Description & Goal

Since 2009, the Social Impact Award program has been promoting the knowledge and practice of social entrepreneurship among students in Europe and beyond.
This is being achieved by raising awareness for social entrepreneurship, offering an educational program guiding from vague intentions to a social venture, giving access to networks of peers & professionals and by directly supporting the most promising ventures.

The program is open for applications, after which 10 successful teams will pass through incubation and professional consultancy at Impact Hub Yerevan and later 1 out of those 10 will receive seed funding of EUR 1,500 and opportunity to participate in the Social Impact Award global summit.

The four main areas of the program include:

1. Awareness – Create awareness around social entrepreneurship as a potential career.
2. Education – Provide the youth with the necessary input to found a social enterprise.
3. Community – Enable the youth to get feedback from experts and peers.
4. Support – Support the youth with know-how, incubation, and seed funding.

Check out more in the program website.

Objectives

  • Raise greater awareness of social entrepreneurship in Armenia and in the region
  • Support students, youth and early-stage social entrepreneurs in developing and implementing innovative business solutions to tackle societal challenges
  • Aid the development of entrepreneurial skills through exposure to the field
  • Support the best teams with financial capital and active support throughout the year
  • Connect participants with an international community of entrepreneurs, peers, and experts

Summary

If you are between the ages of 18 – 30 and have an amazing idea that has the potential to be a successful social venture, then this is the project for you!
During the program, you will be given a set of tools including education, support, consultation and a strong support network.
You might become one of the 10 selected project ideas that will compete for  1,500 EUR and the opportunity to participate in this year’s Social Impact Award Global Summit!

The application period for Social Impact Award 2020 is officially closed!

Last Year’s Winners

Haykanush Hovhannisyan

Haykanush Hovhannisyan

reTrend.me

Hmayak Nalbandyan

Hmayak Nalbandyan

Art & Plast

Nelly Davtyan

Nelly Davtyan

Chessit

Naira Sardaryan

Naira Sardaryan

Salad Is

Curious about Social Impact Award 2019?

Learn more about it here!

Social Impact Award Armenia partners 2020

What is the GovTech Launchpad Project?

The GovTech Launchpad aims at co-creating innovative solutions for public sector challenges through cooperation between startups and the public sector.

This project will bring tech start-ups and the public sector together in a mutually beneficial innovation process, in which tech solutions for public challenges or problems are developed in a co-creative manner. 

The project is an international pilot initiative by GIZ in cooperation with Impact Hub Yerevan, and The Office of High Commissioner of Diaspora Affairs, at the Prime Minister’s Office of the Government of Armenia (RA).

The Challenge

The Office of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs strives to provide the best public service delivery for the Armenian Diaspora in the world, as well as the repatriates who move to live in their homeland Armenia. 

Through this project, innovative startups are invited to offer tech solutions* that would:

  1. Support the processes for diasporans intending to move to Armenia 
  2. Support the needs of repatriates within Armenia 

*The proposed solutions can address one or both objectives together and can be profit-generating or non-profit solutions.

Target Groups

The direct target groups to be served by this innovative tech solutions are: 

  • The Armenian Repatriates, and Expats
  • The Armenian Diaspora 
  • The public sector

Who is it for?

  • Existing tech startups, operating inside Armenia or anywhere in the world 
  • The teams should have experience in developing innovative tech solutions 
  • If selected, the teams should allocate the time to commit to this project until the end period and pitching the tech solution in November 2020

What’s in it for the participants?

The project offers Impact Hub’s unique ecosystem, including:

  • professional individual coaching
  • mentorship by entrepreneurs/professionals in their area of practice
  • membership at Impact Hub Yerevan with access to an inspiring space & infrastructure
  • peer-to-peer learning component and professional networking through facilitated events with a community of 250+ creative innovators
  • access to 100+ Impact Hubs around the world
  • learning curriculum including training sessions and workshops on GovTech industry, Business, Technology and Impact.

Moreover,

  • The participants will have the opportunity to innovate and develop tech solutions for the government of Armenia as well as the Armenian diaspora, and repatriates
  • Maintain the IP of their developed products and potentially scale it internationally
  • Create a long-term partnership with the Office of Diaspora
  • Each of the 4 selected teams will receive financial support to develop their solutions

Key Dates

  • Application Deadline: August 31, 11:59 pm
  • Introduction Event – August 2020
  • 2.5 days Bootcamp and Awards Ceremony – Early September 2020
  • Up to 3 months Acceleration Period – September-November 2020
  • Final Pitch Event – November 2020

Impact Hub Yerevan’s Govtech Launchpad Program Mentors

Raffi Kassarjian

Raffi Kassarjian is the Executive Director at UATE. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, IoT at TeamViewer GmbH, and CEO of Monitis. Before joining TeamViewer, Raffi served as the Head of Product Management, Marketing, and Retail Banking Services for Converse Bank. Raffi also served as CEO of iCON Communications, Armenia’s first broadband wireless service provider, acquired by UCom in 2011. Prior to moving to Armenia, Raffi served as Vice President and General Manager at Fair Isaac Corporation (NYSE:FICO), where he launched the company’s first internet service. Raffi was also a Senior Manager in the Strategic Services Group at Accenture. Raffi is Chairman of the Board of Repat Armenia Foundation and holds Board positions at Impact Hub Yerevan and EVN Report. Raffi has a BA in International Relations and an MBA from Stanford University.

Acacia Polatian

Acacia Polatian is an expert at the Office of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs. Prior to joining the government of Armenia, she has led various humanitarian and development programs at local and international organizations. She continues to consult with various organizations on project proposal development, program management cycle, monitoring, and evaluation and serves as a workshop instructor and mentor for impact management and measurement.

Sahag Mahrejian

Sahag started his career in Management Consultancy after moving to the Kingdom of Bahrain from Montreal Canada, where he received his MBA in management from Concordia University. Having the opportunity to manage many large-scale projects in the Gulf region, soon he was heading the Business Advisory division of BDO Consulting Bahrain. During his tenure, he managed various projects in the fields of Large Ship Repair, Formula One Circuit, Healthcare, and Municipal services, consulting on the topics of Digital Transformation and Strategy (Ministry of Health Bahrain), Business Processes reengineering (Arab Ship Repair Yard), Human resources restructuring (Bahrain International Circuit), and Business Processes (Northern Area Municipality). After opening his own consulting business, he managed various projects in the region (Qatar, Lebanon, and Jordan), in the fields of Business Development, Third Party Healthcare insurance, and Digital Transformation. He was given the opportunity to head the e-Governance Development Program of Armenia in 2017, where the transition strategy was completed and regulatory change work was underway. At present, he is serving in the Office of the Prime Minister, along the lines of Strategy development, with the intention of aligning strategies towards a large-scale growth.

Nareg Soghomonian

Nareg’s startup journey begin in 2009 after departing from Apple Computers with the deployment of his startup Entrance Studios, a digital marketing agency. Through Entrance Studios Nareg collaborated with nearly 20 different types of early to mid-level startup companies and non profits. His journey in the Armenian IT sector began in 2012 upon his first work related visit – in this trip he had a chance to further understand the tech landscape here as well as mentor and advise startup companies. To date, Nareg has co-founded, partnered, mentored and advised Armenian founded startup companies in and out of Armenia. His areas of expertise include user interface design, research and development, team development, developing pitch decks and coaching founders on how to pitch to investors. In 2019 Nareg officially repatriated to Armenia where he’s the business developer for the software development company Preezma.

Gevorg Poghosyan

Senior Consultant and Head of the Business Support Office since 2012, Gevorg Poghosyan started his career in a local commercial bank in 2007 and later, in 2009, joined the Inspection Reform Team at the RA Ministry of Economy, where he led the regulatory reform project. Gevorg is specialized in the coordination of the consultants’ teamwork on business reforms mainly related to SMEs. Gevorg has a background education of Finance and Credit Faculty at the Armenian State University of Economics, 2003-2008 and later Ph.D. in Economics at NAS Economy Institute 2008-2010.

