The Founder Institute hosted the first "FounderX Europe" event in Sofia, Bulgaria on May 30th - June 1st, 2018, and Founders, Directors, Mentors, and Investors from 24 countries joined us for this memorable event.

Check out the event agenda below, or see photos from the event here

The next FounderX event is being planned now. All members of the FI Network will be notified by email when the event is announced. 


FounderX Europe, at DigitalK: "Finding Funding in 2018"

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 9:30 AM - FRIday, June 1, 2018 at 11:00 PM (EEST)

VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN Sofia, Bulgaria

FounderX (FounderX.com), the Founder Institute's premier gathering of fast-growing Graduates, top-rated Mentors and leading program Directors from our global network of 9000+ technology entrepreneurs, is going international! 

In partnership with one of Europe's leading technology events, DigitalK, the Founder Institute is excited to announce our first FounderX Europe event, in Sofia, Bulgaria. Our official hosts in Sofia are Puzl CowOrKing, the winner of the 2017 CESA Award for Best Coworking Space in Central and Eastern Europe - made by and for IT humans; and S*Bar, a Co-Meeting Space, the newest and trendiest meeting hub for IT professionals, entrepreneurs and digital creators.

The theme of this event will be "Finding Funding in 2018". In particular, we aim to help our Graduates, Directors, and Mentors better understand how to get funding in 2018, in both traditional ways (with guidance from angels, accelerators, and early-stage VCs), as well as through emerging models like ICOs and crowdfunding. This event is specifically designed to help our Graduates gain the contacts, personal feedback, and hands-on strategic improvements they need to capitalize themselves in 2018 and beyond.    

The goal of the FounderX Europe is to facilitate meaningful connections and learning between members of our global and European #FIWorldwide network. 

 

Speakers & Office Hours

FounderX Europe will consist of 25+ expert speakers and Office Hours hosts. Below are the confirmed participants from our global network. 

  Scott Painter:  Founder of TrueCar (NASDAQ: TRUE), Fair.com ($1BN+ funding), Cars Direct (acquired for $1.1BN).

Scott Painter: Founder of TrueCar (NASDAQ: TRUE), Fair.com ($1BN+ funding), Cars Direct (acquired for $1.1BN).

  Dafina Toncheva : Partner at USVP (U.S. Venture Partners)   

Dafina Toncheva: Partner at USVP (U.S. Venture Partners)

 

  Adeo Ressi:  Co-Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute, 9X entrepreneur

Adeo Ressi: Co-Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute, 9X entrepreneur

  Sasha Bezuhanova:  Founder and Chairperson at MOVE.BG, Angel Investor

Sasha Bezuhanova: Founder and Chairperson at MOVE.BG, Angel Investor

  Raphael Crouan : Founder & CEO of the Startupbootcamp IoT Program

Raphael Crouan: Founder & CEO of the Startupbootcamp IoT Program

  Rossi Mitova:  Founder & CEO of Farmhopping, Forbes "30 Under 30" Europe

Rossi Mitova: Founder & CEO of Farmhopping, Forbes "30 Under 30" Europe

  Enis Hulli:  Venture Partner at 500 Startups

Enis Hulli: Venture Partner at 500 Startups

  Stefano L. Tresca:  Managing Partner of iSeed, StartupHome, Founding Member of Level39   

Stefano L. Tresca: Managing Partner of iSeed, StartupHome, Founding Member of Level39

 

  A. Dara Dotz:  Co-Founder & Principal Designer at Field Ready, 3D Printing Pioneer

A. Dara Dotz: Co-Founder & Principal Designer at Field Ready, 3D Printing Pioneer

  Vassil Terziev:  Co-founder of Telerik, Partner at Eleven Ventures, MD at VT Investments

Vassil Terziev: Co-founder of Telerik, Partner at Eleven Ventures, MD at VT Investments

  Ben Larson : General Partner of Backplane Capital, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Gateway Incubator

Ben Larson: General Partner of Backplane Capital, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Gateway Incubator

