Current News



Photo contest under the headline of “Artsakh War 2020 CHRONICLES”


Enterprise incubator Foundation announces a photo contest under the “Artsakh War 2020 CHRONICLES” headline.


2020 will be recorded in history as a chronicle of various global adversity. For us Armenians, it is also a historical page of war and irreversible losses.


ANNOUNCEMENT /03.03.2021/


Enterprise Incubator Foundation announces NEW CALL for the Innovation and Regional Matching Grant competition, in the scope of the "Matching Grants" Program implemented with the assistance of the RA Government, RA Ministry of High-Tech Industry and the World Bank.

Announced Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP)


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: 

In case of questions, please feel free to contact the EIF team by sending an e-mail to [email protected] or calling at+37410 219797. 


For media inquiries, please contact Nune Kochinyan, SMEDA’s communication officer, email: [email protected], calling at +37410 26 99 86 and Ruzan Apresyan, EIF’s communication officer, email: [email protected], calling at+37410 219797. 

Call for Proposals Application form STEP grant

Call for Proposales Announcement STEP grant


Budget template


Annexes Samples


Photo Gallery | About | Projects | Services | News | Researches | Guides | BLOG | Startup Ecosystem | R&D Ecosystem | Contacts