Rockstart Answers is brought to Sofia by StartUP Foundation and will be held four times a year.
Rockstart Answers brings together entrepreneurs and experts in one place to discuss real startup problems, to network and get to know each other.
The first Sofia event was held on June 23 in Studio 5. Three startups – Stremio, pCloud and Melissa Climate presented their business problems and the brainstormed how to solve them with 30 opinion leaders in business, sales, marketing and communications.
Some of the experts who joined the event were Raya Yunakova (Audience Marketing Manager at Microsoft), Hristo Chernev (CEO of TaxiMe), Ivaylo Hristov (Lab08), Todor Kolev from Obecto and the leading blogger in Bulgaria Sabina Panayotova.
Part of a Global Family
Rockstart Answers is a global community of entrepreneurs and industry related persons stimulating the culture of knowledge sharing and the pay-it-forward mentality within local startup ecosystems. Through a many-to-one feedback format, the Rockstart Answers series of local events brings together a vibrant mixture of startups, entrepreneurs, mentors and investors.
The event was already held in 18 cities on 2 continents such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, London, Barcelona and Baku.
“We aim to create welcoming atmosphere so the startups get the opportunity to meet expert with broad experience, discuss their problems, may be find menotors and new partners.” Said Chris Georgiev, board member of StartUP Foundation that’s backing the Bulgarian chapter of the format.
The event starts with networking over breakfast and coffee – a perfect opportunity to catch up with old and create some new connections. Then startups have 3 minutes to present their problem to the audience. The experts are always excited to help but the format limits the feedback to just 3 min. There are usually 5 startups on stage and everybody needs to get it’s couple of minutes of quality feedback. One of the most valuable parts of the event it that startups on stage get written feedback from all the experts in the room. What you get as feedback from Rockstart Answers in just 1 hour may take couple of weeks if you need to meet one by one all the people at the event.