Armenian statisticians exchange with Danish colleagues on SME statistics
Following the four expert missions on SME statistics organised by EU-SMEDA aiming at enhancement of capacities of the National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia (NSSRA) in SME Statistics in line with EU standards and best practices (check out the highlight here), SMEDA has organised a study tour for the respective staff of NSSRA to Statistics Denmark from 9-11 April, 2018.
The key topics discussed and observed in Denmark were: information sources for the maintenance of SME statistics; feasibility of selecting criteria for the maintenance of SME statistics; the framework for the maintenance of SME statistics: segmentation of information on economic entities (what types of economic activity should be included in the SME statistics); identification of the main activity type and location of the main activity of SME units; calculation of the value added for SME units; sources of receiving information on SME units belonging to the same economic unit (affiliated); mechanisms to identify an affiliation between SME units and peculiarities of the maintenance of SME demography in EU countries.
Apart from the mentioned information, Armenian statisticians were introduced to the experience and practice of the Danish Statistical Service in collection, compilation and publication of SME statistics according to EUROSTAT and OECD standards.
The study tour along with the four expert missions on SME statistics enabled the NSSRA to get the required and up to date know how and methods enabling them to produce and publish high quality and accurate SME statistics with various sub-sectoral analyses to be widely used by stakeholders and SMEs in Armenia.
Demo Day of the second batch of graduates of Armenia Startup Academy
The EU-funded Armenia Startup Academy is organising a Demo Day for its second batch of graduates. The event will take place on May 30th, 7–9pm at the American University of Armenia, Manoogian Hall. The graduating startups will pitch in front of interested investors, friends & the startup community. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to meet with the startups in their individual booths. Finally, you can hear more about the Armenia Startup Academy, learn about the impact and the success stories and discover what are our future plans.
Fashion Forum 2018
The first of its kind event - Fashion Forum Yerevan 2018 will be held from June 2-4, 2018. The forum will be an excellent opportunity for Armenian designers to meet global fashion representatives, professionals and influencers who will share their expertise and deliver a number of master classes to the local designers.
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The Armenia Startup Academy, which is an EU-funded initiative implemenetd in the framework of the "Support to SME Developmenr in Armenia" (EU-SMEDA) project, is excited to announce that SmartGateVC led the investment round in Embry, a startup tapping into the future of wearable devices to meet the evolving needs of weight control. Radik Verdyan, advisor to CEO at Citymobil, co-invested in this pre-seed round. Embry is a thin smart insole with built-in scale designed for sustaining healthy weight. It’s a patent-pending technology, which unlike the existing activity trackers and smart insoles in the market, does automated weight tracking and alerts weight gain. Based on accurate activity tracking and analysis of how activities impact weight change, it provides personalized nutrition, physical activity, and healthy habit coaching via a user-friendly application. Embry aims at solving today’s global overweight epidemic as after dieting, 70% of people gain back more weight than they originally had lost. It’s a revolutionary solution for busy people, who need hustle free weight control.
This video showcases the Armenia Startup Academy initiative supported by EU-SMEDA project and implemented by Catalyst foundation. It offers a unique pre-acceleration programme of 12 weeks for selected Armenian tech companies and startups that guides them through the process of customer development using advanced tracking methodologies and instruments to enter and expand in new markets.
Supported by EU-SMEDA, four Armenian Precision Engineering and IIoT companies, namely RAFA Solutions (rafasolutions.com), Bitlis-MEN (www.bitlismen.com), Volterman Inc. (www.volterman.com) and Grovf (www.grovf.com); representatives of the three Free Economic Zones in Armenia namely Alliance FEZ (www.fez.am), Meridian FEZ (www.meridianfez.com) and Meghri FEZ (www.meghrifez.am); Gyumri Technology Center (www.gtc.am) and Vanadzor Technology Center (www.vtc.am), as well as the Union of Precision Engineering Enterprises (www.upee.am) and the Ministry of Economic Development and Investments of Armenia had the opportunity to be part of this year's Hannover Messe 2018, the world’s biggest trade fair for engineering.