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Telerik Academy Upskill

Become the Tech Leader 
that drives growth and success


Tech leadership skills packed in one program 

Created by practitioners for practitioners, the Tech Leadership program will help you fast-track your career by providing the key practical skills and knowledge employers consider essential in a leader of tech teams. 

  • Enrolling requires a technical background or experience working with technical professionals
  • During the program, you’ll improve your decision-making and cross-functional skills by expanding your understanding of business operations and the global marketplace
  • Upon graduation, you will be able to effectively lead tech teams and make informed decisions, boosting your career prospects and job satisfaction
Program duration

3 months. You can combine the program with your job or studies


2 evenings/week - Monday and Wednesday (7:00-10:00 pm). Start: September 16


6+ hrs/week plus self-prep time and optional team consultation (every weekend). 2 weeks of vacation


Lectures will be held online. Onsite networking events (optional)


Conducted in Bulgarian, but all learning materials are in English

Career webinar

Eager to learn more? Register for our free webinar on June 13


learning experience

1The most credible Impactful Tech Leadership Program For 14+ years, we’ve been perfecting our programs with a fanatic focus on quality and practical experience. So you can supercharge your career in 3 months vs. years with other courses.
2Unique learning experience At par with the leading international programs, minus the impressive price tag. Our holistic program reinvigorates online training. It is meticulously crafted and paced to keep you constantly engaged and to accelerate your progress.
3Instantly transferable skills Engage in team projects to acquire transferable knowledge and skills across various career levels and industries, making you a versatile and adaptable tech leader.
4Learning from the best Get access to some of Bulgaria’s best experts and brightest minds, who share real-life experience and know-how and become your mentors. Guiding you every step of the way.
5Strong professional network Work in groups with ambitious like-minded professionals, where you learn from each other, and expand your knowledge and skills. A powerful network that will boost your career.
6Investment in yourself Set yourself apart both inside your company and in the job market. Our alumni share the program pays for itself many times over with the opportunities it creates.

100% success, 100% confidence

years experience
consider their Telerik Academy 
education a good investment in 
their professional development
confidence in the value of the 
program and its impact on the 
life of the students

The role of the Leader

The role of a tech leader in organizations is critical to the success of a team and the overall success of the organization. Tech leaders play a multifaceted role and are responsible for a wide range of tasks.


Tech leaders provide guidance, set objectives, and make decisions to steer the team towards its goals.

They support team members' growth, resolve conflicts, and foster collaboration to enhance overall performance.

Tech leaders facilitate effective communication, motivate their team, and ensure a positive work environment.

They're highly sought-after because of their key role in developing efficient dev or technical teams.


Is this for me? Yes, if you're
  • First level tech manager
  • New to your position or looking to move into a tech leadership role  
  • Company looking to upskill your employees to leadership roles. Get in touch
Do I need previous experience?

No previous experience is required, but you should have a technical background or work closely with technical professionals.

How can I apply?
  1. Submit your online application
  2. Pass an online tech leadership test
  3. Some candidates might also be invited to attend an interview


  • may
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  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • May 9 - Aug 19 | Submit CV and application form
  • Jun 13
    Career Webinar 
    Register here
  • May 9 - Aug 19 |
    Take the online test
  • Sep 16 - Dec 18 |
    Study at Telerik Academy Upskill
Important dates
  • May 9 - Aug 19 | Submit CV and application form
  • Jun 13 | Career Webinar Register here
  • May 9 - Aug 19 | Take the online test
  • Sep 16 - Dec 18 | Study at Telerik Academy Upskill
Program details

Тhe Upskill program at a glance

  • Hands-on
  • Tailored learning
  • Learning online
    from anywhere
  • Two-week trial
  • Built to fit
    your schedule

Hands-on training


Every topic is paired with hands-on assignments, discussions, and projects guided by our trainers. By the end of the program, you'll develop a comprehensive and practical team leadership project that demonstrates your ability to apply the skills and knowledge you've gained.

Tailored learning experience


Class sizes are up to 35-45 people for the best possible learning experience. Our trainers become your mentors - track your progress, provide feedback, give you individual and team support and guide you all the way through.

Learning online from anywhere


Enjoy an unparalleled program from the comfort of your home. We transitioned every aspect online to keep the same renowned high quality, engaging experience and hands-on training. You can attend optional networking events.

Two-week trial period


Be 100% confident this is the right training for you, with our thorough candidate selection and two-week trial period. If you drop out in the first two weeks after the program starts, you won’t pay any tuition. Simple as that.

Built to fit your schedule


With classes 2 nights a week and optional team consultations every Saturday, this Upskill program allows you to balance all your responsibilities. Perfectly fitting your busy schedule.

