Sevan Startup Summit has kicked off
July 25, 2017 – The first sessions of Sevan Startup Summit kicked off today gathering more than 70 Armenian startups at the beautiful shores of Lake Sevan. The first panel focused on the importance and role of startups, opportunities and motivations for the development of the ecosystem in Armenia and beyond. The panelists, with Peer Priewich (SMEDA), Christian Schellenberger (Berliner Strategen) Ashot Arzumanyan (Smartgate VC), Vahan Kerobyan (menu.am) and honorary guest H.E. Matthias Kiesler, Ambassador of Germany to the Republic of Armenia, shared their insights and experiences with Armenian startups.
H.E. Matthias Kiesler mentioned that he was glad to be part of the summit, which the German Government, through the Support to SME Development in Armenia project, implemented by GIZ and co-funded by the EU and BMZ, is supporting. He noted that SMEs are the backbone for development of the economy and Armenia should follow the success of Germany and western countries by encouraging the growth of SMEs and innovative startups.
“Young people should be motivated and learn from each other, they should have perspectives for the future and never give up their bright ideas, they are the brain of this country, which has limited natural resources. But with young people full of visions and innovative ideas it is quite possible to create another Silicon Valley success right here in Armenia” - noted H.E. in his encouraging speech to the excited participants.
The Summit provides an extensive agenda with various panel discussions, workshops such as creativity and design thinking, business models, prototyping, perfect pitching to name a few. These sessions are followed by campathons, campfire pitches and talks, battles and various awards at the closing ceremony to be concluded by a grand beach party on Sunday, July 30th.
About Sevan StartUP Summit: Sevan Startup Summit 2017 is held from July 24 - 31.
This year the key partner of Sevan Startup Summit is the “Support to SME Development in Armenia” (SMEDA) Project, which is co-funded by the European Union and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ Private Sector Development in South Caucasus Programme. SMEDA is part of the EU4Business and EU4Innovation initiatives of the European Union.
70 startups and 30 developer teams are participating and competing for more than $40,000 prize funds. Furthermore, approximately $200,000 will be invested in startups by angel investors and VCs.
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.