Sargis Karapetyan

Sargis is the CEO and Co-Founder at Embry Tech, where he managed to gather a 14-member team with his co-founders and raised more than $0.5M funding from VCs, Angels, and international organizations. During the last 3 years, Embry Tech won several awards, including the 1st place at WCIT2019 during Lightning Rounds. Prior to Embry Tech, Sargis has co-founded another tech company and held various engineering positions in the Armenian branches of Silicon Valley-based startups.

Ի՞նչ է GovTech Launchpad-ը

GovTech Launchpad-ը նպատակ ունի ստարտափների և հանրային սեկտորի միջև համագործակցության միջոցով նորարական լուծումներ կերտել հանրային սեկտորի խնդիրների համար։

Նախագիծը տեխնոլոգիական ստարտափները և հանրային սեկտորը կմիավորի երկկողմ շահավետ նորարարական գործընթացում՝ զուգակցելով երկու ոլորտներում առկա խնդիրները և դրանց լուծման համատեղ հնարավորությունները։

Նախագիծը միջազգային պիլոտային նախաձեռնություն է, որը կյանքի է կոչվում GIZ-ի, Իմփաքթ Հաբ Երևանի և ՀՀ վարչապետի աշխատակազմի սփյուռքի գործերի գլխավոր հանձնակատարի գրասենյակի համագործակցությամբ։

Մարտահրավերը

Սփյուռքի գործերի գլխավոր հանձնակատարի գրասենյակն իր առջև նպատակ է դրել հանրային լավագույն  ծառայությունը մատուցել աշխարհասփյուռ հայությանը, ինչպես նաև հայրենադարձներին։

Ծրագրի շրջանակներում նորարական ստարթափները հնարավություն ունեն առաջարկելու տեխնոլոգիական լուծումներ*, որոնք՝

  1. Կաջակցեն սփյուռքահայերին, ովքեր ցանկանում են վերադառնալ Հայաստան
  2. Կաջակցեն արդեն Հայաստան վերադարձած անձանց

* Առաջարկված լուծումները կարող են ուղղված լինել կա՛մ միայն մեկ, կա՛մ երկու նպատակներին միաժամանակ, և կարող են լինել թե՛ շահութաբեր, և թե՛ շահույթ չհետապնդող։

Թիրախային խմբերը

Այս տեխնոլոգիական լուծումները հիմնականում ծառայելու են հետևյալ խմբերի շահերին՝

  • Հայրենադարձներ և արտագաղթյալներ 
  • Հայկական Սփյուռք
  • Հանրային սեկտոր

Ու՞մ համար է ծրագիրը

  • Հայաստանում և աշխարհի ցանկացած այլ կետում գործող տեխնոլոգիական ստարտափների համար
  • Թիմերը պետք է ունենան նորարական լուծումների ծրագրավորման համապատասխան փորձ
  • Ընտրվելու դեպքում թիմերը պետք է ժամանակ հատկացնեն և նվիրումով մոտենան նախագծին մինչ դրա ավարտը՝ 2020 թվականի նոյեմբեր ամիսը։
  • Հայաստանում և աշխարհի ցանկացած այլ կետում գործող տեխնոլոգիական ստարտափների համար
  • Թիմերը պետք է ունենան նորարական լուծումների ծրագրավորման համապատասխան փորձ
  • Ընտրվելու դեպքում թիմերը պետք է ժամանակ հատկացնեն և նվիրումով մոտենան նախագծին մինչ դրա ավարտը՝ 2020 թվականի նոյեմբեր ամիսը։

Մասնակցության արտոնությունները

Նախագիծը առաջարկում է Իմփաքթ Հաբի յուրօրինակ էկոհամակարգը, որն իր մեջ ներառում է՝

  • Անհատական մասնագիտական խորհրդատվություն
  • Համապատասխան ոլորտի մասնագետների/ձեռնարկատերերի կողմից մենթորություն 
  • Իմփաքթ Հաբ Երևանի անդամակցություն, որը հնարավություն կտա օգտվել հաբի ոգեշնչող աշխատանքային տարածքից և ենթակառուցվածքից
  • 250+ ստեղծարար և նորարական անդամների մասնակցությամբ միջոցառումներ, մասնագիտական շփում և ուսուցման համատեղ խմբակային մեթոդ 
  • Կապ 100+ Իմփաքթ Հաբերի հետ ողջ աշխարհում
  • Ուսումնական ծրագիր, որն իր մեջ ներառելու է թրեյնինգներ և դասընթացներ GovTech ոլորտի, բիզնեսի, տեխնոլոգիաների և նորարարության մասին

Ավելին՝

  • Մասնակիցները հնարավորություն կունենան կերտել նոր տեխնոլոգիական լուծումներ Հայաստանի կառավարության, սփյուռքահայության և ներգաղթյալների համար
  • Պահպանել իրենց արտադրանքի մտավոր սեփականության իրավունքը և միջազգային հարթակում այն տարածելու հնարավություն ստանալ
  • Հաստատել երկարաժամկետ համագործակցություն Սփյուռքի գործերի գլխավոր հանձնակատարի գրասենյակի հետ 
  • Ընտրված 4 թիմերից յուրաքանչյուրը կստանա ֆինանասական աջակցություն իրենց արտադրանքը զարգացնելու նպատակով

Ժամանակացույց

  • Մեկնարկային միջոցառումՕգոստոս 2020
  • Գրանցման և ընտրության ճամբարՕգոստոս 2020
  • 2.5 օր տևող կրթական ճամբար և մրցանակաբաշխություն- Սեպտեմբերի սկիզբ 2020
  • Մինչև երեք ամիս ակսելերացիոն շրջան- Սեպտեմբեր-նոյեմբեր 2020
  • Ավարտական ելույթների միջոցառում – Նոյեմբեր 2020
Logos GovTech

What: A workshop on social entrepreneurship followed by a funding competition

When & Where: Yerevan, Armenia – June 2020 (subject to change)
In light of the global coronavirus outbreak, it is possible that this event may have to be postponed or moved online. We will follow the situation and inform participants of any changes.

Organizers: The Prague Civil Society Centre and Impact Hub Yerevan

Languages: English and Armenian (participants will give their presentations in English and mentoring sessions will be held in Armenian)

Who: Up to 15 organizations will be chosen to participate.

What the Program is About

Are you a member of a non-profit, civil society organization or independent media outlet in Armenia with an idea for a social business that can boost your sustainability? The Prague Civil Society Centre and Impact Hub Yerevan invite you to submit your idea and apply for a workshop on social entrepreneurship followed by a funding competition.

What to Expect

The aim of the program is to help civil society organizations working to promote democracy, human rights, rule of law, good governance and civic participation to develop a social business idea that will boost their sustainability. All kinds of non-profits, civic associations and independent media are also eligible to apply.

Participants will work with mentors to refine their business model and practice pitching it to potential investors. Following the workshop, selected participants can compete for start-up funding for their social business idea from the Prague Civil Society Centre. Established social businesses connected to the aforementioned entities can apply for additional investment as well. Read about last year’s program here.

Schedule

One day preparation meeting: mentors will present different methods for building a business model and discuss the principles of effective project and product management.

Workshop (3 days): In-depth, intensive mentoring on business models, storytelling and pitching techniques, presentation of pitches and feedback.

After the workshop: Based on the feedback received at the workshop, participants will submit proposals for their social business to the Prague Civil Society Centre in a funding competition.

Who Should Apply?

Your organization is encouraged to apply if:

– You have an idea for a social business that will contribute to the sustainability of your civil society organization supporting social good or directly contribute to your social mission.

– You want to take your idea to the implementation stage. You want to learn more about social entrepreneurship from experts in the field.

– You are looking for a funding opportunity for your social business.

How to Apply

Please only submit one application per organization. Selected organizations can choose up to two representatives to participate in the program.

Fill in the application form by May 15, 2020.

Prague Civil Society Centre and Impact Hub Yerevan

Description & Goal

The Zartir Fellowship is a year-long program at Impact Hub Yerevan that will support social entrepreneursindividualsresearchersbusinesses, or projects engaged in, or interested in, implementing approaches that are focused on one of the topics listed below.

