Memorandum of Understanding Signed to Partner for Sevan Startup Summit
June 14, 2017: The “Support to SME development in Armenia” (SMEDA) Project has signed a MOU for the partnership with the Startup Armenia Foundation, Small and Medium Entrepreneurship Development National Center of Armenia (SME DNC), and Global AM NGO. With this agreement the Support to SME Development in Armenia (SMEDA) Project – co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation, implemented by GIZ under the EU4Business and EU4Innovation Initiatives – will support the Sevan Startup Summit in 2017. The Sevan Startup Summit serves as an important initiative to further strengthen the startup support in Armenia. The summit offers a great opportunity to startups to present their business ideas and further improve them with the assistance of mentors, experts, trainers and peers. This exchange and networking are important for startups to learn and improve their business plans and to market their ideas starting at very early stage. This will help strengthen the Armenian entrepreneurial ecosystem and improve the performance of startups in general. Mrs. Eva Naeher, Team leader of SMEDA, mentioned: “Our objective and hope for Sevan Startup Summit are to strengthen and to provide helpful business advise to Armenian startups. We are very happy to collaborate with the Startup Armenia Foundation, SME DNC and GlobalAM NGO.” Sevan Startup Summit 2017 will host more than 1000 participants and have a more intensive educational, practical and entertainment schedule this year. The prize fund of Sevan Startup Summit 2017 comprises $40,000, which can form an important financing part for Seed Stage and Early stage startups. Enlargement of the partnerships in 2017 creates new perspectives for the Summit.
Armenian Designers to showcase at PITTI SUPPER in Milan
With EU-SMEDA's support six Armenian designers and brands will attend and exhibit with their FW19-20 collections at the Fashion fair: PITTI SUPER 13 in Milan, February 22-25.
Startup Boost Weekend Vol.4
Good news for university students with bold ideas and interested in entrepreneurship! Startup Boost Weekend Vol.4 is not far away! It will be held from 22-24 February, 2019 at Yerevan State University.
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The Demo Day of the third batch of graduating startups of the EU-funded Armenia Startup Academy was successfully held on January 19, 2019. During the Demo Day, the founders of 12 startups that had been enrolled in the third cycle of the 12-week pre-acceleration programme of the Armenia Startup Academy introduced themselves and their products and solutions to the interested public, shared what they had learned at the Academy and what their future plans were.
2019 started for EU-SMEDA project with an activity aimed at strengthening of BMO’s (Business membership organisations) capacities. The visiting BMO consultant Karen Konopka met with a dozen of active BMOs for guidance and sharing of her hands-on expertise that aimed to improve their efficiency in performance, in particular in becoming more independent and sustainable as entities.
The second Empowering Regions through High-Tech 2018 Forum was successfully held in Gyumri, the 2nd largest city of Armenia from 7-8 December. It gathered around 200 young people and specialists from all the regions of RA engaged in high-tech, startup and innovation fields.