For the seventh consecutive year Bulgarian Center for Not-for-profit Law (BCNL) is organizing the competition “The best business plan of a non-profit organization” as a part of its “Entrepreneurship for non-profit organizations” Program. The competition aims to encourage the participants to develop entrepreneurial ideas related to their mission and thus to attract more adherents and support for their causes, to obtain independency and sustainability in their development.
The competition is a stage from the overall “Entrepreneurship for non-profit organizations” Program. A jury of business leaders and potential investors choose the best business plans, amongst which a prize fund will is being divided – this year’s amount is of 40 000 BGN. The organizations that participate in the competition have passed special trainings and have prepared their business plans. This year, from 25 organizations that took part in the training stage, 16 submitted their ideas for participation in the competition and 8 of them were invited to appear before the jury.
The heavy task of choosing 5 of these 8 ideas that will receive financial support, falls on this year`s jury of 7 experts in various fields of business and communications. We present to you who they are and their professional experience:
Viktoria Blazheva (UniCredit Bulbank)
Viktoria Blazeva is the first Vice-president of UniCredit Bulbank. She is Communications Director, as well as the Diversity Manager of the bank. Victoria is a member of the Board of Directors of the Social Alternative Trust; she is managing the working group on communication strategy of the Council of Women in the Business in Bulgaria; member of the communication working group of the Association of the Banks in Bulgaria; member of the European Association of Communication Directors and of Harvard Club of Bulgaria. She is a founder of the initiative The C-Suite Minimalists as a part of her MBA Dissertation in Warwick Business School. She is an author of articles for Capital, Manager, 24 hours newspaper, blogs and others. She has graduated the business program CORe of HBX Harvard Business School; the “Innovations and Entrepreneurship” professional program of the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the program for senior managers in Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government for strategic management of non-profit organizations. She has graduated the OU Business School, Great Britain and has a diploma from the London School of PR, where she is teaching, and other. Her interests are in the field of entrepreneurship, innovations, education with a focus on increasing financial culture.
Georgi Breskovski (Microfund Joint-stock company)
Georgi Breskovski is Executive Director of “Microfund” – the first non-profit organization in Bulgaria working in the fiend of micro funding that was transformed into a trade company for financing micro and small enterprises. The mission of the “Microfund” trade company is to ensure business credits to micro-entrepreneurs, including NGOs, to fund the needs of families with a low income and to maintain good financial results in order to serve customers in the long run.
Dimitar Kolev (Accenture)
Dimitar Kolev is a software specialist with a long-year experience in the development and integration of software applications and systems. He has worked for various international companies by running projects in America, Canada, England, Germany, Japan and many other countries. He has an engineering degree. In 2001 he was awarded a PhD in Electronics and Information Technology. At present, Dimitar Kolev is a Manager at Accenture Bulgaria and manages the implementation of the company`s projects.
Nadya Zaharieva (America for Bulgaria Foundation)
Nadya Zaharieva is Program Director of “Private Sector Development” Department in America for Bulgaria Foundation. Nadya has 17 years of experience in the investments and banking field. She was Manager of the “Investments” in the program for funding hotels in Bulgarian-American Credit Bank and formerly in Bulgarian-American Investment Fund. Nadya Zaharieva has graduated International Economy Relations at the University for National and International Economy in Sofia.
Nadya Obretenova (Bulgarian National Television)
Nadya Obretenova is Director of “Information” Department at Bulgarian National Television (BNT). She is leading news and reporter at BNT. Nadya has been working at Bulgarian National Television since 2000. Previously, she worked for 5 years at NOVA Television. Nadya has a Master degree in Journalism awarded by Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, as well as a Master degree in Marketing awarded by the University of National and International Economy. At present, Nadya is a PhD student at Sofia University.
Stephaniya Duncheva (Telus International)
Stephaniya Duncheva is Senior HR Manager in TELUS International Europe. She has over 12 years of experience in human resources management and employees development. As a part of the company team, she is responsible for the retention and development of more than 2600 employees in Bulgaria. Stephaniya has a PhD of Tourism Economy at University of National and International Economy. She is certified by several global leadership skills programs.
The choice of the jury will be announced at an official ceremony on February 2, within the Bazar of Social Enterprises.
The competition “The best business plan of a non-profit organization” and the Bazaar of Social Enterprises are annual initiatives of Bulgarian Center for Not-for-profit Law – a part of our efforts to support NGOs to develop their business initiatives and thus to achieve their goals. The Bazaar is organized within the program “Entrepreneurship for non-profit organizations” 2017/2018, carried out with the support of America for Bulgaria Foundation and UniCredit Foundation in partnership with UniCredit Bulbank and TELUS International Europe. Gracious host of the initiative this year is the Serdika Center shopping center.