The goal of the fellowship is to support the work of social innovators in Armenia by offering Impact Hub’s unique ecosystem, which includes workspace infrastructure, entrepreneurial support, a collaborative community and global network, and educational programs & events.

The fellowship aims to inspireconnect, and enable social entrepreneurs to address social issues and to do their best work in a supportive, inspiring environment which includes over 200 of Armenia’s best and brightest changemakers with over 50 organizations, enterprises, and initiatives represented.

 

Timeline

  • The length of the fellowship is one year.
  • Application deadline: April 16, 2020
  • Start date: May 2020

Focus Areas

Focus areas may include (but are not limited to):

  • Welfare of veterans
  • Maternal well-being
  • Child welfare (in particular concerning malnutrition and nutrition education)
  • Domestic violence
  • Animal rights and welfare (including managing street dogs/cats)
  • Welfare of people with disabilities

Brought to you by Impact Hub Yerevan

Description

The Women Entrepreneurship Incubation Program is a 9-month program by Impact Hub Yerevan and EFSE Entrepreneurship Academy under the EU4Business initiative that supports women who are trying to make the world a better place through their entrepreneurial solutions.

Goal & Benefits

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Armenia and to boost women entrepreneurship.

The specific objective of the project is to run our first Women Entrepreneurship Incubation Program that will:

  • assist women-led startups to develop, validate and implement their social innovation ideas
  • connect women entrepreneurs to a national and international community of entrepreneurs, mentors and philanthropic investors
  • raise awareness about role models of women entrepreneurs in Armenia

The incubation offers Impact Hub’s unique ecosystem, including:

  • professional individual coaching by Incubation Manager
  • mentorship by entrepreneurs/professionals in their area of practice (each project will be matched with a mentor)
  • membership at Impact Hub Yerevan with access to an inspiring space & infrastructure
  • peer-to-peer learning component and professional networking through facilitated events with a community of 250+ creative innovators
  • access to 100+ Impact Hubs around the world
  • learning curriculum designed for social impact startups, including trainings and workshops on financial management, legal management, team management, social entrepreneurship, idea validation, business modeling, fundraising, pitching and public speaking, etc.

* Please note: this incubation program does not include financial assistance

Timeline

  • The length of the incubation is 9 months
  • Application deadline: February 4th, 2020, 23:59 (Yerevan local time)
  • Starting time: late February 2020

Eligibility

Women-led bold and daring teams implementing ideas for the common good are eligible to apply.

Teams selected for the incubation must commit to pursuing their initiative as a top priority (i.e. with at least 80% of their time) and promise to participate in at least 80% of programs, events and community activities at Impact Hub Yerevan.

Impact Hub Yerevan’s Women Entrepreneurship Incubation Program Mentors
Arthur Pokrikyan

Arthur Pokrikyan

Arthur Pokrikyan is a T-shaped professional with 10+ years of solid expertise in project design, implementation and evaluation in different areas such as innovation, education, research, finance, telecom, non-profit management and retail. He is currently leading innovative programs to advance science and technology ecosystem in Armenia and beyond. Moreover, he consults local and international organizations in the development and execution of financial education initiatives by applying principles of behavioral insights, impact evaluation and multi-stakeholder management. Furthermore, he is teaching Economics through IB Diploma Programme and has been invited to speak at various local and international conferences organized by OECD, AFI, EurAsEC, Lsaran Moscow, Techstars Startup Weekend Dushanbe and more. 

Stepan Khzrtian

Stepan Khzrtian

A licensed attorney in Armenia and California, Stepan Khzrtian is the founding partner of LegalLab, an international business law firm with offices in Armenia and the United States. He is also President of Huys Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports Armenian youth obtain an excellent education to serve the nation and humanity, and is closely involved with the activities of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church. He enjoys pulling espresso shots, weaving words into stories, and looking at the sky. 

Alessandro Mambeli

Alessandro Mambelli

Alessandro Mambelli is the co-founder of Cartisan, a map-making organisation designing and producing topographic maps of Armenia. He is a robotics engineer with an MSc in AI, with a diverse set of experiences, ranging from venture-backed tech-startup, to bootstrapped business. He was part of the team that built TUMO Yerevan IT systems pre-opening, where he also led the first Robotics workshops. 

Gevorg Poghosyan

Gevorg Poghosyan

Senior Consultant and Head of the Business Support Office since 2012, Gevorg Poghosyan started his career in a local commercial bank in 2007 and later, in 2009, joined the Inspection Reform Team at the RA Ministry of Economy, where he led the regulatory reform project. Gevorg is specialized in the coordination of the consultants’ team work on business reforms mainly related to SMEs. Gevorg has a background education of Finance and Credit Faculty at the Armenian State University of Economics, 2003-2008 and later PhD in Economics at NAS Economy Institute 2008-2010.

Areg Maghakian

Areg Maghakian

Areg Maghakian is the Founder and Co-Owner of Victory Point Cafe, a board game cafe in Berkeley, California. He has been a long-time board game enthusiast. He was the former Country Director of Armenia Tree Project. He is the President of the Board of HDIF, and is currently starting a coffee roasting business. 

Ani Baboomian

Ani Baboomian

Ani is the CEO of Impact Hub Yerevan. While in her twenties, she was coordinating construction crews for the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies in Yerevan, a non-profit landmark project providing free education, fostering skills and creativity at the intersection of art and technology. Ani holds a Master’s degree in Project and Enterprise Management from University College London (UCL). She started working with Impact Hub Yerevan board members as programs and events manager in 2015 and has been growing within the organization since. 

Dzovinar Harkian

Dzovig Harkian

Dzovig Harkian graduated with a Professional Master’s Degree in International Organizations and built her knowledge and skills on maximizing the social impact of CSOs and their sustainability, through the pillars of social interventions and solutions. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political and Administrative Sciences and a Minor in Law. Dzovig has work experience with the World Bank’s “R4R” project as the Operations Coordinator, research for improved quality of the Lebanese schools, and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Beirut, within the Social and Human Sciences Programme in the MENA regional implementation. Born in Beirut, she moved to Armenia in early 2019 and collaborated with UNICEF Armenia within the Together4Armenia platform, by providing training sessions in several Armenian regions and cities on empowerment, both for Youth and Women, as well as some sessions at Yerevan State University.  

Nazareth Seferian

Nazareth Seferian

Nazareth Seferian has been working in sustainable business for more than ten years. He started working in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Armenia in 2008 and managed sustainability projects at Orange Armenia for four years before shifting to a career as an independent consultant in several countries. Since 2015, he has worked with more than fifty non-profit organizations seeking to transform into social enterprises, as well as the donor organizations that have supported the growing field of social entrepreneurship in Armenia. He also teaches university-level courses and runs training sessions on a range of business topics, including strategic sessions on CSR and SE. Nazareth holds an Executive MBA from the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin and a post-graduate certificate in sustainable business from the University of Cambridge.

Suren Mkhitaryan

Suren Mkhitaryan

Suren Mkhitaryan has been working in the fields of social entrepreneurship, civil society, entrepreneurship education, formal and non-formal education for more than eight years. He is currently a freelance trainer and expert on social entrepreneurship, running various training courses (in total 2000+ participants), consultations to social enterprises and SE projects. He has been the coordinator of the Community Development through Social Entrepreneurship EU funded long-term project in Armenia, which was one of the first pilot projects in the field of social entrepreneurship in Armenia. He has developed several projects in the social entrepreneurship field, which are ongoing now, and are directed to the implementation of training of trainers, development of multilingual online courses, games, as well as new/customized tools for the creation of social enterprises and for its education. Currently Suren is also the vice-president of ICIRLD NGO.”  

