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09:00 – 09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 - 09:45 Offical Opening
Hubert Cottogni, Deputy Director, Head of Regional Business Development, European Investment Fund
Filip Kirev, Head of political cabinet, Ministry of Economy

09:45 – 10:00 Keynote
The investors challenges 2016 - 2017
Bojidar Neytchev, SEE Managing Partner, CEE Corporate Finance Leader, PwC

10:00 – 11:00 First Discussion Panel
What were the drivers of M&A in Bulgaria in 2016 and what are the challenges ahead

Plamen Radkov, Vice President, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa Investment Banking, Citi
Ilian Grigorov
, CEO, Acibadem City Clinic Tokuda
Ilko Stoyanov, Partner, Shoenherr
Tanya Karageorgieva, Managing Director, Head of CFA, UniCredit Bulbank
Georgi Tsonev, Senior Manager, Advisory Services South East Europe, PwC
Moderator: Valeri Petrov, Partner, Axxess Capital

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:15 Second Discussion Panel
Private Equity in SEE – where are the opportunities and what are the challenges for international investors


Niklas Pichler, Manаging Director Vienna, Mezzanine Management
Serban Roman, Vice President and Country Director, Enterprise Investors
Svetoslav Stefanov, Investment Director, 3TS Capital
Dimitar Enchev, Managing Partner, PostScriptum Ventures
Biliana Sourlekova, Special Situations, M&G Investments 
Moderator: Anthony O’Conner, Corporate/M&A Partner, Kinstellar

12:15 – 12:30 Keynote
Direct quasi-equity financing in the context of the Juncker Plan
Hristo Stoykov, Growth Capital & Innovation Financing Practice, European Investment Bank

12:30 - 12:45  Keynote
Financing in uncertain times

Larisa Manastirli, Director for Bulgaria, EBRD

12:45 – 13:30
 Third Discussion Panel
Alternative financing


Capital markets – current and future potential of this tool for SME funding and as driver of economic growth
Kamen Kolchev, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Elana Financial Holding
Atanas Simeonov, Member of the Board, Endeavor Bulgaria, Founder and Managing Director, VIP Security
Nikolay Kolev, Мanaging Partner, Koleff & Partners
Plamen Dilkov, CEO, Board of Directors, Bulgaria Engineering Holding and Vice Chairman, Confindustria Bulgaria, Member of the Board of Directors, CEDEC - European Federation of Local Energy Companies
Moderator: Filip Genov, First Vice President/Special Projects, UniCredt Bulbank

13:30 – 14:30 Networking Lunch Break

14:30 – 15:30 Fourth Discussion Panel
Fresh investment opportunities. Sectors poised to growth


Evgeny Angelov, Chairman, Bulgarian Venture Capital Association (BVCA)
Stanislav Sirakov, Partner, LauncHub
Ivaylo Gospodinov, Managing Partner, BlackPeak Capital
Elvin Guri, CEO, Empower Capital
Ivaylo Simov, Partner, Eleven
Yordan Zarev, Investment Manager, Neveq Capital Partners
Moderator: Stefan Tzalov, Regional Business Development, Central and Eastern Europe, European Investment Fund

15:30 - 16:15 The story behind the success of several Bulgarian companies


Konstantin Hristov, CEO and Co-founder, Sensica
Elena Gacheva, VP Business Development, IPS
Martin Petrov, VP Business Development, Football Scout
Moderator: Evgeny Angelov, Chairman, BVCA