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Varna Free University guarantees the free development of the abilities of young people, their creativity, intellect, perseverance and luck


I am impressed by the extremely high level of training and entrepreneurial culture, said Michael Marvin, one of the seven entrepreneurs and mentors from the Silicon Valley, who visited the University on 27 April as part of one of the largest events dedicated to Entrepreneurship and technology.


The event "BEC: Mentors of the Silicon Valley and Bulgarian IT industry",  which took place at VFU “Chernorizets Hrabar”, is an initiative of the Academic Accelerator, which has been established at the University and aims to support the implementation of student entrepreneurship initiatives and the formation of teams for implementation of new businesses.


The meeting with the mentors brought together more than 200 students, lecturers, business representatives, entrepreneurs and investors who commented on a wide range of topics related to investment, entrepreneurship, startups and education. Nearly 10,000 people watched the live broadcast of the event via the Facebook social network.



I am here because I want to build a bridge between the Silicon Valley and Bulgaria, said Larry Beel, founder of the Interculture Foundation, who financed the creation of the Bulgarian Entrepreneurship Center (ВЕС), in the framework of his meeting with the academic management of Varna Free University and representatives of the IT business from the region. Shortly before the event, Larry Beel, Norman Vinarski and Michael Marvin were introduced to the vision of Varna Free University for its development as an entrepreneurial and technological center and the role of IT business in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Varna.


In her presentation given before the guests, Assoc. Prof. Galina Momcheva, PhD - Head of the Department of Informatics and Economics and Chair of ICT Cluster - Varna identified the human capital as one of the region's biggest advantages.


The American entrepreneurs joined the statement after the discussion with the students and the guests of the forum in the crowded Hall 1 of the University's Educational and Sports Complex.



The official start of the event was given by the Rector, Prof. Galya Gercheva, D.Sc.who described the university as "predestinied" to ensure the free development of young people's abilities, creativity, intellect, perseverance and luck.



The mentors from the Silicon Valley talked about creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship and told what it was like to "dare to be great," how important is teamwork and how dreams come true.




How dreams come true with a lot of work and success, told the only woman partner in the company – USVP, Dafina Toncheva. I have always thought that the goals I set are not impossible. One has to try, even if there are no big chances, said clearly Dafina Toncheva.  



Dreams, teamwork, skills, empathy, passion and the competitive spirit are the six elements of successful entrepreneurship, says the Super Bowl star JamieWilliams. Things never happen exactly the way you expect. You need to be able to build a strategy - before, during and after, to fight insecurity, he said.




Why do not you close your eyes and do not dream of a better Varna? provoked the audience Vasil Terziev, co-founder and CEO of Innovations, Telerik.



"I have seen both success and failure in the Silicon Valley, "said Bogomil Balkanski, vice president in Google. According to him, the successful entrepreneur is a charming storyteller, and it is never too early or too late to be an entrepreneur.



Norman Vinarsky addressed all who see themselves as future entrepreneurs. This conversation is about why you can succeed, he said. One of the world's leading experts in the field of artificial intelligence shared his experience at the Stanford University Research Institute and the implementation of startups in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics and nanotechnology. We live in a world of technology breakthrough and you should never doubt that a small group of enlightened people can change the world, "Norman Vinarsky said.



Our meeting with the management of Varna Free University makes me an optimist because I believe we have made a great start, said the leading figure of Tech Valley , Michael Marvin.



by ВСУ Черноризец Храбър