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And the Winners in the Best NGO Business Plan Competition 2018 are …

2 February 2018
On February 2nd 2018 in Serdika Center shopping center, Sofia was held the official award ceremony for the winners in the 7th Annual Competition for the Best NGO Business Plan. It is organized as part of the NGO Entrepreneurship Program carried out by the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law (BCNL) with the support of America for Bulgaria Foundation and UniCredit Foundation in partnership with UniCredit Bulbank and TELUS International Europe.
For a third consecutive year the award ceremony is part of the Social Enterprises Bazaar, with many of our previous contestants that have been part of the program throughout the years. Both the competition and the bazaar are aimed at creating a stimulating environment for entrepreneurship by non-profit organizations and, at the same time, in providing space to make the meaning of their work more recognizable in the society.
This year’s jury was composed of:
• Viktoria Blazheva (UniCredit Bulbank)
• Georgi Breskovski (Microfund Joint-stock company)
• Dimitar Kolev (Accenture)
 Nadya Zaharieva  (America for Bulgaria Foundation)
• Nadya Obretenova (Bulgarian National Television)
• Stephaniya Duncheva (Telus International)
The winners in the competition (prize 8000 BGN each) are:
• Children's Books Foundation - will develop an online platform "Compass for Parents in the World of Children's Books" which will facilitate the discovery of suitable children's books for ages 0-16, recommended according to the individual interests of readers .
• Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF), which will develop a new product - gift box with products from small farms in Western Stara Planina. "Present with taste of tradition and Bulgarian nature" is a special present, which "tells" through food about the preserved traditions and the preserved nature", shared BBF.
• Synergia Foundation is going to open a Massage Studio „HI TOUCH”, where well-trained masseurs with visual impairments will work in teams with masseur masters.
• "St. Nickolas, the Wonder-maker"- the funds from the award are going to be invested in the construction of a seed garden which will provide suitable working conditions for people with intellectual difficulties in the production and growing of flower seedlings.
• Chitalishte "Svetlina - 1861" (“Light – 1861”) will use the award for the development of “Chirpanlieva house” in a comprehensive ethnographic complex.

The competition is a stage in the overall NGO Entrepreneurship Program. In it a jury of business leaders and potential investors choose the best business plans, which share the prize fund of 40 000 lv. this year. The competing organizations have undergone specialized trainings and have prepared their business plans as part of the Program. This year, out of 25 organizations that took part in the training section, 16 submitted their ideas for participation in the competition. 8 of them were invited to appear before the jury.