Georgi Sharkov

Managing director of ESI Center

Graduated from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, faculty of Mathematics and informatics, dissertation on “Artificial intelligence”, applications in genetics and biophysics. He leads over ten international projects in Europe and USA (e-business, exchanges).

Since 2004 he directs the Eastern European Center of the European Software Institute that has supported the competitiveness through improved quality of the industry from 12 countries, over 50 companies and innovative start-ups. He works with the Carnegie Mellon University for IT management program in Bulgaria.

Krum Hadjigeorgiev

CEO of Melon, Inc.

Krum is founder, member of the board of directors and in 2007 CEO of Melon, Inc. – leading Bulgarian software company. He has over 10 years of entrepreneurial and executive experience in the software industry in Bulgaria. Key areas of specialization of Krum are general management, strategic business development, sales, marketing and product development.

In addition, for the last 7 years Krum has an active role in developing the software industry in Bulgaria and the region with his place on the board of directors of BASSCOM (Bulgarian Association of Software Companies) where he participates in export promotion of the Association and groups for developing the brand.

Aleksander Kovachev

Managing director of Red Devil Catering

Aleksander Ivanov Kovachev, born in 1976 in Sofia. Graduated bachelor of accounting and finance from University of National and World Economy, master of economics from University of National and World Economy, EMBA from the University of Sheffield. Specialization in Austria /“DO&CO”/, Germany, Spain /”El Bulli”/, Russia /”Concord Catering”/.

Over the last 12 years he is executive director and partner in “Red Devon Catering” AD.

Ivaylo Simov

Co-founder of Eleven

Ивайло е един от основателите на Eleven, най-големия фонд за финансиране на стартиращи компании в Европа с 12 млн. евро капитал, подкрепен от партньори като Springboard и Google. Ивайло се занимава с инвестиции чрез дялово участие вече 15 години, първоначално в SEAF, а по-късно в Global Finance, включително и като директор за България през последните 3 години преди основаването на Eleven. През този период е участвал директно в над 20 сделки в цяла Югоизточна Европа за повече от 100 млн. евро и е бил в борда на директорите на над 10 компании от различни индустрии. Ивайло е завършил стопанско управление в Софийския Университет и е в борда на Алумни асоциацията на факултета.

Stephane Gantchev

Venture Partner at LAUNCHub

Stephane Gantchev is a Venture Partner at LAUNCHub, a EUR 9M seed fund, focused on investing in bright entrepreneurs from Bulgaria and the region with ideas in the Digital space. He is passionate about innovation, new technologies as well as meeting new people and building new connections.
Prior to Launchub, Stephane started his career in France, initially in large IT integrator/service provider company, and later in Orange / France Telecom where he was Head of Innovations for the Orange France mobile entity. In 2009 Stephane became Sales Director for the CEE region at Velti – a leading mobile marketing and advertising company. Stephane has been very active in the local mobile and entrepreneur event scene, he co-founded in 2009 MobileMonday Sofia, and recently co-organized the Balkan Venture Forum, the largest regional starup-investors conference.