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Successful Start: EU4Business project launched in Armenia

Mar 15, 2018. Provided by: Larisa Brovarska


The EU4Business project launched its ‘Successful Start’ program in Armenia to support start-ups, SMEs (three years in business) and job seekers in business managerial positions, in the regions of Armavir, Lori, and Syunik.
Target sectors are food processing and tourism in three regions:
Armavir region: in Armavir, Vagharshapat, Myasnikyan.
Lori region: in Alaverdi, Stepanavan, Vanadzor
Syunik region: in Sisian, Goris, Kapan
Neighboring communities are included and the program offers training, information, professional consulting and financial support components. The most viable business ideas will have an opportunity to apply for financial support through grants under favorable conditions for the creation of new jobs.

Application deadlines (between April 1 and June 1) and depend on the region.

More details and conditions are available at EU4Business website.

Contact for more information: Armavir Team
Website for more information: http://eu4business.eu/news/successful-start-start-business-support-programmes-launched-armavir-lori-and-syunik-regions
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Kickstart Accelerator in Zurich is open to international Applications

Apr 26, 2018. Provided by: Larisa Brovarska


Application Deadline is May 27, 2018
The Kickstart Accelerator 2018 in Zürich is open to national and international startups developing and/or applying science and engineering driven technologies. This year are in focus especially AI, Big Data, Blockchain, Robotics etc. – in and around the areas of EdTech & Learning, FinTech & Crypto, Food & Retail Tech, and Smart Cities & Infrastructure.
Entrepreneurs selected for the program will live and work in Zurich to implement projects collaboratively with the partners and scaling their business. Support by mentors and experts from the Swiss innovation ecosystem will be provided and participants get in touch with investors and take part in collaboration workshops. Up to CHF 10’000 of program stipends will be given to the startup will with no equity stake or fees taken.
The aim of Kickstart Accelerator is bridging the gap between startups, corporates, cities, foundations and universities to accelerate deep tech innovation. Each year, Kickstart brings around 100 such entrepreneurs to Switzerland to collaborate with key players for proof-of-concepts, pilot projects and other innovation partnerships.
Kickstart Accelerator is an initiative of Impact Hub Zürich and was launched 2015 by digitalswitzerland and is run together with leading partner organizations: Coop, Credit Suisse, Migros and Swisscom as well as AXA Winterthur, City of Zurich, ETH Zürich, EY, Gebert-Rüf-Stiftung, Mercator Foundation Switzerland, Stäubli, Swisslinx and University of Zurich.

Contact for more information: Simone Baechler
Website for more information:
SDO link: http://www.spica-directory.net/centers/?id=4039

Social Impact Award in 19 Countries

Apr 18, 2018. Provided by: Larisa Brovarska


The Social Impact Award (SIA) is one of the most important programs for the design and development of social enterprises in Europe. Founded in 2009, SIA runs education and incubation programs, according the SIA website in 19 countries in Europe, Africa and Asia to support early-stage social entrepreneurs in developing and implementing innovative business solutions to tackle the most important societal challenges of our times. This is achieved by hosting events and organizing workshops to raise awareness for social entrepreneurship, teaching the necessary skills to navigate from vague intentions to promising ventures, providing access to networks and promoting the best teams with the Social Impact Award.
SIA Switzerland now is open for applications as the first Swiss-wide program of the Impact Hub network. The award program is aimed at sensitizing young people who want to realize their own projects and thus change and improve the world. At workshops, participants will present their ideas for winning a personalized three-month incubation program, a cash prize and a ticket to the SIA Summit in Georgia. SIA aims at promoting social entrepreneurship among young people in Switzerland. The best team will receive a cash prize, a 3-months incubation program. Registration is now open.
The program was officially launched at the Impact Hub Lausanne, with an event with inspiring speakers, successful entrepreneurs, coaches, mentors and jury members.
The application deadline is May 28, 2018. Applications can be made online
SIA is organized by Impact Hub Geneva and Lausanne in partnership with Euforia, UBS, WWF, University of Vienna and ERSTE Stiftung and in collaboration with Impact Hub Bern and Zurich that offers a variety of services at six locations in the city.
Photo: SIA

Contact for more information: Ilaria Marchese
Website for more information: www.spica-directory.net/asf/?id=5067
SDO link: http://www.spica-directory.net/centers/?id=5066