The delegation of 10 selected ICT startups from Armenia left for Istanbul to participate in the “StartupIstanbul” Regional Forum to be held in Istanbul on October 6-10, 2016, due to the coordination of Public Journalist Club /Armenia/ and TEPAV (Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey) /Turkey/ within the framework of the “Exchange of Entrepreneurs” Project.
StartupIstanbul is the leading startup event, which brings together founders, investors and executives in the region. The event is an exclusive gathering of the leading startups, internet companies, angel investors and venture capitalists from Europe, Middle East, Western Asia and the USA where startups from different countries have an opportunity to present their innovative business ideas, get advice from international experts and maintain business relations with investors.
The delegation is led by the Public Journalism Club representatives - Seda Muradyan, Head of the Public Journalism Club, and Lusine Avagyan, Project Manager of Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process Program. The delegation is also accompanied by two journalists, Arpine Arzumanyan and Narine Daneghyan, who will cover this prominent event.
The Armenian delegation is presented in “StartupIstanbul” regional forum with the representatives of the following companies:
1. Ashot Mashuryan, CEO, Heltun - smart home systems.
Ashot graduated from Russian-Armenian Slavonic University in 2010 as a specialist in applied mathematics and computer science. Already in the University he managed to gather a team of like-minded people to achieve his dream, with whom he created a number of robots and won the first prizes on Armenian Robotics competitions in 2009-2011. HELTUN was launched in 2011 as building automatiom (Smart Home) hardware and software developer. HELTUN’s team wants to make home automation as simple as iPad.
2. Aram Jivanyan, CEO and Co-Founder, Skycryptor – cloud data security
In 2008 Aram obtained his Bachelor's degree from Yerevan State University (YSU), Department of Informatics and Applied Mathematics, and in 2010 the Master's degree from the Research and Education Center of Information Technologies. In 2012 Aram got an Annual Educational Award of the President of the Republic of Armenia in IT Sphere, in the catogory of the best PhD Student. Currently Aram is serving as a CEO and co-founder of Skycryptor, which was founded in 2015. Skycryptor is a patented SMART data encryption, sharing and access control platform facilitating encrypted file sharing via any cloud application and keeping the files searchable after encryption.
3. Zhorzh Seyradaryan, CEO, LiTech – innovative lighting technologies
Zhorzh obtained Master's Degree from Oxford University by completing the Research in Experimental Psychology and Law in 2012-2014.
Having several years’ of experience in social involvement and startup competitions, he is presenting a new technology to the market of LED, lighting aimed at substantially increasing the LED light technology's efficiency. The LiTech was formed in June, 2015. The project aims to develop Agro-Tourism in Armenia and make the travelling process comfortable, interesting and advantageous for the people of limited capacities.
4. Hasmik Hovhannisyan, Founder-Author, HY pictures - interactive graphic novels
Hasmik Hovhannisyan is a film and media producer and storyteller. Hasmik has a Master's Degree of Arts in Film and Media Producing (Lund University, Sweden). She also studied documentary filmmaking as it a graduate of George Washington University Fellowship. She founded HY pictures in 2012 with a goal to tell stories that are not limited with borders and boundaries. HY pictures works in the spheres of traditional film production, as well as transmedia and new media.
5. Haykaz Bagratyan, Co-Founder, Bookoholics – mobile application for booklovers
Haykaz obtatained his Bachelor's degree from Russian – Armenian (Slavonic) University in 2014, the faculty of Economics and the Master's Degree from American University of Armenia, Computer and Information Science in 2016. Haykaz is representing Bookoholics. This is the second startup he is working on. He is responsible for everything there, except coding.
6. Flora Babajanyan, Customer Relations Manager, Earlyone - electronic queuing management system
Flora Babajanyan obtained her Bachelor's degree from YSLU in 2016, the Department of Linguistic and French Studies and currently is doing her Masters in Synergy University, the field of Stategic Planning. Flora is working as a Customer Relations Manager in Earlyone. The application is a unique platform, through which people can book their place in the queues beforehand, secure the time when they want to be served and get their service without waiting.
7. Hrachuhi Barseghyan, CEO, HurryApp – creative marketing tool for organizations to get new customers
Hrachuhi Barseghyan, MBA, CMCE, MA, is a highly-qualified PR and Marketing expert with over 14 years of experience across diverse industries. Being an active management consultant she creates an opportunity to run her own company called ArPR Holding. Hrachuhi and several other individuals decided to create a mobile application which combines all the benefits of quests and geo-location. In the result of hard work HurryApp was created, which is a promising tool for marketing professionals.
8. Andranik Shahbazyan, CEO, Dress Zone – online system for women to save and earn money through renting their dresses
Andranik started his professional career at USA Embassy, as a USDA Marketing Assistance Project (2000-2003) and was engaged in finding and promoting export markets for Armenian food products. Andranik has Masters' degree in Finance from Russian-Armenian Slavonic University and the PhD Degree from the Armenian Agricultural Academy. The latest project, he is working on is DRESSZONE (www.dresszone.am, www.dress-zone.am) which is a platform where users can rent clothes for any occasion. Dresszone will enable women in Armenia to earn money by renting out their clothes.
9. Levon Ibranyan, Project Manager, The Fortune Cup – mobile app through which real fortune tellers read fortune on users’ coffee mug
Levon obtained a Law degree from Yerevan State University in 2003, but after some years of law practise, realised, that he was made for something else. For some years he worked in leisure business. After some experience in hotel business he joined Sixt rent a car in 2009 and headed the operations in Armenia. Later Levon joined another international giant Hertz. He joined the Fortune Cup startup in 2016 as a project manager. The Fortune Cup is a mobile application that connects coffee drinkers with real fortune tellers. It is a unique product that currently is designed for Russian, Armenian and English speaking markets.
10. David Sukiasyan, Co-founder and CEO, ArmNomads – indie game development
David obtained his Bachelor's degree from Russian-Armenian Slavonic University, faculty of Applied Mathematics and Informatics in 2012 and MBA from the American University of Armenia in 2016. Together with his friends David launched ArmNomads Games in April, 2016. Currently David is serving as Co-founder and CEO at ArmNomads Games, an indie game development studio, which develops products for Apple App Store, Google Play Market, Steam and several other markets.
Before StartupIstanbul, Public Journalism Club held special trainings for the participants on “Mastering the Art of Pitching” and ''Business Negotiation Skills and Intercultural Communication''.
This year 24.646 startups applied for “StartupIstanbul” leading forum from 135 states, and only about 500 startups will participate in the event.The Armenian 10 startup companies, participating in the Exchange of Entrepreneurs project, were among those 500 startups. The project is part of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” (ATNP) Program with the funding of the European Union.
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.