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“Technology Goes Beyond Borders: Yerevan-Ankara” project: Continued Capacity Building of Young ICT Entrepreneurs
Turkey | Public Journalism Club, The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey

“Technology Goes Beyond Borders: Yerevan-Ankara” project will bring together around 25 students and young entrepreneurs from Armenia and Turkey through an intensive acceleration project, study visits and networking.  


During the first stage of the project (October-November) Armenia and Turkey based participating startups, ICT students will be recruited through an open call and selection process.


The highlight of the project is a four day acceleration program in Ankara ( November 29 -December 4), which will enable participants to deepen their knowledge of and hands on expertise  on  the essential stages of generating and implementing innovative ideas with use of technologies.


Each day of the session will be dedicated to a single stage, including: Idea Day, Build Day, Promotion Day and Connection Day. Ankara based Viveka incubation center will conduct the acceleration course. As part of the program, the participants will have study visits to ICT Centers of Excellence, Companies and Universities in Ankara, meet with angel investors and ICT leaders.


During the next stage of the project the motivated teams/individuals will become involved in a  one-month online mentorship  that will allow them to get support in fine-tuning their ideas and sharpening  their pitching skills.  In the final stage of the project selected ideas will be pitched during a demo session in Armenia.

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The project is co-implemented by the Public Journalism Club (PJC) and the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) with financial support from the U.S.Embassy in Armenia. Enterprise Incubator Foundation, Union of  IT Enterprises and Bet Construct will also support project activities in Armenia.


“Technology Goes Beyond Borders: Yerevan-Ankara”  project builds on the success of the first “Technology Goes Beyond Borders” project (February-May 2015), in framework of which 6 startup teams from Armenia and Turkey were engaged in an acceleration program at Microsoft Innovation Center (Armenia). This project was cofounded by The US Embassy in Armenia and the European Union.


Public Journalism Club

Established in March 2011, the Public Journalism Club (PJC) unifies journalists, social media experts, and advocates to improve information dissemination through collaboration between new technologies and media.
The organization's mission is to promote freedom of expression, diversity and pluralism in Armenia developing participatory and public journalism by bridging public reporters and professional journalists, mass media and social media, IT and social sector specialists. During the last 3 years PJC has succeeded to establish a positive reputation in the field by effectively implementing a few targeted innovative, trailblazing projects collectively reflected at public reporting platform and Hackathon{YAN} contest of innovative ideas.


The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV)

The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey is a non-partisan, non-profit think tank based in Ankara, Turkey. TEPAV was established in 2004 as an independent research institute and is Turkey’s largest economic policy think-tank employing highly talented researchers and experts. 
TEPAV’s mission is to develop innovative policy strategies for public and private sector development within Turkey and the surrounding region. Our interdisciplinary approach focuses on fostering competitive business environment, improving regional development within Turkey and supporting international economic integration. TEPAV’s approach is to accomplish our mission through project based innovations by bringing together different players and experts for a common goal.  



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