26 November 2019, Sofia Event Center
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The event

SEE GROWTH SUMMIT is the annual regional learning event for еntrepreneurs eager to grow and succeed fast, initiated by Capital  and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) South East European Chapter. The Summit Is a one-day event with a great selection of award-winning authors, scaling experts,  and prominent entrepreneurs who will share their findings for building better strategy, marketing, sales, operations, finance, and leadership.

The Growth Summit is your personal coach for taking the next step with your business. 

- Which strategy is best for your business
- Marketing  tools to elevate your sales  
- Leadership of the new era
- Operations for Smooth Sailing
- Finance and Profit to secure a Sustainable Growth
- How to successfully run a family business

- keynote presentations
- discussion panels
- networking sessions

We ask entrepreneurs: ARE YOU ON THE RIGHT TRACK FOR GROWING YOUR COMPANY? This question resonates with our desire for growth and success. We want to learn more about how to grow our business in a fast paced economy. What is holding us back and what is really the key for growth and success?
That is why we invite you to join us on our special learning journey to discover the way to grow fast and with no drama. Throughout a day full of inspirational learning we will prove that most of our limitations only exist in our mind. We invite you to an EO-style, WOW-learning exploration, where no perspective of potential for growth is left undiscovered.
Founders and CEO’s of various scale enterprises
Business development managers
Innovation directors
Strategy directors
November 26th, 2019
Sofia Event Center 
Tickets: 120 EURO VAT excl.   

If you are interested in partnership please contact us at: event@economedia.bg


  • Rolf Schrömgens

    Rolf Schrömgens Founder, TRIVAGO

    Rolf Schrömgens is a German entrepreneur, who is best known for his role as Founder and Managing Director for trivago GmbH. Pushing the boundaries of data-driven product development and rethinking the way that tech companies nurture and develop their talents are among his expertise. Parallel to spending his time at trivago, he was also President of the Entrepreneur’s Organization in Germany. Previously, Rolf was head of VP Product & Strategy at Ciao.com. Born and raised in Mönchengladbach, Rolf attended HHL (Leipzig Graduate School of Management).
  • Andy Clayton

    Andy Clayton Entrepreneur, Scaling UP coach

    Andy is based in Oxford, UK, and leads Petra Coach’s European Operations. Andy loves to keep things to plan – ‘Focus’ is his watch-word, both for developing a strategy, and sticking to it himself as well as keeping others in the same discipline. The teams he works with rate him high for his honest feedback, and ability to help them see the forest and not just the trees. Andy used the Rockefeller Habits to successfully grow and develop his agency business in China past the $10M mark, and then sell it to his largest competitor. His favorite thing now is helping other entrepreneurial businesses master these same methodologies to improve their lives and businesses, in that order. Andy is one of the most senior trainers within the Entrepreneurs Organization, leading new content development in most major programs globally. He has served on the Boards of both the Beijing and London chapters. Andy is an endurance athlete, ‘enjoying’ ultra-marathons, and a keen volunteer for autistic causes – in his spare time.
  • Misa Lukic

    Misa Lukic Entrepreneur

    Misa Lukic is one of the most prominent brand and business leaders in Central and Eastern Europe. He is founder and Chief Business Designer of NEW STARTEGY, first business and brand design consulting company in South Eastern Europe that brings transformational growth through business model innovation. Prior to establishing his own business design consulting company, Misa was Chief Executive Officer of Publicis One for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), including Baltics, Greece, Turkey and some Central Asia countries. For two consecutive years, 30 countries under Misa’s leadership achieved the highest growth and profit , not only within Publicis One Worldwide (95 countries), but the entire Publicis Group (2016 – 2018) President of the management board of Publicis Group Serbia (Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi and Publicis), the most successful marketing communications network in Serbia, according to number of employees, profit and agency net revenue; "The Best Agency of the Adriatic Region 2010 - Golden Drum"; "Employer of the Year 2013" - Serbian Association of Managers; and "The Best Creative and Innovative company in Serbia 2012" - Belgrade Chamber of Commerce. In the top management positions over the 25 years, he successfully led five Marketing Communications Agencies in Eastern Europe and Middle East (two times CEO for Balkan Region of Saatchi & Saatchi 1997-1999 and Leo Burnett 2000-2010).
  • Cristian Onetiu

