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ROCKet STARS in Business: Jurgen Appelo





Mar 11, 2021 19:00


Mar 11, 2021 21:00


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Jurgen Appelo will be the first guest of Launchee’s brand new event series ROCKet STARS in Business.  The pioneering speaker, writer and coach will kick off the ROCKet STARS  edition on March 11, 2021, with an inspiring online talk, followed by a moderated discussion panel with specially selected guests in the studio, and a Q&A session with the audience. 

His topic, “The agile way to grow, transform and innovate your business", will focus on several burning questions companies face nowadays: from tackling the traps in common business life cycles the agile way, to finding the secret ingredients to change and transformation,  as well as creating the necessary prerequisites to building an innovation-focus culture that fosters disruptive mindsets. 

Indulge in two engaging and inspiring hours with Jurgen and our special guests in the live studio. 

Event Schedule:

19:00 - 19:55: Jurgen Appelo: “The agile way to grow, transform and innovate your business"

19:55 - 20:10: Adrien Bacchi, CEO of Chibiphoenix: "Agile applied in video games: (lots of ) failures & (sometimes) successes"

5 minutes break

20:15 - 20:40: Discussion panel in the studio

20:40 - 21:05: Q & A with the audience online


Jurgen Appelo - Keynote Speaker

Jurgen calls himself a creative networker. But sometimes he’s a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, freethinker, or… Dutch guy. Inc.com has called him a Top 50 Leadership Expert and a Top 100 Leadership Speaker. Since 2008, he has been writing a popular blog at NOOP.NL, offering ideas on the creative economy, agile management, organizational change, and personal development. He is the author of the book Management 3.0, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations; How to Change the World, which describes a supermodel for change management; Managing for Happiness, which offers you practical ideas to engage workers, improve work, and delight clients; and most recently, Startup, Scaleup, Screwup, which contains 50% inspiring stories and 50% practices to follow and dives into the major topics that business leaders and entrepreneurs are confronted with throughout the business lifecycle. 

Jurgen is also a CEO and has completed several investment rounds with various businesses throughout the years. As a public speaker, he travels around Europe constantly, and conducts training sessions with various clients.

Adrien Bacchi - Keynote Speaker
CEO of Chibi Phoenix

Adrien Bacchi is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry. After several failures and some successes, his latest self-funded venture video game studio, Chibiphoenix, counts over 130 collaborators and is quickly growing. Adrien lives in Sofia since 2008 and volunteers in the French-speaking community via the association French tech in Sofia that he founded with Wilfried Durand.


Suzana P. Nikiforova - Founder of Animaway

Suzana P. Nikiforova is a pioneer of a systems approach to the brand business. She is a founder of Animaway a purpose driven and change making branding academy and consultancy. Her book Animaway Branding announces a paradigm shift in brand management which is designed to meet the     needs of organizations in the changing world.

Discussion Panelist: 

Hari Haralambiev - Co-Founder of Tochka 2 and SoftSkillsPills.com 

Hari is the co-founder of Tochka 2 and SoftSkillsPills.com, where he helps IT people work better together and create strong teams. He is an ex- software developer turned into a soft skills trainer. He is the creator of the leadership webcomic A Leader’s Tale and co-host of the podcast Radiotochka 2."

Discussion Panelist:

Elina Zheleva - Executive Director and Managing Partner at Launchlabs Sofia

Elina Zheleva is the Executive Director and Managing Partner at launchlabs Sofia - an international business redesign studio with offices in Sofia, Berlin, Basel and Bangalore that focuses on holistic redesign of mindsets, experiences and spaces in order to ready organizations for business as unusual. Elina has worked on large scale redesign projects for clients like RaiffeisenBank, Telenor, Accenture. She has graduated  from the leading design thinking schools and was a pioneer in introducing the methodology in Bulgaria and CEE.

Discussion Panelist: 

Velina Getova - Psychologist and Performance Coach @NotYourTherapy

Velina is a Psychologist, Performance Coach and founder of NotYourTherapy  - the first mental fitness startup in Bulgaria offering friendly and practical counseling at work. Her mission is to make people excited about their mental health and ready to solve their challenges before they happen. Velina also advises a range of companies from startups to high-growth businesses in Bulgaria and the UK. With 10 years of experience in the tech sector, she has coached more than 1k IT leaders to grow, solve various human puzzles, and build healthy, high-performing teams.



Chibi Phoenix is a growing 90 people company serving the video game and creative industries since 2010.

We work for clients but we also have our main products such as the platform Amilova and Dragonball Multiverse, which are online communities devoted to comics, manga, indie artists and video games. Our complete network of products entertains over 30 million visitors monthly, with 200 000 daily active players.

Our company culture is geeky & international, with team members from mixed horizons and an affinity to art, comics and manga. We believe in agile collaborative conception, and we are hiring talents that will share our convictions and methods.


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