On September 17, Public Journalism Club (PJC) conducted “Mastering the Art of Pitching” orientation training for the representatives of 10 startup from Armenia. The training participants have been selected by PJC through an open call for participation in the StartupIstanbul Regional Forum through“Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” (ATNP) Program, which will take place in Istanbul on 6-10 October, 2016.
The training, conducted by Narek Manaseryan, co-founder of Start-up Support Foundation, was designed to help the participants get ready for StartupIstanbul by perfecting their startup pitches. The training reflected examples of powerful elevator pitch, presented most creative and powerful pitch decks. In addition, one-on-one meetings were held with the trainees to further improve their performance.
At the end of the training, the participants pitched to invited guests, Pavel Snkhchyan, General Manager at HelpSystems Armenia, Ashot Arzumanyan, Associate & Compliance Officer at Granatus Ventures and Valeria Arzangulyan, Financial Analyst at Granatus Ventures to receive critical and valuable feedback and recommendations.
The selected startups from Armenia represent various projects, such as game development, home automation and smart home systems, cloud data security, automated registration systems, etc.
This year 24.646 startups applied for “StartupIstanbul” leading forum from 135 states, and only about 500 startups will participate in the event. 15 best startups will have an opportunity to make a speech from the stage in front of the audience of 4000 attendees. Armenian 10 companies are among those 500 startups, the participation of which was due to the coordination of Public Journalist Club and TEPAV Foundation within the framework of the Exchange of Entrepreneurs component under the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” (ATNP) Program.
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.