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
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.