Armenian Delegation successfully showcases at Hannover Messe 2018
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.
Prior to the trade fair, several sessions for capacity development and preparation had been conducted. Furthermore, a roadshow to a number of outstanding German entities specialized in engineering, such as the Association of German Engineers VDMA – with over 3,200 -member companies in the SME-dominated mechanical and systems engineering industry in Germany and Europe, Berlin Adlershof – one of the leading Science and Technology parks in Europe, and the famous Autostadt Volkswagen in Wolfsburg was organised.
At HANNOVER MESSE 2018, at stand D41 in Hall 27, Armenia’s Tech and IT gems in Precision Engineering (PE) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), together with representatives of the Union of Precision Engineering Enterprises, and key executives of Armenia’s major Techno Parks and Free Economic Zones and Investments presented the business opportunities in Armenia under the slogan “Armenia – Explore New Opportunities!”
On April 26, 2018 a forum on “Business Opportunities in Armenia” was held, followed by a networking event at the joint stand in Hall 27 which was attended by H.E. Ashot Smbatyan, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia in Germany. During the forum a panel discussion was held with PE companies, Technoparks and FEZ executives who presented the investment and business opportunities, development trends and capacities of their entities to the interested international investors and business partners. The various exhibiting entities were able to raise a high interest among potential business partners, investors and the interested audience whom they met and discussed cooperation perspectives for the future.
“Armenia provides some real new opportunities at the bridge between the Eurasian Economic Union, Iran, and the European Union. It offers not only highly skilled labour, but showcases also some surprising and highly innovative ideas, that can drive Industrie 4.0, Precision Engineering and future development in general”, concluded Eva Naeher, Team Leader of the EU-SMEDA project about the forum and Armenia’s first participation at Hannover Messe.
Demo Day to present the 3rd batch of graduates of Armenia Startup Academy
The Demo Day of the third batch of graduates of the EU-funded Armenia Startup Academy will take place on January 19, 6:00 – 8:30 PM at the American University of Armenia. The Academy is a game-changing entrepreneurship and startup education programme, which, by the support of the European Union, shapes Armenia’s innovative future.
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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.
On December 5th, a press conference was held ahead of "Empowering Regions through High-tech" forum on Dec. 7-8, 2018 in Gyumri. The aim of the forum is to empower the youth of Armenia's regions by supporting regional startup ecosystem, encouraging innovation and IT development in regions through creation of cooperation & partnership with global companies and IT networks, universities and non-tech SMEs. It is expected that over 200 participants from all the regions of Armenia will attend the event.
The third Startup Boost Weekend (SBW, vol.3) supported by EU-SMEDA project, gathered more than 100 students from 6 Armenian universities on 1-2 December, 2018. During the 2 days of highly interactive and fun atmosphere students learned and practiced a number of essential entrepreneurial skills, generated startup ideas under the guidance of professional mentors and presneted them in teams to the judgement of jury. The best teams were awarded by prizes.