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10 · Dec 13 | Sofia Municipality, Bulgaria

The 3nd RIG’s meeting in Sofia took place on 10.12.2013. At one of its main halls, Sofia Municipality hosted more than 20 representatives of different stakeholders – universities, associations, foundations, companies, clusters, business incubators and accelerators.  For 3 hours (14:30 - 17:45), this was place for discussions – about all good practices encountered during the first 6 study visits, about similar practices in Sofia, about the future steps towards RIP’s development (RIP - Regional Implementation Plan).
Image - PictureLiliya Georgieva, project manager and co-ordinator of project InCompass in Sofia Municipality, welcomed them, stressing the results from the past RIG’s meeting, e.g. the accumulation of many new stakeholders, incl. real entrepreneurs from creative industries willing to help RIP’s development.
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Svetoslav Novkov, external expert for Sofia Municipality but also project manager and co-ordinator in Regional Business Incubator Rila, made an interesting presentation about the project itself, its main achievements and number of good practices with potential to be implemented within Sofia’s RIP.
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The project manager of VIVACOM ArtHall presented their wonderful supporting programme in the area of culture and creative industries. Representatives of 2 business accelerators placed in Sofia (Eleven and LaunchHub) presented their supporting schemes for start-up’s.
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At the end of the day, the discussion reached its boiling point, moderated by Liliya Georgieva, Yuriy Vulkovsky, and Svetoslav Novkov. The stakeholders agreed to proceed with further accumulation of good practices and ideas, and then to start structural decision making process in order to formulate the main accents of the future RIP. The RIG came to the following decisions:

  • Forming different focus groups to start working over 4 basic issues in order to deepen the analyses and generate suggestions for good practices adaptation. The 4 topic questions need to be answered.
    1. Which creative industries are most suitable -Especially in terms of good potential for synergies (e.g. computer games industry)- for a future business incubator in Sofia?
    2. Which tools and funding mechanisms can be used to ensure its sustainability?
    3. Which sites are suitable -In terms of: property, location, size, status, and etc.- for it?
    4. Which services are suitable -In terms of: profitability, social efficiency, networking and etc.- for its portfolio?
  • Encouraging follow - up e-mail communication and ideas prioritisation by the project manager and co-ordinator of project InCompass to.
  • Experts to clarify the idea for open contest among students and/or wide public – topic, target groups, conditions and criteria, deadlines, incentives, publicity, etc. 
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InCompass Project is funded by the EU’s European Regional Development fund through the INTERREG IVC programme