Օn October 6-10, 2016 for the first time, a delegation of 10 best startup representatives and prominent ICT leaders from Armenia, selected by Public Journalism Club, will have the exceptional opportunity to take part in the Startup Istanbul Regional Forum to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, within the framework of the programme “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process: Stage 2”, funded by the European Union.
Armenian Representatives will get the chance to take part in all the stages of the Forum, including:
- 2-day Mentorship Program
- Interview to take part in the Startup Challenge
- If selected, participation in the Startup Challenge
- Booths showcasing own startup companies and Armenia ICT ecosystem
- Participation in the Final Conference
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 whom 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: Stage 2” (ATNP) Program.
Startup Istanbul is the leading startup event, which brings together founders, investors and executives in the region. It is a gathering of the angel investors, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and leading startups, where startups from different countries of the region get the chance to showcase their innovative business ideas, get advice from international experts and network with investors.
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.