AUBGers Grab Winning Places with Innovative Start-ups

July 02, 2024
AUBGers Grab Winning Places with Innovative Start-ups

Education+ and Enthela take winning places among 30 teams at Innovation Starter’s 11th edition of their Innovation Academy program.

Both start-ups were winning teams in AUBG’s Elevate accelerator program’s fourth and fifth season, respectively, where participants take a winning spot at the Innovation Academy almost every year.

Natalia Vassileva and Maria Nikolova shared first place for their start-up Education+, along with the Sofia University team and their Meta Labs Engineering startup. The platform aims to tackle the student unemployment rates in Bulgaria by offering internship opportunities, scholarships, training sessions, paid youth projects and upcoming events. It encourages young people to pursue career development through a more accessible and innovative method.

Dr. Slaveyko Djambazov (‘10), an AUBG EMBA alum and Executive Director of Health Technology Assessment (HTA), assisted the Educator+ team as their mentor in the accelerator journey, sharing his versatile professional experience in numerous international healthcare companies.

Second place was given to the biotech start-up Enthela-Foodilizer, presented by the AUBG student Martin Nedev and the University of Forestry student Angel Hristov. They have taken up the task of creating a biostimulant whose purpose is to decrease nitrogen fertilizer use in agriculture, while maintaining yield and improving soil fertility.

They worked with Victor Penev, CEO of the nutritional data services platform Edamam and President of Stanford Club of Bulgaria, as their mentor.

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Education+ | Photo by Innovation Academy

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Enthela | Photo by Innovation Academy

Innovation Academy’s aim is to encourage students’ development of their entrepreneurial skills and offers financial support for their business ideas.

AUBG is proud to offer a platform to young leaders with bright ideas, who help shape the future for the better.