Validated by the industry


Meticulously designed curriculum

Crafted in collaboration with the business, our Upskill Tech Leadership program equips you with the skills companies demand.
  • 01Weeks 1-2
  • 02Weeks 3-5
  • 03Weeks 6-7
  • 04Weeks 8-10
  • 05Weeks 11-13
  • 06Week 14
  • 07Graduation


  • Discover your peers and their experiences - each participant shares 2 past cases
  • Meet the trainers - the experts you'll learn from
  • Get a glimpse of what's to come and how to prepare and plan your time effectively

Leadership fundamentals - people

  • Understand social and group dynamics and hierarchy
  • Learn essential tools for managing groups
  • Discover how effective tech leadership motivates individuals to collaborate as a cohesive team

Leadership fundamentals - business

  • Understanding tech businesses - size, type, location, and culture
  • Discover the role of tech teams in the larger context

Introduction to management

  • Revisiting the transition from individual contributor (IC) to management
  • Developing a new mindset - learn how to think about management
  • Establishing fundamental leadership skills

Effective communication

  • Understanding async vs. sync and written vs. verbal communication
  • Identifying communication pitfalls
  • Communicating up, down, and sideways
  • Strategies for managing and preventing gossip

Team management and dynamics

  • Delve into the essentials of team design, types, and construction, whether you are inhering or building a team
  • Explore proven strategies for fostering team motivation and boosting morale
  • Learn crucial techniques for preserving team health and managing expectations


  • One week free of classes to unwind. You’ll be able to strengthen your skills through team assignments further

Strategies to develop people

  • Gain insights into each team member's strengths, weaknesses, and working styles
  • Discover what drives each individual on your team and tailor your approach accordingly
  • Leverage strengths and address weaknesses to optimize team performance
  • Establish personalized growth plans to nurture talent and enhance skills
  • Implement plans effectively, track progress, and evaluate outcomes to ensure continuous improvement

Finding and hiring the people you need 

  • Learn how to recognize skill gaps and how to build a hiring strategy to address them
  • Build your brand to cultivate a strong reputation as an employer
  • Utilize diverse channels and strategies to attract top candidates to your organization
  • Master the interview process and how to evaluate candidates based on both objective criteria and subjective factors

Dealing with firing people

  • Learn to monitor employee performance objectively and consistently
  • Understand the importance of setting transparent and objective performance expectations
  • Develop communication skills to address performance issues and provide constructive feedback
  • Handle terminations with sensitivity and professionalism, considering both corporate and personal implications

The course so far: reinforcement and exercises

  • Summarize what you've learned
  • Restate the most important principles and practices
  • Discussions: cases that your peers put on the table

General metrics to keep track

  • Health
  • Performance
  • Business and operational

Insights into product and technology

  • Grasp a comprehensive understanding of the product and the underlying technology
  • Manage dependencies effectively through clear communication
  • Define and fulfill needs and responsibilities within the team
  • Measure, plan, and deliver value effectively

Strategies for planning and execution

  • Establishing a balance between order and adaptability
  • Implementing effective processes and rules
  • Facilitating synchronization and communication internally and externally
  • Embracing iterative cycles for design, execution, measurement, and delivery
  • Managing challenges and pivoting strategies when needed

Delegation and trust

  • Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of team members comprehensively
  • Implementing active delegation strategies to scale efforts effectively
  • Encouraging diverse points of view to support shared responsibility
  • Building trust through effective monitoring and communication
  • Establishing redundancy and addressing points of failure proactively


  • One week free of classes to unwind. You’ll be able to strengthen your skills through team assignments further

Streamlining tech development

  • Efficiently manage complexity and optimize costs
  • Achieve operational excellence and robust failure management
  • Ensure quality throughout the development process
  • Manage dependencies effectively and facilitate redesign when necessary
  • Ensure timely delivery and establish clear rules of engagement for code, testing, deployment, experimentation, and metrics

Enhancing team morale

  • Foster positive work relations while maintaining professional boundaries
  • Facilitate team-building exercises to strengthen camaraderie and collaboration
  • Recognize achievements and celebrate successes, both big and small, to boost morale
  • Offer support during challenging moments, such as valuation drops or layoffs, to maintain morale
  • Allocate personal time for one-on-one meetings and skip-level discussions to address concerns


  • Navigate complex challenges by effectively solving hard problems
  • Strike a balance between authoritative decision-making and democratic processes
  • Understand and address perceptions and realities around the delegation of responsibility

Managing conflicts in the team

  • Resolve conflicts at the team level by fostering open communication and collaboration
  • Address cross-team conflicts of interest through diplomacy and negotiation
  • Seek consensus of interests to align conflicting agendas and priorities
  • Employ both proactive and reactive approaches to conflict resolution

The course so far: reinforcement and exercises

  • Summarize what you've learned
  • Restate the most important principles and practices
  • Discussions: cases that your peers put on the table

Final project presentation  

  • We will have a presentation day for the coursework for people to calibrate with the different perspectives



Congratulations! You’ve successfully completed the Upskill Team Leadership program.

