InnoStart Forum 2019 – Media Coverage

InnoStart Forum 2019, June 20th attracted the public and media attention. Its excellent selection of speakers and their willing to communicate with media were well accepted by the registered media.

Here we list some of the media highlights.


Yaniv Garty, Intel and AmCham Israel: Bulgaria has proven that it has innovation potential. You’ve got to find a way to unlock it.

  • Each country, including Bulgaria, has to find the best ingredients and to combine them with other countries’ experience, to build its own innovation baseline.
  • The innovation culture is essential to urge people to try new things.
  • Sharing includes not only positive feedback but also the negative one – what went wrong, and to seek solutions to fix and improve it.
  • We will witness changes that automation, robotics, AI – innovation in general – will bring to improve our lives, businesses


Chemi Peres: Technologies and Dreams (for BNT, Panorama)

  • There are three ingredients to become an innovation and startup nation: 1) you have nothing – thus you have to use your brain to think; 2) to believe that your people have certain mission – in Israel we believe that we can make the world a better place; 3) dissatisfaction – if you are not satisfied with your current status, you always try to improve it.
  • We believe that we have to make innovation for the world not only for yourself.
  • Each nation has to build glory and acknowledgement through innovation and science, not with natural resources.

More of Chemi Peres’s Media Interviews


Violet Diachenko, DCM, Embassy of the state of Israel: Israel 2018 IT Export is of USD 50 bn


  • With Innostart Forum we would like to explore the business opportunities between Bulgaria and Israel
  • Israel’s IT export makes app. 50% of the overall export of the country
  • The army has a significant role for the establishment of the innovation and entrepreneurial culture of Israel.


Petar T. Ivanov: Israel is The Startup Nation That Attracts 14% of the Global Venture Capital


  • Israel is the country with the highest number of engineers per capita.
  • During the InnoStart Forum we will have a special startup pitch with BESCO.
  • FDIs are no longer fashion. We have to learn to attract venture capital and to foster innovation.


Bjorn-Soren Gigler, EC: A New Program of EC will support CEE Digital Startups

  • Digital Innovation and Scale-Up initiative (DISC) aims to connect the innovators with the investors.
  • It is desgined together with EIB, EIF, World Bank, and EBRD.
  • It is focused in CEE and SEE to fill the investment gap (incl. in the Western Balkans)


AmCham Bulgaria thanks to the Media Partners of InnoStart Forum 2019


InnoStart Forum 2019 – Media Monitoring

Thanks to Clipping Point.