Telerik Academy Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

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Telerik Academy Celebrates its 10th Anniversary


Pioneers in tech education

Founded back in 2009, Telerik Academy is the first large private tech-ed initiative in Bulgaria. Telerik’s founders Svetozar Georgiev, Boyko Iaramov, Vassil Terziev, and Hristo Kosev created the Academy to prepare IT talent for their company’s needs. But it quickly outgrew this initial purpose. Soon, Telerik Academy started grooming leading talent for the entire industry and preparing kids of all ages for the jobs of the future.

In 2017, the founders spun off Telerik Academy into an independent organization and a partner to all companies. Today it fuels the teams of hundreds of businesses, big and small, local and multinational with top tech talent.

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The 1st and still #1

In the last decade, we’ve been working hard to fulfill our mission – connecting Bulgarian talent, organizations and training resources to advance personal development, professional careers and grow the IT ecosystem. We’ve pioneered IT career jumpstart programs and launched free private trainings for kids, paving the way for other tech-ed organizations.

There have been many milestones and metrics for our success throughout the years. Here are just a few:

  • 1st large-scale private tech-ed initiative in Bulgaria (2009)
  • 1st free tech-ed program for 7-12 graders – Telerik Academy School (2010)
  • 1st massive free IT training for 4-6 graders in Bulgaria (2011)
  • 1st comprehensive web front-end and mobile app dev trainings (2013)
  • 1st immersive digital marketing course in collaboration with Google (2016)
  • 1st School programs for 1-3 graders together with CoderDojo Bulgaria (2016)
  • 1st six-month IT career jumpstart program – Telerik Academy Alpha, blending tech and power skills (2017)
  • 1st hands-on UX and UI program (2019)
  • 1st time Telerik Academy School kicks off 100+ cohorts (2019)

 Telerik Academy team

10 years changing people’s lives

Our success is our alumni success. That’s why we’re extremely proud that 100% of our graduates work in tech and 97% live in Bulgaria. Some augment their tech skills, others switch careers and others find an opportunity to come back to Bulgaria – whatever the background they all land a promising career in IT and start transforming their lives.

“After an intensive 6-month program, Telerik Academy helped me land my dream job in IT. Currently, I work for a great company, OfficeRnD, which has been named a Startup of the Year for 2019,” shares our alumni Vladimir Tumbev, who returned from England to jumpstart his career as a software developer.

Want to kickstart your IT career? Check out our Telerik Academy Alpha Programs.

10 years powering businesses

Telerik Academy’s partner program is on a mission to help businesses grow in a predictable and sustainable way. We give our partner companies access to talent that has both the in-demand tech skills (Java, .NET, JavaScript and QA) and soft skills.

Our Master Juniors’ key competitive advantages include in-depth tech skills, real-world practical experience, and highly augmented soft skills. In fact, 87% of our Master Juniors find learning new programming languages easy, whereas 67% move on to the next career level within their first year on the job.

“Telerik Academy is the leader in tech education. We see in them a partner and a friend, and most importantly a secure source of talent, allowing us to grow quickly, while maintaining a team of A players at Tick42,” says Stoyan Damov, Co-founder and CTO at Tick42. 

Want to partner with us? Here’s how to join our network.

Celebrating our 10-year milestone

On November 1st, we brought our alumni, partners, and friends together to celebrate Telerik Academy’s 10th anniversary.

We were happy to reunite the community, share our success stories, and celebrate our milestones together. 

Telerik Academy event

We welcomed each guest with a gift for our birthday – exclusive anniversary T-shirt and ninja stickers.

Telerik Academy’s CEO Alexandra Mechkova and co-founders took the stage, talking about our mission and major milestones throughout the years. Co-founder Svetozar Georgiev invited the team to join them on stage and take a picture with the birthday cake.

All guests transitioned to Campus X’s main building to make a group photo and see the special exhibition showing Telerik Academy’s evolution through the years.

After remembering their happy times at Telerik Academy, the guests returned to the party. The music was on, people dancing, talking, and having a great time.

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A big thank you

Thank you all for supporting us throughout the years and being part of our strong community!

You are the driving force behind Telerik Academy – continuously inspiring us to evolve, excel and raise the bar in tech education.

These have been an amazing 10 years. We’ve changed the lives of thousands of people and helped power businesses, and the best is yet to come!

So, stay tuned. Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.


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