On 4 October at Puzl Coworking, representatives of five companies from different economic sectors and social entrepreneurship took part in a meeting with the team of the “Innovative Enterprise of the Year” contest. The founders of Avtoikonom, Biomyc, Volontime, Comrade Cooperative, Microweber, Makeis and Micar 21 found potential partners and customers in each other and shared their successes over the years after participating in the initiative.
They were unanimous that participation in the competition and the award under the patronage of the President of Bulgaria, as well as the Excellence in Innovation label, have helped them in creating trust in business partners. The companies that had a free innovation management assessment using the IMP³rove methodology shared how they had improved their corporate culture.
All Bulgarian innovative start-ups and established market leaders from all economic sectors can join the Contests. The initiative is open to active Bulgarian companies that have successfully developed and implemented an innovation in the last three years. The application is open electronically until 23:45 on 15 October 2019.
Applicants can choose from 8 categories in which to present their achievements. Traditionally, the awards are presented personally by the President of Bulgaria during the National Innovation Forum in December. Awarded companies receive the right to use the Applied Research and Communications Fund’s Excellence in Innovation label. All applicants also have the opportunity to benefit from a free innovation management assessment using the IMP³rove methodology initiated by the European Commission for the benefit of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The Innovative Enterprise of the Year Contest is organized by the Applied Research and Communications Fund, ARC Consulting and Enterprise Europe Network – Bulgaria, with the support of the Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission, in partnership with the European Commission’s magazine. In partnership with Ikonomika, the online portal Economic, Computer World, Kaldata.bg, Bulgarian Science magazine and Successful Young Bulgarians.