Агенция за регионално икономическо развитие - Стара Загора

The executive director of SZREDA participated in Webit Festival Europe 2019

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On 14.05 (Tuesday), the Executive Director of the Agency for Regional Economic Development (REDA) - Stara Zagora, Rumyana Grozeva PhD took part as a panelist at the biggest event for innovation in Bulgaria - Webit Festival Europe 2019. The theme of the panel, in which she participated was "The Potential of the Stara Zagora Startup Ecosystem". In the panel participated as well, the Mayor of Stara Zagora - Zhivko Todorov, Petko Petkov, Chairman of ZaraLab, Mikhail Bratov, Executive Director of Webstar and Marian Ignev, Executive Director of Sashido.io. The moderator was Dobromir Ivanov, Chairman of BESCO - the Bulgarian Start-up Association.

The main topic of discussion was where Stara Zagora is located on the entrepreneurial and technological map of Bulgaria in terms of creating innovation, retaining young people and attracting and promoting the creation of productions with high added value. All the steps taken by the Municipality of Stara Zagora, the business in the region and the non-governmental sector in terms of strengthening the competitiveness of the city in the direction of attracting high quality young people were mentioned. Good examples have been given with the creation of the Zagore Industrial Zone, the good ranking of Stara Zagora in the Michael Bloomberg competition a few years ago, the development of the technology and information infrastructure through the creation of a LoraWan Network that is open to businesses and citizens and the Institute of Space Sciences at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, which has been developing projects for CERN and NASA.

As major challenge was mentioned the need for mechanisms for joint working among the various stakeholders in the region, shifting the economic focus of the region from the energy sector to other areas with high added value and the need to reform the specialties at the Trakia University. It was mentioned that the city's past as a technology center for producing high value added hardware and how this is a good step for future development.

The panel concluded with assurance of future joint work and successful achievement of the high goals set to strengthen the city's position as an innovation and technology center. You can watch videos from the panel here.

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