    Cristian Onetiu Serial Entrepreneur

    Founder of the largest CEE founded - direct sales company, with a combined turnover of more than 100 Millions EURO, with more than 50,000 independent distributors active in more than 20 countries. Chairman of the Board of several Romanian companies, market leaders in their industry, which manages more than 1,000 employees. Mentor of over 1,000 entrepreneurs in online mentorship programs dedicated to companies that grow from StartUp to ScaleUp. Voted by entrepreneurs in the "Romanian StartUp Barometer of 2019" as the most inspiring Romanian entrepreneur. Author of the best seller book "Start in ENTREPRENEURSHIP". Forbes TOP 500 entrepreneur & Investor in StartUps focused on health, sport, wellbeing and longevity - with a technology twist. 
  • Barrett Ersek

    Barrett Ersek professional speaker, consultant and author on innovation

    Barrett Ersek is a professional speaker, consultant and author on innovation. He has lectured on business innovation at MIT, The London Business School and The India School of Business in additional to many entrepreneur groups around the world. He captured his research on innovation in his Harvard Business Review article, Breaking Your Industry Bottlenecks. And, was highlighted for innovation in Verne Harnish’s Best Selling Book, Scaling Up. In addition to being a speaker and author, Barrett is a serial entrepreneur with two successful exists under his belt. Today, he is in his third start up, Holganix LLC – a company that harnesses soil microbes to revolutionize the way the world grows. Since 2013, Barrett has managed the popular Entrepreneurs Organization "EO" sponsored, Key Executive Program at MIT. The program consistently is one of the highest rated programs at EO and sells out within merely 24 hours. Further, Barrett has been an active member of EO since 1999. He has served as the EO Philadelphia Chapter President, the Forum Chair, the Education Chair, and the Mentor Chair. In addition, he has completed the three-year Entrepreneurial Masters Program "EMP", an EO – MIT sponsored educational program focused on fast growth companies.
  • Deborah Hey

    Deborah Hey Serial Entrepreneur

    Deborah Hey (Deb) is a serial entrepreneur. She founded 7 companies so far and has a successful track record for fast growth and brand creation. Deb’s unique combination of skills spans multiple market sectors: Technology: Deb spent 15 years in the tech industry. Her experience includes several technology startups, a fast growth systems integration business and large scale Government funded projects. She led development teams, sales organizations, and was part of an acquisition team for IKON, a 6B US$ multi-national company. Recreation: Deb was the Co-Founder of Sunstream Corporation, a manufacturing company in the marine industry. Sunstream was one of the fastest growing companies in the Seattle area for 8 years under Deb’s leadership. Large Government projects and International Dealer distribution led to the company’s exponential growth. Consulting: Deb founded Altitude 7 Group, a Seattle based business consulting company in 2010. She was a hired gun for entrepreneurs helping them with key strategies to significantly grow or position their business for sale. Proven techniques such as the Rockefeller Habits, Topgrading and DISC team analysis were used to establish company goals and then coach, train and execute on the goals. Current Project: MotoSoul – a global lifestyle brand with a brick and mortar presence operating the first location @ Schloss Mutzschen in Germany MotoSoul is a meeting place for motorbike enthusiasts featuring events, dining, motorbike rentals and guided travel. A local destination for day riders, a regional destination for European tourists, and an International destination for motorcycle adventure travelers. A big idea with a big heart.
  • Azra Kertmelioglu

    Azra Kertmelioglu Executive Director, Azra Private Kindergartens

    Was born and raised in Istanbul. She studied Tourism in Bilkent University in Ankara, International Management in Marketing in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and in Rennes, France and received her masters’ degree in Psychology in Istanbul Trade University in Istanbul. After graduating from college, she worked for Marcus Evans and Samsung Electronics around 5 years before moving back into her family business of running kindergardens. Mrs. Kertmelioglu was working with kids & parents closely for over 13 years in 3 branches across Istanbul. She is one of the founding members of EO Turkey since it was formed in 2012 and have been an active board member for 7 years. She is currently residing in Istanbul and Amsterdam.
  • Dr. Reggie Chandra

