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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.

A public presentation of the details, objectives and perspectives of the Armenia-Turkey Travel Grant took place at the EU Centre on 4 September. The event was organised by the Hrant Dink Foundation Armenia office under an EU-funded project.
The coordinator of the project, Anna Yeghoyan, highlighted that the project was initiated in order to establish direct connections between Armenia and Turkey, and to promote cooperation between the two countries and their citizens. She then introduced the beneficiaries of former cycles of the grant.

The Armenia-Turkey Travel Grant was launched on March 2014 aimed at supporting the travel of at least 200 individuals over the course of 12 months. The project is implemented with the financial support of the European Union. The Hrant Dink Foundation administers the Travel Grant in partnership with the Civilitas Foundation in Armenia, and with the support of Community Volunteers Foundation (Turkey) and the Youth Initiative Centre (based in Gyumri, Armenia).

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In the first round, 29 individuals (22 from Turkey, 7 from Armenia) were supported by the grant for their visits. In the second round a total of 51 more applicants (34 from Turkey, 17 from Armenia) received financial support for their visits. These visits had a specific purpose and programme like participation in an art forum or research on frontier villages. The Armenia-Turkey Travel Grant will continue to support more beneficiaries in the coming months until 1 March 2015.