Start of EFQM’s “Journey to Excellence - Quality Management” for SME DNC
SMEDA has organised a training on EFQM’s “Journey to Excellence - Quality Management” for the staff of the SME DNC Armenia Foundation. This training is developed by EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management, based in Brussels) in order to provide a practical introduction to the Journey to Excellence. This training has been adapted to the needs of SME DNC and is an essential first step in organizational development and implementation of excellence on the basis of the EFQM Excellence Model. Through the training, participants received both theoretical and practical knowledge of the EFQM Excellence Model and its implementation in organizations of all types around the globe. The training can be utilized to plan an individual and tailored approach to one´s own Journey to Excellence and it is a first step on the path to EFQM’s “Committed to Excellence” Validation. The trainings enabled the leaders and management staff of SME DNC to set the definition of the Excellence as it will apply to SME DNC, to obtain knowledge of the EFQM Excellence model and its individual components, use different methods of self-assessment, understand the importance of prioritization in the selection of improvement projects with insight into the planning and implementation of such projects. At the end, a concrete action plan was elaborated for the development of a joint quality management system and for achieving EFQM’s “Committed to Excellence” validation for the upcoming 9 to 12 months. The overall objective of this activity is to enable SME DNC to offer better services to its clients in the spirit of Excellence. The sessions were facilitated by Dr. Susanne Kaldschmidt, International EFQM Expert and EFQM Licensed Advisor and Trainer. More Information on EFQM and the Excellence Model: www.efqm.org
Armenia will be represented at Hannover Messe 2018
SMEDA supports four Armenian Precision Engineering and IoT companies, namely RAFA Solutions, Bitlis-MEN, Volterman Inc. and Grovf and several representatives of Free Economic Zones and the Ministry of Economic Development and Investments of Armenia to be part of this year's Hannover Messe 2018 trade fair under a joint stand, followed by a roadshow in German companies among which the famous Autostadt Volkswagen.
Business Membership Organisations' (BMO) Academy
SMEDA is organising a 3-week Business Membership Organisations' (BMO) Academy for Armenian BMOs with no less than 20 SMEs as members. The aim of the Academy is to enhance the capacities of BMOs to organise themselves as active professional associations able to build constructive dialogues with authorities when defining economic and sectoral policies.
EAVE on Demand Producers Workshop in Armenia 2018
SMEDA is supporting the EAVE on Demand Producers Workshop in Armenia 2018, aimed at producers, both fiction and documentary, who are interested in developing their feature film project during a 3-day intensive training program from April 12 to 16, outside of Yerevan.
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The Press Conference held on January 10, 2018 aimed at announcing broadly about the Eave on Demand Producers' Workshop in Armenia 2018. The initiative is supported by SMEDA project targeting producers, both fiction and documentary, who are interested in developing their feature film project during a 3-day intensive training program from April 12 to 16, outside of Yerevan.
SMEDA has implemented numerous activities in 2017 within its five main result areas and beyond to support & promote SMEs, Startups, Innovation, Precision Engineering, Free Economic Zones, Technoparks, Creative Industries, Regional development, and many more as highlighted in this video: http://bit.ly/2BMn9kl
The Armenia Startup Academy (ASA) was officially launched at the Hero House and is now contributing to the Startup Ecosystem of Armenia. The initiative is supported by SMEDA and implemented by Catalyst Foundation aiming to boost the startup ecosystem and bring the Armenian startups to the next level. With the help of a team of advanced mentors, advisers, instructors and entrepreneurial assistants it offers a pre-acceleration programme to guide tech companies and startup teams through the process of customer development using advanced tracking methodologies and instruments.