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of the Sofia Municipal Council to work for the sustainable development of the capital.


Staff Exchange with Castilla y Leon

On March 11 and 12, 2019 prof. Teodor Sedlarski and prof. Atanas Georgiev, dean and vice dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in Sofia University visited the region of Castilla y Leon in Spain to exchange experiences on instruments and policies to foster university-business cooperation aiming at more local innovations. Prof. Sedlarski and prof. Georgiev visited the universities of Salamanca and Valladolid and discussed measures and approaches with their academic colleagues and with representatives of the regional operational programme for innovations. The staff exchange is part of the InnoBridge project, INTERREG EUROPE programme, cofunded by EU’s ERDF. Sofia Development Association is a project partner, working to refine Sofia Public-Private Fund for Innovations (





INTEGRA advocacy campaign on involves European students

On 7th of March INTEGRA project team in Sofia met with French MA foreign students who major in European affairs. We presented out young colleagues the major challenges integration of third-country national faces in European cities, as well as the policy measures we advocate for, to make our communities more welcoming. We discussed together creative ways to engage more citizens in the awareness and advocacy efforts, and networking to raise the campaign to a European level.

INTEGRA project is funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.

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INTEGRA project team met on March 6, 2019, with the project team of NEMO: Using the New Media in Education to overcome Migrant Online Discrimination, which is composed of nine other organizations coming from Italy, Austria, France, Hungary and Bulgaria. Both projects are co-funded by EU’s AMIF.

INTEGRA project manager Sevdalina Voynova lead the joint project session aiming at sharing and transfer of knowledge and best practices, and local awareness-raising activities to facilitate integration.





CICERONE second partner meeting in Brussels

On 4th and 5th of March 2019 in Brussels, Belgium was held a second partner meeting. The Association for Development of Sofia is one of the 24 partner organisations of the project. The representatives of the organizations discussed how to develop a strategy, plan and follow-up actions on other packages, including communication and dissemination of information. The results of the research on the instruments for financing the circular economy in Bulgaria were presented in the second work package by the expert of the project - Kostadin Kostadinov. Cicerone project is building a joint platform for efficient circular economy programming and is funded by Horizon 2020 of the European Union.

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Hack & Design Challenge 01-04.03.2019 in SofiaLab

On 1st of March in SofiaLab (1 Serdika Str, 3rd fl) starts Hack & Design Challenge. The event is organized by Data Science Society in partnership with Sofia Development Association. From 1st to 4th of March the video game industry will cooperate with developers of artificial intelligence. The challenges will be to make games with elements of AI (to produce a certain number of AI games by category). They will enable the expansion of creativity, knowledge and aesthetics of all game designers, players, game developers, and AI researchers.

SDA is a project knowledge partner in the NGS project under the Danube Transnational programme, co-founded by the EU funds (ERDF and IPA),

Interregional Learning Workshop in Tampere

The last 10th Interregional Learning Workshop of InnoBridge project was held in Tampere, Finland, on February 20 and 21, 2019. After nearly three years of policy dialogues with stakeholders, sharing best practices and experiences with other European regions, promoting collaborations to address common challenges, project partners subjected to a final peer review their Action plans, aiming to improve city or regional level policy instruments that support research, development and innovation, particularly for SME. Sofia Development Association is focusing on the public-private Sofia Fund for Innovations, established in 2013. The Action plans setting the measures and targets for the second phase of the project - from April 2019 to March 2021, are now finalised, using the experience and expertise of the whole consortium. Project partners are now equipped with the road map and the toolbox to boost innovations locally.

InnoBridge is an INTERREG EUROPE project cofounded by EU’s ERDF.

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