Our Team for Bulgaria
Meet Mariyana, our National Lead for Bulgaria!
What is your background?
I am business consultant with over eight years of experience in the field of sustainability, innovation and green economy. I have wide experience in leading complex international projects in the field of sustainable innovation and tech start up establishment and consulting. Most projects are based on collaboration with large cross-national groups of organisations, universities, clusters and innovation networks, as well with business incubators, accelerators and VCs with focus on cleantech. In 2010 was involved in the establishment of a technology centre in Sofia, integrating and adapting highly successful and long-lasting German know-how and experience in technology transfer.
Why did you become a country lead?
Cleantech Bulgaria promotes sustainable development and the integration of clean technologies and green innovation into successful business models. The organisation is active in various economic and social fields, such as business, education, science, entrepreneurship, technology and innovation. Its core activity is focused on enabling collaboration, professional matchmaking and innovation and supporting commercial and strategic partnerships among different clusters, associations, SMEs and entrepreneurs that work in the field of cleantech, environment, education and social innovation.
Why do you think this competition is so important?
The competition gathers cleantech business ideas and helps to their founders receive a valuable feedback from industry experts, training and mentoring, in the maintime offers wide visibility and international networking.
How does your organisation support cleantech start-ups?
The entrepreneurial community is mobilised by the annual campaign of Cleantech Bulgaria for technology scouting and nominating business projects from Bulgaria to compete in the Global Cleantech Later Stage Awards organized by the Global Cleantech Cluster Association, based in USA. The start ups compete in 10 categories, including solar, wind, water, energy efficiency and more. The judges of the later stage award have invested over $3.5 billion into cleantech globally. In 2014 Cleantech Bulgaria also organised a technology scouting campaign for innovative business ideas for sustainable energy for KIC InnoEnergy (also managed by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology).