deep dive
into the future

digitalk

October 15 & 16 th 2020

Sofia, Bulgaria

HYBRID EVENT! There is one topic everyone is talking about. However, we believe it’s about time to go beyond and put the conversation on a whole new level. It’s time to stop staring at the present and start looking into the future. It’s time to reconnect and meet other visionaries like you. It’s time to be more than just a listener. Get your ticket to Digitalk 2020 and join the conversation about what's ahead of us.

Make sure to get your ticket on time

Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
Anniversary Edition image
HYBRID EVENT! There is one topic everyone is talking about. However, we believe it’s about time to go beyond and put the conversation on a whole new level. It’s time to stop staring at the present and start looking into the future. It’s time to reconnect and meet other visionaries like you. It’s time to be more than just a listener. Get your ticket to Digitalk 2020 and join the conversation about what's ahead of us.
Feel the DigitalK vibe
Highlights from 2019
Previous Edition

Tickets

deep dive into the future

Hybrid Pass

  • Access to physical event - stage talks, online talks, on-site networking, partners stands
  • Flexibility to choose between physical or virtual presence
  • Access to all parallel sessions and workshops - on-site and online
  • Access to online networking rooms
  • Access to special offers from our partners
  • Access to Q&A and Polls
  • Unlimited access to all event videos
  • Group discounts
  • Ticket valid for DigitalK 2021
119 vat excl

Premium Digital Pass

  • 15% discount until October 15 with promocode: theshiftDGpass
  • Live online access to the event - talks, parallel sessions, workshops
  • Access to all parallel sessions and workshops - online
  • Access to online networking rooms
  • Access to special offers from our partners
  • Access to Q&A and Polls
  • Unlimited access to event videos
50 vat excl

Digital Pass

  • Live online access to the event - talks, parallel sessions, workshops
  • Access to all parallel sessions and workshops - online
  • Access to special offers from our partners
  • 24 hours access to all event videos
25 vat excl
Blank ticket img

What’s covered by your ticket?

  • Unique content and visionary keynotes
  • Exciting interviews and fireside chats
  • In-depth workshops
  • Potential partnerships with investors and prominent entrepreneurs
  • Networking with leading digital transformers and innovative minds
  •  

Why Attend

Business Owners and Entrepreneurs
From visionary keynotes to workshops bursting with practical advice, and plenty of networking opportunities, DigitalK brings together some of the brightest minds that will help you find out how to re-invent your company and make it competitive for a brand new world.

Corporate
DigitalK is a gathering of the leading movers and shakers in tech, passionate, aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as corporates looking to bring about much-needed change and partner with innovators. Why not become onе of them?

Startups
DigitalK takes place at the heart of the booming CEE region - Sofia. Bulgaria's vibrant startup ecosystem is attracting increasing investment and interest. Come and meet the right investor for your idea.

Full Schedule

deep dive into the future

Track 1

Track 2

09:00 10:00

Registration and Networking Coffee

 
10:00 10:10

Capitalizing on Women’s Ventures

Lilyana Pavlova, Vice President and Member of the Management Committee, European Investment Bank

 
10:10 10:15

Welcome remarks by the MCs

Mirela Yordanova, Associate at LAUNCHub Ventures

Vanya Lazarova, CEO Coaching and Leadership Development

 
10:15 10:30

Track: Future

Keynote: What the Future Looks Like

Jennifer Hirsch, Global Startup Leader & Futurist, EY

 
10:30 11:10

Track: Entrepreneurship

Panel: The Next 10 Years: Together We Can Define the Future

Vassil Terziev, Partner, Eleven Ventures 

Elina Halatcheva, Managing Partner, BrightCap Ventures

Max Gurvits, General Partner Vitosha Ventures

Todor Breshkov, Founding Partner, LAUNCHUb Ventures

Moderator:
Raya Yunakova, Investor, LAUNCHub Ventures

 
11:10 11:30

Track: Future

Keynote: It's Time to Build: From Adversity to Innovation

Gary Crawford, Group Director for Technology and Transformation, AKQA

 
11:30 12:00

Track: Entreprenuership

Panel: Startups vs Covid

Tatyana Mitkova, CEO & Co-Founder, Claim Compass 

Saasha Celestial - Onе, COO and CO-Founder, Olio

Moderator: Janet Todorova, Founder Institute Bulgaria

 
12:00 13:00

LUNCH BREAK AND NETWORKING

 
13:00 13:15

Track: Local success

Keynote: Business Unusual: How the Pandemic Changed the Way We Work, Live, and Do Business

Dima Peteva, Head of Brand Marketing, SiteGround

 
13:15 13:30

Track: Local success

Finding Your Allies: The Good, the Bad, the Great

Maria Atanasova, Human Capital Director for EMEA, Progress

 
13:30 14:10

Track: Entreprenuership

Panel: Innovations + Investments = Success Stories

Aleksander Terziyski, Partner, New Vision3

Pavel Velkov, Managing Partner, Morningside Hill

Xavier Marcenac, Co-Founder, Nasekomo

Sevdalina Vassileva
, General Manager for Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus, Visa

Valeri Valtchev, Co-Founder, Phos

Moderator: Vladimir Danailov, Executive Director, Member of the Management Board, Fund of Funds

 
14:10 14:25

Keynote: Transforming Digital Engagement to Empower Traditional Companies - Neuroscience in a Digital Business World

Ohad Maimon, SVP Strategy and BD, MAX

 
14:25 14:40

Track: Ecommerce

Keynote: Predictability in the New Normality: Online Shopping Implications

Andrey Popescu, Country Manager, eMag Bulgaria

 
14:40 15:00

Track: Ecommerce

Fireside chat: eBay - Lessons to simplify, modernize, and personalize the platform

Bradford Shane Shellhammer, VP of Buyer Experience, ebay


Interviewer Mirela Yordanova, Associate at LAUNCHub Ventures

 
15:00 15:40

COFFEE BREAK AND NETWORKING

 
15:40 16:10

Track: VC

Fireside Chat: How Top European Investors Adapt to the New Reality

Oliver Holle, Managing Partner, Speedinvest

Maximilian Schausberger, Managing Director of Elevator Ventures

Moderator: Max Gurvits, General Partner, Vitosha Ventures

 
16:10 16:30

Track: Creativity

Keynote: AGENTS OF CHANGE: Еxperience Is Now Everything for Brands

Grace Francis, Chief Experience Officer, Karmarama, ex Droga5

 
16:30 16:50

Track: VC

Keynote: Anatomy of the New World

Delian Asparouhov, Principal, Founders Fund

 
16:50 17:10

Track: Creativity

Keynote: Infusing Creativity Into Digital Transformation

Adam Morgan, Executive Creative Director, Adobe

 
17:10 17:30

Track: VC

Keynote: The Power of One Global and Interconnected Community

Pavlina Yanakieva, CEO, Bulgaria Innovation Hub

 
17:30 17:50

Track: VC

Fireside Chat: What's Next for the VC Industry

Bogomil Balkansky, Partner, Sequoia Capital


Interviewer Lyuben Belov, Managing Partner, LAUNCHub Ventures

 
17:50 18:00

Track: Startups

Keynote: Office Pitch

Christoph Sollich, The Pitch Doctor

 

Track 1

Track 2

10:00 11:00

Track: Master Class

Traditional Banks vs. Fintech: is There a Third Way?

Petr Baron, CEO, TBIF Financial Services, TBI Bank
Filip Genov, Founder, F 27

10:00 10:05

Track: Innovation

Visa Innovation Program Demo Day

Opening remarks: Sevdalina Vassileva, General Manager for Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus, Visa



Summary: Fintech is hot, very hot! During the second day of DigitalK you will have the very special opportunity to meet 10 of the most promising fintech companies from the SEE region as part of the Visa Innovation Program Demo day powered by Eleven.
Join us and see the latest companies in biometric payments, loyalty technology, insurance novelty, AML and KYC solutions, open banking products and much more of the fintech world.

 
10:00 10:50

Visa Innovation Program Team

Moderator: Rene Tomova, Design Partner at Eleven Ventures

Demo Day Committee:

Sevdalina Vassileva, General Manager for Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus, Visa

Ozan Ozturk, Head of Strategy & Market Planning South Eastern Europe, Client Engagement, Europe, Visa
Daniel Tomov, Managing Partner, Eleven Ventures

 
10:05 10:50

Company Pitches

Companies:
Iris
Cashwave
Boleron
Payhawk
Paybyface

 
10:50 11:10

Fireside chat: Growing your Business in Europe

Victor Trokoudes, Co-founder & CEO @Plum
Dogan Turan, Co-founder @Glocalzone
Moderator: Roi Ben Daniel, Digital Partnerships & Ventures, Europe, Visa

11:00 11:15

The Market Sentiment in European Venture Capital

Wouter Torfs, Senior Research Officer, European Investment Fund

11:10 11:55

Company Pitches

Companies:
Ecollect
Logsentinel
Notolitycs
Newpay
Reloyalty

11:15 12:00

Track: Master Class

THE SHIFT: Transforming Brand Behavior to Win in a Post-pandemic World

George Gavazov, Founder, TheOther Half

Iain McDonald, Head of Digital, CNN International Commercial

Mihnea Georgiu, Global Chief Creative Officer, Publicis

11:55 12:10

Closing Presentation, The Future of Payments

Stoil Vassilev, VP Corporatе Development, Sum Up

12:00 13:00

Refreshing break

12:10 12:15

Closing remarks

Daniel Tomov, Managing Partner, Eleven Ventures

13:00 13:30

Track: Social Entrepreneurship

The Case for (Social) Entrepreneurship

Vassil Terziev, Partner, Eleven Ventures
Ivan Dimov, Founder & Chairman, Single Step Foundation

 
13:30 13:50

Track: Social Entrepreneurship

Fireside chat: The Secrets to Leadership in Times of Crisis

Iravan Hira, Managing Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise operated by Selectium

Ludmila Malcheva, Founder & CEO, Right Image

 
13:50 14:00

10 years and counting: How together we can keep Sofia as a leading entrepreneurship community in the next decade

