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Sofia Tech Park Visit of VUZF University students
Sofia Tech Park Visit of VUZF University students
21 May 2018

For the third consecutive year VUZF University students visit the first technology park in Bulgaria. This time, the visit, organized by Assoc. Prof. Evgeni Evgeniev on May 17, involved 20 students in the courses "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" and "Financing of Innovation" at the University.         

Mr. Mihail Iliev, who is a senior business development expert at Sofia Tech Park, welcomed the students and presented up-to-date information about the innovation hub, which was built with funds from OP "Competitiveness" within 50 million Euros in 2015; in the new programming period Sofia Tech Park expects to receive additional EU funding. After that, researchers from the robotics laboratory аt Sofia Tech Park that is part of the 11 labs of the complex, nucleus of the tech park, presented their work in the field of neuro science marketing, robotics education for children, and other projects. The students also became acquainted with the function and the work of the business incubator at Sofia Tech Park and in particular they were guests of Playground Energy (http://www.playgroundenergy.com/) - Bulgarian company that sells innovative products in countries from five continents. The meeting with Mr. Hristo Alexiev was extremely interesting as he outlined the entrepreneurial culture as a key to success in business development. The students also became acquainted with the work of Mr. Ilian Milinov, co-owner of the company, who received four global awards for industrial design.

Knowledge in the field of innovation and leading technologies is at the heart of the success of developed economies. VUZF University is a traditional partner in strengthening the knowledge triangle in Bulgaria - partnership between education, business and the state. The visit to Sofia Tech Park JSC is another proof of VUZF's ambition to direct the young generation to innovative research projects that bring higher added value in the field of education and put VUZF University on the innovation map of Bulgaria.

Photos from the event can be obtained here.

 
VUZF University organizes International conference on Pan-European Personal Pension Product within the framework of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU
VUZF University organizes International conference on Pan-European Personal Pension Product within the framework of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU
30 March 2018

VUZF University is organizing International conference “Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP) – Regulation, Effects and Problems” in partnership with the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2018 and Investor.bg.
 The forum will take place on 30th May 2018 in Sofia. More than 140 participants from Bulgaria and Europe will attend the event.
  The conference is organized with the institutional support of the Deputy Prime Minister for economic and demographic policy of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Valeri Simeonov, the  Ministry of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2018, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the Ministry of Finance, the Committee on labor, social and demographic policy and the Committee on Budget and Finance at the 44 th National Assembly, the National Social Security Institute, the Association of Bulgarian insurers and the Bulgarian Association of Supplementary Pensions Companies.

The forum will also involve representatives of the EIOPA /European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority/, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Financial Supervision Commission, Pensions Europe, Insurance Europe, EFAMA, the Actuarial Association of Europe, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, other specialised bodies and organisations, market participants, academics, experts in the field of capital pensions and capital markets.
The forum will be opened by the chairman of the EIOPA Mr. Gabriel Bernardino. Keynote speaker is Nathalie Berger, Head of Unit Insurance and Pensions, DG Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission. Аmong the other main speakers and panelists are Sophia in’t Veld, Member of the European Parliament, PEPP rapporteur in Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, ECON who will make a video address and will interact online from Brussels and Justin Wray, Deputy Head of the Policy Department, EIOPA.
The forum will discuss the aspects of the forthcoming introduction of a unified product for personal capital pension insurance in the European Union (EU) that will be performed with EU Regulation.
 The agenda includes two panels: 

FIRST PANEL – Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on the Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP) – essence of PEPP, legal aspects, time frame, consensual characteristics, open issues, expectations for reactions of the Member States to the Regulation, problems.
SECOND PANEL – Market Effects of the Introduction of the Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP)  – target effects, opinion of experts, positions of market participants, expected impact of PEPP on the market of capital pension insurance, providers of PEPP, product passport, rendering activity of registered provider from one Member State in other Member States, issues.

