14 June 2018, Thursday, Sofia Tech Park


Registration and coffee at Sofia Tech Park with thematic stands


Opening – Setting the scene for financial instruments fostering research and innovation

Oleg Petkov, Deputy Minister of the Bulgarian Presidency if the Council of EU
– Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General of DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
– Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia Municipality
Christoph Kuhn, Director of the Mandate Management Department, European Investment Bank
– Roger Havenith, Deputy Chief Executive, European Investment Fund


Towards Open Science, Open Innovation and Open to the World

Moderator: Jean-David Malo, Director, Open Innovation and Open Science, European Commission

– Hermann Hauser, Chair of the Group of the Independent High-Level Group of Innovators on establishing a European Innovation Council
– Kostadin Kostadinov, Advisor to the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria
– Julien Guerrier, Director of the Executive Agency for SMEs


Parallel Interactive F.A.S.T. Workshops – Briefing by Tech Tour – James Burnham


Coffee and networking break with thematic stands


4 Parallel Interactive Workshops – F.A.S.T.

Each workshop has a Chair, a Rapporteur and 2-3 Experts who each provide a short 8 minutes presentation with their key Observations and EU-wide Recommendations – The Chair facilitates short contributions from the Workshop Participants and the Rapporteur then provides a wrap-up of Observations and Recommendations in the Plenary Session after lunch

How can we provide appropriate finance for breakthrough innovation?

Chair: EIB - Shiva Dustdar

- Global Corporate Venturing – James Mawson
- European Long-Term Investors Association – Helmut Von Glasenapp

Rapporteur: PFR Ventures – Monika Morali-Majkut
How can we attract the best innovators and connect local and sectorial ecosystems?

Chair: Austrian Research Promotion Agency – Christian Frey

- Business Angels Europe – Luigi Amati
- Fraunhofer – Mathias Rauch

Rapporteur: European Business & Innovation Centres Network - Javier Echarri
How can we offer innovators continental scale to compete at global level?

Chair: Politecnico di Torino , Prof. Dr. Marco Cantamessa

- Sofia Investment Agency – Vladimir Danailov
- BPI France – Christian Dubarry
- Comac Medical – Milen Vrabevski

Rapporteur: APRE – Antonio Carbone
How can we empower people and encourage a culture of innovation and risk-taking?

Chair: Move.bg – Sasha Bezuhanova

- Bulgarian Academy of Sciences – Julian Revalski
- European Institute of Innovation & Technology – Vasco de Oliveira Janeiro

Rapporteur: ASTP-Proton – Laura MacDonald


Lunch break with thematic stands


Reports of the 4 Parallel Interactive Workshops – F.A.S.T.

The Rapporteurs provide a 4 to 5 minutes short report with the main outcomes of each workshop, complemented by the Chairs of the Workshop, as moderated by Tech Tour – James Burnham


Towards the next generation of Financial Instruments

Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General of DG Research and Innovation, European Commission


Multi-policy investment support instrument – InvestEU:

Benjamin Angel, Director, Treasury and Financial Operations, European Commission
Simon Barnes, Head of Advisory Services, European Investment Bank


Building world-class innovation – Stories, challenges and opportunities for growth and entrepreneurship:

Moderator: Milena Stoycheva, CEO, Junior Achievement

– Eleven Ventures – Vassil Terziev, Partner
– Elaphe – Gorazd Lampič, Co-founder and CEO
– Endurosat – Raycho Raychev, Founder and CEO
– New Frontier Group – Branislav Vujović, President
– Steam Capital – Martin Bruncko, Managing Partner


Networking break with thematic stands


Financing world-class innovation – Levelling up the financing for innovators:

Moderator: Stephane Ouaki, Open Innovation and Open Science, European Commission

– Fund Manager of Financial Instruments in Bulgaria – Svetoslava Georgieva, Executive Director
– Indico Capital – Stephan Morais, Managing General Partner
– European Association of Public Banks – Marcel Roy, Secretary-General
– Amadeus Capital Partners – Anne Glover, Chief Executive and Co-founder
– High-Tech Gründerfonds, Michael Brandkamp, Managing Director
– European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures – Assoc. Prof. Evgeni Evgeniev, Bulgarian Delegate


Closing remarks – Fostering world-class innovation:

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation, European Commission
Krasimir Valchev, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria


PRESS CONFERENCE – Carlos Moedas and Krasimir Valchev


Networking cocktail at Sofia Tech Park with thematic stands


End of the Event

Friday, 15 June, Sofia

Policy event related to the Bulgarian Presidency: 

Food 2030: Research and Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security Conference in Plovdiv (registration open until 25 May)

Cultural events:

Piano Extravaganza Festival in Sofia, Central Military Club (tickets available)

Opera in the Park in Sofia, Rakovski Military Academy Park (tickets available)

AB Oriente Lux – Music of Orthodox East, St. Paraskeva Church in Sofia (tickets available)

14 – 15 June 2018, Sofia