    Dr. Reggie Chandra CEO, Rhythm Engineering

    Dr. Reggie Chandra invented In|Sync, a robot that synchronizes traffic lights and reduces automobile crashes by 30%. Esquire Magazine recognized Reggie as one of the most inspirational CEOs in the US in 2012. Sir Richard Branson, after meeting with Reggie declared that: "You should be awarded a Nobel Prize." Governors, entrepreneurial/engineering organizations have recognized Reggie for his contribution to society. Reggie holds an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering, a master’s degree in Traffic Engineering and a Ph.D in Organizational leadership. Rhythm Engineering was listed in the Inc. 5000 for 5 years. Rhythm was listed it as the 64th fastest growing company in the USA. Gartner also lists Rhythm Engineering as a "Cool Vendor." Rhythm Engineering holds 5 patents and continues to invent new and disruptive products that revolutionize the industry. Rhythm Engineering adaptive solutions operate in 2,700 intersections at 160 cities in 32 states and positively impact about 9,000,000 motorists daily.
  • George Gan

    George Gan Entrepreneur, Master facilitator & Trainer

    George Gan is an entrepreneur and a pioneer in the IT industry in Malaysia. After his graduation from City University in London and having worked there for a number of years, in 1987 George started his first IT Company in Malaysia called Hitechniaga. The company was a system integrator and pioneered Unix OS in the region. The company grew from an initial 3 staff start-up to a 300 employees group with a revenue in excess of US$30M. During that period, George was a board member of Boca Research Inc, a company listed on the US Nasdaq. He was also an advisory board member to MasterCard International e-commerce Board and a council member of PIKOM Malaysia. In 1999, George founded and lead a consortium called Commerce Dot Com to successfully secured the largest Malaysian Government eProcurement project. The platform has a yearly transaction value of USD3.2B. In 2002 George founded Clapper Technology, a supply chain solution company. In 2017, George went into the training business offering training in strategy and scaling up. His clients include companies in Shanghai, Holland, Africa, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. Other business that George is involved in included boutique property development and plantation. George has been a master facilitator & trainer for the Entrepreneur Organisation for 12 years. He trains globally in the area of Leadership, Strategy, Forum, and Mentorship. He is a certified EO trainer for Accelerator which licences its content from Gazelles Inc (Scaling Up). The latter is a methodology and content to help companies scale-up based on the Rockefeller Habits. George currently leads the program office for EO Leadership Academy. In this role he facilitates and trains all the leadership academies in North American, Canada, Europe, Africa, India and Asia.
  • Lyuben Belov

    Lyuben Belov LAUNCHub Ventures

    Lyuben co-founded Net Info in late 1998 and lead it as CEO until 2007 to reach # 1 position on Bulgaria internet media market with the brands Gyuvetch and ABV.bg. Currently he is managing partner at LAUNCHub Ventures, which is a SEED fund with EUR 27M under management focused on investing in the "digital domain". Although holding a degree of law from Sofia University he feels much better in online media and internet services business. Lyuben is an early blockchain enthusiast, leading several LAUNCHub investments in blockchain companies since mid 2014.
  • Vassil Terziev

    Vassil Terziev Co-founder of Campus X and Telerik Academy and Partner at Eleven

    Vassil Terziev is a successful entrepreneur, angel investor and mentor to some of the leading start-ups in Bulgaria.
    As Co-Founder of Telerik Academy – the pioneering tech-ed organization that trains and grooms the digital builders of tomorrow – and Campus X – the biggest hub and ecosystem for tech companies and talent in SEE – Vassil is a key driver behind the organizations’ constant innovation across all streams. Currently, he is also Partner at Eleven – a leading pre-seed and seed VC firm supporting early-stage startups in Southeast Europe, where he advises portfolio companies on business foundations, value proposition, growth and expansion to new markets. Vassil is actively involved in the global start-up ecosystem, too. He is on the board of Endeavor Bulgaria as well as is a member of MacStadium’s Board of Directors – leading US provider of private cloud hosting services. Earlier in his career, he co-founded the global software company – Telerik, acquired by Progress in 2014. Following Telerik’s acquisition, Vassil served as Chief Innovation Officer at Progress. Terziev earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the American University of Bulgaria, and held diverse roles in companies ranging from real estate and investment, to high-tech.
  • Dr. Kiril Velitchkov

