Armenian Startup Night in Berlin
The Armenian Startup Night organised in the frame of the Armenian Startup Academy Berlin (#ASAB) turned into a true success. The 15 surprising Armenian startups were presented to representatives, investors and guests of the German startup and innovation ecosystem. The audience discovered the dynamic Armenian startup world and learned about true potential for successful cooperation to follow. H.E. Ashot Smbatyan, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to Germany attended the event and highlighted in his welcoming speech the strategic importance for developing the high tech and innovation ecosystems in Armenia. The Armenian Startup Night organised in the frame of the Armenian Startup Academy Berlin (#ASAB) turned into a true success. The 15 surprising Armenian startups were presented to representatives, investors and guests of the German startup and innovation ecosystem. The audience discovered the dynamic Armenian startup world and learned about true potential for successful cooperation to follow. ASAB was taking place from September 3- 10, 2017 in Berlin, Germany aiming to introduce the Armenian startups to the German startup ecosystem, scale up their business management skills, establish connections and create expansion opportunities to enter European markets. This week included 4 days of intensive trainings on investor readiness, business modeling, pitching, marketing and sales. ASAB is organised by the Support to SME Development in Armenia (SMEDA) Project, which is co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal 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.
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One of the most significant events in the startup ecosystem of Armenia: the traditionally held Sevan Startup Summit took place from July 28 – August 3, 2019 on the shores of the Lake Sevan. It had been supported by EU-SMEDA project for the third year in a row, given the vast impact and value it conveys to startup life of Armenia, revealing dozens of new and talented startups and creating opportunities for them for further growth, investment and expansion.
The "Fashion Forum Yerevan 2019"- already held as a traditional event, officially kicked off on June 25, in “Vordan Karmir” museum with fashion exhibition by Armenian designers titled: "Heritage". The collections of traditional garments, accessories, samples of Taraz (national costume) created by Armenian designers were presented at the exhibition to the visiting public and fashion lovers.
Supported by EU-SMEDA project, the Business Angels Network of Armenia (BANA) organised its second Business Investment Conference on June 11, 2019: “Two years winged: What’s next” gathering local and international business angels to share angel investment insights and to hear from one of the experienced international business angels and investors Maurice Verwee on topics like Angel investment in Armenia, due diligence and company valuation, investment management and more. It aimed also at presenting the achievements of BANA to the business angels and guests and plan for future activities based on recommendations and feedback received.