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The Growth Program
for Bulgaria’s most promising companies


Application has closed. All shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

What is Dare to Scale

Dare to Scale is a 4-month accelerator for entrepreneurs who are eager to scale their already profitable businesses with the helps of mentorships and networking. The program is aimed at nurturing Bulgarian scale-ups 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 5-15 aspiring companies to join Dare to Scale.

Eligibility criteria for candidate companies:

HEADQUARTERS IS LOCATED IN BULGARIA 

MAX 150 FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES

2021 ANNUAL SALES IN THE RANGE OF €100 K – €20 M 

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 who works with the entrepreneurs throughout the program and advises 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 prominent jury members, VCs, Endeavor mentors and some of the most successful Bulgarian entrepreneurs.   

Timeline

  • Applications – Open call
    April 2022
  • Interviews
    May 2022
  • Cohort Announcement
    June 2022
  • Program Run
    September – December 2022

Our Mentors

Our 40+ Mentors are individuals with strong industry, investment and entrepreneurship experience.
They dedicate their time and knowledge for the growth of Bulgaria’s high-impact entrepreneurs to help them accelerate over the course of the program and beyond.

What our Alumni are saying

Ruslan Leteyski

Founder, Checkout X

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!

Olya Antonova & Boris Georgiev

Founders, Trastena Wines

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.

Boyan Ivanov

CEO & Co-founder, StorPool Storage

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.

Oggy Popov

Founder, Prospecto

The 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.

Svetoslav Dimov

CEO, DEV.bg

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.

Blagovesta Pugyova

Co-Founder, Childish

“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.”

COVID-19 notice

Due to the current global pandemic, our events might take place virtually. Dare to Scale will follow all government regulations and will resume its in-person format once its deemed safe for all involved.

Dare to Scale Awards

Best Accelerator Program at the CESA Awards 2020

Golden Heart Award 2019 at the Category Sustainable Development of the Bulgarian Business Environment

Best Accelerator Program at the CESA Awards 2019