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Startup Academy in Berlin

About 15 Armenian startups will have the opportunity to participate at the Armenian Startup Academy Berlin (ASAB), which will take place from September 3-10, 2017 in Berlin. Organised by SMEDA and BerlinerStrategen, a consulting company in Berlin, they will have the chance to work on their business development, receive an investment readiness training and get the opportunity to meet potential financiers, partners, clients, and investors. Berlin is considered a technological hub in Europe and the teams will be able to enlarge their network. Find out more on the programme here

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Armenian Designers to present Armenia at Fashion Week in Kiev

SMEDA’s team leader Eva Naeher and Armenian designers Vahan Khachatryan and Aram Nikolyan were at the Public TV today to talk about the participation of 10 Armenian designers at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Days to be held in Kiev, Ukraine from August 31 to September 3, 2017.



Sevan Startup Summit has kicked off

July 25, 2017 – The first sessions of Sevan Startup Summit kicked off today gathering more than 70 Armenian startups at the beautiful shores of Lake Sevan. The first panel focused on the importance and role of startups, opportunities and motivations for the development of the ecosystem in Armenia and beyond. The panelists, with Peer Priewich (SMEDA), Christian Schellenberger (Berliner Strategen) Ashot Arzumanyan (Smartgate VC), Vahan Kerobyan ( and  honorary guest H.E. Matthias Kiesler, Ambassador of Germany to the Republic of Armenia, shared their insights and experiences with Armenian startups. 


Training on Design Thinking

SMEDA has organised a Design Thinking training for the representatives of  Armenian Startup ecosystem aiming to enhance their capacities by introducing them to User-centered thinking methods, based on customer needs. The participating mentors and trainers for startups learnt new and creative methods and approaches to design and build prototypes that are based on customer needs through innovative research processes.   


Launch of the National Competitiveness Report of Armenia 2017

The "National Competitiveness  Report of Armenia 2017" focusing on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the global spread of disruptive technologies and their complex impact and emerging opportunities for Armenia, was launched on July 14, 2017 at Tumo Center for Creative Industries. The report has been prepared by EV Consultng and Economy and Values Research Center with the support of  SMEDA project within the EU4Business initiative, as well as the Asian Development Bank and OSCE.  



Promoting Stronger and Independent BMOs in Armenia

On July 12, 2017 SMEDA hosted a Round Table for representatives of Business Membership Organisations (BMOs) to present the final report on the mapping of BMOs in Armenia conducted for SMEDA, Support to SME Development in Armenia Project. 




Energy Talks for Businesses: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Armenia

The EU Energy Days was concluded by the “Energy Talks for Businesses: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Armenia”, organised jointly by the European Business Association and the Support to SME Development in Armenia (SMEDA) Project. The forum was aiming at raising the awareness on the importance of energy efficiency and renewable energies for small and medium sized enterprises and presenting the international best practices that could benefit the Armenian economy.  



Info Day Session on Armenian Startup Academy Berlin (ASAB)

On June 28, 2017 SMEDA organised an Info day session for Armenian startups interested in the  Armenian Startup Academy Berlin (ASAB), which will take place from September 3-10, 2017 in Berlin. The participants were provided with first-hand guidance and advice from SMEDA’s experts, received answers to their inquiries and learnt about necessary steps on filling in and submitting complete applications to SMEDA to be considered for the ASAB.




Memorandum of Understanding Signed to Partner for Sevan Startup Summit

The “Support to SME development in Armenia”  (SMEDA) Project  has signed a MOU for the partnership with the Startup Armenia Foundation, Small and Medium Entrepreneurship Development National Center of Armenia (SME DNC), and Global AM NGO. 


Start of EFQM’s “Journey to Excellence - Quality Management” for SME DNC

SMEDA has organised a training on EFQM’s “Journey to Excellence - Quality Management” for the staff of the SME DNC Armenia Foundation. This training is developed by EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management, based in Brussels) and adapted to the


15 talented Armenian Startups receive support to realise their innovative projects

On May 5th the winners of the application process for Innovation Matching Grants (IMG) and Science and Technology Entrepreneurship program (STEP) grant schemes were announced - as a result of 2-day pitching events where the 38 shortlisted startup teams


Venture Forum: Innovation Matching Grants Pitching

The Innovation Matching Grants Pitching event with 24 great Armenian innovative start-ups.

Investment event: Nurturing innovative growth in Armenia

Nurturing innovative growth in Armenia- Support and financing opportunities for innovative SMEs and startups

28-04-2017 website launched and operational

The website has been officially launched. It is an innovative web tool for gathering information from the businesses ensuring their privacy to make corresponding analysis of the main impediments for businesses, identify the corrupt

Surprising Armenian Startups @ Startup Olé in Salamanca, Spain

Ten Armenian technology-based startup founders and representatives enjoyed their exclusive chance to participate at the Startup Olé 2017 event, held in the historical Hospederia Fonseca, University of Salamanca, Spain, on April 26-27, 2017.


Final networking event of CCI Industries

Final networking event of Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) in Armenia, following mapping activities with four round tables on CCI-s