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.
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.