On May 13, at 11:30 a press conference was held at Public Journalism Club that summarized the activities of the Technology Goes Beyond Borders (TGBB) project including its three stages-two round of online mentorship and crash course for 6 teams of young startup entrepreneurs from Armenia and Turkey, and the results of the pitching session held on May 12.
The press conference was followed by an award ceremony during which Evreka won the Best Team award and will receive prize financial support from the European Union funded Support to Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process Programme to implement its business ideas.
On May 12, at 14:00 the representatives of the teams involved in Technology Goes Beyond Borders (TGBB) Project pitched their business ideas and prototypes to a highly reputable jury. These products had been developed during the four previous months of the project.
On May 11 at 17:00 a lecture on "Investors and Startups: Being a Startup and an Entrepreneur: What does it Mean?" was held at the Public Journalism Club (Saryan 30). The guest speaker for the event was Emre Ozbek from Turkey, a partner at Istanbul Startup Angels.
On September 13, 2018, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) hosted a workshop on “Exchange of Best Practices in Plastic Waste Management between Armenia- and Turkey-based CSOs and Practitioners.” The workshop is part of a project that contributes to the development of cooperation between environmentalists, waste management practitioners, businesses and local authorities of Armenia and Turkey through sharing best practices in plastic waste management. The grantee, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen organized a 1-day workshop in Diyarbakir with participation of 20 representatives of local authorities, plastic waste management practitioners, environmental CSOs, businesses in the field of plastic waste separation and recycling from Armenia and Turkey. The workshop was followed by a study visit to Plastic Waste Recycling Plant in Diyarbakir, as well as a follow-up exchange workshop in Yerevan. Based on the results of the study visit and workshops UFSD will produce a booklet on the best practices of plastic waste management in Armenia and Turkey. The project will result in an increased awareness of stakeholders of the plastic waste management practiced on the other side of the border, as well as will provide an opportunity for networking between practitioners and businesses focusing on plastic waste management. Representatives of local authorities may consider replicating the best practices in plastic waste management in their own communities.
This activity took place within the framework of the Sub-grants Scheme implemented by Eurasia Partnership Foundation as part of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” programme, funded by the European Union and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.