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Regional final

Get In The Ring Eastern Europe 2015 - breaking the boundaries!

In 2014 Association of Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE) had the honour to organize the Eastern European Get In The Ring finals in Sofia for the first time. ABLE did it extremely well! During the Get In The Ring finals in Rotterdam, they were selected as best regional host!
In 2015, ABLE is organizing the Eastern European Finals again! The bar has been raised high and there will be some changes in order to deliver more added value to the Startups who dare to join the battle.

ABLE is still developing and organizing the event so stay tuned for more information!

Short information

  • The Regional Final will select the best startup from Eastern Europe that will be invited to pitch during the International Final in Medellin, Colombia in march 2016.
  • Date: 14.01.2016
  • Place: Place: Inter Expo Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

The participants will be announced after the national finals in the Eastern European countries.

Get In The Ring Eastern Europe will be held on 14.01.2016.
Stay Tuned for more information!

The JURY

Evgeny Angelov

Evgeny Angelov has been an Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria since January 2012. His efforts are directed at raising the competitiveness of Bulgarian companies, promoting energy efficiency, strengthening the innovation ecosystem and improving the business environment. He is also the Chairman of the Bulgarian Venture Capital Association. From the summer of 2009 until the end of 2011, Mr. Angelov held the position of Deputy Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism. Concurrently, he was the Head of the Investment Board of JEREMIE Bulgaria, a €350mm Holding Fund, which provides equity and debt financing to start-ups and SME's.Between 2011 and 2014, he was Bulgaria's SME Envoy to the European Commission. Evgeny Angelov holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a BA degree from London Guildhall University.

Ivaylo Simov

Ivaylo is one of the founders of Eleven, the most active early stage venture capital firm in Europe, which has invested in more than 100 startups during the last three years. With more than 15 years of venture capital and private equity experience, he is always looking for original ideas and enjoys skiing and windsurfing in his free time.

Lyubomir Minchev

Lyubomir Minchev is the founder and CEO of Group Telelink Holdings B.V. Telelink is a leading system integration company in South – East Europe with considerable expertise in the development of wireless network, system integration as well as security and automation systems. The customers of the company are the largest telecoms, enterprises and government entities. Lyubomir holds an Executive MBA degree from INSEAD, a BA/ MBA degree from Suffolk University and has started his higher education in the American University in Bulgaria.

Todor Breshkov

Todor Breshkov is one of the Managing Partners of LAUNCHub, ​the most active seed fund supporting promising entrepreneurs and digital startups in South East Europe. Todor has a substantial banking experience and his professional expertise varies within the areas of Business Management, Finance, Business Development, VC and entrepreneurship. Todor is a founder and Chairman of the Board of Bulgarian Real Estate Fund (BREF), one of the largest listed real estate funds in Bulgaria. He has been a Managing Director of one of the largest brokerage and corporate finance boutiques in Bulgaria - First Financial Brokerage House (2001 - 2009) and also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian Stock Exchange - Sofia (2003 - 2009). Todor was a Member of Supervisory Board (2003 - 2011) and member of the Audit committee of First Investment Bank EUR 3 bln in assets. He likes all types of outdoor activities, i.e. not to be in the office.

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