Building bridges for the future at our Capacity Building and Networking Seminar on Sustainable Growth
NBBG organized a seminar on sustainable growth in cooperation with the Norwegian Confederation of Enterprise, Green Business Norway and our host – Telenor Bulgaria. It was part of a project that took place both in Oslo and in Sofia and that was funded under the Green Industry Innovation Programme Bulgaira.
Our guests of honor were Ms. Grete Kristine Ødegaard, EEA and Norway Grants Counsellor Royal Norwegian Embassy in Romania, responsible also for Bulgaria and Mr. Ole Bjørn Sjulstad, CEO Telenor Bulgaria.
After the official opening we learned more about NBBG and its future plans and activities from Ms. Irina Vasilevska, Chairperson NBBG and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Telenor Bulgaria. The presentation was followed by experience sharing of four companies doing business with Norway. They all shared the challenges they were facing when finding a Norwegian partner, the results achieved under the partnership projects and the cultural differences they had to deal with during the implementation of the projects.
We all had the chance to get inspired by Ms. Eleonora Tankova, Dean International Economics and Administration Faculty, Varna Free University who talked about the partnership programme between Varna Free University and the Norwegian Business School and how education builds the bridges for the future.
A great presentation on how to use good communication skills for cross cultural diversities by Mr. Bjørn Eirik Kirkeberg set an end to the official part of the seminar. During the fruitful discussions and pitching sessions that followed we listened to the stories of our members and other companies that are willing to work with Norway.
Our Norwegian partners had the opportunity to visit Sofia Tech Park and some of the laboratories and companies there, together with the Microsoft Innovation Center, who kindly hosted our networking cocktail.