Aline Masrelian

Aline Masrelian

Aline Masrelian holds a B.S of Civil Engineering from Aleppo University, has worked with GIZ in rebuilding old Aleppo city in Syria, is a member at FCEM worldwide as well as AWAY Armenia. She has kept busy by working with Aleppo NGO, Member at DWV in Yerevan and more, and has been selected for the Accelerate 2030 program. She has shared her knowledge and experience as a mentor for startups at Bridge of CEO which is funded by AGBU Armenia and is an Ambassador at Iris incubator which is funded by EU and Caritas Armenia. She is an entrepreneur via the Development and Chain Manager at Sharoyan -Sarian LLC since 2000. The company was established in  1999 and specializes in producing, importing and exporting Middle Eastern sweets (nougat, rahat…), pakhlavas, spices, nuts and more.

Alexandre Akchatel

Alex Achkatel

Alexandre Akchatel completed his Bachelor’s in Economics at the University of Birmingham followed by a Master’s in Emerging Economies & International Development at King’s College London. Professionally, Alex started his career in the world of Public Relations and Public Affairs within a consulting group in London, focusing on research and media relations. He then joined Infosys, a management consulting firm specializing in strategy and IT transformations, working across different disciplines such as Design Thinking, Business Analysis, Change Management and Agile. He is particularly interested in sustainability matters at all levels of society, should it be via entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, government, non-profits and corporate and above all how these can collaborate effectively. 

Marta Brazão

Marta Brazão

Marta is a Circular Economy advocate, passionate about cradle-to-cradle design, zero waste, social innovation, and collaborative action. Over at CEP, she is responsible for project management and, she is also the coordinator of Repair Café Lisboa. Additionally, Marta holds profound expertise on the third sector, having worked with a variety of NGOs in the Portuguese-Speaking African countries, and her background spans Development and Social Work. 

Timothy Straight

Tim Straight

Timothy Straight holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs and an MBA in International Business from George Washington University.  He founded Homeland Development Initiative Foundation(HDIF) in 2013 as a further development of Homeland Handicrafts(HH) started in 2010. HDIF aims to create jobs mostly for women in rural Armenia through hand-made product development based on traditional techniques and materials. Tim is also the Honorary Consul in Armenia, for both Finland and Norway.  

Gohar Mnatsakanyan

Gohar Mnatsakanyan

Gohar Mnatsakanyan is the Founder/Director of the Social Enterprise, Bohem Studio-Teahouse, which was established in 2017. She is also a founding member of the Association of Social Enterprises of Armenia, since 2015, and the Co-Founder of SRAN Youth Club NGO, since 2008, and the director of SAN International Music Festival, since 2015. She is an artist-pedagogue by profession and in addition to social activities and business, she also teaches painting at an art school and has created a number of cultural projects. 

Impact Hub Yerevan, EFSE Entrepreneurship Academy

Brought to you by Impact Hub Yerevan and EFSE Entrepreneurship Academy under the EU4Business initiative

Description

The Izmirlian Foundation / Impact Hub Yerevan fellowship program supports social entrepreneurs who are interested in developing a project or enterprise which aims to tackle a social problem. Priority will be given to projects in: Education, Health, Tourism and Community Development.

Goal & Benefits

The goal of the fellowship is to support entrepreneurs by offering Impact Hub’s unique ecosystem, which includes:

  • professional individual coaching by Fellowships Manager
  • mentorship by entrepreneurs/professionals in their area of practice
  • membership at Impact Hub Yerevan with access to an inspiring space & infrastructure
  • peer-to-peer learning component and professional networking through facilitated events with a community of 250+ creative innovators
  • access to 100+ impact hubs around the world

* Please note: this fellowship program does not include financial assistance.

Timeline

  • The length of the fellowship is 6 months, and it is offered twice a year.
  • Application deadline: November 17, 2019, 23:59
  • Start date: December, 2019

Eligibility

Bold and daring teams implementing ideas for the common good are eligible to apply.

In case of receiving the Fellowship, the teams must commit to pursue their initiative as a top priority (i.e. with at least 50% of their time) and promise to participate in at least 50% of programs, events and community activities at Impact Hub Yerevan.

Izmirlian Foundation and Impact Hub Yerevan

Brought to you by Impact Hub Yerevan and the The Izmirlian Foundation.

Description & Goal

Since 2009, the Social Impact Award program has been promoting the knowledge and practice of social entrepreneurship among students in Europe and beyond.
This is being achieved by raising awareness for social entrepreneurship, offering an educational program guiding from vague intentions to a social venture, giving access to networks of peers & professionals and by directly supporting the most promising ventures.

The program is open for applications, after which 20 successful teams will pass through incubation and professional consultancy at Impact Hub Yerevan and later 4 out of those 20 will receive seed funding of EUR 1,500 and opportunity to participate in the Social Impact Award global summit, this year held in Kiev, Ukraine.

The four main areas of the program include:
1. Awareness – Create awareness around social entrepreneurship as a potential career.
2. Education – Provide the youth with the necessary input to found a social enterprise.
3. Community – Enable the youth to get feedback from experts and peers.
4. Support – Support the youth with know-how, incubation, and seed funding.

Check out more in the program website.

Objectives

  • Raise greater awareness of social entrepreneurship in Armenia and in the region
  • Support students, youth and early-stage social entrepreneurs in developing and implementing innovative business solutions to tackle societal challenges
  • Aid the development of entrepreneurial skills through exposure to the field
  • Support the best teams with financial capital and active support throughout the year
  • Connect participants with an international community of entrepreneurs, peers, and experts

Social Impact Award Armenia winners

Haykanush Hovhannisyan

Haykanush Hovhannisyan

reTrend.me

Hmayak Nalbandyan

Hmayak Nalbandyan

Art & Plast

Nelly Davtyan

Nelly Davtyan

Chessit

Naira Sardaryan

Naira Sardaryan

Salad Is

Social Impact Award Armenia mentors

Gevorg Poghosyan

Gevorg Poghosyan

Senior consultant/Head of Business Support Office-Armenia at EBRD

Aline Masrelian

Aline Masrelian

Middle Eastern food market “Haleb” chain manager

Arthur Pokrikyan

Arthur Pokrikyan

Project Leader | Proactive Finance Professional | Education Enthusiast | Global Shaper

Mkhitar Avetisyan

Mkhitar Avetisyan

President, Co-founder at Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development of Communities NGO

Hayk Daveyan

Hayk Daveyan

Chief Executive Officer at Armenian Charity Runners Team

Paruyr Jangulyan

Paruyr Jangulyan

Investor servicing and aftercare manager providing market entry, business setup, tax, customs and site visit support.

Nikolay Manucharyan

Nikolay Manucharyan

Agribusiness Expert at Green Lane NGO

Hagop Kazanjian

Hagop Kazanjian

Web Developer, Rights Enthusiast, Dreamer

Heghine Koshtoyan

Heghine Koshtoyan

Education and Training Consultant/Researcher

Tatev Mantoian

Tatev Mantoian

Operations Manager at Impact Hub Yerevan

Luca Keushguerian

Luca Keushguerian

Rockclimbing expert

Arman Khachatryan

Arman Khachatryan

Community and Events Manager at Impact Hub Yerevan

Arpa Hacopian

Arpa Hacopian

Project management specialist

Social Impact Award Armenia partners

Description & Goal

SELLA (Social Entrepreneurship Lessons Learned for Armenia) aims to demonstrate inspirational stories on social entrepreneurship, and lessons learned from successful social enterprises (with the relevant information on state support, and policy context for each case) around the world, including those in the United Kingdom, in order to raise the level of social entrepreneurship knowledge in Armenia to the next level of impact, profitability and sustainability.

The project is funded by British Embassy Yerevan, implemented by Impact Hub Yerevan and Nazareth Seferian, CSR and social entrepreneurship professional.

Objectives

There are several dozen social enterprises operating in Armenia, most of which have been founded through funding by grant programmes. While these social enterprises are doing good work, many of them remain small, with limited impact and profitability, which also makes their sustainability vulnerable. Several projects are focusing on promoting knowledge and awareness on social entrepreneurship in Armenia, but there is still a deficit when it comes to case studies and other material on social enterprise success stories and lessons learned from different countries available in the Armenian language and relevant to the local context.

