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The “Armenia-Turkey Start-up Weekend” kicked off on 7 November. The event was organised within the scope of the “Exchange of Entrepreneurs” project, designed to bring together entrepreneurs from Armenia and Turkey. The event was organised by the Public Journalism Club and Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (Tepav).

IMG_0005Ussal Sahbaz, the TEPAV Manager, expressed his excitement that young entrepreneurs from both countries had been provided with new opportunities: ‘Over a dozen [Turkish]
entrepreneurs have come to Armenia to share their knowledge and experience with local colleagues. This is the first event between our countries, but I am hopeful that our joint activity will be fruitful. We had a wonderful time here in Armenia both personally and professionally, and are looking forward to further cooperation’. During, a special roundtable entitled “Getting to Know Information and Technologies (ICT) in Armenia and Turkey and Exploring Collaboration Opportunities” was held the two-day event – government representatives, donors, entrepreneurs, investors and other ICT experts from both countries attended the discussion. Furthermore, a Google Product Manager and a Silicon Valley-based investor joined the exchange of ideas.

The start-up entrepreneurs and delegates from Turkey and the US visited on 6-7 November ICT organisations and centres of excellence, including the Armenian National Engineering Laboratories, the Microsoft Innovation Centre, PicsArt, the TUMO educatio
nal design centre and Ayb School. Participants had a chance to network and create long-lasting contact with investors and established entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and Google, as well as investors, experts and entrepreneurs from Turkey and Armenia.IMG_0057

This exchange has been organised within the framework of the programme for “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process”, funded by the European Union, and included several events, visits and discussions in Yerevan and Gyumri. Participants were made up of 60 start-up entrepreneurs from Armenia and Turkey, selected through an open call, as well as other Armenian investors, established entrepreneurs and ICT experts. The second stage of the “Exchange of Entrepreneurs” project will take place in Istanbul in December 2014.

The launch of the “Exchange of Painters” project took place on 1 September at Akanat gallery. This project is aimed at promoting art relations between Armenia and Turkey; as part of the project a group of four artists mentored by Gagik Charchyan from Armenia and Serdar Yilmaz from Turkey were selected to participate in the exchange.

During the 7-day exchange participants will visit different sites in Yerevan and around the country – Garni temple, Geghard monastery, and Gyumri, the cultural capital of Armenia. The visit will include interactive workshops, joint flash-mob painting sessions, open-air studios, and public space exhibitions where the works of artists can be viewed by guests and passers-by. Additionally, a series of masterclasses by renowned artists from Armenia will be held. The final stage of the exchange project will involve the two groups cooperating on a selected wall in Yerevan using street art concepts and technologies to reflect their impressions and perceptions of the time spent together during the stay.
The Charge d’affaires at the EU Delegation in Armenia, Dirk Lorenz, said: ‘The EU strongly believes in the success of this project. I am happy to see that we managed to create a group of such professionals from both countries. The dialogue between Armenia and Turkey is crucial for citizens on both sides of the border. Art is a perfect tool to blur borders and establish constructive dialogue – art does not need translation, it is an international language’. He added that the Delegation was hopeful that similar projects would lead to greater friendship and solidarity between the two peoples.

This first part of the exchange will be followed by a return visit of the Armenian team to Turkey in late September. The paintings produced during the exchange visits will be later be placed in a 2015 calendar.

The current exchange programme is being carried out within the framework of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process” programme, implemented by a consortium of eight civil society organisations from both countries with financial support from the European Union. The objective of the programme is to promote civil society efforts towards the normalisation of relations between Turkey and Armenia.