Impact for growth

October 12th
13:30 - 20:00

Live in Hyatt Regency, Sofia and online on this webpage
The event is free of charge. Registers only.
An event on social entrepreneurship and impact investing

In a world of post-pandemic crisis, geopolitical instability and deepening social inequalities, the need for innovative solutions is becoming increasingly urgent. And social entrepreneurs have an important role to play. But they cannot do it alone. In order to flourish and grow, they need a nurturing ecosystem and cross-sector support.

What are the financial and non-financial needs of social entrepreneurs? How to assess and accelerate their potential? What are the newest approaches in impact investing and social finance? How to attract more sustainable investments and measure their impact?

Join us live in Sofia or online!
What to expect?

Impact for Growth will gather all the "players" - investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropy leaders and policy makers - to answer all these questions. A half day filled with thought provoking keynotes, insightful discussions, thematic workshops and networking opportunities. A chance to build new alliances and gain practical know-how on how we together can accelerate the potential of social innovation to create a more equal and sustainable tomorrow. 


Funded by
Lead partner
Project partners
The Business Institute
Аssociate partners
Municipal Guarantee Fund for SME
13:30 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Opening speeches by official guests

14:20 - 15:05

Investing in social impact Panel discussion

Successful local and international pactices in the field of social baking and financial and non-financial support instruments for social entreprenerus. Challanges and opportunities for impact investing in Bulgaria.


15:05 - 15:20

Coffee break

15:20 - 16:05

Investment funds & investing in social entrepreneurship Panel discussion

An extended discussion on how to create a more favourable environment for the development of social entrepreneurship in Bulgaria. Social entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers will share their perspectives on the trends and barriers for impact investing.


16:05 - 17:20

Impact TalksLightning talk

Inspirational people and ideas that bring positive social impact


17:20 - 17:40


Fireside chat on partnerships and the path to success, and key takeaways from the whole day


17:40 - 18:10

Coffee break


Тhe following workshop will be available only to those attending the event in person in Sofia

18:10 - 19:40

Investment readiness diagnostic  Workshop for social entrepreneurs

What is important for the investors when they decide whether to make an investment? How to measure your investment readiness? How to develop the potential of your idea - both from the social impact and the business plan aspect? 


This workshop will be held only in Bulgarian

18:10 - 19:40

Networking Zone

Those not participating in the workshop are welcome to use this time to mingle and schedule indvidual meetings with other investors, social entrepeneurs and policy makers at the event

19:40 - 21:30

Networking cocktail


Svetlan Stanoev
Founder and senior facilitator, The Business Institute
Ivan Dimov
Founder, Single Step
Tsvetan Spasov
Head of the Managing Authority, Ministry of Labor and Social Policy.
Davide Libralesso
Sustainable and Development Finance, Microfinanza
Diana Aladzova
Partner, Silverline Capital
George Sidjimkov
Partner, Sofia Angels Ventures KDA
Evelina Pavlova
Journalist and social entrepreneur
Hristo Boyadzhiev
Founder, Tuk-Tam
Krasimira Hadjiivanova
Co-founder, Maiko Mila!
Sofia Breitholtz
CEO, Reach for Change
Erich Melgar
Global Lead Community Investment, ING
Marie-Louise Köhl Harritsø
Director Partnerships & development, Reach for Change
Svetoslav Zahariev
Founder, Zahariev Fight Team
Hristina Popova
Head of Programs, reach for Change
Nikolay Tsenkov
Municipal Guarantee Fund for SMEs
Nadya Klisurska-Zhekova
Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy
Kamen Slavov
Fund Manager, Fund of Funds
Martina Grigorova
CEO, SIS Credit
Mario Tanev
Editor, Forbes Bulgaria


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