15 talented Armenian Startups receive support to realise their innovative projects
On May 5th the winners of the application process for Innovation Matching Grants (IMG) and Science and Technology Entrepreneurship program (STEP) grant schemes were announced - as a result of 2-day pitching events where the 38 shortlisted startup teams and companies participated and pitched their innovative ideas and projects.
The “Innovation Matching Grant” (IMG) and “Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Programme” (STEP) competitions were announced by the “Support to SME Development in Armenia” (SMEDA) project, co-funded by the EU and implemented by GIZ. SMEDA is part of the EU4Business and EU4Innovation initiatives of the European Union. The grant schemes are implemented in cooperation with the Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF). Both, IMG and STEP aim at promoting entrepreneurship and advancing innovative technology-based ideas in Armenia and to help startup teams, innovators, scientists, engineers, researchers, and entrepreneurs to move their products to the market, create new ventures, and promote innovation and entrepreneurship in Armenia.
Ten winners were announced for the IMG competition. These winners will be now further accompanied by international experts in preparing their project to receive funding from 30,000 – 50,000 EUR to transform their ground-breaking ideas into real products.
For the STEP competition five winners were announced, who will equally be accompanied to prepare their projects in order to receive funding of up to EUR 15,000 to engage actively into the realisation of their scientific and technology oriented project.
Before the final stage of competitions coaching and mentorship was provided to the applicant teams and companies by international and local experts active in entrepreneurship development and investments. This support will be ongoing for the winners in the form of mentorship, networking with potential investors, assisting with commercialisation strategies and analyses of innovative products, etc.
The winning stratups of IMG competition are:
- Volterman Smart Wallet
- FPGA Key Value Database for IoT
The winning startups of STEP competition are:
- Financial Tech
- CNC Machine line
- One – Click key
- Custom I/O modules for NI my RIO and ElvisRIO platforms
- CDM for Education, Based on New Generation Optical Element
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.