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Entrepreneurship in a Changing World –
Challenges and Responses

11th International Conference
7 - 10 June 2020

Albena, Varna, Bulgaria

Programme 2008
Photos 2008


Conference Programme

Tuesday – 9 September


Depending on demand: Social programme
for those who arrive early and like to join us.


17.00 – 19.30



19.30 –

Welcome Cocktail – Palace Hotel


Wednesday – 10 September

  9.00 –   10.00



  10.00 – 10.30

Conference Opening

Prof. Kiril Todorov (Bulgaria) – Conference Chair

Prof. Ken O’Neill (United Kingdom) – Director, International Small Business Congress 2008

D.Sc. Erkanat Temirkhanov (Kazakhstan) – Director, Institute for Economic Researches, Ministry of Economy and Budget Planning


10.30 – 11.15

Plenary session – First Key Note

Prof. J. Hanns Pichler (Austria)
Innovative Schumpeterian Entrepreneurship: A Systemic Perspective


11.15 – 11.30

Coffee Break


11.30 – 13.00

Plenary session – Second and Third Key Notes

Prof. Alain Fayolle, Olivier Basso, Véronique Bouchard (France)
a Cultural Model of Entrepreneurial Orientation

Prof. David Watkins, EFMD (United Kingdom)
Probioprise: Engaging Entrepreneurs in Formulating Research

and Innovation Policy at the European Level


13.00 – 14.00



14.00 – 16.00

Parallel Sessions

A. Innovative Entrepreneurship

Chairman: Prof. Alain Fayolle (France)

Prof. Hanon Barabaner (Estonia)
Energy as Accelerator of the Innovative Economics

Prof. Magdalena Platis (Romania)
Challenges and Opportunities for the Entrepreneurial Universities

in the New Economy

Prof. Marijan Cingula (Croatia)
European Standardization of Corporate Governance and Entrepreneurial Development

Maria Yurukova (Bulgaria)
Challenges and Opportunities for the Bulgarian Industrial SMEs Operating as Subcontractors



B. Starting New Venture / Incubator

Chairman: Prof. Ken O’Neill (United Kingdom)

Prof. Massimo Merlino, Stefania Testa (Italy)
Knowledge Creation and Management in an Italian Biotech Start Up

Valerija Bublić, Ivan Šmid, Ivan Vuković (Croatia)
Starting Up a New Venture Rent-a-Bike at the Plitvice Lakes National Park

Ildiko Zedi, Koraljka Obradović (Serbia)
Business Incubator Subotica as a
Tool of Fostering Development of SME’s and Entrepreneurship

Veronika Fileva, Yumugyul Ilyasova (Bulgaria)
Survey of Entrepreneurial Attitude of University Students


16.00 – 19.30

Free Time – beach, networking, swimming

19.30 –

Folklore Style Dinner


Thursday – 11 September

  9.30 – 11.15

Parallel Sessions

A. Managing Growth in SMEs

Chairman: Prof. Massimo Merlino (Italy)

Dr. Anton Slonimski, Anna Pobol (Belarus)
Growth Factors of Research-based Spin-Off Companies

Prof. Kiril Todorov, Iliya Kereziev (Bulgaria)
Building Competitive Advantage in the Process of Business Growth:

the Case of Bulgarian Technology-based SMEs

Georgi Iliev (Russia)
nternational Investment Bank: a New Role Financing Sustainable Growth

Katia Vladova (Bulgaria)
Growth factors of tour-operator agencies in Bulgaria


B. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development – 1

Chairman: Prof. Atanas Damyanov (Bulgaria)

Prof. Raymond Saner, Prof. Lichia Yiu (Switzerland)
Cross Border Co-operation and Entrepreneurship:
the Role of Social Capital

Yordanka Ivanova, Rostislav Gyonkov (Bulgaria)
Strategies for Internationalization of Bulgarian SMEs in South-West Bordering regions after EU Enlargement

Hari Shutoski, Igor Georgiev (Macedonia)
Use Your Potential – Entrepreneurship Award in Bregalnica –

Strumica Region in the Republic of Macedonia


11.15 – 11.30

Coffee Break


11.30 – 13.00

Parallel Sessions

A. Entrepreneurial Networks

Chairman: Prof. Kiril Todorov (Bulgaria)

Dr. Ossi Pesämaa, Prof. Johan Klaesson, Prof. Antti Haahti (Sweden, Finland)
Network Characteristics and Company Performance in Sweden:
The case of Gnosjö companies and their board members in southern Sweden

Dr. Veneta Hristova (Bulgaria)
Relation Clusters – Innovation in Bulgaria – More Challenges and Some Opportunities?

