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International conference Financial and investment support for SMEs - SIMEXPO 2022
October 3 | 9:30 – 4 October | 16:30
The Executive Agency for the Promotion of SMEs and the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry are jointly organizing the International Conference "Financial and Investment Support for SMEs - Sofia International Money Expo" (SIMEXPO 2022). The event aims to familiarize businesses in the country with financing and investment opportunities.
The conference will be held in the period from October 3-4, 2022 at the Millennium Grand Hotel - Sofia.
Participants will be able to learn about specific financing and investment opportunities from a number of institutions, and the forum for the third year in a row will provide an excellent field for networking, during which SME representatives can meet new potential business partners.
Within the framework of the accompanying SIMEXPO 2022 exhibition, products and services of financial institutions, investment and guarantee funds and investors, developed mainly in the service of small and medium-sized enterprises, will be presented. Quick and easy access to financial instruments will stimulate investment activity and the implementation of new products and services and contribute to entering new markets.
Registration for participation is at www.b2bconnect.bg (on the page of the specific event) until September 28, 2022 at the latest.
For additional information and questions, you can contact:
- Teresa Mutafova, chief expert in the "International Exhibitions and Conferences" department, IANMSP, tel.: (02) 940 79 88, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Elitsa Popadiyna, chief expert in the "International Exhibitions and Conferences" department, IANMSP, tel.: (02) 940 7982, e-mail: email@example.com;
- Milen Mollov, expert at "Center for Company Services", BCCI, tel.: (02) 8117 519, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participation in the conference is free of charge and is organized under project No. BG16RFOP002-2.052-0001 "Supporting the internationalization of Bulgarian enterprises by conducting trade missions, business forums, conferences, contact exchanges and bilateral meetings" in implementation of activity 2 "Organization in Bulgaria of business forums, conferences, contact exchanges and other events to create business partnerships" with funds under the Operational Program "Innovations and Competitiveness 2014-2020".
09.30 – 10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00 – 11.30 a.m. Plenary session
Moderator: Vladimir Tomov, Chairman of the Council on Investments at BCCI
Commissioner Maria Gabriel
Dr. Liliana Pavlova, Vice President of the EIB (video conference)
Representative of the European Parliament in Bulgaria
Minister of Innovation and Growth
Minister of Economy and Industry
Minister of Finance
Iliya Lingorski, member of the BNB Board of Directors
Tsvetan Simeonov, Chairman of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry/BTPP/
Dr. Boyko Takov, Executive Director of the Executive Agency for the Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises /IANMSP/
National Recovery and Resilience Plan
Support measures from European financial institutions
Government measures to support business
Regional investment and cooperation
13.00-14.00 Equity investing to support business growth. Sofia as a regional investment hub
Moderator: Pavel Velkov, managing partner of Morningside Hill Capital
with the participation of Hristo Stoyanov - representative of EIF in Bulgaria, Martin Gikov - Fund of Funds, Maria Marinova - director of BADRI, Dr. Manyu Moravenov - executive director of BSE, representative of BBR, Regional Investment Funds
Trends in equity investing in Europe and Bulgaria in recent years. Strengths and weaknesses of equity investing for entrepreneurs and comparison with other forms of financing
Financing opportunities in Bulgaria for startups and businesses from abroad. Funds based in Bulgaria with a regional and international investment focus
Development of institutional investment in Bulgaria in recent years and expectations in the future
Necessary changes in the ecosystem for attracting foreign capital, including under European programs
14.00-15.00 h. Guarantee and financial instruments to support business
Moderator: Mr. Nikolay Tsenkov, manager of OGFMSP
With the participation of the representative of the EIB of Bulgaria, Kamen Slavov - vice-chairman and member of the Board of the Fund of Funds, representative of BBR, representative of UBB and others.
Financial instruments to support economic development in times of crisis
Special role of the EIB in assisting with loans for SMEs in Bulgaria
Structures of guarantee instruments. Attention to innovative MIDCAPs and SMEs and risk sharing with intermediary banks
Funding under the programs of the Fund of Funds
State and municipal instruments for guaranteeing social companies, start-ups from Bulgaria and foreign companies starting a business in Bulgaria
15.00-15.30 Coffee break
15.30-16.30 Foreign direct investments - benefit for business and stimulus for the economy
Moderator: Ms. Gabriela Dimitrova, BCCI
With the participation of Bogdan Bogdanov - BAI, Dr. Maria Hristova - CEO SOAPI, Ministry of Economy and Industry, foreign representatives.
Sofia - a desirable destination for investments. Guidelines for successful investment projects
Examples of new investments in Bulgaria
Investments in crisis conditions
16.30-17.30 Financial and investment instruments in support of green energy and energy efficiency projects
Moderator: Sofia Kasidova - Head of the "Strategic Analyzes and Development" Department of the BBR
with the participation of European and state institutions, funds and banks - AUER, Fund of Funds, National Trust Ecofund, BSE (Green Center) and others.
Green investments and reforms included in the National Plan for Recovery and Sustainability
Financial instruments for green investments
European promotion of the development of green energies and technologies (green hydrogen)
Sustainable bank financing
ESG – government policies and instruments
9.30 – 10.00 a.m. Registration and coffee
10.00 – 11.00 a.m. Restructuring of Bulgarian business in crisis conditions
Moderator: Mrs. Raina Mitkova - manager of EOS Matrix
With the participation of EOS, PwC, Dobromir Ganev - Chairman of the Board of NSNI, banks, representatives from Bulgaria and Europe
Which key business sectors are under the most pressure? How do SMEs deal with economic shocks? Economic measures to support business and expectations for its recovery.
How does the bank's asset quality perform and what levels of provisions are set aside? Will we need another wave of NPL sales?
How is the real estate market developing during the pandemic and economic crisis?
Is the current situation of stable market prices realistic and what can we expect in 2023?
11.00-12.00 Investment and financial instruments to support youth entrepreneurship
Moderator: Dr. Dochka Vasileva, Fund of Funds
with the participation of the European Agency for SMEs - video message, Gabriela Dimitrova - BTPP, Vitosha Venture Partners, OGFMSP, UNSS, SIS Credit, OPIK
Trends in the promotion of youth entrepreneurship in Europe and Bulgaria in recent years
Equity and debt instruments to support youth entrepreneurship, basic parameters and requirements
Promotion of student entrepreneurship and international student business cooperation
European, regional, state and municipal programs and tools for promoting youth entrepreneurship in Bulgaria and CEE
What should be changed in the ecosystem for the development of youth entrepreneurship, including under European programs
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 15.00 Networking with international partners
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break
15.30 – 16.30 Networking with international partners
The Executive Agency for the Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises
Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry