Innovations | Regulations | Investments

March 26-27, 2018 | Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria: Technological Hub of the Balkans and European Gateway for India and US
Under the auspices of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU

26 - 27 Mar, 2018

Sofia Tech Park, Sofia, Bulgaria

About this event

IT Hub Connect is two-day international forum organized by the Indian-Bulgarian Business Chamber (IBBC) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria (AmCham Bulgaria), under the auspices of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

IT Hub Connect, supported by the Bulgarian Government and the Embassy of India in Bulgaria, will take place on March 26-27, 2018, in Sofia Tech Park, and aims to strengthen the relationship between the thriving IT industries in the Balkans, India and US, setting а common ground for cooperation.

The forum will gather government officials, C-level executives, business experts and startup companies from Southeast Europe, India and US to explore business challenges and opportunities focusing on three main pillars – Innovations, Regulations and Investments.

The agenda will navigate the participants through hot topics such as the IT outlook for 2020 and beyond, the game changing regulations and the important role of technologies in each sector, digital and customer experience transformation, innovations success stories from different industries, sustainable startup ecosystems, outsourcing, and investments. Cybersecurity and privacy will be another key topic on the agenda, with a focus on regulations and compliance requirements for doing business in the EU and India. Specially dedicated time slots for business networking activities will provide participants with the opportunity to find potential investors, partners and customers through face-to-face meetings with leading Bulgarian, Indian and American companies.

Future-proof your business

Stay up-to-date with the latest news about regulation changes in India and EU, state of the IT industry, investment and funding opportunities. Explore innovative IT solutions that can get your business ahead of the curve.

Explore business opportunities

Find potential investors, partners and customers through VIP networking events and face-to-face meetings with leading Bulgarian, Indian and American companies.

Join the forum for strategic cooperation between the IT industries in the Balkans, India and US

IT Hub Connect will be held during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the expected participation of government officials from Bulgaria and India, and representatives of the European Commission:

  • Maria Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
  • Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria 2012-2017
  • Lilyana Pavlova, Minister of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2018
  • H.E. Pooja Kapur, Ambassador of India to Bulgaria and Macedonia
  • Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, India (TBC)

The list of the invited speakers also includes leading Indian, Bulgarian and US information technology companies, consulting companies, finance and banking organizations, industry associations, and relevant institutions.

The forum provides a unique opportunity to meet key decision makers, identify attractive investment opportunities, discover new projects and partners in the region, and leverage Bulgaria as the Technology Hub of the Balkans and the European Gateway for India and the US.


Mariya Gabriel

European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

Ekaterina Zaharieva

Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs

Rosen Plevneliev

President of the Republic of Bulgaria 2012 – 2017

Lilyana Pavlova

Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU

Nenad Popovic

Minister of Innovation and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia

Eric Rubin

Ambassador of USA to Bulgaria

Ms. Pooja Kapur

Ambassador of India to Bulgaria and Macedonia

Kalin Radev

CEO of Software Group

Despina Spanou

Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity, DG Connect at European Commission

Jožek Gruškovnjak

International Executive, Strategy Consultant, Entrepreneur

Evgeny Angelov

Chairman of the Bulgarian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

Eva Maydell

Member of the European Parliament

Ivaylo Slavov


Elvin Guri

CEO of Empower Capital

Dimitar Enchev

Managing Partner at PostScriptum Ventures

Ivailo Gospodinov

Managing Partner at BlackPeak Capital

Pastora Valero

Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs for EMEAR at Cisco Systems

Dr. Udo Helmbrecht

Executive Director of ENISA

Ori Sobovitz

Head Government Relations and Israeli Partnerships at OurCrowd

Peter Kirkov

Department Manager Risk Management at Telelink

Boyan Benev

Digital & Social Entrepreneur

Michał Kreczmar

Director Digital Transformation at PwC Polska

Nicholas Hodac

Government and Regulatory Affairs Executive at IBM Europe

Filip Genov

First Vice President and Head of Special Projects at UniCredit Bulbank

Plamen Angelov

Director for Legal and International Affairs at Commission for Personal Data Protection of Bulgaria

Plamen Tsekov

Board Member BOA, Founder & CEO at Scale Focus

Achilleas Arvantis

Senior Manager Financial Advisory Services at EY

Stanislav Sirakov

Partner at LAUNCHub Ventures

Hannes Krause

Head of Policy and Analysis at Estonian Information System Authority

Natanail Stefanov

Chief Enthusiast at BESCO

Sandeep Erat

Director Cybersecurity at Sumeru

Tommi Makinen

Innovation Lead Europe at Tata Consultancy Services

Artur Monteiro

Director of Cyber Intelligence Centre in Central Europe at Deloitte

Sasha Bezuhanova

Founder of

Safir Adeni

Global Transformation Leader & President at Feuji Inc.

Boris Goncharov

Chief Cyber Security Strategist at Amatas

Marcin Olender

Public Policy and Government Relations Manager at Google

Borislav Boyanov

President of Indian-Bulgarian Business Chamber

Ralf Sauer

Deputy Head of Unit C.4 "International data flows and protection” at European Commission

Vassil Barsakov

Regional Sales Director DACH, Eastern Europe and Russia at RSA

Solomon Passy

President at the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria

Atanas Dobrev

CEO at Vivacom

Dr. Matthias Sachs

Government Affairs Lead at Microsoft CEE

Richard Longo

Chief Strategy Officer at EdgeVerve

Alexander Manolev

Deputy Minister of Economy

Krassimira Chemishanska

President at AmCham Bulgaria

Iravan Hira

Managing Director at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Bulgaria

Petar Ivanov

Executive Director at AmCham Bulgaria

Innovations | Regulations | Investments

Find your next business partner in Bulgaria – the technological hub of the Balkans and European Gateway for India and America.




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09:00 AM
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Registration and Welcome Coffee

10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Official Opening

11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Motivational Speech About Innovations

11:15 AM
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Innovations Dialogue, Part I

12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

Coffee break

12:15 PM
12:15 PM - 02:00 PM

Innovations Dialogue, Part II

02:00 PM
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Networking Lunch

03:00 PM
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Innovations Dialogue, Part III

04:00 PM
04:00 PM - 04:15 PM

Coffee Break

04:15 PM
04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

05:15 PM
05:15 PM - 05:30 PM

State of Investments and Outsourcing in Bulgaria and the Balkans

05:30 PM
05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

Business Reception

09:00 AM
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:30 AM
09:30 AM - 09:45 AM

Welcome speech

09:45 AM
09:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Cybersecurity Dialogue

10:45 AM
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Cybersecurity key points

11:15 AM
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Coffee Break

11:30 AM
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Cybersecurity in the 21st century

12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Networking Lunch

01:30 PM
01:30 PM - 01:45 PM


01:45 PM
01:45 PM - 02:30 PM

Regulations Dialogue

02:30 PM
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Regulations key points

03:30 PM
03:30 PM - 03:40 PM


03:40 PM
03:40 PM - 04:00 PM

De-stress and relaxation session



  • ✔   2-day access
  • ✔   B2B meetings
  • ✔   Business reception

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Sofia Tech Park

111, Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd. 1784 Sofia Bulgaria

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