Max Gurvitz, founder, Vitosha Ventures

 
14:00 14:20

Fireside Chat: Esport: Scaling up and new business models

Kim-Erik Aanes
CEO SKADE
Konstantin Dinev
CEO, Bellum Gens

 
14:20 14:40

How to convince Bulgarian VCs to invest in an unconventional startup

Galin Bonev, Co-founder and CEO, ECONICONE
Svetozar Georgiev, Co-founder of Telerik, Telerik Academy and CampusX

 
14:40 15:00

Refreshing break

 
15:00 15:20

Fireside chat

Irina Scarlat, Global Head of Growth, Revolut
Max Gurvitz, Founder, Vitosha Ventures

 
15:20 15:40

Fireside Chat: Touchless health monitoring: the story of Emerald and what does it mean in a post Covid world

Dina Katabi, Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and the director of the MIT Wireless Center.


Interviewer Ognyan Georgiev, Editor, Capital

 

Speakers 2020

Bradford Shane Shellhammer

Bradford Shane Shellhammer

Global Head of Buyer Engagement & Growth, eBay
Grace Francis

Grace Francis

Chief Experience Officer at Karmarama, ex Droga5
Bogomil Balkansky

Bogomil Balkansky

Partner, Sequoia Capital
Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

Group Director for Technology and Transformation, AKQA
Adam Morgan

Adam Morgan

Executive Creative Director at Adobe
Sevdalina Vassileva

Sevdalina Vassileva

General Manager for Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus, Visa

Speakers 2020

Previous Speakers 2019

David Shing, aka Shingy

David Shing, aka Shingy

Verizon Media’s digital prophet
Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Author. Coder. Entrepreneur
Brian Solis

Brian Solis

Principal analyst at Altimeter Group, a Prophet company
Jim McKelvey

Jim McKelvey

co-founder of Square

Previous Investors 2019

Marvin Liao

Marvin Liao

Partner, 500 Startups
Volker Hirsch

Volker Hirsch

Partner at Amadeus Capital
Ton van 't Noordende

Ton van 't Noordende

CEO, 01Ventures
Apostolos Apostolakis

Apostolos Apostolakis

Co-founder, VentureFriends
Mira Mihaylova

Mira Mihaylova

Principal at Piton Capital
Hussein Kanji

Hussein Kanji

Founding Partner of Hoxton Ventures
Marcin Kurek

Marcin Kurek

Managing Partner and Co-founder at Market One Capital

Investors 2019

Brian Solis

Brian Solis

Digital Anthropologist, Futurist, Best-Selling Author

“DIGITAL|K is special. It’s one of those rare events where everyone feels like friends. Whether you’re a startup, work in enterprise businesses, you’re an investor, everyone is there to help one another. I left inspired and hope to come back again!”

Ton Van ’t Noordende

Ton Van ’t Noordende

CEO, 01Ventures

“From the outside it might look like it's 'just' a gathering for tech enthusiasts, while in reality they’re singlehandedly opening up the Balkan region for outside players to invest, share, information-enable the local ecosystem, and give access to networks and resources.”

Ben Larson

Ben Larson

General Partner, Backplane Capital

“The conference was the perfect size with very high production value and quality content. This one is definitely going on my annual priority list.”

Blog

DIGITALK THE PODCAST, Ep. 2 | Pavlina Yanakieva: The future should leverage technology to solve bigger problems

DIGITALK THE PODCAST, Ep. 2 | Pavlina Yanakieva: The future should leverage technology to solve bigger problems

It’s a good time to be an entrepreneur and a good time to get funded

It’s a good time to be an entrepreneur and a good time to get funded

DIGITALK THE PODCAST | Bogomil Balkansky: Despite Covid-19, it's still a good time to be an entrepreneur

DIGITALK THE PODCAST | Bogomil Balkansky: Despite Covid-19, it's still a good time to be an entrepreneur

The gap is becoming a chasm

The gap is becoming a chasm

The risk for venture capital

The risk for venture capital

IMPORTANT: DIGITALK 2020 is moving to a new date - October 15 & 16th

IMPORTANT: DIGITALK 2020 is moving to a new date - October 15 & 16th

DigitalK Leaders | 5 questions with Stephanie Peterson, VP Digital Planning & Activation, Adidas

DigitalK Leaders | 5 questions with Stephanie Peterson, VP Digital Planning & Activation, Adidas

Digital|K Leaders | 5 questions with Joachim Fuchs, Solution Engineer at Atlassian

Digital|K Leaders | 5 questions with Joachim Fuchs, Solution Engineer at Atlassian

Short DigiTalks with startups: Evelina Prodanova, Site Program Manager, Uber

Short DigiTalks with startups: Evelina Prodanova, Site Program Manager, Uber

Venue

SOFIA EVENT CENTER

1407 Sofia, Bulgaria

Address: Cherni Vrah Blvd 100, Paradise Center, Floor 3

Organizers

Special Partners

JEREMIE Bulgaria Logo

General Partner

Official Bank

Event Partners

Visual solutions and Virtual event partner

Strategy Partner

Communications Partner

Web Agency