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The first edition of the Business Academy for Starting Entrepreneurs BASE in Stara Zagora, which we hosted, ended successfully. It was attended by 32 participants, and 21 projects competed for the prize fund of 10,000 leva. 

Within 12 weeks 32 participants from Stara Zagora, Kazanlak, Veliko Tarnovo, Razgrad and Sliven with ideas for their own businesses were mentored by experienced entrepreneurs, who shared their knowledge in different areas – finance, sales, marketing, human resources, legal norms, presentation skills. 

At the end of the training the participants had to prepare a detailed business plan for their project or business. At a special closing ceremony the finalists presented their ideas in front of a jury. 

The projects were in various areas. Among them were a workshop for the production of herbal cosmetics, a company for consulting services in the field of financial and organizational management, a tea shop,  a centralized software system that supports the work of car services,  a summer STEM camp for students and others. 

The big winner in the first edition of BASE in Stara Zagora was the project Conestoo by Rositsa Albenova. Conestoo is a workshop for textile products for babies, children and adults from natural materials with main filling of Bulgarian wool. 

Second place was taken by Dimitrina Zhelyazkova, who received support for developing her project – U-gift – a store for personalized gifts. Third place was shared by Miroslava Doseva for her business idea for educational culinary workshops for children and Dian Dankov with his project for Mickey Mouse Children’s Club. Another project was supported as well – Maria Koleva, who makes macrame decorations with her Macrame atelier

For us at The Lodge Coworking Space it was a pleasure to host the lectures from the programme and to watch how the ideas of the participants developed. We wish good luck and successful implementation of the projects to all participants!

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