Health & Life Sciences
Spinoff Bulgaria

Safe the date: 28-29 September 2023

Sofia, Bulgaria

Innovation Areas

28 September 2023 - Day 1

Workshop Series, Startup Presentations, Discussions

Main Stage

09:00 - 09:30 - Opening Keynote - Official Guest Speaker (Senior Government Stakeholders)

09:30 - 10:20  - "Navigating EU Acts and Regulations for Spinoff Success" (AI Act, Chips Act, Data Health Act, NIS2)

10:20 - 10:50 - "Shaping the Future: Spinoff Opportunities in the New European Innovation Agenda"

10:50 - 11:20 - "From Vision to Reality: Harnessing Spinoff Opportunities in Digital Europe 2030"

11:20 - 12:00 - Coffee break

12:00 - 12:40 - "Leading the Charge: Spinoff Success Stories and the EU Champions Driving Innovation"

12:40 - 13:40  - "Building a Strong Foundation: Exploring the Intersection of Spinoff and Infrastructure" 

13:40 - 14:30-  Lunch

14:30 - 15:00 - "Protecting Innovation: The Role of Patents and IP in Spinoff Success"

15:00 - 15:30 - "Translating Science into Success: The Power of Spinoff and Science PR Publications"

15:30 - 16:10 - "Uncovering the Gems: Spinoff Opportunities and Hidden Innovations in Central and Eastern Europe" 

16:10 - 16:30 - Coffee break

16:30 - 17: 10 - "The Promise and Perils of Deep Tech: Ethical Considerations for Technological Progress"

17:10 - 18:30 - Ceremony The best Spinoff for the 2022

18:30 - 18:40 - Closing remarks

Exclusive workshops

Tech Transfer in Practice

Day 1

10:00 - 12:00 

Navigating the Challenges and Opportunities of Commercializing Research through Spinoff Ventures

AI Master Class

Day 1

12:00 - 13:30 

Provided by members of the AI Cluster 


Collaborating for Success

Day 1

14:30 - 16:30

The Power of Multidisciplinary Spinoffs in Driving Innovation and Impact

28 September 2023 - Day 2

Workshop Series, Startup Presentations, Discussions

Main Stage

09:00 - 09:30 - Opening Keynote - Official Guest Speaker (Senior Government Stakeholders)

09:30 - 10:30 - "Breaking Barriers: Women Driving Innovation and Spinoff Success in Deep Tech"

10:30 - 11:10 - "Collaborating for Success: The Power of Multidisciplinary Spinoffs in Driving Innovation and Impact"

11:10 - 12:00  - "Accelerating Growth: Exploring the Synergies Between Spinoff and the Best Accelerator Programs"

12:00 - 12:20 - Coffee break

12:20 - 13:00 - "Unlocking the Potential: The Intersection of Spinoff and Investment for Innovation and Growth" / Investors

13:00 - 13:40 - European National Funds for Technology Transfer

13:40 - 14:30 - Lunch

14:30 - 15:10  - "From Idea to Reality: The Journey of Spinoffs in Today's Innovation Ecosystem"

15:10 - 15:50 - "Leading the Charge: Spinoff Success Stories and the EU Champions Driving Innovation"

15:50 - 16:10 - Coffee break

16:10 - 16:50  - "Transforming Tomorrow: Exploring the Role of Spinoff and the Tools of the Future in Driving Innovation"

16:50 - 17:30 - "Building Bridges: The Connection between Spinoff Opportunities and the Growing Innovation Ecosystem in Central and Eastern Europe"

17:30 - 17:45 - Closing remarks

Exclusive workshops

The Power of Spinoff and Science PR Publications

Day 2

10:00 - 12:00 

Translating Science into Success

AI Master Class

Day 2

12:00 - 13:30 

Provided by members of the AI Cluster 


Protecting Innovation. Patents and IP in Spinoff 

Day 2

14:30 - 16:30

The Role of Patents and IP in Spinoff Success

Buy a ticket

Early Bird: 100€ (before 20 May 2023)

Regular: 130€ (after 20 May 2023)





Only projects that have successfully passed at least the second stage of technological readiness according to the internationally accepted scale for evaluating the maturity of a newly created technology (Technology Readiness Levels) will be evaluated, and work has begun on the third stage - proof of concept in the experimental environment.

Innovation Areas: Applicant need to propose activities in biotechnology, health, food tech, semiconductors/chips,  artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and VR&AR.

Evaluation criteria:

The expected results of the project need to be clear, measurable, realistic, bound to a specific period and be a logical consequence of the planned activities.

Apply HERE!

A spinoff is an entity, formed as a separate and independent enterprise from an existing organisation, which holds novel value and new strategic purpose. Spinoffs often come from academia, corporates, government and healthcare.

Spinoffs are the bedrock of economic growth and innovation. They create jobs, unlock private capital, stimulate R&D and adoption of innovation. One prominent example of a spinoff powerhouse is the UK, with 1,500 spinoffs in the last 10 years, which created 6000 jobs and £11b of capital raised.

Some prominent clusters such as Oxford, generated 200 spinoffs since 2011 which unlocked £2.4 billion of private capital. The famous ‘Golden Triangle’ produces over 100 spinoffs every year. Moreover, a spinoff on average has 50% higher valuation at seed stage than a non-spinoff company.

