Armenia Startup Academy officially launched
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.
“The Armenia Startup Academy is an important milestone in developing the startup ecosystem, a step forward for startups, tech entrepreneurs and innovators who believe in high tech future”, mentioned Ashot Arzumanyan, co-founder of ASA, in his welcoming remarks.
Hoa-Binh Adjemian, Head of Cooperation Section of EU Delegation to Armenia, re-stated in his speech about EU’s readiness to contribute to Armenia’s innovative growth through its equity fund, acceleration, seed funding and other support projects impelmenetd with GIZ and other partners.
Emil Tarasyan, Deputy Minister of MEDI, said that the idea of establishing the Armenia Startup Academy has been fully supported by the Government, and it should be ongoing and sustainable in the future contributing to the successful and innovative products and solutions to boost the county’s development.
SMEDA’s Team leader Eva Naeher said: “ This is a House of future heroes, a great place for young innovative people to learn and develop further. SMEDA is honored to support this initiative”.
The curriculum of the programme was introduced to the audience by Hambardzum Kaghketsyan, co-founder of ASA, which was followed by brief pitches from the participating startups and a networking session to conclude the event.
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The Demo Day of the third batch of graduating startups of the EU-funded Armenia Startup Academy was successfully held on January 19, 2019. During the Demo Day, the founders of 12 startups that had been enrolled in the third cycle of the 12-week pre-acceleration programme of the Armenia Startup Academy introduced themselves and their products and solutions to the interested public, shared what they had learned at the Academy and what their future plans were.
2019 started for EU-SMEDA project with an activity aimed at strengthening of BMO’s (Business membership organisations) capacities. The visiting BMO consultant Karen Konopka met with a dozen of active BMOs for guidance and sharing of her hands-on expertise that aimed to improve their efficiency in performance, in particular in becoming more independent and sustainable as entities.
The second Empowering Regions through High-Tech 2018 Forum was successfully held in Gyumri, the 2nd largest city of Armenia from 7-8 December. It gathered around 200 young people and specialists from all the regions of RA engaged in high-tech, startup and innovation fields.