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INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN SOFIA

THE PROGRAMME

Sofia IS OFFERS FREE SUPPORT AT EVERY STEP OF ESTABLISHING A BUSINESS IN SOFIA
FROM OPPORTUNITY / BENCHMARK ANALYSIS TO
OFFICE LOCATION AND TALENTED TEAM

Sofia IS programme is the first city initiative in Bulgaria to unite the local administration and companies from the city to provide integrated services for investor inquiries and free assistance that covers every stage of setting up a business in Sofia.


The partnership is under the initiative and coordination of Invest Sofia. It includes independent international consulting companies with operations in the city, whose expertise covers the full range of necessary initial activities in exploring the business environment and opportunities of Sofia as an investment destination.

FULL RANGE OF

FREE CONSULTATIONS TO INVESTORS

Sofia IS brings together teams of international companies with expertise in business analysis; financial and legal consulting; labour market and human capital; office, commercial, and industrial real estate; administrative reliefs, and many others. Their experience so far forms a rich total portfolio of over 80 companies – local and international, from all sectors of the economy, looking for expertise while starting or expanding their activities in Sofia. You can see the list of services they will provide free of charge within the Sofia IS pro- gramme and the companies in their portfolio in the business cards attached below.

PRO BONO SERVICES

The main characteristics of the labour market in Bulgaria and its regions

Levels of expected remuneration for specific positions

Availability of certain specialists in a given region

Competing companies in terms of human resources in the region

Basic labour law aspects of local legislation

Risk management

Insurance consulting - Consulting in the field of insurance intermediation

HR Consulting - Engagement & Motivation

Initial consultation and identification of the specific needs of the client

Complete information about the current state of the market in office space, logistics facilities, industrial real estate, retail space and the housing market

Preparation of a report on the availa bility of vacant properties in relation to the client & desired segment

Consultations on topics related to human resources

Provision of data on the labour market (levels of remuneration, qualifications, availability of staff, selection deadlines, etc.)

Initial consultation on possible options for the immigration process

Consultation on the necessary permits, description of the process and time frame

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Consulting and analysis

Labour Market Research

Participation in joint initiatives

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One month free use of coworking desks or one private serviced office

8 hours free use of meeting rooms per month

10% discount on Terrace Lounge Events Space bookings

Free membership in the Entract 127 community and events calendar

10% discount on memberships for mail handling and address registration

Tailor made services on demand

nPloy's 3-month free Subscription Unlimited gives you:

Unlimited job posts + hidden salary ranges

Access to our Talent Pool (user database) where you can proactively reach out to candidates

Multiuser account - up to 40 recruiters

Calendar, chat & video calls

Communication's audit identifying needs and opportunities

Proposal for best communication channels and idea how to use them to drive your business goals

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Analysis of the opportunities for a new company to enter the Bulgarian market.

Strategic plan and consulting to build a unique identity and reputation of the company.

Communication strategy with the most appropriate channels for promoting the company.

THE AGENCY OFFERS

Consultations related to the requirements of local and national legislation, assessment of the business environment and opportunities in a particular industry

Support at every stage of setting up a business - the initial data collection, analysis of the business climate, providing appropriate contacts and advice for finding the best employees and experts, support in choosing a place for an office/production plant, among other services

Sofia Municipality, through the Sofia Municipal Agency for Privatization and Investments, stimulates foreign and local investors through the “Investor Class C” program

We provide reports and statistics about and analysis of the business climate of Sofia

We support public-private partnerships

We assist in financing startups in priority industries

We offer individual service

We provide assistance and support partnerships for the development of ecosystems

We assist in financing startups, using European funds, municipal funds and any other alternative public-private interactions for support

We assist in shortened administrative procedures

We provide investors with a Class C certificate the opportunity to purchase municipal land without a tender

We assist in legal advice

We offer consultations on the labor market and human resources

We offer consultations regarding office, commercial and industrial real estate

We improve the development of cooperation with the administration, business and the academic community

NETWORKING PREMIUM COWORKING

A welcome to our coworking space at 25 Rakovska Street

The guest will receive a membership in our network and acquaintance with the local startup scene so as to enable a soft landing and a rapid process of making connections

The guest will be interviewed for an article that presents him to the ecosystem

The optional soft landing package may include: local SIM card with internet, brochure and marketingma- terials from Invest Sofia, among other items

Position as a guest judge at our monthly startup event

Every month we hold a hot competition for startups, where after a unanimous decision we grant a prize of up to 10 000 BGN as a grant

The position of guest judge has all the advantages of the other judges in the competition

Accommodation option

Depending on interest and availability, our guests will be offered free accommodation in our co-living studios

INITIAL CONSULTATION IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF BUSINESS CONSULTING

Strategy & Execution Consulting

Business Operations Consulting

Finance Consulting

People & Organization Consulting

Digital & Technology Consulting

Corporate Intelligence

INITIAL CONSULTATION IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF DEALS

Corporate Finance

Transaction Advisory

Valuations

Business Recovery Services

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Market insights: Asking terms & Achievable terms

Prepare and provide an availability report

A roadmap for securing the right commercial space for your business

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Creating a road map for finding and attracting people

Consultation for retention practices

Labor market and wage surveys

One-time salaries research for up to ten positions chosen by the client

One - time consulting on cultural specifics of Bulgaria and Balkan countries (up to three hours)

Compare your terms to the current market

Identify and highlight areas of potential improvement

Layout utilization review

Prepare an official statement with regards to specific actions and next steps

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Expert data analysis of the specific project ideas for business development, targeted on identification of the its feasibility and potential to get funding

Identification of the most appropriate source of funding for the particular project or intension

Determination of the appropriate steps for the preparation of successful project proposal

SOFIA

A FRIENDLY AND INCLUSIVE

ENVIRONMENT FOR NEW INVESTORS

As the largest economic center in the country and the one that has attracted the most investments, Sofia already offers a mature business environment in which the public and private sectors can continue to develop the city’s entrepreneurial spirit. The readiness of local independent expert companies to be part of such a programme supports Sofia’s brand as a regional tech and entrepreneurship center – a place where it is easy to start a new business and where investors will find a friendly and inclusive environment.

Sofia Investment Agency offers free support at every stage of setting up a business in the city – from initial data collection, business climate analysis, assessment of the business environment, opportunities in a particular industry, consultation on the requirements of local and national legislation to networking, support for selection of a place for an office/production base and assistance in going through the necessary administrative procedures before starting operations in the city. With the local companies experience added in a joint initiative for expert support, the Sofia IS programme will provide potential investors with free assistance for the full range of key first steps to establishing a successful business in Sofia.

See the companies, their portfolio, and the list of free services for investors, and contact our team for a tailor-made solution for your business!