GarGarage is committed in stimulating the startup ecosystem in Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna while simultaneously building new deal flows by information about local funding rounds, sourcing and sharing helpful resources for entrepreneurs and startup companies, and facilitating growth by providing services and digital products for the benefit of the startup ecosystem.
In December 2016, GarGarage organized TechOrigin Plovdiv, a networking event with the participation of LauncHub Ventures, SkyScanner, KOWN and Transformify among other businesses. In February 2017, GarGarage was part of the jury in the Sofia edition of the international pitching competition “Get in the Ring”. Furthermore, GarGarage is going to be an exclusive partner of an Internet of Things and Augmented Reality Technological Academy which is currently being set up by the Technical University of Varna. Participation in the aforementioned activities ensures not only deal flow and access to top talent but brand recognition as well, which is further boosted by active content marketing on social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn and Medium. Growing investment in a social media audience is definitely going to support the success of the Eastern European startups. The social media platforms allow GarGarage to position itself on an international scale as not limiting its presence solely to the Bulgarian startup ecosystem.
In addition, over the last 6 months the team has also been participating in worldwide events including Web Summit 2016, 4 Years from Now / Mobile World Congress, Codefest and others. Presence on those conferences, complemented by the international network of the team provided access to new foreign entrepreneurs and GagGarage was promoting Bulgaria ultimately as a startup-friendly environment.