    Dr. Kiril Velitchkov Manager of KBC Group European Financial Instruments Competence Center; Director of European Projects and Financial Institutions, UBB, Member of KBC Group;

    Kiril is managing the KBC Group European Financial Instruments Competence Center as well as the EU related activities at UBB. He coordinated the joint position of the the large baking groups in respect to the Financial Instruments at the Vienna Initiative; he represemts the Association of Banks in Bulgaria in the programming of EU Funds. Kiril represents UBB at Konfederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria European programmes WG; he is member of KBC Bulgaria Sustainability committee. He has more than 22 years of experience in EU programmes. He has worked at Phare and Socrates EU programmes; the Center for Study of Democracy (largest think tank in Bulgaria), the Goethe Institute where he was responsible for the EU programmes within SEE. He was long-term strategic consultant for the establishment of the first European projects unit at a bank in Bulgaria (HVB, 2004). Kiril has consulted Bulgarian and foreign ministries and was an independent expert at the EC. He is an university lecturer. Kiril completed a PhD in European Structural and Pre-Accession Funds in 2003 and has over 40 publications; many articles and interviews. He speaks English, German, Russian and Bulgarian.
  • Joana Lenkova

    Joana Lenkova Professional Futurist

    Joana is a Strategist and a professional Futurist with a vast 15 years of international experience in the field of Marketing, Innovation, Business Strategy, and Strategic Foresight, across different FMCG, Finance and Entertainment blue-chip companies (AB InBev, SocieteGenerale, Disney), as well as successfully growing start-ups. Most recently, she held a Consumer Strategy role at The Walt Disney Company. In 2019, Joana founded Futures Forward, a strategy and futures consultancy, which helps organisations build future-proof strategies and delivers Strategic Foresight workshops in partnership with The Futures School, USA. Joana is a graduate of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford in Strategy and Innovation. She is a member of the Global Foresight Advisory Council of The Futures School, the Association of Professional Futurists and the Oxford Union.
  • Bojidar Neytchev

    Bojidar Neytchev Senior Partner PwC.

    Bojidar is one of PwC's senior partners for Central and Eastern Europe. He started working in PwC in 1994 and has been a partner in the company since 2004. Bojidar has 25 years experience in advising clients on major private sector transactions as well as privatisations in the region, market entry and exit strategy analysis, restructuring, liquidation and turnaround services, as well as post-acquisition support. Over the past two decades, Bojidar founded or developed most of the PwC Balkan offices with acquisitions of competing companies and teams of specialists.
  • Dimitar Enchev

    Dimitar Enchev Managing Partner at PostScriptum Ventures Sarl

    Dimitar is a Managing Partner at PostScriptum Ventures Sarl. He graduated from Swarthmore College and the London School of Economics and has over 12 years of experience investing in renewable energy and sustainability. Dimitar started his career at CWP Renewables where he still serves on the Board. At CWP Dimitar was involved in the successful development and financing of a number of large-scale renewable energy projects including the largest wind farm in Europe – the €1.1billion Fantanele project. At PostScriptum Ventures Dimitar has been responsible for a number of investments in technology and renewable energy globally in areas such as large-scale wind and solar development, distributed energy generation, solar offgrid technology, and energy efficiency. In 2015 he brought PostScriptum Ventures to Bulgaria where the fund has already made three investments – in International Power Supply (distributed energy generation), Software Group (microfinance IT solutions) and Resalta (energy efficiency). Dimitar also sits on the Board of Grassroots Renewable Energy, a $2bln renewable energy platform in Australia.
  • Lazar Petrov

    Lazar Petrov Director "Financial Instruments and EU Operational Programmes", Fund of Funds

    Lazar Petrov is a professional, who combines international experience in finance and technology. In his first years of professional development, he gained insights into corporate finance and investment management as part of business development teams of international organizations being settled in Germany and Spain. Following this he spent several years as a project manager and management consultant with a focus on technological upgrade of financial institutions. Lazar Petrov graduated from the University of Freiburg (Germany) with Master degree in Economics and specialization in financial analysis. In August 2017, he took office as Director "Financial Instruments and EU Operational Programmes" of the Fund of Funds.
  • Maria Gergova-Bengtsson