Upon graduation, you will receive a Telerik Academy certificate – widely recognized in Bulgaria. 

Your team

Leading industry
experts – your trainers

Learn from the best. You'll be trained by leading practitioners eager to share their know-how and experience.


Alexander Popov
Alexander Popov
ex-Uber, ex-Skyscanner Leadership
Contributed to the success of:
Uber, Skyscanner, VMware, Endeavor, KAYAK, Ashpul
With 20+ years of experience in the tech industry, Alex possesses invaluable insights into fostering and empowering high-performing teams. Strongly believes in autonomy and transparency when working with technical teams, advocating for "Servant Leadership," Theory of Constraints, and Lean/Agile principles. Having been actively involved in Bulgaria's startup ecosystem for years, Alex now extends his expertise to support and advise young companies as a dedicated board member and advisor, all while maintaining a keen interest in scientific endeavors.
Serge Ovanesyan
Serge Ovanesyan
VP of Engineering,
Contributed to the success of:
Serge has 15 years in tech, split almost evenly between tech and leadership. In the last couple of years, he’s been helping shape the engineering organization that powers Dext’s success in the accounting and business world. He’s interested in assisting teams to sift through the noise and find the signal. That can be through choosing the most effective way to communicate (often async), writing well, hiring the right person for the job, challenging the status quo, or simply digging deep into the work with no distractions allowed. 


Tsvetan Tsvetanov
Tsvetan Tsvetanov
Director of Engineering,
Contributed to the success of:
Apple, Grafixoft, Autodesk, Velo3D
With almost 30 years of experience in the tech industry, Tsvetan excels in empowering teams and driving innovation. Skilled in various programming languages and renowned for his leadership qualities, he's committed to fostering collaboration and pushing technological boundaries. Trusted by colleagues and industry peers, Tsvetan's strategic vision and meticulous approach make him a valuable mentor for aspiring team leaders.
Stefan Kanev
Stefan Kanev
Contributed to the success of:
Stefan started programming when he was 7, and his career began as a Java developer. He spent a lot of time delving deep into the technology but figured out that to get the most done, one has to dip one's toes into management. This led him to a long journey in leadership, where he managed small and large teams, managers, and managers of managers, all while focusing on scalability, quality, maintainability, and just trying to write great software. To fool himself that he's still an active dev, he spends a lot of time customizing his Vim and, predictably, hosts a programming podcast.
Georgi Mitov
Georgi Mitov
Managing Partner, BrightCap Ventures
Contributed to the success of:
Honeywell, VMware, Sciant, Aviaso
Georgi is a seasoned founder and executive who led successful tech startups Sciant and Aviaso before establishing BrightCap. With a strong software development and product design background, he played key roles in developing and marketing fuel efficiency products used by major airlines like Lufthansa and British Airways. Despite his background in stomatology, Georgi has dedicated his career to technology since his student days at Sofia Math High School.
Ivana Gancheva
Ivana Gancheva
Business Agility Catalyst,
Mobius Ways
Contributed to the success of:
Deutsche Bank,, SINTEF Digital, Ocado Technology
Ivana has been in the Agile/Lean field for over a decade. She is helping companies reinvent their organizational culture and business growth, and become adaptive and learning organizations. She coaches and mentors decision-makers, C-level corporate executives, leaders, Product Managers and teams, who have the passion and intent to disrupt the status quo and enable genuine growth.
Dimitar Dimitrov
Dimitar Dimitrov
Managing Partner, Accedia,
Forbes Technology Council
Contributed to the success of:
Scalefocus, Musala Soft
Founder and Managing Partner of Accedia, Dimitar Dimitrov has 15+ years of experience in technical and leadership roles, delivering complex software solutions for global enterprises and innovative startups. With solid experience in corporate strategy, technology innovation, and people management, Dimitar has been instrumental in driving triple-digit revenue growth through genuine dedication to customer success, outstanding attention to detail, and infectious enthusiasm for technology.
Dimitar Dimitrov
Dimitar Dimitrov
Director of Infrastructure,
Contributed to the success of:
Live, Polytype, Rails Girls Sofia
With 20+ years of experience, Dimitar has played a crucial role in shaping and refining engineering teams. As the Director of Infrastructure at Dext, he leads strategic efforts to enhance scalability, reliability, and developer satisfaction. Drawing from his extensive background as a senior software developer, Dimitar combines technical expertise with strong leadership skills. He actively participates in initiatives like Rails Girls Sofia, Europe Code Week, and Foundation Open Media, showcasing his commitment to fostering community growth and development.
Haralambi Haralambiev
Haralambi Haralambiev
Team Coach,
Tochka 2
Contributed to the success of:
Soft Skills Pills, icanpreneur, Musala Soft
He started his 20-year career in the IT industry as a software engineer, led dozens of projects as a manager of software teams, and reached the position of Innovation Director before starting his own company. For the past 10 years, he has focused on helping tech people work better together through team coaching and leadership & soft skills training. Hari is co-founder of, the platform for dev teams who care about people, co-host of the popular podcast for IT people Radiotochka 2, and author of the leadership newsletter/comic A Leader's Tale.
Antoaneta Tsaneva
Antoaneta Tsaneva
Director, User Experience,
Contributed to the success of:
Telerik, Progress, HP, Lucrat
Antoaneta has more than 16 years of experience in the UX field. Her expertise covers UX design, user research and product development. She is passionate about building strong and successful design teams while driving development and ideation process for industry-leading software products.
Vesna Stojanovska
Vesna Stojanovska
Senior Growth Product Manager,
Contributed to the success of:
Skyscanner, Progress, Telerik
Vesna has 12+ years of experience in managing and scaling products. She is a Senior Growth Product Manager at Insurify. Previously, she has helped Skyscanner in speeding and scaling the search results and acted as a division manager at Telerik and Progress, driving their B2B and SaaS solutions. She has built successful products from their inception, validation and the entire product delivery lifecycle.

