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Varna Free University becomes center of the IT industry and entrepreneurship

On 27 April, Varna Free University will host leading names of the Silicon Valley - a historic site in California, where the first computer chip has been created.  World-renowned entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates (Microsoft), Steve Jobs (Apple) and Mark Zuckerberg(Facebook) started their careers there…. Their companies grow and attract huge investments. Some of the experts who will visit Varna Free University have worked for some of these companies.

The event "BEC: Mentors of the Silicon Valley and Bulgarian IT industry", which will be held in Hall 1 of the Academic and Sports complex of VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar" on 27 April  at 17:00 p.m. includes lectures and public discussions on the topics of investments, entrepreneurship, startups and education. The event is an initiative of the University Academic Accelerator, which aims to support the implementation of student entrepreneurial initiatives and the formation of teams for implementation of new businesses.

About the lectures:

 

Norman Vinarski is a leading name in the field of artificial intelligence. President of SRI Ventures, as well as of the voice assistant Siri, bought by Apple in 2010, Norman is an author of a bestseller studied by the students from Stanford University. More than 30 start-ups in the field of artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and others were implemented with his support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norman Vinarski is a leading name in the field of artificial intelligence. President of SRI Ventures, as well as of the voice assistant Siri, bought by Apple in 2010, Norman is an author of a bestseller studied by the students from Stanford University. More than 30 start-ups in the field of artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and others were implemented with his support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JamieWilliamsis a professional footballer, star of the Super Bowl, who after severe trauma decided to radically change his career. He founded a successful film company Ymotion and became a well-known script-writer and director. He also appeared in the film by Oliver Stone “Any Given Sunday”. Simultaneously, he contributed to the foundation and development of numerous technology companies and became a successful entrepreneur. He is also part of the management team of the University of Nebraska, where he received his doctoral degree in education and leadership. Before students and entrepreneurs at Varna free University, Dr. Williams will talk about how life twists offer us an alternative path of development. JamieWilliams shares his belief that to follow your dreams and to work in a team is one of the most important things.

 

 

 

 

Larry Beel is a graduate of Stanford University. After developing his own business in the Silicon Valley, he began helping young entrepreneurs to do the same. For more than 50 years he has been working as a financial advisor and investment manager and consults start-ups around the world. He is the founder of Interculture Foundation, which funds the project Bulgarian Entrepreneurship Center.

 

 

 

 

 

Bogomil Balanski is one of the most successful Bulgarians in the Silicon Valley. He achieved a remarkable career in VMware - a global leader in software solutions for virtualization and cloud infrastructures. The company is one of the fastest growing software companies based in the Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world. Balanski got an MBA from Stanford University. He will share his experience and will talk about how to build up a successful career in the Silicon Valley, what qualities and skills someone has to possess to succeed and how Bulgarian companies can apply for funding.

 

 

 

 

Dafina Toncheva left Bulgaria at the age of 18. Then her parents were doctors in Pazardzhik and received miserable salaries, and in the summer the whole family strung tobacco. She was admitted with a full scholarship to Harvard, where she graduated in computer science. She started working as a software engineer at Microsoft. After several years in the giant she decided to enroll an MBA degree program at Stanford University. So she entered the world of risky investments. She currently works for one of the most famous funds in the Silicon Valley - USVP, where she is the only woman partner. During the forum at Varna Free University she will reveal her "recipe for success".

 

 

Vasil Terziev is a known name in the IT sector - co-founder and CEO of Telerik. He plays a key role in the successful expansion of the company - from a startup in Bulgaria in 2002 to a leading global provider of software solutions for businesses. Following the takeover of Telerik by Progress in 2014, Terziev takes over the office of Director-General of Innovations. In this position he is in charge of the long-term growth strategy of Progress, identification of  new markets and development of innovations. He will tell the story of one of the most successful Bulgarian tech businesses and will motivate young entrepreneurs.

 

 

 

 

 

The event is free of charge and is intended for business people, entrepreneurs, investors, academics and students.


by ВСУ Черноризец Храбър

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