The SELLA project aims to make these success stories available to stakeholders in the Armenian social entrepreneurship ecosystem through webinars with social enterprises from other countries, including the United Kingdom, translation of available video material, discussion events. By making this material publicly available, the project will:

  1. Supplement ongoing efforts on social entrepreneurship by promoting success stories and lessons learned from real-life cases, which will include specialized knowledge for existing social enterprises in Armenia
  2. Help make the concept of social entrepreneurship more understandable to members of the general public and other stakeholders (including state institutions) who are just starting to demonstrate an interest in the area

Content updates, learning materials and videos of the project will be continuously published in this webpage.

Case Study #1 – Cracked It

Founded by Josh Babarinde in 2016, Cracked It supports young people just out of prison – the mission was to prevent them from going back to prison by helping them find meaningful jobs. The case studies for Cracked It are available in both Armenian and English.

Armenian version   |   English version

Case Study #2 – Cocco Bello

Cocco Bello was founded by Guzel Sanzhapova in the village of Malyy Turysh in the Russian Federation and was originally a family business. Now it is a social enterprise with a mission to save the village from extinction.

Armenian version   |   English version

Case Study #3 – Living Broccoli

Businesses and individuals generate a large amount of waste every day. Some waste items, particularly plastic, remain in the environment for a long time and cause damage to their surroundings. Living Broccoli’s mission is to reduce waste by upcycling materials into items that can be used again. At the moment, they are focused in particular on polyvinyl chloride, the material used in advertising billboards.

Armenian version   |   English version

Case Study #4 – Pragulic

Pragulic challenges the stereotypes associated with homelessness by enabling people to experience the world from a homeless perspective.

Armenian version   |   English version

Case Study #5 – Diseclar

Diseclar is helping clean the environment of plastic by recycling it into products that have a long lifetime.

Armenian version   |   English version

Case Study #6 – Aurora Coworking

Aurora Coworking is a coworking space that brings together entrepreneurs and, besides providing them with the facilities to work and develop their businesses, this social enterprise provides them with a safe space to share their challenges and get peer support.

Armenian version   |   English version

Case Study #7 – EkoFungi

EkoFungi combines traditional knowledge of mushroom growing with innovative solutions, making this a sustainable agriculture solution that can be replicated and disseminated.

Armenian version   |   English version

Case Study #8 – English School

English School is an online-only English service, delivered exclusively through WhatsApp.

Armenian version   |   English version

Case Study #9 – Réalise

Réalise trains candidates with little or no education in highly labour-intensive business sectors, supports and facilitates their recruitment by potential employers.

Armenian version   |   English version

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Case Study #10 – HearX

HearX aims to provide affordable access to hearing care using smart digital health solutions that anyone can use, anywhere. The company believes that people can gain access to hearing tests by using today’s technology. The big vision that drives the team at HearX is “healthy hearing for everyone everywhere.”

Armenian version   |   English version

Summary Compilation Video

SELLA Case Study Summary

The following publication is a summary of the SELLA (Social Entrepreneurship Lessons Learned for Armenia) project. We have collected stories from ten social enterprises around the world, highlighting useful lessons for entrepreneurs. Each case often covers several aspects of interest to anyone interested in social entrepreneurship adding something new to the literature currently available in Armenia on social entrepreneurship. We have strived to make these cases as diverse as possible.  We hope you enjoy this publication with the associated online material and look forward to hearing about success stories on social entrepreneurship in Armenia that we can share with the rest of the world!

Armenian version   |   English version

Impact Hub Yerevan logo
British Embassy logo

This project is funded by the British Embassy Yerevan.

Description & Goal

Accelerate2030 is a global program, co-initiated by Impact Hub and UNDP, aimed at scaling the impact of successful entrepreneurial solutions tackling one or more of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Accelerate2030 Armenia 2019 is led by Impact Hub Yerevan and UNDP Armenia. It’s a global, multi-stakeholder program, with the mission to identify growth-stage, impact driven ventures that have developed successful entrepreneurial solutions tackling one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals, and support them to scale their impact.

You can find out more in the official program website.

Goals & Benefits

The objectives of the program are:

  1. Increase awareness and promote entrepreneurial solutions tackling the Sustainable Development Goals globally.
  2. Scale entrepreneurial solutions for the SDGs through identifying sustainable and effective scaling models and providing access to financing, expertise and strategic networks.
  3. Foster strong entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems supporting the SDGs, both at the national and international level
Accelerate 2030 Program Mentors
Artavazd Ghazaryan

Artavazd Ghazaryan

Artavazd was born in Yerevan, Armenia. His undergraduate thesis at the Yerevan State University explored “Phase Transitions in Neutron Stars” and he was awarded Diploma with Honors. He continued to pursue his academic interests in the United States earning Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Tufts University and Master of Arts degree in Telecommunications from Ohio University. Later he completed graduate certificate coursework in Economic Systems Design at George Mason University.

Over the course of several years, he started and lead to growth several successful technology ventures and non-profit initiatives. Notably, he founded Imagenomic which is focused on creating high-performance software tools for image processing using their patented innovations. He also founded and has been serving as the co-director of Lusadaran, the first initiative of its kind to research, collect, preserve and promote the Armenian photography.

Having a desire to develop organizations that have broad, long-term societal impact, in 2017 he decided to get world-class leadership knowledge by enrolling the Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership at MIT.

Shiraz Vartanian

Shiraz Vartanian

As the Vice president of Data and Analytic Products for First American Mortgage Solutions, Shiraz Vartanian oversees a number of Data & Analytic product solutions including the Digital Gateway API platform focused on enabling access to the immense set of enterprise data, analytic and technology products and services across First American enterprise. Shiraz has over 20 years of experience in the technology financial services and online real estate space. He previously held roles in predictive technology and corporate development at Move.com (operator of REALTOR.com), and product development at Interthinx (now part of First American), which provides fraud, risk mitigation services, and decision analytics for financial service markets. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from University of Illinois and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Vahe Keushguerian

Vahe Keushguerian

Vahe Keushguerian is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Impact Hub Yerevan. Born in Homs, Syria, Vahe grew up in Beirut. After living in the Bay Area and Tuscany, he moved to Armenia in 2009, recognizing the opportunity for growth. Vahe has been largely involved in revolutionizing the wine industry within the country in both quality and culture. He is Founder & CEO of WineWorks, a custom-crush incubator that produces wine for 14 leading Armenian wine brands. In 2015, he Co-Founded EVN Wine Academy, to actualize education in the wine sector. And he is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of EVN Report.

Emma Arakelyan

Emma Arakelyan

Emma arrived in New York City in August 1989. Her desire and passion were to study and build her career in technology industry while being an economist. She remembers friends telling her how she couldn’t get into a university or get hired at large or Fortune 500 companies.Emma shared that only a few people said: “Try it. You can.” Then one friend encouraged Emma to apply to New York University, where she had studied. That gave Emma the guidance that she needed. Within a week of arriving in New York City, Emma applied and got accepted into NYU. Emma was happy! She was pursuing her passion and plan.

And, as a business-solutions executive, Emma’s mission was to lead teams into making companies more efficient with technology. She identified problems and found solutions that established faster and more efficient workflows, and better products and services. The goal was to increase a company’s productivity and revenue with technology.

Audrey Selian

Audrey Selian serves as Director of the Artha Initiative associated with Rianta Capital Zurich, a philanthropic program tied to an investment advisory to a single family office and has been active in the impact investing sector since 2006. She is also an advisor to Halloran Philanthropies, and sits on the advisory committees of the Global Impact Hub, as well as on the investment committee and boards of several impact funds and non-profit organizations.

Artha is focused on social investment in rural enterprise in India, with a concentration on the agriculture, livelihoods and small-scale renewable energy sectors. Audrey founded the Artha Platform, an online impact investment community designed to tackle the economics of due diligence around high impact, small scale SME opportunities in India. This platform has recently been spun into a separate entity called Artha Networks Inc (ANI), designed to license the core technology to support similar networks beyond India. She has a particular interest in small sustainable businesses in emerging markets, and has focused on building a portfolio and helping find ways to galvanize like-minded ‘impact’ investors working in “BoP” markets.