  Nuno Arantes-Oliveira : Managing Partner at Arantes Saude Investments

Nuno Arantes-Oliveira: Managing Partner at Arantes Saude Investments

  Daan Weddepohl : Founder & CEO of Peerby, Alumni of Rockstart, Techstars, FI

Daan Weddepohl: Founder & CEO of Peerby, Alumni of Rockstart, Techstars, FI

  Stanislav Sirakov : Partner at LAUNCHub Ventures

Stanislav Sirakov: Partner at LAUNCHub Ventures

  Maz Cohen : Founder of Wisher.com, Co-Founder of Metamorph.io 

Maz Cohen: Founder of Wisher.com, Co-Founder of Metamorph.io 

  Kamal Hassan : Partner at Loyal Venture Capital, Global Director at Founder Institute

Kamal Hassan: Partner at Loyal Venture Capital, Global Director at Founder Institute

  Joel Hughes:  Director of Europe, Indiegogo

Joel Hughes: Director of Europe, Indiegogo

  Peter Lazou:  Venture Builder & Angel Investor at ValaCo Ventures, Director of Milan FI 

Peter Lazou: Venture Builder & Angel Investor at ValaCo Ventures, Director of Milan FI 

  Mark Rogers:  CEO of Futurist Labs, Founder Institute Mentor   

Mark Rogers: CEO of Futurist Labs, Founder Institute Mentor

 

  Milen Ivanov : Founder of Angels Club, Founder Institute Director, Angel Investor

Milen Ivanov: Founder of Angels Club, Founder Institute Director, Angel Investor

  Eeppi Nieminen:  Founder of Coachilla, Founder Institute Alumni 

Eeppi Nieminen: Founder of Coachilla, Founder Institute Alumni 

  Jonathan Greechan : Co-Founder of the Founder Institute, Head of Marketing

Jonathan Greechan: Co-Founder of the Founder Institute, Head of Marketing

  Andrew Crawford:  Global Finance Manager, Founder Institute

Andrew Crawford: Global Finance Manager, Founder Institute

  Ryan Micheletti : Co-Founder of Vet-Tech Accelerator, Director of Global Ops at Founder Institute

Ryan Micheletti: Co-Founder of Vet-Tech Accelerator, Director of Global Ops at Founder Institute

 

Event Partners

 

Agenda

 

Below is the final agenda for FounderX Europe.

 

 

Wednesday, May 30th  

9:30AM - 05:30PM    
Open Office Hours & Co-Working (for FI Grads, Directors & Mentors) 

FI HQ is matchmaking "Office Hours" with promising Graduates and various FI mentors throughout the day. You are also welcome to work and mingle at the Puzl CowOrKing space throughout the day (coffee, snacks, and sandwiches will be served). 

LOCATION: Puzl CowOrKing (Cherni Vrah 47A, 1407 Sofia) >> See more thorough directions here.

 

10:00AM - 11:00AM    
Group Office Hours Session, with Adeo Ressi (for FI Grads) 

Adeo will host a small office hours for FI Graduates to discuss their business ideas, challenges, and more.  

LOCATION: Puzl CowOrKing (Cherni Vrah 47A, 1407 Sofia) >> See more thorough directions here.

 

12:00PM - 05:00PM

2018 European Director Offsite (for FI Directors)

FI Directors are invited to join our yearly offsite to discuss and plan the future of the Founder Institute (coffee, snacks, and sandwiches will be served). 

LOCATION: Puzl CowOrKing (Cherni Vrah 47A, 1407 Sofia) >> See more thorough directions here.

 

07:00PM - 09:30PM
VIP Director Dinner Reception (invite-only) 

FI Directors are invited to join an intimate dinner at Rekata Rakia, to enjoy authentic gastronomic Bulgarian cuisine. This event is strictly invite-only. 

LOCATION: Raketa Rakia (bul. "Yanko Sakazov" 17, 1527 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria)

 

09:30PM - ???
FounderX Welcome Reception with Drinks

Start the FounderX event at this casual meetup at a hip lounge in Sofia. A cash bar will be available.  

LOCATION: Sputnik Cocktail Bar (bul. "Yanko Sakazov" 17, 1527 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria)

 

Thursday, May 31st

09:15AM - 05:30PM

FounderX Un-Conference: "Finding Funding in 2018"

This private, collaborative "un-conference" will feature intensive workshops, panel discussions, pitch feedback sessions, and presentations from top venture-funded entrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists from Europe, Silicon Valley and beyond. 