For detailed information about the conference, please visit: http://pepp.vuzf.bg/.

 
MAGNET Project: Successful Visit at the Danube University in Krems (Austria)
MAGNET Project: Successful Visit at the Danube University in Krems (Austria)
27 February 2018

A visit was held between 18-20 February in Krems, Austria on the occasion of a participation in a working seminar on the project "MAGNET" coordinated by the Danube University in Krems (Austria), where VUZF University is a partner. The project focuses on entrepreneurial education and training and includes state and private universities and institutes from Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, France, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands.
Ms. Detelina Smilkova, Vice President and Associate Prof. Evgeni Evgeniev, Vice-Rector for European Projects and Continuing Education, presented VUZF University with lectures on Access to Financing and Regulatory Framework: Economic, Political and Legal, which deals with entrepreneurship among migrants.
On February 19, a consortium meeting was held to discuss details of the next steps to work on the project, while on 20 February a working seminar was held, which included representatives of the university environment, chambers of commerce and industry, entrepreneurs and migrants.
The seminar included participation from UNCTAD through Dr. Fulvia Farinelli, who lectured on "A Handbook on Policies for Supporting Entrepreneurship among Migrants: Good Practices," while Professor Gudrun Biffl of the Danube University made a presentation on "Characteristics of Migrant Entrepreneurship".

 
UZF University enters into strategic international partnership for migrant entrepreneurship
UZF University enters into strategic international partnership for migrant entrepreneurship
04 October 2017
VUZF University is a member of international consortia, which succeeded in COST (http://www.cost.eu) initiative, funded by the European Commission. The project is entitled Migrant Acceleration for Growth Network for Entrepreneurship Training” (MAGNET).
The MAGNET project is addressed to entrepreneurship education and training and includes public and private actors from Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, France, Germany, Poland, and the Netherlands.

There is a growing body of evidence that (potential and future) entrepreneurs will require a different set of core competences to successfully set up and run their businesses in a changing society with changing economic and labor market situations. This has major implications for the transformation of Migrant Entrepreneurship Support and Training systems.
Therefore, the main objective of the MAGNET project is to promote the creation, improvement, further development and broader dissemination of already existing support schemes for migrant entrepreneurs. This is decisive in the future European labour markets, since being self-employed and building successful enterprises (both profit-generating and social enterprises) is an important strategy to improve labour market participation especially for migrants, who are often disadvantaged in terms of labour market integration.

The main activities of the project are:
* Developing and pilot-testing a train-the-trainer peer-learning programme for people active in the field of migrant entrepreneurship support at university level (Migrant Entrepreneurship Academy)
* Developing an Open Toolkit for Migrant Entrepreneurship Support on the basis of good-practice analysis and improvement
* Implementing an online-platform in order to guarantee open access to the Open Toolkit
* Conducting broad and holistic networking activities in the migrant entrepreneurship support field, both on regional and transnational level.
 
NEXT LEVEL 2017: VUZF University organized a leading scientific forum about European Research Infrastructures and the Participation of Bulgaria
NEXT LEVEL 2017: VUZF University organized a leading scientific forum about European Research Infrastructures and the Participation of Bulgaria
03 July 2017

On June 21st at Sofia Hotel Balkan, VUZF University of Finance, Business and Entrepreneurship organized an international scientific forum, entitled European policy for research infrastructure and the participation of Bulgaria”. Prof. Grigorii Vazov welcomed the audience and expressed hope that the rich financial resource, dedicated to financing national research infrastructure in Bulgaria, will be utilized efficiently. Prof. Ivan Dimov, Deputy Minister for Science of the Ministry of Education and Science, joined these words and expressed support for the National Roadmap of Research Infrastructure as a strategic document for the support of science. Mr. Hristo Hristov, Deputy Director of the Permanent Representation Office of the European Commission in Bulgaria took part in the welcoming panel as well in order to outline the European perspectives for scientific projects in Bulgaria.   

 
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