Audrey has work experience with the ITU at the United Nations, sub-contracting to USAID, and prior to that in management consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers; her entrepreneurial experience includes several years spent in business development, marketing and sales at an NSF-funded software technology start-up. She holds a PhD in Technology Policy & Development Studies from The Fletcher School, as well as degrees and fellowships from The London School of Economics, Wellesley College, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Accelerate 2030 partners

Description & Goal

The Armenian American Medical Society / Impact Hub Yerevan fellowship program supports entrepreneurs who are interested in developing a project or enterprise which aims to tackle a health related issue in Armenia.
Projects may include (but are not limited to):

  • public health research
  • health-tech startups
  • telemedicine-related
  • health programs for the elderly or for people with special needs
  • public service media/PR campaigns related to smoking (or related to another health issue which requires mass education)
  • medical tourism projects

Goals & Benefits

The goal of the fellowship is to support entrepreneurs by offering 1 year of Impact Hub’s unique ecosystem, which includes:

  • professional individual coaching by Fellowships Manager
  • mentorship by entrepreneurs/professionals in their area of practice
  • membership at Impact Hub Yerevan with access to an inspiring space & infrastructure
  • peer-to-peer learning component and professional networking through facilitated events with a community of 250+ creative innovators
  • access to 100+ impact hubs around the world

* Please note: this fellowship program does not include financial assistance.

Timeline

  • The length of the fellowship is one year.
  • Application deadline: March 29, 2019, 23:59 (Yerevan local time)
  • Start date: July 1, 2019

Eligibility

Bold and daring teams implementing ideas for the common good are eligible to apply.

In case of receiving the Fellowship, the teams must commit to pursue their initiative as a top priority (i.e. with at least 50% of their time) and promise to participate in at least 50% of programs, events and community activities at Impact Hub Yerevan.

Impact Hub Yerevan logo
Armenian American Medical Society

Description & Goal

Imagine a capacity-building programme where social entrepreneurship meets cultural heritage to empower young people… Here you go!

Cult-Up is an initiative co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, within the frame of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, which aims to “encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space”.

This capacity-building program has the ambition to empower young entrepreneurs working in the field of cultural heritage in Mediterranean and Eastern Europe. The participants from both of these European regions will learn together, inspire one another and exchange best practices of smart approaches to tourism and cultural heritage promotion. Duration of the program is 1 year.

We at Impact Hub do believe change cannot happen in isolation. It requires collective action. Having a global network of Impact Makers, based in 50+ countries across 5 continents, is key for that. Cult-Up is the fruit of a co-creation process, within our European Impact Hub Cluster, between Impact Hub Yerevan (Armenia), Tbilisi (Georgia), Odessa (Ukraine), Athens (Greece), Vigo (Spain) and Lisbon (Portugal).

 

Cult-Up Program Video

Through the program six international webinars were organized about social entrepreneurship and cultural heritage:

  1. Concept/Idea Behind Sоcial Entrepreneurship
  2. Conscious Branding
  3. Social Business Model Canvas
  4. Financial Sustainability
  5. Impact Measurement & Theory of Change
  6. Addressing success stories

Each webinar was hosted by one of the program organizing countries.

International Exchange Program

In May 2019 an international exchange program was organized in Spain, where the Cult-Up participants from the six countries met, participated in workshops and exchanged experience. The venue of the exchange, Sende, program was a live example of social entrepreneurship through restoring cultural heritage. It had been given a new life by hosting various projects, international groups, creative sessions, etc. and several activities that through reestablishment of the culture and heritage, gave a new life to the local community. This was one of the success stories the participants had the opportunity to explore.

Multi-Stakeholder Meetings

Multi-stakeholder meetings were organized locally, where different parties (public, private sectors, policy-makers, development organizations, NGOs, etc.) engaged in cultural heritage and social entrepreneurship gathered around to discuss the current situation and the development perspectives of cultural heritage and social entrepreneurship in the respective country giving to the young people the real dimension of all entity and actors involved in this field.

The Project Toolkit

Impact Hub Athens led the finalization of a toolkit on theory, practice and tools for SE with a focus on Cultural Heritage. The toolkit has been made available to more than 50 European Impact Hubs and to their community of members. All partners have participated in the co-creation of the toolkit, providing also case studies and information for the main core of the toolkit content. This toolkit will help young people with imagination when it comes to exploring ideas.

Access the toolkit here or view it below:

At a local level, the program was able to generate indirect positive effects on the participants. In particular, in Lisbon it was noticed that as participants had the chance to access the Impact Hub space to attend the webinars, they created a community of projects working in the cultural heritage sector and built a network of mutual support and peer-to-peer knowledge exchange. Moreover, it was interesting to notice how the projects recognized the space as a catalyst for relevant connections and collaboration opportunities. Feeling part of a larger community and having the chance of mixing online workshops, as well as offline team building moments, has been recognized by participants as an added value for the program.

Cult-Up Program Partners

Description & Goal

“NERUZH” is the Armenian word for “potential” and the Neruzh Diaspora Youth Startup Program aims to bring the vast potential of Armenia’s Diaspora (7 million strong living outside Armenia in countries across the globe) to participate in the advancement of Armenia by founding their start-up in the country.

This program is an initiative of Armenia’s Ministry of the Diaspora, and implemented in partnership with several partners including Impact Hub Yerevan.

 

Timeline

For the first 4 months of the 1-year program, the start-ups will be incubated by the Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST) https://fast.foundation/
Thereafter, for the next 8 months, the start-ups will move to Impact Hub Yerevan where they will receive:
– space at Impact Hub Yerevan offices for an 8 month period
– access to Impact Hubs programs & events + other 100+ impact hubs around the world
– a dedicated staff person who will manage the program, manage engagement with the mentors, and follow the progress of the start ups
– individual coaching and tailored mentorship
– unlimited access to Impact Hub resources, including workspace & infrastructure,
– an opportunity to work alongside 200+ creative innovators in Armenia across every sector
– access to the 100+ Impact Hubs around the world
– peer-to-peer learning and educational programs/event

 

Eligibility

The Neruzh program is for young entrepreneurs (ages 18-35) of Armenian descent ready to move to Armenia to implement their business idea.

Impact Hub Yerevan’s Neruzh Program Mentors
Roger Strauch

Roger A. Strauch

Roger Strauch is chairman of The Roda Group, an early stage venture capital group, based in Berkeley, California. Roger co-founded the firm with Dan Miller in 1997. The firm is focused on investment opportunities that address the consequences of climate change, stress on the Earth’s natural resources and the increased demand for low carbon energy. Roger is an investor in and advisor to PicsArt and SoloLearn – mobile apps developed in Armenia. Also he is the Chairman of the Paros Foundation which supports arts and education organizations in Armenia. Moreover, Roger earned a Bachelor of Science degree, with distinction, from Cornell University and Master of Science degree from Stanford University, both in electrical engineering. He holds two patents in the area of wireless communications.

Arman Bernardi

Arman Bernardi

Arman Bernardi serves as the CEO and President of iCoat Company, a leading provider of coating technologies in the optical industry. Arman significantly grew both the revenues and profits of the company since he was recruited to be its CEO following a private equity buyout, leading to iCoat’s acquisition by Essilor Group in 2014. Prior to iCoat he co-founded and served as CSO of TightLink Corporation which was focused on cloud-based workflow software. Prior to TightLink Arman was the Director of Business Development at TCSI, where he was responsible for TCSI’s direction for next-generation transportation and telecommunications products. Arman holds a BSEE from Cornell University and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Ani Vartanian-Boladian

Ani Vartanian-Boladian

Ani Vartanian-Boladian is Managing Partner at Rubicon Point Partners, LLC. Ani focuses on investment selection and disposition, transaction underwriting and structuring. Prior to co-founding Rubicon Point Partners in 2011, Ani served in the Obama administration where she led a team responsible for the $200 billion TALF program and restarting the securitization market during the height of the recent financial crisis on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Previously she was with Rockwood Capital, where she was involved with acquisitions, asset management, and establishing a $400 million separate account on behalf of a state pension fund. Ani began her career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Ani holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University.

