On September 17 Public Journalism Club (PJC) will conduct a special Pitch Training for the 10 ICT representatives from Armenia who have been selected by PJC to participate in the StartupIstanbul Regional Forum to take place in Istanbul on 6-10 October, 2016.
The Training, conducted by Narek Manaseryan, co-founder of Start-up Support Foundation, is designed to help the participants get ready for StartupIstanbul by perfecting their startup pitches and guiding the participants on delivering their pitch decks in the most creative and interactive way possible. The Training will reflect on examples of powerful elevator pitch, as well as one-on-one meetings will be run with the startups to further improve their performance.
At the end of the Training the participants will pitch to a panel of startup experts to receive additional critical feedback and recommendations. The Panel members are Narek Manaseryan (start-up Support Foundation), Pavel Snkhchyan (HelpSystems Armenia), Ashot Arzumanyan (Granatus Ventures) and Valeria Arzangulyan (Granatus Ventures).
The selected startups from Armenia to participate in StartupIstanbul represent various sectors, such as game development, home automation and smart home systems, cloud data security, etc.
Supported by Public Journalism Club and TEPAV Foundation, the representatives of these startups, together with more than 500 startups, 4000 attendees and 50 speakers from other countries, will get the chance to take part in all the stages of the Forum and network with 500 investors, venture capitalists and business angels. The Armenia-based startups will also have separate booths during the Forum, showcasing not only their startup products, but also the ICT ecosystem of Armenia.
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.