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Optym Armenia, EIF and ISTC organized Smarter Transportation Data Hackathon

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State Tourism Committee of Armenia and Enterprise Incubator Foundation signed a memorandum of cooperation which implies implementation of joint projects on issues related to the development of Gyumri. The 1st place changed as a result of cooperation in Gyumri is Shirak airport.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATION GRANTS


Business Development & Innovation grants -Support to technology oriented startups in Armenia


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 two grant competitions within the Diversified Access to Finance component of the SMEDA project. 


SMEDA is a part of the EU4Business and EU4Innovation Initiatives. It aims to create employment opportunities in various sectors by increasing the number of SMEs established in Armenia, as well as increasing the competitiveness of existing SMEs. Measures include providing grants and  technical assistance to develop new innovative products for domestic and global markets through a successful programme of grant models.  


Within this project, 2 types of grants will be announced: 

Overall, up to 18 grants will be provided in 2017 and 2018/2019 for 30,000 to 50,000 Euro, with a project duration of maximum 12 months within the Innovation Matching Grant competition, and up to 10 grants will be provided in 2017 and 2018/2019 for 15,000 Euro, with a project duration of maximum 12 months with the STEP Grant competition. In total, there will be 2 grant cycles per each grant type. 


SMEDA jointly with EIF is announcing  the Innovation Matching Grants competition.


Furthermore, the project aims at stimulating the rate of technology absorption and commercialization of research ideas, and also fostering the collaboration between science and the private sector, especially the Armenian SMEs. 


The competition will also support grantees with the following activities:

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

The competition is open to Armenian companies with a high technology background, for example in the field of Engineering, Cleantech, Biotech, etc., who are registered since at least one year in the Republic of Armenia and are able to provide necessary co-financing. 


Application deadline is February 5th, 2017. For all interested candidates, an info session will be organised to provide detailed information on the application process.



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