Academy of Agricultural Entrepreneurship


Building on the the successful “Accelerator Programme for agricultural start-ups between China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe”, the APACCCEEC is following on the activities of this project by establishing the first ever Academy of Agricultural Entrepreneurship in Bulgaria and the CEE countries. The APACCCEEC Academy will offer training (in the form of lectures and seminars) and financial support (in the form of prizes for successful candidates).

Partners of APACCCEEC in the implementation of the Academy of Entrepreneurship in Agriculture are: Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, as well as the Campus of Sofia University in Burgas; UNWE – Institute of Entrepreneurship; Agricultural University Plovdiv; Agricultural Academy; University of Ruse “Angel Kanchev”; University of Economics – Varna; National Agricultural Advisory Service; the platform; Digital Innovation Hub Trakia, as well as representatives of local businesses.

Objectives of the Academy of Agricultural Entrepreneurship are: development of youth entrepreneurship and agri- and food-startups as well as providing support to innovative concepts and ideas that develop the potential of agriculture.

How we will support the participants in the Academy of Agricultural Entrepreneurship? Training program from the APACCCEEC and the project partners, as well as from external professional lecturers and mentors; free participation in the Academy and receiving a certificate for successful training; financial prize of BGN 5000 for the best project for each edition; additional education, communication and institutional support from our partners; access to the APACCCEEC network of partners.

The Varna`s edition of the Academy will be held in the period of 25-28 June.

The next edition of the Academy will happen in Burgas in the period of 10-13 September.

The Academy`s edition in Plovdiv will be held in the period of 3-6 December.

The provisional program for 2024 is as follows:

Terms and Conditions:

  • Applications will be made through the dedicated platform on the APACCCEEC website;
  • Both legal entities and individuals from the CEE countries are eligible to apply to the Academy;
  • Participants will be selected on the basis of pre-established basic eligibility criteria (e.g. cover letter, proficiency in English language, basic IT skills, preliminary project proposal);
  • The winner of each edition will be rewarded with a financial prize (5000 BGN) with which to build and/or further develop their project. An external jury will judge the participants of the Academy of Agricultural Entrepreneurship.
  • To be familiar with the General Rules and Regulations of the Academy of Agricultural Entrepreneurship:

To participate in the Academy of Agricultural Entrepreneurship you need to fill in the following application form:

Phone number: +359 2 843 1040