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Catalyst Foundation is established by the founding partners of SmartGateVC for running game-changing programs which will feed the Armenian startup ecosystem with relevant skillset and pipeline of capable companies.

Initiatives

CURRENT INITIATIVES

Co-organized events

PAST INITIATIVES

CO-ORGANISED EVENTS

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Science and Technology Convergence Conference is an annual conference co-organised by the IIAP of National Academy of Science of Armenia and Catalyst Foundation. It aims to unite researchers and engineers of different disciplines from both industry and academia in one shared platform to share experiences and foresee the future of fundamental and applied research in Armenia. Conference main focus areas Machine Learning, Electronic Design Automation, Robotics and IoT, Computational Biology, Quantum Computing, Computer Vision.

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ArmSec Conference 2018

ArmSec conference is the premier annual international cybersecurity conference aiming at strengthening the cybersecurity community in Armenia and discussing the latest cybersecurity problems.

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ArmSec CTF 2018

CTF is the premier cybersecurity hacking competition of Armenia. It is a 24-hour spirit competition to discover and solve real-life computer-security problems, hack network infrastructures, write-up detailed report on hacking steps, etc.

Implemnted Projects

IMPLEMENTED PROJECTS

Partners

OUR PARTNERS

Ecosystem Partners

EU4Business
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GIZ
UNDP

Cloud Partners

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AWS

Our cloud infrastructure partners:

  • $120,000 worth of Microsoft Azure credits

  • $100,000 worth of DigitalOcean credits

  • $120,000 worth of IBM credits

  • $100,000 worth of AWS Activate credits

Other Partners

Highlights
HIGHLIGHTS
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Armenia Startup Academy Traction Program Batch 3 Demo Day

January 26, 2023

In January 2023, Armenia Startup Academy organized the Demo Day of Traction Program’s third batch to showcase the program graduates. Eight startups from various industries, including EdTech, HealthTech, AI, and entertainment, have completed the 14-week program and received mentorship from high-profile experts on sales, growth hacking, and fundraising.

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Science and Technology Convergence Platform Launch Event

June 16, 2022

“Science and Technology Convergence Platform (STCP) Launch and Overview of Research Funding Schemes in Armenia” event took take place in June 2022. The event was organized by Catalyst Foundation within the scope of the STCP Initiative, which is meant to accelerate and facilitate the collaboration between local science, industry, academia, government and donor community representatives.

Batch 6 Demo Day

The Sixth Demo Day of Armenia Startup Academy

April 17, 2021

In January 2021, Armenia Startup Academy launched its sixth batch with 16 capable teams. The Digital Demo Day of the batch showcased 12 startups innovating in robotics, security, biotech, healthtech, VR technologies, and many more.

B5

May 12, 2020

In December 2019, Armenia Startup Academy launched its fifth batch for a selected group of 18 promising and capable startups. The Demo Day of the batch was held remotely on account of COVID-19 outbreak showcasing 13 startups from   a diverse set of industries ranging from healthtech, media and communications, childcare, smart homes, sharing economies, etc.

Batch 4 Demo Day

June 2, 2019

The fourth cycle of Armenia Startup Academy was launched on March 5 and 20 startups have been selected to participate in the 12-week pre-acceleration program. On May 29, 15 startups graduated from the program and presented their pitches in front of interested investors, friends and the community.

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The Startup Scene of New Armenia: from Source of Talent to Home for Talent

January 17, 2019

In October 2017 we published Armenian startup ecosystem: open secrets, big opportunities. This article is intended to provide a high level review of the developments since then in the light of emerging new trends and opportunities.

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Tim Draper invests in SmartGateVC