Daniel Lorer

Daniel Lorer

Managing Partner

Daniel has been a tech entrepreneur for nearly two decades with international experience in technology start-ups and large multi-nationals.

Previously, Daniel was a founding partner at OPTiiM, a new EMEA system integrator, which he started with his partners in 2009 and exited in 2016. Earlier, he was responsible for EMEA pre-sales of several products at HP Software. Prior to HP, Daniel was part of EMEA customer R&D and presales at Mercury Interactive, the #1 testing software company at the time, acquired by Hewlett-Packard for €4.5bn. In 1999, he created his first e-commerce start-up, FranceBusinessPlus in Paris, as co-founder and lead developer and exited to a private angel in 28 months.

Daniel holds a degree in Computer Science and Business Administration.



Diana Stefanova

Diana Stefanova

Venture Partner

Diana contributes her diverse professional experience in small high-tech start-ups and big corporations in Silicon Valley, US and Europe.

Diana is the Managing Director of VMware’s R&D centers for Europe and the Middle East, which employ over 1,000 professionals. Prior to VMware, Diana was part of the leadership team at one of the first technology companies in Bulgaria, Sciant, later successfully sold to VMware. She joined Sciant after returning from Silicon Valley, where she worked in the management teams of a couple of technology start-ups.

Diana has a Master’s degree in finance and accounting from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, and holds a Certified Public Accountant certificate from California, US.



Georgi Mitov

Georgi Mitov

Managing Partner

Georgi brings extensive background both as a founder and an executive in large technology companies.

Prior to establishing BrightCap, he was part of the leadership teams at two successful start-ups, Sciant and Aviaso, sold to two global technology leaders in those sectors, VMware and Honeywell, respectively. During the last few years, Georgi has been leading the aero business of Honeywell in Bulgaria and has been responsible for the development and marketing of the fuel efficiency product that is being used by over 35 airlines, including Lufthansa, Etihad, Turkish Airlines, British Airways. Georgi has been influential in supporting his companies in various roles – from product design and marketing to software development.

Georgi graduated stomatology from Sofia Medical University but has dedicated his career to technology, taking up programming as a student in Sofia Math High School.



Elina Halatcheva

Elina Halatcheva

Managing Partner

Elina brings significant experience in investment banking, private equity and new business ventures in New York, London and Sofia.

Prior to establishing BrightCap Ventures, she was part of the early management team at Auxionize, a B2B procurement platform, where she drove the expansion of the start-up into more than 50 industry sectors. Before returning to Bulgaria, Elina was an investor at Citigroup’s private equity funds in New York ($600m) and London (€1.1bn). Previously, she was a research analyst at Wit Soundview, New York, the first online platform for investment banking and research of emerging technology and e-commerce companies. She started her career as an investment banker at Citigroup on Wall Street.

Elina holds an MBA degree from Stanford and a summa cum laude Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Richmond, VA.