The AWARD - Entrepregirl is the first competition in Bulgaria for young girls interested in entrepreneurship, technologies and innovations. It was organized on the initiative of Sasha Bezuhanova, Chairwoman of the Bulgarian Centre of Women in Technologies (BCWT). The award, launched in December 2013, is inspired by the Digital Woman of Europe Award which Sasha Bezuhanova received from the EU Vicepresident and Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Croes during the Digital Agenda for Europe Forum in November 2013. The initiative is part of Sasha's efforts to develop the entrepreneurial culture in Bulgaria, to encourage young people to start their own business, to stimulate girls choose a career in the field of technology and innovations and to take leadership roles in the ICT sector. The 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 GIRLS - More than 50 girls aged 16 to 23 took part with their own business concepts in the competition for the Entrepregirl award. It started in January 2014 and for 35 days we 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. She is from a small city in Bulgaria where she studies Entrepreneurship at her high-school. Her project, EUROBOOK, 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).