The 7th Annual High-Tech Industry Conference, on September 26, 2014, TKP Conference Center, New York, US.
On September 26 Armtech Congress 2014, Armenia’s Global High Tech Industry Seventh Annual Conference kicked off in New York, at TKP Conference Center. The event seeks to support the sustainable development of the high tech industry in Armenia and promote enhanced international business contacts and increased future investments. For the first time ever the RA President Serzh Sargsyan attended the Congress.
Discussions on the following topics were included in the Congress agenda:
- High Tech Industry in Armenia - Recent Development and Success Stories with a focus on the results of those private and public initiatives that have collectively contributed to the industry development in Armenia
- Education, Research & Professional Development with focus on those significant investments that have been made in the recent past to drive fundamental change in technology education, research and professional development in Armenia
- Regional Development, Acceleration and Business Environment with a focus on several public and private initiatives that occurred in recent years to drive tech investment and activity in the regions of the country and outside of Armenia. Multiple examples of this shift, and what it means for the near future were discussed during the session
- Innovations, Startups and Entrepreneurship with a focus on the key success factors that drive innovation and creative disruption in Silicon Valley/Silicon Alley.
In the scope of the conference a Memorandum of Undersanding was be signed between Amenia's government and Microsoft Corporation. The memorandum has been signed to promote innovation projects aimed at IT development in Armenia. The memorandum also implies coorperation in legalization of intellectual property and software copyrights.
In the framework of the event the first Armenian venture fund Granatus Ventures signed new agreements with SoloLearn and WICASTR companies on mutual understanding. The first Armenian venture fund provided SoloLearn Armenia/US-based mobile learning platform with $100,000 funding. Granatus provided also the London-registered WICASTR with $500,000 funding.
Congress was organized by the RA Government, the World Bank and the Enterprise Incubator Foundation and sponsored by Cronimet, D-Link and Armenian Relief Fund. Congress partners included Mentor Graphics and PicsArt and it was supported by Armenian Development Agency, Armenia Fund USA, ViaSphere Technopark, Agnian, Digital Pomegranate and Fainberg.