Promoting Stronger and Independent BMOs in Armenia
On July 12, 2017 SMEDA hosted a Round Table for representatives of Business Membership Organisations (BMOs) to present the final report on the mapping of BMO in Armenia conducted for SMEDA, Support to SME Development in Armenia Project.
The report was produced by ADWISE Business and Legal Consulting LLC with contributions by sequa gGmbH. The report maps the BMO in Armenia, with a thorough SWOT analyses, revealing of the current challenges and needs for improvement to better represent small and medium sized enterprises in Armenia.
A presentation was delivered by the experts who guided the invited BMO representatives through the overall process of the mapping starting from an explanation of the current situation and an environmental assessment in general, the used methodology, stocktaking of BMOs, the SWOT analyses of the sector, an assessment of the sustainability, capacities and service qualities of BMOs. In addition, the invited BMOs had a chance to learn about the international best practices from an international expert from sequa gGmbH, who presented the status and service delivery of BMOs in Germany and Western countries and provided a comparative analysis of Armenian BMOs in the international and developing countries context. Then, recommendations were offered to remedy the challenges and weaknesses of BMOs in Armenia such as the creation of BMO platforms, modification of organisational structures and a more active member engagement, needs assessment of members, introduction of new services, strengthening of lobbying services, etc.
The meeting was followed by a discussion and exchange on next steps and in that respect SMEDA’s team leader Eva Naeher stated that SMEDA is committed to strengthen the BMO sector in Armenia and has been already supporting two BMO consortia respectively (with the www.bizprotect.am web portal already launched and functional and www.palat.am as a project underway). SMEDA will follow up with recommendations by consultants and the concerns raised by the present BMOs. SMEDA further encourages the BMOs not to depend on donors and grants but rather to look for innovative solutions and increase their membership by offering more attractive and better tailored services to SMEs. It was recommended also to consider joining of forces and establishing a stronger commitment for BMOs in Armenia.
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.