On July 25, a press conference devoted to the “Neruzh 3.0” Diaspora tech startups program was held. The program will be held from September 26 to 30 in Dilijan.
During the press conference, the speakers, including Minister of High-Tech Industry of the Republic of Armenia Robert Khachatryan and Executive Director of the “My Step” Foundation Mkhitar Hayrapetyan, talked about the goals and expected outcomes of the program and attached importance to the role that the government has played in implementation of the program.
Minister Robert Khachatryan touched upon the main mission of the program, that is, to bring talented Armenians of the Diaspora to Armenia and contribute to the development of the Armenian startup ecosystem through their potential, new ideas and active efforts. According to the minister, the “Neruzh” program also serves as an opportunity for them to return to the homeland, start businesses and make their contributions to Armenia’s advancement and development by living and working in the country.
“The Ministry of High-Tech Industry, which is in charge of developing the policy on technology in Armenia, is also committed to carrying out targeted activities to introduce the latest technologies in various sectors of the economy. On this path, it is extremely important for us to implement programs such as the “Neruzh” program since professional repatriation, which is one of the key components of this program, will unquestionably play a major role on this path. Thus, I can certainly say that “Neruzh” is the program that bridges the innovative ideas of Armenians of Armenia and the Diaspora and will become the major cornerstone for future-oriented projects and opportunities for our country,” Robert Khachatryan said.
Executive Director of the “My Step” Foundation Mkhitar Hayrapetyan attached importance to implementation of the “Neruzh” program and stated that, in the previous years, the program has already proved that it is effective and necessary and that evidence of this is the fact that it is being held for the third time already.
“Concentration of the human capital of all Armenians of the Diaspora in Armenia is extremely important for the “My Step” Foundation. Through what other program would the Foundation support the Government of the Republic of Armenia and implement this program through joint efforts, if not the “Neruzh” program?” Mkhitar Hayrapetyan said.
Deputy Minister of High-Tech Industry of the Republic of Armenia Davit Sahakyan provided several details about the program and talked about the goals, periods and prize fund of the “Neruzh 3.0” program.
The “Neruzh 3.0” program is a state program, which is being held by the Ministry of High-Tech Industry of the Republic of Armenia and the “My Step” Foundation this year. Through the program, Armenia will host 60 representatives of nearly 30 startups from different countries around the world. The aim of the program is to promote professional repatriation, which will contribute to the economic progress of Armenia and the development of the startup ecosystem in the country.
The participants will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the advantages of the business environment in Armenia, receive exclusive individual mentorship, as well as present and develop their business ideas.
The authors of the best projects will receive a grant, which will provide them with the opportunity to develop their ideas and turn them into businesses that will grow sustainably. The prize fund of the program is AMD 45,000,000.
Deputy Head of the Public Relations Department at the Ministry of High-Tech Industry Marine Yeghoyan introduced the journalists to the new and rebranded website of the “Neruzh 3.0” program (www.neruzh.am), which is already available for the public
The program is open to startups, at least half of the founders or co-founders of which are Diaspora Armenians. Registering a startup and doing business in Armenia and residing in Armenia for at least a year are among the major prerequisites.
Applications for participation in the program will be accepted between July 25 and August 22.