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 4 Armenian Precision Engineering and IOT companies, namely Rafa Solutions(http://rafasolutions.com/), Bitlis-MEN (www,bitlismen.com), Volterman Inc. (www.volterman.com) and Grovf (www.grovf.com); several representatives of Free Economic Zones: Alliance FEZ (www.fez.am), Meridian FEZ (meridianfez.com) and Meghri FEZ (www.meghrifez.am); Gyumri Technology Center (www.gtc.am) and Vanadzor Technology Center (www.vtc.am), the Union of Precision Engineering Enterprises (www.upee.am) 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.
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From April 12-15, 2018 the EAVE on Demand film producers' workshop was held in Yerevan. The workshop was aimed at the selected Armenian producers of feature films who during the intensive training had a chance to enhance their know-how on contemporary methods and techniques applied in Europe, UK and Israel in feature film production starting from the basic planning, selection of topics, and script writing to acquiring funds, and forming strong film producers' unions.
The second part of the hackathon continued with sessions on Tourism perspectives in Armenia, Tourism as a sector of opportunities, Competitive analysis, product-market fit, pricing, and go-to-market and B2B sales and objection handling to equip the competing teams with better understanding of the sector. The sessions were conceived so that teams learn about how to advance their business knowledge as their business ideas. In the meantime, the teams focused on developing their ideas and prototypes for 24 hours. After intense internal discussions and hard work within the 49 teams, they were ready to pitch their ideas and prototypes in front of the jury on April 8, 2018.
The hackathon aimed at generating innovative ideas for tourism was launched on April 7, 2018 in Vanadzor Technology Center (VTC) – located at Armenia’s Lori Region. Around 50 young and enthusiastic teams gathered at VTC to compete around innovative and ingenious ideas that could be turned into models and embedded into regional tourism development. The idea is supported by the European Union and Armenian Government and thus, EU-SMEDA project partnered with VTC and Enterprise Incubator Foundation to make this happen.