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 4 Armenian Precision Engineering and IOT companies, namely Rafa Solutions(http://rafasolutions.com/), Bitlis-MEN (www,bitlismen.com), Volterman Inc. (www.volterman.com) and Grovf (www.grovf.com); several representatives of Free Economic Zones: Alliance FEZ (www.fez.am), Meridian FEZ (meridianfez.com) and Meghri FEZ (www.meghrifez.am); Gyumri Technology Center (www.gtc.am) and Vanadzor Technology Center (www.vtc.am), the Union of Precision Engineering Enterprises (www.upee.am) 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.
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From April 12-15, 2018 the EAVE on Demand film producers' workshop was held in Yerevan. The workshop was aimed at the selected Armenian producers of feature films who during the intensive training had a chance to enhance their know-how on contemporary methods and techniques applied in Europe, UK and Israel in feature film production starting from the basic planning, selection of topics, and script writing to acquiring funds, and forming strong film producers' unions.
The second part of the hackathon continued with sessions on Tourism perspectives in Armenia, Tourism as a sector of opportunities, Competitive analysis, product-market fit, pricing, and go-to-market and B2B sales and objection handling to equip the competing teams with better understanding of the sector. The sessions were conceived so that teams learn about how to advance their business knowledge as their business ideas. In the meantime, the teams focused on developing their ideas and prototypes for 24 hours. After intense internal discussions and hard work within the 49 teams, they were ready to pitch their ideas and prototypes in front of the jury on April 8, 2018.
The hackathon aimed at generating innovative ideas for tourism was launched on April 7, 2018 in Vanadzor Technology Center (VTC) – located at Armenia’s Lori Region. Around 50 young and enthusiastic teams gathered at VTC to compete around innovative and ingenious ideas that could be turned into models and embedded into regional tourism development. The idea is supported by the European Union and Armenian Government and thus, EU-SMEDA project partnered with VTC and Enterprise Incubator Foundation to make this happen.