Study and/or Startup?
If the impressive line-up of speakers that are taking part of this year’s StartUP Conference NEXT 2014 wasn’t motivation enough to attend, we can now confirm that there will also be an informal EDU for start-ups discussion panel with some of the distinguished speakers. Escaping from the formality of the lecture format, the discussion will be structured as an informal and friendly talk. The panel will be moderated by Prof. Veneta Slavova, a Business Strategy professor from the American University in Bulgaria as part of a collaborating project between the university and StartUP Foundation, putting forward entrepreneurship as a career option for young graduates.
Here is the line-up of the speakers to take place in the EDU forum:
Bob Dorf is likely the second most knowledgeable Customer Development expert on the planet, second only to Steve Blank, who developed the method and spent a decade extending and refining it. Together, they authored The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company, after two years of near-fulltime development. Bob travels the world, helping startups, incubators, governments, and established corporations learn how to effectively deploy Customer Development process through speaking, workshops, and in intensive 8-10 week hands-on Startup Boot Camps.A serial entrepreneur, whose passionate task is to help start-ups see the light and guide them towards success.
Milena Stoycheva is the CEO of Junior Achievement Bulgaria, an organization dedicated in helping young talents find their inner strength for success in their respected fields. Entrepreneur and educator, she is passionate about the importance for education and the opportunity for young people to develop their own talent and discover their future as entrepreneurs. She can easily be described as the person behind the growth of the brightest local minds of the new generation.
Alice Bentinck is the co-founder of EF, London, an early stage seed investment programme that invests in Europe’s most talented technical graduates. Over the last two years, EF has built 20 startups, now valued at more than $80m, with investors including Y Combinator, Index Ventures and Notion Capital. Unlike accelerators, EF doesn’t require you to have a team or an idea before you join – they are experts in the very earliest days of a startup, the days when you’re going from a lone individual to 200 days later having a team, a product and some early traction. Alice also set up Code First: Girls, a free coding course for young women at university. Alice is a powerful female presence in the dominantly male high-tech European environment.
Prior to entering academia Kevin Aspegren had success as an entrepreneur selling two companies and taking a third public on the Nasdaq in 1998. As an academic entrepreneur he has started several University Centre for Entrepreneurship¹s around the world typically in underserved areas while holding faculty and administrative positions. Additionally, he is the founder and General Partner in Chastain Holdings LLC, a US based Private Equity for Franchising firm with over $350M under management. Currently he is the President of the American University in Bulgaria where he is using his past experiences to create a new model for University led entrepreneurship that will be transformational for Eastern Europe, the young people of Bulgaria and extend to neighbours throughout the Balkans. Kevin is the embodiment of the entrepreneurial force that has slowly started sweeping university students and graduates and a testimony to the important relation between education and entrepreneurship.
Don’t miss the opportunity to join this inspirational discussion about growth-hacking and what it truly takes to build your start-up from the ground up. Tickets available at 2014.startup.bg We will see you all on Friday the 10th of October in Sofia Event Center.