2nd Study-visit within the framework of the “CONNECT“ Project to Sofia

CONNECT 2021–2024

„Connecting universities-industry through smart entrepreneurial cooperation and competitive intelligence of students in Moldova, Georgia and Armenia (CONNECT)”, co-funded by the EU under the Erasmus+ program.


Study-visit to Sofia, Bulgaria, April 4-9, 2022  with the topic “Elements of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems”.

Venue: Soho Creative CoWorking Space
Host Partner : Anthology Management

During the entire study-visit, the participants got acquainted with:

    • How CoWorking Creates Community Tour and Interview with Luba – Soho Founder;
    • Startup founders’ roundtable: Kiril Genov, Yordan Yordanov, Worddio Panagiotis Katsaounis, Metab.io;
    • The Basics of Angel Investment Elena Nikoleva, CEOAngels Club;
    • Masterclass:
      – Problem Sizing
      – Framing the Problem
      – Sizing the Market (TAM, SAM, SOM)
      – Customer Discovery, Profiling Anthology Management
      – Mapping your entrepreneurial ecosystem
      – Financial Planning Anthology Management
      – Workshop: Storytelling, Pitching Anthology Management
      – The Basics of the Patent Process Mr. Yiannis Skoulikaris, CEO PatentMind Netherlands, former Director, European Patent Office.

Site Visits and Presentations took place around Sofia:

      • Tour of the University of National World Economy
        Presentation: Innovation in Tourism Hosted by Prof. Svetoslav Kaleychev;
      • Puzl CoWorking Facility
        A tour of Puzzle, one of the largest coworking places in Sofia, home to VCs, startups, and freelancers;
      • University of Sofia Academic Exchange:
        Roundtable on Best Creative Practices in Academic Entrepreneurship Hosted by Prof. Todor Yalamov Vice Dean Research and Innovation Faculty of Economics and Business Administration;
      • Group Discussion Q/A;
        Individual partner meetings/ Certificates Awarded Assessments & Discussion.

These experiences are valuable for the members of the consortium, or one of the directions on which they work in CONNECT Project.

Partnership countries:

European Union

LUT University from Finland
Management Anthology from Bulgaria
National University of Theatre and Film “I.L. Caragiale” from Romania
RISEBA University of Applied Sciences from Latvia

Republic of Moldova

Moldova State University – Project Coordinator
State Agrarian University of Moldova
Technical University of Moldova
Alecu Russo Balti State University
Association for supporting innovations and sustainable development ”IMPULS”

Republic of Armenia

Brusov State University
Vanadzor State University

Republic of Georgia

Ilya State University
Shota Rustaveli University of Theater and Cinema

The meeting was arranged by the Host Partner: Anthology Management in close collaboration of the Coordinator of the consortium Ms. Elena SIMCIUC.

The experience and knowledge gained during the study-visit will form the basis of joint report of findings.

The CONNECT project is implemented with the support of the EU within the framework of the Erasmus+ program and is a continuation of the SMART project “Fostering University-Enterprise Cooperation and Entrepreneurship of Students via Smart Caffes” 585620-EPP-1- 2017-1-ELEPPKA2-CBHE-JP