Innovations in Education
Bottom-Up Initiatives
New European Bauhaus
Digitalization in Tourism

Varna Innovation Camp

July 15th-16th
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Innowave Pre Summit 2021 – Varna Innovation Camp

Innowave preSummit 2021 – Varna Innovation Camp is a sequel of Innovation Camp 2020 Cluj-Napoca where StartupCity Varna was co-organizer and the first stage of the Varna benchmark format – Innowave Summit.

The event was be held under the motto “Varna – city of knowledge” and include the topics of Innovations and digitalization in Education, e-Medicine, Bottom Up Youth Initiatives – Startup Cities, NEYC, Varna 100 years of tourist city – innovations and digitalization in the sector and the New European Bauhaus Initiative.

The programme starts on 15th of July with thematic sessions. On 16th and 17th of July, was be organize a tour of Varna’s innovations and startup points in the city and was held visits and meetings with universities, stakeholders and with colleagues from the relevant directorates of the municipality of Varna. This again shows how bottom up initiatives are made, implemented and scaled.

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Innowave preSummit 2021 – Varna Innovation Camp was be organized by the Bulgarian Business Forums and the City of Varna in partnership with the City of Cluj-Napoca and under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria – Rumen Radev.

The two municipalities work together closely since 2014 as the two cities were previous European Youth Capitals. Back in 2018 they’ve become part of the family of the European startup cities and start the foundation of the partnership between Malaga and Heraklion.  The main areas of cooperation are in the fields of Education, Science, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Startups.

Innowave preSummit 2021 – Varna Innovation Camp is a great opportunity for city of Varna to have Cluj-Napoca’s perspective on the key questions within these topics that was come up during the event and welcome in Varna a strategic team from Cluj’s ecosystem related to Education, Digitalization, Startups and Bauhaus.

Thanks to the first edition of Innowave preSummit in 2018 as an event part of the programme of the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Union, Varna has become the first Bulgarian city with its own strategy for regional digitalization and action plan of it.


  • Mariya Gabriel
    Mariya Gabriel

    European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

  • Emil Boc
    Emil Boc

    Mayor of Cluj-Napoca

  • Dimitar Vasilev
    Dimitar Vasilev

    Chairman of Management Board at Bulgarian Business Forums

  • Emilia Botezan
    Emilia Botezan

    Head of International Affairs and Foreign Investment Department

  • Rumen Radev
    Rumen Radev

    President of the Republic of Bulgaria

  • Plamena Marinova
    Plamena Marinova

    Deputy Mayor of Varna

  • Lilia Hristova
    Lilia Hristova

    Director of Department “Education and Youth Activities” municipality Varna

  • Adrian RĂULEA
    Adrian RĂULEA

    Programme Director of Cluj Metropolitan Area Association

  • Oana Buzatu
    Oana Buzatu

    Cluj-Napoca City Hall

  • Bilyana Raeva
    Bilyana Raeva

    Varna Representative in Brussels

  • Bianca Muntean
    Bianca Muntean

    Co-Founder & Coordinator Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub

  • Evelyn Bakinta
    Evelyn Bakinta

    Innovation Strategy Officer StartupCity Heraklion

  • Elisabete Sampaio de Sá
    Elisabete Sampaio de Sá

    Innovation Strategy Officer StartupCity Braga

  • Arturo Villar Menéndez
    Arturo Villar Menéndez

    Global Innovation, Founder of SCEP StartupCities

  • Maria Metz
    Maria Metz

    CEO at NTT DATA Romania

  • Todor Petkov
    Todor Petkov

    General Manager at KBC Digital Development Center

  • Nina Moldovan
    Nina Moldovan

    General Manager and President of the Board at Winners First SA

  • Dilian Popov
    Dilian Popov

    Chairman of the Management Board of ICT Cluster - Varna

  • Adria Berari
    Adria Berari

    Cluj Cluster for Education C-EDU

  • Dalila Ciuclan
    Dalila Ciuclan

    Cluj Cluster for Education C-EDU

  • Yavor Petrov
    Yavor Petrov

    CEO at iCard

  • Sonya Georgieva
    Sonya Georgieva

    Director of the Tourism Directorate in the Municipality of Varna

  • John O`Brennan
    John O`Brennan

    Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration at the National University of Ireland

  • Professor Evgeni Stanimirov
    Professor Evgeni Stanimirov

    Rector of the University of Economics - Varna

  • Dr. Stanislav Ivanov
    Dr. Stanislav Ivanov

    Vice-Rector (Research) at Varna University of Management

  • Ph. D. Valentin Vasilev
    Ph. D. Valentin Vasilev

    Associate professor at Faculty of Navigation in Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy

  • Ventsislava Nedyalkova
    Ventsislava Nedyalkova

    Coordinator at VarnaSpaces and ActivateSpaces

  • Ilin Dimitrov
    Ilin Dimitrov

    Chairman of Varna Tourist Chamber

  • Pavlin Kosev
    Pavlin Kosev

    General Manager of AQUA HOTELS

  • Galina Momcheva, PhD
    Galina Momcheva, PhD

    Head of Computer Science Department, Varna Free University

  • Isabel Pascual Villamor
    Isabel Pascual Villamor

    Innovation Strategy Officer- StartupCity Malaga

  • Professor Todor Ganchevr
    Professor Todor Ganchevr

    Vice-Rector of Research at the Technical University of Varnа


15 july
16-17 july
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