As a follow-on activity to the Armenia-Turkey Investor Day held in Yerevan in May 2017, Public Journalism Club, together with the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) will organize a series of networking meetings between a group of venture capital fund and startup incubator representatives from Armenia and Istanbul-based venture capitals, angel investing community and incubation hub representatives. The networking meetings will be held in Istanbul, on 20-21 July 2017, with an ultimate focus to enhance professional exchange and create broader avenues to connect the growing angel investing communities of Armenia and Turkey.
With the aim to inspire a culture of cooperation and to leverage on the startup potential of Armenia on one hand, and the huge business investment capacity of Turkey on the other hand, the delegation will have study visits and private meetings with the couple of most successful and active business angel networks and incubation centers of Istanbul, such as the Koc Incubation Center, Galata Business Angels, BIC Angels, 212 VC, Revo Capital, Istanbul Startup Angels, etc. The delegation from Armenia includes:
- Ashot Arzumanyan: Partner at SmartGateVC
- Jesus Lozano: Entrepreneur, BA & Estrategic Advisor Silicon Seeds
- Aram Keryan: Operations manager at EPIC - Entrepreneurship and Product Innovation Centre of American University of Armenia and teaches several courses in the College of Science and Engineering
- Areg Gevorgyan: Business Development Manager at the Innovative Solutions & Technologies Center
In addition to the study visits, an exclusive Armenia-Turkey Investor Networking Reception will be held on July 20, with the participation of major Istanbul-based Venture Capital funds, Angel Investors as well as local Istanbul-Armenian influential businessmen and IT sector representatives, who will be able to learn more about the Armenian investment environment in the IT sector, explore investing opportunities in Armenia and get inspired to consider the Armenian ICT ecosystem for further investments. Brief presentations will be delivered by the delegates from Armenia featuring the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem, its traction and future, as well as investment opportunities of Armenia.
The initiative is organized by PJC together with the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) as part of the Exchange of Entrepreneurs project within the framework of the Programme Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process: Stage 2, funded by the European Union. The overall objective of the programme is to empower and engage civil societies of Turkey and Armenia to contribute to the enhanced regional peace and stability, democratic pluralism and social inclusion across and within their societies.
This activity takes place within the framework of the Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process program, funded by 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.