On February 2, the young specialists will have the possibility to visit the ODTÜ Technopark, meet the representatives of Seasoft Company specialized in software solutions for medical equipment, as well as the representatives of Game Incubator ATOM- both based in the Technopark.
On February 4, the group will have the opportunity to visit the prestigious Bilkent Cyberpark and learn about the success stories of companies based there as well as university operations and applied research activities.
The study visits will take place as part n of the the Technology goes beyond borders: Yerevan-Ankara” Project.
The “Technology goes beyond borders: Yerevan-Ankara acceleration” Project build up on the the first “Technology without borders” (February-May, 2015) Project that brought together 6 startup teams from Armenia and Turkey to participate in an Acceleration Training at Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC). The Project was co-sponsored by the US Embassy in Armenia and the European Union.
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.