| An un-conference where entrepreneurs and resource providers alike learn and improve their prospects together What makes StartupAccelerator different? Education sessions for both entrepreneurs and those who support them, created by the participants. Interactive learning instead of sales pitches. Open ‘unconference’ format–structured events and times, freedom to move between events. Wear comfortable clothes and feel free to move around. Hands-on activities for building your social profile, marketing plan, intellectual property protection, corporate structure, and talent recruitment. Not a “sit and get”. Constant networking and connecting with your peers. Learn from others how to start your idea. Be on a level playing field with presenters and participants. Ample opportunities for social networking around common interests beyond starting your vision.” />

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On Saturday, March 25th graduation ceremonies were held at Plovdiv University Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (FMI). Students who finished in the top of their class, received special honors during Graduation. Colorado Stark was one of the people handing out diplomas to the top students.

Stark teaches a course in C++ programming at the university. Additionally, his company has been actively working with the university since 2013 with various on site training programs at his offices.

Stark has been running several software companies in Plovdiv, Bulgaria since 2009. His business currently employs 100 people in the city of Plovdiv. According to Stark, "Plovdiv is a great place to run a business. The environment here is perfect for startups".

 The Plovdiv University "Paisii Hilendarski, also known as The Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv, is a university located in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. It was founded in 1962 and has nine faculties. The university currently has a staff of 561 and about 18,000 students. It is the city’s leading cultural and scientific institution. It is the largest institution of higher education in southern Bulgaria and the third largest in Bulgaria.

Colorado Stark has been a software entrepreneur since 1999. You can contact him on Instagram if you have any questions.

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