The Edge: Research and Business Development (The Edge: R&BD) is a spin-off company of JA Bulgaria that aims to fill-in the gap between innovative, high-tech academic research and its commercialization worldwide. It builds upon more than 20 years’ experience of JA Bulgaria in entrepreneurship education and supports the development of innovative research projects while improving businesses’ competitiveness through a proven university-business collaboration model.
The Edge: R&BD is implementing the pre-acceleration program Beyond that targets young people (BSc, MSc and PhD level), JA alumni (18+), as well as young professionals that want to work on creating and developing lean technology startups. The program applies the open innovation model, meaning the creation of multidisciplinary teams of people with different backgrounds and competences that work in the same teams with the end goal of creating an MVP. It is focused in three thematic areas – circular economy & sustainability; smart cities & urban mobility; and digital innovations in healthcare & medicine.
Contacts: Malvina Ilieva, CEO,