For several years, Ruse has been strengthening its image as a preferred destination for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies. Excellent prospects for growth are determined by strong traditions in education (competitive university and mathematics secondary school), proximity to the Romanian border and the capital Bucharest, international partnerships and an already existing large network of small, medium and large IT companies with offices in the city of Ruse. Among them are Musala Soft JSC, Sirma Solutions JSC, Networx-Bulgaria SMLLC, Multilink LTD and others.
Most schools in Ruse offer training in mathematics, informatics and information technology. Students who graduate with similar profiles acquire specialized knowledge in office applications, computer networks, computer graphics and animation, web programming, multimedia presentations and more. For its part, the University of Ruse works actively with IT companies and conducts student traineeships in a real business environment, trainings, project work, specialized seminars, etc.
As a result of the dynamics in the IT & ICT sector, Ruse is one of the two Bulgarian cities with the highest salary increases of software specialists for the period 2008-2013. The growth of 69% in Ruse exceeds the average for the country 57%.
The trend for creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports the development of the ICT sector and the IT community in the city is tangible.
Annually, since 2016, Ruse – Free Spirit City Municipal Foundation (www.free-spirit-city.eu), in partnership with Econt Foundation (www.econt.com), announces a competition for projects in the field of history, science, education and new technologies under the motto "Knowledge and Growth". So far a number of initiatives have been implemented, including hackathons, digital skills workshops, mentoring programmes, prototype development programmes, etc.
StartUp Factory Association has been functioning since 2015, with its mission being to support start-up entrepreneurs and build key IT skills.