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» Innovative Enterprise of the Year Contest celebrates its 15th Anniversary! , On July 16, the campaign for the 15th Anniversary edition of the Innovative Enterprise of the Year 2019 Contest is to be launched. Innovative Bulgarian start-ups and mature enterprises can apply electronically by October 15 inclusive. The awards are presented by the President or the Prime Minister of Bulgaria at the National Innovation Forum in December, 2019.

Traditionally, the awardees in the Contest also receive the label “Excellence in Innovation”. The label honors excellence, impact and efficiency of cutting-edge innovations developed by Bulgarian companies.

Applied Research and Communications Fund, ARC Consulting and Enterprise Europe Network - Bulgaria with the support of the of DG GROWTH , EC, and in media partnership with the Economy Magazine, Economic.bg portal, Computer World, Kaldata.bg, Bulgarian Science Magazine and Uspelite.bg are inviting nominees for the 15th edition of the Innovative Enterprise of the Year 2019 National Contest. Active Bulgarian companies that have successfully developed and implemented innovation in the past three years can participate in the initiative. Applications can be made electronically by 23:45 on October 15, 2019.

The competition aims to support entrepreneurial discovery and promote Bulgarian innovation champions.

» New book 'Energy Demand Challenges in Europe: Implication for policy, planning and practice', A new book 'Energy Demand Challenges in Europe: Implication for policy, planning and practice', co-edited by Dr Frances Fahy and Dr Gary Goggins from the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway, was published by Palgrave MacMillan. It is an open access publication and can be freely downloaded from Springer.

» Three guidance documents for research infrastructure policy-makers, managers and reviewers, As part of the efforts to strengthen the capacity of the Danube region research infrastructure (RI) policy-makers, managers and reviewers, ARC Fund was involved in the preparation of three guidance documents. These guides aim to improve framework conditions for research infrastructure and innovation in the Danube region and to build capacity and upgrade the knowledge of policy-makers and policy delivery organisations involved in the funding of research infrastructures, and RI managers.

» “Precaution and innovation in Europe” – a citizen meeting in Sofia, On June 23, 2019 ARC Fund hosted a half-day citizen meeting in Sofia to discuss the topic of precaution and innovation. The meeting brought together 27 participants representing different social groups, professions, cities and age. Similar meetings were organised in four other countries – Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands and Italy. The aim of the meetings was learn what EU citizens think about fairness, risk and safety in relation to research, precaution and innovation.

» ARC Fund at the Pathways to Transformation conference, Pathways to Transformation conference was the concluding event for two EU-funded projects NUCLEUS and RRI-Practice. The jointly organised conference took place in Brussels on June 20-21, 2019.

» Music WorX - accelerator for music industry, The Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft is looking for people who develop innovative technology-based business models in the music industry - Music WorX is one of the few accelerators worldwide, specifically for startups and entrepreneurs from the music industry.

» Fourteenth National Innovation Forum "Smart Policies for Innovation-driven Growth", Applied Research and Communications Fund, ARC Consulting, Enterprise Europe Network – Bulgaria, ЕC Representation in Bulgaria and Joint Innovation Centre of the BAS with the support of the Directorate General GROW and Executive Agency for SMEs, EC in media partnership with BNT, Economy magazine, Economic.bg and Uspelite.bg are organizing the Fourteenth National Innovation Forum "Smart Policies for Innovation-driven Growth".

The Forum will be held on 6th of December 2018, starting from 10:00 at Sofia Hotel Balkan (Sheraton), Sredetz hall.

The National Innovation Forum held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria is the premier national innovation platform for exchange of ideas and cooperation between the government, business community and research organisations. It aims to enhance the competitiveness of the Bulgarian companies and boost the innovation potential of the economy.

Traditionally, the National Innovation Forum exclusively presents the Innovation.bg annual report, which provides reliable assessment of the policies and practices in the field of innovation in Bulgaria.

The Forum with the participation of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Mr. Rumen Radev  features the award ceremony of the Innovative Enterprise of the Year 2018 national contest.

For registration, please fill in the FORM HERE not later than 12:00 h on December 5th, 2018

» ARC Fund Introduces Excellence in Innovation Label to Recognise Outstanding Innovative Enterprises, On July 23, the campaign for the 14th edition of the Innovative Enterprise of the Year 2018 Contest is to be launched. Innovative Bulgarian start-ups and mature enterprises can apply electronically by October 15 inclusive. The awards will be presented in Person by the President of Bulgaria, Mr. Rumen Radev, at the National Innovation Forum on December 6, 2018.

From this year on, the awardees in the Contest also receive the label “Excellence in Innovation”. The label honors excellence, impact and efficiency of cutting-edge innovations developed by Bulgarian companies.

Applied Research and Communications Fund, ARC Consulting and Enterprise Europe Network - Bulgaria with the support of the of DG GROWTH , EC, and in media partnership with the Bulgarian National Television, Economy Magazine , Economic.bg portal and Uspelite.bg are inviting nominees for the 14th edition of the Innovative Enterprise of the Year 2018 National Contest. Active Bulgarian companies that have successfully developed and implemented innovation in the past three years can participate in the initiative. Applications can be made electronically by 23:45 on October 15, 2018.

The competition aims to support entrepreneurial discovery and promote Bulgarian innovation champions.

» Excellence-in-ReSTI: International pilot training kick-off for 25 young project managers from the Danube Region, Eisenstadt, 02.10.2018 – Two days full of learning, networking, and gaining skills for innovative project management: University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Burgenland’s Campus Eisenstadt turned into a networking hub for 25 young project managers from all over Europe on October 1-2. The event kicked off a one-year pilot blended learning programme, the “ReSTI.academy”, in which students and trainers will work together on testing and improving a five-module curriculum on Excellence in Research, Social and Technological Innovation Project Management (Excellence-in-ReSTI).

» Open Call for Experts – Registry of Research Infrastructures Reviewers, The ResInfra@DR project launched an Open Call for experienced evaluators who want to be included in a registry of research infrastructure (RI) reviewers. Reviewers in the registry must have the knowledge, experience and ability to conduct ex-ante assessments of upcoming RI instruments and/or planned RIs in the Danube macro-region countries.


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