Second Annual Conference “Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2015” with the general partnership of Aurubis Bulgaria

The Annual conference “Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2015” was held on March 19-th in Sofia. It was organized by Industrial Cluster Srednogorie. The conference was released under the patronage of Ministry of Economy and with the general partnership of Aurubis Bulgaria. The forum was honored with the presence of Mr. Luben Petrov – Deputy Minister of Economy, prof. Kostadin Kostadinov – Deputy Minister of Education and Science,  Acad. Stefan Vodenicharov, D.Sc. – President of Bulgarian Academy of Science, Mr. Tsvetan Simeonov – President of Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Georgi Shivarov -  Vice President of Bulgarian Industrial Association, Mr. Georgi Nikolov – General Secretary of Aurubis Bulgaria, Mr. Nikolay Minkov – Executive director of Industrial Cluster Srednogorie, as well as by representatives from industry, small and medium businesses, NGOs, scientific and educational organizations and media.

“Industrial Cluster Srednogorie already traditionally held several similar forums last year. This is the first forum for this calendar year and we are organizing it for a second time – Innovation and entrepreneurship, because, undoubtedly, one industrial leader as the Srednogorie region has a lot to share as good practices in promoting innovation and technological development”, said Nikolay Minkov, Executive director of Industrial Cluster Srednogorie.

Lecturers in the event were representatives of Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Education and Science, The European Commission representation office in Bulgaria, representatives of the big industrial companies in the country – Aurubis Bulgaria, Ellatzite-Med, Solvay Bulgaria, Titan Zlatna Panega Cement and others.

Mr. Viktor Hadjiiski, Research and Development Engineer in Aurubis Bulgaria, presented to the participants in the event the topic “Copper and Renewable energy sources”. The accent of his presentation was putted on energy market in EU, renewable energy sources and energy balance, as well as on REW with intensive use of copper. The conclusions from the given data and comparative tables proved that copper is and will be the main conductor of electricity when installing renewable electric energy sources. Forecasts suggest that the market could double by 2020, compared to 2012.

During the three sessions of the conference were considered the dimensions of innovation and entrepreneurship and their practical application in various spheres of economy. Forum participants agreed on the idea that the entrepreneurial mindset should be encouraged from a very early age, and about the perception that quality education is the foundation of future economic and social progress of the country.

The Annual Conference “Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2015” focused on current tools and policies for promoting of applying innovations, the opportunities for implementation of innovative products and solutions in companies and introduced ways for increasing the added value by supporting innovation and entrepreneurial thinking.

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