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
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.