Venture Forum: Innovation Matching Grants Pitching
The Innovation Matching Grants Pitching event kicked off on May 5, 2017 gathering around 24 start-ups who had previously applied for the IMG grants announced by SMEDA project in cooperation with EIF. Today the startups had an opportunity to pitch their innovative solutions and business models. Out of 24 shortlisted startups up to 9 finalists will be selected by the jury to receive grants amounting from 30.000 to 50.000 EUR. The Innovation Matching Grants will be used for realisation of projects proposed by the shortlisted startups with engineering or high technology orientation with an overall objective to promote high tech innovations and commercialisation of research ideas and strengthening the linkage of science and private sector, in particular SMEs.
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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.
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.
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.