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AUBG Students Win First Prize at Bulgaria Innovation Hackathon 2019

June 14, 2019

Hub Ground – a platform that aims to revolutionize job search for IT specialists – is this year’s big winner at Bulgaria Innovation Hackathon. The project was created by four AUBG students and won them BGN 10 000 and a trip to the EU institutions in Brussels.   

During the 24-hour-long hackathon in Sofia, the AUBGers competed against 30 student teams coming from 20 universities April 10-11. The startup idea for a customized job search platform first came to Boris Angelov (‘19), co-founder and president of the IT entrepreneurship student club The Hub at AUBG. He then teamed up with Zhan Ilyov, Nikol Dzhukeva and Martin Gorunov during their Entrepreneurship class at AUBG, and, with the support of their professor Dr. Arthur Pantelides, turned the idea into an award-winning project. 

The Hub traditionally gathers some of the best young IT specialists on campus every year for the Hack AUBG competition.  „Over the past few years we’ve been working with IT companies and we’ve been establishing a relationship with them,“ Angelov said. And since more than 200 programmers from Bulgaria and beyond attended last year’s event, Angelov started to consider ways he could “leverage these relationships in a way that could bring long-term value.”    

He decided to use these contacts to work on building a platform that, on one hand, would help companies recruit the most qualified people, and on the other hand would give programmers an effective and easy way to find well-paid and exciting jobs.

“We’ve validated that idea with IT companies and with potential programmers that would use our product,” Angelov said. “We made extensive research on the market, on our competition, we’ve also looked into financials and how the project would survive in the timeline of a year or two, what’s its potential growth, what is our market strategy and how do we differentiate with all the other products.”

Professor Pantelides offered guidance and motivation and each of the team members had a role to play in the success of the project, Angelov said. Ilyov helped with the communications and networking, Gorunov prepared the financial projections, Dzukeva designed the presentation and Angelov delivered it in front of a jury that consisted of renowned business, NGO and academic professionals.

Having just graduated, Angelov is now working on the AUBG Accelerator Program – an up-and-coming AUBG alumni venture that will support student entrepreneurs through financing and mentorship.

Story by Dimana Doneva

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