SOFIA (Bulgaria), October 4 (SeeNews) - Newly founded Bulgarian investment platform 5xLabs plans to provide startups in the country with up to 50,000 euro as well as business development consultations and worldwide contacts, with four startups already awarded, 5xLabs said.
The startups to be helped are first previewed, after which the founders of five chosen startups officially present them in front of a five-member jury, 5xLabs said in a press release on Friday.
The four awarded startups include two gourmet businesses - Cheese the Queen, a nut cheese producer, and Sofia Electric Brewing Co, a craft brewer, as well as a hyperbaric oxygen wellness therapy provider. The fourth, DoggoCollar, offers smart dog collars.
The platform's next presentation-awarding session is scheduled for the end of the year.
5xLabs was founded by some of the creators of Bulgaria's first risk capital investment funds, NEVEQ 1 and NEVEQ 2, and of Bulgaria's first open capital structure investment funds, Neo Ventures and Neo Gravity. They created a network of tens of angel investors and experts in Bulgaria and abroad who opt to help startups chosen by 5xLabs.
"Our aim is to give a chance and support to good business ideas and teams in different sectors and not only to the usual IT and fintech projects that are the traditional focus of attention in recent years," Pavel Ezekiev, co-founder and managing partner in Neo Gravity and Neo Ventures, said.
International consulting company Ernst & Young (EY) also supports the platform, aiding entrepreneurs with mentoring and professional advice in spheres such as taxes and corporate finance, with the help of its trademarked programme EYnovation, according to the press release.