Investment event: Nurturing innovative growth in Armenia
Around 100 participants representing the private and public sector, business associations, companies and individuals attended the event to learn about the possible financing opportunities for Armenian SMEs and the support provided to SME environment. A special highlight was made on innovation ecosystem for startups in Armenia with its strengths and weaknesses. Further the financing opportunities for SMEs and startups were discussed, such as the early stage financing and investments options, including crowdfunding across borders; seed funding and matching of ecosystem grants; business angel investment and venture capital.
The event was continued with panel discussions on exposing Armenian startups to international markets through the support from the EU, including a feedback from Startup Ole event in Slamanca, Spain where 10 Armenian Startups had a chance to participate and present themselves for possible investment opportunities and business connections. Another two opportunities as Erasmus for Entrepreneurs programme coordinated by SMEDNC and the upcoming Startup Academy Berlin to be organised by SMEDA project in September, 2017 were presented to the attention of participants.
Winners of the 2nd cycle of Innovation Matching Grants to be selected soon
The final stage of EU-supported Innovation Matching Grants competition (IMG) will be held on June 29, 2018 from 10:00 to 19:00, at Vanadzor Technology Center (VTC). The 16 shortlisted startups who have undergone the process of pre-selection, excessive trainings and mentorship will participate at the final competition aimed at supporting business development and innovation and will present their innovative ideas to the jury.
FlyFest 2018 - an amazing aircraft show is coming up!
An amazing aircraft show full of speed, colors and breathtaking flight tricks - the FlyFest 2018- is coming up on July st in Gyumri, Armenia, supported by EU through its Support to SME Development in Armenia (EU-SMEDA) projcet. The festival is aiming to promote the expansion and development of model aircraft sports and tourism in the regions of Armenia through modern engineering solutions.
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The first-ever Fashion Forum was held in Yerevan, Armenia from June 2-4, 2018 bringing in fresh re-start and aspiration to the fashion world of Armenia. It united Armenian designers under one roof to exhibit their most sleek, elegant and glamourous sets to the fashion gurus, trend-setters, guests and general public. Truly, dozens of dazzling dresses, layered pieces and stylish outfits were showcased in Aram Khachaturian house-museum created by 50 talented Armenian designers from Armenia and diaspora coming from Germany, France, Lebanon, Syria, Ukraine, US and Russia.
New startup bids to become the most favorite one for the people who feel uneasy at the kitchen and for the gourmets who prefer a variety of tasty meals every day. This application is called Cookmenu, a new venture offering various recipes with the ingredients you have at home.
''This is substantial assistance, especially for the women who are unable to cook anything in the kitchen. This application is for those who are getting married and can’t cook except, for example, fried potatoes. So, we suggest all of them use our application,'' said Narine Manukyan, the founder of Cookmenu.