The Growth Program for most promising companies.

Empowering Bulgaria’s leading late-stage startups to reach new heights with Dare to Scale Program. #DareToScale

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Connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and mentors and expand your network.

55 alumni
Some of Bulgaria’s highest impact late-stage startups
80+ mentors
Since the Program’s first edition in 2019
150+ warm intro’s
To partners, investors & media outlets
620+ hours donated
By network members in the last 4 editions

Latest 2023 Cohort

A platform for managing port visits from ships, helping participants in the process improve data exchange for greater efficiency.
https://abraxa.com/
Specializes in data extraction from video games using artificial intelligence. By providing a scalable platform, game publishers can monetize their data and create game products using AI and developer tools.
https://augment.gg/
Integrated real-time decision-making tool for professional athletes. They focus on providing the most advanced AI-based results tracking system in professional sports.

https://barinsports.com/
Helps gaming studios develop modern, cross-platform, high-speed user interfaces for video games.
https://coherent-labs.com/
Leading Bulgarian brewery known for promoting craft beer culture and supporting local brewers.
https://cohones.beer/
Leading company in the IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) sector, specializing in server and cloud infrastructure solutions tailored to the needs of individual users and corporate clients.
https://alphavps.com/
A 3-month mentoring program for youth up to 26 years old, developing a consultancy service that supports professional development of employees and improves organizational culture.
https://www.mentortheyoung.com/
Outsourced financial services that help optimize and automate financial management processes for small and medium-sized enterprises, startups, and sole traders.
https://mycfo.bg/en/
Leading and innovative online and physical pet stores whose mission is to build a better culture in pet care.
https://petmall.bg/
A leading telecommunications company in Bulgaria with extensive experience in developing software platforms for business communications.
https://omnilinx.com/en/
A leading biotechnology company specializing in functional genomics and personalized medicine, offered to healthcare professionals, clinics, and consumers.
https://regena.bg/
Provides the physical retail sector with infrastructure to take payments in-house, using open banking technology and direct bank transfers.

https://viabank.io/

What is Dare to Scale

Dare to Scale is a 4-month accelerator for entrepreneurs across various industries who are eager to scale their already profitable businesses with the help of group workshops and 1:1 mentoring from Endeavor’s network members and PwC’s top consultants. The highly-customized program is aimed at nurturing Bulgarian late-stage startups in their quest to become globally competitive, growth-oriented, and resilient businesses.
Every year, the program partners, together with the Endeavor network, interview the shortlisted candidates and select a cohort of 8-12 aspiring companies to join Dare to Scale.
Dare to Scale is run by Endeavor Bulgaria – an affiliate of Endeavor, a global non-profit organization that supports high-impact entrepreneurs in over 40 markets.
In its latest 2023 edition, the program has yielded numerous success stories. We have hosted four networking events, and our methodology is being utilized by other Endeavor offices.

Eligibility criteria for candidate companies

HEADQUARTERS IS LOCATED IN BULGARIA
MAX 150 FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES
2023 ANNUAL SALES OF MIN €100 K
Group Workshops

The program features group workshops dedicated on key business topics. The meetings are led by high-profile executives from various fields and industries – IT, VCs, financial institutions, retailers. The sessions provide the founders with useful resources and takeaways to help them further grow their ventures.

Intro’s & Mentorships

Dare to Scale provides the participants with introductions to top level executives, successful founders, and local VCs. Each company is assigned an individual mentor – a senior PwC Bulgaria consultant. On top of that, the founders meet regularly with Endeavor Bulgaria’s mentors. The consultants and mentors work with the entrepreneurs throughout the program and advise them on topics related to their specific business challenges.

Networking events

The entrepreneurs are invited to attend all networking events as part of Dare to Scale. During the final Demo Day event, they are given the opportunity to pitch their businesses in front of a significant audience of prominent jury members, VCs, Endeavor mentors and some of the most successful Bulgarian entrepreneurs.

