Innovation Accelerator is a EUR 15.6 million venture capital fund with the mandate to provide access to equity and quasi-equity funding to Bulgarian startup companies.
Our vision is to focus on key high-priority sectors in the local economy with high potential for disruptive and scalable innovation  and to support their transformation through professional innovation management in high-potential start-up and scale-up businesses. Growing these businesses to scale and establishing vertical or horizontal integration with well-established international companies and innovation leaders abroad is our end goal.

TEAM

TEAM

Co-CEO, Strategy, Investments

Vassil Christov

Managing Partner

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Dimitar Kostov

Managing Partner

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Borislav Stefanov

Managing Partner

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Angel H. Angelov

Managing Partner

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Yavor Gochev

Investment Manager

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Ivelin Vasilev

Legal Advisor

ACCELERATION

EUR 25,000+25,000

For companies at idea stage or recently founded companies with revenue below EUR 10,000

A basic business plan with estimates about market size, revenue growth and competitive advantages are highly advantageous for selection in the program.

Selected projects and companies with some skin in the game will be invited to a Pre-Acceleration program. The best performers will be awarded with equity investment, which could be doubled at the end of an intensive 3-month acceleration program. Mind that teams with advanced development and validation of their projects will be tolerated in the selection process.

PRE-SEED

up to EUR 50,000

Only open to companies with annual revenue of EUR 10,000+

Additional documents (e.g. preliminary client contracts, letters of intent or co-investment commitments) may partially substitute the minimum revenue requirement. 

Companies need to demonstrate early commercial traction, successful sales, growing user base and committed co-investor can apply directly for EUR 50,000 equity investment. Entrepreneurs need to show clear unfair advantage of their business model, high ambition and probability for growth, strong pipeline and high-quality team with relevant business and technical experience in order to be eligible.

SEED 

up to EUR 1,000,000

Only open to companies with annual revenue of EUR 100,000+

Additional documents (e.g. preliminary client contracts) may partially substitute the minimum revenue requirement. 

Companies at their early growth stage with plans for internationalization, with strong business models can apply for larger investment rounds up to EUR 1,000,000. Projects with committed co-investors, high-probability of realization of their forecast revenues, steady growth in their customer base, international plans and unique value propositions will be tolerated.

INVESTMENT TRACKS

CRITERIA

Priority Industries

  • Enterprise software

  • e-Commerce

  • Financial services

  • Education

  • Automotive / Transport / Logistics

  • Healthcare

  • Entertainment / Media

  • Food / FMCG

  • Security / Cyber-security

  • Travel

Get in Touch

111 Tsarigradsko Shosse, Sofia Tech Park, Labs, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria

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Acceleration Program Director, Pre-Seed/Seed Investments