Ten years ago when UniCredit Bulbank and UniCredit Foundation used to support the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law’s Social Entrepreneurship Program, this kind of business was generally unknown to the local market.
Back then, social enterprises were producing simple items like postcards and small souvenirs in support of their annual Christmas and Easter fundraising campaigns.
Since than an extraordinary change in the entrepreneurial spirit has occurred in the non-governmental sector! Now, when speaking about social entrepreneurship we consider a wide range of various business professional activities, such as catering services, restaurants, tourism activities, making textile items, candles, etc.
Supporting the entrepreneurial spirit has always been very important to us and UniCredit Bulbank as we believe that an environment which boosts business development and independence can make an unwavering impact on our society. We started by financing trainings for NGOs which are willing to engage in business activities and later on our colleagues started mentoring.
We have gradually become so fond of the idea that we organised a team of mentors who have supported the development of young entrepreneurs’ business skills for two years. Once the business idea was shared with the mentors, our colleagues have been close to the young entrepreneurs for the creatiion of their financial plan, their organisational structure and sale strategy. The bankers were happy and committed to sharing their knowledge in order to support the social causes.
Our colleagues and social enterprises joined a dedicated meeting during a special fair where the NGOs presented their products and showed their business and sales skills, acquired thanks to our mentoring sessions.
Learn more about our mentor’s motivation and learn more about how they got involved with these lovely causes.
Here are the fab six:
- Ilia Patsev - Regional Investment Products Expert
- Teodora Nikolova - Remote Sales Manager
- Gergana Daskalova - Corporate Account Manager
- Ivan Raichkov - Director of Operations
- Dilyana Stoyanova - Senior Manager Sponsorships and Events
- Kristian Prashkov - Senior Manager Digital Channels and Partnerships