Future Present | 10 October at Sofia Tech Park |

Future Present | 10 October at Sofia Tech Park

Ever since a caveman decided to rub two sticks together and run the first experiment in combustion mechanics,mscience has played a major role in improving our everyday. We often think about scientists as people relegated to highly specialized laboratories – but science seeps into our everyday, builds growing businesses, and changes our world for the better. Science entrepreneurship and commercialization transform the present into the future.

Future Present is a full day conference that showcases the intersection of science and business. With it, we want to showcase the global aspects of science commercialization, the startup ecosystem in Bulgaria and the ways local entrepreneurs leverage science to change the future.

The event is organized under a program of and with support from the European Space Agency (ESA).

Keynote Stage

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Keynote talks

The future of private astronauts

Commercial companies are already working with government organizations and the first private space station will soon be a reality. We’re not too far away from seeing the first professional mprivate astronauts.
Being an astronaut takes a lot of work. The training takes 17 weeks and includes field and survival trainings, learning to pilot aircrafts, working with space suits and space equipment, training in orbital mechanics, and more. We will dive deeper and imagine the future of private spaceflight.

Using lava tubes for human habitation on the Moon and Mars

Whenever we imagine our future Lunar or Martian bases, we’re thinking about domes on the surface. But is there another way? Lunar and Martian lava tubes are still generally unexplored, while they can possess great housing potential. Would we be able to live in them instead? Several real-life simulations show that the answer is a resounding “Yes.” We’ll take a peek into our future homes.

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Space security of the future

Space technology development has reached a turning point, transitioning from a phase of discovery to phases of commercialization and inevitably this would open the topic about enforcing law in space and space security. Different countries need to have means of defending their space assets from foreign intervention.
Opening the discussion on this sensitive topic among the general public is vital in order to secure a future of security and prosperity both on Earth and in space.

Startup showcase

The future is already here! There are a lot of Bulgarian companies that are working on the forefront of bringing science fiction into our everyday. Space technology, biotech, agrotech are just some of the fields we’ll explore. Startups will present their work and their entrepreneurial journey so far. From launching nanosatellites to printing organs, saving bees, making high-protein food available and sustainable, we will see how science builds businesses today and our future tomorrow. We will also cover topics relevant to those who are dreaming of starting their own science enterprise. We’ll talk about funding opportunities, MVP development, hiring skilled professionals, and more.

Fireside chat: How to build a science startup

A good idea is insufficient to build a successful science project. The entrepreneurs need to find ways to attract resources and persuade investors and partners about their concept’s merit. This task is not always easy and it requires science entrepreneurs to understand the ways venture funds, private investors, and grant and government contract programs assess new proposals.

Together with seasoned investment experts and serial entrepreneurs, we will take a look at the different ways that a scientific idea can become reality.

Fireside chat: Meeting business and academia for creating science talent

The success of a science startup is based on a collaboration between entrepreneurs and scientists. Where can they meet and how can they collaborate for faster commercialization of scientific ideas? What’s the role businesses play in the development of scientific talent and how can it play together with academic institutions to achieve this goal? The discussion panel will show how teams are created at the intersection of business and science.


Keynote talks Startup showcase
10:00-10:45 Registration
10:45-11:00 Opening
11:00-11:45 The future of private astronauts Startup showcase presentations
11:45-12:00 Networking break Startup showcase presentations
12:00-12:45 Fireside chat: How to build a science startup Startup showcase presentations
12:45-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:15 Using lava tubes for human habitation on the Moon and Mars Startup showcase presentations
14:15-14:40 Networking break
14:40-15:25 Space security of the future Startup showcase presentations
15:25-15:45 Networking break
15:45-16:45 Fireside chat: Meeting business and academia for creating science talent Startup showcase presentations
16:45-17:00 Closing