Petya Chalakova & Ronald Ligtenberg - Erasmus entrepreneurs

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New entrepreneur:
Petya Chalakova (Bulgaria)

Company name: (Start-up)
Sector of activity: Education and training services

“I saw and learned in depth about working in international environment with various cultural backgrounds and significantly improve my business communication skills. Ronald was amazing mentor and great support through all that process.”

Host entrepreneur:
Ronald Ligtenberg (Netherlands) (20 years of experience)
Sector of activity: Music, theater, events and related cultural and entertainment services

“For us it is also very helpful to have somebody in your team who brings in a completely different cultural perspective on things which I believe is very healthy – especially when you are involved in inclusion in a broader sense as it keeps you sharp.”

Period of exchange: 07/2020 until 10/2020
Duration of exchange: 4 months


Business sector of the exchange


Accessible and Inclusive Events


Petya was looking for the opportunity to network with a Dutch organization that focuses on inclusivity and accessibility to help develop a business plan for her social enterprise in Bulgaria. Her goal was to collect good practices from countries such as The Netherlands, Belgium, and UK since they are well known to be very inclusive for people with various limitations. Ronald Ligtenberg Possibilize is involved in various international partnerships and deals with inclusion matters. Possibilize Foundation is well known for their impressively inclusive and very immersive festival Sencity, which usually take place in Utrecht. The organization is also working in a network with leading NGOs from the sphere of inclusivity from the UK and Belgium. It was a perfect match!

Just a day after she landed in The Netherlands, Petya started with activities relating to the "Creative Accessibility Network." Petya was involved with project management of this project and other events that Possibilize hosted. She also created a big database for the foundation on the topic of accessibility and inclusion. This database will help searching for new clients. Moreover, she has connected the organization from Ronald with local strong pla yers and NGOs in Bulgaria from the field of inclusion, with the idea for future collaborations.

Petya took on a big coordinating role, which was for her a great way to get to know various pla yers in the field and to get acquainted to a cross cultural way of working. She organized a couple of events, where all the partners were introduced to each other. Also, she was involved in documenting the event both visually as in text. This way Petya learned a lot about how bureaucracy works in the EU systems, which turned out to be very useful when the host entrepreneur's company applied for new fundings. Ronald and Possibilize benefitted a lot from this. It was great to mix the creative industry with the paperwork that comes along with international projects. Petya, in turn, now has the confidence to start her own business, which she plans to do in the next few months. 

For more information, please contact the local contact points involved in the exchange:

New entrepreneur's contact point:
Bcause (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Host entrepreneur's contact point:
EUCLID NETWORK (Den Haag, Netherlands)

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