Raffi Kassarjian

Raffi Kassarjian

Raffi Kassarjian is Advisor to the CEO of Monitis. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, IoT at TeamViewer GmbH, and CEO of Monitis. Before joining TeamViewer, Raffi served as the Head of Product Management, Marketing and Retail Banking Services for Converse Bank. Raffi also served as CEO of iCON Communications, Armenia’s first broadband wireless service provider, acquired by UCom in 2011. Prior to moving to Armenia, Raffi served as Vice President and General Manager at Fair Isaac Corporation (NYSE:FICO), where he launched the company’s first internet service. Raffi was also a Senior Manager in the Strategic Services Group at Accenture. Raffi is Chairman of the Board of Repat Armenia Foundation, and holds Board positions at Impact Hub Yerevan and EVN Report. Raffi has a BA in International Relations and MBA from Stanford University.

Armen Martirosyan

Armen Martirosyan

Co-Founder and CEO of BluIP, Las Vegas based global Unified Hosted Communication Service provider, with Offices in Las Vegas, NV, Los Angeles, CA, Denver CO, Manila Philippines, and Yerevan Armenia. Customers include Netflix, Marriott, Hilton, AT&T and other major national brands. He has over 25 years of experience in Strategy, Growth Hacking, making IT profit center for large multination global organizations.

Prior to BluIP, build and sold large India based software development company, and had various executive roles from CTO, to President at both private and public companies, and before that spend five years at Deloitte Consulting Group working with companies such as Microsoft, Callaway Golf, and Nestle.
Angel investor and advisor to number of US and Armenia based startups.

Paul Nadjarian

Paul Nadjarian

Paul Nadjarian is currently the General Manager of the CARFAX Service Shops Division. Previously at CARFAX, Paul was Head of Products and General Manager of the Used Car Marketplace. Prior to CARFAX, Paul served as the Founder & CEO of Mojo Motors, which was acquired by CARFAX in 2015. Paul has an extensive background in both the auto industry and the internet. He started his career at Ford Motor Company selling inventory to auto dealers and eventually ran the internet lead management group at Ford. After Ford, Paul joined eBay Motors to build the Parts & Accessories category, growing the business to be the largest category at eBay. More recently, Paul was the head of Product and Marketing at OnForce, an online marketplace for local contract professionals. Paul has also been on the founding team of GreenLeaf Auto, an auto recycling venture within Ford, and CombineNet, an advance sourcing and optimization platform. Paul earned his BS in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Vahe Andonians

Vahe Andonians

Vahe Andonians is a serial entrepreneur and senior lecturer at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

Recently, Vahe founded a new startup – Cognaize – which is specializing in the AI-based processing of financial documents. Additionally, Vahe is a partner alongside Moody’s Analytics at Traidum, which is building a blockchain based negotiation platform for trading Structured Credit products.

In 2017 Vahe sold his latest startup – SCDM, an AI-based analytics company specialized in the fixed income market, to Deloitte. Having started as a data provider for investors in structured credit in 2003, SCDM had broadened its services from data management to bespoke IT solutions into reporting, business intelligence, and cash flow simulations for investors in structured credit.

Early 2017 SCDM had sold its structured credit business to Moody’s Analytics and was focusing on its valuation business, putting a value on over 40.000 financial instruments on a daily basis.

Clients included, among others, Deutsche Bundesbank, KfW, EAA, Berings, BNP Paribas, BNY Mellon, Deloitte, KPMG, and Creditflux. Vahe was leading the product development and research arm of SCDM, with a strong focus on Machine Learning and Blockchain 2.0 technologies.

Before that, Vahe has successfully founded, raised and sold several start-ups in the area of Machine Learning. Prior to that, Vahe was co-managing a Statistical Equity Arbitrage Hedge Fund for Erstebank in Austria.

Vahe holds an Engineer title in information and high-frequency technology from the Federal Higher Technical Institute for Education and Experimentation in Moedling, Austria and an MBA from the University of Liverpool, England.

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Description

The Fellowship for Transformative Ideas is a year-long entrepreneurial incubation program at Impact Hub Yerevan that will support impact entrepreneurs and help them implement their transformative approaches for a more sustainable world.

Goal & Benefits

The fellowship aims to inspire, connect, and enable entrepreneurs to develop and realize new ideas that have a positive impact and to do their best work in a supportive environment which includes over 250 of Armenia’s best and brightest entrepreneurs, mentors and individuals with over 110 organizations/enterprises/initiatives represented.

The goal of the fellowship is to support entrepreneurs by offering Impact Hub’s unique ecosystem, which includes:

  • professional individual coaching by Fellowships Manager
  • mentorship by entrepreneurs/professionals in their area of practice
  • membership at Impact Hub Yerevan with access to an inspiring space & infrastructure
  • peer-to-peer learning component and professional networking through facilitated events with a community of 250+ creative innovators
  • access to 100+ impact hubs around the world

Please note: this fellowship program does not include financial assistance.

Timeline

  • The length of the fellowship is one year.
  • Application deadline: April 13, 2018, 23:59.
  • Start date: May 1, 2018.

Eligibility

Bold and daring teams implementing transformative ideas for the common good are eligible to apply.

In case of receiving the Fellowship, the teams must commit to pursue their initiative as a top priority (i.e. with at least 50% of their time) and promise to participate in at least 50% of programs, events and community activities at Impact Hub Yerevan.

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ImpactAim Venture Accelerator
ImpactAim Venture Accelerator is an impact accelerator initiated by the UNDP and implemented by Catalyst Foundation and Impact Hub Yerevan. ImpactAim is the first accelerator in Armenia designed to drive the scale up of local and international impact ventures. Through tailored mentorship and a specially designed curriculum, ventures will be able to strengthen their market presence, scale up their impact, and increase their investment absorption capacity. Ventures will also be introduced to a network of Impact VCs and angels with access to funding opportunities.

Apply by November 3

Apply for this opportunity to leverage the global network and expertise of the UNDP to access new markets and scale up the impact of your venture.
Impact-driven registered entities from any country, with a proven and scalable business model, are invited to apply.
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Description

The American University of Armenia (AUA) / Impact Hub Yerevan fellowship program is the initiative of the American University of Armenia and AUA’s Entrepreneurship and Product Innovation Center (EPIC) in collaboration with Impact Hub Yerevan to support AUA graduate & undergraduate students who are interested in developing a project, in any sphere or subject area, which aims to tackle a social problem.

Goal & Benefits

The goal of the fellowship is to support entrepreneurs by offering Impact Hub’s unique ecosystem, which includes:

  • professional individual coaching by Fellowships Manager
  • mentorship by entrepreneurs/professionals in their area of practice
  • membership at Impact Hub Yerevan with access to an inspiring space & infrastructure
  • peer-to-peer learning component and professional networking through facilitated events with a community of 250+ creative innovators
  • access to 100+ impact hubs around the world

* Please note: this fellowship program does not include financial assistance.

Timeline

The length of the fellowship will be 3 to 8 months depending on the scope of the project and is offered two to three times a year. Awards are competitive. There is a jury comprised of AUA and Impact Hub representatives.

Applications for the Fall-Winter round must be received by September 25th, 23:59.

Eligibility

Teams submitting applications must have at least one graduate or undergraduate student currently studying at the American University of Armeniawithin any college (i.e. Humanities and Social Sciences, Computer Science and Engineering, Business, Public Health). Other team members can be AUA alumni, students or graduates of other universities, or professionals.
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Art of (anti) Corruption Poster Exhibition - OPEN

October 20 – November 19

AGBU Exhibition Hall (2/2 Melik Adamyan St. Yerevan)
Hours: 10 am – 6 pm, everyday
Tours by appointment at [email protected]

The Art of (anti) Corruption exhibition is the culmination of the Art of (anti) Corruption Poster Competition and Exhibition, implemented in collaboration with curator/artist Samvel Saghatelian. Over 70 artists, from Gyumri to New York and Belgium to El Salvador, participated in the competition, and 35 were selected to enter the final exhibition.