    Maria Gergova-Bengtsson Founder and CEO, United Partners

    Founder and CEO of United Partners, corporate and marketing communication agency. Passionate about innovations in communications and personal and business growth. Curious. Adventurous. Mother of 3.
  • Stanislav Nikolaev

    Stanislav Nikolaev partner and COO of Empower Capital Advisers

    Mr. Nikolaev is currently partner and COO of Empower Capital Advisers, the manager of Empower Capital Fund I, a Jeremie – supported PE fund, investing in Bulgarian lower and mid-market industrial companies. Stanislav is a professional with more than 20 years of experience in both international and local companies in Bulgaria and the UK. Prior to joining Empower Capital, Stanislav gained experience in the shipping business, at management positions in banking, and also in executive roles as COO and CFO in retail companies like "Piccadilly" and "Petrol". Stanislav was part of the management team that led the growth and the expansion of the supermarket chain "Piccadilly" to a national player and successfully negotiated and completed the sale of the company to the Serbian group "Delta" in 2007. Stanislav graduated from the University of Lille II in France with MA in Economics and Finance and holds post-graduation specialization diploma in Financial Management from CEU in Nancy.
  • Ivan Lekushev

    Ivan Lekushev founder and CEO of BGO Software


Event Moderator
Ivan Lekushev, Founder and CEO, BGO Software, Board Member of EO SEE
09:30 – 09:40 Official Opening
Ayse Can Bayraktar, Area Director for Europe East, Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO)
09:40 - 09:45 GEM National Report on Entrepreneurship in Bulgaria 2018/2019 
Stefan Bumov, Member of the Expert Board of GEM Bulgaria, Co-founder & COO of HeleCloud
09:45 – 10:00 Fireside Chat
Overcoming Entrepreneurship Obstacles
Rolf Schrömgens, Founder, TRIVAGO
10:00 – 10:30 Keynote Presentation
Scale Up Fast: Strategy. Execution. People. Cash
Andy Clayton, Entrepreneur, Scaling UP coach
10:30 – 11:30 Keynote Presentation
Find your X Factor and Scale 10 Times Faster
Barrett Ersek, Founder of Several Companies, Professional Speaker, Consultant and Author on innovation
12:00 – 12:40 Panel Discussion 
From Entrepreneurs to Investors: How to Support and Develop the Regional Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
Lyuben Belov, LAUNCHub Ventures
Stanislav Nikolaev, Empower Capital
Vassil Terziev, Eleven Ventures
Dimitar Enchev, PostScriptum Ventures

Moderator: Bojidar Neytchev, Senior Partner, PwC
12:40 – 13:00 Keynote Presentation
The Bridge from Startup to Scale Up
Cristian Onetiu, Serial Entrepreneur
13:00 – 13:30  Discussion Panel brought by the Financial Times:
How She Did It

Entrepreneurs Balancing Home Life​ - Azra Kertmelioglu, Founder and Executive Director, Azra Private Kindergartens 
Badass Business Leadership: Me – You – We - Deborah Hey, Serial Entrepreneur

Moderator: Maria Gergova-Bengtsson, Founder and CEO, United Partners, President, EO SEE
13:30 – 14:15 NETWORKING LUNCH
14:15 – 14:40 Discussion Panel
Financial Instruments for Business Growth 
Dr. Kiril Velitchkov, Director, European Projects and Financial Institutions, UBB 
Lazar Petrov, Director Financial Instruments and EU Operational Programmes, Fund of Funds

Moderator: Zlatolina Mukova, Managing Partner, NEVEQ Capital
14:40 – 15:00 Keynote Presentation
Failing Up
Dr. Reggie Chandra, Founder and CEO, Rhythm Engineering
15:00 – 15:20 Keynote Presentation
KnowWow is the new KnowHow
Misa Lukic, Entrepreneur
15:20 – 15:40 Keynote Presentation 
From Silicon back to Sand​
George Gan, Founder of Several IT Companies 
16:0017:00 Scaling UP Masterclass 
Get Practical Knowledge To Scale Your Company Fast 
Andy Clayton, Entrepreneur, Scaling UP coach
17:00 18:00 Workshop
Think Like a Futurist & Build Successful Strategies 
Joana Lenkova, Professional Futurist


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