Timeline

Submit your interest
January – March 2024
Applications Open call
April 2024
Interviews
May 2024
Notification to selected participants and alternates
June 2024
Program Run
September – December 2024
What our Alumni are saying quote
I plan on implementing multiple changes based on the discussed topics. Two topics were really eye opening to me – the concept of adapting my business strategy, services and effort in order to meet a specific yearly revenue (discussed with my PWC mentor), and the topic on good B2B sales practice.
Boryana Gerasimova
Founder, Re:Gena
Participating in the Dare to Scale program not only allowed us to take a fresh look at our business but also to dive into specific details and opportunities. The positive impact of the program was evident right from the start, and we are excited that it will continue to deliver results in the future.
Yasena Zasheva & Diana Dobreva
Founders, MyCFO
The Dare to Scale program was incredibly insightful and helped us expand our network significantly. We also found direct appliance of our technology in a new market thanks to the other companies in the program and our PWC mentor. We always had considered expanding in sports but now we have the network to do so as well, thanks to the Dare to Scale program.
Tihomir Petrov
Founder, Augment
Going through Dare to Scale was a natural next step in the development of our company and it came at the perfect moment as we started our scale-up efforts. Thought provoking workshops with amazing speakers and interesting mentorship sessions leading to a fun-filled Demo Day provided us with a step-by-step guide for our company to level up!
Martin Kokalov
Co-founder, Price International
Dare to Scale helped us zoom-out of the day-to-day challenges, think strategically, define our ultimate objectives and start taking long-term bets towards them. The program also had a huge network effect for our company within the Bulgarian scale-up community! And most importantly, even during the COVID times, thanks to Dare to Scale, I managed to make some awesome new friends!
Ruslan Leteyski
Founder, Checkout X
Dare to Scale program is an excellent opportunity for early stage founders to learn from experienced entrepreneurs who have walked the path before. Besides various workshops that cover many of the aspects of running a company, you also get appointed a personal mentor, who will be supporting you during 1:1 sessions! Above all, it’s really up to you to take most of the program, the access to many successful entrepreneurs and peers.
Oggy Popov
Founder, Prospecto
Dare to Scale was very useful in a number of ways: 1) We made a number of improvements to our business, based on practical advice from mentors and speakers. 2) I upgraded my knowledge in each of the business areas we covered. This would serve me in the years to come. 3) Dare to Scale gives you access to a vast network of top experts and achievers in all business areas. Everyone was open to invest some of their time, talking to us.
Svetoslav Dimov
CEO, DEV.bg
On top of everything learned, the program provides you a friendly 360 degrees view of yourself and your company and this gives a strong kick for your next endeavors and growth.
Blagovesta Pugyova
Co-Founder, Childish
The great strength of Dare to Scale is that it has mentors who are business practitioners. These are entrepreneurs from the local community who have build successful companies and are business operators, not lecturers.
Boyan Ivanov
CEO & Co-founder, StorPool Storage
Dare to Scale proved to be an excellent opportunity also for non-software scale-ups, which is a rare gem to find in the sea of accelerators and programs. I believe the mentors and presenters at the workshops at Endeavor are the best you can find in our market and we highly value everything we learned. I believe Dare to Scale will change our business tremendously.
Olya Antonova & Boris Georgiev
Founders, Trastena Wines
Dare to Scale exceeded our expectations both in terms of value obtained through the workshops and mentor sessions and with respect to the way it was organized. The program pushed us to make some key steps, which are now enabling us to scale our business.
Boris Pavlov
CEO, FlatManager
Being part of Dare to Scale was a great experience for our team. All the meetings and workshops are so inspiring and, at the same time, challenging. We want to encourage every founder to participate in next year’s cohort as the value you will take, the people you meet and the opportunities you will have are priceless.
Ralitsa Ivanova
Co-founder, Appolica
Thanks to the Program, I have become way more confident and ambitious as a CEO. Dare to Scale not only allowed us to dream big but also provided us with practical business guidance.
Mihail Dimitrov
CEO, Swipe.bg