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 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.