The theme of this event will be "Finding Funding in 2018". In particular, we aim to help our Graduates, Directors, and Mentors better understand how to get funding in 2018, in both traditional ways (with guidance from angels, accelerators, and early-stage VCs), as well as through emerging models like ICOs and crowdfunding. This event is specifically designed to help our Graduates gain the contacts, personal feedback, and hands-on strategic improvements they need to capitalize themselves in 2018 and beyond.    

LOCATION:  S*Bar Co-Meeting Space (bul. "Nikola Y. Vaptsarov" 6, 1407 g.k. Lozenets, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Below is the final agenda:

09:15 AM:    Welcoming Coffee Reception
09:45 AM:    Opening Remarks: "State of the Founder Institute Europe" by Adeo Ressi (CEO of the Founder Institute)
10:30 AM:    "Making Fundraising Your Core Competency," by Scott Painter (Founder of Fair.com)
11:15 AM:    Angel & Accelerator Funding Workshop: Sasha Bezuhanova, Milen Ivanov, Eeppi Nieminen, Peter Lazou, Enis Hulli, Raph Crouan, Vassil Terziev
12:05 PM:    Lunch Break
12:50 PM:    Keynote Speech by Dara Dotz: Co-Founder & Principal Designer at Field Ready
01:15 PM:    Seed & VC Funding Workshop: Stanislav Sirakov, Kamal Hassan, Rossi Mitova, Ben Larson, Nuno Arantes-Oliveira
02:05 PM:    Coffee Break
02:20 PM:    Crowdfunding Keynote Speech by Daan Wedenpohl: Founder of Peerby, FI Amsterdam Graduate
02:45 PM:    Crowdfunding Panel & Workshop: Daan Wedenpohl, Joel Hughes
03:15 PM:    Fireside Chat with Dafina Toncheva (Partner at USVP)
03:45 PM:    Coffee Break
04:00 PM:    ICO Keynote Speech by Maz Cohen: Co-Founder of Metamorph.io
04:25 PM:    "ICO Funding Panel & Workshop": Stefano L. Tresca, Maz Cohen
05:00 PM:    "How Startups Die", by Mark Rogers (CEO of Futurist Labs)
05:30 PM:    Wrap Up

 

 

05:30PM - 7:30PM

FounderX Happy Hour & Light Dinner

Enjoy drinks and traditional Bulgarian finger foods while you wind down the FounderX Conference!

LOCATION: S*Bar Co-Meeting Space (bul. "Nikola Y. Vaptsarov" 6, 1407 g.k. Lozenets, Sofia, Bulgaria)

 

9:00PM - ??? (doors open at 9 but the party doesn’t really get started until about 10:30)

DigitalK Official Afterparty, at Bedroom Premium Nightclub

After Dinner, those wanting to keep the night going can join the FI Team at the DigitalK afterparty, where you can network with both FounderX and DigitalK attendees. Get a bracelet from the FI Team at S*Bar for a free drink. 

LOCATION: Bedroom Premium Nightclub (ul. Lege 2, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria)

 

 

Friday, June 1st

09:30AM - 05:30PM

DigitalK Startup Conference

DigitalK, our official event partner, is one of the leading European technology events, and FounderX attendees are welcome to attend the event at no additional cost (you can get a pass from us at either Puzl on Wednesday, or S*Bar on Thursday). Learn more about the DigitalK event, agenda and speakers at DigitalK.bg.

LOCATION:  Sofia Event Center (1407 Sofia, Bulgaria, Cherni Vrah Blvd 100, Paradise Center Floor 3)  

 

05:30PM - 06:30PM

DigitalK Closing Networking Cocktail with SumUp

Enjoy drinks at the event of the DigitalK Conference. 

LOCATION:  Sofia Event Center (1407 Sofia, Bulgaria, Cherni Vrah Blvd 100, Paradise Center Floor 3)  

 

7:00PM - 11:00PM

DigitalK Official Closing Party, at betahaus

Join the DigitalK Official Closing Party to network with both FounderX and DigitalK attendees. 

LOCATION: betahaus (Krum Popov 56-58 str., Sofia 1421)