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.
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.