The exhibition is part of the Art of (anti) Corruption campaign, a year-long series of events implemented by Impact Hub Yerevan in partnership with the European Union Delegation in Armenia. Through artistic and cultural interpretations of corruption in Armenia, the Art of (anti) Corruption campaign seeks to empower artists to shine a creative light on the complicated effects of corruption on Armenian society and beyond.

Why Posters?

Posters are a powerful medium for social change. A megaphone for dreamers, the frustrated, and the oppressed, they serve as a record of societies’ struggles for peace, social justice, and political reform. Their sharp messages and arresting imagery make them extremely effective in raising awareness and influencing opinion, and thus they remain one of the most persuasive and resonant tools with which artists drive social change.

We are proud to partner with the European Union Delegation in Armenia and with these incredibly talented artists to bring this exhibition to you.

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The official hashtag of this campaign is #ArtOfCorruption. Follow Art of (anti) Corruption on Facebook.

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Brought to you by Impact Hub Yerevan and the European Union in Armenia.

Description

Through artistic and cultural interpretations of corruption in Armenia, the year-long “Art of (anti) Corruption” campaign seeks to raise awareness, educate and shine a creative light on the complicated effects of corruption on Armenian society and beyond.

The key message of the campaign is to raise awareness and educate people on their rights and to change the perception that corruption is an inevitable “way of life” in Armenia.

This project is funded by the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia and implemented by Impact Hub Yerevan.

Events & Activities

We successfully kicked off the project with an “Ideathon” evening, where we gathered creative minds to come up with appropriate messages for the program to best reach the general public in Armenia. Ideas were collected, discussed and narrowed down to be used in the project’s future activities:

Get Involved!

The official hashtag of the project is #ArtofCorruption, which is used and promoted for people to post their personal stories as well as report cases of corruption they have encountered.

To educate yourself further about this important topic and learn more about the upcoming competitions and events within the scope of this program, please follow the campaign’s official Facebook page.

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Brought to you by Impact Hub Yerevan and the European Union in Armenia.

WHAT IS THE BEYOND (UN)EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM ABOUT?

Robert Bosch Stiftung and Impact Hub have joined forces to explore issues of employment across Europe with a view to improving civil society across the continent.

 

 

As a starting point, 5 Impact Hubs (Birmingham, Florence, Moscow, Yerevan and Zagreb) will work on an employment-related topic highly relevant to their region and their citizens – such as Youth Unemployment, Social Inclusion for the Unemployed, and Future Forms of Working – developing a deep and system-level understanding of the issue before designing, and ultimately implementing, interventions and solutions to these issues.

WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF IMPACT HUB YEREVAN?

Impact Hub Yerevan will be focusing on mapping existing challenges in Armenia, and learning from other Impact Hubs to identify alternative models of employment as well as geography independent business opportunities.

 

Beyond (un)employment is Impact Hub Yerevan’s first real foray into leading collaborations with partner Impact Hubs from other countries, and we’re really keen to make sure the value and opportunities it brings are shared with our community and city, in alignment with our mission.

HOW WILL WE IMPLEMENT IT?

We believe that Armenia’s highly educated and innovative population is the country’s greatest asset, that is why we chose 20 of the most innovative individuals involved in various sectors to be our experts. They are Corporate/HR Executives, University Students, Academics, Social Entrepreneurs, Civil Society Representatives, Media Makers and many more. We will be hosting 12 expert meetings during the next nine months and will come up with tangible solution packages to tackle unemployment issues in Armenia. Three of the experts from our group will also have the chance to be ambassadors for a learning circle meeting in one of the four partner Hubs.

WHAT IS THE IMPACT?

Through beyond (un)employment we aim to achieve the following:

  • Raise awareness on the issues brought up during the expert meetings and possible solutions through social media & media
  • Overcome silos between organisations, institutions, individuals working on unemployment themes
  • Higher engagement and purpose in work, resulting in a healthier workforce
  • Contribute to social cohesion and stronger engagement of citizens around unemployment themes
  • Give citizens the possibility to actively shape and influence their environment and society as a whole, enhancing a vibrant and engaged citizenry
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WHAT IS #ACCELERATE 2030?

UNDP and Impact Hub are joining forces again to launch the 2017 edition of the #Accelerate2030 platform, aimed at supporting and promoting the most promising impact-driven ventures across the globe who focus on tackling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Five entrepreneurs, selected with the support of the global Impact Hub network, will have the opportunity to participate in the Social Good Summit Geneva, Switzerland in October 2017.

WHO IS IT FOR?

This year #Accelerate2030, an international cross-border scaling program for impact-driven ventures, encourages ventures from 17 developing and transitioning countries across 4 continents to apply to this unique acceleration program: Armenia, Venezuela, Colombia, Guatemala, Brazil, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Turkey, Myanmar, Philippines, Cambodia, Mexico and Malaysia.

ENTRY AND SELECTION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS for the 2017 Edition of the program

  • Clear problem definition and Impact Linked to SDGs
    • The venture’s solution is addressing a clearly defined problem linked to one or more of the SDGs;
    • The venture has already started making measurable impact on one or more indicators of the SDG Targets;
    • The venture has the potential to make considerable further impact on one or more of the SDG targets.
  • Innovative approach and collaborations
    • Demonstrates an innovative approach in addressing the need. The innovative approach could include either an innovative solution and/or an innovative business model;
    • Demonstrates collaborative approach to solve the problems. Collaborations with government, private sector, academia, NGOs, and civil society are in place.
  • Market scalability
    • There is clear evidence of market demand for the product or service demonstrated by sales and market share for the last few years in the country of operation;
    • The solution and/or the business model can be replicated and scaled to other countries;
    • The venture has an international growth plan and strategy for 2017-2019;
    • There is clear evidence of market demand for the product or service demonstrated by interest from partners or customers in other countries.
  • Social Dimension
    • There is a clear focus to integrate underserved populations into supply chains, and/or as employees, and/or as customers;
    • There is demonstrated attempt to strive for equal opportunities (gender, race, religion, etc.) in the team, and other activities of the venture (supply chains, employees, customers;
    • The venture distributes, or plans to distribute part of its profits for employees, and/or other social purposes.
  • Team
    • The team demonstrates appropriate skills, languages, motivation, commitment and ambition to grow the venture and to scale their solution to other countries;
    • The team has enough absorption capacity to be able to benefit from the cross-border scaling support.
  • Finance
    • The venture has a successful track record in financing its operations and growth;
    • The venture has a clear financing strategy for the next 2 or 3 years;
    • The venture is likely to become cash flow positive from operations in the coming 1-2 years.

SELECTION IN TWO STAGES

National pre-selection

Each participating local Impact Hub will review all received entries and assess the projects based on a set of criteria focusing on innovation, sustainability, team, potential for scaling, as well as the socio-economic and environmental impact and replicability in other contexts. Each local Impact Hub will nominate the best three ventures at the national level by June 23.

International final selection

Among the 51 pre-selected ventures the international jury in Geneva will select the 10 most promising projects by July 10These 10 ventures will be invited to take part in the Social Good Summit in Geneva in October.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ENTREPRENEURS?

Ventures participating in Accelerate2030 will receive customised scaling support based in their needs including:

  1. Access to new markets
  2. Access to unique Geneva ecosystem specialised in globalisation
  3. Tailored support from top experts
  4. Access to investors and financial institutions
  5. Customised assessment of impact measurement systems
  6. Opportunity to become a certified B-corp
KEY DATES
  • 3rd May – Applications for ventures open
  • 2nd June – Deadline for receiving applications
  • 14th June – National pre-selection and Pitching Event
  • 23rd June – Submission of top 3 national nominations by each Impact Hub
  • 26th June – 7th July – International final selection
  • 10th July – Announcement of the international finalists
  • October (dates TBC) – International finalists take part in the Geneva Scaling Week and the Social Good Summit, Geneva
  • October 2017 – June 2018 – Tailored scaling support for international finalists
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Brought to you by Impact Hub Geneva and the UNDP.