A Spinoff innovation can be created and developed via a number of different models. These models are applicable at different stages of the innovation cycle. They share similar purposes and characteristics but vary by strategy, execution and organisational context.


AI Cluster Bulgaria

Health & Life Sciences Cluster

Venrize Ltd.



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Amount: 2500 € 

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Speakers in 2022

Kristina Eskenazi
Chairwoman of Health & Life Sciences Cluster, Founder of AI Cluster Bulgaria
Dimitar DimitrovChairman of Health & Life Sciences Cluster, AI Cluster Bulgaria, Founder of Venrize & Micar21
Kaloyan Ratchev
AI Cluster Bulgaria, Founder of Venrize Ltd and Vangavis
Boyko Takov
Executive Director Bulgarian SME Promotion Agency 
Hristo Etropolsky
Director Marketing and investment services at InvestBulgaria Agency 

Vesna Baltina

Deputy Mayor of the Burgas Municipality

Iva Marinova
Senior expert from the Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency

Zoya Stoyanova
Senior expert Strategic planning, Digitalization & Sustainable development, Burgas Municipality

Dobrinka Blagova
Director, Digitalisation, Innovation & Investment Directorate (Innovative Sofia), Sofia Municipality

Viktor Goussev
Sofia Investment Agency

Dennis Weiss
Investment & Organisation Manager at Spinoff Austria

Prof. Nikolai Zhelev
CSO Venrize, Prof. - University Of Dundee

Ass. Professor
dr. Costin Lianu
General Manager USH Pro Business, Spiru Haret University

Antonio Giordano
president of SHRO

Dr. Tanja Sovic
Head of Patent & Licence Management, TU Vienna

Maria Todorova
Director for Policy and Analyses at the Ministry of Innovation and Growth

Ivailo Ivanov

Founder Institute

Stoyan Yordanov

Postdoctoral Researcher at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, BTI

Andreas Maier

Founder of Industry Association Digital Bulgaria

Ivan Mihaylov

Chairman of the Bulgarian Association of Innovative Technologies (BRAIT)

Prof. Dr.
Viktoria Sarafian
Medical University 

of Plovdiv

Assoc. prof. Svilen Kunev, PhD
Assistant professor - University of Ruse

Krasimir Tonchev
AI Cluster Bulgaria, Technical University Sofia

Georgi Georgiev
American University in Bulgaria

Juan R. Garcia, MBA
Managing Partner at the BBI Business School

Prof. DSc
George Todorov
Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Technology (FIT) - Technical University Sofia

Jeannette Gorzala
IP Law Austria

Prof. Dr. Vladia Borisova
President of the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria

Fabian Lim
Senior Executive, Industry Partnerships & Commercialisation. Imperial College London

Neli Poprelkova
Law Firm
Tzvetkova & Partners

Kamen Slavov
Member of The Board of Directors of Fund of Funds in Bulgaria (FMFIB)

Vladimir Tomov
President of BCCI Investment Council, Member of the Board of BCCI

Alper Celen
Enhance Ventures

Angel Angelov
Managing Partner at Innovation Capital

Eva Maydell
MEP, European Parliament

Tsvetelina Penkova
MEP, European Parliament

Thomas Hellebrand
Health policy lead, DIGITALEUROPE

Albena Kuyumdzhieva
European Innovation Council EIC

Yumer Kodjayumer
Ministry of Education and Science

Daniela Tchonkova
EEN-Bulgaria Coordinator, Programme Manager at Applied Research and Communications Fund

Diane Nevin
CEO of GRIT (Grit International Female Accelerator)

Elena Nikolova
Community Manager of CEO Angels Club

Alexandra Velkova
Atlas Agro

Maya Milanova
Managing Director at Flow Logic

Assoc. Prof. PhD Agata Manolova
Technical University of Sofia

Rumyana Grozeva
European Digital Innovation Hub Zagore

Mariana Hamanova
Director of 

CleanTech Bulgaria

Svetlana Boyanova
Director of AgroHub

Svetlin Iliev
Director of Trakia Digital Innovation Hub

Todor Mladenov
Executive Director at Sofia Tech Park JSC

Prof. Ilia Iliev
Director Centre of Technologies Plovdiv University, PERIMED

Evgeni Ivanov
Head of Technology Transfer Center QUASAR

Prof. Sotir Sotirov PhD
Prof. Assen Zlatarov University

Denitsa Tsekova
Chairman of the Managing Board of IIRDE 

Teodora Jilkova
Consulting Cluster Veritas, International Relations & Business Development

Prof. George Angelov
Chair of Cluster of Microelectronics, Technical University Sofia

Petko Georgiev
Chairman of Southeast Digital Innovation Hub

Assoc. prof. Dimitar Nikolov
Technical University Sofia

Clemens Wasner
ADRA, Member of European AI Forum

Andy Bleaden
Communities  Director ECHAlliance

Montse Daban
Vice President of CEBR, Biocat, BioRegion of Catalonia, INNAXE

Maria Pournari
Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (iED, Larissa)

Benjamin Talin
MoreThanDigital International

Daniel Cosnita
President of the Romanian Cluster Association, Co-chairs of EEN Thematic Group on Clusters

Emil Shekerdzhiiski


Networking Premium Spaces 

Husein Yemendzhiev


Dimitar Mitev