Armenia Startup Academy officially launched

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12-12-2017

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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