Entrepregirl Award in Bulgaria
More than 50 girls
Participated in the competition for the first Entrepregirl Award in Bulgaria
The AWARD – Entrepregirl is the first national competition in Bulgaria for young girls interested in entrepreneurship, technologies, and innovations. The Entrepregirl 2014 Award consists of a one-year scholarship in an aMBA program in the Business Institute Sofia, one-year mentorship, and membership in the Bulgarian Centre of Women in Technology.
The competition was initiated at the end of 2013 by Sasha Bezuhanova, Chairwoman of the Bulgarian Centre of Women in Technologies (BCWT) and winner of the 1st European Digital Woman Award 2013. The so-called Ada Award, Sasha Bezuhanova received from the EU Vice-President and Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes during ICT 2013 the 6 November 2013 in Vilnius inspired Sasha to launch a Bulgarian national award to develop the entrepreneurial culture in Bulgaria, to encourage young people to start their own business, to stimulate girls to choose a career in the field of technology and innovations and to take leadership roles in the ICT sector.
The Girls – More than 50 girls aged 16 to 23 took part in their own business concepts in the competition for the Entrepregirl award. It started in January 2014 and within 35 days BCWT received 50 entrepreneurial ideas. The participants were from all over Bulgaria. Their projects included online educational platforms, mobile applications, crowd-funding platforms, e-shops, social and industrial business. The jury consisted of 7 people with expertise and experience in entrepreneurship and was very impressed – nearly all projects were very professional, creative, and realistic. This is why they decided to continue the initiative and organize an Entrepreneurship Day for the girls and training webinars.
The WINNER – Veselka Todorova is 17 years old. She is from a small city in Bulgaria where she studies Entrepreneurship at her high school. Her project, EURO BOOK, is an educational Facebook flash game. While you play, you learn the history of the EU member countries. The aim is to build a library with 28 sections – each new section is a new level. To finish the level you need to answer questions about the country for which you are collecting books. Veselka describes the project as a combination of past (reading books) and present (Internet and high technologies).