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10.11.2022

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John Atanasoff Innovation Forum

10+ Global Experts

30+ Investors

30+ Startups

Under the patronage of the President of the
Republic of Bulgaria Mr. Rumen Radev
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WHEN /

November 10
2022

WHERE /

Sofia Tech Park

John Atanasoff Innovation Forum

ABOUT THE EVENT /

Supersonic is a meetup of lead investors, enthused startupers, anonymous innovators and daily business heroes.

The second edition of Supersonic - Supersonic TECH & KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER will be dedicated to scientific and technological transfer and improvement of the synergy between science and business with the aim of creating more Bulgarian innovative goods and services, competitive with the world markets.

More than 10 leading world experts, more than 30 representatives of investor companies working in the field of venture capital, as well as more than 30 leading Bulgarian scientists and researchers have been invited to participate as speakers in the Supersonic TECH & KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER Conference.

We will present the activities of more than 20 Bulgarian companies during the business panel of the program, and will include more than 20 companies in the unique exhibition of innovative products or services produced in the country.

 Thanks to our keynote speakers you will learn about the synergy between science and business and breakthrough fundamental science has done in Bulgaria, how and where is applied science done & about the newest and most successful science-based inventions & companies.

 Bulgaria has given birth to numerous genius inventors and innovators. We want you to gain visibility and support all the people with ideas that want to bring it to the next level.

Main goals

  • To promote Bulgaria as a tech & knowledge transfer hub in SEE

  • To educate the local ecosystem of government, research, and educational institutions and showcase good tech & knowledge transfer practices

  • To present the scientific and research opportunities & capabilities in Bulgaria

  • To present the new Innovators Program of Sofia Tech Park, which blends incubation, acceleration and tech transfer features

  • To present the joint business incubator of Sofia Tech Park and CERN

  • To facilitate networking opportunities between researchers and scientists with engineers, inventors and business professionals

  • To present current investment opportunities in the Balkans

Visit Made in Bulgaria 2.0

Exhibition of Bulgarian Tech products with high added value:
Satellites, Playgrounds producing energy, High-performing drones,
Bio-products, Mechatronics, IoT products, аnd many others…

SCHEDULE MAIN EVENT

10.11.2022

09:00 - 10:00 REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

 

10:00 - 10:15 OFFICIAL OPENING

 

10:15 - 11:05 PANEL DISCUSSION: TЕCH TRANSFER & SUCCESS STORIES OF COMPANIES WHO HAVE WORKED WITH UNIVERSITIES

Moderator: Prof. Vladya Borisova

Participants:

  • Konstantin Bojinov, Devnya Cement

  • Prof. Yana Topalova, Sofia University "St.Kliment Ohridski"

  • Vladimir Gulabov, Veolia

  • Atanas Bobokov, MONBAT

  • Krasimir Petkov, Milara International

  • Iva Lazarova, DAYE

 

11:05 - 11:30 KEYNOTE SESSION: TECH TRANSFER MODELS AND PROJECTS AT IMEC & OXENTIA

Moderator: Natanail Stefanov, Sofia Tech Park

Participants:

  • Annelies Falepin, IMEC

  • Bruno Reynolds, OXENTIA

 

11:30 - 11:45 COFFEE BREAK

 

11:45 - 12:05 KEYNOTE SESSION:BINGHAMTON-CORNELL SOFT LANDING NEW YORK PROGRAM FOR INTERNATIONAL STARTUPS

Moderator: Vassil Karaivanov, Sofia Tech Park

Participant:

  • Elena Iankova, Binghamton University

  • Eric Krohn, Binghamton University

 

12:05 - 13:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: COMPANIES WHO HAVE INNOVATED AT SOFIA TECH PARK

Moderator: Lyubomir Baburov, RATIO

Participants:

  • Vladimir Grozdanov, Barin Sports

  • Vasil Rabuhchiev, MYX

  • Georgi Georgiev, BULATSA

  • Assoc.Dimitar Nikolov, TU-Sofia

  • Silvia Koumanova, Simenso

  • Prof. Vladimir Poulkov, TU-Sofia

 

13:00 - 14:00  NETWORKING LUNCH by  

 

14:00 - 14:20 KEYNOTE: DR. PREISSLER from FRAUNHOFER

 

14:20 - 15:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: UNIVERSITY- BASED SCIENCE COMMERCIALIZATION”

Moderator: Natanail Stefanov, Sofia Tech Park

Participants:

  • Dr. Preissler, Fraunhofer Institute

  • Ash Ravikumar, CERN

  • Assoc. Plamen Tsankov, TU-Gabrovo

  • Prof. Diana Ivanova, MU - Varna

  • Valentina Alexieva, UFT

  • Assoc. Yavor Sofronov, TU-Sofia

 

15:00 - 16:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: TECH TRANSFER FUNDING

Moderator: Momchil Vasilev, Endeavor

Participants:

  • Pavel Velkov, Morningside Hill

  • Martin Gikov, Fund of Funds

  • Viktor Manev, Impetus

  • Kalin Marinov, OPIC

 

16:00 - 16:15 NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

 

16:15 - 17:00 INITIATIVES BY SOFIA TECH PARK

- CERN Incubator at Sоfia Tech Park

- Young Scientists - Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

- SEE Innovators Program by Sofia Tech Park

Participants:

  • Vassil Karaivanov, Sofia Tech Park

  • Natanail Stefanov, Sofia Tech Park

  • Ash Ravikumar, CERN

 

17:00  - 17:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS (VIRTUAL): PROF. STANLEY WHITTINGHAM, DISTINGUISHED BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR AND NOBEL PRIZE LAUREATE IN CHEMISTRY

 

17:10 - 17:35 KEYNOTE SESSION (VIRTUAL): THE NEW ENERGY NEW YORK PROJECT AND THE ACCELERATION OF BATTERY INNOVATION AND MANUFACTURING IN BINGHAMTON, NY & JOINT ENERGY STORAGE INCUBATOR BETWEEN BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY AND SOFIA TECH PARK

Moderator: Vassil Karaivanov, Sofia Tech Park

Participants:

  • Sheilesh Upreti, C4V

  • Per Stromhaug, Binghamton University

  • Olga Petrova, Binghamton University

 

17:35 - 17:45 KEYNOTE SESSION (VIRTUAL): EMIN ALIEV, FOUNDER OF PARTNERSHIPS CENTER HEAD OF AUTHORIZED SELLER PARTNERSHIPS, CEE AT META - „STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS WITH GIANTS

            Moderator: Vassil Karaivanov, Sofia Tech Park

            Participant: Emin Aliev, META

 

18:00  NETWORKING COCKTAIL by

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PARTNERS AND PARTICIPANTS

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