Milena Krumova (Bulgaria)
Importance of the Networking and Benchmarking in Management of the Company


B. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development – 2

Chairman: Prof. Raymond Saner (Switzerland)

Dr. Ciprian Nicolescu (Romania)
Evaluation of the Romanian’s integration effects in European Union on the SMEs - Results of 1256 Entrepreneurs /Managers’ Investigation in 2008

Dr. László Vasa (Hungary)
Categorization of Family Farms on the Basis of Behaviour Patterns
. The case of Hungary

Prof. Nikola Dimitrov, Tsvetana Stoyanova (Bulgaria)
Outsourcing Destination Attractiveness of Bulgarian Economy and Business

Prof. Sorin-George Toma, Oana-Simona Caraman (Hudea) (Romania)
Women’s Entrepreneurship in Romania


13.00 – 14.00



14.00 – 16.00

Parallel Sessions

A. Business Environment and Support

Chairman: Prof. J. Hanns Pichler (Austria)

Kaija Arhio, Marja-Liisa Kaakko (Finland)
Business Pre-incubator as a Learning Network, a Case-Study in University of Applied Sciences

Jovo Ateljevic (United Kingdom)
Building Institutional, Economic and Social Capacities through Discourse: The Role of NGO’s in the Context of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia

Prof. Atanas Damyanov, Ivaylo Petrov (Bulgaria)
Two Cases of Entrepreneurial Evolution in a Challenging Environment



B. Consulting for SMEs and Organisations

Chairman: Prof. Marijan Cingula (Croatia)

Dr. Emil Kotsev (Bulgaria)
Small Businesses and External Consultants:

Is It Time for New Relationships

Prof. Eugenio Corti (Italy)
The e-Consulting Methodology to Sustain the Development of Micro and Small Companies

Zrinka Gregov, Joško Meter, Ljiljana Bratnar Kovačević (Croatia)
AHP Methodology
as a Decision Making Tool when Selecting and Hiring Teachers at Higher Education Institutions - Private Business Schools


16.00 – 16.15

Coffee Break


16.15 – 18.00

Round Table

Chairman: Prof. Kiril Todorov (Bulgaria)
Entrepreneurs and scientists meet each other.
Building entrepreneurial networks


18.00 – 19.30

Free time

19.30 –

Gala Dinner


Friday – 12 September

  9.30 – 11.30


Knowledge and SMEs

Chairman: Prof. Eugenio Corti (Italy)

Daniel Tolstoy (Sweden)
The International Product Venturing of a Biotech SME: Knowledge Combination in Upstream/Downstream Networks

Dr. Irina Kuzmina (Latvia)
Managing Intellectual Assets in SMEs

Dr. Emil Papazov (Bulgaria)
Using Benchmarking for Strategic Analysis in SMEs

Dr. Tatiana Iakovleva (Norway)
Critical Dynamic
Capabilities in New Software
evelopment Process of SMEs




Dr. Emilija Stoimenova-Canevska (Macedonia)
Gestalt Approach in Organisations


11.30 – 12.00

Coffee Break


11.30 – 12.00

Meeting of the Committee for nominating best papers awards

12.00 – 13.00

Summarising conference results

Closing and Best Paper Award Ceremony

Ideas for next conference

13.00 – 14.00



14.00 –

Free time and meetings by interests

Tours by interests


Saturday – 13 September

Post-conference Programme

For the participants with a longer stay post-conference programme will be offered.


Accompanying Persons

Persons who have paid fee as spouses and non-professional friends of Conference Participants are welcomed to attend the pre-conference reception, the social programme (specially designed for them) and the Gala Dinner of the conference.

At the Conference Office we will provide information about the local attractions and possible tours and visits to spend the time during conference sessions. You can meet there to make plans for your day together with others, if you like.