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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The Demo Day of the Armenia Startup Academy 4th Batch of Graduates will be held on May 28, 2019 at AUA, Manoogian Hall. The Academy is a game-changing entrepreneurship and startup education program, which, by the support of European Union, shapes Armenia’s innovative future.
The second “Innovative ideas for tourism development in Armenia” Hackathon to take place in Vanadzor soon
Based on the success of the first tourism related Hackathon that took place last year, the EU-SMEDA project supports the second “Innovative ideas for tourism development in Armenia” Hackathon to be held on 18-19 May 2019 in Vanadzor, organised by Vanadzor Technology Center (VTC), the Enterprise Incubator Foundation and Lori region’s administration to organise in cooperation with the Tourism Committee of the RA.
The EU-SMEDA supported Startup Boost Weekend Vol. 5 is just about to happen. Date: April 26-28, Venue: French University of Armenia. Once again, university students from 7 partner Armenian universities will get together to master the essentials of entrepreneurship during 54-hour sessions on Ideation, Pitching, Lean Canvas building, Hypothesis design by experienced mentors and successful startup owners.
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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.
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.
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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...
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...