The founder of the Bulgarian Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) Foundation, Mr. Larry Biehl, was awarded a certificate of merit in support of the training of young talents from the IT-field of the Varna University of Economics. The prize was awarded personally by Professor Georgi Zelenkov, founder of the Research and Application of New Information and Communication Technologies Center.
The Fund to support talented students was established 6 years ago by Georgi Zelenkov, Director of the newly-created Research and Application of New Information and Communication Technologies Center (RANICTC), and Professor Avram Eskenazi, a lecturer at the university and a member of the Expert Council at RANICTC.
The purpose of the fund is to support talented students from the Varna University of Economics in the majors of “Informatics” and “Business Information Systems”, who have demonstrated excellent results and remarkable achievements in the field of information and communication technologies.
Fund proceeds are used only for the financial support of talented students.
The idea of creating the fund was inspired by the work of Professor Tsani Kalyandzhiev – a scientist, public figure, humanist and first rector of the Varna Commercial University – now the Varna University of Economics.
In the letter accompanying the donation he made to build the Varna Commercial University building he wrote:
„However, as much as one is lost in the mist of personal happiness, one cannot help but think about higher purposes from the bottom of one’s soul and about the good of the public, to which one owes one’s existence and success“.
Believing that it is time to look beyond the mist of personal happiness, we created this fund to revive the donor spirit. Different people – IT leaders, business people who graduated from the Varna University of Economics, and many others who are in one way or another connected with the university and who share the belief that we are working for a noble cause, have joined us. Contributors who believe that the awards given have less of a financial and more of a spiritual dimension. They believe that the rewarded students will remember this and at some point in their life they will feel the inner need to contribute and help the University and those who follow their path.
This year, one of the major contributors to the fund was Mr. Larry Biehl, a friend and partner of the Varna University of Economics, who received a donation certificate and an invitation to attend the awards ceremony scheduled for December 3, 2018, in Hall 1 of the Varna University of Economics.
Every year, the fund presents a nominal prize of BGN 1000 in the name of “Mois and Ilko Eskenazi” (their names are related not only to the history of the University but also to the history of the city of Varna) and two prizes of BGN 800.
Candidates are selected by a special procedure by the Expert Council of the Research and Application of New Information and Communication Technologies Center and the awards are presented before the Student Feast, by the Rector of the University, at a special ceremony.