You could easily put Valentin Vodev is the list of The most successful Bulgarians, recognized worldwide by the leaders in his industry. The designer was born in Sofia, but now he works and lives in Vienna.
For him converting ideas into products is a metamorphosis from the common to the unexplored – a discovery through which he can define new functions and forms. Design can be used everywhere - from the modelling of children's toys to the cockpit of a lorry. In short – design is a cocktail of logic, aesthetics and art.
Vodev’s client projects includes: Mothercare, Villery & Boch, BASF, Tetra Pak, Absolut Vodka, and others. He has designed many award-winning products – his electric bicycle Biquattro won a the prestigious Red Dot Award in 2009 and. In 2015 he won the Red Dot Award for the second time for his concept - The VELLO bike. The product was also on Kickstarter where the campaign started in late September 2014. By October 28th the campaign successfully raised $30,171 USD with 61 backers.
We share this success story with you and hope to inspire you to work hard and follow your dreams.
Check out the VELLO bike here.
If you type in Google “How to find a perfect business partner”, you will get 120 millions of results within 0.33 seconds and you can spend hours and days in reading and preparing to find your Partner with capital P, the person with whom you speak the same language and share the same vision.
To be honest I did not spend much time in reading and preparing, but decided to act. After a few days search without result in the capital city Sofia, I was left with 24 hours before my flight back to Switzerland. I had only a day to spend in Plovdiv. But this time was enough to find Ivan. And I found him not anywhere, but in Hackcafe. I heard about this hacker’s space in Plovdiv that works as a coworking space. I also remembered that some of the materials that recommended best places to find a business partner and hacker’s spaces were among them. And they were right! I met Ivan, we talked about our ideas, our goals, about us, our plans. We found common interests and an idea that we both believe in. Within less than a day I had the right person.
This is how our partnership started, that marked the beginning of BizLabs - project we believe in, where we invest our time, energy and resources, in order to make it a place where young and entrepreneurial people can develop themselves and their business ideas