Have you noticed issues in your village, in your community, or in your country that you wished someone could solve for you? Great! You can do more than take notice. With our 30-Day-Challenge program we will show you how you can turn those issues into opportunities to improve yourself and your community by taking positive and proactive steps. This new workshop is created to provide all participants with the insights and tools to transform ideas into viable social projects or social businesses.


Please noteParticipation is FREE of chargeArmenian translation will always be available during the workshops.
Խնդրում ենք հաշվի առնելմասնակցությունը անվճար էՍեմինարների ընթացքում լինելու է հայերեն թարգմանություն:

Who should participate?

Every attendee or team member must be at least 18 years old


With a passion for improving their communities and their lives


Who want to impact their communities with their work

What will you learn?

As the title “Turn A Problem Into An Opportunity” reflects, the focus of these workshops is to support you with the process of spotting relevant issues in your community and how to come up with creative and innovative solutions you can implement.

Once we have formulated our ideas, every attendee will receive practical advice and techniques that will help them test, shape and refine their ideas into feasible/viable social business ideas. This will be supported by interactive exercises so that participants fully experience the creative process.

How does it all work?

The 30-Day-Challenge will take place in four different regions of Armenia, and you can choose to participate in one of them. Starting from October 19, you will gather with other participants and international experts for a full-day introductory workshop, then you’ll have 30 days to do some homework in your own community. After 30 days, we will meet again to wrap it up in a final workshop in November. In a nutshell, this is what each of those three sections will focus on:

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During this workshop you will understand how you can find opportunities in problems and what you do to turn them into a social venture. You will also learn how to test your ideas/solutions in the market and/or in your community using tools such as the “Lean Canvas”, and finally how to pitch or share your ideas with others.

  • October 19 – Gyumri
  • October 20 – Yerevan
  • October 21 – Gavar
  • October 22 – Stepanavan
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You will have 30 days to do your research and test your prototype solution. Through interviews, brainstorming sessions and mind maps, you will shape your idea and prepare to pitch it in the final workshop.

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After pitching and receiving feedback from social enterprise experts, you will learn how to validate your initial business model and start the process of building a viable social enterprise. In the end, Best Idea, Best Team and Best Progress in 30 Days will be announced.

  • November 22 – Gyumri
  • November 24 – Stepanavan
  • November 25 – Gavar
  • November 27 – Yerevan

Just keep in mind, it is all about Learning, not winning. Although the best ideas will be recognized by our panel of experts, this series of workshops is a learning experience that should provide you with the tools for discovering and implementing ways to create your own meaningful job or enterprise in the future.

International Workshop Leaders


Petr has 3 distinct professional roles: social entrepreneurconsultant and a volunteer.

As an entrepreneur, Petr co-founded Impact Hubs in Prague, Brno and Ostrava. He has 7 years of consulting experience with focus on Performance Management, Strategy Execution, Balanced Scorecard, Value Creation, Processes, Human Capital and Change Management. He has volunteered at Amnesty International Czech Republic for 10 years, with People in Need in Namibia , and is serving now at Vodafone Foundation Czech Republic.


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The Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation is an independent charitable organization founded by Vodafone Czech Republic. It makes social investments by funding projects demonstrating creativity and leadership of youth, projects which use mobile technology for the benefit of disadvantaged groups, and via the unique World of Difference programme bringing professionals from the private sectors to build capacities of non-government organizations.

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Ani Okkasian is the co-founder of Sibling, a Los Angeles based research studio that leverages academic research methodologies to help social entrepreneurs better understand the issues they are trying to address. This venture stems from being an adjunct professor at Woodbury University where Ani teaches transdisciplinary research seminars focused on crafting new insights into social phenomenons. Concurrently, Ani is the Director of Programs for Impact Hub Los Angeles where she oversees program development, marketing/communications, sales/recruitment and community management. Prior to this, Ani served as the Marketing and Communications Manager for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and also worked for the Los Angeles Board of Education as a field director for Board District 3. She received her master’s from Georgetown University in the Communication, Culture and Technology program, an undergraduate degree in Communications from Woodbury University and is a graduate of the Southern California Network’s Leadership Los Angeles Fellowship.



Jason Keller is the co-founder of Sibling, a Los Angeles based research studio that leverages academic research methodologies to help social entrepreneurs better understand the issues they are trying to address. This venture stems from being a interdisciplinary studies and art history professor at Woodbury University. Jason earned his M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine. Although his thesis work explored transformative experience through performance, his current research interests explore how different stages of the economy have affected cultural practices at large, from the service based economy of the early nineties to the fourth and final stage of the experience economy of today. Most recently Jason has written an essay entitled Romantic Pranksters for the catalog, “The Intransigent Ticket: Artist as Filter,” an exhibition that examines the aesthetic opposition by European artists to the boredom and anxiety that come with the diminishing role of contemporary Europe. Jason is currently developing a series of anamorphic portraits on celebrity culture as well as hosting a food series, Los Angeles Eats Itself, where experimental cuisine and noir history merge into educational debauchery.

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Brought to you by Impact Hub Yerevan and GIZ.
In collaboration with World Vision ArmeniaGyumri Youth Initiative Center and Kolba Labs.