Our Team

ABLE Activator is the leadership and entrepreneurship program developed by  the Association of the Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE) – an active community of entrepreneurial young people, who contribute to the development of the environment around them, wherever they are.

Our mission is to develop a civil society, inspire leadership and spread entrepreneurial culture in Bulgaria. Our values are: 

Novel view

We dare to change ourselves and the world around us!

Perpetual progress

We never stop developing and improving.

We see opportunities, not problems

In insurmountable obstacles, we see opportunities.

Leadership

We are role models for others, and we help them reach their full potential.

Initiative

We share our ideas and passion, and we turn them into action.

Find out more about us at www.ablebulgaria.org

Tens of members and friends of ABLE contribute to the continuous development and constant improvement of ABLE Activator in various ways.

With the exception of the Project leader, all the members of the operative team are volunteers, a lot of whom also graduates from previous editions of ABLE Activator.

Yana Perperieva

Yana is convinced that staying true to our core values is the underlying factor for achieving a sense of self-fulfillment and success. To her, education and giving back to the community, ensuring a better future for the next generations is an endless source of motivation to become a better person and a more successful professional. She is the founder of "Chinese with Yana Jin" - courses in Chinese language and culture for people of all ages and background.

Yana Perperieva

Project leader of ABLE Activator
Aleksandrina Ikonomova

Aleksandrina is a graduate from the 3rd edition of Able Activator. She worked in the Bar & Nightclub industry for 10 years, starting as a bartender and getting to GM of one of the biggest nightclubs in Bulgaria. Currently, she's working as a marketing and PR strategist in the Bulgarian startup Hobo and is starting her first business for cosmetics and food supplements for active women containing CBD - BalliGo

Aleksandrina Ikonomova

Anna Mihailova

Anna is part of the team voted "Best performer" on Demo day in the 3rd edition of Activator 2020 - MindFit. She is the National President of the NGO JCI Bulgaria and is involved in projects in Varna, Sofia and Plovdiv. Her personal goal is to help people become better versions of themselves.

Anna Mihailova

Daniel Tuechki

Daniel is a graduate from the 2nd edition of Able Activator. He is committed to creating value in Bulgaria for Bulgaria and the world. Daniel believes that by doing so we will increase our own value as a nation and lead better lives. He has experience as a software engineer in two companies, but now he is full-time pursuing his business ventures focusing on business development, sales and marketing, implementing everything he learned from the program.

Daniel Tuechki

Estel Vasileva

Estel joined ABLE in 2016 and has been part of the ABLE Activator team since its start. She has 8 years of corporate experience in the area of Finance and Business both locally and internationally. Being an active member of NGO organizations she has participated in various projects for the start-up ecosystem and government institutions. Estel is passionate about skiing, salsa, water sports and is inspired by people who are supporting and giving back to the community.

Estel Vasileva

Georgi Kirilov

Georgi is is a graduate from the 3rd edition of Able Activator. He is committed to creating educational services and products at scale and has few founded companies behind his back but is still chasing the unicorn. Being part of the ABLE Activator gives him the ability to share the enthusiasm around new ideas and startups. A fulfilling part of his life is supporting people that are curious and not scared to ask questions.

Georgi Kirilov

Hristo Hristov

Hristo was part of the first cohort of ABLE Activator in the 2018 edition. He was project coordinator of the Bulgarian National Finale of the Central European Startup Awards in 2019, and has served as member of the board of ABLE for the 2020-22 mandate. Currently he is a market analyst & business development manager at the Bulgarian startup DRONAMICS, developing unmanned drones for cargo logistics.

Hristo Hristov

Mina Shtirkova

Mina is doing an internship with ABLE whilst studying Business Management with NBU. She enjoys working with people and is an active problem solver. If you are looking for an honest opinion, look no further. Responsibility is one of Mina’s main virtues but also - helping others and giving back to the community.

Mina Shtirkova

Radimir Krustev

Radimir is a graduate from the 2nd edition of the Activator program, where he was a part of the team Gordost na Fermera. His passion for startups and NGO’s contributed to his involvement in the Activator program and other local projects. Professionally he specializes in sales, negotiations and customer relations while his hobbies include the likes of hiking and DJ-ing.

Radimir Krustev

Rafaela Aprahamyan

Rafi is a graduate from the 2nd edition of ABLE Activator. She is passionate about personal development and she believes it is only possible if one is ready to step out of the comfort zone and start taking small challenges every day. She loves the ABLE community because here she meets people who are a source of constant inspiration as they are risk takers, they act, they know to get up if they fall and are the real examples that everyone can go as far as they dare.

Rafaela Aprahamyan

Slav Denyakin

Slav is member of ABLE since 2012 and has assumed several leadership positions in the organization. Part of the Activator project team since the very beginning Slav is passionate about bringing communities together and facilitating networking. Professionally Slav has 9 years of experience managing enterprise IT projects, but in his free time you are most likely to find him out in the wild.

Slav Denyakin

Teodora Chapkanova

Teddy took part in the Autumn 2020 ABLE Activator and joined forces with the Five app team. She has experience in managing projects and programs of different scales while being able to see the big picture behind the daily problems and helping people find a common language in finding a solution. She is a traveller by soul and wonders seeker by nature.

Teodora Chapkanova

Violeta Yovcheva

Violeta is an active member of the ABLE Bulgaria community, its projects and initiatives since the very start and ABLE Activator is a constant source of inspiration for her. She has close to 10 years of experience as consultant and project manager in various roles and industries. Violeta is intrinsically motivated to see people and teams grow and develop. She strives to expand her comfort zone and horizon be it running and hiking in the mountains, wall climbing or learning something new every day.

Violeta Yovcheva