SOFIA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION was founded as non-profit organization with the decision 348
of the Sofia Municipal Council to work for the sustainable development of the capital.



The competition in information technologies "Big to Me", initiated by 134 Sofia High School "Dimcho Debelyanov", will be held in April 2016.
The competition is traditionally supported by Sofia Municipality and Sofia Development Association.
The event aims at developing the computer skills of children 5 – 7 grade; entering for the competition is free of charge for students from all Sofia high schools. Usually, a key element in the contest is the joint work between the student and a close person (parent, brother, sister, acquaintance).
This year's edition of "The Big to Me" will be held on 16 April. Participating teams can register on the competition's website in the period 1 – 13 April 2016.


Cultural management academy Bulgaria announces a call for participation in the training program 2016-17.

The program aims to increase the knowledge and skills of cultural managers of municipal and independent cultural institutions and organizations. The program will include 20 participants, of whom 5 from municipal cultural operators in Sofia, 10-12 from the independent cultural operators (non-governmental organizations) from the whole country, and up to 5 from neighboring countries like Greece, Romania and Serbia.

The lecturers and trainers come from the European countries of the participating cultural institutes and from Bulgaria. Please send your application until 20th March 2016, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


More information about the program you may find HERE.

Students developed innovation portfolio for Sofia Development Association

Sofia Development Association became the first "client" of the students from the pilot course under the project Action Project for Innovation - APInno, Erasmus+ Project № 2014-1-BG01-KA203-001561. They analyzed the innovative potential of SDA through Business Opportunities Map and developed the most promising possibilities for further growth. Our team chose two of them and the students working in two competing teams developed the concepts in details.
The Millenium Team lead by Lubomir, Maria, Olga, Todor, Lulian and coached by Marionela made a very attractive presentation of a demo version of a mobile application Explore Sofia that connects citizens and city, city and guests, providers of communal services and clients.
The New Generation Team lead by Martin, Sabina, Kristin, Hristo, Evgeni and coached by Natalia presented a well developed concept for green skills for green jobs that could be implemented by SDA as a mediator between municipality and businesses.

After more than a month of collaboration our team believes the young innovation managers can safely proceed to the next client already outside the educational field.

Sofia is hosting the INNOVATION EXPLORER 2016

INNOVATION STARTERBOX gathered in Sofia hundreds of innovators on 25 February 2016. The event was hosted by Sofia Municipality, Sofia Development Association was a partner.
The Mayor of Sofia Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova opened the forum presenting different innovations implemented by the city. The Strategy for Smart Specialisation of Sofia, developed by SDA was also mentioned.
The Mayor said our city has the potential to become digital capital of SE Europe.
Sofia schools deliver B2 foreign language education. The city is covered with broadband Internet and is world leader with its free Wi-Fi connectivity in public areas such as parks, metro, public transport, and squares. All this is a significant reason for Sofia to lead the charts in ICT outsourcing and start-ups in Europe.

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