Our co-organizer from Ruse, Bulgaria: Petya Gancheva, Ruse Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI)
Why did you apply for SEW?
Being involved in such pan-European event is on the one hand a great opportunity to unify the efforts and format of startup events and helps establish a common entrepreneurial culture in whole Europe, and on the other hand involving local entrepreneurs and start-ups in such event would give them the feeling they are part of the big entrepreneurial organism, well-functioning through its vast, common, integrated network. It is an opportunity for them to be represented and their voice be heard, and makes them feel being supported without losing their identity and local specific characteristics. This is a huge responsibility and a challenge that perfectly fits RCCIs objectives, field of expertise and mission as a whole and help boost further our activity.
What is your goal in organizing Startup Europe Week?
Our goal is to reach potential entrepreneurs, startups and regional business representatives and gather them under the same roof where they can share common problems and find common solutions. We plan to equip them with knowledge about various business support activities, provided by us and other local startup support organizations, present the ecosystem we work in, different funding opportunities at local, national and European level, involve them into activities such as planning and strategy development for the future functioning of the entrepreneurial & startup ecosystem on regional level, connect them with all the stakeholders in startup process, encourage them to actively participate in the startup network.
What would you give to your local community?
We would like to give them the European perspective of startup development and functioning, widen their horizons, connect them into the pan-European startup network, gather them together and give them opportunity to interrelate and cooperate for their further progress.
What do you think your area need in order to be a Startup friendly zone?
To decrease regulations and to give freedom to the startups and young entrepreneurs to develop their ideas without having to care much for all the bureaucratic requirements, which makes them lose the direction.
What could Startup Europe and European Union do more about developing Startup ecosystem?
It can work towards establishment of an integrated network of supporting organization where the entrepreneurs can find answers and solution to most of their questions and problems, an easier mechanism which alleviates their path to the market without going from one administration to another in order to establish and further develop their business. Internationalization and soft-landing is also an issue which the companies need to struggle with when it comes to finding business partners and growing further their networks.