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.
Ms. Arpine Aleksanyan and Ms. Sona Baloyan from Yerevan, from “Matenadaran” Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, were supported with the travel grant to visit Istanbul, Turkey for meetings with the Armenian Patriarchate, Armenian high schools, foundations and publishing houses to discuss possibilities of further collaboration on preserving the Armenian culture.