the education manager at M3 College, which is the first and only fully licensed centre for professional PR, Marketing and Business Coummunication in Bulgaria. Since February 2014, she has been a cofounder of “Lemonade”, consulting company that could transform all kinds of “sour lemons” we encounter in business into “tasty and refreshing lemonade”. How? Through effective communication, of course. The company’s mission is to help mainly startups grow by accelerating smartly and following long-term goals and success. At StartUP@Blagoevgrad, in the panel “The smart PR and long-term partnerships” she is going to share her own experience, and also what she learnt from different successful young individuals and the best experts in the sphere of business and communications she met on her way.