The first science and technology park in Bulgaria – Sofia Tech Park, opened in December 2015. It is situated in the vicinity of the capital’s city center – Sofia – one of the oldest cities in Europe and worldwide. The main aim of the park is to support the development of the research, innovation and technology capacity of the country. To serve that purpose it holds partnerships with private and public organizations, in order to help the growth of the innovation environment, to set up and organize educational programs, while in the meantime provides supporting services in respect to implementing and producing new technologies, products and services.
Our aim is to establish Sofia Tech Park as a prestigious location for world, regional and national researchers and innovation companies, giving a clear example for the knowledge economy in Bulgaria and throughout the Balkans. The priorities include the support of competitiveness of science and entrepreneurship in Bulgaria through the improvement of the exchange of knowledge between academic field and the business, by providing assistance to start-ups and innovation ideas and to catalyze the commercialization process of scientific research.
The park consists of a number of separate units, which are intertwined in a synergy, which goal is the development of innovation, technology, science and the entrepreneurship.
The park provides six zones for future development, in which new buildings for innovative start-up businesses will be implemented over the next years, for high-tech companies, for scientific research and other development activities.
Partners of Sofia Tech Park in the country are leading universities, business clusters, big international companies, Sofia Municipality, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. The science and technology park has entered into partnership agreements with leading international higher education institutions, organizations, funds and other establishments, which help and stimulate the innovation and entrepreneurship development worldwide.
The science and technology park is built with the financial aid provided by the Operational Program Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy 2007-2013 and the Operational Program Development and Competitiveness 2014-2020. At the moment the project is in its Implementation Phase 2. Presently the key elements of the park are built and are functioning – the Business Incubator, the Laboratory Complex with 11 high-tech laboratories, Innovation forum “John Atanasoff“, Museum/Experimentarium, in which the interactive children’s center TechnoMagicLand is positioned, multi-story parking with 500 places, sports center, green area with an open fitness, water mirror, fountains, alleys and abundant vegetation.
The main goal of project “Science and Technology park – phase 2” is to strengthen the competitiveness of science and entrepreneurship in Bulgaria by improving the knowledge exchange between academia and business, supporting startup companies and innovative ideas and catalyzing the process of research commercialization. The project is implementing with the financial support of OP Innovation and Competitiveness, co-financed by the European Union, through the European Regional Development Fund. The cost of the project is 12 317 649.61 leva. The deadline of the project is 31.12.2019.