Bulgaria is one of our EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) countries.
The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme accelerates climate innovation across Europe. EIT RIS facilitates connections into our established EIT Climate-KIC innovation hubs, currently in nine countries, which in turn act as a bridge into our pan-European network.
In Bulgaria, we work with the local innovation ecosystem – organisations (e.g. SMEs, universities, research labs, regions, NGOs and cities) and innovators (e.g. students, researchers, entrepreneurs). Our focus is on developing climate innovation through education, acceleration and innovation projects and establishing a structured dialogue with national, regional and local authorities. Our key partner is Cleantech Bulgaria, operating out of Sofia.
- Cleantech Bulgaria (CTBG) – the innovation and cleantech network in Bulgaria is Hub Coordinator covering all activities related to overall Hub Management (operational and financial). CTBG is also engaged with the Hubs’ Network Development role (coordination and contact with the rest of the Hub Members).
- Sofia Development Association (SDA) – SDA is Hub member and contributes to the Hubs’ Communication and Outreach activities by ensuring proper awareness-raising on the territory of Sofia municipality and bringing on board relevant stakeholders from the public and private sectors, as well as citizens engagement.
- National Center for Public Health and Analysis (NCPHA) is a public body operating under the Ministry of Health in Bulgaria. It brings together relevant stakeholders from public and NGO sectors working in the field of climate change and health-related interdependencies.
In the next years, the Hub members will dedicate efforts to further develop the local eco-system and connect it with the large EIT Climate-KIC family with the aim to identify new topics of innovation-based experimentation and clustering the already running activities within the network. The team will seek opportunities also to extend the positive experience into other domains of high potential, like digitization for sustainable growth either under the place-based innovation model or in certain industry sectors (smart agriculture, construction, etc). Closer integration among stakeholders, and also across programs will be sought to maximise the impact of the Hub’s activity.
32G Cherni Vrah Blvd, floor:1, ap. A2,
1407 Sofia, Bulgaria
For more information do not hesitate to contact the EIT Climate-KIC RIS team:
Annalisa Spalazzi, RIS Programme manager. Annalisa.Spalazzi@climate-kic.org
Karin Kubackova, RIS Ecosystem Manager for Central and Eastern Europe. Karin.Kubackova@climate-kic.org
Beatriz Camacho-Ávila, RIS Ecosystem Manager for Southern Europe. Beatriz.Camacho@climate-kic.org
Mila Ocalir Krivokapic, Western Balkans developer, Mila.Krivokapic@climate-kic.org