The B2B and Matchmaking Event was organised during 5 –  7/April 2022 in Sofia/Bulgaria where six Kosovar ICT companies had opportunity to meet with Bulgarian ICT companies, aiming at exploring potential business opportunities and establish direct cooperation with them. The event was organised in cooperation with the Sofia Tech Park, Bulgarian ICT Cluster and Bulgarian SME Promotion Agency, which represents the Bulgarian ICT Sector and with Prishtina REA & STIKK. 

Day I

The event opened with a welcome speech provided by the Deputy Minister of Innovation and Growth Bulgaria Ms. Karina Angelieva, continuing with welcome speech of Minister of Economy of Republic of Kosovo Mrs. Artane Rizvanolli highlighted the importance of the event and encouraged the participants to explore the opportunities towards establishing direct cooperation between Kosovar and Bulgarian ICT companies. 

Welcome speech and short key figures about the Bulgarian SME was conducted by Executive Director of Bulgarian SME Promotion Agency Mr. Boyko Takov.  

 The next welcome speech and presentation was conducted by Mr. Ahmet Jetullahu – Director of Prishtina REA, presenting the key economy figures of Kosovo economy.  


The introductory session  

The introductory session followed by welcome speech of the representative from Executive Director of Sofia Tech Park Mr. Todor Mladenov and Mr. Grigoris Kontzoglou – Team Leader, EU funded “EU Support for the Competitiveness of Kosovo’s Sector” Project.  

Regarding the ICT Industry there were 3 presentation.  

 The Bulgarian ICT Sector was presented by Mr. Petar Statev – representative from Bulgarian ICT Cluster, while Mr. Agim Kukaj, – Head of ICT and Electronic Communication of Ministry of Economy of Republic of Kosovo presented the Kosovo ICT, Connectivity and Digital Achievements.  

 The ICT Sector in Kosovo was presented by Mrs. Vjollca Cavolli – STIKK CeO.  

 The event continues with panel discussion about Good Practices from Bulgaria and Kosovo in bilateral partnership development (internationalization and Bulgarian-Kosovo distinguishing linkages in ICT sector). The panelist was Mr. Krum Hadjigeorgiev – CEO Melon LTD and Mr. Ermal Sadiku – CEO LINK PLUS LLC.  

The second session followed by B2B meetings between Bulgarian and Kosovar counterparts.  

 The total number of the participants was 23, 6 representatives from Kosovo ICT companies and 17 representatives from Bulgarian Companies. 85 B2B meetings were finally conducted. 

Day II 


Sofia Tech Park is a state-owned company working to boost innovation, research and technological development through various projects for which it creates partnerships with private and public institutions.   

  Foremost amongst these projects is the creation of Bulgaria’s first science and Technology Park, which is set to host national, regional and global researchers and innovative companies, thereby showcasing and strengthening the knowledge economy of Bulgaria and the Balkans. 

The park’s main focus areas are information and communication technologies, life sciences and green energy. It should foster knowledge exchange between academia and business while supporting start-ups and innovative ideas, thus providing a catalyst for commercialization of research and making Bulgarian science and entrepreneurship more competitive. 

The park is to cover 40 000 m2 and include new and renovated building space. It will house fully-functional scientific infrastructure, applied research laboratories, an incubator, facilities for lectures, training, discussion and demonstration of new technology, and an interactive science centre, as well as car parking and green spaces for pedestrians. 

Kosovar ICT Managers presented their work on the research projects for different stakeholders and presented also the ICT sector in Sofia.  

The participants from Kosovo, during the visit at Sofia Tech Park Visits as follows:  

  • Innovation Amp European Digital Innovation Hub for  
  • Data Science, High Performance Computing and AI 
  • GaTe – Big Data for Smart Society 
  • Visiting the Incubator and Supercomputer