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About The 2i Foundation

The 2i Foundation was started in 2010. The mission of the organization is to support Bulgarian students in pursuing their higher education at foreign universities.

The Founders
Ivo Kolev and Ivo Djoubrailov met in 1996 as high school students at Second English Language School in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Ivo Djoubrailov owns a consulting practice serving government and commercial clients and providing technical and strategic advisory services. Prior to starting his own company, Ivo worked at the consulting arm of a software company based out of the Washington, DC metro area. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Tech with a major in Business Information Technology.


Ivo Kolev is working on acquisitions of financial institutions and distressed debt across Europe for a large US private equity fund. Prior to that, he worked in the capital markets group of a large US bank in Germany and the US. Ivo graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Economics and Mathematics from St. Lawrence University in New York.


Message from the Founders:

“We both grew up in times of economic turmoil which affected most of Eastern Europe in the mid-1990s. After we graduated from high school we continued our education abroad where we were given the opportunity to broaden our horizons, develop and pursue our dreams. Today, we look back and reflect on the challenges and hardship we encountered especially in the first year of our lives abroad. Our scholarship program helps make this initial transition period easier and enables students to focus on pursuing and achieving their personal and academic goals.

We are looking forward to awarding our next set of scholarship packages to the most outstanding and promising Bulgarian students.”