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STEP from Idea to Market grant competition 2017

15.09.2017

Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF) and the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies of the Republic of Armenia invite all interested startup teams, innovators, scientists and technology entrepreneurs to apply to the annual STEP “From Idea to Market” Competition. The competition is designed to ignite the spark of technology entrepreneurship and to advance innovative technology-based ideas to the market in the following areas critical to Armenia’s development such as ICT, Engineering and High Tech Innovations

The winners of IMG and STEP grants

08.05.2017

On May 5th the winners of the application process for IMG and STEP grants schemes were announced - as a result of 2-day pitching events where the 38 shortlisted startup teams and companies participated and pitched their innovative projects.      

Announced Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP)

18.01.2017


Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP)  – Business Development Support for innovative technology oriented Start-ups


The "Support to SME Development in Armenia" (SMEDA) project, which is co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ PSD SC Regional Programme, in cooperation with Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF), announces the Science and Technology Entrepreneurship (STEP) programme. SMEDA is part of the EU4Business and EU4Innovation Initiatives.

 

 

The programme is aiming at igniting the spark of entrepreneurship and advancing innovative technology-based ideas to the market. The overall objective of the programme is to help start-up teams, innovators, scientists, engineers, researchers, and entrepreneurs to move their products to the market, create new ventures, and promote innovation and entrepreneurship in Armenia. 


Competition is open to start-up teams, consisting of two or more participants who are willing to develop an idea with high technology based in the field of Engineering, CleanTech, Biotech, etc., in Armenia. All applicants, including all members of the applying team must be citizens or permanent residents of Armenia and residing in Armenia at the time of submission of application.  

 

The competition will also support grantees with the following activities: 

  • Access to seed funding through STEP for the winner start-up companies 
  • Mentorship, networking opportunities, and expertise in user-centered innovation commercialization strategies and business development 
  • Linkages with potential investors

There will be up to 10 grants provided in 2017-2018 amounting up to 15.000 Euro each, with maximum 12-month project duration. In total, there will be 2 grant cycles announced. Each project will be required to have a 5% co-financing to match the grant amount. 

 

The competition aims at supporting high-technology driven projects. Therefore, the proposals should not focus on the development of web applications and platforms, such as e-commerce, and other e-service platforms, solutions for business process automation, mobile applications and services.


Application deadline is February 17, 2017. For all interested candidates an info session will be offered to provide more information on application process and answer to all the questions of the potential applicants on January 26, at 16:30 in Yerevan at Innovative Solutions and Technologies Center (ISTC); on January 20, at 12:00 in Gyumri Technology Center and on January 20, at 15:00 in Vanadzor Technology Center. The complete information related to the competition may be found on EIF’s website: www.eif.am 


In case of questions, please feel free to contact the EIF team by sending an e-mail to info@eif.am or calling at+37410 219797. 

 

For media inquiries, please contact Nune Kochinyan, SMEDA’s communication officer, email: nune.kochinyan@giz.de, calling at +37410 26 99 86 and Ruzan Apresyan, EIF’s communication officer, email: ruzan.apresyan@eif.am, calling at+37410 219797. 

Call for Proposals Application form STEP grant


Call for Proposales Announcement STEP grant

 

Budget template

 

Annexes Samples


STEP APPLICATION




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