Tuition model

Joining Telerik Academy could be your single most important professional decision.

Pay in installments

BGN 211/month*

for 24 months
with a bank partner

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Pay in full

BGN 4,700

full tuition upfront

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Terms tailored
to your needs

  • Price including VAT.
  • Tuition fee can be paid by either You or Your Employer upfront.
  • Opportunity to pay in installments with a loan from a bank - partner of Telerik Academy - Allianz.
  • Deferred payment over 12-24 months’ period.
  • Candidates working in the NGO sector can apply for a 90% discount off the tuition fee (two per cohort)
  • Drop-out with no consequences up to 2 weeks of the program start.

*Illustrative installment payment method. Different terms may apply based on borrowers’ credit score and creditworthiness as well as the bank’s current offering.


Do I need any previous experience in a leadership position?

The program is designed for individuals at the first level of management and those who are new to management or aiming to step into a team leadership role. Previous leadership experience is not necessary. However, having a background in a technical field or working closely with technical professionals is a valuable asset.

Can I choose between online and onsite training?

The program is held online. However, you can attend optional onsite networking events with your peers and trainers during the program. Please note that attendance is key to our students’ successful graduation. Participants must attend all classes. Up to 3 days of absence are allowed, plus the program has 2 one-week vacations.

How much does the training cost and what are the payment methods?

The tuition fee for Telerik Academy Upskill Impactful Leadership is BGN 4700. The fee could be either covered by you or your employer. In both cases, the fee is paid via bank transfer before the program starts.

Another tuition fee option is to pay in installments with a loan from a bank partner of Telerik Academy. You can benefit from a deferred payment over 12-24 months’ period.

Do you offer discounts for the NGO (Not-for-profit) sector?

Yes, if you are a candidate working in the NGO sector, you can apply for a 90% discount off the tuition fee (two per cohort).

You must submit your Upskill Impactful Leadership application and follow the requirements for candidate selection. If you are invited to join the program, your employer will be required to sign a contract with Telerik Academy and cover 10% of the regular tuition fee for the program.

Please note that the candidate selection process evaluates the candidate’s profile, not the NGO’s.

What does the online tech leadership test include?
The test aims to assess your career background and determine if you possess the basic experience and knowledge to derive maximum benefit from the program's content.
What is the candidate selection process?
We use a holistic review process when evaluating applicants for admission. The final selection of candidates is not based on a simple formula of grades and test scores. Instead, we consider various factors: application documents, online test results, personal motivation for applying, etc.

Some candidates might also be invited to attend an interview to discuss their motivation and aspirations. Interviews focus on candidates’ motivation and aspirations and determine if the program is appropriate for each candidate based on their needs, expectations and experience.
What is the length/cadence of the program? Can I balance it with work or studies?

To get the most out of the program, you’ll need to immerse yourself in it for 3 months. To recharge your batteries, you’ll have 2 weeks of vacation.

With classes 2 nights a week, this most complete hands-on Leadership program makes it possible to balance work or other responsibilities. You can attend optional team consultations with your team and the program's lead trainer. 

What does “two-week trial period” mean?
If you drop out of the program within the trial period, which is in the first 2 weeks of the program, you won't pay any tuition.
Does Telerik Academy help alumni find new jobs after successful graduation?
As this is an Upskill program, it isn’t geared towards connecting learners and businesses. But the skills and experience you gain will help you excel in your career and/or find a new job, just like it helped our alumni reach their career goals.

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