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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Supported by EU-SMEDA project, the International Forum “Modeling the economy and politics for the optimal development” will be held on April 1 and 2, 2019 in Yerevan, Armenia. The aim of the forum is to study and discuss ways of sustainable and effective development of the economy under the prism of politics, economy and innovations.
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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.
Press Conference ahead of "Empowering Regions through High-tech" forum
On December 5th, a press conference was held ahead of "Empowering Regions through High-tech" forum on Dec. 7-8, 2018 in Gyumri. The aim of the forum is to empower the youth of Armenia's regions by supporting regional startup ecosystem, encouraging innovation and IT development in regions through creation of cooperation & partnership with global companies and IT networks, universities and non-tech SMEs. It is expected that over 200 participants from all the regions of Armenia will attend the event.
Startup Boost Weekend Vol.3 once again unites university students
The third Startup Boost Weekend (SBW, vol.3) supported by EU-SMEDA project, gathered more than 100 students from 6 Armenian universities on 1-2 December, 2018. During the 2 days of highly interactive and fun atmosphere students learned and practiced a number of essential entrepreneurial skills, generated startup ideas under the guidance of professional mentors and presneted them in teams to the judgement of jury. The best teams were awarded by prizes.
Armenian Filmmakers' Community meets Georgian Film Cluster
Within the frames of the 19th Film Festival taking place in Tbilisi, Georgia, the members of Independent Filmmakers Community of Armenia- IFCA visit the Georgian Film Cluster and the Georgian National Film Center to establish connections, discuss cooperation opportunities and partership, and eventually implement joint projects.
Business Innovation Forum 2018 kick-started
On November 30, Business Innovation Forum 2018 #BIF18 kick-started. Acting Minister of Transport, Communications and IT, presented the Innovation and IT Development Concept of Armenia, which aims at ensuring abrupt growth of economy and making Armenia a true high-tech & innovation center not only on regional level but also well-recognized globally.
Winners of the EU4Business STEP2 grant competition are known
The winners of the “EU4Business Science and Technology Entrepreneurship” (EU4Business STEP2) grant competition were announced on Novmber 27, 2018 after a 2-day tough competition and pitcing in front of professional jury and mentors.
Statistical Bulletin on "Small and Medium Entrepreneurship in Armenia" published
On Nov. 26, the long-awaited Statistical bulletin on "Small & Medium Entrepreneurship in the Republic of Armenia" was officially presented to the stakeholders. This is a must-have for elaboration of SME-related policies & strategies at professional and research level, containing comprehensive data on SME sector of Armenia, in line with international statistics standards.
WE Club Expands to Armenia's Regions
The first regional Women Entrepreneurs Club (WE Club) was launched in Goris, Syunik Region. The local business women, as well as men gathered together to discuss business-related challenges they face, establish new connections and network. They had the opportunity to get advice and tips on business management, marketing and branding from invited leading specialists. The WE club was attended by a group of Syrian-Armenian business women, who were there to present their success stories and establish new business connections.
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Call for Proposals: Evaluation Exercise for SME Strategy 2016-2018
The "Support to SME Development in Armenia" (EU-SMEDA) Project seeks to contract a company/ expert to conduct an analytical study to evaluate the implementation of SME Strategy for Armenia 2016-2018. The assignment starts from 16 July 2018 and lasts until 01 October 2018. The assignment should be im...
Call for Applications: Innovation Matching Grants 2018
The "Support to SME Development in Armenia" (SMEDA) project, in cooperation with Enterprise Incubator Foundation announces the EU-funded “Innovation Matching Grants – Business Development Support for innovative technology Start-ups” grant competition. Competition is open to companies with te...
Call for Proposals: Production of Marketing Package
The “Support to SME Development in Armenia (SMEDA)” Project seeks to contract a local company for production of a Marketing Package for the Armenian delegation to Hannover Messe 2018. SMEDA supports five Armenian Precision Engineering and IoT companies, representatives of Alliance, Meridian and...