Bulgaria-based alumni from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) gathered in the country’s capital Sofia for a business networking event this summer. The event was organised by the RSM alumni Local Chapter in Bulgaria, and focused on entrepreneurship.

Lyuben Belov, managing partner at LAUNCHub, and Georgi Dinev, CEO at bERS Logistics, spoke to the 30 alumni about what made them successful, what hurdles they faced during their business journey, and also how they financed their businesses. It was a very interactive discussion where they answered a lot of questions from the audience.

Interactive format

The two top executives have extensive entrepreneurship experience, and created an interactive format in which the audience was able to explore the topic through discussions. It was organised by the leaders of the Local Chapter in Bulgaria: Mariya Kisyova (MSc Strategic Management 2011), campaign planning specialist at Avon Cosmetics; Ruslana Toncheva (International Full-time MBA 2005), business unit manager at AbbVie; and Mihael Mladenov (MSc Strategic Management and MSc Finance & Investments 2010), managing director at M6 Solutions.

Successful business

“We learned what’s important for running successful business and what options start-ups have for financing their projects. It was also a great opportunity to meet new people, not only from the RSM community but also from other top business schools in Europe,” said the Local Chapter leaders, who invited RSM alumni and a small number of Sofia-based alumni from several other top business schools.

The business event, which took place at restaurant +Tova in Sofia on 18 June, concluded with networking drinks. The Local Chapter in Bulgaria plans to organise its next event in the autumn.

RSM Local Chapters

With more than 29,000 members in 100 countries across the world, RSM’s alumni network is a thriving, growing, and lively community whose diverse members reflect the history and evolution of RSM’s business management programmes and alumni community. The network brings opportunities for lifelong learning, professional development, and social activities. RSM alumni Local Chapters expand, strengthen and build upon RSM’s extensive global network. Local Chapters are all over the world and organise events, such as seminars, alumni dinners, company visits and other networking opportunities.

Did you study at RSM and do you live or work in Bulgaria? Join the Local Chapter’s LinkedIn group to meet fellow alumni and discover which events are coming up. You can also contact the alumni Local Chapter leaders at alumni-bulgaria@rsm.nl.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. www.rsm.nl

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