Startup Boost Weekend Vol.3 once again unites university students

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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.

The opening of the event was attended by Mr. Gonzalo Serrano, Head of Cooperation Section of EU Delegation to Armenia who addressed a welcoming speech and presented the scope of the support measures that EU provides for development of innovation and startup ecosystems in Armenia, since those sectors are one of the pillars for development of the national economy in Armenia. "We will help the Armenian Government in their objective to make the country a hub of IT and innovations", said Mr. Serrano.

Mariam Babayan, Team leader of EU -SMEDA project - the main supported of the event said: "We support the Startup Boost Weekend event for the third time as we strongly believe that young people have the right potential to boost innovation and IT in the country, and this event is the first step to help them enter entrepreneurship world and create their startups with future achievements ahead".

The winning teams of the SBW Vol.3 were:

- - free and fast online kid birthday organizer based on Mam’s social media preferences

- EyeZ - an assistive device for visually impaired people to provide with greater mobility

- PromoCar - matching brands with car owners who want to drive with an ad decal on their car allowing them to earn extra income

Startup Boost Weekend Vol3 program was implemented by Catalyst Foundation in cooperation with Support to SME Development (EU-SMEDA) Project, co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ’s Private Sector Development in South Caucasus Programme. Other partners of SBW are Armenian National Engineering Laboratories Innovation Incubator (National Polytechnic University of Armenia), and AUA’s Entrepreneurship and Product Innovation Center (EPIC).

More photos here: Photos Day 1 

More photos here: Photos Day 2

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