This story is about 2 young Armenian women: Yana and Arev. Both have been engaged in EU-SMEDA's capacity building events and now are actively applying the gained know-how in their profession with more innovative spark and ingenuity. As a graphic designer, Yana has been engaged in graphic recording for two years. She acquired this skill at courses held within the framework of the project ''Support for SME Development in Armenia''(EU SMEDA), which is co-financed by the European Union under its EU4Business initiative. Having taken part in courses in 2017, she pretty much mastered her profession in a week. Now, she is ready to conduct such trainings abroad. “Since this skill is not particularly common in Russia and Georgia, I am planning a number of trainings there,” Yana said an interview. Thanks to the EU SMEDA project, Arev Hambardzumyan, an information technology specialist, has improved her skills as well. She is another young specialist who believes that there are enough good opportunities for young people in the labour market in Armenia. Arev is a Chief technical officer of two companies in Armenia. She says that there is a shortage of workers in her sector.
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Sevan Startup Summit 2019
One of the most significant events in the startup ecosystem of Armenia: the traditionally held Sevan Startup Summit took place from July 28 – August 3, 2019 on the shores of the Lake Sevan. It had been supported by EU-SMEDA project for the third year in a row, given the vast impact and value it conveys to startup life of Armenia, revealing dozens of new and talented startups and creating opportunities for them for further growth, investment and expansion.
"Fashion Forum Yerevan 2019" held as a traditional event to boost Armenia's fashion industry
The "Fashion Forum Yerevan 2019"- already held as a traditional event, officially kicked off on June 25, in “Vordan Karmir” museum with fashion exhibition by Armenian designers titled: "Heritage". The collections of traditional garments, accessories, samples of Taraz (national costume) created by Armenian designers were presented at the exhibition to the visiting public and fashion lovers.
Business Angels Investment Conference
Supported by EU-SMEDA project, the Business Angels Network of Armenia (BANA) organised its second Business Investment Conference on June 11, 2019: “Two years winged: What’s next” gathering local and international business angels to share angel investment insights and to hear from one of the experienced international business angels and investors Maurice Verwee on topics like Angel investment in Armenia, due diligence and company valuation, investment management and more. It aimed also at presenting the achievements of BANA to the business angels and guests and plan for future activities based on recommendations and feedback received.
“Innovative ideas for tourism development in Armenia” Hackathon held for the second time
With the support of EU-SMEDA project, the second “Innovative ideas for tourism development in Armenia” Hackathon was successfully held on 18-19 May 2019 in Vanadzor, organised by Vanadzor Technology Center (VTC), the Enterprise Incubator Foundation and Lori region’s administration in cooperation with the Tourism Committee of the RA.
Armenian Technology park managers on a study visit to Slovenia for learning and knowledge transfer
From April 15-19, 2019 the managers and leading staff of Enterprise Incubator Foundation and Armenian Technology centers: Gyumri Technology Center, Vanadzor Technology Center and Engineering City, visited Ljubljana’s Technology Park in Slovenia. The study visit aimed at learning and knowledge transfer on business support and innovation ecosystem environment in Technology park of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
EU-supported 5th Women Entrepreneurs' Club held in Yerevan
The 5th and the final Women Entrepreneurs’ Club (WE Club) was successfully held in Yerevan on April 11, 2019. The event was officially opened by the EU Ambassador H.E. Piotr Świtalski and Ambassador of Germany to Armenia H.E. Bernhard Matthias Kiesler.
International Forum ''Modelling Economics and Politics for optimal development'' held in Armenia
The International Forum on ''Modeling the Economy and Politics for optimal development'' was successfuly held in Yerevan, Armenia with international and national scientists and physicist who work on innovative modeling of economic theories, political and social behaviors, quantum theory of decision making, predicting financial risks and crisis, industrial research and development and more novel topics that could be applied and efficiently used in Armenia's economy. The event was supported by the European Union through its EU-SMEDA project.
EU Ambassador visits startups supported by EU-SMEDA
On March 15, the ''Support to SME Development in Armenia (EU-SMEDA)'' project was honoured to host the EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski at a site visit to a number of EU-supported initiatives aiming to boost the startup ecosystem in Armenia. The visit started with a press conference with journalists at the EU-SMEDA supported Hero House, who then followed the Ambassador in his tour to the startups.
Winners of Startup Boost Weekend Vol.4 announced
The fourth Startup Boost Weekend has taken place uniting around 130 students from universities and this time also from the UWC Dilijan school. After 54 hours of learning, practicing, sharing and presentation sessions between Feb. 22-24, 2019, with experienced mentors and successful entrepreneurs, 3 winning teams composed of university students were announced by the jury.
The third Demo Day of Armenia Startup Academy showcases the progress of the graduating startups
The Demo Day of the third batch of graduating startups of the EU-funded Armenia Startup Academy was successfully held on January 19, 2019. During the Demo Day, the founders of 12 startups that had been enrolled in the third cycle of the 12-week pre-acceleration programme of the Armenia Startup Academy introduced themselves and their products and solutions to the interested public, shared what they had learned at the Academy and what their future plans were.
Business Membership Organisations (BMO-s) under focus again
2019 started for EU-SMEDA project with an activity aimed at strengthening of BMO’s (Business membership organisations) capacities. The visiting BMO consultant Karen Konopka met with a dozen of active BMOs for guidance and sharing of her hands-on expertise that aimed to improve their efficiency in performance, in particular in becoming more independent and sustainable as entities.
The second "Empowering Regions through High-tech'' forum successfully held
The second Empowering Regions through High-Tech 2018 Forum was successfully held in Gyumri, the 2nd largest city of Armenia from 7-8 December. It gathered around 200 young people and specialists from all the regions of RA engaged in high-tech, startup and innovation fields.
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Call for Startups for Sevan Startup Summit 2019
The ‘’Support to SME Development in Armenia’’ (EU-SMEDA) project is announcing a call for the startups for Sevan Startup Summit 2019 #SSS19, organised by Granatus Ventures and Startup Armenia Foundation, with support by EU-SMEDA project. Hurry up to apply with your startup for a week of hil...
Call for Coaches for Sevan Startup Summit 2019
The “Support to SME Development in Armenia” (EU-SMEDA) project is announcing a call for coaches for Sevan Startup Summit 2019 (SSS19). If you want to support the startup movement and be part of the organising team of SSS19, apply now as a coach. Coaches are responsible for the organisation of th...
Call for Application: Develop and print an all-inclusive publication on CCI
The "Support to SME Development in Armenia" (EU-SMEDA) Project seeks to contract a content producing company to develop an all-inclusive Publication about EU-SMEDA’s contribution in the development of CCI sector - Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) as a “product of EU-SMEDA” (hereinafter t...