Surprising Armenian Startups @ Startup Olé in Salamanca, Spain
Ten Armenian startups @ Startup Olé in Salamanca, Spain Ten Armenian technology-based startup founders and representatives enjoyed their exclusive chance to participate at the Startup Olé 2017 event, held in the historical Hospederia Fonseca, University of Salamanca, Spain, on April 26th-27th 2017. Armenian startups were invited by the “Support to SME Development in Armenia” (SMEDA) project to present their ideas to more than 1000 attendees in Salamanca. SMEDA is co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ’s Private Sector Development in South Caucasus Programme. SMEDA is part of the EU4Business and EU4Innovation initiatives of the European Union. Being one of the important events for startups, investors, accelerators, incubators in Europe, Startup Olé aims at being a meeting point for key players for the tech startup community. Armenia was represented in Salamanca for the first time with a noteworthy delegation of Armenian Startups and support entities – such as the Small and Medium Enterprise Development National Center (SMEDNC) and the Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF). Startup Olé was a great opportunity for interesting and perspective meetings aimed at enhancing collaborations between startups, investors, accelerators and international companies. The conference also offered a unique chance to being informed on existing global technological innovations and a benchmark of startups in Europe. Hundreds of startups from Spain and other countries participated in the Startup Fair on April 26-27 2017, which delivered opportunities including an exhibitor space, entry to a pitching competition, matchmaking with relevant corporates and investors, and private networking. In addition, more than 100 speakers delivered presentations during the two days of the event on relevant topics for startups in the tech sphere. While the Armenian and other startups were representing their ideas, materials, and projects to investors, accelerators, officials of Salamanca and other regions of Spain, as well as to representatives of the EU commission, rather interesting presentations and discussions were going on in the halls of the University of Salamanca. The major accentuation during the discussions was that “passion never fails”. The two-day event enabled Armenian startups to build new and promising connections, learn how to present themselves at international events, meet active businessmen and investors during and after the sessions of Startup Olé. SMEDA will follow up with the participating startups on their further progress to reveal how their participation at Startup Olé helped them to develop and improve their projects and will promote their success stories among other startups in Armenia. SMEDA will follow up with participant startups on their further progress to reveal how their participation at Startup Olé helped them to develop and improve and will promote their success stories among other startups in Armenia.
Winners of the 2nd cycle of Innovation Matching Grants to be selected soon
The final stage of EU-supported Innovation Matching Grants competition (IMG) will be held on June 29, 2018 from 10:00 to 19:00, at Vanadzor Technology Center (VTC). The 16 shortlisted startups who have undergone the process of pre-selection, excessive trainings and mentorship will participate at the final competition aimed at supporting business development and innovation and will present their innovative ideas to the jury.
FlyFest 2018 - an amazing aircraft show is coming up!
An amazing aircraft show full of speed, colors and breathtaking flight tricks - the FlyFest 2018- is coming up on July st in Gyumri, Armenia, supported by EU through its Support to SME Development in Armenia (EU-SMEDA) projcet. The festival is aiming to promote the expansion and development of model aircraft sports and tourism in the regions of Armenia through modern engineering solutions.
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The first-ever Fashion Forum was held in Yerevan, Armenia from June 2-4, 2018 bringing in fresh re-start and aspiration to the fashion world of Armenia. It united Armenian designers under one roof to exhibit their most sleek, elegant and glamourous sets to the fashion gurus, trend-setters, guests and general public. Truly, dozens of dazzling dresses, layered pieces and stylish outfits were showcased in Aram Khachaturian house-museum created by 50 talented Armenian designers from Armenia and diaspora coming from Germany, France, Lebanon, Syria, Ukraine, US and Russia.
New startup bids to become the most favorite one for the people who feel uneasy at the kitchen and for the gourmets who prefer a variety of tasty meals every day. This application is called Cookmenu, a new venture offering various recipes with the ingredients you have at home.
''This is substantial assistance, especially for the women who are unable to cook anything in the kitchen. This application is for those who are getting married and can’t cook except, for example, fried potatoes. So, we suggest all of them use our application,'' said Narine Manukyan, the founder of Cookmenu.