Bizprotect platform officially introduced
The official presentation of the Bizprotect platform aimed at announcing about the unique tool developed for the Armenian small and medium businesses (SME) to help them protect their rights against all kinds of violations, corruption risks and unfair treatment they may encounter during their business operations. The mistreatment that SMEs face is not an uncommon practice in Armenia, and SMEDA has commissioned a Consortium comprising of the Union of Information Technology Enterprises, Armenian Lawyers' Association and European Business Association to undertake the initiative of establishing an unprecedented evidence-based advocacy platform for Armenian SMEs.
SMEDA believes that this tool will enable SMEs to become stronger and feel more protected. As the platform is being used slowly but steadily after being launched in April 2017, a number of reported cases were successfully followed up by the Consortium members. This shows a great promise for further expansion and application by SMEs, mentioned Eva Naeher, SMEDA Team Leader.
Stanislav Toshkov representing the EU Delegation at the event, stated that EU wants to see a strong private sector and highly welcomes this initiative and is keen to learn more on the successful cases resolved through the platform.
The audience representing Armenian BMOs and BSOs, public and private sector were presented the website bizprotect.am, and the steps for anonymous reporting and following the complaints and cases.
Aiming to disseminate and showcase the practical use of the platform, SMEDA has produced a film, which was displayed at the event. The film encourages Armenian SMEs to widely use the platform and protect their rights. It further shows how it could be achieved through featured cases of small businesses
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.