Get In The Ring Bulgaria 2015
The national finals of the start up competition GET IN THE RING gathered over 250 guests,
current entrepreneurs and future ones, on the evening of November 17th at Inter Expo Center
in Sofia. The Association of Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs – ABLE organized the
event for a third consecutive year with the help of over 30 sponsors and partners, among
which were Walltopia, Telerik – A progress Company, Max, GemSeek, VMware, America
for Bulgaria Foundation, the Institute for International Education, Inter Expo Center, Evinat,
Domaine Boyar, Kamenitza, Superhosting etc.
A jury of four people – Veselin Arnaudov, Ivaylo Ivanov, Kiril Petkov and Stefan Gugushev
– had the privilege but also the difficult task to determine the winners that are going to
represent Bulgaria at the regional final for Eastern Europe.
Winners in the light-weight category were Tatyana Mitkova and Velizar Shulev from
Claimcompass, whose company is protecting the rights of airline passengers if there is a
problem with their flight. In the middle-weight category the winner was Ivan Komorchets
from Bueno. Ivan’s team is developing a mobile application for interactive mapping of ski
tracks in different countries with the ambition to cover ski resorts all over the world. Both of
these teams will represent Bulgaria at the regional final of Get in the Ring that is taking place
on January 14th, 2016 at Inter Expo Center and is organized by ABLE again.
This year there was something special prepared for the selected teams. On November 14th a
mentorship day was organized on which the teams were able to get a feel of the format and be
more prepared for the big day and received valuable feedback from 6 different mentors -
Bulgarian academics, business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs. They were Peter
Goryalov, prof. Veneta Andonova, Ivaylo Hristov, Orgnyan Kiriyakov, Gerge Malchev and
There was a lot of excitement around the event. Besides the competing 6 start ups, two young
teams of students in the 10th grade, our young future stars pitched their ideas in front of the
audience – SmartCity from Rousse and Composy from Dimitrovgrad.
In a twitter game 6 participants from the audience were selected and won vouchers for
paragliding jumps, provided by Extreme Bulgaria and the girls from Dance Station Bulgaria
added the necessary dose of charm, without which no ring competition could go without.
For the success of this year’s Get in the Ring National Final helped not only the six promising startups,
which will present their innovative ideas on the scene. The GITR competition has the support of its
partners- leaders in different sectors and industries in Bulgaria and abroad.
We are proud that the world’s biggest climbing company, producer of climbing walls – Walltopia,
is our partner, together with the software giant Telerik, the company, which was acquired by
the American company Progress Software Corporation last year for 265.5 million dollars. Max –
the first Bulgarian 4G network operator, GemSeek – the international company for research
and analytics, and VMware – the American company for virtualizing technologies, are also
main partners of Get in the Ring, the biggest Bulgarian start-up competition.
Especially important is the support of America for Bulgaria foundation and Institute of
We want to thank Domaine Boyar, Bulgarian wine company, and Kamenitza, local
Bulgarian brewery, for the great help for organizing the special cocktail of GITR. The Bulgarian hosting
company, Superhosting, as well as Extreme Bulgaria, leader in extreme sports
and activities, brought to the guests and participants in GITR special prizes. Evinat, a web
service provider, helped for the visibility of GITR, by providing us with a great website and constant web
And all of this would not be possible, without Inter Expo Center - the host of the event,
which are famous for their constant support of different business, entrepreneurial, and social events.
Last but not least, we want to thank all partners, supporters, and friends of Get in the Ring, without
whom this competition would not be possible. Thank you!
The National Final will select the best startup from Bulgaria that will continue the
battle in the next round the Eastern Europe Regional Final
- Date: 17.11.2015
- Place: Inter Expo Center, Sofia
The participants will be announced after the preselection is done and the fighters for The Ring are ready!
Vesselin is currently responsible for being a tech lead in incubation and advanced
development activities for the VMware R&D Site in Bulgaria. He has spent the past
eight years with the company, having loads of fun as part of the vSphere BU, and
prior to that has been involved in the areas of cryptography, security, startups,
and distributed systems design.
He holds a degree in Computer Science from Brown University and enjoys cooking,
traveling, his family, and generally geeking out.
Ivaylo Ivanov is General Manager of Inter Expo Center. He has consistently participated in
projects of the Koelnmesse, Danzas Messen, Yorkshire Exhibition Services and Messe Frankfurt.
Нis experience also includes working for ITE Group in London, on World Petroleum Congresses in
South African Republic, Spain and the Moscow International Motor Show as well.
He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Cologne, Germany.
Kiril is the co-founder of the Center for Economic Strategy and Competitiveness, a Harvard
affiliated program at Sofia University. There, he is teaching classes on entrepreneurship,
competitiveness and economics. He is also the managing partner of the investment company
BDC, and now he is developing an all natural and pure probiotic whose story has been
featured on The Wall Street Journal.
He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is passionate about making Bulgarian
companies competitive on a global scale.
Stefan Gugushev is the founder and Managing Partner of the top tiered Gugushev & Partners
Law Office and Board Member at Endeavor Bulgaria – global network for high-impact
entrepreneurs. From January, 2015 Stefan is an Arbitration Judge in the International
Court of Arbitration. He is a member of the Association Advocates Europe, prominent
member of the Rules of Law Institute and member in the Association for Internal and
International Arbitrage, Sofia, Bulgaria, International Bar Association.
He holds a Master’s degree in Law from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski,